Slingshot SST 8m 2019 Kitesurfing Review

Slingshot SST 8m 2019

Reviews / Kites

Slingshot 32,953

At A Glance

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 bridle, Ripstop Surf Grid, Split Strut tech and much more, the SST boasts high-end design and construction. Aimed at the rider who wants to do it all, with a definite nod towards wave riding the SST is pitched at being a fantastic all round set up. Perfect for boosting, foiling and carving up the faces it’s a one kite quiver that will appeal to a lot of riders.

The Slingshot SST is compatible with either the Compstick w/Guardian or Compstick w/Sentinel offering a choice of above or below the bar depower options, available in a variety of mouthwateringly tasty new colourways the SST comes in the following sizes:

Sizes: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m

The Bar

We headed out on the SST with the Compstick w/Sentinel. The bar itself is ideal, it has a small diameter with a great amount of grip. Available in a variety of sizes with a small option for riders who are accustomed to that. The bar floats are large, however, are not moulded into the bar ends. Making the ends harder if you do slip on a pass, but hey that just makes you aspire to grab the middle every time.

The throw is generous, and the adjustable cleat is welcomed. Depower range on the bar is fantastic and what’s impressive is how the kite remains so controllable even when fully depowered. Very light yet responsive.

The safety system is clean, simple to use and easy to reset. The swivel on the top of the bar spins out easily and enables the bar to sit solidly onto the chicken loop when unhooking.

“The SST is prodigious. It excels in a magnitude of styles.”

In The Air

We mentioned above just how much depower range there is with the SST, a key feature for those foiling or wave riding. Upon launching the kite, this really is noticeable, and the responsiveness of this kite and light bar pressure make it a pleasure to fly. The SST is built to be stable and that it certainly is, in gusty conditions, while riding waves or heading downwind on a foil the SST remains solid in the sky. The kite is fast through the sky, and its turns are tight and pivotal.

One of the traits we liked a lot about the SST was the fact that the kite is constantly driving towards the edge of the wind window. Giving plenty of power and lift with very little downwind grunt. This really assists riding strapless, foiling and for those free riders out there it packs a mean jump. If you want to throw a loop or two, it's very manageable in the air. The combination of park and ride ease of use, with the rapid forward driving responsiveness of this kite, allows you to use it for a variety of styles.

Breaking this down into riding styles, for wave riding the SST has plenty of lift keeping you on the board without too much rawness wanting to tow you off the front. When chucking it about in the waves, you can easily turn the power off, and the responsive nature of the SST lets you keep control of the kite at all times. The above traits are also key for foiling, here we don’t want too much downwind pull, we just want upwind drive and the ability to kill power and have a kite that remains stable at all times, this the SST does impeccably.

While testing the SST, we had some pretty decent winds allowing us to get out on it fully lit for some boosting and freeriding. The SST was a lot of fun, it’s so easy to fly but you can everyone will be able to tap into the performance on offer. It fires you into the air and boasts confidence at all times when jumping. You always know where it is and where it’s going next. Loops are pivotal without too much downwind pull so you can huck some slightly larger loops than normal knowing the kites got you covered. You can see what its truly capable of by watching Sam Light riding it in the King of the Air events.

Relaunch on the SST is easy, it relaunches effortlessly, and we didn’t experience any bridle wraps while out in the waves.


The SST is prodigious. It excels in a magnitude of styles, from freeride, to foiling and of course wave riding. With the Compstick bars, we love that you can adjust the throw to suit your riding style on any given day, or just for shorter arms if required. Something you don’t see so much anymore.


Nothing to report with the SST here, personally I prefer the feel of a bar set up with a PVC coated centre line, it last longer and keeps the bar looking tidier too. Perhaps this could be an option in the future.


We were really impressed with the 2019 Slingshot SST, one of our favourite all-rounders this season so far. It comes with Slingshots bombproof build quality so its set to last, it flies incredibly well in a variety of conditions and suits most riding styles. It’s easy to fly, simplicity allows it to be flown by less experienced kiteboarders, and its high-performance nature makes it capable of keeping up with the world’s top kiters too.

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 70 of IKSURFMAG.

For more information visit Slingshot



By Slingshot

Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Angry Swallow 5'6 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Angry Swallow 5'6 2019
Slingshot Angry Swallow

A Glance The Slingshot Angry Swallow is back again for 2019 with fresh graphics and a new tail design for even more freestyle performance. Designed for real-world mushy waves and strapless freestyle action, there will be many happy people see the continuation of this classic board. Sticking with the wooden design, Slingshot have incorporated large carbon stringers on both the…

Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Asylum 141 x 43 cm 2019
Kitesurfing Reviews - Slingshot Asylum 141 x 43 cm 2019
Slingshot Asylum

Constantly innovating new technologies and designs Slingshot produce some seriously good twin tip boards, both in the kite market and wake market. The Asylum has been one of Slingshots leading weapons in the kite market for over a decade now, targeting the performance freeride – freestyle / wakestyle market. High rockered, with deep aggressive channels and rammed with tech the…

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…

By Robin and Sukie
With years of kite sport experience combined, you can be sure you’ll be receiving the highest quality of knowledge on the best equipment the industry has to offer.

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 - Slingshot SST 8m 2019