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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 07/30/2013 - 18:37

User-mounted waterproof cameras have become the standard in kiteboarding cinema and photography, due to their performance quality, gear-mountable versatility, and ease of use. GOPRO reinforced their foothold on the industry with the new HERO 3 released last October, incorporating wifi connectability and remote control support – it is their smallest, lightest and fastest offering to date. Strut Mount photo from Rick Iossi Initial problems can arise however, concerning image quality and overall satisfaction – especially for new users. Many GOPRO owners are not professional photographers. Indeed, that is one of the strongest selling points of the product. The camera is 100% automatic and its components are specifically tuned for action sport photography, enabling even novice users to produce professional quality media with little thought or effort. But why do so many of the images turn out foggy? How is it that two-hours-worth of attempted self-shot footage is shaky, and aimed at seemingly nothing at all? You’ve seen it before, that kind of footage can be nauseating to watch. Before you start wondering what exactly you signed up for, it’s important to recognize the GOPRO learning curve. Techniques and applications of GOPRO cameras area almost endless, and it’s important to know what tools are out there. Understanding what works best for you can greatly improve your production quality, and help make the most of your opportunities. One of the biggest GOPRO-gripes is fog. Introducing the camera into a wet environment with varying levels of humidity and temperature can cause problems. Additionally, it is not always possible to attend to your camera while on the water. Ideally, you’d like to have the camera 100% dialed before you even leave the beach. Regardless of what you’re shooting, if there is moisture on the lens, the footage is wasted. To remedy this, it’s important to realize what is happening within the GOPRO housing when you’re on the water. Once the unit gets splashed for the first time, the plastic housing will begin to cool off. However, the air within the case will maintain the same moisture properties as it was sealed in. At some point, the air inside the unit will be cooler than the outside environment, and moisture will begin to condense on the lens. Solution? Seal your camera in its case in a cool environment, such as with the fridge door open or under the air conditioning. Once sealed, do not expose the camera to the outside environment. Additionally, silica desiccants can be used inside the housing to soak up moisture. GOPRO has their own dry strips for this purpose as well. Let’s briefly touch on a subject that has been the demise of many cameras on the water – the GOPRO Float Pack. While this accessory is a great idea, it doesn't exactly work as advertised. The Float Pack will not float anything other than the camera and its housing. Remember, adding even a small suction mount to the side of the unit, and the camera will sink into the abyss like a rock. Always use a leash or a secured mounting application. (http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2380838) Once you’ve taken care of the moisture problem, it’s time to choose your application. There are more than a dozen methods/devices for mounting your GOPRO for kiteboarding, some of which work better than others. Trial and error is the best method to find out what works for your style, and what you want to achieve with your footage. GOPROs are highly specialized cameras. They have a fixed focal length, and are designed for medium-range to close-up action shots. The wide angle lens will cover quite a bit of real estate, but sharp focus is limited. Their versatility is not great, but when applied correctly, the results can be astounding. Probably the most popular application for kiteboarding is the line mount by CamRig. Mounting the camera above the rider on the lines makes the most of GOPRO’s wide angle lens, but also offers user versatility. You can also mount the camera closer to the bar for point-of-view shots. By sitting the camera in between the lines, CamRig is able to achieve improved video quality by cutting down on those abrubpt and shaky interruptions. The camera is user-controlled through the wifi remote. There are some concerns with the flag line safety when using the CamRig, so it may not be the best to use it in combat kiting conditions. http://camrig.com/line-mount/gopro-hd3-line-mount Photos by Jim Stringfellow Another similar application is the strut mount, also by CamRig. The durable mount attaches directly to one of the kite’s struts, offering overhead shots of the rider. Camera movement depends directly on the motion of the kite, and is generally smoother than footage from line mounts. Once again, this mount makes nice use of the wide-angle lens, but it can be difficult to keep the rider in frame. Again, control is achieved through the wifi remote. http://camrig.com/strut-mount-camrig/strut-mount Photy By I KITE IT Photo by Jim Stringfellow Specific rider-focused mounts include board and helmet applications. Dialing in the correct angle will take practice, but adjustments are possible while on the water (even though you can’t view your footage until you get home). For board mounts, always make sure to use a leash, attached securely to either a fin screw or footpad. Helmet mounts offer a true point-of-view perspective, but do not show what the rider is doing. These mounts perform well, and can produce some incredible sequences. Helmet Mount, photo by Rick Iossi Board Mount by Dave Pole mounts have become increasingly popular for rider-framed self shots. The angles are endless with this mount but riders rarely have a free hand to point the camera. Photy By I KITE IT Finally, utilizing your own personal quadcopter is without a doubt the ultimate application. It is essentially your own personal airborne photographer. Dialing this device will certainly take time, but if you have a quadcopter, then that’s probably not an issue. The limits of this application are nearly endless, and the results can be amazing. They are also fun to fly, whether you’re kiting or not. Kiteboarding with a Quadcopter - from Austin to a Texas beach from Jacob Rachniowski on Vimeo. GOPRO camera technology continues to improve, but for the most part, these units perform exceptionally well. Most problems are due to user error combined with various accessory/application methods. It takes time to figure out how your camera will behave under certain conditions, and what setup will work best for what you like to shoot. Remember, you’re likely to come up with quite a bit of bad footage before your camera starts putting out what you’re looking for. Additionally, it never hurts to follow some of the more basic guidelines for shooting. Always keep the lens free of fingerprints/dust/debris in addition to deeper scratches/dings on the housing. Morning/early evening light will offer the best contrast for your photos and video, although there are exceptions. Remember, GOPROs do not perform well in extreme low-light or if pointed directly at the sun. However the best tip is to keep getting out on the water and putting time in with your camera. From there, it won’t take long to unleash the full potential of your equipment and start sharing your passion with the kiting community. ...

