Depending 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.
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.
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.
Staying 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.
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.
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!
When I was a kid, I was pretty much obsessed with Mr Rogers. Except that puppet, Lady Elaine, totally creeped me out. (Really, that was supposed to be a lady??) I couldn’t get enough of the field trips they took to find our how things were made. Remember? They’d visit factories and tell you how things like fortunes cookies, crayons, guitars... you name it… were made. I miss those shows. Maybe I should bring it all back - but I’m ditching Lady Elaine and taking better field trips.
Today, on Mr. Giebelhaus’s Neighborhood, we’re going to take a visit to the Crazyfly Kiteboarding Factoring and see how the 2014 Crazyfly kiteboards are made. Then we’ll talk you through the different construction methods and looks at their newest 2014 boards. Come on! It’ll be fun!
Crazyfly carbon and wood core kiteboards are exceptional. These boards are temperature balanced with a lamination process that uses heating, so the product durability is excellent. Because Crazyfly handles all of the board production in-house, they have exceptional quality control and yet, somehow, are an inexpensive choice compared with other carbon boards on the market.
Carbon fibers are ultra light and at the same time extremely strong. It's a very dynamic material that returns instantly to its original shape after being stressed. That translates to loads of pop in your kiteboard. The wood core maintains wood's natural flex properties and is also incredibly light. It's a double whammy of lightness and pop.
One of the carbon wrapped, wood care kiteboards is the 2014 Crazyfly Raptor Pro. It’s a high performance freeride board that you can push hard for powered freestyle tricks.
UD (Uni-directional) Kevlar wrapped, wood core boards gives you a high strength, low weight board with and freestyle and wakestyle pop. These boards are thin, light, and rock solid.
The 2014 Crazyfly Bulldozer Kiteboard is a freestyle/wakestyle crossover board with Quattro concave shape which makes for unbeatable edging and dreamy-soft landings.
Multiaxial fibers give these boards more torsion flex and strength because the fibers reinforce it in multiple directions.
The 2014 Crazyfly All Around Kiteboard is an incredibly comfortable board with soft flex, great upwind ability and a decent amount of pop. The Allround is ideal for a wide range of riders from beginner through to intermediate.
2014 CrazyFly Cruiser Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Cruiser Pro Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Girls Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Girls Pro Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Nuke Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Pro Tour Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Raptor Pro LTD Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Shox Custom Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Shox Green Kiteboard
2014 CrazyFly Skim Kiteboard
See more Crazyfly boards, kites, and bags.
Just yesterday, I found myself in front of an overwhelming selection at my local bottle shop. It seems it’s become commonplace to find yourself trying to decide between upwards of a 50 beers, all exceptionally brewed, all with raving reviews from the aficionados who all contradict each other. I found myself pacing, even sweating a little. Argh!!! TOO MANY CHOICES! Luckily, the nicest, beer-lovingest, bottle-shop owner came over to help. After a few deep breaths and a quick Q&A, I walked out the door with a stellar mixed-pack, and saved a little dough in the process with the shop’s 6-12 pack deal.
That got me thinking. It should be the same with kites. Why not have an expert help put together the right kiteboarding gear package deals (kitesurfing, snow kiting, land kiting) for you? And why not save a LOT of money while you’re at it? With a KiteLine gear package, you’re not only getting a great deal, but the kite, board, and everything else will work flawlessly together.
Here are some kiteboarding and snowkiting packages we have created.
We’ve also got a few more recommendations to start you thinking:
2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Kites - 9m and 12m Combo and 2014 Cabrinha Tronic Kiteboard
Pair the most popular all-round kite in the World with a great riding, do-it-all board, and you have a package that will keep you going for years and years.
2014 Slingshot RPM 9 and 12m combo and 2014 Slingshot Misfit.
The 2014 Slingshot RPM is a hardcore freestyle/crossover kite. It's full of power and no fluff. Combined with the Slingshot Misfit and you're ready to take on all the new freestyle tricks.
You get a multiple/quiver kite discount and we’ll help you make the perfect product and size selections for the kind of riding you love to do.
Some weekends are just more fun than others, and on the Mondays after the fun days… Well, everything just hurts a little more. Work hurts the most of all. But that doesn’t stop us, nor should it. Life is for the living, Right? Even if it means you have to buy those giant bottles of pan reliever at Costco.
