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By Martin Lark
Week 14 Year 2019 / Y24
Y24 KITE HARNESS COLLECTION IS OUT!
RRD’s new kite harness collection is more than ever complete and designed to suit different rider's back shape, discipline and local conditions. From flat back to very curvy back, whether you love to ride waves, boost or trow down some sick tricks!
IF WE SAY IT, WE MEAN IT!
DISCOVER MORE ON OUR WEBSITE
A DEEPER LOOK AT SOME OF TECH
Moulded EVA & Neoprene outer Barpad with stabilizer wings Rope bar conversion kit is optional Push release spreaderbar Safety Knife Key loop and pocket EVA Grip inside Tender Neoprene inside Handle pass leash connectors
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Meet ourt product designer Reinier Korstanje
Reinier grew up at the Dutch coast. After studying product design he moved to Cape Town to work in the kiteboarding industry. He is an experienced (>10 years) kite/surf product developer and designer with a focus on technical products such as wetsuits, harnesses, board bags, backpacks, etc. Vast experience in buying, and production supervision with numerous manufacturers in Asia.
Reinier is now responsible for the RRD wetsuit, harness and bag collection design.
• ENJOY THE RIDE •
By Martin Lark
-Led by passion and driven by fun-
In my opinion, the kite bar, is often the most overlooked piece of equipment in your quiver. People don't really talk about how good their bar is. Most of the chatter on the beach is about hydrofoils, kites, or conditions. Hell, most kiteboarders I interact with don't know all of the performance features on their bar, let alone how to tune their bar. Think about it, you don't actually ever touch your kite while your kiteboarding. The bar is your conduit to the kite, it's what you touch and interact with. It also, contains all your safety systems and gives you complete control over the power of the wind. Thanks to modern material sciences, we have these amazing high strength flying lines, so thin, light, and aerodynamic, yet still able to support 400 kg, each! Pretty impressive stuff, for something no one talks about. We, at LFK, put a lot of thought into our new control system, the MC V3. We wanted to make something that would address all the safety concerns of modern kiteboarding. Something that offered adjustability, and clean usability. A bar that was simple, intuitive, and reliable. Below you can find out more about the bar from me in an in depth bar walkthrough, so dive on in!
Want to learn more about the amazing LFK line? Take a look around our website.
Want to know more about the MC V3. Take an in depth tour of all the new features with LFK Product Development team member Brandon Scheid.
There is nothing like having clean, simple, and easy to use gear. We really wanted to upgrade some essential parts of the MC bar. While, at the same time keeping the simplicity and safety that has become synonymous with the MC system. We didn't just make it red, although that does make it adhere with our industry standards for safety. We added a new mainline tube material, lubrizol, in a slightly smaller diameter. This slippery material, combined with the narrower diameter mainline tube eliminates bar sticking when sheeting in and out and turning at the same time. We also added user adjustability with the addition of our High-Y adjuster. Now you can change the turning arc of the kite and the bar feel, customizing the kite to your specific needs. Everything you need, and nothing more. MC V3
There is no substitute for the highest performing gear. Who wouldn't want kite that will never hold you back? One that helps climb to the top of the podium. Slight refinements in material, arc, and shape gave the DNA of the Hi Fi new life. We went through and optimized each size, to give the whole range the same feel and performance. Not only is the new HiFi X3 easier to relaunch, and more solid in the air. It is also built with extremely durable and high quality canopy and dacron materials. This makes the kite extremely reliable for those riders planning on progressing their riding, and crashing their gear a lot. Thanks to the .08mm PU bladders, the new HiFi also lost some weight, making it perform better in low wind settings.
Looking for the highest performance freestyle kite, look no further than the all new HiFi X3.
Water safety is something often overlooked by the everyday kitesurfer. Whether you have a gear malfunction, conditions crap out, or something just plain goes wrong. That's why at LFK, we worked in conjunction with Onyx lifejackets to develop a compact and reliable U.S Coast Guard approved life vest for kiteboarding.
The On-Demand 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, offers the highest level of floatation and safety while still remaining small and out of the way. In an emergency a simple downward pull of the tab, initiates a CO2 cartridge inflation of the vest. Once safely on land, the vest can be repacked and re loaded with a new cartridge for another use.
The On-Demand 16 Inflatable Belt, offers water safety in a smaller, more compact, and less intrusive package. Like the 24 Vest, the 16 Belt inflates quickly with a downward pull of the ignition tab. This belt is ideal for someone who values water safety, but wants something a little more out of the way. The 16 Belt is still U.S Coast Guard approved, however it does offer less floatation than the 24 Vest.
By Martin Lark
The 2019 JUICE represents state of the art design, very light specifically sourced material, and optimized light wind performance. It’s very balanced, user friendly and especially made for lightwind kiteboarding on Twintips, Directionals and Foil boards, to maximize the time on the water.
This season the Duotone JUICE is a completely new light wind concept. From now on, any Foiler or Freerider will only need one size of the JUICE in their quiver. With each size working in almost the same wind range, the only deciding factor comes down to which kind of rider and on what kind of board.
Introducing the ultimate low-wind, inflatable kite for riders who value performance and handling in the lightest of breezes. No wind, no worries.
A lighter, stiffer Dacron Frame and inflatable sections, combined with a thinner, lighter PU bladder foil creates a clean and stiff canopy for a responsive ride.
By reducing the overall weight of the Leading Edge, the general load is shifted back to the Framing Edge resulting in better balance.
