The Kiteworld magazine test team head to Cape Town every year in January and February because of the reliable, strong winds and frequent swells. They want to see how kitesurfing equipment performs in challenging conditions when there’s chop, waves, strong and sometimes gusty winds – and Cape Town offers that up in spades!
A number of the kites this year displayed performance abilities previously only found in freestyle specific C-kites. The crossover capabilities of modern freeride kites are improving every year, to the point where, in 2016, only the most specialised of riders in either wave riding or freestyle will need to look too far beyond these freeride kites when choosing their next quiver. (You’ll also hear about the Vegas and Torch as Bully’s standouts in this video, too).
The test team unleash detailed reports on a huge selection of freeride kites and boards after lengthy sessions. Kiteworld issue #80, out now, includes: Kites: CrazyFly Sculp / Cabrinha Switchblade / RRD Vision / Naish Park / Core GTS / Ozone Enduro / Airush Lithium / Starkites Taina / Boards: Airush Apex / RRD Bliss / Liquid Force Legacy / Wainman Cruzer / North Select / CrazyFly Raptor / Axis Vanguard / Shinn Bronq / Vanhunks Bucca Carbon.
Coming up in issue #81 in May: C Kites: Naish Torch, North Vegas, Airush Razor, Liquid Force HiFi, Cabrinha Chaos / Wave kites: Airush Wave, RRD Religion, North Neo, Ozone Reo, Peter Lynn Swell / All-round kites: Slingshot RPM / Big jumping freeride kites: Core XR4, Ozone Edge, North Rebel, / Twin-tips: Vanhunks Manakel, Naish Monarch, Axis LTD, CrazyFly Addict, RRD Poison / Surfboards: North Pro Series and Pro CSC, Slingshot T-Rex, Airush Compact and Cypher, Axis Pure Wave and more!