Now, if you’re 20 and reading this, you probably don’t understand what I’m talking about. You can drink tequila all night. Sleep for 15 minutes. Kite all day. And Repeat. If you have an inkling of what I mean, you’re probably closer to 30. And hell, if you’re 40 or older, you routinely buy the giant bottles of pan reliever in 2-packs, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. But aside from the added expense for us older kids, we’re all still looking for the same thing:
And that’s where the 2014 Slingshot RPM Kite comes in handy. This kite is amazing! It’s ideal for the powered up, unhooked insanity you’re unleashing on your local kite scene. The designers at Slingshot explain it best when they say this kite will help you “travel further. Land hotter.” And seriously, don’t you want “fast and solid landings” when you’re pulling aggressive moves?
The RPM has been one of our most popular sellers since Slingshot launched the design, and each year’s update has benefited from Slingshot’s dedication to rider-tested functionality, their solid craftsmanship, and their drive to advance the sport of Kiteboarding.
Looking for from Slingshot? The 2014 Slingshot Rally Kite is one of the most versatile kites ever produced. This high-end kite is perfect for surf conditions or freeriding and has amazing wind range. It’s updated airframe (patented Splitstrut construction) makes the Rally one of the most stable kites on the market.
For some folks, picking up a new sport is like picking up a new pair of socks – they just do it without giving it a second thought. But for most of us, learning to kiteboard has been a bit more complicated than that. You can be strong, smart, and adventurous and still feel befuddled – shoot, even a bit frightened - the first time you venture into the water with a real kite and board.
For Kelly –mother and wife of the Kite-Line family – there was some solace in knowing she was not alone in having these feelings as she ventured into a kite lesson this fall in Baja. Kelly, a yoga instructor, surfer, and competitive swimmer, knew kiting was in her future, but there was something frightening about the power of kites.
“I’ve been watching it from the beach for a long time, but when I first held onto a real kite (not a trainer kite), I didn’t have any idea what to expect, and that unknown was really frightening,” she explained. Kelly had used trainer kites on the beach before, but her real break-through moment came when she had an on-land lesson using a 4m LEI. “Getting the feel of the kite’s power and de-power in a controlled situation, with a knowledgeable instructor right there, was huge,” Kelly said.
Understanding how to use the bar and using a great all-around kite like the Cabrinha Switchblade removed a lot of the fear she originally had. Kelly still experienced her fare share of on water explosions and drank in a few extra gallons of ocean water. But she also got up on the board (a Slingshot Crisis Kiteboard) and got to experience real riding.
Kelly explained that seeing other beginning kiters experience the same struggles, and overcome the same challenges helped a lot. “There was a comfort in being able to see what others were doing to advance through the learning process and to share my own experiences.
We’ll post more updates on Kelly’s learning process throughout this coming season. If you’re learning how to Kiteboard, please share your story with us!
Of all the kiteboarding videos out there right now, this is the one that will make you want to quit everything, grab your gear, and spend the rest of your life schralping massive swell. Filmed on the North shore of Hawaii, this video is 11 minutes of stellar footage with Keahi de Aboitiz, Reo Stevens, Moona Whyte, and Pete Cabrinha.
We can’t promise that having the same gear will make you as rad as Moona or Reo, but the good stuff can’t hurt, right? Pete Cabrinha’s been making unbeatable kiteboarding and kitesurfing gear since 2000 and as you can see in the video, he knows what he’s doing.
The 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Kite is, hands-down, the most popular and versatile kite in the world. Can you say BOOST? Plus, the 2014 Switchblade has Park and Ride Stability. It’s got more power and aerodynamic efficiency than any other kite, and it has utterly precise and direct control.
The 2014 Cabrinha PC Signature Kite Surfboard is the top of the line performaning kite surfboard. Pete's personal board had to prove itself as both a surfboard and kiteboard. Excellent performance in knee high to double overhead surf, this board is E-P-I-C.
The 2014 Cabrinha Sub Woofer Kite Surfboard is a wider, fuller board that is lively and light under your feet in all types of conditions. Ride it with or without straps. This board is a fun-hog.
The 2014 Cabrinha S Quad Kite Surfboard has a straighter outline and quad fin so you can maintain your edge during high speed surfing. This board is stable down the line drive and perfect for massive swell (or kneehigh if you can’t make it to the Northshore just yet).
