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Two Kiteboarders Getting Ready for the Olympics

There are those in the sport of kiteboarding who think kiteboarding will one day be in the Olympics. That day may come in the near future, but this winter, kiteboarders will already be participating in the 2010 Olympic Games.

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The Kiteboarder December Issue Now Available Online

Download the December 2009 issue for free along with back issues back to September 2004 at http://www.thekiteboarder.com/wordpress/category/download-pdf/ Enjoy!

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ETIQUETTE: Why You Need to Be a Responsible Kiteboarder

It’s time to face a simple truth about kiteboarding: it’s growing, and local beaches everywhere are getting crowded. A few years ago, when it was rare to see more than 20 kiteboarders on the water together, there was almost always enough room for everyone to do their own thing and not bother anyone else

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La Ventana Classic & KiteXpo: Final Exhibitors, Prizes and More!

In 2009, your participation helped the event raise over $18,000 USD resulting in a new paint job and trees for the El Sargento primary school, a new outdoor shaded patio performance area for the LV Primary School and more medical tools and exam tables for the local health center. Let’s help raise the bar in 2010!

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Save the World: Recycle Your Old Kites

Will that be paper or plastic? When asked this on your next trip to the grocery store, you might have a unique answer: “Neither. I brought my kite.”

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SLIM CHANCE Instructional Sequence

Why is this move called the Slim Chance? Because that’s your chance of pulling it off – slim! The Slim Chance (also known as a Front Mobe) is an inverted front roll with a backside 360. Master this one and you will be the envy of all others.

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NOR CAL SESSIONS: Winter Kiting in the SF Bay Area

Most kiters put their equipment away till the next summer and reintroduce themselves to their non-kiting friends and family, while a few head to Baja for the winter or some exotic kite vacation. But a core group of San Francisco kiters look to fall, winter and spring as a time for a different kiting experience, where big waves and wild winds at a number of key spots make for some of the best kiting of the year.

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DIAL IN YOUR CONTROL BAR

Your control bar is your connection to your kite. It’s how you control its steering and power, and it’s what transfers the power of the kite to you. Your bar is a relatively small piece of equipment, but it can ruin your session if it does not work right.

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Backwoods: Fairfield, Idaho

The Camas Valley is a snowkite area close to Fairfield, Idaho, that spreads over several hundred square miles and includes Sun Valley. Riders will find diverse terrain with some launch areas on expansive flats and others nestled into humbling mountain basins.

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SIMPLE SPINS: Add Some Variety to Jumps

Rotations are easy and they will add a lot of variety to your jumps, as you can spin frontside or backside for either one or multiple rotations. The key to rotations is all in your head, and we don’t mean your brain.

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JONESING TO JUMP: Basic Kiteboarding Jumps

Let’s face it – a lot of people want to get into kiteboarding so they can jump. You should learn how to stay upwind and do transitions before you start trying to jump, but we know that the reality is that you want to learn how to jump as soon as you are able to go 10 feet on a kiteboard.

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Easy, Breezy Ventana

Don't miss out on all the fun! It's not too late to make plans to join us at this year's La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo! Resister at http://www.palapasventana.com/lvclassic.aspx

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TKB Podcast: Fastrack, the next one-pump innovation?

Tony Logosz from Slingshot Kiteboarding tells us about the new Fastrack system.

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LOOP THAT KITE: How to Kite Loop

The kite loop is one of the less technical tricks in kiteboarding. In fact, as a beginner, you might have looped your kite on accident, regretting the action as you were heading head first into the water! Looping your kite isn’t hard – they’re all about control and commitment, but you must also follow a few important key points to be successful.

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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG: How to Get out of the 13 Most Common Kitemares

Getting into trouble is a part of kiteboarding. Every kiteboarder has either had or will have an OH SH!T moment and how you handle the situation will determine whether you pick yourself back up and continue your session, or find yourself in the back of an ambulance. We have compiled a list of the most common kitemares and how you should react when caught in that situation.

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