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2011 Ro Sham Throw Down Wrap Up/Results

While the 2010 Ro Sham Throw Down put the event on the map, this year brought in an international presence and proved to the industry that the Ro Sham is here to stay. With several new features brought to the table such as the Liquid Force Dancefloor, the Best Handrail, The Slingshot Kicker, and the extended Airush BoomBox the guys from the Slider Project pieced together a really sick park. Riders flooded the town from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, England, Florida, Cape Hatteras, and South America.

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Freestyle World Champion Andy Yates Injured

The PKRA Freestyle World Champion 2010, Australian Andy Yates, recently injured his shoulder while training at home. As a result, Andy won’t be able to compete in the next three events.

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VIDEO: Official LIQUID FORCE KITEBOARDING 2012 Promo

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Check out this very cool video that just surfaced online giving us a peak at what's to come from Liquid Force Kiteboarding in 2012.

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Slider Project Qualifiers

Hood River served up light winds today but enough for organizers to choose qualifier riders for the main event which starts tomorrow.

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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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2011 Athletes for Cancer Tenacity Games Recap/Results

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The total funds raised in this weekend’s event have not been officially tallied yet, but funds raised by athletes alone were over $40,000. The proceeds will go to Athletes for Cancer’s Survivorship Camps, as well as regional cancer awareness, prevention, and survivorship organizations.

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Wildcards Chosen for 2011 KSP Wave Tour

The final Wild Card picks for the 2011 KSP Tour have been chosen: 15 men and 8 women and alternatives for specific stops.

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Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

Mens podium from left to right: Adam Koch (USA), John Heineken (USA), Bryan Lake (USA) , courtesy REEMEDIA Axel Reese

After 12 races and 3 discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!

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July 1 Report from Chip Wasson at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Here in Sylt, July 1st came in with a bang in the kiteboard racing department at the 2011 World Championships. I don't know about the other riders out there but today offered up some of the most challenging racing conditions I have ever competed in! 6-8 foot breaking waves and swell that was all over the place accompanied a 30+ knot breeze. In these conditions the race committee could not even anchor their start boats which motored in place all day long always in fear of getting rolled.

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Day 3 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

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Yesterday we had 3 more races in really nasty conditions. A lot of the game was finding the weather mark which was a small yellow cone in head high chop. The first race I started conservatively on starboard near the pin (favored). Andy crushed the port tack start, crossing with about 10 other guys. From there I rounded behind Sky, Damo, and Julien, passing them all on the downwind leg.

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Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

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The racers went out for three races in strong winds and 2-3 meter waves - not really easy conditions to handle with a race board. Nevertheless, the picture on the water did not change from yesterday. The US-team races in another league with only a few Europeans who can follow the speed of John Heineken, Andy Koch, and Sky Solbach.

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BCS Steps Up as a Best International Team Rider

BEST Rider Brian Smith (aka "BCS") has made the jump to the International Team. Fighting off strong competition from National Team riders from all over the world BCS stakes his claim at the top table following an excellent showing at this years REAL Watersports Triple-S invitational.

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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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IKA Racing Worlds Day 2 Update

Around noon the wind started turning but also to completely die down, and it took another couple of hours until it came back up. Around 5 pm there were first signs of wind on the horizon, and suddenly at 5:30pm the wind switched on, turned to west, and had 17-20 knots in strength.

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Day 1 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Six of the top seven are Americans and almost all of the Mike's Lab boards are in the top 10...pretty cool. Today the wind was kind of backwards from normal. It started side-off and really puffy and the kite call was super hard to make because figuring out how windy it was out there was next to impossible.

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