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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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Six US Riders in Top 10 at Worlds in Germany

Sunshine and warm weather welcomed competitors of the 2011 world kite racing championships in Sylt, Germany, today, and after the opening ceremony it went straight to racing.

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The Kiteboarder School: A New Resource for Kiteboarding Instructional Information

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Today The Kiteboarder Magazine announces The Kiteboarder School, a new kiteboarding instructional website. The Kiteboarder School is a central resource for beginner through advanced kiteboarding instructional topics.

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Erin Swain: Windy Downwinder to Jocky’s Ridge

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I am back at it. I just completed a great downwinder to Jockeys Ridge, but this session started out as a bummer. My bud Scott (from the last blog) came to get me and I started grabbing all my gear.

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Vote for 2011 Kiteboarder of the Year

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Who do you think has been the best kiteboarder of 2011? Now through July 5 you can submit your vote now for the 2011 AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during Surf Expo on Friday, September 9, 2011.

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The Kiteboarder Wind Page

You can now get live wind data from sensors across North America on The Kiteboarder Wind Page. The Kiteboarder Wind Page is proudly powered by WindAlert.

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Two Days in Santa Cruz

Josh "Cornfed' Nehf

With no wind anywhere nearby, I found myself starting to go a little stir crazy in the office, so I sent an email to Brendan Richards to see what the conditions in Santa Cruz had been like lately.

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Erin Swain: Downwinder from Ramp 46 to Somewhere in Salvo

Oh My Gosh! Downwinders are a beginner kiter's best friend! I had the best day ever. I went right to the board instead of doing the body drags first. That was a great accomplishment.

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In a Rut? How KB4Girls Helps You and Others

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When I heard Kristin Boese was holding one of her KB4Girls clinics in San Francisco it didn’t take long before I committed myself to the clinic that weekend.

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2011 REAL Triple-S Results

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Friday, June 10th, the final day of the Triple-S Invitational, saw strong SW winds and a full day (and night!) of action on and off the water. Riders hit the water at 10am for SLICKS freestyle action. This session lasted about 3 hours with riders throwing down every trick in the book in nearly perfect flatwater conditions!

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2011 REAL Triple S Update: SURF

Bhoto Bryan Elkus

Triple-S Thursday saw a full day of SURF action down on the southside at Ramp 55/Hatteras Ferry Docks. Kites were flying at 1pm with 12m and then 9m being the call.

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Erin Swain: Back in the Water!

Ok! I had my first session since snowkiting in Colorado! It was amazing! I launched down in Rodanthe, North Carolina, early in the morning when it was blowing 12 to 18 knots.

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Help Maui Kiteboarding Legend Jim Bones

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A short while ago, Jim Bones was diagnosed with lymphoma stage 4 and the doctors believe it has slowly been consuming him for at least two years.

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