The Ozone Chrono Kite

The Ozone Chrono Kite

Ozone have just announced an exciting new member of their foil family. The Ozone Chrono is a closed cell kite suitable for riding on land, water and snow. Naturally this kite is going to be rapidly compared to Flysurfers offerings such as the Speed 3 and Speed 4 Lotus. We are hoping to get our hands on the new Chrono at the Ozone SKM at the end of the month. The idea of the Chrono is to provide a new high aspect foil for high speed and big hangtime and the sizes certainly make sense for this. The Chrono is due for release in March and will be arriving in 12m, 15m and 18m sizes. We definitely think there is space both in the general kite market, and the current Ozone kite range for a super high aspect foil.

Stay tuned for more news as it comes in.

What Ozone are saying:

“It’s a high performance, water re-launchable foil kite design that excels on Water, Land & Snow. You’ll be laughing while boosting huge and going into hyper speed on those light wind days with the Chrono! Sizes 12m, 15m, 18m. More Information & Pictures coming soon. Stay tuned and excited as we are about the all new Ozone Chrono!”

Find out more about the Ozone Chrono.

Ozone SKM 2014

Ozone SKM 2014

We are excited to be heading out to the Ozone SKM next month. This is the first time that Ozone have held their own competition since 2008. We expect to see some great riding and mix with some of the best riders, and snowkite conditions available.

For more information check out the website:

http://www.ozonesnowkitemasters.com/2014/

The event is running from Feb 27th – March 2nd. We hope to get our hands on the new Ozone foils and any other new products they might have available.

 

No Barriers at Pembrey 2013

No Barriers at Pembrey 2013

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).

No Barriers 2013

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!

No Barriers 2013

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.

Thanks to Carlos Fandango aka Popeye The Welder for the use of his photos!

Ozone Zephyr 2013 Review

Ozone Zephyr 2013 Review

Introduction: We last reviewed the Ozone Zephyr back in 2011, the second year the kite had been on the market. Since the 2013 Zephyr has had a redesign we thought it best to update our records with the latest information. The Zephyr has always, and is still only available in a 17m size. Designed for lightwind riding, freeride and race.

Ozone Zephyr 2013 Kite Colours

Talk the talk: There has been a noticeable increase in light wind kites and boards in the last few years, specifically larger directional and race boards – sure a large board makes a huge difference but you also need the right kite to maximise your water hours. Since the Zephyr originally launched 3 years ago the 2013 model is the first significant redesign. Just from seeing the kite in the sky it is obvious that Ozone have learnt a huge amount from the race market and the Ozone Edge. The new Zephyr appears a lot more efficient and streamlined in the sky, the tips are very different to the previous model and with the awesome new graphics, it just looks faster.

It just looks fasterAs we all know looks are not everything. Luckily for Ozone the Zephyr packs an incredible amount of that reassuring feel that Ozone kites are renowned for into this 17m. The overall quality remains some of the best in the industry – Right down to the bag and accessories. I think an important point to touch on with regards to the Zephyr is who can fly this? what ability is it for? In my opinion, even a beginner who has recently mastered upwind is suited to this kite. Despite its size the Zephyr is very easy to fly. Turning is not what you would expect from a kite its size but it remains slow enough to aid the learning of new tricks and freestyle without sending it into a mad loop every time. The bar feels a lot more direct on the 2013 model, there is definitely an improvement to the responsiveness in sheeting the bar in and out and the kites reaction. This new instant power delivery makes kitesurfing even easier, and safer. There is no lag between start and stop on the bar any more, the only time you cannot feel such an apparent change in pressure is at the very bottom of the kites wind range. The Zephyr also has an impressive top end for such a large kite, an experienced rider will be able to continue to ride past the high teens!

2013 Ozone Zephyr

The Zephyr has never lacked in the speed department and thanks to the new, more efficient design everything just got faster. The kite builds apparent wind better than the previous generations which aids the lightwind performance when things are getting border line for a session. The upwind ability also appears to be better, riding alongside a 2010 Zephyr the newer model definitely had the edge. In your hands Ozone have made some modest changes to the Contact control bar. The bar in the complete packaged is 55cm long and rigged with 27m lines, a couple of metres longer than the standard Ozone lines. Underneath the new streamlined bar floats there are some pre-made knots for changing the backline tension of the kite, this is extremely easy and fast to do on the beach although we found ourselves flying the kite on the middle knot (factory setting). The magnetic trim handle is also a nice touch for keeping things tidy and out the way when depowering or whilst riding unhooked.

