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December 2010

*TRAVEL: Alaska Roadtrippin: A Trip to Thompson Pass *BACKWOODS: Tobago Cays with the Zenith Ocean Crew *How to Save Access at Your Local Beach
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INSTRUCTIONAL: The Costs of Kiteboarding

Many people who may be interested in kiteboarding are turned away from the sport because of the initially large investment that it takes to get going as a kiteboarder.
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Even for many seasoned riders, riding toeside seems to be an elusive skill, not because it’s hard to do, but because it’s hard to do well.
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The truth about unhooking is that it’s not nearly as difficult as most people think it is.
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Strapless Surfing: Getting to the Outside

Strapless riding is a great way to challenge yourself and have fun on even the flattest of days. One of the biggest challenges when riding strapless can be getting out past the waves.
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June 2010

*TRAVEL: Cabo Verde: Children of the Point *2010 TKB Annual Instructional Guide *INTERVIEW: Matt Sexton

Off to the Rescue: Advanced Recoveries

Practice makes perfect and I cannot stress enough that you should take time to practice these techniques in controlled situations before you try to help someone in a real life.
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TKB Trick Tips: S-Bend

The S-Bend is a combination of the raley and front roll. This is a very basic unhooked kiteboarding move.
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INSTRUCTIONAL: Off to the Rescue: Helping Riders in Trouble

Most of us have experienced seeing another rider whose kite is down and is having trouble relaunching. Here’s my question: Did you consider helping out, or did you just watch as the kiter thrashed around, thinking to yourself that they’ll be OK?
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The PUCKER Factor: How to Handle the Most Common Kitemares

“What do I do now?” As a kiter, you need to be mentally prepared for how you will react in different situations before they actually happen. Always be ready to activate your safety system and practice doing it so that you will know what to expect when you have to pull the trigger.


Why is this move called the Slim Chance? Because that’s your chance of pulling it off – slim! Master this one and you will be the envy of all others.
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Since this is a magazine about kiteboarding, you may be asking yourself, “WHAT IS A STAND UP PADLEBOARDING INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDE DOING HERE?” Over the past year, it has become very obvious to us that a great majority of our readers either already have their own stand up paddling equipment, have given it a try, or are interested in getting into this rapidly growing sport.
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Many kiteboarders have discovered how much fun riding a surfboard-style directional board can be, but many of those who haven’t are intimidated by having to learn how to jibe. Fear not! It’s really not as hard as you might think it is.
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SLIM CHANCE Instructional Sequence

Why is this move called the Slim Chance? Because that’s your chance of pulling it off – slim! The Slim Chance (also known as a Front Mobe) is an inverted front roll with a backside 360. Master this one and you will be the envy of all others.
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SIMPLE SPINS: Add Some Variety to Jumps

Rotations are easy and they will add a lot of variety to your jumps, as you can spin frontside or backside for either one or multiple rotations. The key to rotations is all in your head, and we don’t mean your brain.
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LOOP THAT KITE: How to Kite Loop

The kite loop is one of the less technical tricks in kiteboarding. In fact, as a beginner, you might have looped your kite on accident, regretting the action as you were heading head first into the water! Looping your kite isn’t hard – they’re all about control and commitment, but you must also follow a few important key points to be successful.
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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG: How to Get out of the 13 Most Common Kitemares

Getting into trouble is a part of kiteboarding. Every kiteboarder has either had or will have an OH SH!T moment and how you handle the situation will determine whether you pick yourself back up and continue your session, or find yourself in the back of an ambulance. We have compiled a list of the most common kitemares and how you should react when caught in that situation.
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Load and Pop: Intro to Wakestyle Kiteboarding

Learning a few unhooked load and pop tricks adds a whole new realm of possibilities to your riding. Unhooking is not just for young riders and is actually a lot easier than you think.
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TKB Beginner to Advanced Kiteboarding Instructional Guide

Rather than bore you with the same regurgitated newbie beginner information, we enlisted the help of many of the top instructional coaches in the country to share their expertise with you and also added some new sections to ensure The Kiteboarder Instructional Guide is both up-to-date and useful to every level of kiteboarder.
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Launch and Land By Yourself

While it’s always best to launch and land your kite with the help of a fellow kiteboarder, there are many times when you need help with nobody around to assist you.
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