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Submitted by I KITE IT on 07/22/2013 - 04:12

Sun. Scorching sun. Nowhere to hide, nowhere to sit so that it does not touch my skin. Its rays burn my arms, my legs. My hair for sure will get even more golden highlights than before… but I don’t mind. How could I mind when I look around and all I can see is beautiful white sand, crystal clear blue water, crabs, birds, a few bushes, one little tree and nothing, NOTHING else? When you are in paradise, a few sunburns seem a fair price to pay. Seco Island on Philippines is a small piece of land in the middle of the sea, about 3 hours boat ride from the mainland. It is just a sandbank really, about 400m long and maybe 100m wide, but the most amazing thing is that it’s completely wild, with no houses or any other traces of civilization whatsoever. A few kitesurfers who, just like us, have wandered into this desert place at some point have built small shelters, but they are just some palm leafs tied together and supported by two or three bamboo poles… on the island there is no electricity, no cell reception, nothing. The nuclear bomb could shred apart half of the world, a war could break out, aliens could land on Earth and conquer us all and you wouldn’t even know. This is amazing and I love it. I love the feeling of being independent, of being my own, of not having to care about anything besides food, water and… kitesurfing. Seco Island is a perfect place to kitesurf, as over there you get consistent winds and flat water. On one side of the island, where you have offshore wind, the water is butterflat and on the other side you get small to medium kickers which can provide endless fun as well :) If you wish, you can kitesurf around the whole island in circles, it is just 400m wide after all… It’s a perfect place to progress and try new tricks and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing during our 3 days long stay there. I have a feeling I’ve learned a lot! In the mornings sometimes there are jellyfish on the onshore-wind side of the island, but as long as you stay on the butterflat side you will not get burned… If I wasn’t riding, I spent my time filming and the results you can see below: Seco Island trips can be organized through a few schools on Boracay, so if you ever wander into Philippines you just HAVE to go. If not, you will miss seeing a piece of paradise and let’s be honest – what could be more amazing than becoming a real Robinson Crusoe for a couple of days? may wind be with you, Suzana sponsored by: Cabrinha, 24surf.pl, GoPro, Evokaii check me out at: http://ikiteit.wordpress.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ikiteit...

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Submitted by Ced on 07/09/2013 - 22:47

