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  • 4 Kites You Should Grab Now from Slingshot, Cabrinha, Naish

    This time every year, the kiteboarding industry comes out with the next year’s product lines. With the industry releasing new products to meet rider-trends, refined designs, and current graphics, it’s easy to forget that performance and awesomeness of last season. But – as retailers make room for 2015 product, it’s a great time for you to take advantage of the 2014 goodness at a hugely reduced price.  We’ve picked 4 kites that you should grab NOW – before they’re sold out. Take a look at the top sellers from Slingshot, Cabrinha , and Naish:

    2014 Slingshot Rally

    2014 Slingshot Rally Kite

    The Slingshot Rally Kite is incredibly versatile. It’s got top-end performance in surf conditions or freeriding, with an amazing wind range. And it’s super stable.

    Get it now, with bar and lines, for as low as $1249.

    2014 Cabrinha Switchblade and 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Siren

    2014 Cabrinha Switchblade KiteThe Cabrinha Switchblade offers precise, direct control. It’s the ultimate performer with super-easy handling. The Switchblade is unbeatable with its staggering wind range and has been one of the industry’s top selling kites for 8 years.

    Get it now with bar and lines for as low as $1327.

    2014 Naish Draft

    2014 draft

    The Draft Kite is a high performance kite for freeriders looking to kill-it with hooked-in riding, big hang time. This kite is super stable and has mega glide – for big floaty airs.

    Get it now for as low as $799.

    Curious about the 2014/15 Draft Kite? It’s in stock now.

    2014 Naish Fly

    2014 Fly on IG

    The Naish Fly kite, a light wind kite, has amazing low-end power and is extremely lightweight. This freeride/freestyle kite has a 2 strut design and is easy to water relaunch – even in light wind.

    Get it now for as low as $1140.

    Curious about the 2014/15 Fly Kite? It’s in stock now. 

  • The 3 Best Slingshot Kiteboards for Your Quiver

    Whether you’re looking for big wave riding or aiming to rip it up with some unhooked, freestyle goodness, having the right board can make all the difference. These are the 3 best slingshot kiteboards to have in your quiver.

    Plus – these boards are on SALE right now as part of the annual Slingshot SUPERSALE!

    3 Best Slingshot Kiteboards: #1 The All-Around Kiteboard

    2014 Slingshot Misfit Kiteboard

    If you can only have one board, the 2014 Slingshot MisFit­­­­ is it. And if you’re looking for a complete quiver of boards, this board will fill in the gaps between more specialized boards, so you’re riding better and more often. The Misfit is a hand-built, full wood-core board that is smooth in chop, has crazy upwind drive, and absorbs and releases energy, giving it a lively and responsive feel.

    3 Best Slingshot Kiteboards: #2 The Freestyle Kiteboard

    2014 Slingshot Asylum Kiteboard

    Get ready to whip-it good with the 2014 Slingshot Asylum Kiteboard. This board will have you popping ollies, railing upwind, and boosting big. The wood-core makes the Asylum stunningly quick and super powerful. It’s got laser cut channels and an intense rocker profile. If you’re looking to take your aggressive, freestyle riding to the next level, you’ll want this maneuverable, snappy, and smooth kiteboard in your quiver.

    3 Best Slingshot Kiteboards: #3 The Wave Kiteboard

    2014 Slingshot  t rex Kite Surfboard

    If you’re looking for aerial tricks and poppy direction changes in your wave riding, you want the 2014 Slingshot T-Rex Kite Surfboard. The single concave makes the T-Rex ride like it’s bigger than it is, but without the bulk and weight. It’s got a precise feel, blasts upwind, and has a tail shape that allows for sharp carving in any type of condition.

    Package Deals

    If you’re looking to create the perfect quiver or a paired down all-around package, contact us. We’ll put together board and kite combos that are just right for you at an unbeatable price.

  • 5 Kites That Will Change the Way You Kiteboard

    Whether you’re a big-wave rider, freestyle fanatic, or just getting started, these 5 kites will change the way you kiteboard.

    2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite

    The 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade

    The 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite is a high performance kite that delivers precise and direct control with easy handling. The Switchblade offers a huge amount of power on the low end and amazing handling on the top end. With a wide range of conditions, this kite is ready for boosting big and mega hang time and it’s easy handling makes it an ideal all-around kite.

