Ozone EDGE V8 Preview!

Ozone EDGE V8 Preview!

This weekend we hit the road and went to North Wales for a change of scenery! Black Rock Sands is a huge beach which you can drive onto and have all your gear nearby – ideal for testing new kites. The drive up is epic too. The new Ozone EDGE V8 was at the top of our list of kites to try this weekend. First impressions were good! The kite was dreamy to jump – a hangtime machine. The Edge has always been famous for its ability to rocket upwind and this one is no different. There are no changes to the wing for this version from the 2014 version – just refinements to the bridle. It felt easier to relaunch and faster turning. More testing to be done before a full review. We took some shots – take a look!

New British Kitesurfing Championships

New British Kitesurfing Championships

This has been brewing for a while now but we are glad it is finally out in the open! Those who receive our newsletter will already know the news but the good people behind IKSURFMAG and KITEWORLDMAG have got together to pool resources and organise the UK Tour the UK kite scene needs. This is an important part of our sport and will feed UK talent into the KTE (european tour) and eventually into the VKWC (world tour).

We feel this needs shouting about and supporting – so we urge everyone to get involved and come down to the events to spectate if nothing else! It is early days so there is not a lot of information out there but a facebook page is now live so be sure to follow that. Exciting times!

British Kitesports Freestyle Tour

Ozone EDGE V8 – The Legacy Continues

Ozone EDGE V8 – The Legacy Continues

Another big release from Ozone – this time the new EDGE. This is a legendary freeride kite we have known and loved for years. Anyone who loves hangtime should try the EDGE. It flies around and races upwind which is great considering how far you will travel in the air. Whilst there do not appear to be any radical changes to the EDGE from 2014, we understand the kite has been tweaked to optimise it for freeriding now the racing side of things is mostly covered by the Chrono and soon the R1.

We cannot wait to get these out on test soon and compare it to the Flysurfer BOOST which we have been enjoying alot!

This also marks a big move from Ozone into a version system as opposed to annual releases. This means your new EDGE will hold its value for longer.

Find out more about the Ozone EDGE V8.

Flysurfer BOOST kite review

Flysurfer BOOST kite review

Talk the talk:

New for 2015, the Flysurfer BOOST is an inflatable kite which is sure to cause a stir in the LEI market. Following the launch of Cronix the BOOST is the second inflatable kite from Flysurfer and they seem to have learned a lot second time around. Flysurfer are aiming the BOOST at airstyle, big air and racing putting it into similar territory to the Ozone Edge. The BOOST is available in a range of sizes; 7m, 9m, 11m, 13m, 15m and 18m. Both the 15m and 18m come in a light wind mode which includes a higher AR and rear bridle to help assist light wind relaunching.

The BOOST comes in a traditional Flysurfer style backpack which is pretty simple but also lightweight. Pumping up the kite is fast and easy thanks to the large inflate valve and R.E.D pump. The pump allows for reduced effort whilst pumping and switches from a double action to single when the pressure in the kite gets high. Unfortunately the valve itself is a bit fiddly and requires a separate attachment which is attach to the centre strut near the valve.

The BOOST comes preset with intermediate bar pressure, allowing you to move the rear line attachment up or down a level depending on your preference. We kept both the 11m and 13m on the stock settings and found it was just right for how we tend to ride. On the middle setting turning was effortless and was easy to do with your wrist or one hand on the bar. The safety system flags the kite out onto a single line and was fired off in testing. Whilst out in deep water the safety was reset and the kite recovered in some wavy conditions.

Like most kites in the Flysurfer range the BOOST comes in one colour per size and the colours are repeated throughout the range. Both the 11m and 13m looked stunning in the sky with really bright panels and sharp graphics.

Flysurfer Boost Colours - Island Board Shop

On the twintip:

We rode the Flysurfer BOOST over a couple of weekends on our familiar AXIS twin tips to get the best feel for the kite. Both kites were extremely easy to fly and despite the name we would still feel comfortable putting beginner/intermediate riders on the kites. The high aspect makes the kites extremely fast in a straight line and they shoot upwind at some pretty wild angles. The turning rate was very impressive and a bit of a surprise. The 13m was happy to be downlooped and thrown about coming out of jumps and rotations. Getting out through the waves was a breeze as the power comes very quickly after pulling in the bar. Jumping on the BOOST is smooth and simple, the kite naturally wants to generate lift and you tend to be moving pretty quickly whilst riding this kite! All that speed translates into some decent air and hangtime. Both the 11m and 13m were really fun and felt encouraging enough to try new moves. On one session on the 13m the wind kept increasing throughout the day, to the stage where some people were going out on 7’s and 9’s on surfboards, needless to say it was getting quite pokey at that stage but it always felt safe and incredibly stable.

On the directional:

The BOOST responds well to being ridden with a directional – it sits forward in the window and rockets upwind. Whilst by no means a dedicated wave kite, the fast turning and stability make this a fun freeride kite capable of taking on some waves and is great for messing about and trying some strapless freestyle.

The bar:

Flysurfer have introduced the Infinity 3.0 bar with the BOOST. The new bar features a thinner and lighter design and is wrapped in a really comfy EVA grip. We found the new bar much comfier to hold than the previous version and think the new EVA grip will be much more durable than the older style. The 21m lines found on the Infinity 3.o bar are designed to be low drag whilst maintaining a high breaking load. These should help the efficiency of the kite when racing or in light winds. The Infinity 3.0 bar also features an endless rotation system for unspinning your lines and safety after doing spins and kiteloops, the system works when you pull the bar in. Above the bar you will also find a stopper ball and velcro depower system for sheeting in the kite.

