Archive for July, 2012

I’m an old guy who loves to ride.  I will never learn to handle pass or kill it on sliders.  I have however seen and worked with hundreds of new kiteboarders in the last 10 years.  I don’t give lessons, but I love to see the eyes of new kiteboarders on the day they first stay upwind. I have a 14 year old and 17 year old who are both up and riding and nothing gets me more stoked.  I can’t wait till they are boosting over my head. Here are four simple things that will radically increase your learning curve and keep you much safer.  All four kiteboarding tips are super easy to do with a bit of work and some planning. (more…)

ImageThe 2013 Slingshot kiteboarding gear is out and is happy to share the latest info on a few of the newly released Slingshot Fall Products!

Slingshot Kiteboarding is one of the few companies that will release their products 2 different times over the next 6 months. Here is the break down of when you will be able to get information related to the following Slingshot Kiteboarding Products.


I decided to unpack the 12m North Rebel for last night’s sunset session in Hatteras NC.  Winds were in the 12-16 knot range and there was one foot chop to ride through.  Me being new rider at 175 pounds I was thinking I could be underpowered so I grabbed the Cabrinha Spectrum which has a moderate rocker and some extra volume.  With the chop I also liked the idea of having the secure feeling you get from the Cabrinha Sync footstraps.

From the first time I launched the kite I quickly realized that my initial thought was wrong.  After a few tacks I decided I needed a board with more outline and rocker to handle the power and chop.  I grabbed a Cabrinha Caliber with Sync footstraps and headed back out.  Now I was riding comfortably with speed through the chop. (more…)

Dave Kalama Joins Imagine Surf as VP of Design and Innovation

Posted: July 12, 2012 by in SUP wants to congratulate Dave Kalama on his move to Imagine Surf. Below is the press release with more of the details.  We would also like to take the time to announce that MACKite is also carrying Imagine Surf products.  We will have the Imagine “Surfer” available online shortly at! Board only $579. Board and Aluminum Paddle Package only $650


What do you get when you when mix up Hurley, 3 pro Surfers and 70 wild and crazy Children from Grand Haven?

You get a bunch of stoked kids and have a crazy fun time on the beach!

Check out the all the fun on the Hurley YouTube Channel

Thanks Hurley and Spy for coming out and putting on such a great event, your guys and gals on on the ground do a killer job!

The Crew at

Hear it from first, this just in from Cabrinha Kiteboarding! Links and photos will be posted when available! Check out Cabrinha Kiteboarding Gear at

2013 Cabrinha Kite Lineup:

Cabrinha’s 2013 lineup is better than ever.  We have listened to your constructive comments and have built our 2013 range of products to be the absolute maximum in performance, security, and value.

2013 Cabrinha Switchblade:
We have an all-new Switchblade.  YES – it turns faster, is much lighter in the bar, and jumps off the water or snow during relaunch.  The Switchblade will continue to be the industry benchmark for parked kite performance and amazing stability, but the handling is vastly improved with new canopy shaping for a faster turning lighter bar that translates into top performance in Freeride, onshore surf, and basic freestyle!!

2013 Cabrinha Siren Collection Switchblade:
We also now offer the Siren Collection within the Switchblade specifically tailored to the ladies.  Everything from the Susi Mai influenced graphics/colors down to specific features on the control system accommodates a smaller size person with a desire to ride something more feminine.