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La Ventana Update for 1/17/2011: Another Windy Day!

While today wasn't quite as windy as the last few, today was another good day for kiteboarding in La Ventana. This small town in the Baja desert is quickly filling to capacity with kiteboarders and kiteboarding industry people. La Ventana has to be one of the few places in the word where kiteboarders can be walking down a remote dirt road and run in to other kiters they know.

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SPOT LANDING SKYDIVE STUNT TO KICK OFF ANNUAL LA VENTANA CLASSIC AND KITEXPO

At 11 am on Thursday, January 20, a kiteboarding first will happen when emcee Neil Hutchinson and the legendary Baja Joe kick off the annual La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo by skydiving into the event. The jump will be charity fundraiser that helps out the local schools and community. Bets will be taken where you guess how close to the pink hula hoop either Neil or Joe will land.

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La Ventana Update for 1/16/11: WIND!! Clinic Schedule Update

Well, the La Ventana Wind delivered today, allowing the TKB test test team to continue their work testing a pile of 2011 kiteboarding gear. After a morning spent testing, we met up with new F-One team rider Danny Alvarez. The weather was perfect kiting conditions again today, we hope to see you down here in Baja!

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La Ventana Update for 1/15/2011: Burning Bush, More Wind, Clinic Schedule Announced

Today we had another perfect day of kiting here in La Ventana, with the TKB test team being able to get out for another full day on the water. After a morning planning meeting with Tim Hatler of Palapas Ventana, we were able to test 9m kites from North and Caution and a Litewave board. The wind was still blowing late into the day, so we shot a few photos with Wainman HI team rider Spencer Lujan until the wind lightened up.

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Erin Swain: The Real Deal on Women’s Snowkiting

I was shocked the first time I pulled the kite into the power zone and it just lifted me and my board so gently, sending me gliding across soft snow. It was surprisingly easy! I would say a hundred times easier than being in the water. The wind was only blowing 10-12mph so it was real mellow and that gave me the confidence to glide a decent way before ungracefully crashing the kite and attempting to switch directions.

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Get Ready to Rumble: La Ventana Caution Fight Night 1-22

If you are going to be in La Ventana for the upcoming event, make sure you show up for the Caution Fight Night, Saturday, January 22 on the beach. To say it's going to be entertaining would be an understatement.

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Ben Wilson Surf Welcomes Josh Mulcoy to Team

BWS today announced the signing of world-renowned surfer/kitesurfer – Josh Mulcoy. Mulcoy joins the BWS global athlete program alongside Ryland Blakeney and Ben Wilson. The partnership will include the production of a pro model board designed by Josh’s longtime sponsor and legendary surfboard shaper William "Stretch" Riedel.

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MAUI’S RIGHT TO KITE ENDANGERED

Maui's north shore is without question one of the world's ultimate wind sports playgrounds. The faithful trade winds and offshore reef breaks combine to create sensational conditions that foster epic moments and memories. However, some of the kiters who live on Maui and many of the kiters visiting are not aware that having an airport in the middle of our playground is a huge problem.

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VIDEO: Adriana Harlan Kitesurfing Profile

VIDEO: Adriana Harlan Kitesurfing Profile

Check out this video profile of Adriana Harlan.

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La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo January 17-23, 2011: Final Schedule of Events!

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Erin Swain: A Blog About Learning to Snowkite

Erin Swain: A Blog About Learning to Snowkite

OK, here’s my deal: I am 29 years old and have been snowboarding and surfing for about five years. I have been living in Colorado in the winters and the Outer Banks if North Carolina in the summers. I guess its only natural I attempt to get into the kite world. When I first saw kiteboarding I thought ‘whoa! That is f*ing cool!’ I was in Key West and was 21 years old. Almost nine years later (gosh that sounds like a decade!), I finally had the opportunity to try it out.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Profanity

New for 2011, Best is introducing the Profanity, a dedicated wakestyle twin tip board shaped by board designer Franz Schitzhofer. We spoke with Franz to find out more about the new addition to the Best board line up.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Epic Screamer LTD

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Epic Screamer LTD

Epic introduced the Screamer 10 LTD in 2010, which was positioned as an ultra-performance and super powerful kite. We spoke with Epic Kiteboarding owner Dimitri Maramenides and his kite designer Momi to find out what riders can expect from the 2011 LTD version and what makes the 10 meter so different from the rest of the kites in the Screamer line.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Slingshot Rally

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Slingshot Rally

Slingshot’s 2011 LEI kite product line maintains is roots in the C-shape DNA. Each one of their kites has evolved from the original C-shape kite and then has been refined to meet the needs of various conditions and riding styles. Kite designers Amery Bernhart and Tony Logosz shed some light on their newest creation, the Rally, an open delta C-kite.

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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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