For more photos and entries read my blog here: http://www.cannonrocks.com/blog/ 2 Weeks ago, I received the Fury range from Peter Lynn Kiteboarding. 11m, 9m and 6m are to be my companions for the next few months. On top of that I received a 15m and 17m Fury “Lite” to get me going in the light winds. My first outing was with the 11m in very trying conditions: Onshore underpowered and very messy water conditions with short interval waves making going upwind really difficult. In the Water with me was a few other kites all around 11 m – 13 m . I guess it was a good sign that the Fury was the only kite staying upwind. My next two outings were with the Fury “Lite” in unfortunate conditions where the wind dropped after 15 minutes in the water. A trip to Talamone in Tuscany last week-end gave me a chance to try things in some decent winds. Saturday I arrived in Talamone to be greeted by a gusty 20 knots cross offshore (gusting to above 25) and a tricky launch situation. Practically there is no beach. So you need to know what you are doing. I put up the 9m fury without problems, and set out to sea. The wind was gusty, but the Fury handled beautifully. It jumped, it looped it did everything I asked from it. Smooth turns, depowered, responded. Even in the gusty conditions, I had a lot of fun. I stayed away from unhooking and also took it easy with the mega loops. Got a lot of kiting to do in the next few weeks. Sunday: Sunday the wind started on the soft side. I decided to put up the 15 Fury Lite. But quickly the wind picked up to around 15 knots. At 70kg I was well powered. Again smooth flying. This was the first time I was out with such a big kite. Normally I find an 11m huge. So a 15m felt like a giant. However it still turns surprisingly fast. I even managed to loop the kite coming out of a dark slide. I then decided to put up the 11m as the wind had increased by a knot or two, What a pleasure. That 11m was turning like a 9m. Bar pressure was just right, and in the gusts, I was getting plenty glide to try some Old school tricks: I also tried some Raileys ( been a while) and the kite has good pop. I’ll be unhooking some more in the next few weeks… I think I will be heading back to Talamone in the next few months. If you see me in the water there or anywhere around Italy, come try this kite, I think you gonna love it! And it deserves to be tried. Thanks to Tania Romagnoli for the pics. Next week, Sardinia! Ced ...

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Submitted by kite_nomad on 04/06/2013 - 18:13

I had wanted to visit Monte Cristi for some time but it was difficult to leave the perfect wind, food, parties and easy living in Cabarete. I had talked with Dave and Christi for a while about making the trip, and the wind forecast looked solid and we had the time to make the trip. Getting out of cabarete proved difficult as our gear got locked inside the LEK school, along with Jacobs apartment keys, and we managed to lose the key to the school! The school opened up the next morning and we made the drive. It was an easy 4 hour drive to Monte Cristi, other than the dip we hit at 50 mph. There's pot holes that will swallow your car while littered along the whole drive. We arrived in Monte Cristi around 2, just in time for a great session at La Granja, the cove right outside the town. Some shots from the session, it was a clean 18 knots until the sun set. Kite_nomad and Christi Dave flying high The next day we headed to the beach about 30 minutes out of town, Playa Popa. This was an amazing spot with very different scenery than anything else I had seen in the Dominican. Great wind but pretty choppy water. We didn't see any other kitters on this whole trip. Dave Kite_Nomad Some scenery on the drive to the beach We read about an open market in Dajabon, on the border of Hati and the DR, and some other travellers recommended we check it out. It only runs on the weekends, proved to be a very surreal experience. After 4 days of kitting in Monte Cristi we headed back to Cabarete to bunker down for the hurricane that brushed past us. A few days later we rappeled down some waterfalls with Merijn of Kitters of the Caribbean. An amazing few weeks in the DR, can't wait to get back!...

Read Full Article > Location(s): Monte Cristi , La Granja , Playa Popa People: kite_nomad
Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2012 - 16:26

