Sunday, July 21, 2024

Kitesurfing Reviews

Core Era Review

Sizes Available: 134x40, 136x40.5, 138x41, 142x42, 146x44, 152x48 The Core Era introduces a fresh perspective to the twintip lineup, designed to elevate the freeriding experience...

2024 Naish Triad Review

Sizes Tested(m): 10 Synopsis The 2024 Naish Triad has been significantly upgraded to offer enhanced handling and performance while retaining the accessible plug-and-play nature that has...

2024 Eleveight WS V7 Review

Size Tested: 9m Synopsis The Eleveight WS V7 is a dynamic and versatile wave kite designed to offer smooth handling and responsive steering across a range...

2024 Ozone Reo V7 Ultra-X Review

Size Tested: 8m Synopsis The Ozone Reo V7 Ultra-X represents a pinnacle in wave kite technology, specifically designed for offshore down-the-line riding. Renowned for its exceptional...

2024 Duotone Neo SLS Review

Sizes Tested(m): 9, 12 m Synopsis The 2024 Duotone Neo SLS continues to dominate the wave-riding sector, now with added enhancements that bolster its reputation for...

2024 Airush Ultra Team V5 Review

Size Tested: 8m Synopsis The Airush Ultra Team V5 represents the zenith of refinement in kite performance, notably excelling in light wind conditions and offering a...

2024 F-ONE Breeze V4 Review 

Synopsis The F-ONE Breeze V4 is recognized for its lightweight design and exceptional handling, making it an excellent choice for light-wind freeriding and foiling. The...

2024  North Code Zero Review

Sizes tested: 9m, 14m Synopsis The North Code Zero emerges as a distinctive single-strut kite, characterized by its fuller, deeper position in the wind window and...

2024 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

Size Tested: 9 mSynopsis The Cabrinha Switchblade 2024 edition continues the kite's legacy as a high-performance model in the kiteboarding industry, introducing significant material and...

2024 North Reach Review

Size Tested: 9, 12, 15 m Synopsis The North Reach 9m is distinguished as a versatile all-rounder in the kiteboarding world, offering a light and...

2024 Ocean Rodeo Gen  Flite A Series Review

Size Tested: 10 m Synopsis The Ocean Rodeo Gen 9 Flite A Series represents a significant advancement in kiteboarding technology, leading the charge in the Aluula...

2024 Eleveight XS V4 Review

Size Tested: 12 m Synopsis The Eleveight XS V4 sets a new standard in the Big Air kiteboarding category, combining exceptional low-end power with nimble control,...

2024 F-One Bandit XVI Review 

Size Tested: 12 m Synopsis The Fone Bandit XVI continues to uphold the brand's reputation for producing high-quality, high-performance kites. Renowned for its solid build and...

2024 Airush Lithium Review

Size Tested: 12 m Synopsis The Airush Lithium presents itself as an outstanding all-around freeride performance kite, ideal for riders who value a balance between fun...

2024 Cabrinha MotoX Review

Sizes Tested: 10m Synopsis The Cabrinha MotoX represents a significant evolution in the performance freeride and crossover kite segment. Renowned for its versatility, the MotoX Apex...

2024 Naish Pivot Nvision Review

Sizes Tested(m): 12 m, 9 m,  Synopsis The Naish Pivot Nvision emerges as a groundbreaking all-rounder in the kiteboarding world, setting a new benchmark for versatility...

Core XR Pro Review

Sizes Tested: 12, 10 mSynopsisThe Core XR Pro revolutionizes the big air experience, building upon the legendary XR series with cutting-edge enhancements for the...

2024 Duotone Rebel SLS Review

Size Tested(m): 12 Synopsis The 2024 Rebel SLS stands as a testament to Duotone's relentless pursuit of perfection, delivering an exhilarating kiteboarding experience that defies the limits...

Review of the Ride Engine Air Box Electric Pump

Review of the Air Box Electric Pump by Kitesurfing Magazine Revolutionizing the Kitesurfing Experience  The Air Box electric pump, introduced at the AWSI trade show, is...

Review: Mystic”The One” Longarm Shorty 3/2mm Wetsuit

Finding the ideal wetsuit that combines comfort, flexibility, and warmth is often akin to seeking the proverbial needle in a haystack. Enter "The One"...

Celebrating Excellence in Wind & Watersports: AWSI Awards 2023

The wind and watersports industry is a world of adventure, adrenaline, and dedication. Every year, the Association of Wind and Watersports Industries (AWSI) gathers...

2024 Ozone Kites preview

The video features an interview in Hood River, Oregon with Dave Tyburski, the North American sales representative for Ozone Kites. They discuss the new...

2024 Eleveight Kitesurfing preview with Kevin Wade

Video Summary: Elevate Kitesurfing Products Discussion with Kevin Wade Introduction: Discussion with Kevin Wade, the Importer for Elevate, about their new kitesurfing products. Process Board: Elevate's first board...

2024 Airush and AK Kitesurfing preview

Brand Director Clinton Filen shows us the Airush and AK goods.

2024 Slingshot Kitesurfing preview

Eliot Taucher and Fred Hope spill the goods.

2024 Core Kitesurfing preview

Steven Akkersdijk shares the new 2024 kiteboarding releases from Core.

2024 North Kiteboarding preview with Mike Raper

Brand Director Mike Raper explores the new kites with us, and designer Hugh Pinfold shares the new short throw Navigator bar,

Ocean Rodeo 2024 Crave AA-Series preview

In a recent interview with pro rider Reece Myerscough and engineer Sam White, they discussed the new Ocean Rodeo Double A Series Crave kite...

2024 Naish preview with Ewan Jaspan

Ewan Jaspan, a top professional kiteboarder and Naish kite designer discusses the 2024 Naish Kitesurfing lineup with John Bryja, the publisher of Kitesurfing Magazine....

Moona Whyte and Keahi De Aboitz

In this video interview, two outstanding athletes—Moona Whyte, Keahi De Aboitz, share their experiences and insights about their recent sponsorship with F-One and the...

Duotone Kitesurfing Magazine Interview

Introduction Welcome to Kitesurfing Magazine's exclusive interview with John Bryja, the publisher of Kitesurfing Magazine, and the Duotone Design Master, a renowned team writer...

AWSI Day 1 Overview Video

Here is a fun overview video from this year's show. Look for in-depth interviews and previews of the 2024 gear coming this week.

Reedin DreamStick X Review

The Reedin DreamStick X is one bar that once you use a few times you find you want one. Not many companies have adopted...

Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide: The Rise of Yamamoto Limestone Rubber

If you've ever found yourself shivering uncontrollably in the water, you know how crucial a good wetsuit is for kitesurfing. Beyond providing warmth, an...

Review: Mystic Majestic Surf Top with Yamamoto 39

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) If you're looking to maximize your kitesurfing sessions while in boardshorts, look no further. The Mystic Majestic Surf Top has genuinely been...

