At A Glance
Our Test Editor summed it up quite nicely when this arrived “Have they got a giant working at the Best factory?”. Perhaps we should have explained to him that we were testing light wind machines before it arrived. The Breeze is HUGE! At 45.5cm wide it is the widest board in the test, designed for lightwinds it uses that extra size to get up and going early. Franz Schitzhofer designed the Breeze and he certainly packed a lot into it. Unlike some of the other more simple boards the Breeze has a double concave with stepped rails on the underside. It also features their Torsion X reinforcement to keep it stiff under your feet. Straps, pads and fittings are all of a high quality as you would expect from a brand like this.
On the Water
The Breeze works, make no mistake, if you can keep a kite in the air and fly it above your head, this board will get you moving on the water. We were worried that such a huge board would feel cumbersome, and while it does take a little getting used to it is certainly not a log. The tips of the Breeze are tucked in quite dramatically and this has the effect of making the board feel a little smaller underneath you. The stiffness of the board keeps it feeling crisp underfoot and in flat water and light winds it is very fast too. Upwind is very impressive, the underside of the board really working keep the speed up and the angle of attack impressive. Jumps and tricks are all possible, you do notice the size of the board hanging off your feet once you have it out of the water, but you soon get used to it.
Easily one of the first twin tips to get going, stiff, fast and exceptional early planning characteristics.
This review was in Issue 38 of IKSURFMAG.
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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!