People have written and talked a lot about kiting in Cartagena on the Northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Cartagena is not only a great kiting destination, it offers lots of cultural and touristic attractions. The old town displays amazing colonial architecture and the beautiful beaches of Bocachica and Boca Grande offer high-end apartments, hotel towers, and shopping attractions. What is less known to the tourists is that Colombia has many other kiting destinations to offer. One that I found particularly interesting was the village of Cabo De la Vela in the North Eastern province of La Guajira. La Guajira is home to indigenous Wayuu people who also spread over to Venezuela. The Colombian friends I had met on a previous kiting trip to Lago Calima (now that place requires its own article!) had told me that Cabo de la Vela was remote, very poor, and very “tranquilo”! But that it had 365 days of wind and amazing flat water. In April 2011 I decided to return to Colombia and visit Cabo de la Vela. When you arrive in Cabo de la Vela you will get surprised, disappointed, scared, or intrigued! In other words, you will have a strong reaction one way or another! For me, it was a combination of all. I knew that they were not going to have electricity and running water, so I was ready for those, but what surprised me was the fact that I was the only kitesurfer in the village! There were no kite schools and it looked like the villagers had never seen kiters either! I had to teach the little boy in my pousada how to launch and land my kite and thank god he found a pump in their storage, because I don't normally travel with my pump! Wayuu women making and selling hand-made art work Oh, but don't let that discourage you. For the water and the wind are amazing! Great consistent high teens to mid-twenties side-shore wind, which starts late morning, and amazingly flat water, with no chops. Paradise for freestylers! The desert and the natural beauty of La Guajira is breathtaking, and the culture of the indigenous Wayuu people is worth getting to know. From the top of a nearby mountain called “Pillon de Azucar” you get a nice 360 view of the area and are left amazed at how people live in these beautiful but difficult conditions. View of the desert in la Guajira Cabo de la Vela is poor... It is probably the poorest village I have ever traveled to. The electrical grid passes through, but the village only gets power between 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm. There is no running water either. So be ready to take showers using a bucket. For sleeping you have the option of the local woven huge and comfortable hammock strong in a dorm style room, or beds in two-person private rooms. Pousada Pujuru - The main and best pousada in the village The Cabanas with hamocks or private rooms Now I have traveled to enough third world countries and seen enough 42 inch TVs in old wooden cabins where a family of 7 live to not be surprised by the big TV in the living room. What did surprise me though were the zillion direct TV channels and the latest iPhone and blackberry models my host owned! The Internet Cafe in the village did not have a working connection and everyday I asked they said it would be fixed “mañana”! So, the 4G connection on the smart phones was very useful. Locals mainly eat plantains, yucas, or potatoes. For the tourists they provide fried fish and the occasional fried beef or chicken accompanied by carrots, onions and cabbage. Not very healthy but oh so delicious :-) Ahh... I miss that deep friend fish, the fried rice, and the fried plantains! A typical meal! Oh so deliscious after a kite session! The mobile butcher shop during the Easter weekend! I was lucky that my trip overlapped with Easter holidays. So for a few days over one weekend while I was in Cabo many holiday makers from other cities in Colombia arrived and changed the face and mood of the village. All of a sudden there were street vendors with fruits, there was ice cream and frozen yogurt and there was music every where. More importantly, there came other kitesurfers! Some people I had met at Lago Calima arrived, my friend from Bogota and a few instructors from Barranquilla and Cartagena came and the pousada was filled! After a week of quiet nights, there suddenly was loud music pumping from car stereos till the morning! Nothing short of your typical South American party scene! Colombian kiters during the Easter weekend Bellow I provide some detailed information on how to get to Cabo de la Vela and where to stay. The entire La Guajira coast is amazingly beautiful and well traveled by back packers. If you are adventurous and like to rough it up once in a while, I definitely recommend Cabo. Just fly to Riohacha, take a taxi from there to Uribia, and then hop on a camion that takes the locals to Cabo – a fun 80 minute ride in the desert. The market in Uribia Getting there To get to Cabo de la vela, you need to fly into Riohacha (the capital of the province of La Guajira) airport. There are daily flights from Bogota on Avianca. At the time of my trip in 2011 the air fair was $150 USD round trip. I started my trip in Cartagena so I took a different route. I took a bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta, and one from Santa Marta to Riohacha. Each leg was around 4 hours. Cartagena to Santa Marta to Riohacha Mar Sol is the best bus company between Cartagena and Santa Marta. They run timely trips on their 8-passenger Mercedes Benz vans that pick you up from your hotel. Their buses are comfortable and equipped with AC. They make a few stops on the way for people to eat or use the bathroom. Santa Marta is a great touristy city with beautiful beaches and the famous Park Tayrona so if you have time, stay in Santa Marta and explore. In Santa Marta, a taxi took me to the main bus terminal where I took the second bus to Riohacha. My big kite bag made the taxi driver cringe a bit and ask for a higher fair, but I managed to convince him that the kite bag was lighter than a human being and would not increase his gas consumption! The bus departed around 3 pm. It made many stops on the coastal road, transporting people between the villages. It was a great way to learn about the culture and talk to the locals. I stayed in Riohacha for a night at hotel “Castillo del Mar”. It cost about $15/night and was nice and clean. Riohacha beach Riohacha to Cabo de la Vela Going from Riohacha to Cabo de la Vela is not an easy task. Transportation systems in La Guajira peninsula are not much developed so getting around is a bit difficult. The best option I think is to get in touch with Yelys at “Cabo de la Vela Tours” company. Their office is on the main beach front road and taxi drivers will know it and will take you there. This company runs daily trips at 8:00 am from Riohacha to Cabo de la Vela, making stops along the way and showing you the main tourist attractions. Make sure you call and make reservations the night before as there are no other departures for the day.You will ride in an air conditioned 4x4 and it only costs about $25. Salt fields in Manaure, on the way to Cabo de la Vela The more adventurous way for getting to Cabo de la Vela is to take a taxi to where buses for Uribia depart. Uribia is the indigenous capital of la Guajira and definitely worth checking out. The market is filled with Wayuu people (mostly women) selling the fresh catch of the day, as well as lots of other goods. In Uribia you need to get on the back of a comion that is the main transportation method for the Wayuus. It is a further 80 minute trip to Cabo de la Vela from there. Renting a car Renting a car in Riohacha and driving along the unpaved road to Cabo de la Vela is a possibility as well, as long as you do not travel at night or after rain as even with a 4x4 you will sink in and won't be able to get out! If you plan to travel deeper into La Guajira (for example to Nazareth) it is almost certain that you will get completely lost in the desert! The Wayuu locals have removed all the sign posts to maintain greater control over the region. Following the tracks on the ground is not an option either as there are tracks all over the place. So, be careful and preferrably take a guide with yourself. With a Wayuu family in La Guajira ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2011 - 21:20

