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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

     

  • Looking forward to the 2013/2014 Snowkite Season

    Photo Credit: The International Snow Kiting Association (ISKA) Photo Credit:
    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.

    Flyoming video

    Snowkiting Gear

    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.

    Snowkiting FAQ

    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.

    Snowkiting Films

    Ozone Snow Kiting

    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.

     

     

     

  • Trade in your old kiteboarding gear and get $425 off a new Kite

    2014-naish-ridingDude, 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:

    old kite gear1. 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:

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

  • Free Cabrinha Wakeskate with these 3 Kiteboards

    weekly-Sidebar-WakeskateYou're ready for something a little different; we can feel it. So get this: We're giving you a Cabrinha Wakeskate for free when you purchase of any of these boards already marked for clearance (only listed sizes).

    Quantities are very limited, so click on these boards for details and to make your purchase.

    Cabrinha-Tronic-2013

    2013 Cabrina Tronic 133 cm

    2013_cab_spectrum

    2013 Cabrinha Spectrum 133 cm

    2013 Litewave Carbon Kick

    2013 Litewave Carbon Kick 144cm

    AND you'll earn 5% cash back with our Loyalty Points, even on sale items.

  • Kite Repair: How-To and With-What

    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

    cryingSo 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!

    Naish how to repir a bladder

    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:

    kite valve video

    Sail Rips:

    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.

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