North 2024 Navigator Control Bar Review

The Navigator Control System ticks all the boxes for functionality within streamlined design. The Connect Quick Release Trim Loop remains one of the quickest...

Duotone Click Control Bar Review: A Fusion of Advanced Features

The Duotone Click Control Bar seamlessly integrates the cutting-edge features of leading bars into one comprehensive control system. Its internal trim mechanism elongates the...

Kitesurfing control bars – Low V vs High Y: What is the difference?

The control bar is a crucial piece of kitesurfing equipment, enabling the rider to steer the kite, control its power, and execute various maneuvers....

North Atmos 2024 Kiteboard Review

Kitesurfing Magazine editor-in-chief, John Bryja, has a chance to check out North's full line in Portugal, at the 2024 North product launch. I was...

Core XR Pro vs. Core XR8: Head-to-Head Review

Matt Nuzzo and REAL Pro Austin Leder ride and review the XR8 and the new XR Pro back to back in the REAL slick. Core...

Review: FCS KeyLock – The Unsung Hero for Kitesurfers’ Peace of Mind

⭐⭐⭐⭐½ Where there are waves and wind, there's exhilaration. But, unfortunately, sometimes there are also some unsavory folks lurking around our favorite kitesurfing launches. Enter...

Review: The Slim Can Yeti Cooler Cup – For the Slowest Sippers of the World!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Alright, let's address the elephant (or should I say Yeti?) in the room. Most of my kiteboarding pals guzzle down their slim cans like...

Review: The Yeti HOPPER FLIP 18 SOFT COOLER – Cold as ice!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ For avid beachgoers and kiteboarding enthusiasts like us, the right cooler can make or break a day out in the sun. The Yeti HOPPER...

Naish Zero Bar 50 cm Review – A Game Changer for Advanced Foilers

Diving into the world of kiteboarding, the gear you choose plays a pivotal role in dictating your experience. The Naish Zero Bar comes forward...

Core Sensor 3S Review

The Core Sensor 3S bar is packed with technical features and quality components. The quick release cup features  a push away engagement and easy, single...

F-One LINXBAR Review

The Linxbar is not just another control bar system in the market; it stands out as a highly streamlined and refined choice, designed for...

Airush Lift V3 Review

Synopsis: "Forget the days of having to choose between height and handling. The new Lift is the next generation of big air versatility." The...

Eleveight RS V7 Review – Freeride Crossover

Size Tested: 12m Sizes Available: 05 / 06 / 07 / 08 / 09 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 17 Synopsis: The biggest jumping...

2023/24 Naish Triad Review – All-Around Freeride/Wave

Synopsis: The 2023 Naish Triad is a versatile all-around freeride/wave kite that offers predictable performance and significant upgrades that enhance its usability and functionality across...

F-One Bandit S4 Review

The Surf Kite You Have Dreamt About! Sizes Tested: 9 m Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Synopsis: The BANDIT-S4 is a nicely...

How to find your perfect harness size | Mikaili Sol

::: Seven-time kiteboarding world champion Mikailo Sol shows how to find your perfect size in hardshell harnesses. The 3D Fit Technology allows ION to...

2023 Cabrinha Drifter Review

Sizes Tested(m)            9 M                                          Sizes Available(m)        6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,14               Synopsis New age wave handling with smooth power delivery, and quick, pivotal turns, the Drifter also has versatility...

All-Rounder Extraordinaire – Duotone Evo SLS 2023 Review

Performance All-Rounder Extraordinaire Size Tested: 9 and 12m As the Kitesurfing Magazine team journeyed through our testing phase, we discovered the Duotone Evo SLS 2023 to be a...

Amazing Foiling Kite! 2023 Naish Boxer Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9  Sizes: 2.8, 3.4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 SYNOPSIS : The 2023 Naish Boxer is a premier...

ION 2023 Kite Harness Range I Aaron Hadlow

::: Kitesurfing five times World Champion Aaron Hadlow introduces the ION Waist Harness Range 2023. The 3D Fit Technology is featured in almost all...

Core XR 8 Review

SYNOPSIS: A SUPERIOR EVOLUTION IN THE BIG AIR LEGACY THAT AIMS TO UPLIFT EVERY KITER'S ABILITY WITH UNEQUALLED AGILITY, EXPLOSIVENESS, AND RIDING COMFORT UNDER...

Core Choice 5 Review

Size: 139 x 42  Bindings: Union Comfort The Choice 5 from Core is a highly evolved twintip shape that offers outstanding levels of performance. With superior...

Naish Traverse Review

Size: 152 x 43.5 Bindings: Apex  The Naish Traverse board is a unique Naish twintip shape, inspired by pro Rider Ewan Jaspan. Its mission is to...

NorthTrace Review

Size: 145 x 45 Bindings: Flex LX The Trace is North’s light wind oriented twintip. It ensures that extra push of power and drive in less...

F-One TRAX HRD Review

Size: 136 x 40 Bindings: Platinum 3 The TRAX HRD has pure freeride oriented performance that is well suited to any skill level. The solid, wood...

Tested: Mystic Gen 3 Surf Slider Spreader Bar

Kitesurfing Magazine's test team recently put the latest edition of the Stealth Bar through its paces, and we discovered one standout benefit: an incredibly...

Review: North Chiller Bag – Your Essential Beach Companion

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If the beach is your happy place and you cherish those long, sunny days by the shore, the North Chiller Bag is an absolute...

2023 Kite Reviews: Lighter, Smoother, Faster, Stronger – Unleash the Evolution of Kite Performance!

The evolution of kite performance continues with improvements in overall wind range, power efficiency, and handling in many of the 2023 models. Kite designers...

TRITON FOILS T1 Monowing Review

The Triton T1 Monofoil is a unique kite specific foil that features a single front wing with no fuselage or stabilizer. The T1’s stealth...

MANERA Halo Harness Review – ADAPTIVE SHELL TECHNOLOGY

The Manera Halo Harness has an excellent combination of support and comfort. It’s a great alternative to the full-on, hard-shell harnesses that offer additional...

Cabrinha Moto X Review

Brand: Cabrinha Kite Model: Moto X Sizes Tested(m): 12                              Sizes Available(m): 5,...

Reedin SuperModel HTF Review

Brand: Reedin  Kite Model: Supermodel HTF Sizes Tested(m): 8, 9                                ...

Core Nexus 3 Review

Brand: Core Kite Model: Nexus3 Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12                                 ...

Duotone Neo D/LAB Review

Brand: Duotone Kite Model: Neo D/LAB Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12                               ...

North Orbit 4 Review

Brand: North Kite Model: Orbit 4 Sizes Tested(m): 8, 9, 10                               ...

Eleveight WS V6 Review

Brand: Eleveight Kite Model: WS V6 Sizes Tested(m): 9, 11                                 ...

F-One Trigger Review

Brand: F-One  Kite Model: Trigger Sizes Tested(m): 9, 12                                   ...

Ocean Rodeo Flite A-Series Review

Brand: Ocean Rodeo  Kite Model: Flite A-Series Sizes Tested(m): 10                                ...

