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2017 North Evo
North Kiteboarding has been building sails for a LONG time!  The ever popular Rebel has kept kiteboarders smiling for over 10 years.  Backing up the awesome reputation of the North Rebel is a tough job.  The North EVO is up for the challenge, though.  Coming into the range as a performance all-rounder, the EVO can do whatever you put your mind to.
Join the journey with Tom Herbert as he lays out in true North style the awesome benefits of this year's North EVO.
Want to see more?  Follow Tom in his Youtube series Tom's Kitchen.

North kiteboarding demo

 

North Kiteboarding is coming to town.  Every December, the North Team comes to Cocoa Beach to find warmer weather and give us the best stocking stuffers in the world, kiteboarding gear!

Ok, they don't give it to us, but they sure do let us use the heck out of it!  Come join us for our annual North Kiteboarding demo and try all the new gear.  Whether it is the freestyle Dice, all around Evo, or the world famous Rebel, we will have something to blow your stockings off!  

Even if you are on Santa's naughty list, come out.  We will have music, friends and even some food.  

When: Saturday, December 3rd 12pm-5pm

Where: Cherie Down Park, Cape Canaveral    (alternate for West wind- 520 Slick)

Contact:  Romann @ 321.302.5663 or info@321kiteboading.com

 

 

Why are kiteboarders in Cocoa Beach always smiling?  It is simple.  In addition to being the home of Kelly Slater (11 time World Champion surfer), we have an incredible city bus system.  Why go through the hassle of organizing and dropping off a car downwind when you can have the convenience of a chauffeured ride back to your starting point?

The Cocoa Beach TROLLEY SYSTEM for kiteboarding downwinders:

 The SCAT/Trolley buses run seven days a week and take you to most destinations in the area.  The trolley service runs Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Port Canaveral to 13th Street in Cocoa Beach. All trolley stops have pickups every half hour on the weekdays including Saturday and every hour on Sunday and holidays.  There are many bus stops along A1A, but keep an eye out, most of them are simple sign posts near the sidewalk and not full on sheltered stops.  For more information visit http://www.ridescat.com/transit/fares/ or call (321) 633-1878.

The schedule and map at the S.C.A.T. (Space Coast Area Transit) website show the #9 route that extends from the south side of the port (which include the restaurant area and the casino boat, but not the main cruise terminals on the north side of the port) on the north, down through all the beach areas and then through downtown Cocoa Beach. It ends exactly on 13th Street South, where it continues back North towards our shop.  It does also link with another bus at 13th Street South that continues south along the beaches into Melbourne.

 

The #9 bus, which is dressed up as a green trolley, also connects with other buses at the intersection of A1A  and SR520 (Cocoa Beach Causeway), which goes west past the shopping mall and onto the mainland at Cocoa, where there are further connections. On a Southerly wind, this is a good place to end your downwinder and head back to your starting point or stop by 321 Kiteboarding which is just to the West on the opposite side of A1A.   

Requirements and things to know:

  • $1.50 for bus fare.  Coins work better, but dollars don't take long to dry out.  
  • Have exact fare, ticket or pass ready prior to 
    boarding the bus. Drivers cannot make change.
  • Leave seats near the front for elderly or disabled 
    riders, moving promptly to the next available 
    seat.
  • All buses are equipped with bike racks. 
    Surfboards and bikes are permitted inside the 
    bus when space is available.
  • Proper attire is needed to board. Shirts and 
    shoes are required. Bathing suits, except board 
    shorts, must be covered. (we recommend surf booties as they are simple to wear or easy to fold up if you simply want to carry them with you.)  We have been known to bring "sock" style booties and simply put them in our board short pockets until we need them.

Just remember, it's easy and convenient.  Ask the driver where they are going if you have questions and you will be alright.  See you on the water!

Kiteoberfest 2016

It's that time again, for the annual Kiteoberfest!

What is it?

Imagine you took all your favorite beach activities— especially kiteboarding— combined it with good food, Octoberfest, Halloween, a drum circle, and random events that make Spartans look like wimps. What do you have?

Kite-Ober-Fest!

kiteoberfest

All the ladies and gents will be dressed in their finest lederhosen and dirndls. And, for those that feel more like ghouls and ghosts, we will not discriminate, all costumes are welcome. Feel free to wear your boardshorts and bikinis too, but remember, you may miss out on some of the sweet prizes!

