8 basic tricks every strapless kitesurfer should learn

Strapless kitesurfing is an incredible experience. But you need to master the art of surfboard riding to enjoy it to the fullest.

Whether the ocean is flat or pumping perfect waves, a strapless board is always a challenging kitesurfing option.

Pro kiteboarder Alberto Rondina compiled a list of fundamental tricks and maneuvers that will help you become a better strapless kitesurfer. As with always in the sport, practice makes perfect.

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Are kites useful for anything?

Countries, empires, and civilizations with cost diseases eventually choke on their own inefficiencies.

Cost diseases did it for Rome and the Ottomans. And India during the Mogul era (allowing easy conquest by England). And they are to blame for the "century of shame" when China became so dysfunctional that foreigners bullied them unmercifully (which China is now determined to exact revenge for).

There are various theories as to what causes cost diseases to take hold of stable countries and empires.

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"Rugged Point," a kiteboarding heaven in Canada's west coast

What are five kiteboarders doing on the rugged west coast of Vancouver, in the middle of wolves and killer whales?

Camille Delannoy, David Tonijuan, Etienne Lhôte, Paul Serin and Pauline Valesa settled camp for seven days in Spring Island, Canada. They were doing it for the adventure.

Equipped with twin-tips, foil systems, strapless boards and thick wetsuits, the kite crew lost themselves in this wild and windy paradise.

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The Chilean big wave surf break of Punta de Lobos and the idyllic Australian point break of Noosa have been officially declared the 9th and 10th World Surfing Reserves, respectively.

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