A Sunset Session In Hatteras: 12m North Rebel Review

Posted: July 13, 2012 by MACkiteboarding.com in Kiteboarding Kite Reviews
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

I decided to unpack the 12m North Rebel for last night’s sunset session in Hatteras NC.  Winds were in the 12-16 knot range and there was one foot chop to ride through.  Me being new rider at 175 pounds I was thinking I could be underpowered so I grabbed the Cabrinha Spectrum which has a moderate rocker and some extra volume.  With the chop I also liked the idea of having the secure feeling you get from the Cabrinha Sync footstraps.

From the first time I launched the kite I quickly realized that my initial thought was wrong.  After a few tacks I decided I needed a board with more outline and rocker to handle the power and chop.  I grabbed a Cabrinha Caliber with Sync footstraps and headed back out.  Now I was riding comfortably with speed through the chop.

With the Caliber I was powered up enough to stay upwind while sending a few airs without much trouble.  The Rebel definitely has boost to spare and I found myself keeping the kite lower than normal when trying new tricks such as double backrolls* (not successful yet).  I immediately found the kite to be quick turning for its size with lighter bar pressure than other similar kites such as the Cabrinha Switchblade.  This was great for transitions and sending it big.  However, being somewhat new to kiteboarding I had a harder time keeping track of my kite while spinning.  After a couple hours becoming acquainted with the kite I adjusted and had no problems.  Trying new tricks on a kite I have never flown before was a learning experience and needless to say I had need to relaunch the kite a few times.

The Rebel rose to the challenge and I never had to pull a line for more than 10 seconds.  I never had to pull the 5th line to relaunch but I can see the benefit of having it when it gets light.  The five line system is another line to lay out but the direct bridals more than make up for it.  The lines never lost tension, even when fully depowed and held at 12 o’clock.  It is a great feeling to have the ability to steer your kite even when it has no power in it.

The Trust 5th Element bar safety system is second to none in safety.  It has more lines to lay out than the Cabrinha IDS system but all in all it is nearly as easy in setup.  The depower strap is thoughtfully placed at the end of the bar throw with a cleat style system that allows all the depower you could ask for in this kites huge wind range.  Even as an inexperienced rider I was able to change on the fly with a quick pull of the line.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/27261038″>North Rebel 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/kitemovement”>Kitemovement</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

As I rolled up the Rebel I was looking at its construction and features.  The canvas and canopy seem quite robust and little extras like self rescue handles and bungee line holders are just icing on the cake.

After riding for a few hours the sun went down on my best session yet and I was happy I chose the 12m North Rebel instead of going back to an old standby.

Reviewer:  Tucker Vantol
Age: 25
Weight: 175 lbs.
Skill:  Intermediate new rider

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s