Kitesurfing Kites Reviews

Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Enduro V3 7m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Enduro V3 7m 2021
Ozone Enduro V3

The Enduro has been part of the Ozone line up for a while now, it’s a three strut do it all machine that is the go-to kite in their line up for riders who don’t let a particular style of riding define them. It’s designed to be able to perform at the highest levels for wave, freestyle and freeriding. Twin…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit 9m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit 9m 2021
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit

The Bandit returns for its 14th edition for 2021. Last year saw F-ONE split the Bandit into 2 categories, The Bandit and the Bandit S (for wave riding and freeride) and both kites have received amazing feedback. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the 9m and the kite from the year before it feels like F-ONE have…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo SLS 7m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - DUOTONE Neo SLS 7m 2021
DUOTONE Neo SLS

The Neo has ben part of wave kiting folklore for so long now it is hard to remember a time without it. For 2021 this iconic kite sees some major updates designed to tempt even more riders into the fold. The big news is the new SLS moniker that has been added to the name. SLS stands for Strong, Light,…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Orbit 9m 2021
North Kiteboarding Orbit

For the past two years, the North Orbit has thrived within The Big Air scene. North's Jesse Richman took the 2020 Orbit to a podium finish at The King of The Air contest with Marc Jacobs recording the highest jump over the course of the competition. There's no denying that this kite boosts and performs to the highest level. The…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 11m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Contra 11m 2021
Cabrinha Contra

Here we have it, the new 2021 Cabrinha Contra, a light wind foil machine! The Contra is a primary kite within the range and has been now for quite some time. For 2021 Cabrinha have added an all new 1 strut size in the smaller kites, and kept the Contra 3 strut design in the larger sizes. You’ll see from…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Switchblade 10m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Cabrinha Switchblade 10m 2021
Cabrinha Switchblade

The Switchblade has forever been a go to kite for both freeride performance and big air riding. Although Cabrinha cater it as their freeride and big air kite, it really does have a great all-round performance that near all riders will find enjoyable. You’ll see from the images the Switchblade features a 5-strut design, allowing the kite to really load…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 10 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Sculp 10 2021
CrazyFly Sculp

The CrazyFly Sculp is a staple kite within the brands quiver. ‘One World, One Kite’, this is CrazyFly’s do it all kite. Freeride, freestyle and foiling can all be easily achieved when using this kite on a session – a fantastic all-rounder. Looking at the kite design, it features a 3-strut build with an all-new Hybrid Delta Bow shape. This…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S2 6m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S2 6m 2021
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit S2

Last year F-ONE split their mainstay, the Bandit, into two versions: the 2020 and the S. This year, we see the same, with the more freestyle/big air inspired 2021 and the Surf inspired S2 series. Both similar at their core; we had the S2 on test this issue in some wintery swell and winds. The Bandit S2 is a 3…

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2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Catalyst V3 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Catalyst V3 2021
Ozone Catalyst V3

Ozone's ever-popular Catalyst is back for its third incarnation with a new shape and less struts than before! Designed as the easy to use first kite we all need when we start out, the Catalyst is simple, lightweight and fun. New for this third version, the Catalyst has changed from the 3 strut more delta-shaped kite of the V2 to…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally GT V2 10m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Rally GT V2 10m 2021
Slingshot Rally GT V2

Slingshots Rally GT V2 is an update on a loved classic. A tried and tested design, it has been revamped for 2021 to ensure a longer lasting kite with a bigger wind range and more usable performance. A 3 strut future Retro-C design, it is a proven shape to get the most out of all conditions with versatile performance for…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V2 10m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - Ozone Alpha V2 10m 2021
Ozone Alpha V2

With many people wanting to get more time on the water (even in light winds) and the travel restrictions making places with consistently strong winds harder to access, the popularity of single strut kites has increased exponentially. As most kiters’ local spots do not have as consistent a breeze as they would like, people are looking for a “do it…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - CrazyFly Hyper 9m 2021
CrazyFly Hyper

The Hyper 2021 is the newest edition of the renowned big air machine from CrazyFly. The kite design is a 5 strut, delta bow shape, which translates to great hangtime and boosting capabilities! CrazyFly is a leading kite manufacturer since 1999. Based in Europe, the brand is known for having the longest warranty in the kite market: 3 years which…

Kites
2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Reach 9m 2021
Kitesurfing Reviews - North Kiteboarding Reach 9m 2021
North Kiteboarding Reach

2021 sees North Kiteboarding bring out their second model of the Reach. Your ‘Desert Island Kite’ is the go-to kite in the range that does everything exceedingly well. This kite has no boundaries. A playful kite that boosts well and shoots upwind while also having the ability to drift nicely in the waves and be accessible for all levels. Looking…

Kites
2021
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 - Harlem Kitesurfing Go V4 9m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - Harlem Kitesurfing Go V4 9m 2020
Harlem Kitesurfing Go V4

Dutch brand Harlem are making waves in the kitesurfing world for all the right reasons. Not worried about trends or being the cool kids, they simply want to make kites for people to have a blast kitesurfing with. The Go sits in their line up as the high performing freeride allrounder. This means it is the kite for you if…

Kites
2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit 2020 10m 2020
Kitesurfing Reviews - F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit 2020 10m 2020
F-ONE Kiteboarding Bandit 2020

This next kite needs no , it’s had many years of design thrown at it and this year it comes with a complete overhaul for its 13th edition. The Bandit has always been known for its great cross over performance between wave and freeride/big air. This year sees F-One take this great kite and create two versions to maximize the…

Kites
2020