2014 NJ KiteFest

We are planning a full day of activities on a private beach. If you’re a kiteboarder or thinking about getting into the sport, this is the event you don’t want to miss.

Check out the event Facebook page regularly for all updates.

When: Saturday, April 26th starting at 11am wind or no wind (rain date will be Sunday, April 27th)

Where: Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club124-144 Center Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Cost: FREE

Includes:

  •     Contests with prizes from our sponsors (kites, kiteboards, etc.)
  •     Clinics by Pro Riders from Best and Cabrinha
  •     Raffles and giveaways
  •     Lots of 2014 gear to see and try – kites, boards, harnesses, etc
  •     BBQ and beer

Sponsors:  Green Hat Kiteboarding, Best, Cabrinha, Crazy Fly, Slingshot, Club Ricochet

Schedule:

11am – 12pm:  Intro to Kiteboarding Clinic / Q&A
12pm – 1pm: Strapless Riding/Aerials Clinic and Cabrinha presentation with Evan Netch
1pm – 2pm: Mega Loops, Unhooked tricks Clinic and Best presentation with Ryan Evans
2pm – 3:30pm: Hangtime Contest or SUP Race (if no wind)
3:30pm – 5pm: Kite Pumping Contest
5:30pm: Raffle

If there is time and interest, we’ll also do a clinic on Bar Tuning and Self Rescues.

Contests:

There is a limited number of spots for each contest. Registration will be done on first come first serve basis (please see Connie when you arrive).

Hangtime: 1st Prize: 2013 Best Armada Kiteboard ; 2nd Prize: Cabrinha Wakeskate
Hangtime contest will start around 2pm and end around 3:30pm. We will have 2 judges recording air times. There will be two contestants at a time and two jumps allowed per contestant.

Contestants will use their own gear and there are no restrictions on sizes or types.

SUP Race: To replace the hangtime contest if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
1st Prize: 2013 Best Armada Kiteboard ; 2nd Prize: Cabrinha Wakeskate
SUP Race will start around 2pm and end around 3:30pm. 2 contestants at a time will race from the beach, to a buoy, and back.  Judges will record times.

Paddle Boards and paddles will be provided.

Kite Pumping:  1st Prize: 2013 10m Best TS kite ; 2nd Prize: Cabrinha H2 Bindings
Kite Pumping contest will start around 3:30pm and end around 5pm. 2 contestants at a time will pump their kites. Both kites will be the same make, model and size (10m Best TS) and the same model pumps will be used. Contestants will have to pump up the kites to 9 PSI and turn them over. Judges will be recording times.

Kites will be provided for this competition. 

Tickets: You will need 1 ticket to enter a contest. If you have tickets left over at the end of the day, you can use them for a raffle. Here’s how to get these tickets:
• 1 ticket when you RSVP by 4/20 (you can RSVP on Facebook or by email)
• 1 ticket just for showing up
• Showing up early (by noon) will get you another ticket
• 1 ticket for submitting a product review (100 words minimum) on our site on any non-clearance product we sell by 4/20. It has to be an objective review, but it doesn’t have to be positive. You can submit reviews for as many products as you’d like.

Contest/Raffle tickets will be distributed at the beach entrance (near the club house). It’s up to you how to use them. The more tickets you have the higher your chances of winning.

Raffles and Giveaways:
Our sponsors have sent us bags, t-shirts, hats, stickers, etc. Some of these will be raffled off and some given away to contest participants.

Here’s are some pictures from last year’s event:

2014 Slingshot Turbine VS Best TS Lightwind Kite Review

Slingshot Turbine Vs Best TSUnlike traditional lightwind kites the 2014 Slingshot Turbine and the 2014 Best TS Lightwind kite are designed for performance. Many other lightwind kites are for just cruising back and forth, also known as mowing the lawn. Which for most riders just isn’t exciting enough.

Slingshot and Best Kiteboarding, have concentrated on making light wind kites that can still be used as performance kites. You can jump with these kites, they turn fast, and have the characteristics of a 12m kite. Continue reading

New vs Used Kiteboarding Gear

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2014 Slingshot Surfboard Comparison Chart

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How To Choose The Best Kiteboarding Trainer Kite

Things to Consider: The Best Kiteboarding Trainer Kite

Kiteboarding Trainer KiteChoosing the best kiteboarding trainer kite can be difficult, especially since your most likely new to the sport. The main differences are the number of lines, the size of kite, and if the kite is water re-launchable. All trainer kites will teach you how to control a kite, but it really comes down to how safe and easy you want your learning experience to be. Continue reading

Kiteboarding Gifts Guide for 2013

Check out updated Kiteboarding Gifts guide; how to earn Green Hat loot; Fast Shipping, Extended Returns, and Free Exchanges.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Kiteboarding GiftsKiteboarders are passionate about their sport. This makes Kiteboarding gear and accessories excellent Christmas Gifts. The challenge for someone who is not familiar with kiteboarding is to navigate through an enormous selection of never ending lists of gear and gadgets. At Green Hat Kiteboarding, we hope to make your gift shopping experience to be simple, rewarding, and worry free.

Here is how:

Share our Kiteboarding Gifts Facebook Post and make Green Hat Dollars

If you’d like to receive kiteboarding gifts this Holiday season, Share This Post and Like our Facebook page to help your friends and family choose the right gift for you. To sweeten the deal you will get $100 Green Hat Dollars that you can either use towards your gift or use down the road for something else. Just message us on Facebook to let us know that you’ve shared the post as well as the name on the account to add $100 GHDs.

Give The Gift of Kiteboarding

If you’re looking to surprise your kiteboarding spouse, friend or family member with a kiteboarding gift, check out our Kiteboarding Gifts section. We’ve put together a large variety of kiteboarding gifts and suggestions sorted by Skill and Price, as well as a separate section of Stocking Stuffers and Gift Certificates.

If you have any questions or would like more personalized recommendations, please give us a call at 1-888-KITE-001.

Shipping, Returns, and Exchanges

After the Holidays, if something does not fit or isn’t liked for any reason, do not worry – just ship it back to us by February 1st.  You will receive a full refund on all unused items. If you would like to exchange for a different size, we will cover all the shipping costs back and forth.

Thank you for your business!

We wish you all the best for this Holiday Season!

 

Insane Black Friday Kiteboarding Gear Deals

Black Friday Kiteboarding Gear DealsFor this year’s Black Friday, We’ve gone completely mad with cutting prices on left over gear. A large selection of Kiteboarding gear has been discounted by 40-80% for the whole week!

Black Friday Kiteboarding Deals

Select items in the Black Friday section are marked down:

*All discounted gear has a limited supply.

Share our Facebook Or Twitter Post, Get $100 Green Hat Dollars

How It Works:

  1. Like our Facebook Page and Share our Black Friday Facebook Post  or re-tweet our Black Friday Twitter post.
  2. Contact Us Via Email, Facebook, or Phone to be Credited $100 Green Hat Dollars on your account.
  3. Make a purchase by 12/2/2013 in any new gear or clearance kite categories.

 

 

*Green Hat Dollars earned from this promotion expire on 12/2/2013. Green Hat Dollars can NOT be used on any items listed under Black Friday Category.

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Find out which drysuit is better – Neil Pryde Lucifer or Ocean Rodeo Soul. And learn how to get a FREE pair of winter gloves.

Unless you live in the tropics, you’ve probably been in this situation -  it’s cold, windy, and has been a long time since your last session. You don’t want to freeze, but desperately need that kiteboarding fix. It’s possible to have fun in the cold, you just need the right winter suit. Continue reading