Liquid Force Kites WOW V3 10m 2018 Kitesurfing Review

Liquid Force Kites WOW V3 10m 2018

Reviews / Kites

Liquid Force Kites 11,685

At A Glance

The Liquid Force WOW has been around for a few years now, billed as their go-to wave kite; it’s aimed at the riders out here looking for the perfect kite to help them get the most out of every wave. The V3 for 2018 has undergone quite a few changes, the goal of which was to make the kite lighter, faster and give it a more dynamic turn.

The bridle has been changed, it’s a simpler layout now with connection points drawing further back along the leading edge. This reduces the weight at the very front of the kite and helps airflow in the middle section where power is generated. The trailing edge profile has been changed too, the rear wing tips are now effectively further back than before to increase the turning speed of the kite.

Depower range has also been increased, thanks to the updated bridle you can now dump more power, faster. The leading edge also sweeps into the wingtips a little more this year with less of an angular feel, again helping with turning speed. The leading edge diameter is again really thin, further reducing weight, and the kite itself, while reinforced, is very lightweight overall.

Liquid Force buck the norm and don’t use Teijin for their canopy material, instead they use triple Ripstop from Challenge Sailcloth, this material has a different coating, which is quite unique to the touch. It’s long lasting, highly durable and exceedingly UV resistant. Integrated Synergy Struts ensure a smooth profile while adding strength and Dacron is used to spread loads in key areas.

There are three attachment points on the trailing edge allowing you to tune the turning speed and the bar pressure. Max Flow inflation ensures you are first on the water too, with One Pump as standard and low volume struts and leading edge the kite is extremely quick to inflate. Less time pumping equals more time shredding!

The Bar

We flew this kite on last years Mission Control Bar, there is an updated version coming for 2018 which features cosmetic updates and a few tweaks. We’ll get a test of the new bar when it becomes available, for now here is the write up on the 2017 bar.

Named ‘Mission Control’ or the MC bar for short, it now has a very grippy, but smooth coating and an effective insert for the PVC centre line to slide through. The bar ends are neat and compact with short floats attached.

The bar itself is adjustable between 49 and 55cm for personal preference and kite size. Simply by popping out the capsule at the end of the bar, you can set the leader line to one of three positions.

The chicken loop is relatively small, with a sturdy chicken loop and a push-away release, which is incredibly simple to reload. An effective swivel connects the chicken loop to the centre line, which is in turn connected to a simple cleat system for the depower. All in all, a simple and effective bar, which is refreshingly clean.

In The Air

The changes made to the WOW V3 were very evident right from the first flight. First up, the bar pressure is incredibly light, similar to last year, but the turning speed of the kite has increased dramatically. This is really a kite you can take out in onshore conditions and throw around the window with ease. We also enjoyed the excellent drifting ability, the WOW V3 is very light, allowing it to hang in the air.

10m wave kites can be a real love or hate affair, some wave riders won’t ride anything bigger than a 9m kite as they find them too sluggish and heavy, that’s not the case with the WOW V3. It is nimble and light, with lots of low-end power to get you going early. We had some light conditions during the test, but with good flying skills the kite is very adept at generating power.

The depower throw on the kite is what we would class as medium; it’s not so short that you lose all power with just a few inches of movement. Equally, you aren’t putting yourself in contorted positions in an effort to lose power from the kite - people with shorter arms certainly won’t struggle here.

“Dynamic, fast, powerful and fun to ride!”

The kite behaves excellently when depowered, you don’t lose too much speed from the handling and the canopy flutter is reduced to a minimum. Upwind on the WOW V3 is excellent too, the thin leading edge profile allowing the kite to fly really far forwards in the window and drive upwind.

This year Liquid Force are keen to push the WOW as a pure wave kite, it would be unfair though to not mention it’s potential for boosting and foiling. The fast nature of the kite and the power it delivers allows you to drive it back through the window for some impressive boosts. In addition, the drifting nature of the kite lends it well to foil duties, plus its upwind drive will also impress.

Re-launch is very good on the WOW V3, a quick pull on a rear line has it dutifully marching to the edge of the window for an easy relaunch.


The V3 will impress with its big wind range, great low-end power and dynamic handling. Good drift and a lightweight nature lend it well to wave riding duties and it will suit both onshore and off-shore conditions. It can also boost some big airs too.


When underpowered at the low end of the wind range the kite needs good flying skills to get the most out of it. A few times we noticed a bit of back stall, which can catch out inexperienced kiters. Pulling an inch or two of depower can negate this, preventing you from over-sheeting or you can adjust your technique accordingly. If you are an experienced kiter with good flying skills this won’t be an issue and you won’t notice it.


The WOW V3 is another step forward in the development of this kite, the changes are very noticeable the instant you get the kite in the sky. It’s a more dynamic experience, fast, powerful and fun to ride the WOW has got the wow factor for 2018.

Do you enjoy reading IKSURFMAG, using our App and website? We now need your support to keep IKSURFMAG going. Support IKSURFMAG from as little as £2 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you!



This review was in Issue 64 of IKSURFMAG.

