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Litewave 2011 Wing Analyze This Board Review

We tested the big boy of the 2011 Litewave Wings, the 161. This is a light wind specific board and it stands out when compared to other twin tips. The board features wide tips, a reverse sidecut outline, and a very deep tip to tip single concave. There are two fins on the heel edge and two near the tips of the board close to the centerline. This board has more rocker than last year’s model and is fairly flexible.

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2011 PKRA Schedule Announced

The much-anticipated 2011 PKRA World Tour Schedule is finally out. The busy calendar promises to be an exiting professional kiteboarding season visiting 5 continents, with 9 freestyle events, 6 wave events and 6 racing events. The event pages will be updated periodically with updates and new information. Make sure to the check the event status field of each event before making any plans or buying airline tickets.

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RRD 2011 Obsession Analyze This Kite Review

The 2011 RRD Obsession looks similar to last year’s model, but there are a few obvious differences. The trailing edge is now all Dacron and the graphics are actually made of fabric sewn onto the kite as opposed to being screened on, a feature that RRD claims adds more rigidity to the canopy.

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La Ventana Update for 1/21/2011: La Ventana Classic 11 Mile Island Crossing, Big Air, and Lots of Wind

Today was the second day of the 2011 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo, and today did not disappoint. After a few days of light wind, the El Norte winds returned with a vengeance today. Shortly after sunrise, approximately 130 kiteboarders and windsurfers began gathering on the beach today in front of Baja Joe's to be shuttled to Isla Cerralvo to prepare for the crossing.

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F-One Launches New Site for the Bandit 4

F-One just released a new and really cool website dedicated entirely to the Bandit 4.

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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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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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DESIGNER’S CORNER: F-One Bandit 4 and Bamboo Surfboards

DESIGNER’S CORNER: F-One Bandit 4 and Bamboo Surfboards

For 2011, the Bandit 4 (B4) has changed considerably with a new shape and bar. For F-One’s 2011 surf program, several new sizes were added and the boards now all feature a double concave bottom. Founder Raphael Salles helps explain what we can expect from the new B4 and F-one’s 2011 surf line.

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Light it Up at Burning Bush

With your mind full of doubt that anything is actually happening out here, you come over a small hill and find a few hundred people gathered around various contraptions that are either on fire or about to be lit up.

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December 2010

*TRAVEL: Alaska Roadtrippin: A Trip to Thompson Pass *BACKWOODS: Tobago Cays with the Zenith Ocean Crew *How to Save Access at Your Local Beach

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VIDEO: CAUTION CREW: Sander

This video was shot over the course of two afternoons at Waddell during the fall.

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Nobile 2011 NHP Analyze This Board Review

The first thing our testers noticed was how easily driven the NHP is. It takes little power to get going and shoots upwind almost effortlessly.

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North 2011 Rebel Analyze This Kite Review

Even though the 2011 Rebel looks much like the 2010, its handling has definitely been improved.

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VIDEO: 2011 Litewave Storm and Wing Kiteboards

Litewave Dave Turner talks to us about the new 2011 Storm and Wing kiteboards from Litewave Designs.

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