Year: 2012

Photo Chuck Harlan

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Firewire

For 2013, Firewire has reverted back to their original product offering which includes reinforced strap inserts and fins, but no straps and pads. With the broad cross section of straps and pads available and the growing legion of kiters who ride without any straps, they’d prefer to allow you the decision of which pad, strap, or neither is right for you.

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Kites

In anticipation of Olympic kiteboarding and the growth of kite racing, Epic is releasing the Racer kite as part of their 4G line of products. The Renegade and Screamer 4G models are still being tested and tweaked and a next generation Xtend bar is expected to be released in January of 2013.
Photo Michal Bukovcak

2013 Buyer’s Guide: CrazyFly

For the 2013 model year CrazyFly has made significant changes to their Sculp kite while the Slash and MooWii remain relatively unchanged. The Sick Bar also received a major upgrade and there were some changes to the extensive CrazyFly board range.
Photo Jason Wolcott

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Cabrinha

The Cabrinha line has received a major update for the 2013 model year, especially in the board department. The twin tip line has been completely redesigned and Cabrinha has also brought their production in-house.
Photo Carlos Moncho

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Best Kiteboarding

Best kiteboarding has made a lot of changes for 2013 with one of the largest being the use of their new Double Core RS canopy fabric on all their kites. According to Best this fabric stretches less and is more durable than other canopy materials. Best has also updated their twin tip line and is introducing a brand new line of directional boards.
Photo Elyse Gaynor

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Axis

Adrian Roper is now entering another phase in his life and career with the launch of his new company, Axis Kiteboarding. He is eager to share his new designs with riders and get feedback on his new shapes.

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Airush

For 2013 Airush has simplified their range of kites and boards, making it easier for riders to find the products best suited to them. The popular Lithium kite is back for 2013 as is the Sector directional board, which is now available in three sizes as well as a one-design version for club-level racing.

Youri Zoon Joins BEST Kiteboarding

As the 2012 competition season draws to a close BEST is proud to announce that they have secured the services of the current Men's World Champion Youri Zoon for 2013. Team Manager Lia Feriancek commented, "The Global Team at BEST just keeps getting bigger and better."
The back drop of Glacier NP just upwind. Photo Katie Literski

Kiteboarding Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is best known for its spectacular views, abundant wild life, and superb hiking. It also happens to be a great place to kiteboard.

VIDEO: Alex Pastor in Warm Water

We had a break from competitions and I spent a good amount of time training in Brazil. Very different weather from my last video that was shot last winter in Tarifa.

TKB 2013 Buyer’s Guide Now Available

The Kiteboarder Magazine 2013 Buyer's Guide contains 185 pages of knowledge on 2013 kiteboarding gear. This is the largest collection of gear info we've ever put together in one place!

VIDEO: Tom Court in Mauritius

With the rain pouring down the windows at home in the UK, Tom decided to get off the couch, put down the PS3 controller, and book a ticket out to Mauritius.

KSP Ireland Wraps Up with a Full Day of Action

The final day of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro got underway before daybreak when the 6am call was made to move the mobile event to an alternate location north of Achill Island. Overhead surf and 30 plus knot winds with intermittent rain squalls marked the early morning heats.

VIDEO: The New Age

Steez is back with an edit featuring Liquid Force's global riders: Christophe Tack, James Boulding, and Brandon Scheid.

VIDEO: Sicily Cruzin 2.0

Watch Wainman Hawaii riders Hannah, Niccolo, Franz, and Chris shredding together with Lou and dropping their tricks.

VIDEO: Summer of 12: Part 2

Join CDM in Cape Hatteras, NC, for the 2012 Triple S Invitational. Watch Brandon Scheid, Brian Smith, Craig Cunningham, Eric Rienstra, and the rest of the Triple S invites charge through a full week of surf, slicks, sliders, & parties.

The Roberto Ricci Interview

Many kiteboarders in North America are aware of RRD, but few know much about Roberto Ricci, the man behind the brand. An energetic and passionate Italian from Tuscany, Roberto started hand-shaping windsurf boards in the mid 1980s.

VIDEO: Getting Air in Turkey

Watch BEST team rider Michael Schitzhofer and North team rider Stefan Spiessberger as they traveled through Turkey this past year.

VIDEO: Summer of 12: Part 1

Watch the latest from Cinaptic Digital Media and join Brandon Scheid, Brian Smith, Craig Cunningham, and Eric Rienstra for an afternoon in The Slick for Part 1 of Summer of 12.
Photo courtesy North Kiteboarding

ROOTS: The Spray Painted North Prototypes

This photo is from one of the early Gorge Games, probably in 2002, held at the Event Site in Hood River. Jaime Herraiz and Will James were competing for North and were also in the middle of testing the Rhino II with Ken Winner.
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