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Kiteboarding

Jan-12

A resource for information and tips on kite boarding.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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One slightly battered Caution Spitfire, one massive slingshot twin-tip board, and 750 dollars cash. This is what surf photographer Jason Wolcott negotiated as payment for his first kite photography assignment: follow the Schiebel brothers into sketchy Baja surf south of the border. To Wolcott, it was a huge deal. Not long before, on a cold spring day, he'd seen Peter Trow killing it on a kite in huge swell and 35-knot wind. “This guy was out there riding wave after wave on a day when you could not spot a wave to surf,” he says. He knew from that moment on...

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- Size Tested: 9 meter - Sizes Available: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 meters - Price Range: $1,189–$1,669 - Bar Length: 45–55 cm (adjustable) - Line Length: 25 meter - What We Liked: The depower on this kite was smooth and offered a huge range. Felt super safe and took the gusts like a champ - Buyer Beware: Some testers claimed this kite was missing the attributes of a high-end aggressive kite. - Best Suits: Riders of all levels. - Other Highlights: This three-strut kite held its shape perfectly. It was also lightweight and folded into a small package. Our safety-conscious tester stated, “Not only is...

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- Size Tested: 10 meter Sizes Available: 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 meter - Price Range: $1,238–$1,699 - Bar Length: 50 cm - Line Length: 19 meter with 4.5 meter extensions - What We Liked: The Trigger had just the right recipe for a great turning kite and optimal bar pressure. It boosted quite well and had a nice grip if you like a bar with indentations for your fingers to fit in between - Buyer Beware: Choose the correct knot when attaching lines so it doesn't over sheet. Felt like it could use more power on the low end. - Best Suits: A performance...

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- Size Tested: 8 meter - Sizes Available: 4, 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17 meter - Price Range: $1,308–$2,228 - Bar Length: 52 cm - Line Length: 20 meter with 3 meter extensions - What We Liked: Smooth power and a very stable kite. Solid low end and was notable in the boost category. - Buyer Beware: Small chicken loop was hard to hook back into if riding unhooked. Make sure you inflate this kite to its recommended psi. - Best Suits: Anyone looking for a solid kite that works great even in gusty conditions. - Other Highlights: The TS is this year's Taboo....

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- Size Tested: 10 meter - Sizes Available: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 meter - Price Range: $1,539–$2,159 - Bar Length: 48 cm - Line Length: 22 meter - What We Liked: The Switchblade excelled in light wind conditions and had the depower needed to still have fun as the wind ramped up. Super stable kite. - Buyer Beware: Complex bar and safety release. Before firing the safety release, read the manual or watch the Cabrinha video on how to reassemble so there is no confusion. - Best Suits: Riders of all levels who to desire a predictable feel, like floaty jumps...

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- Size Tested: 10 meter - Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15 meter - Price Range: $1,528–$1,998 - Bar Length: 45 cm - Line Length: 24 meter - What We Liked: Good clean pull and handled gusts nicely. You will notice the shape of the kite seems more round that others, which was advantageous when relaunching. - Buyer Beware: The bar offered a micro hook instead of a stopper ball. Micro hooks seem so old-school. Be sure you know what you are doing before locking into that baby. - Best Suits: Riders of all levels - Other Highlights: Above the bar...

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