Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:48:16 Europe/London
Saturday, 10 October 2015 14:01:23 Europe/London
The Surf Tough seams are there and the Wave SST has Teijin cloth with a new Rip Stop surf grid pat... Read More
Saturday, 10 October 2015 13:50:54 Europe/London
Saturday, 10 October 2015 13:45:16 Europe/London
The Switchblade has always had a very secure space in the market and has dominated this sector and had a very strong following, but for 2016 the new settings and some other developments suggest that it is trying to appeal to a broader market and also that it is responding to the ‘performance freeride’ popularity and moving with the times.
First impressions and – as always with Cabrinha – the attention to detail is impressive and the whole package, from bag to bar is well thought out with no scrimping in any department. This year also sees the arrival of a new bar option – the Overdrive 1X with TrimLite – which has an above the bar cleat system both reducing weight and putting a smile on the face of those riders who have never got on with the pull/pull system.
On the water and we were keen to try the kite on the two alternate settings. On the B setting that familiar Switchblade feeling is there, you always know where the kite is and get fantastic feedback and stability with relatively high bar pressure. The Switchblade has always been the kind of kite that you know you can give to a rider of any level and they will come back smiling. It is intuitive, responsive and just an easy and very fun kite to fly, and that is still the case for 2016.
However, switching to the A setting genuinely does give the kite a different feel – bar pressure is a lot lighter and the kite becomes more nimble and responsive, moving it very much in the direction of the FX. On either setting the Switchblade is still a kite that likes to boost and boosting is incredibly easy – it’s a pull and go kind of a kite and a perfect kite for mastering your first few jumps. On the new B setting it also provides a snappier boost and you can really send it…
So overall it is great to see that the ‘A & B settings’ aren’t a gimmick and that Cabrinha have spent time ensuring that the kite is well balanced and perfectly tuned on each setting. The 2016 Switchblade will keep die hard Switchblade riders happy, but also provides a livelier alter ego to broaden its appeal… Exciting times.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:26:50 Europe/London
For V3 the Bliss has been entirely reworked, with a completely new outline and with some striking new bottom channels to improve grip and give a drivier feel. Graphics are slightly toned down com... Read More
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:21:59 Europe/London
Build quality is solid as ever, and the Rally also flies on the new Sentinel bar. This has an above the bar depower on a sliding cleat – it’s a fantastic system and if you are a rider with a shorter reach then it gives you t... Read More
Friday, 24 July 2015 10:47:47 Europe/London
RIDE ENGINE 2016 HARNESSES THE FUTURE OF KITEBOARDING
Ride Engine you may or may not have heard about the brand its been on the tip of a lot of kitesurfer tongues for quite a while, with a plethora of top riders, from Hadlow, Light, Rebstock, Alldredge and many more using this custom harness brand. so what is all the hype about"
Ride Engine was founded three years ago as a humble pet-project ...
Monday, 6 July 2015 11:15:54 Europe/London
We will have the first Set of 2016 Slingshot Rally and Wave SST Kites for demo here in the UK so please contact us for more information, we have the best facilities in the UK with access to Both flat water kitesurfing conditions, and Open Ocean Riding. There is no where like it. REMEMBER WE WILL ALWAYS PRICE MATCH THE ONLINE RETAILERS SO PLEASE CONTACT US FOR THE BEST ADVICE ON THE SLINGSHOT BRAN...Read More
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:43:37 Europe/London
If you want to get a rough idea of the new Liquid force solo kite then look no further than the graphics on the solo 17.5m.there have been some definite improvements for the 2016 solo, with new material in the leech to stiffen it up, with the addition of the challenge sailcloth material. Also the canopy is now 2 pieces rather than a single piece this also alleviates all the ... Read More
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:16:55 Europe/London
The Wow is the newest addition to Liquid Force’s expanded 2015 kite lineup and enters as Liquid Force’s first dedicated wave kite. It proves to be a solid performer for both wave riding and general freeride blasting. For starters, the essential water relaunch is superbly efficient and ... Read More