If you would like to ask about anything particular on the 2013 Ozone Zephyr, drop us a comment below!

Liked: We liked a whole lot about the new Zephyr, a solid performance increase on an already top tier product. A great way to maximise summer riding and progress your style in light winds.

Would Change: We would love to see Ozone launch a central releasing, full spinning safety system on the Megatron bar, our only real gripe from the last Zephyr we reviewed.

Overview: The Ozone Zephyr 2013 remains one of the top choices for light / moderate wind kitesurfing. The kite feels much smaller, and more responsive than you would expect and can be ridden by a variety of rider abilities and styles.

See the latest Zephyr at Island Board Shop

Photos: www.flyozone.com & our own.     

Kitesurfing at The Bluff, Cornwall

Kitesurfing at The Bluff, Cornwall

Another planned demo event and another sunny but windless forecast. After checking out Windguru on Wednesday it was decided we would head down to The Bluff, Cornwall for the scheduled Ozone, Flysurfer, Brunotti, Flyboards, Airush and Shinn demo weekend. The wind looked light but none of the crew had previously kited at the spot and the “wind” was blowing the right direction.

The Bluff is situated on the north coast of Cornwall, only a 10 minute drive from the sleepy town of Hayle. There are many options for accommodation very close to the spot – campsites, b&bs and hotels. It is important to note that to kitesurf at The Bluff you must first obtain a permit from either the harbour master or the guys over at Lodey Kite Loft. This pass only costs £10 and gives you free car parking at the spot for a whole year. This is a great way the locals have managed to arrange a simple way of regulating that only insured kiters can use the area. At high tide you do get the odd boat sneaking up on you so it is important to keep your wits about you and always give them right of way.

Kitesurfing at The Bluff, Cornwall

If it was 20 degrees warmer The Bluff would pass for a beach in the south of France or Portugal. A bay of white sand and turquoise clear waters lap the shore here – A contrast to last weekends kite sessions at Southend-On-Sea. We arrived as the tide was starting to turn, due to the light winds the water was very flat in the estuary with small swell and white water further back. As the tied ebbed small crystal clear lagoons formed around a maze of sandbars leaving some great conditions for playing around with some new boards.

Shinn Kiteboards

The wind was light so the morning was dominated by the larger models from Flysurfer, Ozone and Airush with a mix of larger twin tips and directional race and light wind boards. The wind picked up towards the afternoon but peaked at around 15knts. With the current range of boards and kites available on the market there is a lot to be said about light wind kiting. This weekends show stoppers were;

  • Airush – VXR V2 18, Lithium 14m and Lithium One 16m kites. Slayer 60 / 54 and Sector 6o boards.
  • Shin Speedball, Red and Dundee
  • Ozone Zephyr and Edge
  • Flysurfer Speed 3 15m CE and 21m DLX
  • Flyboards Door L

This was the first session of the year for me in a shorty wetsuit and The Bluff really made me feel like I was outside of the UK. The locals arrived just after midday and enjoyed demoing the latest equipment. Mark Shinn was on hand to recommend boards for people from his latest range of creations as well as chilling on the beach and taking some photos.

Mark Shinn

Despite the light winds initially I had a really fun session using the Ozone Zephyr and Shinn Speedball. A super fun combo for messing around in the shallow lagoons, unhooking and spinning around. The Speedball was incredibly fun to ride, its short length made the board really nimble and easy to spin, whilst the larger than normal width gave a good platform for going upwind and landing tricks. As always the new Zephyr performed superbly with its increased efficiency on the previous model.

Shinn Speedball - Ozone Zephyr

After a long day on the beach in the sun we all headed to a local restaurant the Sandsifter. There was a wedding party present when we arrived but we still managed to push some tables to together to grab a refreshing pint and some food. Cake to start, followed by a further starter and a main. The food was good but there would definitely be cheaper options in the area if required. In all we had a great day in the sun on Saturday and everyone seemed to be enjoying the kit available. Unfortunately because of complete lack of wind and long drives ahead on the Sunday we all decided to head home after a great breakfast at Delicious in Marazion.

