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Here are some of the shops and services with which we are familiar. Our favorite areas are generally listed first. Within each area, weather links come first, then kiteboard shops from north to south and then other services and resources. (WX abbrevations)


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Outer Banks (OBX) - Nags head, Hatteras etc. NC, N to S

logo Forecast: Pamlico Sound NWS, Cape Hatteras Wind Guru, Surf zone, Avon 10-day, Discussion, NWS Radio 162.475 mHz, Rodanthe (past current and forecast conditions on the same graph), iKitesurf by spot & hour*
Current: Cape Hatteras; Frisco Airport; RADAR Loops: NWS, Intellicast; NC DOT info NC-12 closed?;
S Chesapeake & N Currituck (Virginia Beach); Virginia Beach - NE US Riding Spots

Logo  Barrier Island Kitesurfing, Nags Head, NC; Chris Cifers; 252 207-5483

Logo  Radikal Kiteboarding, Rodanthe, NC; Ed Tack; (252)-489-0451

Logo  Kitty Hawk Kites, Waves, NC, Nick; (252) 987-2297

Logo  Hatteras Island Sail Shop, Waves, Bart; 252 987-2292

Logo   Real Kiteboarding, Waves, Trip; (252) 987-6000

Logo  Ocean Air, Avon, Brian; (252) 995-5000

Logo   Outer Banks Kiting, Jay Crawford; 252 305-6839

Ty Luckett  Kite Hatteras, Buxton, Capt. Ty Luckett; 252 305-5290

Logo   12 Kite Instruction - George: OBX & Miami; 305 600-0669

Logo   Ride Hatteras, surfing, windsurfing etc. Avon, Charlie (252) 995-6755; Free WiFi!

Logo   Blowkite - Flexifoil; F-One; Caution Kites; lessons; in Buxton, Terry (252) 995-0260

Logo   Cape Hatteras Kiteboarding, Captain Billy Stark, Frisco (252) 216-7228;

Logo   Wind-NC, Avon - windsurfing and more; Andy (252) 995-4400

Logo   Kite Virginia Beach - kiteboarding etc., Mike Norment & Kelly; 757 754-8382
                                    Places to ride from FKA's website

image  OBX Kite Repair   Excelent service from Charlie; 252-216-8819

Logo   Atlantic Coast Cafe - Good food; Good people and Free WiFi! in Waves

Logo   Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar; lofty view; Free WiFi; Cheff Joel Sardinha & Bobbi; Rodanthe

Logo Hatteras Island Board Sports - surfing lessons, gear etc.; Kevin & Drew; 866 HIB-WAVE

Logo OBX Sports Club gym; Nags Head; Mike; 252 441-8361 (Sponsors Outer Banks Relief Foundation)

Logo   NAPA: Buxton Auto Marine; Woody, Doug & Chris; 252 995-6761

Logo   Hatteras Island Performance: auto repair; Eric & Valerie 252 987-2097

Logo  Rodanthe Watersports and Campground : near water tower; (252) 987-1431

Logo   Waves Village, Kiteboarding in luxury; 252 305-2629

Logo   Avon Cottages - nothing fancy, but reasonably priced; Meryl; Amber; Trey (252) 995-4123

Logo   Frisco Woods Campground - excellent launch - especially W & NE winds; (252) 995-5208


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South Padre Island/Brownsville, TX

logo Forecast: Laguna Madre, North Flats, Wind Guru, Surf zone, 10-Day South Paddre Island
Current: RADAR, iKitesurf,*

Logo   South Padre Island Kiteboarding, Jason; (956) 772-1098; 9-3 daily (10-1 summer)

Logo   Air Padre, Jeff; (956) 299-9463; 9-5 daily

Logo   XL Kites closed their South Padre shop but are still in Houston, TX & Ft Walton, FL

Logo   South Padre Kite Roundup, each May - one of the best and for all skill levels!

Logo   The South Padre Island Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Organization was founded to retain and improve water access locations, as well as to create a safe, fun and clean environment for all water sports.

Logo   South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-SOPADRE

Logo   B & S Kites - kite repair Bill & Susie + John; (956) 761-1248


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Corpus Christi, TX

logo Forecast: NWS Marine, NWS Corpus Christi Bay, Wind Guru, NWS Surf zone, 10-Day,
Current: RADAR (Brownsville), iKitesurf,*

Logo   Pro Kites & Repair, Jeff; (361) 883-1473. They have put together a good map, chart and information about 8 kiteboarding locations in the area. Check out the viewable PDF summary map and chart, the printable DOC file of the summary map and chart or their source web page for the map, chart and descriptions. Here are the descriptions in TXT, PDF, and DOC formats for your various devices.


