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  • 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!

  • The New Line-up from Cabrinha Part 2: 2014 Cabrinha Boards

    The 2014 Cabrinha kiteboards and kite-surfboards / waveboards are on their way and you're going to want to take a good look at what they've got to offer. Cabrinha's giving us a lot to choose from and it's all pretty freakin' good.  This year's line of boards include basalt & carbon fiber twin tip layups, cork & bamboo sandwich surfboards, Hydra Series footstraps, and the Siren collection - engineered for women.

    2014 Cabrinha Kiteboards

    Here's the low-down. Look it over and contact us if you have any questions.

    2014 Cabrinha Custom CBL Kiteboard

    Wakestyle / Cable Crossover Made with volcanic basalt Carbon reinforcments Kite/Cable crossover Easy landings Excellent on kickers and sliders Huge pop Smooth ride in choppy water Compatible with H1 & H2, Boots recommended

    2014 Cabrinha Custom Kiteboard

    Wakestyle/Freestyle, Classic Wakestyle Makes rolling into inverted tricks a snap Turns choppy water into your personal skate park Easy landings Huge pop Great upwind capability Handle insert Compatible with H1, H2, and Boots

    2014 Cabrinha XO Siren Kiteboard

    2014 Cabrinha XO Siren KiteBoardWomen’s FreeStyle / Freeride Smooth ride in a variety of conditions Women specific flax pattern Early plaining Great pop Easy landings Appropriate sizes and widths for women comfortable stance options

    2014 Cabrinha Tronic Kiteboard

    FreeStyle / Freeride Big air Smooth ride in a variety of conditions Great carving Credible edge hold for boosting Compatible with H1, H2, and Boots

    2014 Cabrinha Spectrum Kiteboard

    Excellent entry level board that evolves with your riding level Early plaining Easy landings Complete with Hydra foot straps, fins, and handle

    2014 Cabrinha Wakeskate

    Wake style Designed with Jason Stone 3D Molded EVA top pad Fun and challenging Ultra Bond urethane rail

    2014 Cabrinha Stylus Kiteboard

    Lightwind / Freeride Excellent performance in light wind Extra wide outline for early plaining Low drag fin design LOW DRAG FIN DESIGN Compatible with H1, H2, and Boots 2 New sizes for ultra lightwind or race

    2014 Cabrinha Alias Kiteboard

    lightwind Freeride Increases the bottom end wind range on any kite quiver Excellent light wind performance Internal grab handle Excellent for distance and downwinders Great for downwind Slalom race courses Ships with H1s footstraps and 25CM /23CM G10 fins

    2014 Cabrinha Xcaliber Kiteboard

    FreeStyle Explosive pop Smooth fast ride and early plaining Maximum upwind drive Stable high speed landings Compatible with H1, H2, and Boots 2014 Cabrinha Kiteboard

    2014 Cabrinha Xcaliber Signature Model Kiteboard

    Competition FreeStyle Full Carbon Explosive pop Fast rocker for early plaining Excellent upwind drive Stable high speed landings Compatible with H1, H2, and Boots

    2014 Cabrinha Subwoofer Kite-surfboard

    Small waves / lightwind Eco cork-bamboo construction Winged Squash Tail Outline Excellent performance in flat to shoulder high surf Wide outline for early planing and lively feel in surf High volume for bigger riders Excels in light wind or onshore conditions 4 progressive flex fins Custom cut EVA pod pads Can be ridden with or without straps

    2014 Cabrinha Trigger Kite-Surfboard

    All wave sizes / Lightfooted surfing Eco cork-bamboo construction Tuned flex for Max Performance 3 fins for exc ellent drive Custom cut EVA pod pads Can be ridden with or without straps

    2014 Cabrinha s-Quad Kite-Surfboard

    All wave sizes / Power surfing Eco cork-bamboo construction Excellent in knee high to double overhead surf Handles well in a variety of conditions Stable down the line drive Can be ridden with or without straps 4 fins for exc ellent drive Custom cut EVA pod pads

    PC Signature Kite-Surfboard

    Medium/big waves / Pure surf Excellent performance in knee high to double overhead surf. Handles well in a variety of conditions. Excellent for down the line surfing Designed to be ridden without straps. No inserts 4 fins for excellent drive Custom cut EVA pod pads

    2014 Cabrinha Skillit Kite-Surfboard

    Small waves / Freestyle / Skate style Eco cork-bamboo construction Excellent in flat to head-high surf Concave deck cradles your feet Skate feel Custom cut EVA pod pads 3 progressive flex fins Can be ridden with or without straps

  • The Naish 2014 Line-Up

    2014 naish wake-style

    Naish is all about innovating the time you spend in the wind, water and waves. They are a leading force in the kiteboarding world as well as windsurfing and stand up paddling, with multiple world championship titles in each sport and tens of thousands of sails, kites, and boards under their belt. That’s why we always look forward to their new season’s gear, and this year is no different. Right now, we’re taking pre-season orders, so call or email to get the details.

