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Our own world traveler, Nathan explains how to pack your kiteboard gear for your next vacation.  Protect your gear, Save Money, and Maximize your riding time!

Check it out here at MACkiteboarding.com  http://www.mackiteboarding.com/dakine-club-wagon-2013/

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NathanP-sq-250The week leading up to the first major storm of winter saw great anticipation of amazing conditions from those of us that favor the strongest winds with the largest waves. Tucker and I were on it – monitoring the weather throughout the week and especially the day before. We made the call the night before, planning on riding right when everything would be at its peak. The forecast called for gale force winds with 20′ significant wave heights – prime.

On Friday, I was woken up by my house shaking from the winds. Given the 20-degree temps outside and knowing the water would be in the sub-50 range, I began to shy away from the idea of heading out on such a nasty day. We made a call around noon to back off on riding, only to make a go of it around 4. Tucker and I headed for the beach with a 2013 Switchblade 7 and a 2012 Nomad 7, expecting winds in the mid-30kt range. We were very wrong.

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kiteboarding boots vs. strapsKiteboarding is a derivative of wakeboarding. Yes, there’s a dramatic difference between the pull, but wakeboarding has been and continues to be a strong influence to the kite side of things. I’m sure most of you have seen a board or two on the beach with a set of wakeboard bindings, or boots, mounted up. Although most riders prefer straps, curiosity is taking kiteboarders over to the dark side by the masses – and for good reason!

If you’re capable of riding upwind and performing simple jumps and transitions – you’re ready for boots! Yes, it adds a slight bit of difficulty to your launching/landing situation. Yes, it can be difficult in direct on-shore conditions with waves. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll be able to ride with more power and style than before.

Straps allow for much greater range of motion than boots, which creates a slight decrease of leverage on the board. They also can have the tendency to release when not desired, making for an interesting situation.

Personally, I come from a snowboarding and wakeboarding background – I find the locked feeling of boots while kiting to be much more comforting. Look at PKRA podiums for the past few years – you’ll see that more and more of the world’s top level talent tossing their straps in the trash in exchange for boots. Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, and Alberto Rondina to name a few.

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