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Win a 2012 Naish Park

Naish is pleased to announce this year's Win a Kite Contest. The 2012 Naish Park is getting amazing reviews all over the world already. Now this contest, running from September 1st to October 1st, 2011, will give one lucky winner a new 2012 Park shipped right to their doorstep. Good luck!

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VIDEO: Cape Hatteras Irene Report

Hatteras Realty, one of the main sponsors of the now annual Hatteras KiteXpo has done an excellent job documenting the affects of Irene both right before and after the hurricane hit.

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Kitesurfing China: Report from the Binhai Weifang China International Kitesurfing Tournament

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The Binhai Weifang China 3rd International Kitesurfing Tournament was held in China’s Shandong province on Saturday. News from China is sometimes hard to come by, firsthand news on Chinese Kitesurfing takes some serious travel time, kooky crunchy food, and an immense amount of brain power used on translation.

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6 Tips to Make Your Kite Last Longer

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With over 10 years in the kite repair business, we at FixMyKite.com have seen it all. We’re often asked about what can be done to prolong the life of kites. With this in mind we’ve made a quick list below to help you keep your kite in your hands and not in ours!

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 9: Finals: Zoon and Pulido are World Champions for 2011

By winning this event and the fifth one in a row, Youri Zoon takes home his first world champion title! Youri commented “I couldn’t be happier, it’s hard to believe, I’ve been fighting for so long now, I had my knee injuries that have held me back for a while but now, finally I got it! Super stoked!” The same thing happened in the girls with Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) taking her fourth PKRA World Title.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 8: Zoon and Pulido Win Singles

After a week of sun and light wind conditions, today the typical German weather returned to St. Peter Ording beach. Along with the cloud and rain came a steady twenty knots of wind in which we watched the best PKRA kiteboarders compete on the North Sea.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

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St. Peter Ording saw a massive crowd gather to enjoy the best freestyle kiteboarding action today with epic conditions: wind, flat water, and sunshine. After finishing the few heats that were left of the trials, the PKRA organized the Junior championships and moved on to the Freestyle single elimination.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

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For the sixth day of action here in St Peter Ording, Germany, the conditions didn’t look promising. Instead of taking to the water, the kiteboarders of the PKRA decided to hold meetings about the judging system in the Freestyle discipline and the rules applying to Course Racing. By the middle of the afternoon the wind picked up to around 8 knots, which was enough to start the only race of the day, Race 11.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 5: Racing in the Fog

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Foggy weather welcomed the racers to this fifth day in St Peter Ording. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (NED, Airush) commented that he could barely see the buoys on the water while racing, “I had to really focus in order to maintain balance on my board instead of looking for the buoys!”

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 4: Trials and More Racing

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The fourth day in St Peter Ording began with clouds and rain resulting in an action-free morning for the PKRA. Towards midday the clouds began to clear and the wind picked up leaving us with a beautiful sunny beach to begin the first race of the day (Race 7). As the spot was perfectly flat a three buoy course was set with a starting line far out to sea.

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Cynthia ‘Cynbad’ Brown Joins FireWire

Cynthia 'Cynbad' Brown, a longtime kiteboarder and strapless rider has joined Firewire. She has been kitboarding since when kites had two lines, no chicken loops, no safety release, and it truly was an extreme sport. She is passionate about all aspects of kiting, whether it be freestyle, big air, racing, or surfing.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 3: More Light Wind Racing

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Day three provided very light winds for us here in St Peter Ording, Germany. The focus of the day was on course racing. The race set up was adapted due to these conditions and the decision was made to start the day with a long course in a square box.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 2: Light Wind Racing

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The forty five male and six female course riders were welcomed to St Peter Ording today by beautiful sunshine and flat water. The first race of the day started in light wind conditions, the competitors raced with kites up to 18 meters and extended lines.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 1: Freestyle Trials

The PKRA riders where very impressed by the conditions in St Peter Ording, Germany today. They hope that it will stay this way the entire week as we enjoyed perfect sunshine and strong winds, with conditions starting from 9-12 knots this morning and improving to 16-18 knots toward the middle of the trials.

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Skunked but Stoked in the Land of Left Point Breaks

The author kiting in the reserve and loving it. Photo Jorge Ibanez

I chose Peru for this holiday in October as my partner on the trip, Holt Alden, an aspiring kiter, was a surfer who is as stoked getting tubed now as he was 30 years ago as a teenager. I am goofy foot so the thought of experiencing the endless left point breaks that I have heard so much about had me excited to try out my recently conquered strapless board riding skills.

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