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Designer’s Corner: Slingshot Octane 2010

The 2010 Octane our is the next generation of one our most successful designs, the 2009 Rev, but also incorporates the DNA from our original Octane which people loved, making it the next evolution of that style kite.

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Designer’s Corner: Liquid Force Envy 2010

The idea with the Envy was to create an easy to fly, all around pure fun kite! The Envy is a delta-hybrid, or as we like to say, “beyond delta.” The delta Hybrid incorporates the popular benefits of a delta kite, such as ease of flying, wind range and instant relaunchability, with the proven LF SLE technologies, such as our Diamond Wingtip and USB 2.0 Bridle configuration.

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Bill Tai: The Kite Guy of Silicon Valley

Like many kiteboarders out there, Bill Tai is passionate about the sport. He is just like the rest of us addicts, every possible opportunity and talking the sport enough that some know him the “Kite Guy” in Silicon Valley, but what seperates Bill from most of the rest of us kite bums is what he does for a living.

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Video from Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009

You might want to turn the sound down or off unless you are ready to start a dance party, but this video shows how ridiculously fast the Speed Kiters go. Lots of crashes! Visit www.speedkiting.org and www.luderitz-speed.com for more information.

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The Kiteboarder October 2009 Issue Now Available Online

Want to see the complete line of 2010 products from your favorite brands? What are riders’ opinions on the new 2010 gear? Looking for the hottest new action or gear videos?

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Aaron Hadlow Trailer: Mimic This

Check out the latest new video from Aaron Hadlow: Mimic This

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Kiteboarding’s Biggest Punk: Ruben Lenten

"Energetic, powerful, and solid." That’s how Ruben Lenten describes his riding style in his own words, and I don’t think anyone could come up with a better description.

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BELOW the SURFACE: The Materials that Make Kiteboarding Possible

When asked what properties materials used for kiteboarding equipment should have, Tony Logosz from Slingshot replied, “The materials have to be light, strong, UV resistant, impermeable, permeable, durable, compactable, low stretch, elastic, stiff, soft, airtight, breathable, inflexible, flexible, supple, watertight, waterproof, tough, stable, and so on.”

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The Off the Hook Off the Lip

An off the lip turn is basically just a heelside carve timed to happen on the face of a wave. This is the simplest way to begin having fun in swell. Practice this turn in small waves before moving up to the big ones as mistakes will hurt a lot less.

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TKB Mobile Website is Now Online

To go along with a completely designed website, The Kiteboarder Magazine just launched a mobile website designed specifically to be viewed on mobile phones. You can even add the TKB Logo to your iPhone's Home Screen!

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New Kiteboarding Company, Epic Kites, Now Online

Epic Kites, a new company founded by Dimitri Maramenides, just launched their website.

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Top 10 Things Your Kiteboarding Instructor May Not Have Taught You

As an instructor who has taught thousands of students over the last 10 years, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things that your instructor may not have taught you, but that you should definitely know.

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Best 2009 Kahoona Analyze This Kite Review

The stability of the kite is consistent and predictable with its lower aspect ratio. We didn’t notice if the lack of a center strut helping the stability of the kite but that feature did stand out on the Kahoona.

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So You Want to Be a Kiteboarder? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Every kiteboarder has been approached by someone on the beach and asked, “What’s that sport called? How much does it cost? Is it hard?” The first two questions are easy to answer: It’s called kiteboarding and it costs about $2000 to $2500 to get started. Is kiteboarding hard? Well, that depends.

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Caution 2009 Mayhem X Analyze This Kite Review

Caution sent us an 11m Mayhem X to test for this issue. Right out of the bag we could see the R&D team spent a considerable amount of time evolving this kite.

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