We hope to see you at the next demo! – Marcus

BKSA Round 1 Essex 2013

BKSA Round 1 Essex 2013

Another year has past and a new BKSA event season has started. We travelled down to Essex for the BKSA round 1 land event. The event went down really well with wind on both days. All of the competition riding was held on the Saturday and Sunday was for relaxing and freeriding. We also managed to get a couple of kitesurfing sessions in at Southend on Sea with the new 2013 Ozone C4, Catalyst and Zephyr.

KLB Freestyle Pro Essex Round 1 results:

1st Emmanuel (Flysurfer)
2nd Ash (Ozone)
3rd lolo BSD (Flysurfer)

Congratulations goes out to all of the riders who travelled from across Europe to compete at this event. See you at Round 2.

Check out the event page on Facebook for more images!

https://www.facebook.com/events/188316561322013/

Ozone announce the Frenzy Ultralite

Ozone announce the Frenzy Ultralite

The low wind market has been a big growth area for many brands in recent years. Flysurfer have dominated it with their speed 3 and deluxe cloth. Various inflatable brands including Ozone have launched competitors aimed at the water market but here Ozone have launched a competitor aimed at the land/snow market. Here is the official blurb.

FRENZY ULTRALITE

The Frenzy Ultralite is based from the Frenzy design but produced with lighter materials mainly to reduce weight and packing size. It is the perfect kite for backcountry riding, hiking and discovering new snowkiting spots.

The Ultralite is 25% (on average) lighter than the standard Frenzy, and the reduced packed size leaves you with more space for other important tools needed during backcountry sessions.

The top surface is made from Porcher Sport Skytex 36gm2 cloth – this cloth is lightweight and packable while still retaining a good level of durability. The bottom surface is Porcher Sport Ultralite 27gm2 – this material is just as strong, but being an ultra light-weight cloth it is not designed to be heavily abused.

The Ultralite version is more sensitive to handling on the ground and cannot take as much punishment as the standard Frenzy. The blow-out valves have been removed from the under surface for further weight savings. It will last for hundreds of hours when properly cared for, but will not withstand endless abuse. This is the perfect choice for advanced riders that know how to handle kites in all conditions!

We recommend the Frenzy Ultralite for experienced kiters that need to save weight and volume wherever they can. In control of the right person the Ultralite really feels lighter moving through the air and launches in even the slightest breeze. We are sure you guys out there that use it for what it’s been made for will love it!

THE FRENZY DESIGN

The Frenzy incorporates new technologies from Ozone’s world leading paraglider designs, as well as an added safety option with the new Contact Snow Control System, allowing for easy 100% flag-out safety whilst retaining the brake handle landing option.

The partially closed leading edge with mesh openings gives ultimate performance, clean air intake and extra strength. A refined diagonal rib configuration helps optimize bridal line layout; this has enabled us to achieve a 28% reduction in line drag and a more direct feel.

An increased number of cells and reduced cell width allow more control of the upper and lower surfaces. More cells also help reduce the amount of billowing (ballooning) of the cells, resulting in cleaner surfaces and better overall performance.

The Frenzy incorporates the “Link” line, which connects both sides of the Speed System together to maintain the correct distance between both sides of the kite. This Link line therefore controls the tension transmitted through the kite which aids stability.

These improvements add to the performance of the kite in all aspects; faster smoother direct handling, more power produced throughout the speed range, better stability and more de-power than ever before.

The Frenzy is constructed from top quality materials and features a double pulley speed-system, utilising the latest high spec Ronstan Orbit Block Series 20 pulleys.

FRENZY ULTRALITE DESIGN & PERFORMANCE FEATURES >>

Highest quality and lightweight Ultralite & Skytex canopy materials
Double Pulley Speed System with new Ronstan Orbit Pulleys
Direct and responsive handling
Easy and controllable power
Mega de-power range
Improved stability
Improved landing characteristics
Simple re-launch
Partially closed cell leading edge for ultimate performance
Mesh openings for clean air intake and extra strength
Dirt-Outs in tips
Diagonal Ribs
Mylar edged tips
54cm Contact Snow Control System with the Original Ozone Y-Line design & new Flag-Out Safety
Exceptional hand checked Ozone factory construction using the highest quality materials; Highest grade Ultralite & Skytex canopy with Edelrid sheathed bridal lines
Ozone warranty and back-up service guaranteed