Kitesurfing Kites Reviews

Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 15m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 15m 2020
Cabrinha Contra

The Cabrinha Contra has been a stalwart of the range for a long time now, it’s a behemoth of a light wind weapon and has saved many a session over the years. Available in four sizes (13, 15, 17 and 19m), there should be a kite for just about everyone in the range. The kite is aimed at getting you…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Boxer 10m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Boxer 10m 2020
Naish Kiteboarding Boxer

The new Boxer from Naish is a big statement from the brand in the one strut kite market. Damien Girardin has been working on this design for several years now, if you remember the no-strut Trip kite which was incredibly light and perfect for travelling the Boxer now fills that brief and then some. By using a single strut, the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Hyperlink V2 11m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Hyperlink V2 11m 2020
Ozone Hyperlink V2

Ozone have been the brand to watch of late, this dedicated small group of passionate riders have been pumping out incredible products for a long time. In recent years their innovation seems to have taken things up a notch or two. The Hyperlink is a case in point. Launched a couple of years ago, the kite aimed to bridge the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Carve 7m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Carve 7m 2020
North Kiteboarding Carve

The Carve from North Kiteboarding is a three strut wave kite; the clue is in the name, designed to offer fast turning, excellent drift and impressive depower. Suitable for both strapless freestyle and waves it’s the kite in the range you want to be looking at if you spend your days with a surfboard beneath your feet. It’s a medium…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2020
North Kiteboarding Orbit

We had seen a few prototypes of this kite being used by the likes of Jesse Richman and Nick Jacobsen at the King Of The Air in South Africa. The Orbit is as the name suggests, is a freeride and big air kite for boosting. It’s a 5-strut design with a high aspect swept wingtip design and a flattish profile.…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 9m 2020
CrazyFly Sculp

One of CrazyFly’s longest standing kites, the Sculp is back for 2020 as part of their line up. An all-rounder, it has been designed with freeride, freestyle and foil riding in mind. The 2020 Sculp houses 3 struts, a flat delta shape and a higher aspect ratio for increased forward drive and power delivery. The kite itself is made using…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 12m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 12m 2020
Eleveight Kites RS

Eleveight’s all-round freeride kite the RS, is back again for 2020 complementing their five kite line up as the freeride/crossover model. Designed for use by a range of people in an array of disciplines, it would suit those riders who do not wish to be locked into a certain style. The RS features 3 struts, a simple bridle, effective 1-pump…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Drifter 8m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Drifter 8m 2020
Cabrinha Drifter

Cabrinha have been producing the Drifter for what seems like forever, and it’s long been considered a fantastic wave kite. The weapon of choice for wave seeker Keahi de Aboitiz and the rest of the pro wave team it offers a dynamic flying experience with plenty of drift, the clue is in the name as it were. This year, Cabrinha…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo 9m 2020
DUOTONE Neo

One of the most successful wave kites in the business is back again, the Neo really needs no , but I’ll do my best anyway. The choice of champions, Airton Cozzolino and Matchu Lopes as well as the rest of the Duotone team the Neo has some pedigree. It’s still a three strut design packed with features like the Trinity…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S 8m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S 8m 2020
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S

This year sees the most significant change to one of the most iconic kites in the history of kiteboarding! The Bandit now becomes the Bandit S and the Bandit 2020. In previous years the Bandit range was effectively three kites in one, the smaller sizes were aimed at the wave rider, the medium sizes were all about freeride and boosting,…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2020
DUOTONE Dice

The Duotone Dice has been around for what seems like an eternity, the ground breaking kite of old has evolved into the finely tuned weapon it is now. Billed as a freestyle and wave machine, it's the choice of riders like Tom Court, who's as happy in the park as he is in the waves and can still throw down…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Rebel 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Rebel 9m 2020
DUOTONE Rebel

The Rebel was the kite that changed the dynamics of kiteboarding all those years ago, and it’s come a long way since then. The spearhead of the Duotone freeride range, for some kiters only a Rebel will do. It’s a 5 strut design that can be flown on 4 or 5 lines, although it’s worth noting Duotone’s shift towards a…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Solo 12m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Solo 12m 2020
Liquid Force Kites Solo

