This kite puts together a super short leading edge to maximize turning speed with a bullet proof Dacron body construction specifically positioned on the hi-tension areas of the kite to prevent breakage in the surf.
Adam Super has been kiteboarding since April, 2009. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and now resides in the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Adam is the Eastern Technical Representitive for Roberto Ricci Designs (RRD) and Mystic Kiteboarding.
The Vision is a brand new kite from RRD and we were able to get our hands on the first Visions to land in North America at the 2011 La Ventana Classic. According to RRD, the Vision is supposed to fill the gap between the RRD Obsession (freestyle) and the Religion (waves).
The 2011 RRD Obsession looks similar to last year’s model, but there are a few obvious differences. The trailing edge is now all Dacron and the graphics are actually made of fabric sewn onto the kite as opposed to being screened on, a feature that RRD claims adds more rigidity to the canopy.
Well, the 2010 AWSI wrapped up yesterday here in Hood River, and although the wind never showed up, we were able to catch a glimpse at almost all of the newly available and upcoming 2011 kiteboarding gear.
While many companies seem to be releasing more products marketed as being all-around, RRD is taking a different approach and is offering four kites this year that are each being marketed for a specific purpose.
*13,000 Miles of Kitesurfing: 15 Countries over 145 Days in a VW Van
*From the Beginning: An interview with Wainman Hawaii's Franz Olry
*Instructional: Nuclear Grab, Unhooking in Waves, Hitting a Slider
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.