Naish Pivot S27 Review

Brand: Naish  Kite Model: Pivot S27 Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12                              ...

Airush Ultra Team V1 Kite Review

Brand: Airush Kite Model: Ultra Team Sizes Tested: 6, 8 Available sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m Outside of our annual head-to-head tests, the  Kitesurfing Magazine team had the opportunity...

Best Electric Pump Yet!

Introducing the AVRO Pump – the ultimate solution for kitesurfing and wingsurfing enthusiasts. With its reliable performance and ability to inflate kites and wings...

Mystic VOLTT HOODED Fullsuit Front-zip 6/4/3 Review

The Kitesurfing Magazine test team tested the Mystic VOLTT HOODED Fullsuit Front-zip 6/4/3 during a couple of long winters on the Great Lakes, comfortably...

2023 Ride Engine

Ride Engine's Gary Siskar presents a new women's specific kitesurfing harness and new travel kitesurfing harness called the Roam. The Vinaca wing foiling harness...

2023 Manera with Julien Salles

Kitesurfing Magazine head tester Shane Thompson catches up with Manera brand director Julien Salles and checks out the Manera Halo. www.f-one.world  

North Code Zero – Check Out Review

North has an exciting new model in their lineup called the Code Zero. This light and aerodynamic shape is North’s first foray into the...

Mystic Stealth Harness Review

The Mystic Stealth isn't just another harness – it's a testament to evolution and innovation. Building on the pedigree of its esteemed predecessors, the...

Duotone Juice D/LAB Review

Synopsis: The newest king of light air sessions, theDuotone  Juice D/LAB features new and unrivalled levels of low-end power, with quick and reactive steering...

SLINGSHOT MACHINE V1

SYNOPSIS: THE MACHINE V1 IS A SMOOTH PULLING AND EXPLOSIVE-LIFTING BIG AIR KITE WITH ITS FLAT OPEN C CANOPY THAT OFFERS EXTRA HANG TIME...

REEDIN SUPERMODEL 3

Likes: The Reedin brand emerged two seasons ago from the minds and passion of legendary kite pro and Red Bull King of the Air...

OCEAN RODEO RISE A-SERIES

SYNOPSIS: CONSTRUCTED WITH THE NEW REVOLUTIONARY ALUULA FABRIC, THE RISE IS A FIVE STRUT, HIGH ASPECT RATIO SHAPE THAT OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN STRATOSPHERIC...

NORTH ORBIT

SYNOPSIS: THE EMERGING ICON OF BIG AIR, THE THIRD EDITION OF THE ORBIT IS A HIGH WIND, HIGH PERFORMANCE KITELOOPING MACHINE THAT OFFERS THE...

NAISH PIVOT

SYNOPSIS: THE DO-IT-ALL MASTER THAT SETS THE BAR IN VERSATILITY WITH AMAZING BOOSTING ABILITY AND THE POWER BAND CONTROL AND MANOEUVRABILITY THAT CAN CATER...

F-ONE BANDIT XV

SYNOPSIS: THE BANDIT XV CONTINUES TO DELIVER–AS IT HAS FOR A DECADE AND A HALF–BREAKING THE BARRIERS OF PERFORMANCE WITH MORE BOOST AND GLIDE...

ELEVEIGHT XS V2

SYNOPSIS: THE ELEVEIGHT XS V2 CAN BOOST AND GLIDE WITH THE BEST OF THEM AND YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A KITELOOPING SUPERSTAR TO...

DUOTONE REBEL SLS

SYNOPSIS: THE FIVE STRUT, BIG AIR FREERIDE LEGEND IS REDESIGNED WITH A LIGHTER, MORE REACTIVE FRAME THAT DELIVERS MORE DEPOWER, FASTER RESPONSIVE STEERING AND...

2022 CORE XR7 SKYSCRAPER

SYNOPSIS: A LEGEND THAT MAKES EVERY LEVEL OF RIDER BETTER AT BOOSTING BIG AIRS WITH A HUGE SWEET SPOT, SMOOTH DRIVING PULL AND TONS...

2022 Big Air Freeride Kites – Head-to-Head Tests

Be sure to check out the individual 2023 & 2024 Big Air Kite Reviews tested as well, but not part of this 2022 head-to-head...

Ride Engine – Connection, Protection, and Control 2022

Gary Siskar and the 2022 Ride Engine kitesurfing harnesses, wetsuits and accessories. Connection, protection, and control!  
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Pro Review F-ONE BANDIT XV – WHAT’S NEW Feat. Liam Whaley

15 years after the birth of the first BANDIT, the F-ONE design team has once again put an astounding amount of work to create...

Review: The Safety Kite Knife – Not for Duels, but a Lifesaver on the Waves!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The tool you don't know you need, until you do! Let's cut straight to the point, shall we? The Safety Kite Knife isn't the...

CORE / Nexus 2 

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 12 / Sizes Available(m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13.5 / Control Bar: Sensor 3  The high performance, mega loop...

AIRUSH / Session 

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9 / Sizes Available(m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 / Control Bar: Cleat Bar  Quick and smooth pivotal turns...

CORE / GTS6 

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12 / Sizes Available(m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13.5 / Control Bar: Sensor 3  The multi-tool master...

OCEAN RODEO / Flite A-Series 

Sizes Tested(m): 14.5 / Sizes Available(m): 12, 14.5, 17 / Control Bar: Stick Shift 3.0  The Flite A-Series breaks new low wind barriers for extreme...

OCEAN RODEO / Roam A-Series 

Sizes Tested(m): 10 / Sizes Available(m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 / Control Bar: Stick Shift 3.0  Constructed with the new...

OCEAN RODEO MAKO

Length: 140 centimetres / Width: 40 centimetresFoot Strap System: Bliss pads and straps  The legendary Mako twintip is more radical than ever with improvements in...

CORE RIPPER 4

Length: 5’8” / Width: 19” / Thickness: 2” 1/8” Fin set up: Thruster / Volume: 26 litres The fourth generation Ripper is Core’s high performance surfboard...

OCEAN RODEO JESTER

Length: 5’1” / Width: 18” / Thickness: 2” 5/16” Fin set up: Quad or Tri / Volume: 17.6 litres The Jester is dubbed the ultimate trickster...

NAISH STRAPLESS WONDER

Length: 5’3” / Width: 18” 1/4” / Thickness: 2.2”Fin set up: Thruster / Volume: 22 litres The Strapless Wonder is a new model and joins...

SLINGSHOT SCI-FLY XR 

Length: 5’4” / Width: 18” / Thickness: 2” 1/5” Fin set up: Thruster / Volume: 22 litres  Slingshot’s got you ready for some post-pandemic surf...

2021 Head-to-Head Kite Reviews

Wave, Foil, Big Air, Specialty kites & Do-It-All Models Tested by the Kitesurfing Magazine test team. words by SHANE THOMPSON / PHOTOS BY JOHN BRYJA AND...

