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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: FireWire Kitesurf

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For 2012, FireWire has updated the construction of their kitesurf-specific line of surfboards and has introduced the Deviant Fin, a canting center fin to replace the trailing fin on any tri-fin surfboard. FireWire’s Brian Friedmann answered our questions about what’s new from FireWire and how riders should go about choosing the correct FireWire for their needs.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: F-One Kiteboarding

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F-One has made some major changes to its 2012 product line. Returning for 2012 is the fifth generation of the Bandit Delta kite. US distributor Nicolas Ostermann walks us through their extensive lineup which now also includes SUP boards and paddles.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Epic Kites 3G

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As opposed to referring to products by model year, Epic has decided to refer to products by generations. This is the year of the 3G (Third Generation) line of Epic products. New for this year are two brand new surfboards, the Judge C-Kite, and a 13m Limited Edition Renegade. Epic’s Dimitri Maramenides filled us in on what we can expect from the latest line of Epic gear.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: CrazyFly

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A family owned company based out of Slovakia, Crazyfly has been producing full carbon boards for the past 10 years. Based on their years of experience and testing, they firmly believe that if you want the highest performance board, carbon is irreplaceable. The company added kites to its products in 2010. Tech rep Brent Reagan from PKS Distribution answered our questions about Crazyfly’s 2012 line up.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Core Kiteboarding

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Core Kiteboarding is a subsidiary company of Hiss-Tec Fehmarn, which also owns Carved, a German custom board company. The complete Carved team along with input from some of Germany’s best riders help Core in the design and development of their kites. Now with distribution in the United States through 7 Sins Kiteboarding in California, Marketing Manager Philip Schinnage answered our questions about Core’s 2012 kites and new Sensor control bar.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Blade Kiteboarding

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For 2012 Blade simplified their kite line by removing the Vertigo, which was possible because of two bridle configurations available on the 2012 Trigger. Blade is also offering the Fat Lady, a light wind-specific kite. Blade’s Yaron Barlev answered our questions about the latest Blade products.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Best Kiteboarding

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Best has made significant construction and design changes to its 2012 lineup of next generation products and has also added a few new products to the mix as well. The new GP C-kite features patent pending Reflex curve technology and Best will also be introducing a new freerace/fun board called the Kiaola. Marketing Manager Simon Clark answered our questions about what we can expect from Best for 2012.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Airush

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With an extensive line of seven kites, eight twin tips, four surfboards, and four specialty boards, Airush has a huge offering of products for 2012. New for this year is the Varial X, a combination of the 2011 Varial and Vapor X kites. Airush’s Marc Schmid answered our questions about what we can expect from the latest Airush products.

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PKRA Introduces a People’s Choice Special Event

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association is proud to bring you the Nissan Noumea Kitesurf Pro 2011 PEOPLE’S CHOICE SPECIAL EVENT, presented by Best Kiteboarding.

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VIDEO: LTD: Bareback

LTD gets on a plane and explores around Indonesia to find surf, wind, pretty girls, awesome food, and a laid back good time.

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2012 TKB Buyer’s Guide: 126 Pages on the Latest Kiteboarding Gear from 19 Brands

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We sat down with representatives from the different kiteboarding brands and we asked the questions you wanted to know the answers to! This electronic magazine is full of links to videos, product information pages, 2012 catalogs, and more.

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VIDEO: Youri Zoon’s World Champion Season

Watch a video recap of Youri Zoon's 2011 PKRA season, leading to his first World Championship Title.

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2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational Results

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The 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational comes to a close with 12 races completed. Racing occurred on almost everyday of the event and this was the first ever speed event to have port tack races.

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VIDEO: KSP Peru Wrap Up

Following four days of marginal wind and waves, the action kicked off on October 23 — mid-way through the 10-day holding period. As the surf began firing at four- to seven-feet, 24 men and 12 women from 15 different countries duked it out over the following three days for the coveted tour stop title.

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Erin Swain: Lost Board

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The last time I kited, I started to realize that I needed a smaller board. I finally decided to buy a used one, and Dimitiri Maramenides happened to have one great for me. It was 129 cm long which was perfect for me. I was stoked. Not only did I grab the board just in time for a session, but Dimitri had a 10M screamer for me to demo.

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