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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Miguel and the Kite Sri Lanka crew go looking for some freeride action with the new Breeze and Sparkplug boards.
Robbie Douglas of Vineyard Haven won the second annual North American Speed Sailing Championships Invitational on Tuesday.
We catch up with Kristin Boese and the KB4Girls crew in Egypt at El Gouna.
The North Kiteboarding Team went down to beautiful New Caledonia in late August this year.
Join Pedro Henrique as he travels around beautiful (and cold) Ireland looking for waves and wind.
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.
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.
Steez is back with an edit featuring Liquid Force’s global riders: Christophe Tack, James Boulding, and Brandon Scheid.
Watch Wainman Hawaii riders Hannah, Niccolo, Franz, and Chris shredding together with Lou and dropping their tricks.
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.
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.
Tom Court tells us why he chooses to ride the North Vegas kite and Gambler Board and also talks about how the Vegas changed for the 2013 model year.
Watch BEST team rider Michael Schitzhofer and North team rider Stefan Spiessberger as they traveled through Turkey this past year.
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.