North Kiteboarding Launch MY21 Collection

North MY 21 Big Air

 

Released spring 2020 before the MY21 product launch you’ll read about below, our North Reach kite review was published in issue #106 (released September) – read it here in our online issue now.

North Reach kite review


All new Big Air, Surf and Freeride collections have dropped!

 

Over the past twelve months, North say their designers have focused on improving the durability and refining the ride of each product to make them more engineered and intuitive.

 

“We are excited about these small but essential refinements, as they make great even better,” says Brand Director Mike Raper.

 

North MY 21 Big Air riding together

 

Improved Control System

North say the Navigator Control System is packed full of technology and is one of the key products to have undergone significant changes, many of which are not even visible. For 2021 Designer Hugh Pinfold has made over twenty improvements to this easy-to-use, top quality, control system. Hugh works remotely two hours down the west coast from Auckland in Raglan, New Zealand’s surfing capital. His design is inspired heavily by the time he spends in the elements and he has found Raglan an ideal place to focus on refining the Navigator Control System, while also putting it to the test at every available opportunity. 


North Kiteboarding designer interviews MY21


Two of the more apparent changes Hugh has incorporated for 2021 are the new omnidirectional grip pattern and the introduction of a smaller 38-43cm bar size. A myriad of smaller changes also mean less resistance and wear, improvements to the kite loop bar spin, and for connection to be quicker and easier.

 

North MY 21 Big Air

 

Lighter, more responsive kites.

North say chief Kite Designer Pat Goodman has focused on improving the performance and feel of both the Orbit and Carve, introducing new lighter materials and new bridles.

The Orbit continues to lead North’s aspirational Big Air category and with the refinements from Pat, is expected to continue dominating the podium.

For the Reach, North has introduced a range of new sizes for 2021, including a 17m kite ideal for riding twintips in light wind.

Pat’s home spot in Taiwan is the windiest place on planet earth and gets about 250 days a year of wind over 20 knots. It’s very strong in winter and moderately strong in summer, so he has ideal conditions for testing. “I’m fortunate to have such a great team of riders to work with, especially Nick, Jesse, Marc Jacobs, and now Camille. You know what, I’m a competent rider, but I’m not a trickster, I don’t do all the crazy stuff these guys do. The teamriders really put a kite to the test, so the kites must be stable and do as they are expected to in extreme manoeuvres,” says Pat.

 

Jesse Richman strapless freestyle

 

Stronger, more responsive surfboards

Based three hours north of Auckland in Whananaki, home to some of the best east coast white sand beach breaks in New Zealand, Board Designer Jaimie Scott is constantly looking for ways to push himself whilst out in the ocean.

North say that for 2021 Scott has made considerable changes to the shape of the surfboards, and is continuing to progress the strapless freestyle boards, improving the durability and performance characteristics of each board so they can edge harder and give you an even more direct connection to the power of the wave. 

 

Freeride - coastline in Noordheok, Cape Town

 

New Astra TwinTip Board

North say the all new Astra is for lighter riders as they often find it harder to control large, stiff boards designed for heavyweights. With this in mind, Uli Sommerlatt, Product Manager set out to craft a board with more responsive flex for riders with a smaller build – one that would deliver increased control in a range of conditions, greater comfort and softer landings – without sacrificing performance. 

The all new Astra’s smaller board length, narrower stance and basalt technology construction provides riders of all levels just the right amount of flex for controlled edging, boosts and loops.

 

North MY 21 Big Air

 

North’s latest video ‘It Calls’

To launch their 2021 Collection, North Kiteboarding captures the magnetic sensation of being at one with the elements and fully immersed in the moment in one simple expression – “It Calls”.

Mike Raper explains: “It Calls” is all about the indescribable feeling that our sport gives us, the magic we chase. If you’ve ever not just seen the perfect conditions stirring – but you’ve heard them and felt them – then you too get this feeling. It’s that seductive pull that happens when the water and wind call to us, and we can’t help ourselves, we must drop everything and go.”

Watch the video:

 

 

 

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North Kiteboarding kitesurfing equipment interviews

Click here to read our in-depth interviews with the North Kiteboarding design team, Pat Goodman and Hugh Pinfold

 

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