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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

Ruben lays it down in the Gorge. Photo Lance Koudele

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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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Litewave Dave

I was a windsurfer building my own boards and I went to Maui so I could learn to build better windsurfers.

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Close Up: Adriana Harlan

Adriana began kiteboarding just two years ago, and she has spent that time on kiting in powerful waves both strapless and strapped.

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The Unstoppable Billy Floyd

Even the loss of his legs can’t keep Billy Floyd from kiteboarding.

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From the Beginning: The Franz Olry Interview

There is a good chance that you have no idea who Franz Olry is.

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INSIDER: North Kiteboarding’s Dan Schwarz

Eat a lot, sleep a lot, brush ‘em like crazy, and never try to argue with someone on a public internet forum.

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The College Kiteboarding Contingency: An Interview with Matt Sexton

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In the U.S., the CKA is the only kiteboarding tour in the country and is responsible for getting hundreds of college-aged people started in kiteboarding.

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