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Northern Colombia: Still Undiscovered

Photo Paul Menta

After a quick two and a half hour flight, I was picked up and we headed to the coast. Wladamir is excitedly telling me how you can ride flat water on one side with perfect side-onshore conditions for freestyle or racing while the other side, a short five minute walk away, serves up perfect long peeling waves formed by sandbars with side-offshore winds.

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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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Reasons to Plug your Ears

Photo Jim Stringfellow

Outside of a great fitting harness, helmet, and untangled kite lines, a pair of earplugs is a must for any kiter. The reason is that ear injuries occur frequently, are very painful, and are easily preventable.

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Patagonia Signs Kiteboarder Jason Slezak

Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of core outdoor, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories, is pleased to announce that professional kiteboarder Jason Slezak has formally joined the Patagonia ambassador team.

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Belmont Shore Capture the Wind Festival July 22-24

The Southern California Kiteboarding Association is partnering with the Long Beach Sea Festival to present the Capture the Wind Festival from July 22 to 24. The city has agreed to allow the Association to create a separate beach zone for this event where kiters will compete in the first official jumping contest held in Southern California.

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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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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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