This year, for the first time ever, we are seeing production kites with zero struts. Their designers claim they are lighter, more compact when packed, and feature better low end performance than kites with struts.
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The new Mystic Majestic harness was designed as a crossover harness that can be used by both windsurfers and kitesurfers. The Majestic features very soft neoprene edges, a relatively stiff pre-curved shape, a hook knife, and memory foam padding.
The 2013 Airush Slayer is a very interesting directional board targeted at light wind strapless riding.
Meet Danny Diaz, the world’s first aspiring pro kite body surfer. Don’t call it body dragging.
For our second strutless kite review (after the BRM Cloud) we received a Naish Trip. One unique aspect of this kite is that it is only available in one size – 10m.
We were actually dreading this test. I mean, who in their right mind wants to leave wind at their home location to purposely seek out 10 mph conditions so they can fly big kites and ride big twin tips?
The 2013 Liquid Force Overdrive features a full wood core, beautiful graphics, and LF’s Liquid Rails.
The Ocean Tierra del Fuego sunglasses are a lightweight pair of sunnies that you can wear in the water while you ride.
After two days of checking out the latest gear on the beach, the wind finally arrived in Pismo Beach and patient participants were rewarded with a long let day kiteboarding session in ideal demo conditions.
Kiteboarders flocked to the sand in Pismo Beach, California, today for the second day of the 11th annual Pismo Beach Kite Expo. Today delivered perfect beach weather again, but the wind remained light for another day.
While the forecasted wind never arrived here in Pismo Beach today, plenty of kiteboarders still made their way down to the beach to check out the latest kiteboarding equipment and talk to industry reps and professional riders.
The 2013 Slingshot Glide is a long (160cm) twin tip with a square outline, flat bottom, and relatively flat rocker line.
The 2013 Nobile XTR is a wide board that features a wood and honeycomb core, ABS rails, and carbon and Kevlar reinforcements.
The 2013 TRAX LW features a full wood core, ABS rails, carbon fiber twist control and a double concave bottom shape with channels in the tips.
The 2013 CrazyFly Cruiser Pro features a light weight all-wood core, ABS rails, carbon reinforcement, and a flat bottom shape.
The 2013 Best Breeze is a wide twin tip with a very square outline. The board is relatively thick in the middle and the thickness tapers towards the tips.
The 2013 Turbine is a medium aspect 3-strut kite with a relatively flat and swept back profile.
The Ozone Zephyr is a 5-strut medium-high aspect kite. It features a large inflate/deflate valve and thin bridle lines compared to bridles on most other kites.
The 2013 Liquid Force NRG is a relatively flat 4-strut high-aspect kite. The front bridle features one pulley per side and the rear line attachments are adjustable to change the kite’s turning speed and bar pressure.
The 2013 Jet is Gaastra’s race-specific kite. It’s a relatively high aspect 5-strut kite.
The 2013 Core XR2 LW is a 5-strut kite with a delta-like shape and very swept wingtips.
The 2013 17m Blade Fat Lady is a medium aspect 3-strut kite that features a very thin leading edge and extremely thin struts. The compact front bridle features one pulley per side and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.
The 2013 17m Best TS is a medium aspect 5-strut kite and features the Best-exclusive Double Core RS canopy fabric. The front bridle is very compact and the rear line attachment points are adjustable to change bar pressure and turning speed.
The Cloud is the first strutless kite on the market and is quite different compared to anything we’ve tested before. The Cloud comes in a simple stuff sack and is amazingly light and small when packed compared to traditional strutted kites.
The Sense is the first ever sailing vessel to combine the discerning sensibilities of the luxury yachting consumer with the high technical qualities of kiteboardings innovation and progression.
The Winter 2012/2013 issue of TKB features the South of France, One Eye Wide Open, and History of the Inflatable Kite
Snug, comfortable fit is ideal for use in the waves. Water Drainage System comfortably and quickly gets water out of the helmet.
Matchu is getting ready for his second year on the KSP World Tour and these are his home training grounds.
Bay Area Kitesurf, the distributor of F-One in America is stoked to announce the addition of Tyler Brown to its team of talented riders.