Our friend, Tim Bernard, having a good t

Posted: March 7, 2014 by MACkiteboarding.com 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 MACkiteboarding.com 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 MACkiteboarding.com 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:

Choosing the Right Wetsuit for Kiteboarding

Posted: October 30, 2013 by MACkiteboarding.com in Kiteboarding Accessories Review
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Things to consider when looking for the right wetsuit for you

Kiteboarding with a wetsuit1. Where do you ride? What is your season high and low temperatures for both water and air? How long into the season will you realistically ride? How much temperature change do you experience throughout your riding season?

2. Are you warm blooded, cool or cold blooded? I am still wearing booties, hood and gloves when lots of riders are in just their wetsuit. How important is warmth to you personally?

3. What is your budget? This is always a tough one. Everyone wants to spend all their money on their kite, board and harness. Remember that your wetsuit is stuck to your body and will be a huge deciding factor on how long you can ride in comfort. In Lake Michigan you must have a wetsuit, and for all practical purposes it needs to be a 5/3 blind stitched and glued suit. You are talking of an investment between $175-350.

Kiteboarding with hood, booties, and gloves4. Sizing – Okay, so this is a given. This is absolutely critical for your comfort. If you get a suit, it should be snug, but not super tight. Can you touch your toes? Are the arms and legs long enough or too long? You don’t want to have bunches of neoprene on your arms or legs. I like to leave a little extra room for a layer of polypropylene for those really cold days. If you buy a suit online and it does not fit right, do not use it. Call the retailer and trade it in for the right size.

5. Booties, hoods and gloves – If you want to ride when it’s cold you will need all three. Booties are the most important to start with. Plan on spending $100 – $150 to get the right set up of all three pieces of gear. Your extremities are always the weakest link in the length of your session due to cold.

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