    2014 Slingshot Rally Kite

    The 2014 Slingshot Rally

    Freeriders and kite surfers, the 2014 Slingshot Rally is the kite for you. The Rally has reliable top-end performance and an amazing wind range. It’s Splitstrut construction makes it incredibly stable and the Surf Tough Seams give the canopy more strength and structure than other kites. The Rally has a huge wind range, excellent upwind ability. It offers big hang time combined with quick re-launch and easy depower.

    2014 Ozone Catalyst Kite

    The 2014 Ozone Catalyst

    Wave-riding aficionados will love the 2014 Ozone Catalyst Kite as much as kiteboarding newbies. It really does “do it all” to a very high level. The Catalyst is easy to ride and fly. Its simple re-launch and progressive de-power make it a perfect entry level kite. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a beginners only kite. The Catalyst is will charm even the most advanced rider looking for unhooked riding and mega float delivering. It’s a solid wave riding performer.

    2014 Naish Park Kite

    The 2014 Naish Park

    The 2014 Naish Park Kite is a kite that will work for any rider, any style, in any condition. It’s got the perfect amount of sweep for maximized depower.  It’s easy to ride, with the handling to smack the lip and the power to boost. The Park’s huge wind range means you’ll have phenomenal low-end power and consistent pull. It’s got a Static Bridle Platform improving forward flying, acceleration out of turns, stability, instant response, and direct bar feel.

    2014 F-one Bandit Kite

    The 2014 F-One Bandit

    The 2014 F-One Bandit is a precision machine. With unparalleled maneuverability, the Bandit makes for easy jumping and impressive hang-time. It has a super-stable profile and plenty of power for early planning. The real reason riders love this kite is that it’s so much less physical to ride than most kites. You’ll have more control on your board to carve and edge with fingertip handling.

  • 3 Reasons to Love Kiteboarding

    You already know that kiteboarding is absolutely, hands-down, one of the most fun things a person can do. Whether you’re having an adrenalin-fueling big-air session, or a lazy day cruising through warm water, you can’t enough of this sport. We can’t either.

    But don’t just kiteboard for the fun of it. Here are 3 more reasons to love kiteboarding:

    Kiteboarding is Meditation1. Kite People Are Good People

    Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, people who kiteboard are generally extremely helpful and friendly. We’ve talked to kiters all over the world – from Canada to Australia, from Saudi Arabia to Brazil – and we’ve found one thing to be true: Kiters are good people.

    2. Kiteboarding Fitness

    When you’re having fun it’s easy to forget that kiteboarding is an amazing, full body workout. The more your push your skill level, the more demands you put on core, your arms, your legs. The better the winde, the longer the session, and the more endurance you build.

    3. Mediation

    Kiting is inherently a be-here-now activity. Paying attention to wind conditions, navigating the waves and whitecaps that surround you, feeling the changes in speed and direction with your legs, feeling where the kite is an what it’s doing through the bar…  This all allows your mind to tap into the meditative qualities of a focused activity.

  • 2014/15 Naish Kites: Draft, Fly, Ride, & Trip

    Take a look at the new 2014/15 Kites from Naish: the Draft, Fly, Ride, and Trip.  These fresh designs offer more boost, longer glides, and amazing control. And they’re available now.

    2014 15 Naish DraftThe 2014/15 Naish Draft

    High Performance Freeride/BigAir/Race

    The 2014/15 Naish Draft kite’s airfoil design makes it ideal for hooked-in riding, impressive upwind performance, and speed that’s… well… turbo. They’ve reduced the leading edge taper, giving the Draft amazingly precise bar feel. Serious kiters deserve a serious kite.

    2014 15 Naish Fly

    2014/15 Naish Fly
    Light Wind Freeride

    If you’re looking to learn new tricks, take some chances, and up your up your all around game, give the 2014/15 Naish Fly kite a good, hard look. This is kite is smooth and powerful, even in marginal wind conditions. The swept-back wingtip and anti-stiction window make water relaunching easy.  So go on!  Ramp-up your boost-age and take your kiting to the next level.

    2014 15 Naish Ride2014/15 Naish Ride
    All-around Freeride

    The two-strut design of the 2014/15 Naish Ride kite makes it incredibly lightweight and the fuller center section makes this kite a king when it comes to low-end performance. If you like to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, the Ride’s flatter arc packs a punch when sheeted-in. So power-up and get after it.

