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Best 2011 Nemesis HP V3 Analyze This Kite Review

Best 2011 Nemesis HP V3 Analyze This Kite Review

The Nemesis HP is back in Best’s kite line after a year-long hiatus and it shares the same unique Best-exclusive Cuben Fiber leading edge with the previous Nemesis. About half of the leading edge is made of the strong material and the leading edge of the Nemesis is very skinny compared to other kites.

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Slingshot 2011 Turbine Analyze This Kite Review

Slingshot 2011 Turbine Analyze This Kite Review

The Turbine is Slingshot’s new light wind specific kite and it looks very similar to Slingshot’s popular Rally. The Turbine features Splitstrut, which means that the ribs are built into the canopy as opposed to being attached to the underside of it.

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Kiteboarding to be Included in 2016 Olympics as an Evaluation

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics.

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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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WORKBENCH: Ghetto Kite Fixes

WORKBENCH: Ghetto Kite Fixes

Have you ever been on a long downwinder and have something break? Ever been on a kite vacation where the nearest shop is hundreds of miles away? Sometimes gear breaks and you just don’t have the resources to fix it the right way. Here are a few quick fixes to get you back on the water, or at least to get you to where you need to go.

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KEEPING THE PEACE: Kitesurfing Wave Etiquette

Ignorance may be bliss, but not at a heavily kited beach or reef break where everyone knows and expects a lot from each other. Wave etiquette is what maintains the peace and maximizes the fun for everyone. The rules of etiquette are rarely written and are usually implied but they most definitely exist, and failure to figure it out before you jump in can get you into some trouble.

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Rum Cay: The Best Kept Secret of the Bahamas

You can find kiteboarders all over the world. It seems like virtually every ridable place has been conquered and written about either online or in print. Our signature is on every continent and in almost every country on the planet. We have kited exotic places like Alaska, Korea, Cambodia, New Caledonia, and even Antarctica, so it’s hard to imagine that a location with warm water, steady wind, pristine beaches, and long consistent waves with a mix of reef breaks and soft sandy bottom barrels has so far been home to only a single kiteboarder.

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PKRA Leucate: Pulido and Zoon Take Single and Double Elimination Titles

The sun was out this morning welcoming the howling 25-35+ knot wind. Riders prepared their smallest kites for what was a day of astounding kiteboarding action. The competition level this year is extremely high making it mandatory for all riders to perform at the best of their ability.

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EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/24/2011

EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/24/2011

The 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo ended on a high note as the predicted wind showed up at the event site today. Despite a gloomy and windless morning, the wind filled in around 1 pm and riders were able to hit the water on 9-12m kites.

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EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/23/2011

EVENT REPORT: Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/23/2011

The forecasted winds never showed up today in Pismo Beach, but plenty of kiteboarders still made their way to the event site to check out the plethora of new 2011 kiteboaridng gear that was on the beach. Starting at 9 am, riders began to demo SUP boards in excellent SUP conditions.

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EVENT REPORT: 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/22/2011

EVENT REPORT: 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo 4/22/2011

Today was the first day of the 2011 Pismo Beach KiteXpo and the conditions delivered on the Central Coast. This morning started with clear blue skies and riders were on the water by 1pm.

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From the Ground Up: Interview with Slingshot’s Amery Bernard

Sporting dreadlocks and a goatee, Amery Bernard blends in with the typical kiteboarders on the beach, but when he looks at a kite, he sees all the details the rest of us miss. Amery’s path to becoming Slingshot’s Kite Designer was not a typical one – if there even is such a thing in this industry.

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GET FOCUSED: Shoot Better POV Photos and Videos

GET FOCUSED: Shoot Better POV Photos and Videos

Today, it seems like almost every kiteboarder out there owns a GoPro camera and an assortment of mounts, which has made it possible for anyone to capture interesting photos and video while they ride.

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April 2011 Issue of TKB Now Available Online

The READ TKB page has just been updated with the full April 2011 issue of The Kiteboarder Magazine. Here, you can flip the pages of TKB just like you would the print magazine.

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