Archive for the ‘Kiteboarding Kite Reviews’ Category

Check out the new Liquid Force Kites Teaser for all the new 2014 Kiteboarding Gear!  Will be available for viewing and demo at the 2013 King of the Great Lakes Test Fest (KOGL) on Sept. 27-29.

I think that this trailer might have been edited by the makers of the Twilight series.  You have been warned.

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Here is a little Sneak Peek of what Cabrinha will be offering in 2014.  Look at those colors… BAM!

Cabrinha 2014 Teaser from Cabrinha Kites on Vimeo.

2014 COMPSTICK

SUPERIOR CONTROL. UNMATCHED SIMPLICITY. TRUSTED SAFETY.

2014 COMPSTICK CONTROL BAR

W/ GUARDIAN SAFETY 

Today’s riders need to be at the center of control. Building on 4 consecutive World Championships, the new Compstick with Flight Control and our patented Rider Control Center, is the safest, most comprehensive andWe focused on the performance of three individual zones which work together to provide a world class rider-centric control system. This new approach takes into account 3 specific areas: Flight Control – Above the Bar, Compstick – At the Bar, Rider Control Center – Below the Bar. All three critical areas have been optimized to work in balanced harmony. As a complete system, the 2014 Compstick blends the critical elements of safety, kite control, de-power, and convenience into a rider experience that is tested, trusted, simple, smooth, and intuitive.

I recently took out the 2013 Best Kiteboarding TS V2 9m. For 2012 the TS was one of my favorite kites for wakestyle, so I was eager to see how it was changed for 2013. Conditions were less than favorable with choppy 6′ waves, 43 degree water, and shifty winds from 23-32mph. Noticing the sketchiness of the situation, I decided to go for my wakestyle board rather than my usual Best Shortstick surfboard to avoid a lot of body dragging. With winds this wild it was likely that I would get yanked off the board a couple times into frigid water.

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I have to admit that I didn’t pay much attention to the Cabrinha Nomad over the years…until recently anyway. It’s marketed as a freestyle/wakestyle/surf kite…but I consider myself more of a “freerider“. I enjoy riding in a wide variety of conditions…but I tend to gravitate toward kites that are smooth, fast, soak up gusty conditions, rip aggressively up-wind, and have lofty/floaty jumps. I found myself gravitating more toward the flight characteristics of the Cabrinha Switchblade,Cabrinha CrossbowNorth Rebel and even the Best Kahoona. Although I liked the idea of a quicker turning kite, I didn’t feel it would be worth what it sacrificed in upwind performance or jumping.

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NathanP-sq-250The week leading up to the first major storm of winter saw great anticipation of amazing conditions from those of us that favor the strongest winds with the largest waves. Tucker and I were on it – monitoring the weather throughout the week and especially the day before. We made the call the night before, planning on riding right when everything would be at its peak. The forecast called for gale force winds with 20′ significant wave heights – prime.

On Friday, I was woken up by my house shaking from the winds. Given the 20-degree temps outside and knowing the water would be in the sub-50 range, I began to shy away from the idea of heading out on such a nasty day. We made a call around noon to back off on riding, only to make a go of it around 4. Tucker and I headed for the beach with a 2013 Switchblade 7 and a 2012 Nomad 7, expecting winds in the mid-30kt range. We were very wrong.

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2012 Best Kahoona 11.5m Plus Kite review

I woke up at 4:45am this morning and headed to Ferrysburg for a quick dawn patrol before work.  I was happy to see the wind at 20 mph from the south for the first time in what feels like a month.  I grabbed the 11.5m Best Kahoona and my Cabrinha Custom with Ronix Wakeboots for wakestyle, I also took the Cabrinha Drifter 11m and my surfboard knowing that waves were a possibility.

As I walked down to the beach I realized the wind was too sideshore to produce any waves. The placement of the strutts and boxy shape of the kite give it a unique look.  I ran out the lines after changing the factory settings to slow down the kite and add bar pressure for wakestyle riding.  I first realized the simplicity behind the bridles when hooking up my lines.  The wing tips have a short direct line to the steering lines.  The centerlines hook on a small one pulley bridle.  As always when flying a new kite, I double checked the depower and safety system to make sure it was functioning correctly. Even though I have long arms, I could see how a person with shorter arms would love the easy to reach depower strap. It was always easy to reach the depower line as it falls within reach naturally. (more…)