At A Glance
The North Jaime is the best selling kiteboard of all time - North have sold more of these boards than any other board in the range! It’s with good reason too, if you have ever seen Jaime Herraz ride you’ll know why he inspires such a following. It’s a freeride board designed to suit his powerful style of riding, big air and lots of powered tricks is what the Jaime was made for. This year it features a carbon beam to improve torsional stiffness and help control the flex. There is a double V shape to the bottom, step cap construction with thin sharp rails and a progressive flex. Ours was fitted with the excellent NTT straps, which are an optional extra, but in our opinion a must-have. Couple these with the slider track system and you have almost limitless stance options.
On The Water
We are continually impressed by the Jaime, and this year is no different. We gave it a thorough test over the winter, logging over 1000 miles on the board and it is still going strong! The thin rails provide plenty of grip and it flies upwind with lots of speed. Pop is fantastic, the progressive flex really making a difference when you unhook and load up the edge. Landings on the Jaime are smooth too, the new underside shape helping to break the surface tension of the water. It excelled in the choppy conditions, with the rocker line and thin rails helping it to smooth out the bumps. It’s the perfect board for the intermediate to expert rider looking for something fast and exciting, yet still reasonably forgiving!
It’s great to see that such an iconic board with a 9-year history can still deliver on all fronts. If you love to ride freeride and freestyle the Jaime won’t disappoint, comfortable in an array of conditions it gets going early and loves being powered up. The Jaime delivers loads of pop and it is sure to put a smile on your face!
This review was in Issue 44 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!