Sizes Available: 132 x 39cm, 135 x 40cm, 138 x 41cm, 141 x 42cm
Sizes Tested: 138 x 41cm


The X-Ride is a fantastic all round board that is perfect for those rail to rail carves as well as offering real boost and a stable platform for your first foray into the world of freestyle. The board features narrow tips for unrivalled carving abilities coupled with a soft flex to ensure a comfortable ride no matter what the conditions are. A Step Mono Concave bottom ensures you have plenty of grip and control while the internal Carbon Beam reduces weight and keeps the board responsive at all times. Even in small waves the X-Ride is the first choice of the twin tip range. Easy and forgiving, the X-Ride is the kiteboard that makes you look good!

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Our Testers Say:

“Fun, lively and light, this playful board won’t spray you in the face and is the fun playful board for all your twin tip needs. Straps are harder to adjust on the water.” // Tom Turley

“Very smooth riding board, quick planing and turning and does everything well. Excellent locked-in edge control, good upwind ability and solid comfortable straps.” // Paul Holcomb

“Consistent in its fun factor, easily carving through chop, and riding upwind with ease—this board is great for anyone.” // Rhonda Reyna

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Tkb Says:

The X-Ride is North’s progression freeride twin tip which is aimed at the entry-level kiter looking for a user-friendly board that offers stability, upwind ability and fun all around freeride performance. The X-Ride features North’s track system which allows you to dial in the perfect stance width (tracks are ducked not centered) and the bindings offer a large amount of adjustment options to set your duck. The X-Ride offers a little flatter rocker compared to the Jaime, which means it helps with variable power delivery, wants to race upwind and skates through holes. With 5.0 carbon fins, the X-Ride feels much more locked in than the Jaime and other boards in general which makes tracking upwind exceptionally easy; it’s flex pattern is also a bit softer for a more forgiving ride and softer landings. An aggressive freestyler might not find the load and pop they are looking for in this flex pattern, but for the newly initiated it loads and pops just fine. Testers reported the X-Ride as excellent in the chop, so this agile all-arounder once again charmed the pants off most our testers.

The X-Ride came with this year’s Entity pad and strap system which features an entirely new design for adjusting your straps. Interestingly enough, the strap’s tension is adjusted using the pin and hole fasteners that you find on the back of a baseball hat. The strap is split into a V-like coverage that seems to allow the strap to contour to the top of your foot better while balancing comfort against flexibility and control. The layman is probably well served to adjust the desired strap settings on the beach before getting in the water. The underside of the straps feature a super comfy terry cloth-like texture and a ton of adjustment to get the overall fit you desire and two options for setting width of the strap’s attachment into the binding. The foot beds seem to be the same as last year, being fairly dense rubber beds with solid grip and feature subtle contour under the arch with grippy style toe bumps. Overall, the new strap demonstrates North’s commitment to building a compact, adjustment rich and very comfortable pad and strap system for their twin tips.

This page was updated on July 16, 2019. 

Want more gear reviews all in one place? Read detailed and objective reviews on the 30 kite models and 33 board models that Tkb and freeride testers reviewed for the 2018 Freeride Gear Review Guide.

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