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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Kahoona V3 and Nemesis HP

Photo Gavin Butler

Now in their third revisions, both the Best Kahoona and Nemesis HP kites have gone through significant design and performance changes over the years. Best Kiteboarding’s designer, Peter Stiewe, answered our questions about these two new kites.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: Epic Renegade Infinity

Photo Helen Trotman

New for 2011, Epic is introducing the Renegade Infinity, its first light wind specific kite. The Infinity is in the same family as the rest of the Renegades, but it was designed a little differently and larger to take advantage of light wind options.

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WORKBENCH: Ghetto Kite Fixes

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Have you ever been on a long downwinder and have something break? Ever been on a kite vacation where the nearest shop is hundreds of miles away? Sometimes gear breaks and you just don’t have the resources to fix it the right way. Here are a few quick fixes to get you back on the water, or at least to get you to where you need to go.

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KEEPING THE PEACE: Kitesurfing Wave Etiquette

Ignorance may be bliss, but not at a heavily kited beach or reef break where everyone knows and expects a lot from each other. Wave etiquette is what maintains the peace and maximizes the fun for everyone. The rules of etiquette are rarely written and are usually implied but they most definitely exist, and failure to figure it out before you jump in can get you into some trouble.

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VIDEO: Youri Zoon RECORDED: Aiming High

In previous years things were different for Youri. To be in the top 5 of the world he considered good enough. But now there is only one thing on his mind.... To become world champion.

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VIDEO: Patrick Rebstock’s Triple S Wildcard Entry

This video features Patrick Rebstock over the last week.

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Rum Cay: The Best Kept Secret of the Bahamas

You can find kiteboarders all over the world. It seems like virtually every ridable place has been conquered and written about either online or in print. Our signature is on every continent and in almost every country on the planet. We have kited exotic places like Alaska, Korea, Cambodia, New Caledonia, and even Antarctica, so it’s hard to imagine that a location with warm water, steady wind, pristine beaches, and long consistent waves with a mix of reef breaks and soft sandy bottom barrels has so far been home to only a single kiteboarder.

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VIDEO: Kiteboarding from the Photographer’s POV

The Kiteboarder Magazine's Paul Lang attached a GoPro HD to his housing while shooting kiteboarders during the 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo.

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Pismo Beach KiteXpo Raffle Winners – Unclaimed Prize Numbers

  Thanks to everyone who made it out to the 9th Annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo this year and supported the fundraising effort for Kinsley and his family!  Below are the numbers and prizes for unclaimed raffle prizes. Please email marina@thekiteboarder.com ...

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PKRA Leucate: Pulido and Zoon Take Single and Double Elimination Titles

The sun was out this morning welcoming the howling 25-35+ knot wind. Riders prepared their smallest kites for what was a day of astounding kiteboarding action. The competition level this year is extremely high making it mandatory for all riders to perform at the best of their ability.

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EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/24/2011

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The 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo ended on a high note as the predicted wind showed up at the event site today. Despite a gloomy and windless morning, the wind filled in around 1 pm and riders were able to hit the water on 9-12m kites.

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EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/23/2011

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The forecasted winds never showed up today in Pismo Beach, but plenty of kiteboarders still made their way to the event site to check out the plethora of new 2011 kiteboaridng gear that was on the beach. Starting at 9 am, riders began to demo SUP boards in excellent SUP conditions.

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EVENT REPORT: 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/22/2011

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Today was the first day of the 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo and the conditions delivered on the Central Coast. This morning started with clear blue skies and riders were on the water by 1pm.

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From the Ground Up: Interview with Slingshot’s Amery Bernard

Sporting dreadlocks and a goatee, Amery Bernard blends in with the typical kiteboarders on the beach, but when he looks at a kite, he sees all the details the rest of us miss. Amery’s path to becoming Slingshot’s Kite Designer was not a typical one – if there even is such a thing in this industry.

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North Campground open for Pismo Beach KiteXpo!

Great news! just found out that the North campground has been opened for the holiday weekend and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations can also be made for beach camping with no facilities through www.reserveamerica.com

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