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.
The AXIS Nuskool was one of our favourite boards last season – it just worked perfectly for our style of riding and the conditions most of us encounter in the UK. It was fast, dynamic, stable and offered all the performance we needed and then some. The Division replaces the Nuskool and lukily they havn’t broken the magic formula. We were instantly at home on the new Division (not to be confused with the Brunotti Dimension). We have tested it a good few times now and it is already out best selling board. If you have not had a go – ask for a demo!
The board features a relatively square outline which together with the bottom shape make a board which flies upwind and feels fast when riding it – for us this makes it a lot of fun! Great for boosting huge jumps and is capable of pretty much any style of riding. If you want to ride boots then that is no problem.
The AXIS Division is available in 128 x 38, 133 x 40, 135 x 41, 138 x 42. The smaller sizes are great for groms and girls too. Heavier or more powerful riders should look at the Vanguard.
The Dimension has been the stand out board in the range for the last few seasons. A true all rounder which is well suited to the mixed conditions we get here in the UK. It is a premium board and has the details in the base you would expect such as channels for grip and a double concave. The pads and straps work well with most foot sizes and we had no issues making them big enough to accommodate wetsuit boots. You can customise them a lot too.
Major changes for 2015 include the new solid chassis technology which should improve durability of the board and the new active diamond rail which is a new rail shape which improves control and upwind performance.
Pembrey is a massive 6+ mile long beach in the south of Wales. It typically has perfectly smooth hard packed sand making it perfect for land based wind sports. Loads of speed records have been achieved there including the current UK record for a kite buggy and World record for a kite bike. Carmarthenshire Land Sailing Club (CLSC) are the guys in charge of maintaining access to the beach. Last weekend (25-27) May the club put on what must be the largest land kiting event the UK has seen for a while. This was a purely social event with no competition element to it. Kiters turned up in droves. Locals came to support their club, and those from further afield came to enjoy the rare access to this great beach. Normally you need to be a member of the club to sail there (unless kitesurfing).
To help boost the event a number of brands were present with their latest demo equipment available to test free of charge. Brands included Flysurfer, Peter Lynn, MBS Mountainboards and Ozone. The colourful banners helped make the event look the part. Conditions on Saturday were light but still rideable in buggies and on landboards. The sun was shining making for a lovely day. You could only hope for a little extra wind and fewer ripples in the sand. The wind was bang onshore meaning you could ride for miles!
Saturday night the club fired up the grills and made mountains of burgers and hot dogs for the hungry kiters. A raffle and auction also took place at this point. The money was being raised to help finance the club and to donate to the Air Ambulance and RNLI. Drinks flowed and friends old and new gathered round the camp fires and chatted till late into the night.
The wind was a little stronger on Sunday allowing more people to test kites. The sun was shining and the wind direction was still pretty much onshore allowing for long runs up and down the coast. A few riders (myself included) did the long walk down to the sea for a kitesurf session too. By the time the tide started rushing back in many people were exhausted after a long day flying. At this point, and with a forecast of rain for Monday, I made the call to leave. I think many did the same.
From what I gather though, Monday turned out to be a good day with nice wind and the rain held off for most of the day.
Other highlights include seeing a 73 year old landboarding and a load of weird and wonderful kites including the custom Family Guy Ozone Manta M3. This was a great event – the best land based kite event I have been to in a long time! I for one am looking forward to No Barriers 2014.
Brunotti have been relatively quiet in the UK for the last couple of years but thanks to a new UK distributor and a new retailer network things seem to be on the up! Regular demo events have just started so keep an eye out on when the boards will be available to try on a beach near you!
We have managed to have a couple of sessions on each board now and each one fits perfectly into its category.
Brunotti Onyx Blue 2013 Kitesurf Board The Onyx kiteboard from Brunotti remains one of our favourite beginner/intermediate freeride boards for another season. The board features great build, pads and straps with a killer price. On the water the Onyx gets going really easily for a no hookups ride. Whether you are learning you first upwind tack or boosting your 20th 360 grab the Onyx will keep you entertained and comfortable for a long time.
Brunotti Dimension 2013 Kiteboard New to the Brunotti board range for 2013 is the Dimension, taking the place of the popular Pro-X board from yesteryear. This is the true twintip freeride board in the range and benefits from an awesome ride and a classic wood look. The board doesn’t take any real time to dile into and the new pads and straps are both very comfy and very adjustable. In both flat sections and areas of waves the Dimension is extremely smooth and fast – all without the spray to the eyes and face that some boards still manage to do.
Brunotti Youri Zoon Pro Kite Board The 2013 Youri Pro is not all about crazy spins, multiple passess and riding in boots. Much like the Hadlow board from Flexifoil the Youri makes for a great freeride board for a big audience of riders. Because the Youri is quite stiff and has a reasonable amount of rocker the 138cm seems the best all around size. The pads and straps have really improved over the last few years also across the whole Brunotti range. If your looking for a good freeride/freestyle board for slashing around, hooked and unhooked then the Youri Pro board could be a good option for you.
The MBS Pro 90 has been the board of choice for top kiteboarders ever since it was released 4 years ago. MBS have finally released a new Pro 90. This is not just a graphic change either – it is a totally new board from the ground up. The shape is similar, but features 20 degree as opposed to 25 degree tips and is 2cm wider in the middle. The deck layup is also new – featuring bamboo. The key for MBS was keeping the performance of the old pro 90 but hitting a much more accessible price point. Given the old board was Â£500, and the new one is Â£379, it seems they hit this! The loss of the carbon, abs sidewalls and the inserts in the deck are what achieved the price drop. The components remain the same proven set up from before.
The graphic is an amazing piece of art by Decreate.