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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Gaastra

Photo Tim Hendrics

After a long absence from the US market Gaastra returned last year.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

Photo Paul Lang

The seventh generation of the popular Bandit has been completely redesigned by a new designer and the twin tip line now features HRD rails, a radical new rail shape for kiteboards.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Flexifoil

Photo Nick de Bruijn

Flexifoil works on a two year release cycle and has a new hybrid kite and wakestyle board for 2014.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: FireWire

Photo Ryland Blakeney

With an ever-expanding kitesurf board line, FireWire is introducing their TimberTek construction in 2014.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Kites

Photo courtesy Epic Kites

Epic is getting ready to release their fourth generation (4G) products along with a new bar and a brand new surf-specific kite.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: CrazyFly

Photo Cedric Schmidt/Defy Gravity

Based in Slovakia, CrazyFly is a family business that distributes kites, boards, and accessories to 60 countries and also has their own factory where they produce their boards and bars in house.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: CORE

Photo Thorsten Indra

Easily recognizable by the yellow and white color scheme on all their products, CORE has developed a North American following after being introduced to the North American market just a few years ago.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Cabrinha

Photo John Bilderback

After a big revamp of the entire line in 2013, the 2014 product year sees more improvements from Cabrinha including the return of the light wind Contra kite and the introduction of a very unique adjustable control bar.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Blankforce

Photo Zinou

While Blankforce may be an unfamiliar brand name to many riders in North America, they have been producing kiteboards since 2006.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Blade

Photo Asaf Rahamim

For 2014 Blade is particularly excited about the newest addition to their product line, the Mist.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Best Kiteboarding

Photo Quincy Dein

For 2014 the Best kite line has received a big update including the addition of the Extract (Ruben Lenten's kite) and the new Twist Lock valve to make inflating and deflating your kite much easier.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: AXIS

Photo Reinout Smit

AXIS was a new company in 2013 and for 2014 is releasing an expanded and retuned line of twin tip and directional kiteboards.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide: Airush

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For 2014 Airush has released the next edition of the very popular Lithium kite and a completely redesigned Varial X.

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Strutless Kites: Strut Your Stuff. Or Not.

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This year, for the first time ever, we are seeing production kites with zero struts. Their designers claim they are lighter, more compact when packed, and feature better low end performance than kites with struts.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot Spring 2013 Products

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For its Spring 2013 product release, Slingshot has updated the RPM, Z, and Turbine kites. Also being released are the Glide, Crisis, and Darko boards.

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