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The Rumors Were Right: Ian Alldredge Signs with BWS

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BWS is pleased to announce that it has signed world-class kitesurfer Ian Alldredge to a multi-year endorsement deal. Allredge joins the BWS global athlete program alongside Josh Mulcoy, Ryland Blakeney, and Ben Wilson.

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Slingshot Sports and Liquid Force Exchange Intellectual Property Rights

Slingshot Sports and Liquid Force are both market leaders when it comes to product innovation and today Slingshot has agreed to license Liquid Force’s latest binding patent and Liquid Force has agreed to license Slingshot’s control bar patent.

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F-One 2011 Bandit 4 (B4) Analyze This Kite Review

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The F-One Bandit, the original Delta kite, is now in its fourth generation and it has undergone a major redesign for 2011. It is now a three-strut one pump kite with square wingtips.

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Slingshot 2011 RPM Analyze This Kite Review

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For 2011, the largest change to the Slingshot RPM is the addition of Spitstrut, which means that the struts are now integrated into the canopy as opposed to being attached to the bottom of it.

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North 2011 Evo Analyze This Kite Review

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The Evo is a five-strut one pump kite that shows North’s usual attention to details. This is a bridled four-line kite (it can also be flown as a five-line) with a very compact and simple bridle.

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Zoon and Pulido Take Freestyle Titles at PKRA Hua Hin

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It was an extremely wet and wild day here in Hua Hin, Thailand. The competition got underway very early this morning in very gusty and extraordinarily fierce weather conditions.

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Win a Liquid Force DLX Board and Cradle Bindings

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Your video will be looped on liquidforcekites.com for the entire month of July! Along with this you will win a fresh new ride! A DLX board and a set of Cradle bindings!

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CLOSE UP: Oli Berlic

As Matt Sexton’s roommate at Eckerd College, Oli Berlac helped found the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA) after first trying to learn with a 12m kite and no harness. After finishing school, Oli moved to Brazil for a few years and is now the resident coach living onboard Meercat, the Zenith Ocean Voyages catamaran.

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Suffering Bladder Issues?

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While today’s kites are much more durable than the ones built a few years ago (just ask someone who’s been kiting for more than five years how often they had to repair bladders in the past), a damaged bladder is still a fairly common problem.

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St. Martin: The Pearl of the Caribbean

With a water temperature of 75°, there is no need for a wetsuit in St. Martin.  Photo courtesy Wind-Adventures

Just 186 miles from Puerto Rico, St. Martin is the smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two nations, France and the Netherlands.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 North Surfboard Line

North’s surf lineup features four board options designed for specific wave and wind conditions. Their new bamboo sandwich construction offers excellent dampening and flex and is also really resistant to pressure dents and dings. Photo Erik Aeder

With their new Bamboo Tech construction and progressive shapes and styles, North’s Sky Solbach feels that they vastly improved the feel of their 2011 boards and tells us what we can expect from their new surf line.

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Snowkiting 102: What You Need to Know About Snow

‘Chasta’ Chastagnol is a kiteboarder who cannot wait for the winter season. Photo Pascal Boulgakow

Snowkiting is not much different than kiteboarding on the water, but a new set of rules needs to be adapted for a different environment. Much of the standard kiteboarding gear can be used and the same skills and techniques directly apply.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Flexifoil ION

Thanks to the ION’s improved strut to leading edge attachment, Operations Manager Martyn Hogg had no luck while trying to break the kite with full slam down nose dives in Morocco. Photo Richard Boudia

For 2011, Flexifoil focused on integrating new construction techniques and materials to produce a stronger, more refined product. Operations Manager Martyn Hogg helped us find out more about what you can expect from the 2011 ION.

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2011 Best Superfly Open 2011 Results

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The 4th Annual BEST SuperFly Open had some epic conditions over the President’s Day weekend with rider participation coming from all over the world to showcase their skills. The event was located in new venue this year, Strawberry Reservoir, UT.

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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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