Graphene – the warmest wetsuit ION ever made

::: We set new standards in wetsuit technology with the use of the Nobel prize-winning material graphene as our cutting-edge inner lining for Seek...

Cold Water Secrets 

with Reese Myerscough Getting the most out of cold water conditions and staying stoked through the winter season.  I’m not going to get into the drysuit...

Ride Engine Unity Direct Connection

This is without a doubt the most advanced spreader-bar system ever made! The ladder lock adjustment system is game changing. "Welcome to the future of...

North Reach Review

Brand          North Kite Model       Reach Sizes Tested(m) 12, 9 Sizes Available(m)    5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 Control Bar                           Navigator Control Bar   Review Synopsis: The Reach is North’s new...

Who invented the Hardshell Harness?

The Inception of the Hardshell Harness: A Conversation with Buckey Coleman Amid the bustling ambiance of the Slingshot and Ride Engine booth at the AWSI...

SLINGSHOT GHOST V.1

SIZES TESTED (M): 10 / SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 2.5, 4, 6, 8,10, 12, 15, 17  CONTROL SYSTEM: COMPSTICK GUARDIAN  SYNOPSIS  A round, playful and nimble performance, perfect...

CORE XLITE

SIZES TESTED (M): 12, 8 M / SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11,12  CONTROL BAR: SENSOR 2S PRO FOIL BAR  SYNOPSIS  A high...

2020 BIG AIR KITES TESTED

WORDS BY TEST EDITOR SHANE THOMPSON  / PHOTOS BY DAVE MARSHAL   The big air category of kites continues to grow in 2020 with more brands offering...

NORTH ORBIT Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12  SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 14  CONTROL BAR: NAVIGATOR  SYNOPSIS  High end performance, big boosting machine,...

SLINGSHOT RAPTOR V1 Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12  SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15LW, 17LW,19 LW  CONTROL BAR: SENSOR 2  SYNOPSIS  A true hang...

CABRINHA AV8 Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 11 / SIZES AVAILABLE(M): 9, 11, 14  CONTROL BAR: AV8 1X TRIMLITE SYNOPSIS  Big range, smooth and controlled power delivery with lots of easy...

OZONE EDGE V10

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 11 / SIZES AVAILABLE(M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, / CONTROL BAR: CONTACT WATER...

NAISH PIVOT Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12 / SIZES AVAILABLE(M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11, 12 ,14  CONTROL BAR: TORQUE ATB  SYNOPSIS  Back-to-back winner of the Red...

ELEVEIGHT RS V3 Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12 / SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17  CONTROL BAR: CS VARY BAR  SYNOPSIS  A true Jack-of-all-trades...

DUOTONE REBEL Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12  SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ,13, 14,15  CONTROL BAR: CLICK BAR  SYNOPSIS  A lighter feel and more...

CORE STARSHIP XR6 Review

SIZES TESTED (M): 9, 12  SIZES AVAILABLE (M): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.5, 15LW, 17LW,19 LW,  CONTROL BAR: SENSOR 2  SYNOPSIS  A big air...

2020 Head-to-Head Hydrofoil Tests

by Kitesurfing Magazine Test Editor, Shane Thompson, Photos by Dave Marshall The hydrofoil revolution continues to evolve and expand with an explosion of new, cutting...

F-ONE IC6 850 Review

F-One has been fully invested in the foil revolution since the beginning and has developed an extensive range of high performance foil wings for...

F-ONE MIRAGE 650

The Mirage series from F-One comes in three sizes and we rode the smallest of the group, the 650 which was insanely smooth and...

SLINGSHOT DWARFCRAFT 4’6” 

The Slingshot Dwarfcraft 4’6” has great performance features to help riders both learn and advance their foil skills from the basic to intermediate and...

SLINGSHOT DWARFCRAFT 3’6” Review

The Dwarfcraft 3’6” is a short and compact performance shape that’s ideal for intermediate to advanced riders. For strapless riders having a shorter length...

SLINGSHOT HOVER GLIDE W/ APOLLO 60 

The Apollo 60 centimetre wing is one of the exciting new wings that have been added to the Slingshot’s Hover Glide Foil series for...

SLINGSHOT HOVER GLIDE FKITE PACKAGE: SPACE SKATE 65 

Getting into foiling is made easy with the Hover Glide FKite Package and the Space Skate 65 wing. The Hover Glide platform isa fully...

SLINGSHOT HOVER GLIDE FSURF INFINITY 76 CM 

The Slingshot FSurf Infinity 76 is back again for 2020 and continues to be one of the most versatile, multi-discipline foil models of the...

NAISH HOVER 127X45.8X3.8 CM Review

Naish has six different foil decks to choose from in their Hover series of boards and the 127 is the second to smallest and...

NAISH SURF JET FOIL 1050 

For 2020 Naish has launched the new Jet Foil series which includes eight new carbon front wings, and a new stabilizer wing system. The...

PROGRESSIVE RISER 4’X18”X 2.9” Review

Designed for all around kite foiling, the Progressive Riser is a great size for the aggressive beginner to learn with and never outgrow. With...

PROGRESSIVE TRI FOIL 1161

The Progressive Tri Foil set up offers some great value and easy to access freeride foil performance, across disciplines. The set up keeps things...

NORTH SCOOP 120 CM Review

The North Scoop nicely compliments the reactive performance of the Sonar foil system with its lightweight construction and concave deck. True to its name,...

NORTH SENSE 135X47 CM Review

The North Sense is a foil deck designed for amazing value and ease of use and easy travel. Built in the twintip style construction...

NORTH SONAR 1150 Review

The new North Sonar foil system has solid performance characteristics within a modular set up with three wings that offer different levels of lift,...

NORTH SONAR 850

The new North Sonar series features a fully modular, aluminum framed system, with three carbon wing sizes. Intelligently engineered, the Sonar system has smart...

ELEVEIGHT CARVAIR PERFORMANCE FREERIDE 4’3”

Eleveight’s freeride foil board is the ultimate control station for their HCS and HCS+ foil system. This thin profile, twintip constructed deck is packed...

ELEVEIGHT HCS PERFORMANCE FREERIDE 860

Eleveight’s HCS Performance Freeride foil is designed for accessible performance for a broad range of rider skill levels. Its design focus is for easy...

THE DOUBLE AGENT SIZE: 145 X 58 CM Review

Back again this season the Double Agent is a foil board that can also be ridden in skim board mode behind the kite. It...

CABRINHA HI:RISE VARIAL L Review

Cabrinha steps up its foil game in 2020 with the new HI:RISE VARIAL series that offers universal performance for any skill level that wants...

DUOTONE FREE 4’1”X18 ¼” Review

The Duotone Free Foil deck has a simple low profile design with a compact outline and durable twintip style construction. The Free comes with...

DUOTONE SPIRIT CARVE 950 

The Spirit Carve 950 is smooth and comfortable, and it’s the right size for a big range of wind and speed levels that really...

DUOTONE SPIRIT SURF 1250 – Review

The Spirit Surf 1250 is the largest of the four sizes in the Duotone foil range and caters to the rider that wants to...

