Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m
Sizes Tested: 6, 9, 12m

Slingshot Says:

The 2017 Wave SST features a Compact-C canopy profile and a condensed version of Slingshot’s popular shock-absorbing IRS bridle system. The combination of canopy geometry and bridle configuration results in a kite that flies deep in the window, in the sweet spot for surf-specific performance. Two main features that make the Wave SST such an amazing surf kite are: How well it drifts downwind and how quickly it can pivot even when you’re depowered, sheeted out or moving toward the kite.

The Wave SST is extremely robust, taking Slingshot’s bomber surf-tough standards a step farther with a special Surf Grid panel layout that adds strength and durability to the canopy and a condensed bridle setup. Trailing edge tension is now controlled with the addition of Teijin T2 Polyester ripstop canopy material, which decreases trailing edge flutter and increases durability. We reinforced the one-pump inflation valve’s connection to the bladder to help prevent blowouts caused by improper hose attachment/detachment.

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Our Testers Say:

“Tons of hangtime, plenty of low end power with lots of depower on tap. It’s incredibly stable with a great wind range.” // Dray Murray.

“Great for cruising along La Ventana’s big swell.” // Rob Shea.

“The Wave SST is a joy to ride. It drifts exceptionally well downwind.” // Chris Borodic.

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

The Wave SST is in its second year as Slingshot’s surf kite with a 3-strut low to medium C-shape with swept back wingtips. It comes with a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your pump hose and a single setting front bridle and three settings on the wingtip. The kite tends to sit deeper in the window while generating good grunty low end which testers appreciated during the lighter wind days of the Baja Freeride Test Week. The Wave SST’s wingtips deliver precision steering and fairly quick pivot style turning which testers gave high praise for overall stability in the air and ability to float downwind when carving off the top of wind swell. While testers generally recommended the Wave SST for it’s target conditions, kitesurfing waves, this kite’s precision steering response and progressive power delivery also makes it a solid all around kite that excels for both big air boosting and general freeriding.

The Wave SST  can be used with either the Compstick Guardian or Compstick Sentinel control bars. Either of these bars is fixed length bar that comes in three sizes: 17” width with 20m lines, a 20” width with 23m lines (3m ext), and a 23” width with 27m lines.TKB-FREERIDE-2017-SLINGSHOT-BAR-2840The Compstick Sentinel has seen some changes this year. It still features  above bar power tuning, but this year there is no above the bar swivel for a cleaner more simpler layout. The Sentinel features a single center-line safety depower, spectra sheeting/throw line with sliding stopper, adjustable length throw, tuning cleat power system with a toggle that uses a magnet to control excess tuning slack and a low-V. The Sentinel offers a sturdy quick release that integrates a below the bar hand swivel which also doubles as a quick release guard. The Compstick is the only bar in our test that features dual outside line OS handles and this year’s bar has new bar ends which create a break between the floats and the bar tip and which also offer bungees for wind-up. While testers liked the smaller diameter grip and raised volcano at the insert to avoid pinched fingers, testers commented on the thin rubber lines along the grip and how they make for a very solid grip.TKB-FREERIDE-2017-SLINGSHOT-BAR-2791The Compstick Guardian features a single center-line safety depower, spectra sheeting/throw line, low V, sliding stopper and below the bar cleat tuning integrated into the push away quick release. There’s no travel guard or below the bar hand swivel but the quick release is compact and keeps a large amount of throw travel within reach of the rider. There’s an above the bar swivel, adjustable length throw and it’s the only bar in our test that featured dual outside line OS handles. This bar uses Slingshot’s existing Guardian quick release system which puts the kite’s tuning below the bar, which allows surfers to increase the amount of throw/sheeting while still being able to reach the tuning of the kite. Testers who are not used to below the bar sheeting often find it’s difficult to get the leverage to operate the cleat, but with the proper technique (place the cleat on the side of your favored arm and sheet out while adjusting) this is a fairly easy and functional design for performance kiters. If you prefer an above the bar tuning system then check out the Compstick Sentinel.

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