After dealing with bitter cold and dodging killer whales, two kite surfers have entered the Russian Guinness Book of Records as the first people ever to surf from Russia to Alaska across the Bering Strait. Safely back on dry land and after almost three years of planning, Konstantin Aksyonov and Evgeny Novozheev have finally achieved their dream of trying to kite surf across one of the most inhospitable stretches of water on the planet – the Bering Strait. The duo was back in Moscow to tell the press about their adventures, while they soon hope to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the first kite surfers to complete this amazing feat. “We really wanted to get our names in the record books, and thankfully we managed to cross the Bering Strait. It was also a personal goal for me, as to achieve such a feat really is something special,” Konstantin Aksyonov said. Konstantin and Evgeny started their quest from the Eastern most tip of Russia, in the sparsely populated region of Chukotka and they would cover a distance of 96 kilometers to Alaska and the United States of America. The pair had been planning their route for months, trying to study the various wind patterns and currents they would encounter along their route. However, when they finally got underway, they were hit by a major problem, as they would have to cross the strait without a support vessel as the waters were too choppy for the boat to be able to set sail. “Evgeny had a satellite phone with him, with the number of the local coast guard. This is the only thing we had. To be honest I get goosebumps thinking about what we did and I wouldn't recommend anyone to cross the straights without a support boat. We had a goal – and thankfully we managed to achieve it,” Aksyonov explained. The duo would encounter many unexpected encounters along their proposed 96-kilometer journey. The water temperature was just one degree above freezing, but that was to prove the least of their worries. “We knew there were killer whales in the sea, and we were constantly on the lookout for them. There were [other] whales as well and I actually had an interesting encounter with one. I was surfing along, and about seven meters in front of me a saw a whale. I thought about trying to jump over it, but there was not enough time. In the end, I surfed straight over him – I hope he didn't get hurt in the process,” Evgeny Novozheev said. After almost seven hours on the water, and their lives still intact, Evgeny and Konstantin would finally reach Alaska, completing one of the greatest challenges of their life in crossing the Bering Strait. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2011 - 21:12

Introducing Luke McGillewie RRD are proud to introduce Luke McGillewie, a 16 year old talented kite surfer and kite boarder from South Africa. Luke rocks out on big waves and big tricks! We expect big things in the future from this young man. Enjoy! Filmed by: Grant Hully Edited by: Michael Brennan Rider: Luke McGillewie Location:Big Bay "South Africa" 2011 RRD Video - Luke McGillewie Book 1 from RRD International on Vimeo. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2011 - 20:37

