Posts Tagged ‘Liquid Force’

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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In light of MACkiteboarding now offering Slingshot Wakeboards, here are some of their best tearing up Hydrous Wake Park in Texas.

In this episode of Viva La Texica members of the Slingshot team hit the ShredTown Park and Hydrous Wake Park for a little fun.

Check out our wakeboard selection to pick up on of their board for a smoking good price.  http://www.mackiteboarding.com/wakeboards/

Freeride kiteboarding style

Freeride

While freeride can encompass a variety of styles, it is usually referred to when referencing a relaxed cruise around type of riding with an occasional jump. Freeriders enjoy checking out the scenery, experiencing varied conditions, and just getting out on the water. Equipment generally preferred by these riders include bow or SLE kites (Cabrinha Crossbow, Cabrinha Switchblade, North Rebel, Slingshot Rally), larger boards with soft flex(Cabrinha Spectrum, Cabrinha Stylus, Liquid Force Full Contact, Best Breeze, North X-Ride, Slingshot Misfit, Slingshot Glide), footstraps or strapless, and often a seat harness for more comfort (Dakine Fusion, Dakine Vega, Dakine Vision, Dakine Nitrous HD).

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Kite or Wake, At some point this happens to everyone.  The Scorpion toeside catch.  Pay attention to the double binding eject…. Ouch

Kitesurfing is becoming vastly popular in the world of kiteboarding.  Using your kite to ride waves is no new idea but there are a growing number of riders who are focusing on this style of riding.  Many riders are choosing to ride strapless boards not unlike a normal surfboard.  There are a few distinct differences between kitesurfboards, hand made surfboards, and production surfboards that make them unique.

The typical hand-made surfboard is either PU or EPS foam core often stringered with a hardwood. PU or Polyurethane foam is a crispy, easy to shape foam that can be glassed with either Polyester resin or Epoxy.  PU/Polyester construction has been frowned upon recently because of its carcinogens and environmental impact.It provides a light, responsive, and affordable board.  EPS or Expanded Polystyrene is made of air filled foam beads. This type of foam can consist of up to 92% air.  EPS Foam board must be glassed and repaired with either Epoxy resin or Vinyl Ester resin.  Polyester resin will eat EPS foam like acid due to its Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) catalyst.  Eps is more difficult and expensive to work with, but is fast becoming the prefered method of board building.  Surfboarder/Kiteboarder favorite shaper William “Stretch” Riedel has been using eps epoxy construction for over 30 years.
The glassing schedule on this style of board is designed for a lightweight, reflexive response, and are easily repairable.  While they are the standard for performance riding while surfing, they are easily heel dented or broken under heavy stress.
Many kitesurfers prefer the feel of this type of board, especially those who ride the wave without much kite power.  Brands Such as Cabrinha Kites are now catering to this kind of board by offering PU models in their most popular boards such as the Cabrinha Skillet PU.

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Some great new gear in this video.  Try to pick it out if you can take your eyes off the trickery that is going on.  Looks like the new Liquid Force Envy, Hi-Fi X, Influence, and DLX.

Looks like we will have over 40 kites and 16 boards  for Registered KoGL Riders to demo!