2011 Genetrix Kiteboarding Kite Line
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Genetrix 2011 Kiteboarding Gear Preview
Genetrix believes in a two-year major R&D cycle, which means that only minor changes will be made to their kites for 2011. The all-around Origin will be receiving a few minor tweaks for the new year while the unique Hydra will remain largely the same for 2011.
Genetrix is also updating their popular XWY riding shorts and will be coming out with a new golf travel bag.
Genetrix US Distributor Gerard Bourgeois sat down with us during the Genetrix trip to Vanuatu to let us know what is happening for 2011.
What are the changes being made on the 2011 Origin?
For 2011, most of the changes on the Origin will be on the bar. It will have a shorter bar, new stopper ball, improved donkey doodle, new grip, and improved color coding.
The Origin’s canopy will also have bold new graphics and colors and some minor bridle modifications are still possible, but the R&D on that is still underway as of the deadline for this article.
Why has Genetrix decided to update the Hydra on a two year cycle instead of annually?
Genetrix believes in evolutionary product design with all kites on a two year major R&D cycle. This prevents the release of unproven concepts, which sometimes happens when companies are overeager to rush out a new design just because it is time for the new model.
Thus, the Hydra, having already evolved through four different generations and having already achieved world-beating performance will see only minor modifications to the 2011 version in the form of minor bridle adjustments for increased stability.
Because the Origin was all new in 2010, the 2011 kite will see more changes.
What rider input is Genetrix putting into the 2011 products?
We listen to both our team riders and our consumers and have chiefly made material changes that result in increased durability and design changes that result in increased stability.
How will the Genetrix bar be different for 2011?
The 2011 Origin bar will be shorter and will feature a new stopper ball, improved donkey doodle, a new grip, and improved color coding.
What riders will really appreciate the Hydra? Which ones should choose the Origin?
The Hydra is a kite designed for performance under the world’s most challenging and gusty conditions.
Almost all of the riders who compete in the speed kiting trials in Namibia have a Hydra, even ones who are not sponsored by Genetrix.
Because it is a thoroughbred, we feel that it is most appropriate for intermediate and advanced riders.
The Origin is an ultra-fun freestyle kite with a very easy relaunch, so it is our most beginner friendly kite, although the performance is enough to satisfy the most advanced freestyle and wave riders.
Why would a rider who loved the 2010 Origin want to consider upgrading to the 2011?
Chiefly for the improved bar and the terrific new colors and graphics.
Does Genetrix have any other products that will be new and/or updated for 2011?
Yes! We have a great line of updated XWY kite-specific board shorts that you will be able to order direct from our website and from our dealers.
These shorts are made slightly longer than most surf shorts which helps avoid the dreaded board short “ride-up” and to provide additional protection for the rider.
We will also have the best looking golf bag on the market in 2011 while still maintaining all the functionality of a traditional golf bag.