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Erin Swain: Windy Downwinder to Jocky’s Ridge

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I am back at it. I just completed a great downwinder to Jockeys Ridge, but this session started out as a bummer. My bud Scott (from the last blog) came to get me and I started grabbing all my gear.

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Vote for 2011 Kiteboarder of the Year

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Who do you think has been the best kiteboarder of 2011? Now through July 5 you can submit your vote now for the 2011 AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during Surf Expo on Friday, September 9, 2011.

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VIDEO: Gisela Pulido Kiteboarding a Natural Wonder

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Gisela Pulido kiteboards one of the world's natural wonders, the 12 apostles. Located in the Port Campbell National Park, the 12 Apostles are a group of eight limestone stacks that jut out of the water up to 150 feet.

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The Kiteboarder Wind Page

You can now get live wind data from sensors across North America on The Kiteboarder Wind Page. The Kiteboarder Wind Page is proudly powered by WindAlert.

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Two Days in Santa Cruz

Josh "Cornfed' Nehf

With no wind anywhere nearby, I found myself starting to go a little stir crazy in the office, so I sent an email to Brendan Richards to see what the conditions in Santa Cruz had been like lately.

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VIDEO: Winter in Santa Cruz

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Here's the latest video from Caution Kiteboarding's hometown of Santa Cruz. If you think it looks cold, that because it is.

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Erin Swain: Downwinder from Ramp 46 to Somewhere in Salvo

Oh My Gosh! Downwinders are a beginner kiter's best friend! I had the best day ever. I went right to the board instead of doing the body drags first. That was a great accomplishment.

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VIDEO: Ben Wilson Kitesurfing Huge Wave at Cloudbreak

Last month Ben Wilson caught what some are calling the world's largest wave ever ridden strapless with a kite. What do you think?

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VIDEO: How to do a Backroll: TKB Trick Tips

The back roll is one of the most basic kiteboarding moves and is usually the first move that kiteboarders learn after learning basic jumps.

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In a Rut? How KB4Girls Helps You and Others

The author setting up to perfect her unhooked raleys.

When I heard Kristin Boese was holding one of her KB4Girls clinics in San Francisco it didn’t take long before I committed myself to the clinic that weekend.

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VIDEO: Kitefix.com presents Burning Hot Lips

Every year, the crew at KiteFix tries to put together a video that will feature their products but is also be fun and entertaining to watch. They got tons of feedback on their first video, Kill2Kite,when they cut two kites in half and put them together using KiteFix products. Here's their newest video. Enjoy!

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2011 REAL Triple-S Results

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Friday, June 10th, the final day of the Triple-S Invitational, saw strong SW winds and a full day (and night!) of action on and off the water. Riders hit the water at 10am for SLICKS freestyle action. This session lasted about 3 hours with riders throwing down every trick in the book in nearly perfect flatwater conditions!

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2011 REAL Triple S Update: SURF

Bhoto Bryan Elkus

Triple-S Thursday saw a full day of SURF action down on the southside at Ramp 55/Hatteras Ferry Docks. Kites were flying at 1pm with 12m and then 9m being the call.

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Erin Swain: Back in the Water!

Ok! I had my first session since snowkiting in Colorado! It was amazing! I launched down in Rodanthe, North Carolina, early in the morning when it was blowing 12 to 18 knots.

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VIDEO REPORT: 2011 REAL Triple S: Wind Arrives!

The wind has finally arrived at the 2011 REAL Triple-S!

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