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By Martin Lark
No-one can guarantee wind or waves, but for 2020, we can give you the right tools to make sure that when they do show up, you’ll have the perfect session time after time. Whether you are looking to switch from a twin tip to a surf board or a foil board, need something high performance or just a killer board that can do it all, we got you covered.
THERE´S NO SUCH THING AS STICKING TO ONE STYLE
Are you going to be predominantly learning freestyle tricks in shallow water and doing a bit of freeriding with just occasional surfing on smaller waves, or is your goal to surf bigger and faster waves like e.g. One Eye in Mauritius. You don’t need to stick to one style. Most of our Duotone boards can be used in a range of different conditions. Just use the “Style finder” on our surfboard overview page to find the perfect Duotone board for you.
This year we introduce our new packaging, Flexi-Hex. A clever, hexagonal cellular design made out of cardboard that is reusable, strong and if carefully unpacked, Flexi Hex can be used as protection for a couple of times travelling. We are proud to say that our 2020 surfboard packaging contains zero plastic of any kind and is 100% recyclable.
BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH SKY SOLBACH
Sky Solbach takes us through what’s new for the 2020 Duotone Surfboard line. From new sizes, lighter materials, durable constructions, refined deck and fresh shapes, the range spans from our strapless freestyle to light wind surfing, big waves charging and everything in between.
WHICH SURFBOARD FUELS THE PASSION TO RIDE?
The passion and precision poured into this years’ line of kite-surf boards by Sky Solbach has got our wave riders chomping at the bit and beyond stoked. Currently out in Mauritius and charging hard, we wanted their thoughts on the boards. Six phone calls later, all of them filled with excitement for the range, we can finally share what these absolute shredders had to say.
The Light Team Construction is a very lightweight technique that uses a combination of materials such as carbon and bamboo to create the typical surfboard feel of a custom board while also being exceptionally robust and durable.
The Classic Construction is a slightly heavier and more rigid construction that is tremendously robust and resilient.
By Martin Lark
Watch the NEO in action as we talk you through the new tuning options for waves and depower, or how you can set it up for strapless freestyle and freeriding. It’s been one of the most popular kites in the Duotone line up for a long time, and it’s easy to see why.
“There’s so much harmony in the 2020 NEO and it allows me to step outside my comfort zone, especially in the waves.”
The Neo is the choice of our highly decorated wave riding team, Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro, James Carew and Patri McLaughlin. On the wave, it offers dynamic handling and incredible drift. When you want to freeride it’s an easy going companion. Enormous amounts of power and the depower is incredible. Exceptionally reactive and precise, you are always in total control with the NEO. Whether you are riding a monster at One Eye, pulling a strapless kite loop twenty feet up or just slaying some Euro mush, you need the Neo in your quiver.
New, lighter Trailing Edge wave patch for reduced flutter and TE flutter marks Newly developed 75 gram Ripstop material Improved bar feedback at the top of the windrange
BEHIND THE DESIGN WITH KEN WINNER
When a kite as popular as the NEO is changed, the modifications can’t be permitted if performance gains in one area cost performance loss in another area. Ken Winner talks about the 2020 design process and why keeping every performance quality that we like is essential.
THE WAVE TEAM REVIEWS THE 2020 NEO
Sebastian Ribiero is one of those guys who’s always trying to push limits in light winds and Matchu Lopes strives to step outside of his comfort zone. Olivia Jenkins charges Jaws, Patri McLaughlin needs to trust his kite or he’ll end up in some sticky situations in massive waves and James Carew is simply trying to destroy waves.
2020 NEO IN A NUTSHELL
The 2020 NEO remains true to its roots and its purpose in life. Fantastic drifting abilities, responsive steering - powered or depowered, 4 and 5-line setup. It’s the go-to surf kite for all good and wannabe-good wave riders looking to get the most out of every wave session, as well as a good performer in freeride and foiling.