At A Glance
The Pro Series is new for 2013 and with North dominating the KSP world tour with riders like Airton Cozzolino and Patri McLaughlin; it was only a matter of time before they made a high end performance machine. The board is available in 3 sizes, 5’8”, 5’11”, which we have on test and a 6’2” aimed at the bigger riders out there. It’s a striking board with a classic outline and a dedicated thruster set up. It’s designed with big waves in mind and arguably it was shaped by Sky Solbach with the world famous One Eye break in Mauritius in mind. The tail of the board has been pulled in with a squash tail and it features the most tail rocker out of the entire NKB surfboard range.
On the Water
The Pro Series surprised us; it ended up being our favourite board in the entire North Kiteboarding line up. We were expecting a finely tuned beast that was unforgiving and tricky to master. In reality the board is an absolute gem in good waves and carves like it is on rails. It needs a little power to get it going, which is why it is better suited to decent waves than onshore mush, the high tail rocker killing it’s speed somewhat. However, get it on a proper wave and the board comes into it’s own, lots of power in the turns and plenty of snap off the top. It also cuts through chop really well and is one of the comfiest boards in the line up to ride. Just remember it is better suited to powerful waves rather than onshore slop.
The bright yellow pill that is sure to fix your surfboard ailments if you ride decent waves most of the time. Carves like a dream and delivers plenty of drive through the turns.
This review was in Issue 37 of IKSURFMAG.
By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!