The Fusion Strut construction allows for a controlled distribution of forces between the Strut and Leading edge.
Struts are 100% connected to the Leading Edge with a flexible Dyneema line, which promotes higher canopy tension and a clean profile.
“In order to create the ultimate light wind construction for light wind conditions you have to look at the materials you’re using. I spent quite a lot of time sourcing the best materials possible and a full season testing them. We needed to ensure the combination of lightness, durability, premium quality and long lifespan. Having achieved a lighter weight, the handling and response became better automatically. Then we fine tuned.” Ralf Grösel.
Artem Garashchenko is all about shredding the powder in the mountains and styling it out on the water. His winning formula? The JUICE. “ To be honest, I ride the JUICE 50% of my sessions in Russia both in the snow and on the water. When I give my JUICE to others, they are always surprised at how fast it is and quick to react as the sizes are quite big. It’s so versatile for all light wind activities such as Foiling, Twintip Freestyle, Wakestyle and my favorite, Park Riding.”
IN A NUTSHELL
The JUICE’s brand new, super light weight construction means the whole range of Juices is 15% lighter than previous seasons. The JUICE is specifically designed for those magic light wind sessions. Equipped with excellent upwind performance and old school jumping abilities, the range of sizes opens up a new playground for Twintip and Foil riders alike. No quiver should be without a JUICE.
By Martin Lark
Introducing the 2019 Duotone MONO; light, simple and devastatingly good. Reinvented from scratch by kite designer Ken Winner, it's a fantastic one-strut all-rounder with incredible handling for entry level, foiling and twintip riding.
The increasing popularity of foiling caused us to fundamentally reevaluate the MONO for 2019, with all sizes undergoing a redesign and the outcome is genius. Now the benchmark in one-strut design, the MONO’s dynamic handling is sure to excite. In light winds the performance is incredible and it comes with auto relaunch. If you want a pure, lightweight do-it-all kite, the MONO is it.
For 2019, the MONO has a radically lower aspect ratio and wider tips than in the past. Therefore the arc of the Leading Edge is flatter giving a higher projected area for every size. The expected benefits are super easy water relaunch, quick, easy turning and great ability to drift and hang in the air. In addition, the MONO;
Sits far back in the wind window Backstall is nearly impossible Super easy, fast auto relaunch Light bar pressure and progressive power development Light and robust one-strut design Slip profile with low aspect ratio and less flutter 4 and 5-Line setup
Ken Winner took the MONO back to the drawing board and his 2019 design is a benchmark model. “The biggest challenge these days lies in making a kite both durable and light. Low weight, easy turn initiation, easy turn completion, easy relaunch in light wind, the ability to hang underpowered in the air and a forgiving bar feel are the qualities that we find most important for foilers. Most of those qualities are also important for surf riders and entry level riders, so the MONO still works for them.”
As one of Duotone's most well-rounded riders, Jeremie Tronet takes the 2019 MONO for a whirl in his tropical home spot and shares his, short but sweet, thoughts. "I have primarily used the MONO for my foiling sessions. The recent improvements on the kite are making the MONO the perfect light wind kite for foiling with good hangtime and lift in the jumps, also performing nicely in the waves."
IN A NUTSHELL
The MONO suits foilers perfectly. It’s also a good entry level kite as well as a fun and responsive surf kite, particularly for lighter weight riders. The lower aspect ratio, quicker relaunch, lower weight, quicker turning, less flutter, softer and more forgiving bar feel make it perfect travel mate and champion companion for those doing it all.
By Martin Lark
Week 7 Year 2019 / Y24
• ADDICTION MK6: NEVER ENOUGH •
Although on it’s sixth edition, the all new Addiction MK6 is THE kite for extreme big air, all-round freestyle, and high performance freeriding!
This particulary wide open C shape with oversized tips, was created with one goal, to send you soaring with confidence, without loosing the capability of throwing seriously radical megaloops! The new Addiction is fast, smooth, and predictable through the wind window. Prepare to get hooked to the Addictions consistent power, upwind ability, and go rocketing towards the clouds due to it's position far on the edge of the window.
The size 12, 13,5 and 15 are caracterized by a very flat profile, and an even more "open arch shape" which together with it’s three strut design, gives the Addiction Light wind a huge wind range, allowing the kite to be ridden underpowered for those marginal days and providing ridiculous hangtime when lit, for those who can’t get enough flight hours.
VOICE TO THE EXPERTS
Kite designer Werther Castelletti about the ADDICTION MK6
On the three sizes of the LIGHT WIND version, we decided to focus more on hangtime and less on kitelooping capabilty, while maintaining the same breathtaking lift of the smaller sizes. We have optimised the angle of attack resulting in a cleaner profile and canopy. The slightely swept back tips and the increased open LE arch shape will result in a more flowty feel when in the air till the very end of the jump, making landings on chop not a problem anymore!
BUILT FOR THE EXTREME
At RRD, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality product without cutting corners.
The graphics on this kite are individually cut pieces of Technoforce D2 fabric sewn together to provide unmatched ripstop resistance while providing rigidity and longevity even in the most extreme, big air, conditions.
Internal and external extra reinforcements on every leading edge panel Exclusive D2 Techno Force™ Double Ripstop reinforcement panels sewn at 45° on stressed areas Kevlar struts tail Reinforced bridle attachments with external PU disks and and internal double adhesive Dacron patch EVA Scuff Protectors
Rider: Julien Leleu / Photo: Svetlana Romantsova