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Hawaii, Maui (shops are listed in alphabetical order)

logo Forecast: NWS Discussion; NWS Forecast; Kite Beach Wind Guru; Kihei Maalaea Bay Wind Guru; Kahului 10-day,
Maui Wind/Wave Blogspot's one-stop information with Wind, waves, tides, histories, forecasts etc. and links to additional Maui kitboarding info; Graphical wind forecast by hour w animation
Current: Radar

Logo   Action Sports Maui: Lessons for kiteboarding and a lot more - 808 871-5857

Logo   Aqua Sports: Troy Schafer and other fine instructors - (808) 242-8015

Logo   HI Tech Surf Sports: Slingshot kites - 1 808 877-2111 (see HST below for lessons)

Logo   HST - Alan Cadiz & company school - 1(808) 871- 5423

Logo   Kiteboarding School of Maui: Kites & excellent instructors - 808 873-0015

Logo   NeilPryde Maui: Cabrinha parts etc - 1 (808) 877-7443 (see KSM above for lessons)

Logo   Noble Travel Hotel: Teresita and John go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and economical - 808 244-4609

Logo   Second Wind Sail & Surf: North Kites; Ralf - 1 808 877-7467


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Mexico, Rocky Point

Logo   Rocky Point Kitesurfing: Ryan is looking for an instructor, manager or partner - 1(605)591-9488

Logo   Go 2 Rocky Point -  Tommy & Rita: kiteboarding; massage; rentals; more - 1 602 748-4134


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Mexico, San Carlos, Sonora

logo Forecast: Wind Guru,    Buoy Weather for out in the Sea of Cortez,   
Current: Weather Underground's current and past conditions on a near-by knoll

Don Gray  Don Gray is the guy to contact if you want to learn to kiteboard in San Carlos.


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Philippine Islands, Boracay Island, Bulabog Beach ; You can walk the entire beach in about 20 minutes; During the best winds(appx Dec - Mar, the winds are mostly on-shore here. Most of the shops have compressed air for inflating kites; Shops are listed from north to south

logo Forecast: Wind Guru ; WindFinder ; Boracay Weather Station (includes excellent graphs, tide and other information);           Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion Chart.

Logo   OceanRepublic , Glen, +63 (036) 288-4977

Logo   Timog Kiteboarding Center; Jojo; Land +63 56 288-3302; cell: 09209206825

Logo   Isla Kitesurfing ; Francois or Uli; +63 36 288-5552

Logo   Hangin Kite Center (N) ; Nenette; +73 36 288-3663

Logo   Freestyle Academy ; Ken or Alley; +63 915 559-3080

Logo   Habagat (N) (school only); Tony; cell: 0929 157-9871

Logo   Pinas Kiteboarding (school only); Louie; cell 09 906 432-03955

Logo   HabaGat Kiteboarding (school only); 036 288-5787

Logo   HanGin Kiteboarding ; Nenette; +63 36 288-3663

Logo   Kite Doctor ; Serban; +0 939 191-8232

Logo   Surfers Home; excellent place to stay on Bulabog Beach; Kathrin +6336 288 4787

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Panay, Union Beach, Philippines - get there by boat/tricycle or a downwinder from Boracay; not much else to do here but kite unless you take a tricycle into Cataclan. Union Beach may not be kitable at low tide due to the low water level.

logo Forecast - Mostly side-on-shore winds; Reduce these Boracay wind forecasts by 1-2 mph: Wind Guru ; WindFinder ;           Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion Chart.


Logo   Freestyle Academy ; (Boracay phone number +63 915 559-3080)

Logo   Blue Orange Ville; Devis Macmilis & Irene Lara; larairene88@gmail.com; cell: 0947 531-0051

(Logo file too big)   Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. does amazing things for deaf children and adults: Bacolod


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Caribbean, Dominican Republic (shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west).

logo   Cabarete Historical winds etc. (double the wind speeds; click chart to the left for specific months)    
    Satellite in motion

Cabarete Forecast:
    Winds: Windfinder Cabarete Bay (add about 6 mph);     Intellicast, hourly, Cabarete (add about 6 mph);     11-Day by Stefan    
    Tides

Las Terrenas Forecast:
    Winds: Punta Popy (add about 6 mph)    
    Graphic of tides etc. Tides + Other Information - clock with link to times

Celsius to Farenheit conversion Chart.

