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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Flexifoil ION

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Flexifoil ION

For 2011, Flexifoil focused on integrating new construction techniques and materials to produce a stronger, more refined product. Operations Manager Martyn Hogg helped us find out more about what you can expect from the 2011 ION.

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F-One 2011 Trax Analyze This Board Review

F-One 2011 Trax Analyze This Board Review

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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RRD 2011 Obsession Analyze This Kite Review

The 2011 RRD Obsession looks similar to last year’s model, but there are a few obvious differences. The trailing edge is now all Dacron and the graphics are actually made of fabric sewn onto the kite as opposed to being screened on, a feature that RRD claims adds more rigidity to the canopy.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Best Profanity

New for 2011, Best is introducing the Profanity, a dedicated wakestyle twin tip board shaped by board designer Franz Schitzhofer. We spoke with Franz to find out more about the new addition to the Best board line up.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Slingshot Rally

DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Slingshot Rally

Slingshot’s 2011 LEI kite product line maintains is roots in the C-shape DNA. Each one of their kites has evolved from the original C-shape kite and then has been refined to meet the needs of various conditions and riding styles. Kite designers Amery Bernhart and Tony Logosz shed some light on their newest creation, the Rally, an open delta C-kite.

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: F-One Bandit 4 and Bamboo Surfboards

DESIGNER’S CORNER: F-One Bandit 4 and Bamboo Surfboards

For 2011, the Bandit 4 (B4) has changed considerably with a new shape and bar. For F-One’s 2011 surf program, several new sizes were added and the boards now all feature a double concave bottom. Founder Raphael Salles helps explain what we can expect from the new B4 and F-one’s 2011 surf line.

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December 2010

*TRAVEL: Alaska Roadtrippin: A Trip to Thompson Pass *BACKWOODS: Tobago Cays with the Zenith Ocean Crew *How to Save Access at Your Local Beach

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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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North 2011 Rebel Analyze This Kite Review

Even though the 2011 Rebel looks much like the 2010, its handling has definitely been improved.

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Genetrix 2010 Hydra Analyze This Kite Review

If you want to get noticed at the beach, you might want to buy a Hydra as this kite looks like nothing else we’ve ever tested.

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Wainman Hawaii Gypsy Analyze This Kite Review

The Gypsy is a great all-around kite, performing equally well in the waves, unhooked, and for big air jumps.

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RRD 2010/2011 Religion Analyze This Kite Review

The Religion is RRD’s surf-specific kite, and its construction details show that it’s meant to take a beating.

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Designer’s Corner: 2011 Litewave Wing

The 2011 model has retained the original dog-bone outline, but about everything else is different.

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