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February 2010

*FEATURE: Behind Shades of Green *TRAVEL: 5 Domestic Snowkiting Locations *INSTRUCTION: Off to the Rescue
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Freak Winds at PKRA Hua Hin

Today was the first day in Hua Hin with unpredictable winds. PKRA Race director Olaf Van Tol decided to postpone the race and freestyle double elimination competitions today in anticipation that the wind would change in direction and pick up in strength.
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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.
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VIDEO: How a Kite is Made

Check out this video from the Ozone Factory in Vietnam and watch how a kiteboarding kite is made.
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Third Annual BEST Superfly Open Results

Here are the results for the Third Annual Best Superfly Open, held March 11-14 at Powder Mountain, Utah. Stay Tuned, we will be following up shortly with more photos and an event report from roving reporter Alexis Rovira.
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WORKBENCH: The Ultimate Kite Pump

No more kinked nozzle hoses. No more running back to your car for extra tools or repair materials. And best of all, no more bending over to pump up your kite!
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Designer’s Corner: Slingshot Celeritas 2010

Ben Wilson was in the shaping room when Slingshot made it and ended up liking it so much he took it home with him. He said it changed his life. He then convinced Slingshot to develop a full line of Celeritas boards.
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EVENT REPORT: CKA San Diego, February 13, 2010

CKA San Diego represents the first stop on the 2010 Collegiate Kiteboarding Association West Coast tour. Originating in Florida, USD, UCSB, and Cal Poly have started the first West Coast kite tour.
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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.
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Snowkiting in Florida? Yes!

Everything was arranged and lots of people were planning on attending. There was one minor issue though: It was about 30 degrees and snow flurries were predicted! I mean, this is Florida, we don’t do cold!
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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
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ETIQUETTE: Why You Need to Be a Responsible Kiteboarder

It’s time to face a simple truth about kiteboarding: it’s growing, and local beaches everywhere are getting crowded. A few years ago, when it was rare to see more than 20 kiteboarders on the water together, there was almost always enough room for everyone to do their own thing and not bother anyone else
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Ruben Lenten in Cape Town (surgery update)

I went for surgery on my left ankle on the 29th of December and have been on the couch with my leg up for the past week…In the hospital everything went smooth, I tried to enjoy those narcotics for as long as possible while on the surgery table…But of course I passed out within 10seconds
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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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NOR CAL SESSIONS: Winter Kiting in the SF Bay Area

Most kiters put their equipment away till the next summer and reintroduce themselves to their non-kiting friends and family, while a few head to Baja for the winter or some exotic kite vacation. But a core group of San Francisco kiters look to fall, winter and spring as a time for a different kiting experience, where big waves and wild winds at a number of key spots make for some of the best kiting of the year.
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DIAL IN YOUR CONTROL BAR

Your control bar is your connection to your kite. It’s how you control its steering and power, and it’s what transfers the power of the kite to you. Your bar is a relatively small piece of equipment, but it can ruin your session if it does not work right.
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IKA approves European Freestyle Championship Series

A tour of five events will determine the best European Kiteboarder in the thrilling discipline of freestyle. Each individual event will also offer kiteboard racing with ranking points counting towards the IKA world ranking to cover two of the most attractive disciplines.
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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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IKA officially launches Olympic Campaign

With the successful bid of Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Sailing Regatta 2016 held on the beaches of the Copacabana, Kiteboarding would perfectly suit into this scenery and add a true highlight to the Olympic Games.
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The Off the Hook Off the Lip

An off the lip turn is basically just a heelside carve timed to happen on the face of a wave. This is the simplest way to begin having fun in swell. Practice this turn in small waves before moving up to the big ones as mistakes will hurt a lot less.
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So You Want to Be a Kiteboarder? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Every kiteboarder has been approached by someone on the beach and asked, “What’s that sport called? How much does it cost? Is it hard?” The first two questions are easy to answer: It’s called kiteboarding and it costs about $2000 to $2500 to get started. Is kiteboarding hard? Well, that depends.