SYNOPSIS: CONSTRUCTED WITH THE NEW REVOLUTIONARY ALUULA FABRIC, THE RISE IS A FIVE STRUT, HIGH ASPECT RATIO SHAPE THAT OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN STRATOSPHERIC HANDLING FOR THE NEXT LEVEL IN BIG AIR KITE PERFORMANCE.
Likes: The new Ocean Rodeo Rise is an exciting new big air kite for 2022 that features a high aspect open C canopy shape, framed with a narrow leading edge and five struts that are constructed using the ultra light and reactive Aluula fabric. This high performance big air kite model is surprisingly easy to fly but it really gets interesting in the hands of more advanced riders that can push the limits of aggressive riding and flying. The technology advancement with the Aluula fabric and the advanced seam technology, allows for a narrower leading edge and shaped struts which give the Rise amazing aerodynamics and the ability to fly the kite with higher bladder pressure. The stiff, light frame provides lower drag and translates instantly to the feel of the kite in the bar. The Rise is fast pulling and smooth driving and like most higher aspect kites it likes to be driving forward. The turning speed is fast and reactive and the kite has quick loops that feel very slippery through the turn with no flutter or delay. The Rise is also a fast driving kite across the window and with light bar pressure it reacts instantly to bar input. Turning speed can be adjusted at the wingtips for preferred feel and this kite is almost too fast at the outside settings. At almost half the weight of traditional Dacron-framed, 5-strut kites, the Rise has amazing lift and glide and can loop and recover with less air pressure than its heavier weight comparable designs. The compact and simple single pulley bridles give the Rise great range, and despite the narrow shape, the Rise has quick and reliable water relaunch ability. Filled with great technical construction and features, the Rise is an exciting new model that is driving the big air performance to new levels. Any rider that wants a quick handling, fast driving and aggressive boosting and looping kite, should consider the Ocean Rodeo Drive.
Minus: With its super light weight, we thought this kite would have more low end power, but it’s really designed like a true 5-strut kite; to be ridden into lots of wind as there seems no end to the upper wind range of this kite.
Best For: Intermediate to advanced level riders that want to push the limits of big air and kite loops should put this kite in their quiver.