The first thing that comes to mind when this kite is mentioned is SURF.
As the first kite manufacturer to make a kitesurf specific kite, RRD knows a thing or two about wave kites. There are not many kites out there that can drift like the new Religion MK9, allowing you to ride the wave instead of being pulled by your kite. The new Religion MK9 is the epitome of the perfect kitesurfing kite.
Kite designer Werther Castelletti about the Religion MK9;
“The MK9 has undergone only minor changes compared to our most successful wave kite, the Religion MK8. The large sizes, 9m up to 12m, remain virtually the same while the smaller sizes, 8m down to 4m, have a revised leading edge and again the addition of a pulley. These changes on the smaller sizes allow the kite to self regulate in stronger conditions, which makes you hold on comfortable in stronger winds. Next to that it increases the wind range, and provides more hang time for those who still like to send it!”
Ralph Boelen, Ranked 5th in the GKA Kitesurf World Championship, about the new Religion MK9;
“The Religion MK9 totally increased its power/depower skills, which brings a perfect comfort to just set the right speed and precision on the wave and be ready to hit it exactly where you want, this also makes it a great kite for gusty sessions. Unlike most fast turning surf kites on the market, the Religion MK9 still maintains that signature pull and power which helps to get in a few extra turns down the line.”
An additional, notable feature added to the new Religion MK9, per the request of RRD’s top performers in the strapless freestyle kitesurfing discipline, is the front line trim settings that can be found on the bridle. They have added a WAVE SETTING and a FREESTYLE WAVE SETTING. The freestyle wave setting pulls less on the harness, has a more direct bar feeling, de-powers the kite more when needed, and forces the kite to fly more towards the edge of the window which creates more lift! The wave setting is more suited towards purely riding in the surf with less bar pressure and a kite that sits deeper in the wind window, maximizing the drift for when riding down the line