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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Here comes the New Ozone Edge

    2015 Ozone EdgeAvailable May 1st: The New Ozone Edge

    Get ready for the newest Kite from Ozone: The new Ozone Edge has built a reputation as a win-races-fast kite as well as a launch-you-like-mad free-ride kite. This year's new design includes all the speed and big air capabilities from the past and makes them even smoother and more stable.

    The new wing panel gives you more control when you've got it loaded. The improved strut position allows the wingtips to flex - reducing steering forces and quickening handling.

    Only a select few have had the chance to take this kite out of the bag. Early reports say: "Very nice for cruising. Stable, and shoots upwind like crazy." "Best flat water race kite I’ve flown."

    Pre-Order Now

    Want to get your hands on one ASAP? Contact us now to pre-order your new Ozone Edge in Black & Orange. Purple will be available in the second wave of product release. *Remember, you can use your $425 Trade-In towards one of these kites.

    2015 Edge Wind Chart

    More Kite Sizes

    Ozone has added three new sizes to this kite, including smaller sizers for smaller riders and foil board racers, so you can pick your quiver-perfect kite: 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10, 11m, 13m, 15m, 17m, or 19m.

  • Kiteboarding FAQ: You ask. Michael Answers.

    2014 Slingshot Kites

    Whether you're a seasoned kiter or a just getting into the sport, you've got questions. "How does the 2014 model compare to the 2013?"  "What board should I get?" or "Can you get this very specific replacement part for me?"

    We've started a new series of Kiteboarding Frequently Asked Questions.  Because... You asked, Michael answers.

    FAQ #1: Can I get replacement lines or parts for my kite?

    Heck ya! We've got lines and replacement parts for almost any kite. Not sure what you need.

     

    What-happens-when-the-kite-hits-the-waterFAQ #2: What Happens When The Kite Hits The Water?

    Kite crashes happen to every kiteboarder. Your kite will go down at some point. Luckily, you can re-launch LEI kites from the water. They have inflated struts that give the kite structure as well to keep them well afloat when they crash. You need to know the proper and quick way to re-launch your kite when it goes down. It doesn't take a ton of strength, only finesse and knowledge. Take a lesson. Spend time practicing. It will give you the confidence to advance as a kiteboarder.

    FAQ #3: Do You Have To Be Strong To Kiteboard?

    You don't have to be as strong as most people think you need to be to kiteboard. The kiteboarding harness that is hooked to the kite takes most of the load. Your arms are mostly there to steer and control the kite, not to hang on for the ride.

    That said, the more fit you are, the more you'll be able to advance as a kiter and the safer you'll be if something goes wrong and you have to swim. Try some kiteboarding specific exercises, like these from Sarah Ellis.

     

    FAQ #4: What's the difference between Inflatable Kites and Foil Kites? 

    There are benefits and drawbacks to both kites. Leading Edge Inflatables (LEIs) are the most common kite you see on the water. Some of the benefits are: They relaunch easily, are easy to fly, and have LOTS of wind range. Also, most kiters will understand how to help launch/land an LEI. The downside of LEIs can be holes in bladders and general rip maintenance.

    Foils are the true original kiteboarding kite and also used for land and snow. They pack down easily, are very light weight. Over the years they have improved drastically and offer equally large wind ranges to LEI’s and are also easy to relaunch and fly. They have no bladders so there isn’t as much down time fixing things. However many foils have extensive bridles and take some line maintenance.

    FAQ #5: I'm 60 Years Old, Can I Still Learn?

    Yes! You can still learn. We have customers of all ages learning how to kiteboard.

    Got a kiteboarding question?

    Michael has answers. Email or call to get answers.

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