    2014 naish Kites

    2014 Naish Kites

    The Naish line-up of 2014 kites is solid. From freeriding and wave riding to light wind and women’s specific kites, they’ve got you covered.

    For high Performance freeriding/racing check out the Draft Kite. Looking for a pro-performance kite? It's the Torch. The Park is your best bet for high performance free ride, freestyle, and wave riding. The Ride is a great all around performance kite. The Fly is ideal for light wind, and the Trip is just that - a travel kite ready for your trip somewhere with endless wind and water.

    2014 Naish AlanaThe 2014 Women’s Specific Line from Naish 

    The 2014 Alana series is designed for women riders looking for an all-around kite with freeriding, freestyle and wave riding versatility. Check out the Alana Kite, the Alana Board, and the  Alana Harness.

    2014 Naish twin tip kite boards2014 Naish Twin Tip Kiteboards

    With seven 2014 Twin Tip kiteboards to choose from, there is sure to be an ideal Naish board for you. The line runs the full gamut, form the Antic, a wakestyle/cable hybrid board, to the Hero, an all-around freeride board. See them all:

    2014 Naish Waveboards2014 Naish Waveboards

    Naish has four Wave riding specific boards for 2014, including: two strapless waveboards: the Custom LE waveboard, and the Skater Waveboarda light wind board, the Fish Waveboard, and a performance board, the Global Waveboard.

    2014 Naish Harnesses

    Naish has a full suite of seat and waist harnesses:

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    Still have questions? Contact us

     

  • The Huge New Line-up from Cabrinha: 2014 Cabrinha Kites

    2014 Cabrinha Switchblade

    With so many 2014 Cabrinha Kites available now, we thought an overview would help. Sure, you can click back and forth to compare, but here’s you one page sheet.

    Performance Freeride Kites

    2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Contra Vector

    2014 Cabrinha Vector Kite

    Starting Price (kite only): $839
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,439
    Sizes: 3.5/5/7/9/11/12/14
    The basics:
    No pulleys - Incredibly direct steering and snappy turns
    Chameleon Performance - Unmatched versatility for all types of riding
    Three Struts - Lighter swing weight and the easiest relaunching
    Park and Ride Stability - Consistent power without working the kite
    Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight control
    Compact Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - Quick turning and fast relaunch

    Contra Kite

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,619
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $2,219
    Sizes: 15/17
    The basics:
    Lightwind Profiles – Optimized low-end power
    3 Micro Struts - Reduced strut diameters & light weight bladders
    Direct steering and snappy turns
    Park and Ride Stability - Consistent power without working the kite
    Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight control
    Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - Quick turning and fast relaunch
    Complete with Overdrive 1XL Control & Security System

    Switchblade

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,069
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,659
    Sizes: 4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/14
    The basics:
    Park and Ride Stability - Consistent power without working the kite
    Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight control
    Huge Boosting and Mega Hang Time - Put it up there and keep it there
    Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - More power and more aerodynamic efficiency
    Easy Relaunch

    Switchblade Siren

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,069
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,659
    Sizes: 4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/14
    The basics:
    Women’s Specific
    Park and Ride Stability - Consistent power without working the kite
    Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight control
    Huge Boosting and Mega Hang Time - Put it up there and keep it there
    Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - More power and more aerodynamic efficiency
    Easy Relaunch

    Specialized Kites

    2014 Cabrinha Drifter Chaos Velocity Kites

    Drifter Kite

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,169
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,759
    Sizes: 5.5/7/8/9/11/13
    The basics:
    Slack Line Drift
    3 Struts – Lightweight with precision turning to keep you surfing right in the pocket
    High Depower - One of the qualities that makes this kite a true surfers kite
    Less Pulleys - More direct steering, better response
    Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - Quick turning
    Fast Relaunch
    Works in a wide range of conditions

    Velocity VMG Kite

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,309
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,839
    Sizes: 9/11/13/14/16/18
    The basics:
    True Bow kite design optimized for racing
    New outline with speed profiles
    High aspect ratio for optimum upwind performance
    Huge wind range
    Direct bridling with no pulleys in the front lines
    Light weight construction
    Low diameter Micro struts
    Light weight bladders
    Rides trim with relatively low rear line tension
    Sprint equipped
    IKA registered

    Chaos

    Starting Price (kite only): $1,169
    Starting Price (with bar & lines): $1,759
    Sizes: 5.5/7/8/9/11/13
    The basics:
    Podium Proven Competition Freestyle Performance
    Direct Steering, FAST Response
    Carries power through turns for massive kiteloops
    Freestyle specific bridle design slacks for handle passes
    Compact Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - Quick Turning and Fast RELAUNCH
    Works in a wide range of conditions

