Featured in our summer 2021 issue, Vol. 18, No. 2, here’s some of our top picks for summer kite accessories:
PATAGONIA R2 Yulex Front-Zip Full Suit
Neoprene-free is the way to be. Patagonia’s Yulex® natural rubber wetsuits are here to make oil and limestone-based neoprene suits a chapter of your dark past. With updated patterning across the back-shoulder seam for ease of motion, new recycled spandex and a soft recycled lining that repurposes 18 plastic bottles per suit, the new wider, lower profile internal seam tape is more comfortable and the women’s wetsuit features a redesigned entry for easy on and off. Patagonia’s R2 suits are ideal for summer kiting and surfing sessions in cooler waters.
$459 // www.patagonia.com
PLATINUM SUN Unisex Fleece Rashguard
Made with EcoGreen recycled polyester, Platinum Sun’s Fleece Rashguard is windproof, quick drying and delivers maximum breathability to keep you warm and comfortable for those longer kiteboarding sessions. The extremely breathable fabric blocks the wind yet allows vapor to escape. This combination of protection and breathability minimizes the wind’s chilling effect while reducing the risk of overheating when you’re trying to get the most out of your time on the water. $65 // www.platinumsun.com
DELTA HYDROFOILS 1500 Reflex
Brought to you by one of kitefoiling’s early innovators, Delta Hydrofoils presents the 1500 Reflex foil with carbon base plate and your choice of interchangeable carbon or aluminum masts. The 1500 handles like a much smaller wing and is both fast and maneuverable while providing plenty of lift. Stable enough for riders of any size to learn how to foil, the 1500 Reflex is also a great cross-over wing that can be used for kite, wing or surf.
$1299 aluminum mast, $1699 carbon mast // www.deltahydrofoil.com
AK Ether Harness + AeroBar
For the purist kitesurfers out there, AK’s Ether features a minimalist, lightweight approach that prioritizes comfort and durability. By removing all unnecessary padding, seams and reinforcement, AK has created an ultralight harness ideal for riders who travel and have an affinity for minimalism. Pair it with AK’s new, unique one-piece molded composite carbon Aerobar for a lighter-than-air setup.
Ether Harness $199, AeroBar $269 // www.akdurablesupplyco.com
RIDE ENGINE Spirit Vest
Confidence is what drives your progress forward. The Spirit Impact vest gives you supportive floatation and protection from falls and foils. It delivers the confidence you need to take your on-water performance to the next level. Its unique dual-zip closure and shoulder adjustment provides a perfect fit across many body shapes and sizes. With its purpose-placed padding, the Spirit integrates seamlessly with any waist or seat harness.
$158 // www.rideengine.com
CABRINHA Drifter Beer
Brewed by Estuary Brewing Company in Charleston, South Carolina, the Drifter beer is an easy drinking lager that’s perfect for kicking back with your friends after a kite session. Proceeds from each can sold help fund the Newfound Freedom project that introduces kiteboarding to those who face unique physical and mental challenges. // www.estuarybeansandbarley.com
ION Spectre Bar
The Sprectre Bar features side flaps made out of Ion’s CURV material which helps integrate the bar into the main body of the harness and ensures it moves as one solid unit so the bar does not twist upwards from the kite’s vertical pulling forces. Ion’s modular hook system lets you swap between an aluminum hook, Quicklock hook or the webbing slider. The Spectre comes stock on the Select line of 2021 harnesses and it’s compatible with many older models.
$139.95 including hook // www.ionproducts.com
F-ONE Carbon Flow Fins
Designed specifically for surfing with a kite, F-One’s Carbon Flow Fins were developed to optimize the efficiency of F-One’s surfboards. Developed for versatility and high performance over a wide range of conditions, the Carbon Flow Fins generate more speed and deliver controlled flex with improved stiffness in the base. Previously only available in XS, F-One now offers the Flow Fin in a medium size for recommended use with the 5’6, 5’8 and 5’10 Mitu Pro models.
$119 // www.f-one.world
This Wish List was featured in our summer 2021 issue, Vol. 18, No. 2. To read more, click here.