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For 2012 Nobile will be introducing a new freestyle kite, a light wind/race kite, and a wave directional board as well as a new control bar while the rest of the line has been tweaked to improve construction and performance. Two new customer service reps were also brought onto the team who will handle all demos and US and Canadian customer and warranty inquiries. Nobile’s Maciej Wacławczyk answered our questions about what we can expect from the company’s 2012 product lineup.
Nobile has two returning kites in its 2012 line up, the N62 v3 and the T5 Koinobori. As next generation kites, what are the biggest changes made to each?
Both of the kites deliver the latest generation of innovative design. We’ve taken what aerodynamic science has to offer and implemented it into our kites’ construction. Improvements include a redesigned leading edge, flattened wing tips, and thinner bridles and steering lines. These changes enabled us to optimize the performance of our kites by maximizing lift, minimizing drag, and fine tuning turning speed to a rider’s desired level. Additionally, the side-strut kite valves have been moved to the outer sides of the struts to gain the “catch-free” location. Now it’s almost impossible for the bridles to catch the valve when launching the kite. Our new kites also feature reinforced bridle attachment points.
Why did Nobile discontinue the NHP kite which was targeted at new school and freestyle riders?
At Nobile we always make all possible efforts to develop products that meet the highest standards in performance and quality. The NHP kite will be soon replaced by a new freestyle kite, the 50Fifty. This new kite will be even more new school focused and dedicated to advanced and professional riders. With this kite we want to set new standards in this sector and set the bar higher when it comes to freestyle kite performance. The final product is in its final phase of testing and will be introduced to the market soon.
You also have a new light wind/race kite in development. Tell us a bit more about it.
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