Kiteline Kiteboarding Blog
Hawaii: A Kitesurfing Short Film
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.
The Kitesurfing Gear
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 Most Versatile Kite in the World
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.
High performance Kitesurfing Boards
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
SAVE $110 on the 2013 Slingshot Crisis Kiteboard
SAVE $300 on the 2013 Slingshot RPM Kite
SAVE $300 on the 2013 Slingshot Fuel Kite
SAVE $250 on the 2013 Slingshot Darko Kiteboard
SAVE $325 on the 2013 Naish Torch Kite
SAVE $594 on the 2013 Naish Ride Kite
SAVE $260 on the 2013 Naish Park Kite
SAVE $430 on the 2013 Naish Bullet Kiteboard
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.
2014 Ozone REO
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.
2014 Ozone Catalyst
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.
2014 Ozone Zephyr
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.
The International Snow Kiting Association (ISKA)
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!
Connect with the Snowkite Community:
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.
Dude, you’re planning the kite vacation of the century but you’re gonna bring that old ratty thing? Say it isn’t so!
Oh, wait… You’re trying to tell us (and convince yourself) that your kite really isn’t that old. You know what they say about denial…
Here’s the kite deal:
For a Limited Time....Trade in your old kiteboarding gear (any LEI kite and bar/lines) and we’ll give you $425 off any Kite and Bar/Line Set listed below.
2013 Slingshot RPM
2014 Slingshot Rally
2014 Naish Park
2014 Naish Fly2
2014 Naish Ride 2
How to claim your deal:
1. Place an order online for any of the kites above with a bar/line set. In the "Comments" section at checkout just tell us you are doing the trade-in deal
2. Send us ANY old kite with bar/line set.
3. 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:
2148 NW 5th St.
Bend, OR 97701
For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, it’s time for a kiteboarding vacation. You’ve done the research and you’re stoked for a week (or three) of epic kiteboarding in Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, or some secret locale you’d rather we didn’t publicize. Starting your vacation hassle-free is key. Don’t let extra fees and the wrong gear harsh your mellow.
Kiteboarding Gear - Picks:
Choosing gear that will work in a variety of conditions is essential when you travel, unless you have an entourage of people to help you haul it all. We like to take a great surf kite, like the Ozone REO and an excellent travel board like the Slingshot T-Rex surfboard.
The REO has huge depower, smooth fast direct handling, float when slack lined and perfect drift for down the line and onshore riding. It’s a tough kite, without cosmetic items adding weight and drag.
The T-Rex was developed for a new breed of riders focusing on aerial tricks and fun, poppy changes in direction. The smaller sizes make it easier to take with you to those favorite wave destinations and fits in a wider variety of travel bags. Every size rides like a larger board without the weight and hassle.
Traveling with Kiteboarding Gear – Tips:
1. Look like a golfer.
Traveling with kiteboarding gear can be easy as cake. Our first recommendation is to use a golf style bag like the CrazyFly Golf Travel Bag without wheels or Golf Travel Bag with wheels. Why use a golf bag? Because many airlines allow you to check golf equipment without incurring an oversize fee. It’s important to check with your airline for details, but this little trick still works most of the time. Looking more like a golfer than not doesn't hurt.
2. Keep it under 50lbs
Weight matters and you can easily over-pack your golf bag. Make sure to keep it under 50 lbs – the standard cap-weight for most airlines. The CrazyFly Golf Bag without Wheels is heavy duty without being overly heavy and ditching those wheels saves you an extra 5 lbs.
If you’re checking another bag, don’t put all your stuff in the golf bag. Put fins, hardware, kite bars and other heavy things in your regular luggage. If you only have a carry on and your travel bag then leave the fins in the "golf" bag so the airport security doesn't confiscate them as “sharp objects.”
Another weight saving technique is to ditch the kite bag that comes with the kite and use stuff sacks. You can get a set of 4 Dakine compression sacks for $70, or grab one or two CrazyFly kite compression bags for $18 ea. This will save a lot on weight.
3. Protect your Board
We highly recommend using a travel bag specific to your board. You can also add a little extra cushion by wrapping the tip and tail of your board with some of your clothes.
We want your holiday to be stellar, and we’re here to answer questions. If you’re still wondering what to bring, give us a call!
You might be surprised to know that as purveyors of new kiteboarding and kitesurfing gear we want you to know all the ins and outs of repairing your kite. We want you to know how to fix your kite gear and what to fix it with for one simple reason: We want you to be happy – and the more time you get to spend kiting, the happier you’ll be
So you slammed your kite against the beach so hard that you could feel it way down in your stomach? Or the surf turned nasty and your epic wave session went horribly wrong and you’ve found yourself looking down at a ball of florescent fabric that used to be a kite? It’s even worse when it’s the first day you’ve taken your kite out of the bag. (Trust us, we know this one.) Don’t get all huffy and start crying. You can fix it!
