2013 Tests

Airush The Slayer (2013)

It's a really fun board, which we actually couldn't get back from certain freestyle riders who predominantly ride in bindings but were loving the ease-of use and playfulness while no one else was on the water!

Airush The Slayer (2013)

Airush Lithium Zero 18m (2013)

This and the Sector in six knots are a match made in heaven and we heard ourselves telling people that we couldn't believe that we were actually going really fast in six knots. They must have thought we were talking cobblers.

Airush Lithium Zero 18m (

Slingshot Turbine 17 (2013)

Whether you are a budding racer or light wind freestyler, this kite gets you out early and actually flies and feels like a much smaller kite. The performance and usability of light wind riding has just been stepped up a level.

Gear - Kite Tests  |  2013-08-28
Slingshot Turbine 17 (201

Airush Varial-X 9 & 6M (2013)

THE HYPE: Introducing the SL-C concept. The Varial X is known for C-kite performance on a four line high depower platform; the SL-C has been designed with a C shape arc outline for direct response and great unhooking characteristi...

Airush Varial-X 9 & 6M (2

Nobile 50Fifty 7m (2013)

THE HYPE: The 50Fifty is a hybrid C kite featuring the advantages of both C-shape and bow types. Built with a super fast, thin profile, there's a floating strut in the centre of the kite, not reducing weight in the kite, but also ...

Nobile 50Fifty 7m (2013)

Ozone Catalyst 10m (2013)

THE HYPE: Producing a kite as versatile as the new Ozone Catalyst is no easy task as the kite feels and performs equally well in all sizes and aspects of kitesurfing. Although a complete redesign, Ozone have retained the essence o...

Gear - Kite Tests  |  2013-06-07
Ozone Catalyst 10m (2013)

Ocean Rodeo Prodigy 7m (2013)

THE HYPE: The Prodigy is Ocean Rodeo's all-terrain model; their simplest, easiest kite, perfect for riders looking for one set-up for all riding styles and pursuits. The Prodigy's three strut design is ultra stable and can handle...

Ocean Rodeo Prodigy 7m (2

Naish Park 7m (2013)

THE HYPE: The Park's three-strut design and Swept Compact C outline results in a very stable and responsive kite. The powerful profile and leading edge provide the rider with good low-end power and consistent pull over a wide rang...

Naish Park 7m (2013)

Nobile 50Fifty (2013)

THE HYPE: Developed with Mike 'The Knife' Blomvall the 50Fifty is a weapon of choice for Brazilian freestyle wizards Eudazio Da Silva and Carlos Madson. The ultimate freestyle ripper, this board can dominate the discipline with or...

Gear - Board Tests  |  2013-05-31
Nobile 50Fifty (2013)

Shinn Supershinn (2013)

THE HYPE: Speed, control, pop, grip, drive... only one board can deliver it all. After bursting onto the scene last year the new Supershinn refines what its predecessor started. Featuring Hyrdro-Flo tail conduits, a new custom tun...

Shinn Supershinn (2013)

Xenon Infra (2013)

THE HYPE: Infra has been designed as the most challenging high-end freestyle board in Xenon's twin-tip range and is the choice of strong-minded wakestyle fans. This machine works wonders in flat water, planing right away and maint...

Xenon Infra (2013)

Cabrinha Switchblade 7m (2013)

THE HYPE: There are very few cases in the world of kite design where high performance and ease-of-use collide. The Switchblade is just one of those rare cases and Cabrinha tag this as the world's premier wake-style kite, (until re...

Gear - Kite Tests  |  2013-05-28
Cabrinha Switchblade 7m (

Blade Prime 9m (2013)

THE HYPE: Powerful, aggressive and precise, the Prime offers the ultimate ride for dedicated freestylers, wake-stylers and those looking for an extreme ride. Combining high-speed with exquisite manoeuvrability, this explosive hybr...

Blade Prime 9m (2013)

Best-TS 9m (2013)

THE HYPE: If your sessions take in unhooked new school, general freeriding and even some wave riding, then the TS is made for you. Built with Best's Double Core RS canopy fabric (using twice as many reinforcing fibres with no weig...

Best-TS 9m (2013)

Shinn Monk Forever 132 (2013)

THE HYPE: You know you've done something right when your board is described by independent testers as 'Board of the Year'. Shinn tweaked, fettled and honed and now bring you the Monk Forever; re-defining the board that re-defined ...

Shinn Monk Forever 132 (2

Nomad 136-Team series (2013)

THE HYPE: Weighing just two kilos, the Team-series 12k Carbon is a lightweight platform designed for controlled cruising and premium carving. Each Nomad kiteboard is shaped on the computer with a tolerance of 1/100th of a millimet...

Gear - Board Tests  |  2013-05-23
Nomad 136-Team series (20

Wainman Gypsy 6.25m (2013)

THE HYPE: Some guys are just classics. The Gypsy has been in 'The Gang' since day one; the trigger man.When the wind is firing, you ask yourself the question: Who am I taking on the job with me? When the situation is special, cond...

Wainman Gypsy 6.25m (2013

Slingshot RPM 9m (2013)

THE HYPE: Now in its fifth year, the proven 'open-C' canopy design and Slingshot's patented Split Strut technology in the RPM continue to push kite design to a new level. Slingshot claim the RPM created (and still dominates) the t...

Slingshot RPM 9m (2013)

North Neo 9m (2013)

THE HYPE: New in 2011, the Neo has become the weapon of choice for North's hardcore wave riders. A simple three-strut design, it offers blistering responsiveness, ease-of-use and a smooth power development throughout the turning ...

North Neo 9m (2013)

F-One Bandit 6m (2013)

THE HYPE: Based on the stand alone patented F-One Delta C-shape design, the Bandit six meets a complex and demanding performance criteria, suited to every aspect of kiteboarding. Detail changes and fine-tuning have had a huge infl...

Gear - Kite Tests  |  2013-05-20
F-One Bandit 6m (2013)

Crazyfly Sculp 10m (2013)

THE HYPE: The Sculp is a high-performance kite, re-worked and improved for 2013 and performs exceptionally well as an all-round freeride and freestyle kite. An increased aspect ratio provides more power, better hang-time and incr...

Crazyfly Sculp 10m (2013)

Blade Trigger 9m (2013)

THE HYPE: The fifth generation Trigger went through a bold reconstruction of the profile shape, which positions the kite to sit further towards the edge of the window, causing more vertical pop, a significant increase in hang-t...

Blade Trigger 9m (2013)

RRD Religion 9M (2013)

THE HYPE: The new Religion has mind-blowing performance for any serious wave rider. For onshore conditions you need a fast turning kite that flies slightly lower in the wind window, allowing you to ride waves without stalling, but...

RRD Religion 9M (2013)

Best Cabo 9M (2013)

THE HYPE: Your search is over. Unhooked or hooked-in the Cabo will help you charge every wave. The mid-aspect, tri-strut layout helps reduce weight and allows the Cabo to sit further back in the window with impeccable downwind dri...

Best Cabo 9M (2013)

Airush Wave 9M (2013)

First obvious place to start with the Airush is how it good it looks decked out in the Airush Team colours of red, white and black. It's super slick and that aramid frame is worked into the design well and, as well as helping su...

Airush Wave 9M (2013)

Liquid Force Envy 7 and 9m (2013)

THE HYPE:The Envy is an all-terrain efficiency engine, offering highly versatile, easy-to-access performance, whether you want to shred the surf, lock into boots for wake-style or go high-speed blasting around your local slick. T...

Liquid Force Envy 7 and 9

Added: 2013-09-06

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