Ozone Enduro V1 Preview

Ozone Enduro V1 Preview

The wind has been pumping in the last couple weeks and we have been making the most of it! This period between Christmas and New Year has delivered great conditions which together with the mild temperatures has been a lot of fun. We are now aching from hours on the water. Just before Christmas we took delivery of the new Ozone Enduro V1 – this is a kite we have been looking forward to for a long time. It is the all round performance kite for those who want a kite which is good at everything. It replaces the 2015 Catalyst, which has been a favourite for the last couple of years and sits between the Catalyst V1 and C4 V6 in the Ozone range.

So far we are impressed – the Enduro is everything we expected. It is not a major change from the Catalyst 2015, but we have only tried the default bridle setting. The 12m pictured has a good low end, plenty of pop, and a good top end too giving us record Woo scores to date! two sessions in and we cannot wait for more.

If you have not seen it already – take a look at this Enduro video which came out recently!

Ozone Catalyst V1 Preview

Ozone Catalyst V1 Preview

So the UK finally managed to get some wind again and we got our hands on a 12m and 8m Ozone Catalyst V1. This is the new Catalyst but its not like the old Catalyst – at all. It is a change in direction for Ozone and the Catalyst is now doing what its name implies – it is about getting you going. It is focused at the beginner/intermediate rider where as the 2015 model had a lot of performance.

On paper the Catalyst V1 is all about super easy, predictable handling and amazing water relaunch. So far that seems to be the case. The bar pressure is a little heavier than previous models, but that helps you know where the kite is. It worked well with a twintip and a surfboard, and had no problem jumping!

A complete review will follow in the next weeks, but for now, here are some photos! You can really see the new wing shape with the swept back tips.

New Ozone REO V3 now available!

New Ozone REO V3 now available!

Ozone have just announced the release of their Ozone REO V3 – this replaces the 2015 model with fresh colours and the move to Ozone’s new naming convention. We are quite happy not a lot has changed – this kite is one of our favourites! To go with the launch there is a great video featuring Ryan Coote and Paulino Perreira shot in Cape Verde – take a look!

We cant wait for autumn wind and waves! Find out more about the new Ozone REO V3.

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!

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.

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!

Loads of new stuff from Ozone!

Loads of new stuff from Ozone!

New Website
Ozone have been working hard it would seem with revamping their website and accessory line up and we love what we see. The first big release is their new website which was well overdue! The new site whilst heavy on the sliders is way clearer and cleaner than the old site and makes each product look a lot better. Great move.

New Ozone Website

New Bar
Next up the new bar! The 2014 bar upgrade to the push away chickenloop was a huge move and put it up there as one of the most user friendly and well designed bars on the market. The only complaints where the bar ends and the visible rivets. Nit picking really (however we did smash our bar into our surfboard a few times leaving marks). For 2015 the bar has been upgraded with new soft bar ends which make it look a lot nicer. On top of that the lines have been upgraded from 300kg lines all round to 500kg on the fronts and 300kg on the steering lines. Another great improvement. Find out more about the 2015 Ozone Contact Water Bar.

New Bags
Finally accessories – loads of new Ozone accessories. and some upgraded ones. The new V30 backpack looks great with its integrated laptop pocket. Ideal for work/school/travelling. The board bag has been updated with the new colourway and branding – this is designed to carry two twintips, 2-3 kites as well as your wetsuit and harness.

New Clothing
There are a couple of new tees as well – the Inspired Tee and O Tee.

See all our Ozone accessories online!

New 2015 Ozone C4 now available

New 2015 Ozone C4 now available

We got a 2015 C4 on demo the other week but unfortunately it was nowhere near windy enough (it wasnt even Zephyr weather!). Eitherway we were keen to get it out of the bag and take a look. There was enough wind to get it in the sky and fly it about. It is definitely a fast kite – no doubt about that! The kite turns fast and generates a lot of pull – this is going to be popular with the kiteloop crowd. The kite looked great in the sky. The new control bar is tiny! For 2015 the 10m and below ship with 38cm bars and the larger sizes use the 45cm bar. We are looking forward to getting this out on the water.

Read more about the 2015 Ozone C4.

Take a look at these photos we took

First look at the new 2015 Ozone Zephyr

First look at the new 2015 Ozone Zephyr

We got our hands on one of the first 2015 Ozone Zephyrs in the UK. Unfortunately we have not had the conditions to really test it but we spent a lot of time on previous models. We did manage to get it pumped up and fly it on the beach. The new kite looks as solid as ever and with the material improvements Ozone have made this year durability and performance will be great. A light wind kite is a must have these days and if you are not into foil kites then the Zephyr is the one to have.

