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2013 Slingshot Tyrant WVX and EPX Kite Surfboard Review

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While in Hood River, Slingshot handed us two brand new 2013 Tyrant surfboards to test. Both boards share the exact same shape, but differences between how the boards ride were very noticeable.

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TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review: Honest Reviews on 25 Kites and 28 Boards!

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We selected seven average kiteboarders to join us, trucked a mountain of gear 1,000 miles south of the border, and spent a week putting it all through its paces. This is the result.

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Wainman Gambler Analyze This Board Review

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The Gambler features a very wide outline, double to single concave bottom with molded channels, and a single bump swallow tail. For a wide 5’10”, it’s a lightweight board.

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Wainman Blunt 2 Analyze This Board Review

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We continue to be impressed with the attention to detail on products from Wainman HI. Boards come with all hardware, a board bag, and even a screwdriver to put everything together.

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F-One 2011 Trax Analyze This Board Review

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Once up and riding, the F-One Trax is a fast board that feels light and responsive underfoot. As you edge harder, the Trax feels like it locks in and never gave us any signs that the edge was about to slip or chatter.

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Litewave 2011 Wing Analyze This Board Review

We tested the big boy of the 2011 Litewave Wings, the 161. This is a light wind specific board and it stands out when compared to other twin tips. The board features wide tips, a reverse sidecut outline, and a very deep tip to tip single concave. There are two fins on the heel edge and two near the tips of the board close to the centerline. This board has more rocker than last year’s model and is fairly flexible.

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Nobile 2011 NHP Analyze This Board Review

The first thing our testers noticed was how easily driven the NHP is. It takes little power to get going and shoots upwind almost effortlessly.

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Wainman 2011 Joke Analyze This Board Review

The middle of the bottom of the board is actually convex in the middle (like a bubble) and flows into a double concave out the tips.

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Liquid Force 2010 Kitefish Analyze This Board Review

The LF Kite Fish is very easily driven and takes hardly any power to get up and going. Once on a plane, it became immediately clear that this board is very loose.

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Naish 2010 Momentum Analyze This Board Review

The Momentum gets up on a plane quickly and seems to hold its speed really well through gusts and lulls. The good amount of flex through the board really smooths out the chop.

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Slingshot 2010 Skud Skimboard Analyze This Board Review

The Scud is a skim board, and it rides like one. Even with the center fin, the Scud is loose. If you try to ride this board like you would ride a twin tip or surfboard, be prepared to slide around all over the place.

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Wainman Hawaii 2010 Blunt Analyze This Board Review

First off, the Wainman Hawaii Blunts ship with a board bag and everything you need to set it up without going to your tool box. The 130 Blunt has attention getting graphics, a nice thin profile with soft rails all around the board and some mad concave.

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Liquid Force 2009 Rawson Quad

Quads have made a comeback in the surf world for good reason. They’re fun and provide a skatier feel than a normal thruster set up.

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Liquid Force 2009 Rawson 6’ER

At first glance, you see all those fins and wonder how it’s going to ride, but don’t be fooled.

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Slingshot 2009 Celeritas

We were very curious about this board due to its unique shape and got a chance to test it strapless in 12 to 16 knot winds with a 14m kite in small, sloppy surf.

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