The Snowkite Soldier event in Fairfield, Idaho provides access to some of the best snowkiting in North America. Despite having no wind on Friday and Saturday, Spirits where high and the Slider Project L.L.C. setup sliders for everyone to session.
We wanted to give one of the best SLE kites ever built a major face lift. We envisioned the high demand in 2010 for a no-center-strut design, so we redesigned the Havoc on a 4-strut structure, giving room for a much deeper and more powerful profile in the center of the kite where it’s really needed.
So here is the situation... You lent your kite to your "buddy" and he went and landed it on a stick he didn't see on the beach. Now your favorite 2007 kite has a two foot long tear down the middle of the canopy. So now what?
This week, The Kiteboarder Magazine interviewed Nils Stolzlechner about the 2010 Continental US Kiteboarding Championship, being held this hear in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Texas International Boat Show.
The Camas Valley is a snowkite area close to Fairfield, Idaho, that spreads over several hundred square miles and includes Sun Valley. Riders will find diverse terrain with some launch areas on expansive flats and others nestled into humbling mountain basins.
We were sent a 12m Cult and rode it in 20+ mph winds. Inflating the Cult is simple and fast with the Octopus single point inflation system. The overall quality of the Cult is one of a kind with solid construction throughout the kite.
Upon inflating the MX, we found it to be a stylish kite complete with Caution’s trademark flame graphics across the top of the canopy. The Mayhem X is very stable, rock solid in the gusts, and delivers a strong consistent power stroke.
Let’s face it – a lot of people want to get into kiteboarding so they can jump. You should learn how to stay upwind and do transitions before you start trying to jump, but we know that the reality is that you want to learn how to jump as soon as you are able to go 10 feet on a kiteboard.
There is no doubt people will see you coming with this kite – we couldn’t help but be attracted to the colorful graphics of the kite and bag. Upon setting up the Obsession, one of the most noticeable things we found was its long bridle, however, it seems to work perfectly with this kite design.
Anyone planning to buy this kite should spend at least a month playing around with the tuning and different settings. Yes, it does work out of the bag just fine, but the NXG is the dream kite for those who like to tinker.
We were surprised and intrigued at how fun new school C-kites have become. The one common myth that was dispelled during out test was that the Torch doesn’t have mass appeal: It’s not just a high end performance kite that can only be enjoyed by experts.
We read the hype about the Octane on many of the forums before we tested, so our staff was excited when a 13m arrived in the mail. After spending hours riding this kite, we have to admit it lived up to its reputation and more.
The Envy is a very easy and fast kite to inflate due to the Union single point inflation system and the fact that the Envy is only designed with 3-struts. By taking away the 5th and 4th struts, Liquid Force was able to make a lighter kite.
The kite loop is one of the less technical tricks in kiteboarding. In fact, as a beginner, you might have looped your kite on accident, regretting the action as you were heading head first into the water! Looping your kite isn’t hard – they’re all about control and commitment, but you must also follow a few important key points to be successful.
For the past few years Canadian custom snowboard maker Sheldon DeCosse has used his skills and custom manufacturing facilities to design and produce the ultimate snow kiteboard. Working with top athletes from all over the world, specifically with the top names in Norway, Sheldon has been able to design a board that serves the specific needs of progressive snowkiters, while also making the board fun to ride downhill.
Rather than bore you with the same regurgitated newbie beginner information, we enlisted the help of many of the top instructional coaches in the country to share their expertise with you and also added some new sections to ensure The Kiteboarder Instructional Guide is both up-to-date and useful to every level of kiteboarder.