Find out more about the 2015 Ozone Zephyr.

Here are some shots we took

 

An interview with Ryan Coote

An interview with Ryan Coote

KSP MAUI WATERHey Ryan – would you mind introducing yourself to our readers?
I live in Kerry on the west coast of ireland. My interests are in Surfing diving and of course kitesurfing.

You have been a part of the Ozone international team for some time – tell us how that came about.
Not that exciting really. They were looking for people pushing it in the waves and pop an email arrived into my mail boxes. I start talking to Iain and really connected and decided I wanted to be part of the team. I am super stoked how the development has gone with their Reo wave kite. I was mainly wave riding with C kites but we were not really getting it but the new wave kites have changed everything.

You recently took a trip to Portugal with some Spanish Ozone team riders and put out a great video. Tell us about that trip and the new REO.
Portugal was just peachy. I really didn’t know what to expect when i arrived. Not having meet a lot of guys before it was a unknown. I love surfing in Portugal so i was excited to get a chance to kite it.

Waveriding is your thing and in most of your videos you seem to go out in really big waves. Do you love massive waves or do they just make the best videos?
Well its seems that a lot of people like seeing the big stuff alright. I ride in a lot of different conditions here in Brandon Bay where I live my bread and butter conditions are more like head high to just over head. Anything bigger it will max out and just closes out. I do travel up and down the west coast to other spots where the reefs can handle the bigger swell. We are so spoilt with the amount of locations here to ride in no matter what the size of the swell is and the wind direction.

What are your ideal conditions?
16 to 20 knots on my 9m Reo and 25 / 30 degrees off shore winds. As big as the location can handle.

Do you have any tips for riders looking to get out in bigger waves and take their waveriding to the next level?
You really need to be comfortable with your gear and know it inside out. It is down to the conditions that you get to ride in regularly. I try and surf waves before I kitesurf them as well, because its all about dealing with the wipe out. Some big wave spots need a lot of preparation. You need to be in the right head space and have the right gear. But it also takes a lot of luck to get everything to come together on the day.

I do a lot of mental preparation for riding big waves. I also train hard with kettle bells, yoga etc. I tend to just take any situation just step by step and when everything comes together and i find myself in the right head space on the right wave building underneath me then i just let go and flow and deal with what ever comes my way.

Ireland has a reputation as a big wave spot, with surfers from around the world traveling to ride there. How do you get received by these surfers and what is their reaction to you being a kitesurfer?
Most really really well. Its all about respecting one another. I am also a surfer and will surf when the conditions suit surfing so i am out in the line up with most of the big wave heads any way. If i am kitesurfing around surfers I will stop and sit on my board with them in the line up and chat and joke with them. Mostly i think that a lot of surfers would love to try kitesurfing but they are put off by the gear and starting for the beginning again.

Who inspires you and your riding and keeps you motivated?
Its really hard because I only have a few guys here in Ireland that are interested in hunting down heavier bigger waves. Manly its surfers who inspire me. Fergal Smith and Tom Doidge-Harrison are really good guys and so positive to be around they know heavy waves very well and I always enjoy being around them when its heavy. Between both of them they the best knowledge about waves in ireland.

As far as kitesurfing i really enjoy watching Keahi de aboitiz he is so relaxed in heavy waves and his barrel riding skills are insane. But there are not that many people pushing Kitesurfing into the unknown areas where I am going so its kind of trial and error for me. A lot of places I kitesurf here in Ireland are firsts.

What do you do when you are not riding?
I have a 2 year old kid Enough said.!!! But i surf a lot and free dive and do a lot of gardening. I run a kitesurfing school in Ireland during the summer and do kitesurfing tours.

You competed on the KSP tour – tell us about the experience of competing with the world’s best wave-riders and your feelings on the tour?
I was very excited about doing the KSP but when it actually happened it was really a bit of a let down. Its so hard to run a comp and keep everyone happy. The first event was here in ireland in Oct and we had a 10 day holding period and we only managed to get two OK days of riding which is really harsh because in Ireland in Oct its normally pumping.

The Maui Event was just as hard the conditions just didn’t play ball.The guys on tour are mostly nice guys, some are a bit too full of themselves and their attitude stunk. Kitesurfing is such a young sport still and we are still trying to work out what works. I dont think the heat format doesn’t work for wave riding.

Do you enjoy competition?
No not really. I much prefer competing with myself.

Do you have any big plans for 2014?
Yeah more big waves. Also i really want to try to kitesurf around coast Ireland.

Who are your sponsors?
Ozone Kites, Oneill, Aor Surfbaords, Jay Harness, Surf plugs, Manna Organic Store.