Home / 2012 (page 4)

Yearly Archives: 2012

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

Photo Ian Alldredge

The Prolimit lineup of harnesses, wetsuits, and travel bags has been freshly updated for 2013. New for this year is the C4, a kiteboarding-specific wetsuit.

Read More »

ISAF Conference: Kites and Windsurfer deal brokered?

The second day of the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, was marked by a compromise on the vexed issue of Kiteboarding versus Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

Photo Abner Kingman

For 2013, Ozone’s Catalyst and Zephyr kites have been completely redesigned while the rest of the line received smaller modifications.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

Photo Alan Van Gysen

NP is a brand new line of technical softgood products from Neil Pryde. Besides a stand-out line of wetsuits, harnesses, and SUP paddles, NP has also release the S1 spreader bar, the first aluminum spreader bar designed for kiteboarding.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: North Kiteboarding

Photo Vincent Bergeron

The biggest changes to North’s lineup for 2013 relate to their control bar, Vegas kite, and Jamie Pro board. New products include the Pro Series, a surfboard shape with the most rocker and outline of all directional boards in North’s lineup, and the Spike Textreme, a new carbon light wind board.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Nobile

Photo Lukas Nazdraczew

Most of the changes to Nobile’s 2013 line represent refinements that improve upon construction and performance. Additionally, Nobile switched kite production to Sri Lanka, which they say has afforded them higher levels of quality control.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Mystic

Photo Rogier Jaarsma/deepthoughtproductions.com

The popular line of Mystic harnesses has received a complete update for 2013 with the introduction of new models and a line of crossover harnesses that can be used for both kiteboarding and windsurfing.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Loyd Surfboards

Photo Aaron Loyd

A surfer since the age of 4, California native Gabe Loyd caught the kitesurfing bug in 2004 and never looked back. Learning early on that surfboards work but often don’t stand up to the rigors of kitesurfing, he started shaping his own kite-specific boards.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Litewave Designs

Photo Stephan Kleinlein

As one of kiteboarding’s first board companies, Litewave Designs has been passionate about the sport since 1998. Owner and designer Dave Turner is excited to introduce three entirely new board shapes to his 2013 line up.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Liquid Force

Photo Erik Aeder

For 2013 Liquid Force is offering refined versions of the popular Envy and the NRG and is also bringing back the HIFI in the form of the HIFI X. The twin tip line has also been refreshed and all of the boards are lighter for 2013.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: JN Kites

Photo courtesy JN Kites

JN Kites was founded by Bernhard Jochum and Michael Nester. Both had industry experience at Cabrinha and North before breaking off to start their own company in 2003. Based out of Merano, Spain, JN kites are now available in North America.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: ION

Photo courtesy ION

ION features eight different wetsuits and 18 different harnesses to fit any budget, body type, and fit preference. Along with other accessories such as hoodies and booties, ION has got you covered from head to toe for all weather conditions any time of the year.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Gaastra

Photo Tim Hendrics

Gaastra is now available in North America, thanks to former pro windsurfer Brian Caserio. The company has an extensive product line, but for 2013 only two kites, the Jekyll and Hatch, will be available to the American market.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

Photo Giles Calvet

F-One is releasing the sixth edition of the Bandit, the original Delta kite, and is sticking with the concept of one model of kite to fit most riders. The Bandit now comes with a unique bar that has been machined from solid aluminum.

Read More »

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Flexifoil

Photo Richard Boudia

Flexifoil has many changes in store for 2013 including the introduction of the new Force and Shiva kites as well as completly new designs for their control bar, Hadlow Pro kite, and Hadlow Freestyle MK2 board. Designing products is a team effort at Flexifoil.

Read More »