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TKB Review: 2013 Best Kahoona V5

TKB Review: 2013 Best Kahoona V5

The 2013 Best Kahoona V5 is a 4-strut medium aspect kite. Our test Kahoona was the standard version meaning that it lacked a single-point inflation system.

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TKB Review: 2013 Airush Varial X

TKB Review: 2013 Airush Varial X

The Varial X is a medium-high aspect five-strut kite marketed as high-performance bridled-C design (Airush calls it a SL-C).

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TKB Review: 2013 Airush Lithium

TKB Review: 2013 Airush Lithium

The Lithium has been a popular kite for the past few years and remains a fairly low-aspect 3-strut kite targeted as an all-around performer for 2013. Overall the kite is very similar to the 2012 model with some small refinements including flexible trailing edge battens to address trailing edge flutter and bridle adjustments to change the kite's turning speed and bar pressure.

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VIDEO: Slingshot Releases the 2013 RPM

VIDEO: Slingshot Releases the 2013 RPM

The 2013 RPM Crossover kite is a powerful combination of aggressive freestyle characteristics and progressive crossover performance.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot Spring 2013 Products

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot Spring 2013 Products

For its Spring 2013 product release, Slingshot has updated the RPM, Z, and Turbine kites. Also being released are the Glide, Crisis, and Darko boards.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

Wainman Hawaii strives to provide the highest quality gear so riders can maximize their fun and stoke in each session. They do not feel the need to release new gear every year for the sake of saying they have something new and shiny to check out but instead release products when they are 100% confident that they are ready for market.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

Underwave was introduced to the US market in 2012 and is back with a refreshed line of softgood products for 2013. Some of the Underwave harnesses feature the unique Vacust technology, which allows you to create a true custom fit with your harness.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Switch

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Switch

Now in its second year in the market, Switch Kites is entering its first phase of next-generation gear and has added two new kites to its line.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

For 2013, Slingshot further streamlined its product line up. Slingshot’s kite surfboard line will see the biggest changes with the introduction of EPX construction and Fluid X technology.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Shinn

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Shinn

After growing up in the UK, Mark Shinn moved to the Canary Islands to pursue a windsurfing career. He discovered kiteboarding in 1999 and quickly rose to the top, competing on the circuit until 2005 when he refocused his efforts to start his own board company.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

2013 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

For 2013 RRD is offering a number of refinements on it's extensive kiteboarding product line. In a unique move, RRD is offering two versions of the popular Vision kite.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: ProMotion

2013 Buyer’s Guide: ProMotion

Based in the Gorge for 28 years, ProMotion Wetsuits was founded by waterman Dana Love. A surfer at heart, Dana got into windsports to extend his time on the water.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

The Prolimit lineup of harnesses, wetsuits, and travel bags has been freshly updated for 2013. New for this year is the C4, a kiteboarding-specific wetsuit.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

For 2013, Ozone’s Catalyst and Zephyr kites have been completely redesigned while the rest of the line received smaller modifications.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

NP is a brand new line of technical softgood products from Neil Pryde. Besides a stand-out line of wetsuits, harnesses, and SUP paddles, NP has also release the S1 spreader bar, the first aluminum spreader bar designed for kiteboarding.

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