In its 10th year, the Bandit has been through a number of big and small changes that have made it one of the industry’s most successful examples of a kite that does-everything well. The Bandit’s classic medium aspect 3-strut Delta shape was the first of its kind back in the day and it has since evolved into one of the top leading delta-shaped kite that meets the needs of riders in the freestyle, freeride and surf category.
Will Palmer is our national Wake Team rider and will attend all stops of the Kite Park League in 2017. His go to combo for the 2017 season is the SPICY wakeboard and the BANDIT kite. Last year, he won the Triple S Open. Check out why he picks that board and this kite ! […]
Happy New year! I just got my hands on two new MANERA suits from the 2017 line. They are sick! I’m based in Santa Cruz, Ca and the water temp has been around 54 degrees. That is cold for around here, but i have been able to surf comfortably early in the morning or late […]
A stylish and classy navy blue (Ink Blue) material sets this suit apart from traditional black neoprene and with it’s 5.4.3 thickness variation, I noticed a thinner panel down the side which provided more flexibility and decreased weight and bulk while maintaining enough thickness in the chest and other areas where needed to keep me warm. This suit truly feels like a top of the line, high quality wetsuit, and with all of it’s preventative measures for increased durability, I’m looking forward to it keeping me warm for many winter sessions to come.
For the last few years the trend has been shifting towards riding shorter and shorter boards which have got wider to maintain both volume and stability. But is this the only trend to follow? The 2017 NOOSA SUP has been turning heads with its sleek, traditional longboard style, beautiful color scheme and performance driven design.
The DIABLO v1 burst onto the scene last year, winning top races all year long and praise from everyone who flew it. For 2017, the DIABLO V2. goes even further, it is now the ultimate racing weapon. Check out the designer(s) story on the Diablo, what is new for the V2 and some first impressions […]
F-One has continued to shape the range into a true pro performance SUP Surfboard. In previous years I have paddled the 7’7 (87L) or 7’11 (95L) Madeiro SUP boards. For 2017 as the sizes and overall shape has changed a little, I decided to go up in volume and ride the 8’0 (100L) board to be more comfortable. Going to a bigger size I was worried that I would not be able to maneuver the board as well as the 7’7 or 7’11 sizes, but that is defiantly not the case. The Madeiro squash tail is VERY pulled in and thinned out to increase the performance and maneuverability dramatically for a sup surfboard. I really felt as if the 8’0 is the perfect compromise between stability and maneuverability for a 175-195lb advanced paddler. I had no problems putting this board wherever I wanted on the wave face. The Madeiro offers excellent speed and acceleration down the wave that enabled me to make it through quick breaking sections that I usually cannot make it past on my short board surfboard. All tech and specs aside, I highly recommend trying a Madeiro SUP Board if you are looking to gain the upper edge in the surf while still remaining stable and comfortable in any surf conditions