    2014 15 Naish Trip

    The 2014/15 Naish Trip
    Travel/Freeride/Wave

    Planning a kiteboarding or kitesurfing vacation? The 2014/15 Naish Trip is the kite for you. It’s got the wind range of a larger kite and the quickness and turning precision of a smaller kite. Designer for intermediate to advanced riders, this kite is more than a sky-mall gimmick. It’s the real deal. The Trip strutless design means it packs down to a size 30% smaller than a comparable kite with struts.

  • Here comes the New Ozone Edge

    2015 Ozone EdgeAvailable May 1st: The New Ozone Edge

    Get ready for the newest Kite from Ozone: The new Ozone Edge has built a reputation as a win-races-fast kite as well as a launch-you-like-mad free-ride kite. This year's new design includes all the speed and big air capabilities from the past and makes them even smoother and more stable.

    The new wing panel gives you more control when you've got it loaded. The improved strut position allows the wingtips to flex - reducing steering forces and quickening handling.

    Only a select few have had the chance to take this kite out of the bag. Early reports say: "Very nice for cruising. Stable, and shoots upwind like crazy." "Best flat water race kite I’ve flown."

    Pre-Order Now

    Want to get your hands on one ASAP? Contact us now to pre-order your new Ozone Edge in Black & Orange. Purple will be available in the second wave of product release. *Remember, you can use your $425 Trade-In towards one of these kites.

    2015 Edge Wind Chart

    More Kite Sizes

    Ozone has added three new sizes to this kite, including smaller sizers for smaller riders and foil board racers, so you can pick your quiver-perfect kite: 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10, 11m, 13m, 15m, 17m, or 19m.

  • Kiteboarding FAQ: You ask. Michael Answers.

    2014 Slingshot Kites

    Whether you're a seasoned kiter or a just getting into the sport, you've got questions. "How does the 2014 model compare to the 2013?"  "What board should I get?" or "Can you get this very specific replacement part for me?"

    We've started a new series of Kiteboarding Frequently Asked Questions.  Because... You asked, Michael answers.

    FAQ #1: Can I get replacement lines or parts for my kite?

    Heck ya! We've got lines and replacement parts for almost any kite. Not sure what you need.

     

    What-happens-when-the-kite-hits-the-waterFAQ #2: What Happens When The Kite Hits The Water?

    Kite crashes happen to every kiteboarder. Your kite will go down at some point. Luckily, you can re-launch LEI kites from the water. They have inflated struts that give the kite structure as well to keep them well afloat when they crash. You need to know the proper and quick way to re-launch your kite when it goes down. It doesn't take a ton of strength, only finesse and knowledge. Take a lesson. Spend time practicing. It will give you the confidence to advance as a kiteboarder.

    FAQ #3: Do You Have To Be Strong To Kiteboard?

    You don't have to be as strong as most people think you need to be to kiteboard. The kiteboarding harness that is hooked to the kite takes most of the load. Your arms are mostly there to steer and control the kite, not to hang on for the ride.

    That said, the more fit you are, the more you'll be able to advance as a kiter and the safer you'll be if something goes wrong and you have to swim. Try some kiteboarding specific exercises, like these from Sarah Ellis.

     

    FAQ #4: What's the difference between Inflatable Kites and Foil Kites? 

    There are benefits and drawbacks to both kites. Leading Edge Inflatables (LEIs) are the most common kite you see on the water. Some of the benefits are: They relaunch easily, are easy to fly, and have LOTS of wind range. Also, most kiters will understand how to help launch/land an LEI. The downside of LEIs can be holes in bladders and general rip maintenance.

    Foils are the true original kiteboarding kite and also used for land and snow. They pack down easily, are very light weight. Over the years they have improved drastically and offer equally large wind ranges to LEI’s and are also easy to relaunch and fly. They have no bladders so there isn’t as much down time fixing things. However many foils have extensive bridles and take some line maintenance.

    FAQ #5: I'm 60 Years Old, Can I Still Learn?

    Yes! You can still learn. We have customers of all ages learning how to kiteboard.

    Got a kiteboarding question?

    Michael has answers. Email or call to get answers.

  • It's time for our annual Spring Trade in Special!

    Spring-Trade-InYou know you want a new kite and now's the best time to do it! Trade in your functioning old kite (with bar & lines) and pick out a brand-spankin'-new 2014 kite. If you select a new kite that is 12m or larger, we'll give you $425 credit for your old gear. *If you select a kite smaller than 12m, we'll give you $300 trade in value.

    HOW?

