Our special guest this week is Gary Siskar, the new brand manager for Liquid Force’s kiteboarding division. Gary had extensive experience in surf and snow with such companies as Burton and OP before coming on board with Liquid Force.
Through my site you will be able to follow my path, via a global position system, in the search of epic big wave surfing, kitesurfing, and standup paddling. You will also get sneek peeks of my new designs that I will be testing in the field.
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.
I've been really trying to work on my style, cutting out any dingo danglo tricks and pushing more powered and kite low tricks, that i'm going into with a lot more speed. Powering in at the take off just makes landings twice as rewarding and in my opionion give a much more fluid look and feel.
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.
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.
Liquid Force has designed a completely new safety and control system to go with its 2010 lines of kites. We spoke to LF kite designer and pro rider Julien Fillion to find out about the company’s new CPR control system.
The idea with the Envy was to create an easy to fly, all around pure fun kite! The Envy is a delta-hybrid, or as we like to say, “beyond delta.” The delta Hybrid incorporates the popular benefits of a delta kite, such as ease of flying, wind range and instant relaunchability, with the proven LF SLE technologies, such as our Diamond Wingtip and USB 2.0 Bridle configuration.
When I learned to kiteboard, my first board was a 171 cm Liquid Force Picklefork. It was big, heavy, and had four sharp corners that were always trying to murder you. I thought it was the coolest piece of equipment ever. We all laugh at the Pickleforks now, but the design helped kiteboarders shift from directional to twin tip boards.
When it comes to shaping, the teacher always judges the apprentice. And even though Pat Rawson is a highly regarded shaper in his own right, legendary craftsman Dick Brewer was on hand to critique his work and ultimately award Rawson top honors during Sacred Craft's "Tribute to the Masters Shape-off".