Looking for unhooked, Black Friday kiteboarding deals and big floaty sales on Cyber Monday? We’ve got ‘em!
3x2 Kiteboarding Sale
Get double your cash back for three days! Starting at midnight PST this Thursday, November 28, through Monday, December 2 at midnight PST, we’ll give you 10% (instead of 5%) back on every purchase through our Loyalty Points program.
To take advantage of this offer, write "double points" in the “comments section” when you checkout.
This offer is good on ANY purchase made during the 3x2 Sale – even sale items!
Our favorite Boosted Sales
2014 is offering up some stellar choices in kiteboarding gear - wave riding heavy hitters, all-around superstars, low wind gems. Check out our favorites from Ozone - the 2014 REO, Catalyst, and Zephyr - and we’ll give you $175 back!
Enter "FREE $175 KiteLine Credit" when you checkout and we will put it in your account. PLUS, you’ll still earn your 5% loyalty points. It’s a double-win.
The 2014 Ozone REO is the ultimate kite for wave riding. This kite has huge depower, smooth fast direct handling, float when slack-lined and perfect drift for ripping down the line and onshore riding.
The 2014 Ozone Catalyst is an all-around superstar. It has crazy-easy flight characteristics, simple re-launch and progressive de-power – making it an ideal entry level kite. This is not a kite that will leave you wishing you’d gone bigger. Even advanced riders report the Catalyst does it all to a very high level.
The 2014 Ozone Zephyr is a phenomenal light wind specific kite that delivers both performance and handling. The Zephyr has a crisp powerful feeling and a very direct positive bar feel, with instant power delivery.
Remember to enter "FREE $175 KiteLine Credit" when you checkout and we will put $175 store credit in your account. PLUS, you’ll still earn your 5% loyalty points.
Ready or not, winter is on its way. We know that a lot of our readers begrudgingly put on a puffy jacket and patiently (or not) await the next warm day at the beach. But some of readers are throwing open their arms - welcoming the storm clouds and dropping temps because snowkite season is almost here!
Want to find all the best beta on snowkite spots? Looking for buddies to rally with? Or just looking for stockpiles of videos and kite news? Connect with the Snowkite Community. Depending on where you live, you’ll find SNowkite Meetups, Yahoo groups, and google hangouts. Also, check out Snowkiting.com for forums, news, videos, and events.
Of course we’ve got an opinion on snowkite gear. The 2014 Ozone Frenzy is the most popular, all-around snow kite in the world. You really can’t go wrong with it. Order one from us and we’ll give you a FREE Ozone Access Snow Kite Harness with your order.
The most Frequented asked of all the FAQs is “What size do I need?” Generally, you need an 8-9m kite for 15-25mph winds. Snow conditions effect which kite you’ll want to use. It also depends on whether you’ll be using skis or a board, the incline of the slope, etc. We recommend having roughly a 3m gap in your quiver of snowkites. If a 6m is your ideal highwind or hardpack/ice kite, then a 9m will be great for lower wind or deeper/heavier snow. We are always happy to answer your specific questions, so just give us a call. We’ve been doing this for a long time and we’ll gladly help you figure out what will be the best gear for you.
Looking for a way to pass the time while you wait for the snow to get here? We recommend popping in a killer Snowkite Film while you tune your skis or board. Beer can sometimes make this even more fun, but it’s not a requirement.
For the Newbie: How to Snowkite
This is 2 hours of the most thorough introduction to snowkiting you can imagine. There are chapters on terminology, equipment, location and conditions, kite flying basics, using foil kites, using tube kites (each kite chapter includes information on setup, safety systems, launching and landing, relaunching, and even packing), riding basics (like edging, turning, and going upwind), back country riding, expedition kiting, kite repair, and basic jumping.
For the Adventurer: Project Cloud 9
A group of snowkiters load into a tiny RV for a month-long trek across the Rocky Mountains. Filmed on location in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Colorado, Project Cloud 9 showcases the daily adventures from riders who travel in search of wind, snow, and the ultimate natural terrain. From deep powder near the Kansas border, to roadside jibbing and climbing steep hills in the backcountry, this documentary will inspire anyone who loves kiting in the winter.
For the Trickster: 20/10
From the deep champagne powder and natural terrain of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah to the rails and kickers of Colorado this one will have you trashing your lift tickets this year.
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