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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Mystic Kiteboarding

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Mystic completely redesigned its 2012 collection of wetsuits which now come in front and back zip models and a multitude of other options to match your specific needs and budget. The harness line was fine tuned to make them even more comfortable and stylish and women will be especially stoked with their expanded options as well. New for 2012 is Mystic’s wake/cable line of wetsuits and vests as well as an entirely new line of clothing and board/travel bags. Mystic’s Evan Mavridoglou walked us through what we can expect from Mystic in 2012.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Liquid Force Kiteboarding

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For 2012 Liquid Force has drastically updated its line of kites, with only the Envy continuing from last year. Liquid Force is also offering an extensive line of twin tips and an updated surfboard line that includes collaboration with Fletcher Chouinard of FCD. Gary Siskar and Julien Fillion answered our questions about the large offering of 2012 products from Liquid Force.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: FireWire Kitesurf

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For 2012, FireWire has updated the construction of their kitesurf-specific line of surfboards and has introduced the Deviant Fin, a canting center fin to replace the trailing fin on any tri-fin surfboard. FireWire’s Brian Friedmann answered our questions about what’s new from FireWire and how riders should go about choosing the correct FireWire for their needs.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: F-One Kiteboarding

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F-One has made some major changes to its 2012 product line. Returning for 2012 is the fifth generation of the Bandit Delta kite. US distributor Nicolas Ostermann walks us through their extensive lineup which now also includes SUP boards and paddles.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Epic Kites 3G

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As opposed to referring to products by model year, Epic has decided to refer to products by generations. This is the year of the 3G (Third Generation) line of Epic products. New for this year are two brand new surfboards, the Judge C-Kite, and a 13m Limited Edition Renegade. Epic’s Dimitri Maramenides filled us in on what we can expect from the latest line of Epic gear.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: CrazyFly

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A family owned company based out of Slovakia, Crazyfly has been producing full carbon boards for the past 10 years. Based on their years of experience and testing, they firmly believe that if you want the highest performance board, carbon is irreplaceable. The company added kites to its products in 2010. Tech rep Brent Reagan from PKS Distribution answered our questions about Crazyfly’s 2012 line up.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Core Kiteboarding

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Core Kiteboarding is a subsidiary company of Hiss-Tec Fehmarn, which also owns Carved, a German custom board company. The complete Carved team along with input from some of Germany’s best riders help Core in the design and development of their kites. Now with distribution in the United States through 7 Sins Kiteboarding in California, Marketing Manager Philip Schinnage answered our questions about Core’s 2012 kites and new Sensor control bar.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Blade Kiteboarding

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For 2012 Blade simplified their kite line by removing the Vertigo, which was possible because of two bridle configurations available on the 2012 Trigger. Blade is also offering the Fat Lady, a light wind-specific kite. Blade’s Yaron Barlev answered our questions about the latest Blade products.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Best Kiteboarding

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Best has made significant construction and design changes to its 2012 lineup of next generation products and has also added a few new products to the mix as well. The new GP C-kite features patent pending Reflex curve technology and Best will also be introducing a new freerace/fun board called the Kiaola. Marketing Manager Simon Clark answered our questions about what we can expect from Best for 2012.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Airush

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With an extensive line of seven kites, eight twin tips, four surfboards, and four specialty boards, Airush has a huge offering of products for 2012. New for this year is the Varial X, a combination of the 2011 Varial and Vapor X kites. Airush’s Marc Schmid answered our questions about what we can expect from the latest Airush products.

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2012 TKB Buyer’s Guide: 126 Pages on the Latest Kiteboarding Gear from 19 Brands

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We sat down with representatives from the different kiteboarding brands and we asked the questions you wanted to know the answers to! This electronic magazine is full of links to videos, product information pages, 2012 catalogs, and more.

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TKB Review: X3 Kite Compression Bags

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The X3 Kite Compression Kit includes three large vacuum bags and an adapter that allows you to use your kite pump to suck the air out of the bags to shrink your kites, making them easier to pack. The bags are made out of a heavier material than we've seen on consumer vacuum bags made for traveling and feature a large one-way valve.

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Flexifoil Announces New Hadlow ID Kite

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Flexifoil is proud to announce today the next step in the HADLOW range. The HADLOW ID is the 2nd kite from Aaron Hadlow, offering all kitesurfers from intermediate through to pro a step into the world and style of HADLOW.

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VIDEO: 2012 North Kiteboarding Kites at Surf Expo

Dan Schwarz gives us an overview of the 2012 line of kites from North Kiteboarding.

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VIDEO: Wainman Hawaii 2012 Rabbit 2 Kites at Surf Expo

Niccolo Porcella talks about the highly anticipated new round of Wainman Hawaii kites and control bar.

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