Posts Tagged ‘wakestyle’

Local Boy Cris Bobryk has more to come. Stay tuned with MACkite Surf Shop and BEST Kiteboarding

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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/

In this episode of Viva La Texica members of the Slingshot team hit Texas Ski Ranch for a fun morning session before hours with the crew. After that they head south in the RV to Wake Nation to see what kind of trouble they can get into.

 

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.

kiteboarding boots vs. strapsKiteboarding is a derivative of wakeboarding. Yes, there’s a dramatic difference between the pull, but wakeboarding has been and continues to be a strong influence to the kite side of things. I’m sure most of you have seen a board or two on the beach with a set of wakeboard bindings, or boots, mounted up. Although most riders prefer straps, curiosity is taking kiteboarders over to the dark side by the masses – and for good reason!

If you’re capable of riding upwind and performing simple jumps and transitions – you’re ready for boots! Yes, it adds a slight bit of difficulty to your launching/landing situation. Yes, it can be difficult in direct on-shore conditions with waves. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll be able to ride with more power and style than before.

Straps allow for much greater range of motion than boots, which creates a slight decrease of leverage on the board. They also can have the tendency to release when not desired, making for an interesting situation.

Personally, I come from a snowboarding and wakeboarding background – I find the locked feeling of boots while kiting to be much more comforting. Look at PKRA podiums for the past few years – you’ll see that more and more of the world’s top level talent tossing their straps in the trash in exchange for boots. Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, and Alberto Rondina to name a few.

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If you don’t already know Chris be sure to do some research.  Bobrick is one of the nicest guys on the water and rips with the best kiteboarders in the world.  “Ricky Bobby” is on fire and lookout for him this year on the PKRA world tour.  He has also been known to dominate Musical Chairs and makeshift skateboard gaps at Christmas parties.

Video and Edit by our own Ryan Goloversic

Does this look nice or what?  Keahi makes everything look so easy.