    • -Place an order online for any 12m or larger 2014 kite with a bar/line set.
      (Does not include 2014 kites on sale, closeout or demo)
    • -In the "Comments" section at checkout just tell us you are doing the trade-in deal
    • -Send us ANY functioning kite with bar/lines
    • -When we receive your old kite and bar/line set we'll apply the $425* discount to your credit card or PayPal account.
    • -Send your gear with your name to:

     

    KiteLine
    2148 NW 5th St.
    Bend, OR 97701
    USA

  • The 2014 Line of Nobile Kiteboards

    2014 Nobile 50Fifity KiteboardNobile is a small company making low production, incredibly high quality kite boards. Based in Poland, the 2014 Nobile kiteboards are some of the best out there. We’re glad to be carrying them again and we’ve got the full line-up ready for you.

    2014 Nobile 50/FIFTY

    If you’re looking for gigantic pop with incredibly smooth landings, the 2014 Nobile 50/FIFTY Kiteboard is worth taking a closer look at.  This board is ideal for new-school kiters looking for solid performance. The 3D flex engineering makes this board perfect for aggressive riders. So, go huge. Maximize your float time. Then, land like it was nothin’, man. Nothin’.

    2014 Nobile NHP Kiteboard

    The 2014 Nobile NHP Kiteboard  is a performance oriented, all conditions freestyle machine. If you’re looking for mega POP, sweet-as-pie landings, and serious grip, this is your board. Cut through chop like you’re that dude on the Ginsu-Knife commercials and then boost bigger than you thought you could.

    2014 Nobile NHP Split Kiteboard

    Nobile 2014 NHP Split Kiteboard

    The 2014 Nobile NHP Split Kiteboard is the freestyle board ideal for travelers, wind-chaser, and drifters.  This board delivers all the crazy pop, amazing grip, and stellar upwind performance of the NHP, and then it splits in two. Rip it up, then split the board and pack it in your standard sized luggage (or slide it under the seat of your camper van). It’s super easy to disassemble and reassemble yet still delivers phenomenal performance.

    Check out the rest of the 2014 Nobile Kiteboarding line here. And, as always, just ask us if you have any questions.

  • 5 Things to Make Kiteboarding Better This Spring

    Spring KiteboardingDepending where you are, Spring kiteboarding conditions can be flukey, crazy-powerful, or incredibly light. Being prepared for a variety of conditions with gear that offers spot-on performance means you can be out on the water and working the winter-kinks out sooner.

    1 -  Versatile Gear

    Our go-to recommendation this season includes the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite, the 2014 Cabrinha Tronic Kiteboard, and the 2014 Dakine Pyro Harness. With the Switchblade, you’ll get amazing handling and control on the top end and power on the low end. The Tronic is great for all types of riding and conditions, whether you’re in choppy water or hucking massive airs. If you want the best-fitting waist-harness that will be comfortable with or without your wetsuit, the Pyro is your best bet.

    2 -  Adjustable Footstraps

    When you choose foot straps or bindings, consider whether you’ll be wearing booties this spring and whether you’ll be kiting barefoot later this summer. We recommend foot straps that offer the adjustability so you’re not changing them out half-way through the season. Check out the NSI Ratchet Foot Straps or the Dakine X-Lace Wave Footstraps.

    The NSI design has an integrated ladder strap and ratchet buckle that accommodates a wide range of adjustment. The Dakine foot straps have lace-up tensioners that form to your foot and easily adjust to the perfect size. Both of these models make it easy to change footwear and still use the same straps.

    3 -  A Great Drysuit

    DrysuitStaying warm in really cold water means staying dry. Having some decent foul weather gear when you’re hanging around the launch is also kinda nice. The Ocean Rodeo Ignite Drysuit is both. When worn in “full dry” mode, the Ignite is 100% dry and one of the best drysuits on the market. If conditions back off or you’re taking a break between sessions, you can easily converted to “standby mode” by unzipping the dry zip and removing the neck seal.

    4 -  Warm, Dry Clothes to Change Into

    Keep a warm change of clothes to change into after an awesome session. The Slingshot Payload Duffle is a huge volume 35" x 19" x 19" gear bag built with super durable, water resistant materials and zippers.  And, shoot, why not keep your feet  comfortable in the process with the 2014 Slingshot Folding Changing Mat.

    5 -  Get a Package Deal Price

    If you’re looking at buying a few items from this list, contact us for a custom package deal. Whether it’s help choosing the right gear, offering the best prices, or giving you Loyalty Points, we take care of our customers!

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