Aluula Kite Review

Kitesurfing Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Bryja checks out the new Aluula material from Ocean Rodeo. He headed south for an in-depth checkout of the new...
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Naish Boxer VS Duotone Mono

The Kitesurfing Magazine test team checks out the Naish Boxer and Duotone Mono as part of the in-depth review of the 2020 single strut...
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Aluula Pro Review

Ocean Rodeo Pro Rider Reece Myerscough reviews the new Aluula kitesurfing material. Reece has been using the Aluula material in his kites that he...
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Top 5 Kitesurfing Gear Trends of 2020

Kitesurfing Magazine's test editor Shane Thompson and editor-in-chief John Bryja sit down at the AWSI trade show in Hood River, Oregon to discuss the...

ION 2020 Preview

Craig Cunningham walks Kitesurfing Magazine test editor Shane Thompson though the 2020 Ion line of harnesses and wetsuits. --- Kitesurfing Magazine is North America’s...

AK SURF FOIL

The AK Surf Foil from Airush Kiteboarding is an easy-cruising, high-lift design that’s ideal for learning more advanced carving and full foiling tacks and...

PROGRESSIVE TRI FOIL REVIEW

The Progressive Tri Foil offers simplicity, easy set up and stable cruising for accessible foil riding performance across disciplines. The test team admired the...

CABRINHA HI:RISE LIFT

The all new HI:RISE LIFT foil is Cabrinha’s answer to the progression of the easy-cruising, affordable and well-designed, high-lift foils of 2019. The test...

CABRINHA X BREED WAVE AND DOUBLE AGENT REVIEW

CABRINHA X BREED WAVE BOARD SIZE: 5’1” X 18” X 2.0”  The X Breed is high performance in a modern freestyle wave board shape that Cabrinha...

LIQUID FORCE GALAXY 4’2” REVIEW

The Liquid Force Galaxy foil board is a deck you can both learn with and build on your kite foiling skills. You won’t outgrow...

LIQUID FORCE IMPULSE FOIL REVIEW

The Impulse Foil rounds out some of the ground-breaking kite foil performance from Liquid Force. The carbon front wing has a middle-of-the-road size for...

NAISH HOVER 127 REVIEW

Naish has seven different foil decks to choose from in their Hover Series of boards and the 127 is the second-to-smallest and a sweet...

NAISH THRUST SURF REVIEW

The Naish Thrust Foil range are a system of foil set ups that can be used for kiteboarding, Surf, SUP and windsurf. The Naish...

SLINGSHOT HOVER GLIDE FKITE

Slingshot has added some exciting new models to their extensive lineup of foils. The Hover Glide series has been a leader in the foil...

SLINGSHOT CONVERTER 5’4” X 19”

The Converter from Slingshot is designed as a dual purpose deck that can be used with your foil or as a regular surfboard. Learning...

SLINGSHOT ALIEN AIR 4’8” X 20”

The Alien Air is a wider outlined and thicker shape with a more classic surf shape and flipped nose. Constructed with a foam core...

SLINGSHOT HOVER GLIDE FSURF INFINITY REVIEW

The Slingshot foil program features an extensive number of wing shapes with different performance characteristics and applications that cross from surf to windsurf and...

2019 Hydrofoil Surf Designs Go Head-to-Head

The number of new foil models continues to expand with new shapes and improved construction technology refining and improving performance in 2019. There’s never...

2019 Liquid Force Galaxy and Impulse Foil REVIEW!

2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Board and Impulse Foil rated one of the best progression setups by the Kitesurfing Magazine test team. LIQUID FORCE Liquid Force Impulse...

2018 SURFBOARDS TESTED!

Riding a directional surfboard continues to be one of the fastest growing disciplines of kiteboarding and the number of models continues to expand. For...

CORE 720 REVIEW

Length: 5’3” / Width: 18.5” Thickness: 2.2” / Fins: Thruster FCS 2  The Core 720 is a compact, strapless surf shape that offers excellent grip...

10 Best Sunscreens for Kitesurfing!

Davey Blair got a little crispy during the Triple-S. We want to help him find a good sunscreen, so we asked kitesurfing's  top pros...
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2019 Naish Hover 127 and Thrust Surf Foil Review

The Kitesurfing Magazine test team checks out the 2019 Naish Hoverboard and Thrust Surf Foil. Test editor Shane Thompson shares the test teams findings...

OCEAN RODEO MAKO JESTER REVIEW

Length:5’1.25” / Width: 18.125”  Thickness: 2.3125” / Fins: Quad or tri  The Ocean Rodeo Jester is a fun directional board that will appeal to both the...

ELEVEIGHT WS REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 7 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 5, 7, 9, 11 / CONTROL SYSTEM: CSeries  SYNOPSIS  Compact and nimble, smooth through the gusts and great drift...

F-ONE BANDIT 11 REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 9, 12 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Linx Bar  SYNOPSIS  Legendary...

LIQUID FORCE WOW V3 REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 7, 9 / SIZES AVAILABLE(m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Mission Control System  SYNOPSIS Great drift, responsive steering...

OCEAN RODEO ROAM REVIEW

SIZES TESTED (m): 9.5 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 7, 8, 9.5, 12 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Stick Shift  SYNOPSIS  Balanced, stable with great direct feedback from the...

NAISH SLASH REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 7, 9 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Fusion Control Bar BTB  SYNOPSIS  Smooth...

CORE SECTION 2 REVIEW

SIZES TESTED (m): 9 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 LW, 14 LW / CONTROL SYSTEM: Sensor2 Pro  SYNOPSIS  Dedicated...

SLINGSHOT SST REVIEW

SIZES TESTED (m): 10 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Compstick Guardian  SYNOPSIS Smooth and ready for...

NORTH NEO REVIEW

SIZES TESTED (m): 7, 9 11 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Click Bar  SYNOPSIS The...

CABRINHA DRIFTER REVIEW

SIZES TESTED (m): 10, 12 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Overdrive 1X  SYNOPSIS  More...

WAVE KITES TESTED: The Performance Edge in the Surf and Beyond

BY TEST EDITOR SHANE THOMPSON  Kitesurfing in waves or freeriding with a directional board continues to be one of the fastest growing kite disciplines. This...
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Head to Head: Naish Pivot vs Torch

"I've been getting a lot of questions on why I switched from the Torch to the Pivot. In this little video I'll give an...

RUSTY YES THANKS REVIEW

Length: 5’8” / Width: 19.1” Thickness: 2.21” / Fins: Thruster The Rusty Yes Thanks is a real world performance surfboard built for traditional short board...

CABRINHA S:QUAD REVIEW

Length: 5‘9” / Width: 19.1”  Thickness: 2.21” / Fins: Thruster  The S:Quad model has been the higher performance short board shape of the Cabrinha lineup for...

CABRINHA SPADE REVIEW

Length: 5’6” / Width: 19.8” Thickness: 2.17” / Fins: Thruster  The Cabrinha Spade has a thruster set up and offers the performance inspired by the...