Did you say Prizes?

Umm, yeah, for sure. Last year mostly everyone walked (especially Peter N!) away as a winner with cool giveaways, from Ukeleles to kite gear.

So what's so fun about this event anyway?

How about some of our toughest kite chicks knocking each other off SUPS, a tightrope challenge, the inexperienced kiteboarder race, and much more totally random madness that will surely make you spit your German beer out laughing.  But please, be careful, we don't want you choking on our special Bratwurst.

Oh, and we almost forgot to mention. We will have demos from all our favorite supporting Kite brands, so plenty of gear to go around.

Don't worry, it's all kid friendly, bring the munchkins too.

If you're sick of boring old events, come hang out with a bunch of like-minded people, just having a good time on the beach, wind, or no wind. We don't pack it up until the cops chase us out after our late night rhythmic fire dancing drum circle (don't worry, we have a permit).  

How much does all this cost?

We're fun, but not very smart, IT"S ALL FREE! Come show us your support and who you love, again this year!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Lori Wilson has 2 parking areas, we will be using the South parking (Near the dog park on "I dream of Jeannie Lane"

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Keep us busy, ask whatever you'd like.

info@321kiteboarding.com

or, (321)302-5663

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Heck no! This is a beach party and Kiteboarding event. Badges?! We don't need no stinkin' badges.


When:  October 22nd, 2016  10am-10pm

Where: Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Florida

kiteoberfest RSVP

You can view up to date event details here


(Watch last year's video

We really love where we live and were honored to be able to spread a bit of our excitement with Tamara Del Pino Lison of bestattravel.co.uk  Make sure to read the full article and see how great our state is! 

Cocoa Beach

Kiteboarding at Cocoa Beach, Florida

Perched at the edge of the idyllic beach town of the same name, Cocoa Beach is a holiday paradise set in the heart of Florida's Space Coast. Just an hour's drive east of Orlando, it offers some of the state's finest surfing and fishing spots – as well as all the attractions, amenities and breathtaking beauty spots you'd expect from a vibrant beach town.

Kite boarding has grown increasingly popular in recent years, so why not head along to 321 Kite Boarding for lessons and equipment rental? Fully qualified instructors are on hand to take you through the basics, regardless of your experience – with the flat, shallow waters of Cocoa Beach making the ideal learning environment. ....Read Full Article Here

TEAM & ELITE CARBON
ARMOR HARNESSES
NOW AVAILABLE

ANNOUNCEMENT

After the much-anticipated launch of its Hex Core harness last month, Ride Engine is pleased to announce the release of two additional models of the industry’s first form-fitting hardshell kiteboarding harness, as well as two additional spreader bar options. The freshly-released Team and Elite Carbon models are stiffer and lighter as they go up the line, while each spreader bar option offers distinct performance characteristics, giving riders an exceptional selection in their search for the best harness possible.

 


INTRODUCING THE TEAM SERIES

 

The Team Series harness features a blend of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar construction, making this a strong, light and rigid harness ideal for hard-charging kiters like Patrick Rebstock, who is front lining the series this year with his signature model. The series features the Rebstock pro, Spinal Tap and the Odyssey models, all with the same construction but a very different aesthetic.

INTRODUCING THE ELITE CARBON SERIES

 

For ultimate lightweight performance and rigidity, double carbon and Kevlar constructed Elite series model is a cut above the rest. Simply stated, this high-end harness is a fully-functional work of art. The Elite comes in three distinct designs- black carbon Katana, red carbon Katana and Bamboo Forest.

RIDE ENGINE SPREADER BAR OPTIONS

 

Ride Engine now has three distinct spreader bar options to choose from. For traditional fixed hook performance, which maintains the rider’s ability to unhook while riding, we have a standard stainless hook, spreader bar and pad setup in 8” and 10” lengths. For surf-style and general hooked-in freeriding, Ride Engine has two unique sliding rope spreader bar options (each offered in 8” and 10” sizes), one with a stainless steel bar and an upgrade option with an all carbon bar. The feedback on the sliding rope spreader bar setup has been overwhelmingly positive: “Once you try it, you’ll never go back.”