The Solo has been the stalwart of the Liquid Force light wind line up for some time, while many brands now embrace the one strut design, Liquid Force were among the first. Aimed at the rider looking to get out when the wind is light and for those travelling on a limited luggage allowance, it’s a do it all freeride…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Edge V10 10m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Edge V10 10m 2020
Ozone Edge V10

Synonymous with speed and height, Ozone have hit the stratosphere with the 10th version of the ever-popular Edge. A high aspect ratio LEI kite, it has been the mainstay of the race scene until the recent switch to the more efficient foil style kite. What this has done instead is opened up the kite to the classic kitesurfing draw: big…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Section 3 7m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Section 3 7m 2020
CORE Kiteboarding Section 3

The newly updated Section 3 is part of CORE's specialised series of kite, focussing on just one discipline, opposed to their crossover series; Universal +. The Section 3 is a wave riding specific kite, designed to pull you into those monster swells with the confidence to know this kite has your back at all times. Like many kites nowadays, the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Crave 12m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Crave 12m 2020
Ocean Rodeo Crave

We've been hearing quite a bit about Ocean Rodeo over the past few months with new advances in materials and designs being whispered about. The Crave is one such a new design, no doubt produced for their alarmingly talented wave team to take on the GKA's best. At its core, the Crave is a 3-strut supported leading edge kite, with…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Raptor V1 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Raptor V1 9m 2020
Slingshot Raptor V1

Slingshots extensive kite line-up has been thoroughly shaken up for 2020 with the inclusion of 3 brand new kites; the Raptor V1, Rally GT V1 and Ghost V1. In these big winter winds, we were lucky enough to be able to put the Raptor V1 through its paces in some pretty memorable sessions. The Raptor V1 has been designed for…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot RPM V12 12m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot RPM V12 12m 2020
Slingshot RPM V12

The RPM V12 is one of the longest-running kites in the slingshot line-up, focusing on freestyle with an emphasis on new school unhooked riding. It is an open-C design with 3 struts, the classic slingshot bombproof construction and multiple tuning options for both front and back lines. The Fly Line bridal system is compact and utilises the IRS bridal from…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Nexus 2 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - CORE Kiteboarding Nexus 2 9m 2020
CORE Kiteboarding Nexus 2

CORE's Nexus burst on to the scene a few years ago now and already has a firm following of committed riders. The Nexus 2 keeps to its main ethos as part of the Universal+ series; it is a hybrid kite designed with looping, wave riding and freestyle in mind. Like most in its class, the Nexus 2 houses 3 struts,…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Zephyr V6 17m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Zephyr V6 17m 2020
Ozone Zephyr V6

In The Air Having used the previous Zephyr V5, it was noticeable on the first flight, just how refined the new V6 model is. The kite feels tighter, with improved turning response and lighter feel on the bar. The Zephyr V6 was stable to fly and hydrofoil within super light conditions around 8-10mph. Remaining responsive with easy relaunch off the…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV 10.5m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV 10.5m 2020
Liquid Force Kites NV

Now in its 10th consecutive year, the Liquid Force 2020 NV has a decade of development behind it. A classic hybrid freestyle design of an open C canopy, 3 struts and a short bridle system, it is the go-to option as a racier all-round kite. For this 2020 NV, there has been a complete overhaul of the canopy design. This…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Flite 14.5m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Flite 14.5m 2019
Ocean Rodeo Flite

Most brands have a light wind offering these days, and the Ocean Rodeo Flite has been around for a while. Available in five sizes 8, 10, 12, 14.5 and 17. Those smaller sizes give you an idea of the flavour here. This isn’t just a big light wind kite, it’s a kite that is designed to perform, regardless. The Flite…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Dash 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Naish Kiteboarding Dash 10m 2019
Naish Kiteboarding Dash

Naish Kiteboarding have bought out another stellar line up for the coming season with equipment for pretty much every eventuality. The Dash sits in the gang between freestyle weapon, the Torch, and new kid on the freeride block, the Triad. The Dash is a freestyle kite but with the boosting and looping ability we now see on the more freeride…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Razor 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ocean Rodeo Razor 10m 2019
Ocean Rodeo Razor

Canadian kite brand Ocean Rodeo have a full range of kites, and we have been riding their freestyle specific Razor. The Razor is designed for those more experienced riders who focus almost entirely on high-end freestyle and high-velocity loops. The Razor is interestingly a four-strut kite, which is not something we have seen for a few years. It has a…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot SST 8m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot SST 8m 2019
Slingshot SST