CABARETE: From West to East along Kite Beach
Logo  GoKite Cabarete 1 829 644-8354 at the Extreme Hotel (relatively wide beach)

Logo  Kitexcite 1.809.981.0778 at the Kite Beach Hotel (relatively wide beach)

logo  Dare 2 Fly 1 809 571-0805 at the Agualina Kite Resort

Generic Kite Image  Kite Club 1(829) 650 0448

Logo  Kite Beach Inn 1 809 490 5517; (no shop, but a good place to stay)


LAS TERRENAS: From West to East
Logo  LT Kitesurf - Danny 1 809 801-5671

Logo  Kite World at the Palapa Beach Club - Vincent 1 809 769-4978

Logo  Kite Life Playa Punta Popy; Alex Soto 1 809 949-2901 or Arnold 1 849 851-8630

Logo  Casa Nina B&B Hotel - economical with AC and other options

Logo  Playa Caribe Hotel - closer to Punta Popy, economical with AC, Wi-Fi, roof-top sun deck, kitchen and more


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Caribbean, St Lucia (LOO shah)

logo Forecast: Saint Lucia           Celsius to Farenheit conversion Chart.

Generic Kite Image  The Reef Kite + Surf, Toni & Jolien (758) 454-3418

Logo   2 Elements, Chris; (758) 285-9956

Logo   Kitesurfing St Lucia, Beth (758) 714 9589

(waiting for logo)   Hewanorra Gardens, near airport, Vieux Fort and the two southern kiteboarding locations. We can not say enough good things about Sammy and Esther Brice. They will take good care of you, give you a good good room and a good deal. 758 454-7007 (US 203 280-3206)

Logo Posada La Gaviota, C.A


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Southern California:
Southern California kitesurfing beaches - Excellent guide of 15 beaches with maps, info, cautions etc.

Generic Kite Image  SCKA (Southern California Kiteboarding Association)

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- Pismo Beach

logo Forecast: Costal Waters Winds & Swell, Pismo Beach Wind Guru, Oceano Wind Guru, Pismo Beach Area, Pismo Beach 10-Day
Current: Wind etc. Pismo Beach, Surf Camera, RADAR,

Generic Kite Image  Xtreme Big Air; Kinsley Wong; 805 574-9200

Generic Kite Image  Pismo Beach Kiteboarding/California Kiteboarding; Jason Lee; 805 550-3768

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- Los Angeles (Captain Kirk's may be the only shop currently giving lessons, Aug 2016)

logo Forecast: Inner Costal Waters, Belmont Beach Wind Guru, Los Angeles, Discussion, LAX Last 24 Hours, RADAR,

--> Logo   Captain Kirk's, San Pedro, CA, Dan Andersson 877-321-KIRK (5475)

Generic Kite Image  Belmont Haps - lots of neat captioned photos and more - Jim & Ruth (not kept up to date as of Aug,'16)

logo  SoCal Kiteboarding, Bart and Parker Mille, 800.939.4640

Logo  Kitesurf California; Matt Sweeting, 310 951-3568 (not-very-helpful advertising links as of Aug,'16)

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- San Diego

Logo   CaliKites; Brian & Shane; 619 223-5483

Logo   Manta Water Sports; John; 858-610-6000


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Colombia River Gorge/Hood River

logo Forecast: Graphic weather forecast from the University of Washington,

Logo   AirTime - good for kite repair etc. etc.
DIY canopy repair - excellent, from AirTime
DIY valve, LE & strut repair - excellent from AirTime

Logo   Hood River WaterPlay, Jack; 541-386-WIND (9463)

Logo   WINDWING kites

Logo   Brian's Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Brian; (541) 386-1423

Logo   NorthWest Kite Association Hood River Kiteboarding Guide


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Key West, Location of the Keys Kite Kaper© 09 and Florida

logo Forecast: North Water Flats , Key West ,

Logo  Key West Kiteboarding; Greg; 305 407-6748

Logo   Kite House; Nick and Paul; 305 294-8679

Logo   Kitetricity - AJ Morgan


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Cheney Reservoir, Wichita, KS

logo Forecasts: NOAA by day and hour for 7 days ; Cheney Reservoir Wind Guru; NOAA Discussion;
   Current conditions: At Stones Jetty; RADAR Loop; 15 charts of Cheney information

Map  Kansas Kiteboarding Association - Eric Fresh. At Cheney Resevoir: When wind is from any direction with North in it, we launch over at the Yacht Club. When the wind has any South in it we launch over at M & M point. When the wind is West we launch over at Wichita point.


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Wakeboard Cable Parks: Here are some opportunities to practice your board skills and gross out your grip as you travel between your kiteboarding destinations.

Logo   Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 North IH 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130; 830 627-2843

Logo   Wake Zone 3501 N.E. 10th, OKC, OK 73117 (used to be Cow-C in Gruthy); 405-850-5801


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Other Links of Interest

Logo   Graphical weather forecast
Hour-by-hour
Buffalo Ridge Park in Phoenix, example
anywhere in the US, by the NWS.

Logo  WindFinder world wide etc.