It's that time again for the annual Kiteoberfest! Maybe you noticed the weather has changed and so has the wind! The season is almost here and it's time to update your quiver. Come out and try the newest gear from all the top brands.  Not looking to update your gear? No problem. We have 3 reasons that it will still be lots of fun. We have combined  Land, Air and Sea with competitions and events for everyone.  We have lots of great prizes to give away and if you come dressed in a costume for halloween you will get an extra treat.  Please do bring your instruments if you feel like entertaining! Djembes, ukulele's, bongos, guitars, harps, bagpipes...!

When: Saturday October 24, 2015 

Where: Wind Dependent- Site #1 520 Slick  Site #2 Cherie Down Park

Time: 10am to whenever your heart desires - Bonfire and music after dark

Register for Kiteoberfest

Who's Coming:  

Core KiteboardingBest Kiteboarding F-One KiteboardingPenny SkateboardingCrazyFly Kiteboarding 

 

Land

Skateboard Demo's by Penny
Retro Skate Competition

Air

Kiteboarding Demo's from the industry leaders
Kiteboarding Course Race
Highest Jump Competition by WOO
Freestyle Expression Session

Sea

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Demo
SUP Competition (fun for all)

 

Unfortunately there is no magic potion to kook proof your beaches from wayward kiteboarders.  There will always be people who ignore safety signs or even worse won't invest in quality kiteboarding lessons.  

We have all seen people do 1, 2 or all of the stupid kiteboarding errors in this video.  If you are not a kiteboarder yet, or about to take lessons.  These exaggerations are all taken from real life but surprisingly are all quite preventable with just a couple hours of lessons.

Or, just drink some Ovamaltine?

What is Kitesurfing?

January 26, 2015

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There are just as many ways to explain this unique sport as there are names for it.  Some call it kiteboarding, kitesurfing or kiting.  We just call it awesome.  Share your definition, we love creative minds.  You can also watch Spencer Hall "strap himself to a kite" and find out first hand.  Read on to see what it takes to start kiteboarding yourself.

 

  

 

People are always asking us, "How do I get started?" Although the answer can be different for each individual, there are some basics that we think should be stuck to.

  • Get Lessons from a reputable School or Certified Instructor.
  • Purchase modern, high quality kiteboarding gear.
  • Practice, have fun and stay safe!
"Kite boarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kite boarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kite board similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot straps or bindings."

 

Lessons-

We love the fact that each student is different and unique and we treat them that way. Because not everyone fits into the same box, we tailor each lesson to the individual.  Look for a school that offers different levels of a kiteboarding experience.  Basically, why spend thousands up front if you are not even sure if a sport or activity is right for you?  

Get your feet wet with a Ground Course.  These are fun, fast paced classes that give you a chance to try kiteboarding without a large monetary commitment.  If you are an adrenaline junky and know that anything this awesome must be for you, then take a Private Lesson that moves at your pace.  This way you will learn faster and get riding sooner.

 

Gear-

Kites- There are many different styles and brands of kites.  if you found a trustworthy school, they will be able to point you in the right direction.  Remember, the kite is what makes the harnessing of Natures power possible, so choose wisely.  The basics are simple though.  Heavier riders (175+lbs) or lighter winds need a smaller sized kite. Smaller riders (under 170lbs) or higher wind speeds will require a smaller kite.  Kite technology has come a long way in recent years and most kiteboarders will eventually have 2 kites to cover a wide range of winds comfortably.

Control Bar-

Also know as the "Bar and Lines" this is what not only connects you to the kite, but gives you effortless control.  The bar and line set connects you to the kiteboarding harness with a device called a chicken loop.

Kiteboarding Harness-

A common misconception is that you need a lot of upper body strength in order to kiteboard.  There is nothing further from the truth.  In fact, the kiteboard Harness comes in a few styles and transfers all the pull from the kite directly to your mid section.  This allows you to easily ride for hours on end without becoming fatigued.

Kiteboard-

The kiteboard comes in two general styles.  

The Twin Tip, which is very similar to a traditional wakeboard in size and shape.  Twin Tip kiteboards are the most common as they are easier to learn on and give you the most user friendly experience in most conditions.  

Surfboards are becoming increasingly popular as well.  Although a standard epoxy surfboard will work, kiteboarding specific surfboards are built tougher and have a more efficient shape.  They also will most often come with inserts so that you can attach straps to keep you more securely on the board.  

For more info contact

romann@321kiteboarding.com