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Martin Lark

2019 LFK Newsletter

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-Led by passion and driven by fun-

 

I think kitesurfing is an amazing aspect of our already amazing sport.  Being able to use the power of the wind to propel you into a wave really opens the doors to so many different possibilities compared to traditional surfing.  Blown out beach breaks start to look a little more appealing.  Onshore winds, means fun sessions, not sloppy surf. Paddling, you can forget that. Having the option to use your kites, really just allows you to have more quality time on the water.  And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about.  Contrary to what you may believe about our passions, our dedication to kitesurfing runs deep at LFK.  Kitesurfing fuels the fire of our brand manager, Gary Siskar, as well as our head designer, Julien Fillion.  We also have several key team riders that play a big role in the development of our specialized kitesurfing products.  This year we're really excited to bring you are fully overhauled flagship wave kite, the Wow. It's in its fourth iteration, and this one is better than ever.  I know it's in the companies best interest to always say, "it's better than ever", however I can attest to the amount of work and scrutiny this kite went through to get to market.  Additionally, I'm happy to report we are releasing our new kitesurf board, The Messenger.  This board was designed to cover a wide variety of conditions, and built to take a beating.  I personally, was involved in all of the durability testing, and I can confidently say these boards can take whatever you can throw at it.   I'm really excited for you guys to get your hands on these products!  We sure did put a lot of work into them, and we hope you enjoy them.

 

- Brandon Scheid 
 

Want to learn more about the amazing LFK line? Take a look around our website.

 

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Take a quick minute to watch LFK team rider Luke McGillewie put the new Wow V4 through its paces.

 

 

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Making a good kitesurfing kite is no easy task.  You need something, fast, positionable, light, and reliable.  Additionally, you want plenty of raw power in the kite, as well as lots of de-power. Finally, you want a smooth range through the power band (sheeting).   With a lot of work, by both the designer and the testing team, the Wow V4 delivers a ton of performance in all those categories.  We increased the raw power by making the center of the arc flatter.  Increased the range and feel of the power band by widening the wingtips.  And created lightning fast turning and response with wingtip profile updates.  Really, every part of this kite has been touched and refined to improve performance and increase usability.

 

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Our wonderful sport of kitesurfing offers a wide variety of wind and water conditions.  That's why when we started designing the new Messenger, versatility was a big factor in our process.  We wanted a board that could work well in everyday small surf found at most kite beaches, as well as pumping conditions found on world-wide travels.  Construction is also a big factor when it comes to a quality kitesurf board.  During the prototyping phase we went through numerous layups and cores to arrive at the current magic setup.  We feel it offers the best balance between, strength, flex, and weight.  We also wanted a board that could handle steeper beachies, as well as fast ropey point breaks.  By having the 3+2 fin boxes, you can adapt your fin setup to your current conditions.   When all this comes together, you get an amazingly versatile, strong, and rippable kitesurf board.

 

Learn the ins and outs of the fully redesigned Wow V4 from the LFK product team.

 

 

Learn more about our amazing new Messenger kitesurf board from the LFK Product Team.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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