The 2015 Airush Livewire kiteboard shred

Posted: October 30, 2014 by in Snow Kiting

The 2015 Airush Livewire kiteboard shreds tough. Just look at Matty Thames’s “stoke face”. Get stoked! -AJ

Check out the new, 2015 RP Control Bar f

Posted: October 22, 2014 by in Snow Kiting

Check out the new, 2015 RP Control Bar from Best Kiteboarding! This bar can help you take your riding to the next level…along with a lot of hard work, dedication and repeated slams. What up, RickyBobby?! Get stoked! -AJ

West Michigan Snowkiting Goodness!

Posted: March 11, 2014 by in Snow Kiting

West Michigan Snowkiting Goodness!

Future kiteboarders: Here’s Chris at HQ

Posted: March 9, 2014 by in Snow Kiting

Future kiteboarders: Here’s Chris at HQ Kites, showing you how to set up and fly your “trainer kite”. Please give us a call anytime – we’re always here to help: (800) 622-4655 -AJ

Our friend, Tim Bernard, having a good t

Posted: March 7, 2014 by in Snow Kiting

Our friend, Tim Bernard, having a good time on his kiteboarding trip to Puerto Rico. Way to go, brother! -AJ

How To Pack Your Kiteboarding Gear For Vacations

Posted: December 21, 2013 by in How To, Jake Mitchell, kiteboarding general

A kiteboarding Golf Bag

by Jake Mitchell

One of the best attributes of kiteboarding is being able to do it in so many diverse locales, as long as a relatively open source of water is nearby. As vacations generally involve visiting places that meet that criteria, it can be quite hard to leave all your kitesurfing gear behind as you flee the winter doldrums. Fortunately, by getting an appropriate kiteboarding gear bag and learning how to effectively pack it, you’ll have no reason to leave your equipment behind.

The first step is selecting the correct travel bag that can successfully harbor all of your kitesurfing gear. Kiteboarding bags like the Dakine Club Wagon and Dakine SX Bag are great options. Occasionally called golf bags, the original intention with most kiteboarding bags was to disguise them as other sports equipment luggage that could take advantage of airlines’ free baggage policies. This leeway is increasingly rare with airline cost controls nowadays, but the influence lives on. The length of your kiteboard(s) is important when determining the size of bag to opt for; you will want a bag that is slightly longer than your largest kiteboard. Many kiteboarding bags, when packed correctly, should hold two kiteboards, at least two kitesurfing kites, a pump, harness, and water garb.

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How to Butter Slide/Nose Slide

Posted: November 22, 2013 by in How To, Jake Mitchell
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by Jake Mitchell

One of my favorite kiteboarding tricks is the butter slide, sometimes called a nose slide. It is quite easy to execute, given you have the right equipment, conditions, and a good sense of balance. Even more importantly, it looks really flashy, especially if you hold it for a long slide!

Progression Kiteboarding has a great video to get things started:

For another perspective, or if you’d prefer the butter slide dissected in Spanish:

The nose slide is executed most easily in flat water conditions, and will also look most the most pronounced. You will want to remove the fins from your kiteboard, and make sure your kite is moderately to highly powered. You can butter slide just fine in footstraps, although boots will provide better leverage. The trick is most easily done in the direction your feel more comfortable riding toeside.

Keep reading for step-by-step directions: