december 2009

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South of the Border in San Quintin

Head 20 minutes south from San Diego on I-5 and you will find yourself in a wildly different place. As soon as you cross under the large green, white, and red sign that reads “MEXICO,” make sure you line up in one of the “Nothing to Declare” lanes and hope for a green light. ... Read More...
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Designer’s Corner: Best/Balance Boards 2010

For 2010, Balance focused on further refining the construction of their boards to extract the last ounce of possible performance. Designer Carlos Saez is utterly confident that they have the highest parts specification and construction found anywhere in the kitesurf market.... Read More...
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Designer’s Corner: Liquid Force Havoc 2010

We wanted to give one of the best SLE kites ever built a major face lift. We envisioned the high demand in 2010 for a no-center-strut design, so we redesigned the Havoc on a 4-strut structure, giving room for a much deeper and more powerful profile in the center of the kite where it’s really needed. ... Read More...
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Kite Fix Economics 101

So here is the situation... You lent your kite to your "buddy" and he went and landed it on a stick he didn't see on the beach. Now your favorite 2007 kite has a two foot long tear down the middle of the canopy. So now what?... Read More...
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Get the Most from Your GoPro

The things that put week-long smiles on our faces are difficult to articulate to others, but with the help of a small digital camera that more and more kiters are using, you don't have to explain yourself to others. You can show them.... Read More...
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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Chris Tronolone

Led by Chris Tronolone, the kiteboarding movies made by Tronolone Productions have been instrumental in inspiring people to learn to kiteboard and in exposing kiteboarding to a much wider audience than would otherwise know about the sport... Read More...
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Naish 2010 Cult Analyze This Kite Review

We were sent a 12m Cult and rode it in 20+ mph winds. Inflating the Cult is simple and fast with the Octopus single point inflation system. The overall quality of the Cult is one of a kind with solid construction throughout the kite.... Read More...
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Wainman Hawaii 2010 Blunt Analyze This Board Review

First off, the Wainman Hawaii Blunts ship with a board bag and everything you need to set it up without going to your tool box. The 130 Blunt has attention getting graphics, a nice thin profile with soft rails all around the board and some mad concave.... Read More...
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Caution 2010 Mayhem X Analyze This Kite Review

Upon inflating the MX, we found it to be a stylish kite complete with Caution’s trademark flame graphics across the top of the canopy. The Mayhem X is very stable, rock solid in the gusts, and delivers a strong consistent power stroke.... Read More...
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RRD 2010 Obsession Analyze This Kite Review

There is no doubt people will see you coming with this kite – we couldn’t help but be attracted to the colorful graphics of the kite and bag. Upon setting up the Obsession, one of the most noticeable things we found was its long bridle, however, it seems to work perfectly with this kite design.... Read More...
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Naish 2010 Torch Analyze This Kite Review

We were surprised and intrigued at how fun new school C-kites have become. The one common myth that was dispelled during out test was that the Torch doesn’t have mass appeal: It’s not just a high end performance kite that can only be enjoyed by experts.... Read More...
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Liquid Force 2010 Envy Analyze This Kite Review

The Envy is a very easy and fast kite to inflate due to the Union single point inflation system and the fact that the Envy is only designed with 3-struts. By taking away the 5th and 4th struts, Liquid Force was able to make a lighter kite.... Read More...