For more information visit Liquid Force Kites



By Liquid Force Kites

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…

Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Benchmark 130 x 40cm 2018
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Benchmark 130 x 40cm 2018
Liquid Force Kites Benchmark

It is no secret that Gisela Pulido has been using a non-production Liquid Force board for quite some time; it’s now part of their line up for 2018 and we were thrilled to be able to finally get to use it! Coming in two sizes only, the board is designed for female kitesurfers who want nothing less than the best,…

Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Echo 142 x 42.5cm 2018
Kitesurfing Reviews - Liquid Force Kites Echo 142 x 42.5cm 2018
Liquid Force Kites Echo

The new 2018 Echo is the brainchild of Brandon Shield and Jimmy Redmon; it’s Brandon’s board of choice for his dynamic and varied riding style. Their focus has been to create a board that not only performs well in the park on obstacles but a board that works well for wakestyle air tricks too. New for the 2018 model LF…

By Rou Chater
Rou 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!

Tried this? What did you think?


Subscribe it's Free!

Win a Choice 3 Kiteboard From Core this issue in our FREE subscriber prize draw.

By subscribing you will not only be first to read the mag but automatically entered into the prize draw every issue!

Draw closes on Sun 9th Jun, 2019
First name is required.

By subscribing you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy

Subscribe Another
Choice 3 Kiteboard From Core

Issue 73 Mon 8th Apr, 2019

Re Solve Split Kiteboard From Kitelement


Issue 72 Wed 6th Feb, 2019

Compact Series Surfboard from ODO Kiteboarding


Issue 71 Fri 7th Dec, 2018

A 2019 Mercury 6/4 Freezip and Vex Harness from Prolimit


Issue 70 Mon 8th Oct, 2018

CrazyFly Raptor LTD Neon Board


Issue 69 Tue 7th Aug, 2018

GoPro Hero 6 Black Action Camera


Issue 68 Tue 12th Jun, 2018

GoPro Hero 6 Black Action Camera


Issue 67 Wed 11th Apr, 2018

Mystic Majestic X Harness


Issue 66 Fri 9th Feb, 2018

6m Flysurfer Stoke


Issue 65 Tue 12th Dec, 2017

7m Cabrinha Drifter + Fireball Bar Set Up


Issue 64 Wed 18th Oct, 2017

Board You Desire From Shinn


Issue 63 Tue 8th Aug, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera


Issue 62 Sat 10th Jun, 2017

CrazyFly 2017 Sculp 9m and Sick Bar


Issue 61 Mon 10th Apr, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera


Issue 60 Sun 5th Feb, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera


Issue 59 Mon 5th Dec, 2016

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera


Issue 58 Thu 13th Oct, 2016

Fireball Set Up with an Apollo Kite from Cabrinha


Issue 57 Tue 11th Oct, 2016

Blade Trigger 10m Kite


Issue 56 Sun 12th Jun, 2016

Board and Boot Set Up from Liquid Force


Issue 55 Sat 9th Apr, 2016

Nobile NHP Split Kiteboard


Issue 54 Sat 6th Feb, 2016

Wetsuit and Harness from Manera


Issue 53 Tue 10th Feb, 2015

Ride Engine Harness!


Issue 52 Wed 7th Oct, 2015

Prize Pack from TSHOTSH

Guy, Vince

Issue 51 Thu 13th Aug, 2015

Wainman Hawaii ManiaC Kite


Issue 50 Thu 4th Jun, 2015

Liquid Force Legacy Board


Issue 49 Fri 10th Apr, 2015

Slingshot Vision Board


Issue 48 Fri 30th Jan, 2015

Blade Mist Kite and Bar


Issue 47 Mon 8th Dec, 2014

2015 Core GTS3 8m Kite and Bar


Issue 46 Wed 8th Oct, 2014

Ozone Reo Wave Kite


Issue 45 Mon 4th Aug, 2014

Brunotti Board and a Pair of Sunglasses


Issue 44 Mon 9th Jun, 2014

Dakine Harness and Travel Bag


Issue 43 Wed 2nd Apr, 2014

Manera EXO Harness and Goodies!


Issue 42 Thu 30th Jan, 2014

North Gonzales Kite Board!


Issue 41 Mon 2nd Dec, 2013

Best Spark Plug Kite Board


Issue 40 Wed 9th Oct, 2013

Kiteloose Fatty Surfboard


Issue 39 Fri 2nd Aug, 2013

GoPro HD Hero 3 Silver Edition


Issue 38 Sun 2nd Jun, 2013

CrazyFly Sculp 9m Kite and Sick Bar System


Issue 37 Mon 1st Apr, 2013

Kitesurf Holiday Experience with Kirsty Jones


Issue 36 Sat 2nd Feb, 2013

2013 F-One Bandit 6 9m Kite


Issue 35 Mon 3rd Dec, 2012

Soul Drysuit by Ocean Rodeo


Issue 34 Mon 1st Oct, 2012

2013 Mystic Wetsuit and Harness


Issue 33 Sun 5th Aug, 2012

Wainman Joke Kitesurfing Board


  1. The Promotion is organised by IKSURFMAG and the participating brand stated on the subscribe page. You are providing your information to IKSURFMAG, not the participating brand. The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of facilitating the Promotion and notifying you when new issues of our totally free magazine are released. We will never sell or supply your details to any 3rd parties.
  2. You can opt out of any future emails by clicking the unsubscribe link within the footer of the email at any time.
  3. The winner will be notified by email shortly after the closing date shown. Previous winners will not be eligible to win again until at least three new Promotions have run.
  4. Winners must reply to our email within two weeks or a new winner will be drawn. Please check all spam folders to avoid loosing out.
  5. Participants only need to enter once in order to be eligible for all future prize draws.

Share - Liquid Force Kites WOW V3 10m 2018