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INSIDER: Daryl Drown

INSIDER: Daryl Drown

After an injury took me out of the ski industry, I moved to Florida with my now wife to finish her schooling. There I began my involvement in kite-powered sports. At that point there were no stores specializing in kiteboarding.

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INTERVIEW: Design by Julien Fillion

INTERVIEW: Design by Julien Fillion

Your first impression of Julien Fillion might be that he’s a quiet guy. He always has a thoughtful look on his face, like he’s trying to work out some problem in his head. Get him talking about kiteboarding gear and you’ll quickly realize that not only is Julien not a quiet guy, but his head is so full of ideas that sometimes he has a hard time getting them all out.

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PROFILED: Brian Smith AKA BCS

PROFILED: Brian Smith AKA BCS

Brian Smith grew up in Arlington, VA, and used to work at a marina on the Potomac River where he would spend his summers working, sailing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. After learning to kiteboard on a family vacation to Cabarete, he was hooked.

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PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley

PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley

At just 17 years old, Maika Buckley has decided to finish her senior year of high school online so she can move to Cabarete to train. Maika said, “I love Cabarete. All of my friends do not understand how I could leave high school my senior year and go live in a third world country. I think how could I not?”

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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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VIDEO: Interview with Liquid Force Kiteboarding Designer Julien Fillion

Kiteboarding Designer and Musician Julien Fillion talks with The Kiteboarder Magazine over Skype about how he started kiteboarding, his history as a designer, and his band's upcoming album. Julien is the current Liquid Force Kiteboarding kite designer.

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CLOSE UP: Oli Berlic

As Matt Sexton’s roommate at Eckerd College, Oli Berlac helped found the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA) after first trying to learn with a 12m kite and no harness. After finishing school, Oli moved to Brazil for a few years and is now the resident coach living onboard Meercat, the Zenith Ocean Voyages catamaran.

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Close Up: Karolina Winkowska

When she was just 13 she tried kiteboarding for the first time with her dad, who attached her to a rope so she wouldn’t fly away. Now Karolina is 20 and travels the globe on the PKRA circuit, finishing the 2010 season in second place in freestyle.

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Peter Trow

At the beginning of the sport I became completely absorbed in kiteboarding. I had the opportunity to be a team rider for Flexifoil and to work closely with the international team and designers. Everything just sort of evolved from there.

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On the Road and On the Loose with Lenten and Hadlow

On the Road and On the Loose with Lenten and Hadlow

With support from Red Bull, One the Loose is now shown on the air in certain parts of Europe and is bringing not just kiteboarding action, but the kiteboarding lifestyle to millions of homes.

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VIDEO: Interview with Slingshot Designer Amery Bernard

Amery Bernard, Slingshot Kiteboarding's Kite designer, sits down with The Kiteboarder Magazine during the 2011 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo.

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Close Up: Jannicke Stav

We normally focus on North American riders for our profiles, but I met Jannicke at a recent KB4Girls clinic hosted by Kiteopia at Sherman Island in Northern California. At just 29 years old, this native Norweigan’s vibrant spirit and passion for kiteboarding so inspired me that I felt compelled to share her story with others in hopes of motivating you to pursue your own dreams, share the stoke of kiteboarding, and explore the world.

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Close Up: Sean Mertens

Growing up with windsports-addicted parents, free (and sometimes mandatory) rides to the beach whenever it was windy didn’t give Sean much of a choice. It was either learn to kite or be bored to tears.

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Bruce Johnson

I met my good buddy and business partner Nico at a local kite spot and we found out through Arnaud of Kitemasters that F-One was looking for a new distributor for the US market.

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Close Up: Adam Koch

If you’ve been following kiteboarding for a number of years then you have probably heard of Adam Koch.

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