If you have ever traveled to Cabarete, on the North coast of Dominican Republic and one of the best kiteboarding destinations in the Caribbean, chances are that you have met Laurel Eastman. Just go to Bozo Beach and you will right away spot the bright pink flags of LEK (Laurel Eastman Kite School) proudly dancing in the wind. I have known Laurel for more than a year now and her professionalism, great customer service, and huge network of friends in and out of Cabarete have impressed me tremendously. Once a professional kiteboarder, Laurel has taken the dedication and hard work of a professional athlete and poured it into expanding the sport, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for the guests (even connecting guests with one another and scheduling group dinners and excursions), and making the world a better place through her charity programs. I sat down with Laurel to learn more about what she does and what inspires her. 1) How, where and when did you get into kiteboarding? My kiteboarding addiction began in Paihia New Zealand, in the year 2000. At the time I was working as an environmental videographer, filming dolphin encounters. Dolphins really remind me of kitesurfers, still to this day. My best friend in Paihia was getting into kiting and from the moment I saw it I knew I had to become a kiter. It was love at first sight and what I went on to achieve in the sport is a fantastic example of the power of single-minded focus. 2) How long did you compete as a professional kiteboarder? What did you enjoy about it? I competed on the first two PKRA world cup tours, that was 2002 and 2003. I loved the travel, the friends, and the parties. The competing was exciting but I just don't have the intense competitive drive and I enjoy sharing the sport a lot more. 3) Having traveled to all the places you went to for competitions, what made you move to and stay in Cabarete? A local hotel offered me sponsorship which lead to the offer of the kiteboarding school in their beach club. It was very much a case of one thing led to another and taking the opportunities as they presented themselves. Also the hotel promised me that I would still be able to travel, by hiring a manager to run the day to day of the kite school. They were right, since starting it 8 years ago I have spent 5-6 months per year traveling for kiting and other adventures. 4) What are your favorite kite spots other than Cabarete? Wave or flat water? So many! In Europe I love Sardinia. In the States I really like Hawaii (obviously). South America I love Brazil - Rio de Janiero - for me a kite spot needs more than just kiting, the atmosphere is also really important. Caribbean it has to be BVI (British Virgin Islands). South Pacific is Aitutaki or Tonga. In Asia Pagupud in the Philippines. Oceania - Nelson, NZ. 5) You have one of the most successful, if not the most successful kite school in Cabarete. What do you believe is the key to your success? Relentless obsession with improvement, raising the bar, providing a better service, atmosphere, and experience to our guests. 6) If you were not a kite school owner, what do you think you would do? Work with the media, hosting TV shows, events, MCing, presenting - things like that. 7) What motivates you the most? Tough question! I have this (at times overly) intense personal drive. I am extremely self-motivated. I also love seeing other people being successful and achieving amazing things, I draw a lot of inspiration from awesome people and organizations. 8) What changes or improvements would you like to see in the sport of kitesurfing? I think there is a long way to go on safety when it comes to personal practice. I see so many people messing up launching and landing, if we could just get kiters to do this safely it would be a massive improvement for the future of the sport. Also I think kiting should go in the direction of snow sports and we need to wear helmets. 9) Why do you think kitesurfing is growing so rapidly? It's ridiculously fun, incredibly trendy amongst influential people, and the improvements in equipment and teaching method make it very accessible now. 10) Tell our readers about the charity programs that you are involved with, in case they want to participate in them as well. Kiting has given me so much, and I am really enjoying giving back. Kiteboarding 4 Kids is a charity event I co-founded in 2009 - we have raised over $50,000 to support children's charities working with impoverished kids here in the Cabarete area www.kb4k.org Kiters 4 Communities is a non-profit (social) business I run with my boyfriend Pete - we transform old kites into rad products, providing jobs to Haitian immigrants and invest profits into educational programs and community resources www.kiters4communities.org KB4Girls is a non-profit organization founded by my dear friend, 9x World Champion Kristin Boese - I am on the Board of Directors and we empower women through kiteboarding while supporting local charities around the world www.kb4girls.org Global Kiters Foundation is a project to bring kiters all over the world together in the spirit of giving back - As an Ambassador for GKF I help spread the word about the Foundation and projects like beach clean-ups, sharing kiting with people who have physical disabilities, and training young people in impoverished areas to be kiteboarding safety officers www.globalkiter.com ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2011 - 18:18