The SST is one of Slingshot’s key models for the 2019 season. Originally the Wave SST, Slingshot have found this kite to be so adaptive that they have rebranded this model to suit a variety of styles. Now coming to us as the wave, foil, freeride crossover. A 3-strut compact C shape kite with features such as the Slingshot IRS…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding YO 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Odo Kiteboarding YO 9m 2019
Odo Kiteboarding YO

Odo Kiteboarding started in 2014; they set out as a group of wave riders aiming to develop new products for the strapless market. We recently got our hands on their YO kite. The YO is a 3-strut medium aspect kite aimed at excelling in the wave, strapless freestyle and freeride markets. The YO is packed with technology and construction features…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Reo V5 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Reo V5 9m 2019
Ozone Reo V5

Building on the success of the Reo V4, the Ozone Reo is back in version 5 (V5) to make its mark once again as one of the top performing wave riding specific kites. The main structure of the kite has stayed the same with 3 struts, large inflate/deflate valve with 1 pump, a pulley-less bridle system and direct line attachments.…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2019
CrazyFly Hyper

An entirely new kite for 2019 from CrazyFly, the Hyper sits in their range as a high performing freeride and big air specialist. This seems to be a new big trend within kitesurfing, and it is great to see brands moving with the wants and needs of the riders. The Hyper is a 5-strut kite, with a high aspect ratio…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Amp V1 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Amp V1 9m 2019
Ozone Amp V1

An entirely new kite from Ozone, the Amp has been designed for those dedicated freestyle and park riders who need a tool to help them progress. Featuring 5 struts, a mid to high aspect ratio, both 4 and 5 line options and a C kite shaped design, the Amp has all the attributes to keep you at the top of…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV v9 12m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites NV v9 12m 2019
Liquid Force Kites NV v9

With a wakeboarding background Liquid Force make some awesome boards and have some seriously good kites in the stable to compliment them too. One model that has undergone another refinement and update is the NV v9. The NV v9 is a 3-strut high performance freestyle kite that aims to excel at freeride and wakestyle too. For the 9th version the…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Evo 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Evo 9m 2019
DUOTONE Evo

The Evo from Duotone has a long heritage as the go-to all-rounder. First appearing in 2008, the Evo has come a long way since then. Still holding its Delta design, the kite has been refined over the past decade to become a genuine all-rounder for beginners and experts alike. The Evo features 3 Fusion struts, which allows for controlled distribution…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Dice 9m 2019
DUOTONE Dice

Just in case you haven’t heard the news, all your favourite North Kiteboarding products are now being produced by Duotone. Same riders, same designers, same team and the same great products, just with a new look and a new name on the fabric. The Dice has been around for years now and has an army of fans who I am…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V1 10m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V1 10m 2019
Ozone Alpha V1

Another genre of kite we are seeing boom recently is the single strut. Single strut kites are a brilliant addition to your quiver, or even replacements for your quiver. They tend to be very lightweight, pack down much smaller for traveling, have huge amounts of depower and many are now performing incredibly well. Ozone have the Uno which is a…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Moto 12m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Moto 12m 2019
Cabrinha Moto

Recently we have had our hands on some of the 2019 Cabrinha gear. For 2019 we see a few models disappear and some new additions throughout the lineup, one of the most exciting is the new Moto. The Cabrinha Moto is a 3 strut, versatile freeride crossover kite. With many kites in their range targeting certain disciplines, the Moto is…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Eleveight Kites RS 9m 2019
Eleveight Kites RS

Eleveight have been on our radar for a couple of years, but it is for 2019 where they jump in with the big boys with a full line up of kites and boards. We had the all-round RS on test this issue and, as always, were excited to get our hands on gear from a new brand. The RS is…

Kites
2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally 9m 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally 9m 2019
Slingshot Rally

The Slingshot Rally is an institution in kiteboarding. One of the longest standing all-round kites, it has die hard fans the world over who use it for all sorts of kiting endeavours. Suited to those who are just beginning in kitesurfing to those who have a decade of riding under their belts, the Rally will do it all with power…

Kites
2019