Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 9, 10, 12m

Liquid Force Says:

Whether attacking your favorite break or traveling to far off destinations to chase that perfect wave, the last thing you want to think about is your kite. The Wow V3 provides a harmonious relationship between rider and kite that keeps focus on the wave and not on flying the kite. The Wow V3 continues to offer an effortless power band while sheeting, lighting fast bar response, deliberate input back from the kite and extended down the line drift, inspiring confidence in all wave conditions. Improvements this year include a refined bridle schematic that utilizes a flying line design to eliminate unwanted leading edge weight, in addition to increasing depower range which assists in situations ranging from getting over white water walls to scrubbing speed to stay in the critical section of the wave. Fine tweaks in the leading edge to trailing edge profile increased the pivot radius offering precise maneuverability.

Though the Wow is our wave weapon don’t let that hold you back from your favorite freeriding pursuits. The same traits that make the Wow the perfect wave magnet also makes carving a slick on a twin tip to flying above the chop on a hydrofoil fun and easy! Who is the WOW V3 for? The wave specialist and strapless freestyle rider that is looking for a no compromise kite that will also unlock limitless freeriding fun.

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Our Testers Say:

“Bar was clean and the grip taper felt good. Liked the plastic throw and the chicken loop was easy to reconnect. Lofty boosts, super fun kite, great depower and drifted when lines went slack.” // Chris Myles

“Comfortable bar pressure, quick and good drift. A playful kite with on demand drift and comfortable bar.” // Tiberiu Anghel

“Lighter bar pressure with fast turning speed and excellent upwind ability. The Wow is a senisitive kite ideal for riders with a smooth touch as it is very responsive to small inputs.” // Rhonda Reyna

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

The Wow is Liquid Force’s wave kite that features a low to medium aspect canopy with sweptback leading edge to box wingtips. The Wow features three adjustment settings on the wingtip for adjusting bar pressure and a single setting front bridle with no pulley used for adjusting the angle of attack. It comes with the MaxFlow large diameter inflation valve which is probably one of the quickest inflation systems on the market. The MaxFlow system requires a proprietary LF pump nozzle (but also has a standard 9mm valve if you lose the extra wide nozzle that comes with every kite and attaches to the standard pump hose). The Wow offers light to medium bar pressure, a bit less compared to the Solo we tested, for a nice light feel on your hands and smooth, progressive power delivery through the travel of the bar’s throw. The steering offers a really crisp response to bar input and the steering arc is a little more pivot, but not as tight as some of the delta shapes in our test. The Wow is responsive and very comfortable to power up and down while flying in the heart of the window and delivers good downwind drift in slack situations, yet also pulls fairly forward in the window for good upwind ability. The relaunch was excellent from the bottom of the window, with a bit of tension applied to one side of the bar the kite quickly rotated and launched from deep within the window. When you combine the steering dynamics, smooth power delivery and middle of the window drifting, the Wow comes off as a great option for the surf but also a tempting user-friendly kite for general freeriding that has the potential for very broad appeal.

The Wow came with the Mission Control bar which is a ground up redesign with an entirely new roster of features while keeping the bar simple and lightweight. The Mission Control features an adjustable length bar (45/55cm), durable PU coated sheeting/throw line, no sliding stopper, and a single center-line safety depower with a low V and a stainless steel depower cam cleat with Velcro to keep the depower control toggle from tangling. The Mission Control comes with a new quick release design that features a below the bar hand swivel/release shield integrated into a push away quick release that readily clicks into an auto reset position that makes reassembly on the water incredibly easy. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops while the throw length is no longer adjustable and floats are no longer integrated into the bar ends for a more flexible connection between the bar and the outside lines. The tips of the bar are soft and this year the bar end color coding is a bit more pronounced with orange coloring to set off the left side. The outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. Testers liked the smooth narrow diameter bar with rubbery grip and tapering that widens as your hands approach the center of the bar. Overall the Mission Control bar was a well received bar by our test team; it’s a well thought out bar that offers a good mix of features and safety in a very functional package that exemplifies clean bar design.

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