    2014 Trainer Kite

    Price (kite only): $629
    Sizes: 2.5
    The basics:
    Single strut
    Simulates interactive depower
    Water relaunch
    Depew
    Compatible with overdrive 1x security & control system / bar not included

    Still have questions? Contact us We're happy to help!
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  • Flysurfer’s first LEI Kite: the Cronix

    Flysurfer Cronix KitesWhen we heard that Flysurfer was releasing the Cronix - their first LEI (leading edge inflatable) kite, we braced ourselves for epic goodness.  Flysurfer has been dedicated to innovation and phenomenal quality for the last 10 years. German engineering and an intense passion for kiting means this company’s first step into LEI kites is destined to be a good one.

    Some folks are leery of a company’s first stab at a product – we are too. But don’t be timid of Flysurfer’s move into the LEI arena.  It’s not their first rodeo.  Flysurfer’s X-GLOO division has years of experience in building and designing inflatable constructions.

    These folks are no clowns; they take the bull by the horns. Each individual line and each small piece of cloth in the canopy is thoroughly tested. They replaced pulleys on the front lines with maintenance-free, durable low-friction rings, and their Free Flow Valve makes pumping easy.

    The Cronix has an Adaptive Airfoil System which generates a considerable increase in low end power. When you power up, the trailing edge bridle gives you more lift through the curvature of the kite profile and it only takes a few seconds to adjust it to your riding style.

    The Cronix has a huge wind range and has an ultimately-fast and sporty flight feel. It’s a super-smooth and uncomplicated kite to fly. In the words of the company, “Relaunching is easy for novices even in the lightest winds, cruisers will immediately feel at home with the Cronix and wake & freestylers have the ultimate drug at their disposal.”

    Watch the Cronix Video:

    Cronix

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  • Web propels kiteboarding business

    Michael Giebelhaus Kite-Line Owner

    While it's based in Bend, KiteLine sells equipment worldwide

    By Rachael Rees / The Bulletin
    Published: June 11. 2013 4:00AM PST

    About 14 years ago, Michael Giebelhaus scraped together enough funds to place his first order of kiteboarding equipment to sell out of a Bend skateboard and ski shop.

    Today, he's one of the leading retailers in the sport, he said, selling kites, boards, harnesses, apparel and accessories to more than 15,000 customers all over the world.

    “People thought I was crazy for starting a kiteboarding e-commerce business because they didn't know what it was," he said referring to kiteboarding — a sport combining aspects of surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding

    Giebelhaus first experienced kiteboarding on land — riding a wheeled board,pulled by a kite, in Southeast Oregon's Alvord Desert in 1999. From there, he started making his own kiteboarding equipment with friends to see how he could take the sport in new directions.

    “We were early pioneers of the sport before there were that many brands of products out there," he said. “We would find old surf boards, mount bindings on them and take them to Wickiup Reservoir. In the winter we'd go out on skis with a kite."

    Because there were limited options to purchase gear, he decided to start his business.

    “KiteLine started with a $10,000 cash advance from a credit card. I took the risk but knew there was big potential in the sport," he said. “I got started with it when the sport was just beginning in Europe and barely here at all in the U.S."

    Today, he averages about $1.5 million in sales annually. While Giebelhaus doesn't currently have any other employees, he said he hires independent contractors to help with marketing, advertising, Web development and shipping.

    Giebelhaus works out of his Bend office. Much of his time is spent as an online salesman, plowing though up to 150 emails a day, Skyping and answering phone calls about his products. The remainder is spent boxing up and shipping orders to places ranging from New Jersey to New Zealand.

    But he also gets to have some fun.

    “The best part of the job is getting to try all sorts of new gear and selling something that I'm passionate about," he said.  “My job takes me to some great places where I can still operate the business while on vacation, thanks to the Internet, while surrounded by the sport, my family and my customers."

    Q: What is your favorite part of owning and operating Kite Line?

    A: Watching it grow from a tiny seed into a thriving tree. It's been a lot of work, but it's been my work. I haven't had a boss in more than 20 years and really can't fathom it. There are lots of trade-offs to owning your own business — no paid vacation, no paid health care, no set hours, lots of personal time and investment — but I do have many freedoms that others don't have.

    Q: Where do you see the business in the next five years?

    A: I can see our sales growing steadily as it has in the past 14 years. Kiting is only getting easier and more accessible, and people are discovering how easy it is to travel with ... Personally, I'm at a point in the business where I might be looking at my exit strategy so that I can focus on some social-entrepreneurship ideas, but I won't stop kiteboarding and living the lifestyle.

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