At A Glance
Ozone started their board factory last year, and since then have pumped out a five board line up which has caused quite a stir in the kitesurfing world. We got our hands on the Base V1 which is an entry to intermediate level freeride twin tip to suit those riders who are just out of lessons and their first few years after that.
Made to the same high standard as the other boards in the range, the Base V1 features an A grade Paulownia wood core, high-quality Biaxial and UD fibreglass layers for balance, response and flex, and A grade 316 stainless steel inserts.
The Base V1 has a simple single concave bottom shape for control and stability in a range of conditions, and a medium to low rocker and flex pattern both of which keep things smooth and manageable through chop and provide an easy going board with early planning.
The board comes ready supplied with high-quality components and the new V2 pad and strap set which fit all manner of foot size and shape.
Sizes: 133 x 40, 137 x 41, 142 x 42, 148 x 44cm
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On The Water
The first thing we noticed about the Base was how nimble it felt in the water, and actually, it felt smaller than its size which could allow you to size up for an even easier riding experience. The board gets planning very quickly thanks to the flatter bottom, and once cruising has a lovely chilled vibe. Freeride orientated, the slightly narrower tips allow for easy turning control and pointing the board upwind happens effortlessly.
The newer V2 strap and pad combo has a large range of adjustment and grips your foot. Slightly firmer than the V1 to begin with, they do take a couple of sessions to mould to your foot, but once there will keep you secure even in the roughest of seas.
The Base rides well through both chop and flat water. We were pleased to find only the smallest flicks of water coming our way from the front tip, and the freeride shape cuts through lumps of chop with ease. Riding upwind and downwind was effortless, and the board can hold speed while maintaining control.
When jumping and the Base can hold a great edge before take off. The moderate flex pattern gives that last little kick and keeps things very comfortable. Landings, likewise, are smooth and soft, and even the slightly heavier ones are absorbed well. In the air, the Base is light enough to be thrown around for old school classics, and also the bigger sizes we imagine will be suitable for this.
The Base V1 is an incredibly smooth and stable board on which you will only improve. Super easy planning characteristics with enough performance for those wanting an all-round freeride board to last them for years to come. Built to Ozone's impeccable high standards, it not only looks the part but behaves it too.
This review was in Issue 75 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Ozone