OCEAN RODEO MAKO DUKE REVIEW

Length: 5’6” / Width: 19”  Thickness: 2.875” / Fins: Quad or tri  The Duke is the big brother of Ocean Rodeo’s funboard directional line and it...

PRO WAM CSC REVIEW

Length: 5’10” / Width: 18.33”  Thickness: 2.25” / Fins: Thruster  The North Wam is a high performance short board shape for the coveted great wave day,...

PRO WHIP CSC

Length: 5’4”/ Width: 19”  Thickness: 2.375” / Fins: Tri fin  The new Whip comes in CSC as the versatile ripper of the impressive North range. This...

AIRUSH COMP REVIEW

Length: 5’10” / Width: 18.75”  Thickness: 2.3” / Fins: TRI  The Airush Comp is a more traditional short board shape that’s designed to be on a...

AIRUSH AMP II REVIEW

Length: 5’4”/ Width: 19”  Thickness: 2.3”/ Fins: Thruster  Airush has completely revamped their surf range, with two new construction options for each high performance shape. The...

SLINGSHOT MIXER REVIEW

Length: 5’10” / Width: 18.33”  Thickness: 2.25” / Fins: Quad  The Mixer is the new surf shape in the Slingshot lineup this year and it’s designed...

LIQUID FORCE THRUSTER FOIL REVIEW

Foil Performance  The Thruster is the new high performance freeride foil of the Liquid Force lineup. Paired with the Galaxy foil board, this was one...

LIQUID FORCE IMPULSE FOIL REVIEW

MAST LENGTH: 60, 94.5 CENTIMETERS / BOARD MODEL: GALAXY  BOARD LENGTH: 4’8” / BOARD WIDTH: 56” / VOLUME: 20.2 LITERS  FOIL PERFORMANCE  The Impulse is Liquid Force’s...

CABRINHA DOUBLE AGENT FOIL REVIEW

FOIL PERFORMANCE  The Double Agent Foil has some unique characteristics that set it apart as a true freeride foil that can up the fun factor...

SLINGSHOT FSURF H4 WING

DECK PERFORMANCE The Dwarfcraft 4’6” is a compact and snub-nosed board, but has just enough float and volume for the aggressive beginner. It’s a...

SLINGSHOT NF2 HOVERGLIDE

SLINGSHOT NF2 HOVERGLIDE  MAST LENGTH: 38, 61, 76, 90 CENTIMETERS  FOIL PERFORMANCE  Slingshot has the most comprehensive line of foils with five models reaching into every realm...

SLINGSHOT FSURF H2 and ALIEN AIR REVIEW

Board Performance The Alien Air is a thicker, higher volume foil board that’s ideal for learning the basics and beyond. The added float ensures...

AIRUSH CORE FOIL V2

DECK PERFORMANCE The new Core Foil deck range has three sizes, with some new design features over last year’s model. The wide points moved...

NORTH SPEEDSTER COMBO FOIL REVIEW

DECK PERFORMANCE  The Pro Foil Board is a glass and sandwich construction, dedicated foil that’s shaped nicely on the deck and is lightweight. Lots of...

2018 Naish Hover 130 Naish Thrust KS1 Review

DECK PERFORMANCE  The Hover 130 foil board is a short and thin design that can be used by the aggressive beginner but is designed for...

2018 FREERIDE FOILS TESTED: REDEFINING THE GAME

2018 is an exciting year for the newest kite discipline of foil riding. There’s an explosion of new foil models that are conjuring their...

ELEVEIGHT RS Review

Smooth power delivery, versatile for freeride with the boost and range driven by a proven Delta shaped, three-strut platform. SIZES TESTED(m): 9, 12 / SIZES...

Best Kites for Freeride Hydrofoiling

Riding on a hydrofoil board is kiteboarding’s newest discipline and the foil board category has major momentum in 2017 with new freeride foil models...

Head-to-Head Foilboard and Hydrofoil Test Reviews

Riding a hydrofoil board or foil has emerged as one of the industry’s fastest growing new disciplines. One of the greatest things about kiteboarding...

Mystic Majestic X Review

The Mystic Majestic X takes the hard shell concept to new levels with its patent pending, bionic core frame. The semi-rigid back support is...

Ride Engine Hex Core Harness Review

The Ride Engine Hex Core, is a hard shell design that took the kite harness industry by storm over the past two seasons with...

DAKINE C1 Hardshell Harness

Dakine has been a leader and innovator of kite harnesses since the beginning, and the Dakine C1  harness with Dakine’s Texon hard shell system...

Hardshell Harness Reviews

2017 is the year of the hardshell harness. These new hardshell harnesses are breaking barriers in performance with locked-in comfort, added support and greater...

WMFG Double Pump Review

If Arnold Schwarzenegger built a pump, this would be it! The Kitesurfing Magazine test team had a chance to check out WMFG's new massive double...

OCEAN RODEO LT – 138 Review

Model Tested: OCEAN RODEO LT – 138 Style: High Performance Freestyle Twin Size : 138 x 42 cm Foot strap and bed: Bliss Pads Ocean Rodeo LT twin tip is their Pro Series...

2016 Liquid Force Envy Review

Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15 Control System: Response Control Bar REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Versatile freeride mastery, more...

ASK A PRO – What surfboard fins do you use?

“I experiment with fins quite a bit and I am just beginning our fin development for 2017. It’s an area where North will focus...

ASK A PRO | WAX OR PADS?

“It’s all about wax for me, I love the feeling of wax under my front foot. I feel so connected to the board in...

2016 Naish Park HD Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Ready to pop-and-play in your local park, a refined legend reborn with optimal depower and smooth powered loops. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available...

2016 North Dice Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Direct and responsive handling and pull, smooth-pulling pivots, solid performer for freestyle and waves. Sizes Tested (m): 12, 9 Sizes Available (m): 4, 5, 6,...

2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS:  Legendary power, refined precision handling, and a great blend of performance versatility. Sizes Tested (m): 11, 8 Sizes Available (m): 4, 5, 6, 7,...

2016 Slingshot RPM Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Aggressive but intuitively stable and direct flying performance that’s adaptable to general freeride or freestyle and waves. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m):...

2016 Liquid Force Solo Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Exciting efficiency, impressive stability, plug-and-play, smooth pivoting gem. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m): 4.5, 6.5, 9, 12, 15.5, 17.5 Control Bar: Response Control...

2016 F-One Bandit Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: All-encompassing, refined performance, unmatched versatility. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m): 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,17m Control System: Monolith Bar THE GOOD STUFF: The legendary F-One Bandit shows the high...

Core Riot XR4 Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Refined and easy flying kite, with great range, smooth pivotal turns and light touch steering. Sizes Tested (m): 12, 9 Sizes Available (m): 5, 6,...

2016 Airush Lithium Review

TEST REVIEW SYNOPSIS:  More to love than ever; simplicity merges with satisfying performance. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes (m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,...