Logo  Kitepower - Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna, Egypt; Egypt Phone: +2.0122.265.95 96, Extension 3 25 06

Logo  Maybe a link farm to adds for Kiteboarding & other stuff connected with air

Logo   MACkite Boardsports: Various kite brands; Grand Haven, Michigan - 1 800 622-4655

Logo  Riding 4 Adventure - Omar Ordonez and Russ Becker's morotrcycle adventure from Colorado to southern South America

Logo  Chatham Wind and Time - Lots of cool stuff; Jerry Evans, 508 274-9474

Generic Kite Image  Kitesurfing Schools   worldwide - a host of tips, techniques, triks and other information.

Logo   Kite Beaches World Wide - 4213 beaches in 171 Countries

Logo   Kite Adventures - Specializing in Brazil; 1 786 379-KITE (5483)

Logo   Kite Roam - Good info from the Canadian viewpoint

Logo  WeLoveToKite - News for Industry, Pros and Enthusiasts by Mathias Schindler

Generic Kite Image     Epic Kites - Dimitri Maramenides: 919 280-6979

Generic Kite Image  LiteWave Boards & GlobeKites - Dave: 916-961-1117

Generic Kite Image  Underground Kite Sports, Phillipsburg, Montana; Cole 406 546-2709

Logo   Kite World Magazine

Logo  Kiteboarding Magazine

Logo  IKO International Kiteboarding Organization

Logo  PASA Professional Air Sports Association, Kiteboarding

Kite Repair Kit  KiteAid: To quickly and permanently repair your kite check out what Will & Stephan have

Logo  Hamilton Marine - Drysuit neck seal etc. repair. Talk to Chris
Chris does a good job 207 244-7870

Logo  SNOWFER wind & fun - invented by Charles Chepregi

Generic Kite Image  HeadCamGuy for photographs, videos, editing etc., Josh Hartman

Build Your Own Video KiteCam  Build Your Own Video KiteCam

Logo  Adventures Out West offers excellent zip lines West of Colorado Springs - 1-800-755-0935

Logo  Fitness 1 - small, innovative chain of gyms in Phoenix; 623 582-0565

Briana Hirsch 20-year-old cancer survivor: Brianna Hirsch's compelling story and how she is raising money to help other survivors to get their lives back after cancer - through kiteboarding!

Logo Adiction Resource Center with excellent information

Logo  Michelle Travis Photography - Michelle took the photo of our daughter's family on our home page.

(Logo file too big)   Sans Moi contemporary jazz band: Scott, 602 821-9536

Logo  George F Self Native American flutist and children's writer

Logo  Hip Skippity - Everyday, fitness & custom apparel

Michael Ives Studio  Michael Ives Kiteboarder and Artist

Logo   Gifted Treasures - lots of stuff...

Logo  Keyless-Remotes.com - Ken, Kerri and crew were very helpful; 866 916-1320 - Key fob

Logo   Jay Hayes Mineral Display Stands

(Logo)  Dream Project helps the poor with education, development and enrichment in the Dominican Republic

(Logo)  Duet AZ is a fantastic organization of dedicated people who match up senior citizens who need help with volunteers.

Logo  Design A Shirt - We use this company for our T-Shirts because of their excellent service and reasonable prices.

(Logo)  Electronic Cigarettes; Ben - Save money and polution while you "smoke"

(Logo)  Electric Automobile Association

(Logo)  Electric Automobile Association, Phoenix Chapter: Bunch of smart, informed, helpful, inovative people who meet in downtown Phoenix the last Saturday each month.

(Logo)  Green Motors: Excelent central Arizona mobile installations - Todd; 602 569-1948.

(Logo)  Circuit Specialists: Whatever you need for your project, these helpful people probably will have - 800-528-1417.

(Logo)  Gangplank, a chaotic environment for smart, vibrant people and start-up businesses to get creative, to innovate, then share that creativity, their ideas and free Internet with others at 250 S AZ Av, Chandler. Wednesday evenings 6-10 we network on our websites and other projects.
Interview of Brent Davis of Funding Universe about Gangplank's Crowd Pitch by Ken Colburn on KTAR's Computer Corner radio show Aug 14, 2010 (3.6mb audio file).

Logo  HeatSync Labs - cool hardware & software, including object printing; Jacob; 480 389-4743

Logo  Creative Commons: for free customized copyright notices for your works

Logo  ZoomActive: Shared Cloud Hosting

http://www.prcheckingtool.com   Page Rank Checking Tool for your website

logo   GoDaddy - Host of our website

Logo   Submit Express - excellent free webmastr tools to do all sorts of things like check and count your links and optimize for search engines. Of course they have additional products for sale.

* iKitesurf membership required for full use

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