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10th Annual Pismo Beach Kite and SUP Expo April 13-15, 2012

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Mark your calendars and come help us celebration the 10 year anniversary of the PIsmo Beach Kite and SUP Expo!

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Sensi Graves Launches Bikini Brand SENSI

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As a full-time kiteboarder and water sports enthusiast, Sensi Graves is happy to debut a swimsuit that performs at the same high level she does. Seeking to bring greater functionality and fun to swimwear, Sensi started SENSI, a brand that exudes chic simplicity and an active lifestyle.

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F-One Introduces MANERA, a New Accessories Brand, with Free Board Bag Offer

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To mark the introduction of the new F-One accessories brand MANERA to the US market, the distributors of F-One in America will offer a MANERA Playa Board Bag with the purchase of any 2012 F-One board, either a twin-tip, a surfboard, or a SUP.

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KSP Announces 2012 Tour Schedule

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Following a groundbreaking and highly successful inaugural season, which pushed competitive kite surfing to epic new heights, the KSP is pleased to announce its widely anticipated 2012 World Championship Kite Surfing Tour schedule.

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VIDEO: 2012 Slingshot RPM with Youri Zoon in Capetown

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PKRA World Champion Youri Zoon introduces the 2012 RPM to the world.

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The Best Odyssey is now the Ocean Odyssey – Where to Next?

After a full circumnavigation over the last five years of 54,000 miles offshore; 50 countries; and a lifetime of memories for their guests and crew, the Best Odyssey, now the Ocean Odyssey, is getting ready to set sail once again exploring the Pacific.

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2012 La Ventana Classic Wrap Up and Final Results: $23,500 Raised for the Local Community!

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The 2012 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo has come to a close and the La Ventana wind machine delivered perfect conditions for the last day of the event. After a few days of light wind, there was a lot to accomplish on the last day of the event and the schedule was filled with SUP races, kiteboarding/windsurfing course racing, the Big Air/Old School competition, live auction, huge raffle, and an awards ceremony at Pizza Vela.

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La Ventana Classic Update for 1/21/2012: Light Wind Racing, a Greasy Pole, and Lucha Libre

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The light winds did not stop the fun here at the La Ventana Classic and the activities rolled on. This morning Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby held a kid's SUP paddling clinic for both local and visiting children. Not only did they get everyone on the water, but they were even to run a few races with the kids!

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The La Ventana Classic Needs Your Help!

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The 2012 La Ventana Classic has been great so far this year. If you’ve been following the daily photos and updates on Facebook or thekiteboarder.com, you know what an amazing event this is, and we are only at the halfway point! The action has included an 11-mile island kite crossing, 10-mile island SUP crossing, skydiving, beach games, nightly parties, kiteboarding and SUP demos, and more! That’s the good news. Unfortunately we have a little bad news and need to ask for your help.

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La Ventana Classic & KiteXpo Update for 1/20 – Paddle Royale SUP Island Crossing and Skydiving

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Today the wind was light in La Ventana, providing perfect conditions for the Paddle Royale, a 10-mile SUP island crossing from Cerallvo Island to La Ventana. After a smooth boat ride across the channel, competitors lines up their boards and set off for the mainland.

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La Ventana Classic & KiteXpo Update for 1/19 – The Crossing & Start of Big Air

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Today the activities at the 2012 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo were fully underway with the 11-mile island crossing completed on the first day of the event. Overcast skies greeted competitors, many of who arrived to the beach a little blurry-eyed for the 7:00 a.m. meeting time to head to the island in a fleet of local fishing boats known as pangas.

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La Ventana Classic Report for Wednesday, 1/18/2012

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Tonight the La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo officially kicked off at 7:00 pm at Palapas Ventana. This evening participants were given a presentation of a slide show of images from last year and also received their competition jerseys and a ton of information about this year's event.

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The Kiteboarder Magazine Volume 8, Number 4 Now Available for Free Online

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Now that Volume 8, Number 5 is available in print, The Kiteboarder Magazine has released the free online version of Volume 8, Number 4. Check it out on the Read TKB Page!

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La Ventana 2012: Side Trip to Conejo

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After wrapping up our first TKB Test Week here in La Ventana, I found myself with a lay day before the start of the La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo. Sure, I could have stayed here and be productive by catching up on emails, but why do that when you can head to the coast?

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La Ventana 2012: Scenes from Burning Bush

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Last night was Burning Bush, an annual party held here in La Ventana. As usual, it was quite a sight to be seen. In keeping with apocalyptic predictions from the Mayan calendar, this year's theme was The End of Bush.

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