2016 Freeride Kite Reviews – Head-to-Head

This past fall, Kitesurfing Magazine assembled a crew of experienced test riders in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The team scored a remarkable number of...

2016 Slingshot Wave SST Review

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  6, 8, 10, 12 Control Bar: Compstick Test Review Synopsis:  Unrivalled surf-specific build, park-and-slash master with tons of depower and...

2016 Liquid Force Wow Review

Sizes Tested(m): 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 Control Bar: Response Control Bar Review Synopsis: Quick pulling and pivoting kite, reliable freeride-friendly, power, boost...

2016 Airush Wave Review

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 Control Bar: Core Bar Review Synopsis:  Evolved power delivery, dynamic drift and automatic...

2016 Core Section Review

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12LW, 14LW Control Bar: Sensor Pro Review Synopsis: Feather light feel, fast reactive steering,...

2016 Naish Pivot Review

Sizes Tested(m): 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 Control Bar: Fusion Control Bar Review Synopsis: Powerful and direct, but nimble and...

2016 North Neo Review

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 11 Sizes Available(m):  4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Control Bar: Quad Control Review Synopsis: Optimized wave handling with close-to-perfect stability, balance...

2016 Cabrinha Drifter Review

Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 12 Sizes Available(m):  4.5, 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13 Control Bar: Overdrive 1X Review Synopsis: Set it and forget it, smooth and predictable...

WAVE KITES v 2016 Reviews

Surfing waves with a directional surfboard continues to be one of the fastest growing disciplines of kiteboarding. This past fall, Kitesurfing Magazine’s Test Team...

Blunt Nose Surfboards Tested

The Kitesurfing Magazine Test Team were excited to have the top brands’ newest and most progressive surf shapes in a head-to-head review over two...

Firewire Vader Review

DESIGN FEATURES: The Tomo Vader is the latest evolution of surfboard shaper Daniel Thomson’s early-planing hull designs. This shape is capped with a blunt nose...

Firewire Vanguard Review

DESIGN FEATURES:  The Tomo Vanguard is built using Firewire’s kite-specific construction technology and features Daniel Tomo Thomson’s radical, early-planing hull. These strapless-only surf shapes...

Ocean Rodeo Mako Duke Review

DESIGN FEATURES: The Mako Duke is a directional shape with origins based on Ocean Rodeo’s popular Mako twin series. The Mako Duke adopts a similar...

Liquid Force Messenger Review

DESIGN FEATURES: The Messenger is Liquid Force’s blunt nose, board with quad fin set up and channels in the nose and tail. The rocker line...

Cabrinha Secret Weapon Review

DESIGN FEATURES: Cabrinha’s Secret Weapon is wide throughout, with parallel rails and a quad fin set up for multi-use flatwater freestyle but can also turn...

Slingshot Screamer Review

DESIGN FEATURES: The Screamer adopts the T-Rex shape, with a blunt nose and parallel outline that amps up this board’s down-the-line performance with a pulled...

Airush Cypher Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: The Airush Cypher has been completely redesigned for 2016 with shorter width and wider blunt nose shape with a parallel outline that promotes...

North Whip Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: The Whip is refined from last year’s radical shape that featured its modern compact shape with blunt nose, parallel outline and bat tail....

North Pro CSC Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: The new Pro CSC is a dedicated strapless freestyle shape, which means no strap inserts and the most superb lightweight construction available. The...

2016 Naish Skater Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: This thinner-profiled and more heavily-channelled directional freeride shape has unique feel and performance. The Skater is a playful hybrid for both waves and...

Naish Mutant 5’5 Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: The Mutant caters directly to small surf and lighter wind conditions. It’s quick, light and reactive underfoot when you step on the tail,...

MANERA – METEOR wetsuits 2016

“Cold is no longer an excuse. Put an end to frozen and frustrated sessions with our METEOR range”  

2016 Slingshot Wave SST Review

Sizes Tested (m): 8, 10, 12 We were excited to jump on Slingshot’s first entry into the full wave market and were not disappointed. First...

2016 Liquid Force Solo Review

The 2015 Solo was a ground-breaking kite praised by testers for its simplicity, range and performance. As expected, changes to the 2016 Solo are...

2016 North Rebel Review

The Rebel is North’s best selling kite and most recent seasons have been marked more by refinement than redesign. North has positioned the Rebel...

Ride Engine Harness Review

Model Tested: Elite Series Originally started by California wave kiter Coleman Buckley as a made-to-order custom harness line, Ride Engine is now part of Slingshot’s...

Flysurfer Boost Review

Kitesurfing Magazine SizesTested (m): 11 Review Synopsis: Powerful, smooth pull and quick pivots with exceptional big boosting ability. The Good Stuff: The Flysurfer Boost is the newest addition...

2015/16 Naish Ride Review

Kitesurfing Magazine Sizes tested (m): 6, 7, 9, 12 Review Synopsis: Top level beginner/intermediate qualities packaged in a very refined, and surprisingly high-performance package. Part of...

2016 Liquid Force Wow Review

Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Review Synopsis: Powerful, nimble, direct, upwind machine with superb drift and response on the wave and it boosts like a champion. The...

F-One Bandit 8 Review

Sizes Tested (m): 12, 14 Review Synopsis: The F-One Bandit 8 is true all-terrain magician, with slippery smooth handling, better boost than ever and high end...

2015 Core Riot XR3 Review

Review Synopsis: Some magic handling for any level rider in any condition. Great low-end, sheet-and-go pull. The Good Stuff: The Riot XR3 is Core’s Crossride Kite that...

Blade Trigger

Review Synopsis: Matured performance with good low-end, efficient upwind drive and exceptional boosting. The Good Stuff: The Trigger is in its sixth generation and the 2015...

2015 Best TS Review

Review Synopsis: Solid canopy, with impressive depower and upper range, combined with aggressive boost and glide, and no limits for technical high-performance. The Good Stuff: The Best...

2015 Best Kahoona V7

Review Synopsis: More feel, more precision, but with the same lovely boost and glide that Kahoona riders love. The Good Stuff: The Kahoona V7 is a legit...

2015 North Dice Review

Review Synopsis: Direct and responsive handling and pull, smooth-pulling pivots, solid performer for freestyle and waves. The Good Stuff: The North Dice has a great blend of...

2015 North Rebel Review

Review Synopsis: A true legend with highest forms of rock solid, freeride precision and refinement. The Good Stuff: The 2015 Rebel continues to set the benchmark for...

2015 Naish Pivot Review

Review Synopsis: Low-end efficiency, great hang time, with a silky-smooth wave and freeriding prowess. The Good Stuff: The Pivot is a Naish’s new four-line, three-strut, kite...

2015 Naish Park Review

Review Synopsis: Ready to pop and play in your local park. A refined legend, with optimal depower and smooth powered loops. The Good Stuff: The Naish Park...

2015 Liquid Force Envy Review

Review Synopsis: Impressive handling and all-terrain performance, this is an all-new, more enviable Envy for any level and discipline. The Good Stuff: The 2015 Envy has...

