At A Glance
The Glide has been in the Slingshot line up for a few years now, but for 2013 it has been totally redesigned. It is one of the first boards we have had on test from the new factory Slingshot have built in Hood River in the US where they source local materials. The finish is of a very high standard and the top laminate and graphics look sublime. The board has been made thinner for 2013 but has a longer rail line and at 160cm it is a beast. The width has been carried right through to the tips, which are 37.1cm wide to ensure there is still a huge surface area to the board. Straps and pads are excellent, if you have never put them together before, ask your local dealer or the Internet for advice, it’s a bit of a puzzle but the system works really well. The slide track gives you almost infinite stance adjustment too.
On the Water
This is one of the more manoeuvrable light wind machines we have tried, the relatively narrow width make it very playful when it is up and going. The long rail engages well to create plenty of upwind and drive and the stiff flex ensures the board gets up and going very quickly. When the wind picks up it is still rideable as the Glide cuts through the chop with its thinner design compared to some of the other boards on test. The pop is good; it is certainly fun to ride and doesn’t stick to the water. And the swing weight on your feet isn’t too much thanks again to the narrow shape.
If you want a light wind board that you can still ride and have fun with, this feels very close to a normal twin tip. It doesn’t get out of hand when the wind picks up either.
This review was in Issue 38 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!