If you have the chance to go to Maui, you will see a lot of F-One wing on the water. It’s a testament to the success of the F-One wing program. Maui riders are tough to please as they are constantly on the lookout for the best gear available and to push the boundaries of every single wind water sports you can imagine. A lot of wingers were patiently waiting to see what the all new STRIKE was all about and the feedback has been phenomenal. We asked our local ambassador Christian Barcellos what he thought of the new wing; and also Paige Alms, better known for riding giant waves, although she loves to wing when the wind shows up. Both of them know the Swing very well, so it’s always interesting to her them talk about the new STRIKE.
With silky smooth yet reactive handling, the Breeze feels really light in the air, staying put through the biggest holes in the wind. Its bar pressure rings in at light to medium with nice smooth progressive power and its airframe exhibits really good canopy structure, stability and control. One quality we particularly savored is the design’s unloaded turning characteristics that allowed the kite to turn while sheeted out with little line tension. Often in foiling, you want to change the kite’s window position but don’t want to heat up the magic carpet ride and the Breeze allows you to make those changes without pouring fuel on the fire.
From the second you pick up the Magnet Carbon in hand it is obvious that this board is purpose-built for maximizing your strapless freestyle pleasure. Featherweight and thin with a wide and boxy surface area, if you were doing single front rolls before, with the Magnet you’ll be landing double fronts. The Magnet is a piece of technology designed to push strapless freestyle evolution and give you all the tools to reach the next level.
F-One sent us a few STRIKE (sizes 4.2 and 5.0m) we were able to immediately put to the test where our high season is in full swing with a good pool of talented wingers, meaning mainly South Florida, La Ventana (Baja, Mexico) and also Hawaii (Maui and Oahu).
The Bandit 2021 does an excellent job of delivering a grunty pull that leads to adrenaline pulses during aggressive maneuvers, yet it’s got great upwind abilities and offers a super stable flight that still earns marks for ease of use during basic freeriding. One of the key areas that impressed us was the power and steering response throughout kiteloops that inspired confidence to push boundaries.
For us the decision is clear. With water temps hovering in the low to upper 50s, the 5/4/3 X10D does an excellent job of keeping us warm while adding a significant amount of flexibility. This extra stretchy feel encourages you to move and you feel this freedom when suiting up at your car, reaching down to grab some rail or paddling back out at the end of a long but warm session.
The Bandit S continues to deliver that perfect mix of surf characteristics that offers a really tight handling feel that is both controlled and precise. The Bandit S is hands down a top-tier surf kite, but it’s progressive power delivery, crisp steering and depower makes it a great option for all-around freeride for fun boosting as well as foilboarding.
The Inertia tested a F-One Rocket Wing V2 5’10 along a F-One Phantom Carbon 1480 foil with a pack alu mast 75. The Phantom can also receive a full carbon mast.
Here is the full article published by Joe Carberry @ The Inertia.
To me, this suit redefines the category of a year-round daily driver suit. Your daily driver suit (which for me in Northern California is a 4/3) is going to wear out faster than your winter or summer suit, simply because you’ll be using it the most often, so the cost shouldn’t be exorbitant. But, because you’ll be using it the most often, you don’t want to saddle yourself with a low-quality suit, either. Both of these problems are fixed with Manera’s Seafarer, and in answer to the question printed on the inside lining, I am looking to build a serious long-lasting relationship with this suit and many Manera suits to come.
The Slim Tech Carbon Custom construction offers a happy medium between resilience, flex, and light weight, allowing you to stomp huge tricks without the fear of damaging the board. Featuring an extreme thin profile, parallel rails, balanced nose and tail shape with a flat rocker, this board is ready for all aspiring strapless freestyle riders.
The Phantom seems like a great option for wingsurfers who are looking for a little more low-end foil-up speed and some extra stability when up and riding. We’d also choose the Phantom for prone and SUP foilsurfing, specifically for the purpose of bumping up our pump game to get back to the top of the reef. The Phantom creates a ton of drive on pumps that help you stay on foil while looking for the next wave or swell to lock into. For wingsurfers, it’s the same game and the Phantom helps you find that energy and creates drive that will help you stay in the glide zone longer. Overall, the Phantom is a very important and timely addition to the F-One lineup with its super drivey and stable ride matched with lightweight but stiff appendages that deliver the perfect high-performance user experience.
This year the Bandit platform has been divided into two distinctive kite models based on sizes. What was simply the 2019 Bandit is now the Bandit 2020 and the Bandit-S models. The Bandit 2020 is now optimized to perform as a big air freestyle megaloop kite and the Bandit-S is designed to perform as surf kite. F-One had been valiantly attempting to optimize the Bandit for multiple disciplines, but having taken ‘one size fits all’ to the limit, the freestyle big air crowd now gets a dedicated launch platform in the sizes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17m