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Some days you just get lucky. I turned 51 in January in Michigan. Generally it’s snow kite season, but I got a super nice kiteboarding session in Lake Michigan. Happy Birthday to me! The boys sold my Cabrinha Xcaliber from underneath me (pretty typical) so I had to rebuild a new board to ride. The new Best Kiteboarding Spark Plug kiteboard had rolled in a week early and I kept thinking how much I liked the look and the lines of that board. I put together a 142 which is a pretty good size for me at 200lbs. I have to confess, I did install my North Entity straps instead of the Best kiteboarding straps. Chasing a board in 40 degree water is cold and I know I am really locked in with the Entity when I wear my booties. I was reasonably powered on a 14 meter Cabrinha Switchblade with 3-4 waves on the outside. The Spark Plug is super lively, very easy to get on a line and keep running. The concave bottom kept the board smooth through the choppy areas. I didn’t jump much, (cold water, brrr…) but on the few I did land, the board had a nice soft landing and rode away smooth. The fins seemed a bit large when I installed them, but I like the amount of bite they provided for the riding I did. Not sure if they would have been too bitey if I were landing powered up. All in all this is the best kiteboard for the money I have ridden. Great shape, exceptional look, and a solid ride all for under $500. Nice job, Best Kiteboarding!

Reviewer: Steve Negen
MACkite Rider
200lbs, intermediate.

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.


The Slingshot Board factory.  Hand built in the USA

Let me also note that the Resin-X used in these boards was developed and produced by a Michigan rider.

Resin-X is a pricey resin but it has higher elasticity, better reflex, low VOC’s, non-toxic, and has no carcinogens.  It is also made using corn and potato byproducts from US farmers, so it supports our agriculture as well as being environmentally responsible.  Wow!

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…)

This guy knows how to get it done.  Alex talks a little about the new Asylum wakestyle board.  Riding the Slingshot 141 Asylum and Slingshot 10m RPM kite.

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. (more…)

Thanks Brad for the great video on the 2012 Cabrinha Switchblade