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Erin Swain: Girl Power

It was like a switch flipped when she arrived. The wind picked up A LOT. Tami brought her 9, and I ran back to get my 7 from my car. I was still a little nervous to launch so close to land, so Tami said she didn’t mind walking out a little ways. There were a lot of people at Jockey's Ridge that day, so we were the only ones kiting.

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Erin Swain: Walk of Shame

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OK, so, I went kiting with Scott and Tami today. A quick back ground on Tami: we have been texting about kiting for an entire year, and have not gotten together. Today was finally the day we were able to go. It wasn’t too windy, so when I got he message from Scott saying he was heading down south, I jumped right on the invitation to kite and I invited Tami.

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Erin Swain: In Too Deep

Today started off like all my other sessions. Scott and I dropped a car off at Jockeys Ridge and went down behind the golf course in Nags Head to pump up our kites. It wasn’t blowing too strong, so I pumped up my 9M and attached my bar from my 7M.

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Erin Swain: Learning to Self Rescue: A MUST HAVE SKILL

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After kiting with Allison, I heard that Scott was on his way over to Jockey's Ridge. I was stoked because I had been walking upwind all day and was ready to do a bonafide downwinder without worrying about staying upwind. Scott arrived around 5:30pm, so I threw my gear in his car and we drove down about 3 miles south.

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Erin Swain: I Finially Did it with a Girl

So, as a newbie to the sport, I called a local bud of mine and said, "Hey, do you know any chicks that kite? I could really use someone on my level that is eager to get out there on days when I can go." With that, my bud says he thinks his friend’s wife is on the same level. Two days later I get a text msg that reads: "Hey Erin, I got your number from Chirs, my name’s Allison.”

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Erin Swain: Windy Downwinder to Jocky’s Ridge

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I am back at it. I just completed a great downwinder to Jockeys Ridge, but this session started out as a bummer. My bud Scott (from the last blog) came to get me and I started grabbing all my gear.

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Erin Swain: Downwinder from Ramp 46 to Somewhere in Salvo

Oh My Gosh! Downwinders are a beginner kiter's best friend! I had the best day ever. I went right to the board instead of doing the body drags first. That was a great accomplishment.

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Banana Hammocks and Caipirinhas: The Bay Area Kitesurf Crew Heads to Brazil

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Photo Jason Brooks

On kite trips, sometimes you get lucky with wind and sometimes you don’t. From June to December, 98% of the days in northeastern Brazil have 15+ knot winds, so we knew from the start that no luck was necessary for “kite-‘till-it-hurt” riding every day of the trip.

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1st Annual Baja Xmas Downwinder Sleigh Ride

Meet at The Hot Springs Palapas at 130 pm Thursday Dec 23rd Dress in a Xmas costume (Santa, elf, reindeer, snowman, or get creative) Do a downwinder all together on your decorated  kite, windsurfer, SUP, Hobie Cat, inner tube, canoe, ...

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TKB PODCAST: Phil Midler on his Record Breaking Journey

Phil Midler from XLKites joined us today to give us a recap of his amazing Journey of nearly 240 miles of kiteboarding along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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100 Miles of Butter

The diversity in the waters along the 3 day trek was unbelievable. We rode consistent SSE winds that pumped 25-40 the entire way, and blew non-stop!

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American Phil Midler Breaks Kiteboarding Long Distance World Record

On May 10, 2010, starting at 4 a.m., the two Americans quietly set out to break the world kiteboarding distance record.

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