Garda Lake (Lago di Garda) in the North of Italy and close to the city of Verona is an amazing spot for kiting as throughout the year it gets consistent winds in its Northern part. The Southern part of the lake gets windy when the big storms arrive. The Northern wind is called "Peler" by the locals. It is gusty and strong (between 20 and 30 knots) and is cold. The Southerly wind is called "Ora". It is a thermal wind, warm, light and constant (between 10 and 18 knots), suitable for beginners. Normally the water is flat, but when the wind is strong (more than 25 knots) the chop can get up to 1 or 2 meters high. There are many kiteschools around Lake Garda. Just between Brenzone and Navene there are about 20 kiteschools. There are no sandy beaches or launch areas around the lake. The rocky lake shore is very close to the street and to avoid accidents launching from the shore, except in one spot, has been prohibited. Kiteschools normally take their students to the middle of the water on their boats and launch their kites from there. kiters have to rig their kites and then put them back in their kitebags before getting on the boat! XKite students and instructors launching from their boats The one beach spot where expert kiters can launch from is in Navene and is called Kite Club Malcesine. Narrow launch area at Navene Beach The beach here is very small, so expert kiters put their lines in a tunnel and launch from there. It is a crazy spot! See picture bellow. Launching from the tunnel The kite club has a rescue boat, bathrooms, showers, and a parking area. There is another less known small beach in Malcesine where some expert kiters unlawfully launch from. If caught, these kiters will have to pay a hefty fine. But they get away by launching their kites as early as 6:30 in the morning, to escape the Italian police who do not start working until later in the day! Lake Garda is surrounded by big mountains and the water comes from the Alps, so the water is very cold. The lake is windy in the winter time but not many people dare kite when the water is 5 degrees centigrade. The kiting season normally starts in March or april, when the water is about 12 degrees centigrade. Kiters wear a dry suit or a 5.5 mm wetsuit. In the Summer months (from June to September) kiters normally use a 3.5 mm wetsuit in the morning and a shorty in the afternoon. There are many hotels around the lake and the nightly rate starts from 30 euros per person. Every year many people visit Lake Garda but it is not all for kitesurfing. Some come for climbing, mountain biking, trekking, or just to party. Kitesurfers should not miss the famous "Kitepirinhas" parties, organized by local kiter girls of lake Garda. Nice people, good music, and lots of drinks! Be sure to try their famous Brazilian caipirinhas if you visit : ) "Kitepirinhas" party! Nearest airports to Lake Garda: Verona, Bolzano, Milano (Orio al Serio) ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2011 - 18:03

Pinamar is a well-known tourist resort town in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is located 350 Km South East of the city of Buenos Aires by the Argentinian sea. The road to Pinamar is mostly highway and the city is well developed with lots of beaches, hotels and even two campsites. The beaches are sandy, wide and long. All kite spots have waves (in some locations as high as three meters) but when the North East winds are blowing, one can also find flat patches between the waves. Pinamar is a great place for kitesurfing in Argentina during the months of September to March when the weather is nice. January and February are the hottest months and get the largest number of holiday makers, especially over the weekends. During these two months the prices can be expensive and kitesurfing is only allowed in designated beaches, so that swimmers and sun bathers are not bothered. The designated kitesurfing beaches during these months are: La Frontera, Sport Beach in the North, Parador Barlovento in the middle, and Cariló in the South. The winds are fairly regular in Pinamar, but they may blow in different directions! Typical winds are North East (side-shore blowing from the left), South West (side-shore blowing from the right), South (side-on-shore wind towards the right), and South-South East (almost completely on-shore). It is very dangerous -and therefore it is not advised- to kite with offshore (i.e. North, North West, and West) winds, as they are gusty and do not let one return to the coast unless rescued by a boat. If you are an experienced kiter you can navigate the on-shore winds coming from the East and South East but you need lots of power in your kite to cross the strong waves that push you towards the beach. During the months of January and February, one can kite without a wetsuit, although it is advisable to wear a vest on cloudy days, and a wetsuit on windy days along the southern sections. Windguru normally provides an accurate forecast of the wind speed and temperatures in Pinamar. Most people kite with 8 to 12 meter kites. An average guy can take his 9 meter kite out on most days. Pinamar is a great kitesurfing destination in Argentina especially in the months of December, January and February, given that it is fairly close to the city of Buenos Aires. It may not be the best place to practice freestyle but it is a great place to surf and play with the waves. If you are looking for flat waters close by, go to Punta Rasa in San Clemente, a 50 minute drive from Pinamar towards the North. Official site: http://www.pinamar.gov.ar Sport Beach (kite school): http://www.sportbeach.com.ar/ (cover by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/delasco/8060365862/sizes/l/in/photostream/) ...

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