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PKRA Fuerteventura Day 1:24 Spots, 32 Competitors, Throw Down Ensues

Day 1 started with trials since the competition only had 24 spaces for men and 32 registered (along with 9 women0. The top 8 men automatically qualified, and all the rest had to go into qualifiers where only 16 men could advance into the main event which starts tomorrow.

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Best “Pimp My Kite” Winners Chosen – Check out Cool Designs

Best Kiteboarding partnered up with Tramontana Grafixx for a summer contest where riders were able to design their own graphics to be put on a brand new white Kahoona 9.5m! Best would like to thank all of the participants as they had an overwhelming selection to choose from with several amazing designs.

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Help the Coast Guard Help Kiteboarders

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Just as a great Central California session was wrapping up earlier this spring, a few of us on the beach noticed a kite tumbling downwind outside the surf line. The kite's owner decided it would be too difficult to get the kite back and it continued its tumble downwind out of sight. A few hours later, I received a call from Coast Guard Lieutenant Ana Thorsson, who was coordinating the search for a kiteboarder they assumed was missing.

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Chuck Patterson Joins Naish SUP

Chuck Patterson, one of kiteboarding's first pro riders and all around waterman, is back in kiteboarding -- kind of! Chuck recently joined the Naish SUP team and has been in Maui kitesurfing, windsurfing and SUPing on their new 2012 gear.

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Patagonia Signs Kiteboarder Jason Slezak

Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of core outdoor, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories, is pleased to announce that professional kiteboarder Jason Slezak has formally joined the Patagonia ambassador team.

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Belmont Shore Capture the Wind Festival July 22-24

The Southern California Kiteboarding Association is partnering with the Long Beach Sea Festival to present the Capture the Wind Festival from July 22 to 24. The city has agreed to allow the Association to create a separate beach zone for this event where kiters will compete in the first official jumping contest held in Southern California.

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2011 Ro Sham Throw Down Wrap Up/Results

While the 2010 Ro Sham Throw Down put the event on the map, this year brought in an international presence and proved to the industry that the Ro Sham is here to stay. With several new features brought to the table such as the Liquid Force Dancefloor, the Best Handrail, The Slingshot Kicker, and the extended Airush BoomBox the guys from the Slider Project pieced together a really sick park. Riders flooded the town from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, England, Florida, Cape Hatteras, and South America.

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Freestyle World Champion Andy Yates Injured

The PKRA Freestyle World Champion 2010, Australian Andy Yates, recently injured his shoulder while training at home. As a result, Andy won’t be able to compete in the next three events.

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VIDEO: Official LIQUID FORCE KITEBOARDING 2012 Promo

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Check out this very cool video that just surfaced online giving us a peak at what's to come from Liquid Force Kiteboarding in 2012.

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Slider Project Qualifiers

Hood River served up light winds today but enough for organizers to choose qualifier riders for the main event which starts tomorrow.

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2011 Athletes for Cancer Tenacity Games Recap/Results

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The total funds raised in this weekend’s event have not been officially tallied yet, but funds raised by athletes alone were over $40,000. The proceeds will go to Athletes for Cancer’s Survivorship Camps, as well as regional cancer awareness, prevention, and survivorship organizations.

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Kite-O-Ween Squamish 2011 Set for August 28

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Kite-O-Ween 2011 will be held on Sunday, August 28th 2011, at 1:00pm in the afternoon at the Squamish Spit in Squamish B.C. It's a hilarious, fun filled, light hearted, non serious costume day where kit boarders get dressed up in costumes and compete, while kiteboarding the windy Howe sound,

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San Carlos South Swell Alert: July 9-16th

When SoloSports started their South Swell Alert program, most of their subscribers wanted the RHINO SIZE MACKERS, so they created a program to send an alert when it was BIG.

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Wildcards Chosen for 2011 KSP Wave Tour

The final Wild Card picks for the 2011 KSP Tour have been chosen: 15 men and 8 women and alternatives for specific stops.

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Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

Mens podium from left to right: Adam Koch (USA), John Heineken (USA), Bryan Lake (USA) , courtesy REEMEDIA Axel Reese

After 12 races and 3 discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!

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