Every time we cross paths with the iconic Mitu Pro surfboard in our freeride test we find there are a ton of layers to peel back with this full line of sizes and various constructions. This year we tested the Mitu Pro in the bamboo construction in the choppy small windswell conditions of our freeride test. The 2020 Mitu returns with a substantial amount of bottom shape with a double concave in the nose and a subtle spine trending into a single concave channel out back through the tail. The Mitu has a substantial amount of rocker built into its nose while its tail combines a thruster fin setup with a narrow swallow tail that amplifies this board’s turning response
“The freshman effort of the F-One team seems to have landed solidly on the nose with a focus on lightweight build and finely tuned performance that gives you a wing that works well for riders of all skill levels from beginner to professional. It’s important to remind ourselves how the historical innovation curve of kiteboarding played out over the first 10 years, which means there is much left to discover here, but it is our editorial opinion that the F-One Swing is the gold standard of wingsurfing’s start.” Tkb Staff
The Twenty-Twenty is really for those riders that want to use the Bandit for big air, hangtime and kite loops. At its top end, the ten metre Twenty-Twenty is more physical to handle than in the past, but the flipside is that it has better low end performance in 18 knots. The eight metre is totally dedicated to strong wind with stunning top end performance. On both kites when you’re moderately powered you can still throw them around, unhook and can combine airs and loops with some pretty decent wave riding.
On the water, the board impresses by how smooth it is to ride. Everything feels natural and totally intuitive. A perfect blend of glide, solid pop and smooth landings characterise this well-balanced shape. The TRAX ESL is available in two sizes 136 x 40.5 cm and 137 x 42 cm, which should fit a wide range of users. The proportions of the shape are inspired by the latest freestyle developments while the dimensions are kept more manageable. All versions come equipped with our UNIBox 50m fins, which offer better speed and improved glide thanks to their thinner profile.
This is part two in a three-part series on the experiences of a wingsurfers guide through progression. We had a bit of a break in the wind here in La Ventana allowing for some rest and reflection.
As mentioned in part one , I started this winging journey recently and wanted to pass along some of the experiences as new people learn about this exciting sport. Now, with roughly a month of solid riding behind me there has been a lot that has been learned and still more to know. I’m spending this season in La Ventana, a well-known kiting destination that I’ve visited many times over the past 14 years. It’s the perfect learning grounds for wing surfing. Coming from a strong kite surf background and focused purely on wave riding, I’m excited how winging has transformed my perception of a place like La Ventana that has “no waves”. This is true, there is very little in the way of “surf” here but there’s a good amount of deep water swell. Swell that can be easily ridden with a foil and wing which has made La Ventana, do I dare say it, a “surf destination” when viewed through the lens of riding swell with a wing and foil
A French family-business that has been involved in kiteboarding since the beginning, Manera develops kiteboarding gear for demanding riders: “We believe that the product is the heart of a company, and as a result most of our efforts are spent on the research, development and testing of the collection. We create products so nobody has to get out of the water because they are cold or uncomfortable.” Julien Salles answers our questions about the brand’s redesigned luggage collection, additions to the wetsuit line, harness fit and more.
Source: The Kiteboarder Magazine
F-One has a long history as a company focused on simple and clean product lines with excellent feel and performance. The Bandit has been the milestone of the F-One product family and has always been designed with the intention of putting it in the center of freeride category, maximizing its balance between multiple disciplines and attempting to create one of the largest spectrums of use with a single kite. Straddling the needs of surfing, generalist freeride and big air/mega looping freeride with one quiver of kites works for most people, but for other more niche focused kiteboarders the ‘one kite does it all’ approach forces implicit compromises between performance values.
TKB Product Review: Manera Eclipse Harness | surf setup August 1, 2019 Source: thekiteboarder.com Manera Says: Having worked on ergonomic designs for a while, our goal was to push our frame concept to more stiffness, allowing a better support of the back & a lower fit. But something 100% hard was not an option: Our […]
Overall, the Slice is a board that works great for someone looking for a little bit smaller of a template in a MPH cutoff shape. It goes upwind really well with a super comfortable yet fast feel while yielding fun but user-friendly control in the waves and solid strapless freestyle performance. Available in 5’1 & 5’3 sizes for 2019.