At A Glance
Eleveight, after being on the periphery for a couple of years, have burst forward this year with a stunning range of kites and boards to suit all occasions. The Master V2, is the freeride and freestyle crossover board. This is the board in the line up which should suit a huge array of people who like to cruise, flip, jump, swap, and everything in between.
Made with a 3D shaped Paulownia wood core, carbon reinforcements and ply block inserts, the Master V2 is an ultra strong board, designed to flex and rebound quickly no matter what you throw at it.
The Master V2 features a multi stage rocker for excellent upwind ability as well as grip. The flex pattern has been tuned to be medium in the tips to absorb the chop, and firm through the centre which reduces torsional flex.
Sizes: 136x41, 139x42, 142x43cm
"Get some power behind you and the freestyle performance of this board starts to shine"
On The Water
The Eleveight Master is a polished bit of kit: accessories fit well, nothing rattles, and the entire product is solid to hold. We used this board with the supplied pads and straps, and you are also able to fit boots on thanks to the solid inserts. The straps did take a little getting used to as they were quite firm, however once bedded in they were very supportive and comfortable.
The Master V2 does feel very solid underfoot, and certainly benefits from being ‘ridden’ as opposed to simply ‘stood on’ Get some power behind you and the freestyle performance of this board starts to shine.
The slightly softer tips keep things from being too bouncy in chop, and the elliptical, swept shape of the rails means transitions and carves are grippy and a whole heap of fun.
For some mega boosts the Master V2 is able to hold down a lot of power before exploding off the water, likewise for unhooked manoeuvres the energy can be stored for quite some time through the loading before powering you off the surface. Interestingly, we did find the pop easy to access for such a solid performance board. As long as you have that power behind you, timings through take off are not as crucial as some other boards in its class.
The pronounced tip rocker keeps heavy landings softer, but be warned this board has freestyle at its core so will not be particularly easy-going on you should you get it wrong!
The Eleveight Master is a solid board for those riders looking to progress into freestyle and powered kitesurfing. Definitely more focussed on freestyle, it needs some powerful riding to get the best out of it as it is relatively stiff. This does, however, produce some great performance for the more powered kiteboarder. The board houses an attainable pop for many levels of rider, and the solid feel is a great confidence-giver whilst spinning through the air and coming in for those heavier landings.
This review was in Issue 77 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Eleveight Kites