Year: 2012


Patagonia Announces Plant-Based Wetsuit

Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of core outdoor, surf, and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories, and Yulex Corporation, a clean technology company developing agricultural-based biomaterials for medical, consumer, industrial, and bioenergy products, announced today the introduction of a guayule-based wetsuit, a renewable biorubber that is the first alternative to traditional fossil-based Neoprene.
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Lord of the Wind Showdown Slated for January 10-15, 2013

The 2013 Lord of the Wind Showdown is off and running, Jan 10 through Jan 15 in Los Barriles Mexico. With the consistent north winds blowing and the warm water, this is the perfect destination for one of the sport’s top competitions.

VIDEO: LEGO Man Goes Kitesurfing

Another rainy day as winter approaches in the UK finds a LEGO man kiter and the kite launcher making the most of the left-hand towel reef break that was barreling in the corner of my room.
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Kite Racing Shut Out of 2016 Olympics

The Annual General Meeting of the International Sailing Federation approved the decision to keep windsurfing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 51.3% of the votes, reverting the initial option for kiteboarding.
Photo Quincy Dein

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

Wainman Hawaii strives to provide the highest quality gear so riders can maximize their fun and stoke in each session. They do not feel the need to release new gear every year for the sake of saying they have something new and shiny to check out but instead release products when they are 100% confident that they are ready for market.
Photo Paul Lang

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

Underwave was introduced to the US market in 2012 and is back with a refreshed line of softgood products for 2013. Some of the Underwave harnesses feature the unique Vacust technology, which allows you to create a true custom fit with your harness.
Photo Chuck Harlan

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Switch

Now in its second year in the market, Switch Kites is entering its first phase of next-generation gear and has added two new kites to its line.
Photo Lance Koudele

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

For 2013, Slingshot further streamlined its product line up. Slingshot’s kite surfboard line will see the biggest changes with the introduction of EPX construction and Fluid X technology.
Photo courtesy Shinn

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Shinn

After growing up in the UK, Mark Shinn moved to the Canary Islands to pursue a windsurfing career. He discovered kiteboarding in 1999 and quickly rose to the top, competing on the circuit until 2005 when he refocused his efforts to start his own board company.

2013 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

For 2013 RRD is offering a number of refinements on it's extensive kiteboarding product line. In a unique move, RRD is offering two versions of the popular Vision kite.
Photo Jon Malmberg

2013 Buyer’s Guide: ProMotion

Based in the Gorge for 28 years, ProMotion Wetsuits was founded by waterman Dana Love. A surfer at heart, Dana got into windsports to extend his time on the water.
Photo Ian Alldredge

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

The Prolimit lineup of harnesses, wetsuits, and travel bags has been freshly updated for 2013. New for this year is the C4, a kiteboarding-specific wetsuit.
Photo Abner Kingman

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

For 2013, Ozone’s Catalyst and Zephyr kites have been completely redesigned while the rest of the line received smaller modifications.
Photo Alan Van Gysen

2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

NP is a brand new line of technical softgood products from Neil Pryde. Besides a stand-out line of wetsuits, harnesses, and SUP paddles, NP has also release the S1 spreader bar, the first aluminum spreader bar designed for kiteboarding.
Photo Vincent Bergeron

2013 Buyer’s Guide: North Kiteboarding

The biggest changes to North’s lineup for 2013 relate to their control bar, Vegas kite, and Jamie Pro board. New products include the Pro Series, a surfboard shape with the most rocker and outline of all directional boards in North’s lineup, and the Spike Textreme, a new carbon light wind board.
Photo Lukas Nazdraczew

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Nobile

Most of the changes to Nobile’s 2013 line represent refinements that improve upon construction and performance. Additionally, Nobile switched kite production to Sri Lanka, which they say has afforded them higher levels of quality control.
Photo Rogier Jaarsma/

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Mystic

The popular line of Mystic harnesses has received a complete update for 2013 with the introduction of new models and a line of crossover harnesses that can be used for both kiteboarding and windsurfing.
Photo Aaron Loyd

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Loyd Surfboards

A surfer since the age of 4, California native Gabe Loyd caught the kitesurfing bug in 2004 and never looked back. Learning early on that surfboards work but often don’t stand up to the rigors of kitesurfing, he started shaping his own kite-specific boards.
Photo Stephan Kleinlein

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Litewave Designs

As one of kiteboarding’s first board companies, Litewave Designs has been passionate about the sport since 1998. Owner and designer Dave Turner is excited to introduce three entirely new board shapes to his 2013 line up.
Photo Erik Aeder

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Liquid Force

For 2013 Liquid Force is offering refined versions of the popular Envy and the NRG and is also bringing back the HIFI in the form of the HIFI X. The twin tip line has also been refreshed and all of the boards are lighter for 2013.
Photo courtesy JN Kites

2013 Buyer’s Guide: JN Kites

JN Kites was founded by Bernhard Jochum and Michael Nester. Both had industry experience at Cabrinha and North before breaking off to start their own company in 2003. Based out of Merano, Spain, JN kites are now available in North America.
Photo courtesy ION

2013 Buyer’s Guide: ION

ION features eight different wetsuits and 18 different harnesses to fit any budget, body type, and fit preference. Along with other accessories such as hoodies and booties, ION has got you covered from head to toe for all weather conditions any time of the year.
Photo Tim Hendrics

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Gaastra

Gaastra is now available in North America, thanks to former pro windsurfer Brian Caserio. The company has an extensive product line, but for 2013 only two kites, the Jekyll and Hatch, will be available to the American market.
Photo Giles Calvet

2013 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

F-One is releasing the sixth edition of the Bandit, the original Delta kite, and is sticking with the concept of one model of kite to fit most riders. The Bandit now comes with a unique bar that has been machined from solid aluminum.
Photo Richard Boudia

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Flexifoil

Flexifoil has many changes in store for 2013 including the introduction of the new Force and Shiva kites as well as completly new designs for their control bar, Hadlow Pro kite, and Hadlow Freestyle MK2 board. Designing products is a team effort at Flexifoil.
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