DUOTONE Jaime 142 x 43cm 2019 Kitesurfing Review

DUOTONE Jaime 142 x 43cm 2019

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At A Glance

The Jaime has been a long-standing favourite around the world for all calibres of rider. An all-around freestyle outline, the Jaime has progressed with kitesurfing.

The board has been designed as an all-around freestyle crossover board which will suit both enthusiastic beginners looking for a board to last, and also a board for those experienced riders who like to mix it up with hooked and unhooked freestyle as well as big air and loops.

New for 2019, the Jaime has had a substantial redesign with huge leap forwards in terms of the construction and resulting feel and performance. The deck of the board now features a double diffuser on the base which makes landings really smooth.

The Jaime houses a wood core with unidirectional carbon beams for added performance with no weight gain.

Sizes: 130/39, 133/40, 136/41, 139/42, 142/43cm

“Continues to impress in every condition and style we could throw at it.”

On The Water

The wooden core of the Jaime ensures a smooth ride underfoot. There is good feedback, and thanks to the constant flex pattern allows you to ride without feeling every little bump on the surface of the water.

The board rides upwind well; the slightly tapered outline keeps a large amount of rail in the water at all times which enables early planning and speed to allow a constant upwind run. Through the chop the board is comfortable, and there is minimal spray to worry about. The slightly stiffer nature does mean in more uneven chop you will feel it, but by riding faster, you are able to iron it out somewhat.

The Jaime feels lively underfoot without being too much to handle…it can be ridden fast or slow and behaves differently with each. This is a great feature and certainly as a first or second board will last you a very long time as you improve you will be able to get more and more out of the board.

One of the most prominent attributes to the 2019 Jaime, is simply how stable it is. On more than one occasion we stuck landings which really should not have been held, simply due to the forward drive and water displacement if the board.

There is some excellent, accessible pop housed within the Jaime, both hooked and unhooked freestyle were heaps of fun with the board launching well off the water and soaking landings like a dream. The board is also very good when ridden at slower speeds. This is not something we often see with freestyle boards but is a great confidence giver for those who are slightly nervous about going into a new trick and want to slow it down slightly. Speed it up of course and the amplitude achieved off the water is quite remarkable.

Overall

A favourite updated. Stability for first rides, landings and stomping big moves; there is masses of performance for all level of rider. The Duotone Jaime continues to impress in every condition and style we could throw at it.

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