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flyboards radical5 Kitesurf board Review

Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:48:16 Europe/London

The Radical5 is a crossover performance board by Flysurfer for freeride, freestyle and wakestyle. The keen-eyed amongst you will notice straight away that this is not your standard twin tip as it has an asymmetrical outline. This gives you a longer heel edge for more pop, speed and improved upwind performance, and reduces the length of the toeside edge which gives you better carving and control wh... Read More

Slingshot Wave SST 2016 Review

Saturday, 10 October 2015 14:01:23 Europe/London

There has been much excitement about this new addition to the Slingshot range. As the name suggests, this is a kite with a purpose: ride it in the surf! Although the Wave SST has that characteristic open Rally-style profile, the tips are squarer and the outline boxier. It looks like it means business.

The Surf Tough seams are there and the Wave SST has Teijin cloth with a new Rip Stop surf grid pat... Read More

North Vegas Hadlow 2016

Saturday, 10 October 2015 13:50:54 Europe/London

The North Vegas Hadlow Edition is the standard Vegas flown on the Hadlow 6 line attachments, so that it can be used with the wakestyle bar. We had this bar on the test, it is a full 10cms shorter than the standard bar for the diehard wakestylers amongst you and boasts upgraded features such as a PU center line to stop the fingers being destroyed when passing the bar, and to give it extra strength ... Read More

Cabrinha 2016 Swithcblade review

Saturday, 10 October 2015 13:45:16 Europe/London

The Switchblade is one of the most anticipated kites to be released each season. Now in its 11th year, we’re always excited to see the next chapter from Cabrinha and once again we were not disappointed, especially with the much publicized new ‘A & B’ settings.

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.

RRD Bliss 2016 - Reviewed

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:26:50 Europe/London

This is the third incarnation of the Bliss series and is pitched as an all-round freeride option designed to keep the kiteboarding masses smiling, and with no pretensions to being on the top of the podium.

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

Slngshot Rally 2016 Reviewed

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:21:59 Europe/London

One of the centerpieces of the Slingshot range, the Rally has been given some serious attention over the last 12 months and there are several improvements in the 2016 offering.

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

Ride Engine Harnesses the future for all kiters?

Friday, 24 July 2015 10:47:47 Europe/London


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 ...

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Slingshot Rally 2016 Kitesurfing kite

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...

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Liquid force Solo 17.5m 2016

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:43:37 Europe/London

Liquid Force 2016 Solo

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

liquid force wow 2016 wave kite

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:16:55 Europe/London

Powerful, nimble, direct, upwind machine with superb drift and response on the wave and it boosts like a champion.

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
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