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TKB Review: 2014 F-ONE Trax

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Testers were impressed with the F-One Trax’s ability to cut through chop with user friendly edging in La Ventana’s rough water.

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TKB Review: 2014 LIQUID FORCE Focus

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Testers praised the Liquid Force Focus for its ability to track upwind well and its solid pop for boosting big airs.

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TKB Review: 2014 NORTH Jaime

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Testers praised the 2014 Jaime for its solid pop in big airs and its ability to blaze upwind and handle chop extremely well.

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TKB Review: 2014 RRD Bliss

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Testers found the RRD Bliss user friendly with good pop and recommended this board as a fun freeride twintip for riders of all levels.

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TKB Review: 2014 RRD Style Biax

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We tested the Biax version of the RRD Style which uses prepregnated biaxial glass to achieve a lighter yet stronger freestyle oriented board.

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TKB Review: 2014 XENON LaLuz

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Xenon's performance freestyle Twintip, LaLuz gets a new innovative construction for 2014 which makes it 15% lighter over last year's model!

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TKB Review: 2014 XENON Rayo

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The 2014 Xenon Rayo features a new construction for this year with overall lighter feel and good all around freestyle performance.

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2013 Freeride Kiteboarding Gear Test: Meet the Testers

The 2013 TKB Freeride Test Team.

For the 2013 Freeride Gear Test TKB trucked 28 kite models and 12 board models to La Ventana, Mexico, one of the best locations for reliable wind in North America during the winter months.

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2012 Kiteboarding Freeride Gear Review Guide

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Honest reviews on 25 kites and 28 kiteboards.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE:Underwave

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Soft launched in North America in mid-2011, the full collection of Underwave apparel and water wear will be available at your local dealer in 2012. Underwave’s North American distributor Nicolas Ostermann explains why his distribution company is bringing the brand to the US market and highlights some of the key products he is most excited about.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Switch Kites

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Having just launched in June of 2011, Switch is a new kite manufacturer that only sells kites directly to consumers. We talked to James Overington about Switch’s product line (including the upcoming Element kite) and about how they differ from other kiteboarding companies.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Slingshot Kiteboarding

Photo Lance Koudele

For 2012, Slingshot is continuing the Fuel, RPM, Rally, and Turbine kites and also introducing a replacement for the Key HD, the Z. Slingshot’s board department also has some exciting things happening this year as they are now producing their twin tips locally in the Columbia River Gorge. Also, Slingshot is offering some of their surfboard in two constructions, a strapped and strapless version.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: RRD Kiteboarding

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The 2012 RRD Kitesurfing line is more extensive than ever before. Roberto Ricci and the RRD team in Italy have developed unique products for specific riding styles and conditions. The 2012 RRD kite line up offers six kite models, 10 different twin tip kiteboards, seven different kite specific surfboards in 24 sizes, and two IKA registered course racing boards. RRD is confident that it has the right product for every level and type of rider out there.

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2012 Buyer’s Guide: Promotion Wetsuits

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Dedicated to windsports for the past 30 years, ProMotion Wetsuits was founded by waterman Dana Love. In 1984, Dana moved his company to the Gorge which he said has proven to be an unbeatable location to design and test wetsuits with temperatures ranging from below freezing in the winter to above 100° in the summer.

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2012 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone Kiteboarding

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Ozone released their first 2012 kite, the surf-specific REO, in June and is now releasing updated versions of the rest of their kite line. Among the kites returning for 2012 is the race-winning Edge. Ozone is also continuing to produce depowerable foil kites for snowkiting and now offers an Ultralight version of the Frenzy that weighs 30% less and packs up smaller. Steve Barrett from Ozone Kites USA answered our questions about the 2012 Ozone line.

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