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  • 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!

  • A look at Crazyfly Kiteboarding: 2014 Crazyfly Kiteboards

    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!

    At the Crazyfly Factory video

    Carbon Fiber and Wood Core Kiteboards:

    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.

    2014 crazyfly raptor pro kiteboardThe 2014 Crazyfly Raptor Pro Kiteboard

    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 KEVLAR and wood core kiteboards:

    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.

     

    2014 Crazyfly bulldozer kiteboardThe 2014 Crazyfly Bulldozer Kiteboard

    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 Fberglass and wood core kiteboards:

    Multiaxial fibers give these boards more torsion flex and strength because the fibers reinforce it in multiple directions.

     

    2014 Crazyfly allround KiteboardThe 2014 Crazyfly All Around Kiteboard

    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.

    Want to see more of the 2014 Crazyfly Lineup:

    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.

     

  • Kiteboarding Gear Package Deals: Hand-picked Sweetness

    Kiteboarding gear package deals

    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 Kiteboarding Package Deal Combo:

    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 Kiteboarding Package Deal Combo:

    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.

    Want more customization? We can do that too.

    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.

    Contact us for your best pricing and package/multiple kite discounts.

     

     

  • More Time Having More Fun: The 2014 Slingshot RPM is Here!

    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:

    2014 Slingshot RPM in Green

    More time having more fun.

    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.

    2014 Slingshot RPM VIDEO

    More Goodness from Slingshot

    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.

  • Learning to Kiteboard: Part 1 for Kite-Line Kelly

    Kelly Learning to Kite 2013For 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!

  • Winter Pairing: Kitesurfing Videos & Kitesurfing Gear

     

    Kitesurfing Video HawaiiHawaii: 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

     

    Cabrinha Kiteboarding 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:

     

    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:

     

    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

     

    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).

  • 3x2 Sale: Black Friday kiteboarding Deals

    Kite Line Black Friday kiteboarding deals

    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

     

     

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