2015 Liquid Force Solo Review

Review Synopsis: Exciting efficiency, impressive stability, plug-and-play, smooth pivoting gem. The Good Stuff: The Liquid Force Solo is the new one strut kite that breaks the...

2015 Slingshot Rally Review

Review Synopsis: Ultra-powerful and stable, with solid, all-around performance for any condition. The Good Stuff: The Rally has been a popular kite for riders that want sheet-and-go...

2015 F-One Bandit 7 Review

Brand: F-One Kite Model: Bandit 7 Sizes Tested(m): 7, 9, 11 Sizes Available(m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 Review Synopsis: Smooth depower, smooth pull, quick turns equal industry...

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

 Review Synopsis:  Great power, great boost, solid handling; the legend continues. The Good Stuff: The Cabrinha Switchblade has a decade of legendary performance and is revered...

2015 Cabrinha Radar Review

Brand: Cabrinha Kite Model: Radar Sizes Tested(m): 12, 9 m Sizes Available(m):     3.5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 Control System: Overdrive QuickLoopTM Control System Review Synopsis: Effortless relaunch, smooth...

2015 Airush Lithium Review

Brand:                        Airush Kite Model:               Lithium Sizes Tested(m):    12 Sizes Available(m):     5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16         Test Review Synopsis: The ideal all-rounder...

Takoon Furia Review

Sizes Tested(m)        11 m Sizes Available(m)     6, 7, 9, 11, 13            m Test Review Synopsis: Smooth and forgiving power, with the right agility and depower to excel in waves. The Good Stuff: The...

2014 Blade Trigger Review

Size tested: 7m Suggested retail: $ 999 (7m Kite only) Sizes available: 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m Test Team Report The Blade Trigger is in its sixth generation and...

2015 Slingshot Rally Review

Size tested: 7m The most versatile kite in the Slingshot line, the Rally returns for 2015 with some minor tweaks, including two new sizes (5 and...

2014 Best Kahoona Review

Size tested: 11.5m Suggested retail: $1,349 (kite only) Sizes available: 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 13.5m Test Team Report The Kahoona+ is a four-strut kite with a Delta platform,...

2014 Epic Surf Review

Best Jumbo Wave Kite Size tested: 12m Suggested retail: $1,299 (12m—kite only) Sizes available: 5, 8, 12m Test Team Report: The Surf is a new model from Epic aimed at...

2014 Airush Wave Review

Size tested: 6, 9m Suggested retail: $1,329; $1,479 (6, 9m; kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 9, 12m Test Team Report: The Airush Wave kite is in its second year...

2014 Naish Trip Review

Best Travel Companion Size tested: 10m Suggested retail: $999 Sizes available: 10m Test Team Report The Trip is a kite that promises to be the true answer for a one-kite quiver to...

2014 Cabrinha Drifter Review

Top Balance, Drift and Stability   Size tested: 7, 9m Suggested retail: $1,259; $1,359 (7, 9m—kite only) Sizes available: 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13m Test Team Report: The Drifter is back again...

2014 North Evo Review

Size tested: 9m Suggested retail: $1,289.95 (9m—kite only); $1799.95 (9m—complete) Sizes available: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14m Test Team Report: The North Evo 9m captured excellent test...

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

Awards—Top Low-End Power Size tested: 11m Suggested retail: $1,489 (kite only) Sizes available: 4.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report For years now, the Switchblade...

2014 Kite Tests: Head-to-Head Reviews

With the massive number of kite options available today, the decision of replacing your old kite or purchasing your first kite may seem like...

2014 Best Cabo V2 Review

Size tested: 11m Suggested retail: $1199.00 Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11m Test Team Report: The Cabo is positioned as Best’s dedicated surf kite, and it has all the...

2014 Flysurfer Cronix Review

Most Innovative  Size tested: 10m Suggested retail: $1,399; $1,799 (complete); Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12m Test Team Report The Flysurfer Cronix is a unique design that caught the attention of many...

2014 Core GTS2 Review

Sizes tested: 8, 12m Suggested retail: $1,229; $1,399 (kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 13, 14, 15m Test Team Report The GTS2 blends the traditional...

2014 HQ Ignition Review

Sizes tested: 9, 12m Suggested retail: $999, $1,099 (9,12m kite only) Sizes available: 5, 7, 9, 12, 14m Test Team Report The Ignition is HQ’s first-ever LEI kite design, and the...

2014 Liquid Force NRG Review

Size tested: 10m Suggested retail: $1749.99 (10m Complete) Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12m Test Team Report The third year in its evolution, the Liquid Force NRG is one...

2014 Slingshot Rally Review

Size tested: 8m Suggested retail: $ 1,739 (9m Complete) Sizes available: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m Test Team Report The Slingshot Rally has evolved again and stepped up its...

2014 Epic Screamer 4G Review

Size tested: 12m Suggested retail: $1,365 Sizes available: 7, 9, 10, 12, 14m Test Team Report The Screamer 4G from Epic Kites is all about big air, big glide...

2014 Core Riot XR3 Review

Best Progression Kite     Sizes tested: 9, 12m Suggested retail: $ 1,249; $1,399 (kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19m Test Team...

2014 Airush Lithium Review

Low-End Power and Turn Speed Size tested: 12m Suggested retail: $1,339 Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16m Test Team Report The Airush Lithium was well...

2014 North Dice Review

Best New 3-Strut Size tested: 9m Suggested retail: $1,189.95; $1699.95 (complete) Sizes available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13m Test Team Report The new model in the North...

2014 F-One Bandit VII Review

Most Versatile All-Terrain  Sizes tested: 8, 10m Suggested retail:  $1,762; $1,862  (8, 10m—complete) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report: The Bandit VII, one of...

2014 Best TS Review

Test Favourite: Advanced Freestyle Size tested: 12m Suggested retail: $1449.00 (12m—kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m (also available in sizes 15, 17m TS Lightwind) Test Team...

2014 North Rebel Review

Test Favourite: Performance & Versatility     Size tested: 9m Suggested tetail: $1,319.95 (9m—kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14m Test Team Report The...

2014 Liquid Force Envy Review

Test Favorite: Best 3-Strut Wakestyle    Sizes tested: 10.5, 12m Suggested retail: $ Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15m Test Team Report This year’s Envy has significant...

2014 Slingshot RPM Review

Best High-Performance Unhooked Freestyle   Size tested: 11m Suggested retail: $1,849 (complete) Sizes available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report The RPM stormed onto the...

2014 Cabrinha Vector Review

Size tested: 12m Suggested retail: $1,309 (kite only) Sizes available: 3.5, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report The Vector scored big marks with the Test Team...

2014 Naish Park Review

Best Wakestyle-Wave Crossover Size tested: 9, 12m Suggested retail: $1,170; $1400 (9, 12m—kite only) Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report The fourth...

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

Top Low-End Power Size tested: 11m Suggested retail: $1,489 (kite only) Sizes available: 4.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m Test Team Report For years now, the Switchblade...