Kite Bladder Repair:
If the issue is with your kite bladder, it doesn’t matter if you have a hole in the leading edge or in one of the struts, you can replace the punctured or torn bladder. This video from Naish is humorously and painfully retro, but the principles are the same. Give it a watch. You can do this!
Full kite bladder replacement is not always realistic. Traveling far from home? Let’s hope you’re the type of McGyver to be prepared for kite trauma when you’re kitesurfing at some secluded beach. Punctures and small holes can be fixed on the spot with adhesive patches - included in many kite-surf repair kits.
Replacing Your Kite Valve
Yes… it seems like every brand has a different type of kite valve. But don’t let that deter you. Start by checking out the multi option valve which fits almost every kite. Replacing a valve is a completely doable process. This video from Fix My Kite is really helpful:
Again… we like to think that our customers are prepared and always have a basic kite repair kit on hand. Most kits come with a sail patch that is quick and easy to install.
Call the Pros:
If you’re overwhelmed by the extent of damage to kite, call us. We can help you find the kite repair professionals best suited for your particular dismaying circumstance.
After spending the last couple decades kiteboarding and running a kiteboarding supply company, we’ve been asked thousands of questions about kite gear, kite destinations, and kiteboarding in general. We’re always happy to help folks find what they looking for, so if you have some nagging question about the sport, or just need a quick tip toward the gear that fits your style, don’t be shy. Ask us!
Light Wind Kiteboarding
In the past few years, there have been so many advancements in kites and kiteboards for light wind conditions that it’s hard to sort through the huge assortment to find the best. Just yesterday, we had a customer call us with a question:
"I have an older board that I ride in light wind conditions, but it’s not that much fun. Are new light wind boards any better? What would you recommend?"
Light wind boards have come a long way over the years. Early boards were extremely flat with no rocker and very small fins. They were very efficient but due to their "flatness" they were boring and sometimes difficult to ride. The other issue with older light wind boards is catching an edge and pearling the board if the water has any chop in it at all.
Light wind kiteboards today have a decent amount of rocker and will flex your weight, increase/decrease in wind and the pull of the kite. It means you can use the board in higher winds and choppier waters while still having fun doing tricks and riding waves.
Our favorite Light Wind Kiteboards:
The Lightwave Wing Kiteboard
The Litewave Wing is a very light weight, thin, and flexy kiteboard. The board has a unique 'parabolic sidecut' outline that helps you plane quickly and rocket upwind. It’s also got wider tips that give you unbelievable "load and pop.” Because the reality is that you’re looking for fun. If you wanted to slowly “mow the lawn,” you would have stayed home.
The Flysurfer Flydoor is probably one of the most popular light wind boards in the world. Flydoor boards have a reputation as amazing light wind boards. But unlike many other light wind specific boards, the Flydoor has a huge wind-range and kill it, even in extremely gusty conditions.
“Just wanted to drop you a line to say I got the XL FB4 .... It's absolutely nothing short of completely amazing. What a light wind weapon - in just 8-9 kts with a 21 m speed 3 I was jumping and being catapulted off the water with no effort. Love the board soooo much. Wish I'd bought one sooner."
-Kite-line Kiteboarding Customer
Have more questions about Light Wind Kiteboarding? We're here for you. Call us. Email us. Live Chat. Facebook. Or Twitter.
... And don't forget to keep an eye on our Clearance Kites, Kiteboards, and Kite accessories. You can always find reduced prices on new products!
You’ve seen it before: the dude at the airport who is obviously too cheap to buy real luggage. He’s got his mom’s old beach tote and a nylon gym bag with blown out zippers and a small hole where it got stuck in the door of his ‘87 Chevette. This guy is a mess. His crap is barely staying in his bags: headphones dangling – almost ready to snag on the baby stroller next to him, one nasty old flipflop nestled disgustingly close to a partially opened, gas-station burrito.
Did you shake your head as you watch this guy head to baggage claim to retrieve his kiteboard wrapped in cardboard? Did you cringe a little when you saw the crack in his board? But before you get all high-n-mighty, look down at your own luggage. How’d your gear fair on your last vacation?
Here’s the thing… God wouldn’t have made real luggage if he didn’t want you to use it. Don’t worry. We’ve can help you see the light. We’ve got the best prices on travel bags, kiteboard bags, surfboard bags, and golf bags, and even tackle bags that are non-denominational. They’re durable and they’re built to protect your stuff.
Call us, Email Us, or just go online and get all the bags you need for your next aweseom vacation.