At A Glance
With an exceedingly long-standing history as a wakeboard company, Liquid Force have been making fantastic kiteboards for what seems like a lifetime now. By infusing their extensive knowledge of creating the perfect wakeboard with the demanding nature of a kiteboard they have been able to produce some of the best boards around.
For 2015 Liquid Force has 11 boards in their stable. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a few and here we will be running you through our thoughts on the 2015 Focus.
The Focus is an all-rounder. Designed to deliver a versatile ride with massive pop and efficient upwind ability. Looking into some of the tech that has been put into the Focus we can see it has a fairly small amount of rocker, a medium flex pattern, with mid-grip channel and channelled tips. All of these features will give the rider the ability to get planning fairly easily, in comparison to a high rocker, channelled board, while still delivering all the pop and grip needed to perform your favourite moves. Liquid Force have always been great in terms of construction, the Focus enjoys the usual Liquid Force quality combined with a profiled wood core.
The Fusion Pad system (small/medium or large/xlarge) features dual density EVA foam, quick adjustment straps with high visibility. These features will ensure you are not only comfy and well fitted to you’re board but you will be able to find the Focus easily if you lose it!
“A great all rounder that has plenty of top-end capabilities to keep you entertained!”
On The Water
Taking the Focus out of the box was a pleasure; the high gloss finish makes it such a visually stunning board. Putting it all together was easy and the Fusion pad system was very simple to tighten and fits a variety of foot sizes.
As soon as we hit the water it was apparent just how much fun the Focus would be. The conditions were cross-onshore small waves with flat sections. The Focus rode incredibly well, popping perfectly even in high power unhooked take offs. Carving around on the Focus was great too; the flat base meant that transferring between edges was smooth. Don’t fear though the Focus grips like Velcro when you want it too. Landings on this board were a delight as well and getting upwind just came naturally.
It would only be fair to say that at first it took some fine adjustments to get the Fusion pads sat across the correct part of our feet. At first they rubbed slightly on the roof of our feet, however once you get them the correct size for your foot they will lock your feet in place brilliantly.
Every aspect of this board has been well thought out. It has a very high quality finish, solid construction, great graphics and rides exactly as you want an all-round kiteboard to ride.
If you are in the market for a board that can handle anything you throw at it, the Focus is a good choice, especially if you are looking to ramp up your freestyle riding and progress onto unhooked moves or even riding with bindings.
This review was in Issue 52 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Liquid Force Kites
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!