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Snowkiting at easmanville farm

Snowkiting at easmanville farm

Tucker and Jeff made it out for a morning snowkite session today at our new favorite spot and scored some fun powder.  Tucker was riding the Rome Garage Rocker 154 with Rome Mob Boss bindings while flying a Slingshot RPM 14m kite.  Jeff opted for a Flow Era that was lying around the shop and a 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade 12m kite.  With knee deep powder in spots it made for some fun riding and an excellent time to test our our new snow kiteboarding spot at Eastmanville Farm that offers a large area with enough elevation fun to mix things up a bit.  While the hike back is rather long in deep snow, it is well worth the reward.  Be sure to keep your eye out for the obstacles at this spot.  It has trees, fence posts, and a large ditch that might posses a threat to beginners or an unsuspecting rider but most of the large riding area is clear of major obstacles.

 

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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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