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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Kahoona V3 and Nemesis HP

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Kahoona V3 and Nemesis HP

Now in their third revisions, both the Best Kahoona and Nemesis HP kites have gone through significant design and performance changes over the years. Best Kiteboarding’s designer, Peter Stiewe, answered our questions about these two new kites.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: Epic Renegade Infinity

DESIGNER’S CORNER: Epic Renegade Infinity

New for 2011, Epic is introducing the Renegade Infinity, its first light wind specific kite. The Infinity is in the same family as the rest of the Renegades, but it was designed a little differently and larger to take advantage of light wind options.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 North Surfboard Line

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 North Surfboard Line

With their new Bamboo Tech construction and progressive shapes and styles, North’s Sky Solbach feels that they vastly improved the feel of their 2011 boards and tells us what we can expect from their new surf line.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Flexifoil ION

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Flexifoil ION

For 2011, Flexifoil focused on integrating new construction techniques and materials to produce a stronger, more refined product. Operations Manager Martyn Hogg helped us find out more about what you can expect from the 2011 ION.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: Best KB Signature Board

The KB Signature Pro Model is Best Kiteboarding’s response to the requests of female riders for a board that is ideally suited to their size, shape, weight, and preferred styles of riding.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Profanity

New for 2011, Best is introducing the Profanity, a dedicated wakestyle twin tip board shaped by board designer Franz Schitzhofer. We spoke with Franz to find out more about the new addition to the Best board line up.

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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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Designer’s Corner: 2011 Litewave Wing

The 2011 model has retained the original dog-bone outline, but about everything else is different.

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Designer’s Corner: 2010 Genetrix Origin

We wanted to complement the existing Hydra by offering a brand-new design dedicated to wave riding and freestyle.

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Designer’s Corner: Slingshot Arcane

The Arcane differs due to its shape, volume, concave characteristics and fin configurations. The combination of features such as its single to double concave, concave deck, and down-rail with wing swallow make it very different than our other boards.

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Designer’s Corner: Eclipse Kima Wave Custom

All our boards are handmade here in the Outer Banks. We use traditional construction along with reinforcements in key areas. All my boards are designed, shaped, and glassed entirely in-house. Most brands don’t offer that.

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Designer’s Corner: Best/Balance Boards 2010

For 2010, Balance focused on further refining the construction of their boards to extract the last ounce of possible performance. Designer Carlos Saez is utterly confident that they have the highest parts specification and construction found anywhere in the kitesurf market.

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Designer’s Corner: Liquid Force Havoc 2010

We wanted to give one of the best SLE kites ever built a major face lift. We envisioned the high demand in 2010 for a no-center-strut design, so we redesigned the Havoc on a 4-strut structure, giving room for a much deeper and more powerful profile in the center of the kite where it’s really needed.

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Designer’s Corner: Globe Sonic 2010

For the 2010 Vsonic, designer Mat Pendle almost totally eliminated the kite’s V shape. The new GKVDelta shape is more like a high aspect ratio delta.

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Designer’s Corner: Naish Cult 2010

Due to the success of the 2009 Helix and the new 2010 Helix, essentially a brand new kite, Naish combined the best of last year’s Helix and Cult to product the 2010 Cult.

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