I got my new 11m Breeze and the first thing I noticed about it is how light it is. You can really feel the light weight by the way it’s launching in light winds, it takes very little wind to fly.
I ride it with my 600 foil and I can be foiling without any whitecaps on the water. It has great low end and is very stable in the air. Compared to the Bandit, the Breeze has a bit more bar pressure which is nice, since you can use it to balance. The Breeze creates a ton of power on the down stroke it gets you going easily. The power comes on very fast and helps you get on the foil. It turns just a bit slower than the Bandit and takes more input to turn. Not a bad thing to slow things down on the foil. I am having a much easier time doing tacks and jibes. Where I would drop the Bandit every now and then on jibes, the Breeze just stays up.
In a bit more wind, I ride it strapless on my surfboard. The smooth feel and stability are really nice, it lets me focus on the board.
Overall I really like it, it is a very powerful and smooth kite, ideal for foiling in light winds.
WARNING: Foiling can be very addictive, don’t start practicing unless you are ready to fall in love with a new sport! Kitefoil, Supfoil, Windfoil… three new disciplines providing amazing sensations!!! Enter the world of foiling and discover the F-ONE range developed to make you fly above the water. Get ready to fly!
MANERA Brand Manager Julien Salles explains the new 2017 collection to The Kiteboarder editors at the 2016 Surf Expo in Orlando, FL. More info here: http://www.thekiteboarder.com/2016/09/2017-manera-product-previews/
The Kiteboarder editors were on deck at Surf Expo to hear from F-One & Manera founder & CEO Raphaël Salles and Charles Bertrand (head designer for the boards and foils) about the new collection. This is a great preview to hear directly from the designers.
10 years already ! what a ride we are having with the Bandit, the flagship kite from F-one. For its 10th edition, Robert Graham, Micka Fernandez and Raphael Salles spent 200 days testing 70 different prototypes to reach the final design. Featuring once again some significant improvements, this kite will amaze you time after time!
a new squarer outline
less lateral pull for a new level of comfort
a smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction
speed and acceleration are under control
an efficient and reassuring stability even when over-powered
light, maneuverable and predictable
improved and easy hangtime
Paradise is often pictured as a deserted tropical island, a private and mysterious place that exudes comfort and warmth. Every kitesurfer dreams of coconut trees, blue lagoons, sunshine and a warm breeze. Except, we’ve landed on a completely different island: Iceland.
For the first time anywhere this years 6th Annual event will include StandUp Paddleboard, Prone Paddler, OC1 and OC2, Surfski, Kite Foil and Windsurf competition over the two day weekend event.