Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9m

Core Says:

Connect with every wave like never before, you know who you are. You live for waves and no wonder. The lure of an endless right-hander, a new point break, or an emerald ocean swell is undeniable. Thankfully, this planet is jammed with magical wave spots that beg to be surfed. And for this, we built the Section 2. A dedicated wave kite for down-the-liners, off-the-lippers, and in-the-tubers. A kite you can virtually turn off so all you have to focus on is surfing that beautiful wave. Strapless riders will appreciate how the Section 2 doesn’t rip them off their stick in the gusts. Don’t compromise, get more out of your next wave session with the new Section 2.

Did we mention this drifting phenom’s huge range complements foilboarding too? Its lightweight construction, nimble behavior, and reduced lateral forces make it an unexpectedly awesome foiling kite. It won’t yank you off your board, and it zips through lulls. Yup, the Section 2 will amaze you with its foiling pedigree.

The Section 2 carries over its acclaimed reduced diameter ExoTex frame, lightweight surf construction, and super quick reflexes from its predecessor. We also found additional weight savings and rigidity improvements. If you’re looking for a kite with impeccable drifting that doesn’t stall when you’re toeside on a wind driven ten footer, you’ve found it. To all strapped and strapless wave warriors out there, visit your nearest CORE reseller and try the new Section 2. You’ll be glad you did

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TKB Says:

Core Kiteboarding’s wave kite is the ultimate section beater with perfect drift characteristics and tight responsive steering that is super easy to use. With it’s medium aspect canopy, sweptback leading edge, squared wingtips and nice lightweight 3-strut frame, the Section feels super nimble in the air. Featuring a fairly short single setting front bridle that uses three sliding pulleys and two wingtip attachment points to adjust between light and medium settings with the stock set to the latter, the front bridle attachment point ends in a larkshead loop and the wingtip attachment points end in knots. The Section has its own proprietary large diameter inflation valve that is super clean and simply uses the female end of a standard pump hose. Just insert the hose without an attachment nozzle and twist to lock (it’s worthy to note that some pump hoses such as the stock North hose or aftermarket pumps like WMFG have a female fitting on their hose that is too large to fit Core’s valve, but WMFG pumps come with an adapter that fits). With the large size aperture the kite inflates very quickly and the valve stays closed until you screw in the stopper. When it’s time to deflate you pull a 2.5 inch plastic finger (hidden in a pocket of the center strut and attached by a small tether) into the valve to allow the air to deflate.

The Section features reasonably light bar pressure with the sheeting and canopy response feeling solidly crisp. The range between full power and depower happens in a smaller length of throw on the bar and keeps your hands relatively close to your body. Since there’s a ton of angle of attack change that happens in a fairly short length of throw, this leaves a ton of room for sheeting out and getting full depower out of the kite. In terms of steering response the Section felt nice and crisp with very little bar input needed to initiate turns giving you the sense that this kite really wants to turn fast. In terms of turning it has a fairly pivot style turning radius, which surprised us because with this aspect ratio we expected a broader turn. With the fast turning response and tight turning arc it was really easy to place the kite where we needed it; it was always ready for the next move. The Section didn’t build a ton of grunty power when flying across the window, so its power felt even and predictable —  a solid pull when you need it but never overwhelming. Turning speed felt good and predictable with the smaller kites not being too twitchy, but rather swift yet predictable. The kite has excellent depower when you push the bar all the way out and the drifting with its lightweight build was at the top of the list even in the lighter sessions. Agile and responsive, the Section seems to always be exactly where you need it to be and should certainly be at the top of your demo list for a user-friendly but active and highly maneuverable wave kite.

The Sensor 2S Pro is the top of the Core range of control bars. The 2S Pro is a dual adjustable length bar (46/52 cm) designed to control all size kites with standard 24m line length with the center lines ending in knots and the outside lines in loops. The Pro version of this bar comes with four line-length extension options for those that want to vary their line lengths (choose between 18/20/22/24m by removing extensions) and the main difference between the 2S and the 2S Pro is that the latter sheds weight because of its carbon-fiber wrapped titanium bar construction and all the control lines are rigged with high performance Tectanium. It comes equipped with a double PU-coated spectra sheeting/throw line, replaceable plastic insert, no sliding stopper and a non-removable donkey dick. The Sensor 2S Pro features a single center-line safety depower with a high V, above bar depower and a custom clam cleat with a Velcro tuning handle to keep the depower control toggle from tangling.

Core bars have long been known for their twisting quick release with auto swivel ‘S-System’ that doubles as a quick release guard and integrates ceramic bearings for longevity. As we have said before, it’s an effective system if you practice with it and is less prone to accidental releases. Yet, it is immensely important that riders new to the system should dial in some muscle memory so they’re ready to address any problems in a pinch. The length of sheeting/throw can be adjusted for varying arm lengths of kiters or the type of riding. The non-molded foam floats are connected to the bar ends with the tips of the bar being hard. While the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning (by choosing between two knots), the bar ends are easily swapped between 46/52cm by changing to a separate knot on the bar end. The bar’s center insert has a Core logo on one side and a stop logo on the other to prevent you from grabbing the bar backwards which is a nice safety feature. One of the most noticeable aspects of this control bar is that it weighs virtually nothing yet you get all these features. The Team praised the bar’s simplicity with a medium plush stamped grip and commented on its fairly narrow diameter with its small but sufficient bar end winders with non-retractable bungees. It’s an amazingly feature rich bar designed into a compact and lightweight package.

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