What we liked:

The BOOST is extremely easy to fly and much more user friendly than some of the other kites in the Flysurfer range. The clean profile and solid canopy make this kite extremely solid in both stability and performance. We have had some really great sessions slashing around in the waves, honking around in flat water and most importantly getting some serious hangtime. Both sizes we tested felt smaller than their sizes and the wind range was extremely impressive at the top end. Part of the impressive turning speed maybe due to the 21m lines on the new Infinity 3.0 bar.

What we didn’t like:

One of the “niggles” we had with the BOOST was on the kite itself, rather than a flying characteristic. The inflate / deflate valve is a bit of an annoyance and it doesn’t feel like it was designed with users in mind. It was tricky to open with cold hands. The multi part system is clunky and feels unnecessarily complicated for such a simple action. With regards to the bar it would be great to have less lines running through the centre core, and a potentially cleaner single line flag out system, instead of the extra safety line.

Conclusion:

The Flysurfer BOOST is an excellent freeride kite, suitable for a wide range of riders who want to master several styles of riding. The wide wind range and smooth depower will help riders progress their skills in any conditions. The quick turning speed, solid upwind performance and speed in a straight line are sure to put a smile on your face.

 

Test quiver: Flysurfer BOOST 11m and 13m. AXIS Division, New Wave and Vanguard.

Brunotti Virtuoso Kiteboard Preview

Brunotti Virtuoso Kiteboard Preview

The 2015 Brunotti Virtuoso is a totally new model in the range for this season. This is their ultimate freeride board offering high performance and comfort – the catch being the price. It is not as expensive as the AXIS Limited though for example. The board looks very smart and sophisticated. It has a nice sleak graphic and the Brunotti pads and straps are nice and comfortable and easily adjustable.

In the water the Brunotti Virtuoso is smooth. It handles chop easily. The super narrow edges (Dynamic Slim Rail Tech) really cut through the water effortlessly. The board really is comfortable and has plenty of performance. It handles big landings no problem – the triple concave bottom shape provides plenty of grip and stability.

Take a look and grab a demo!

Flysurfer BOOST kite preview

Flysurfer BOOST kite preview

Update: The Flysurfer BOOST review is now available here.

This weekend we had the opportunity to take the wrappers off the new Flysurfer BOOST so here are a few first impressions before the full review. The wind was quite up and down so we choose to take the 11m out. The kite comes in a traditional Flysurfer zip bag and the bar was not attached to the kite like it was on the Cronix. Flysurfer are using the same large inflation / deflation valve as found on the Cronix so getting the kite up did not take long. The bridle on the BOOST is thinner than most inflatable kites on the market and there isn’t a lot of it either, thankfully. In the air the kite looks great, potentially taking inspiration on the colour scheme from another European brand. The colours and print are extremely vibrant and whilst riding the canopy is super super tight. When watching other kites on the water the BOOST definitely had the least / next to no flutter at all and looked the most stable through gusts. One thing that was really surprising the BOOST is, not just in a straight line but in the turns as well, the 11m could easily be mistaken for something much smaller. The new bar has been drastically improved upon the old one, the slimmer profile and new grip is much comfier to hold and feels much lighter in the hands.

For riders who weren’t 100% on the Cronix we would suggested giving Flysurfer another chance for the BOOST, its a completely different animal and we can’t wait to spend more time on it. Stay tuned for a full review once we get some more time on the Flysurfer BOOST across all the sizes in the range, hopefully with some blue sky as well.

Ozone announce R1 pure performance race foil

Ozone announce R1 pure performance race foil

The Chrono was big news last year and is still making news this year winning races and showing off its upwind ability. This season though things are going up a level with new competition on the market from Flysurfer in the form of the SONIC-FR plus a whole year of development from the Ozone team and the result of that is the R1. Take a look at the teaser below:

We saw a prototype at the Ozone Snowkite Masters in Switzerland but it was too light for it to be raced. Florian Gruber won the European Snowkite Championships on it the other weekend too. We look forward to hearing more details soon!

Get high on the new Flysurfer BOOST kite

Get high on the new Flysurfer BOOST kite

Update: The Flysurfer BOOST review is now available here.

Just announced: The Flysurfer BOOST, an exciting new leading edge inflatable kite designed for speed freaks and big air enthusiasts. The new BOOST will arrive in sizes ranging from 7m through to 18m and is IKA registered for the race circuit. The BOOST will be shipping with the Infinity 3.0 bar and features low-drag flying lines to maximise efficiency. To give the BOOST the ultimate edge over other larger inflatables Flysurfer are releasing the 15m and 18m in a special light wind variant with reduced weight. We have spent limited time on this new kite but will be arming ourselves with a quiver as soon as possible.

Whilst away in Egypt earlier in the year we had the opportunity to snap and ride the new BOOST. We tested the 11 and 13m and were very impressed with the feel of the kite. It was fast through the sky, predictable and really smooth. Check out how tight the canopy looks (no wrinkles) – this is a very good sign!

Keep an eye out on the site for a full review and more specifics very soon!

Flysurfer Sonic-FR on Snow

Flysurfer Sonic-FR on Snow

The Flysurfer Sonic-FR is a new high performance race foil from Flysurfer. The Sonic-FR comes in 11m , 15m and 18m sizes. Whilst away this week at the Ozone Snowkite Masters 2015 in Silvaplana, Swizterland we snapped a few shots of this upcoming kite. From what we saw – mainly from the 15m in light winds the performance looks great, the kite maintained a lot of air pressure and turned extremely well. One of the riders flying the Sonic-FR was getting some great hangtime as well as bombing it along on the flats. The Sonic-FR is due for release shortly and will be shipping with a new version of the Infinity bar. We can’t wait to get our hands on one to fly it back to back with the Ozone Chrono and Flysurfer Speed 4.