Traditional directional kiteboards are based on a surfboard design, not ideally suited to kite specific needs. 4 years in the making, the Mako Duke is a fresh take on a directional kiteboard and borrows heavily from our long history of successful board design.
The Duke’s deep Mako concave ensures this board rides smoothly over the chop, reducing nose chatter often associated with other directional boards. The concave also helps the Duke rip up wind and leads to a much more stable board with a massive sweet spot, good for transitional footwork and landing tricks.
The Duke’s concave also allowed us to move the fins further back, giving the board a loose, free feel when turning off the tail at slower speeds and allowing for hard carving turns at higher speed off the rail.
Up top, the full EVA deck and flatter tail rocker gives the rider a sense of entitlement to explore their options and practically begs you to jam and ride the board backward for a laugh.
The Duke: The world’s first, fully rethought, kiteboarding specific directional.
This is available – old stock cheap and sorely tempted to add another board to my set up.
The 2014 T-REX was developed for a new breed of riders focusing on aerial tricks and fun, poppy changes in direction. This unique, progressive shape is trending in the surf industry with the top pro riders. Patrick Rebstock prefers this next generation surf shape because it makes it easier to spin and flip tricks with less swing weight and has a tight precise feel to blast upwind.
In life it is all about riding waves and being on the water. Try to push yourself really hard to get better and better. When there is no wind, surfing is the best thing in the world. Really connecting with the ocean and ride wave after wave after wave. Once the wind kicks in and the surf gets messy it’s really cool to grab the kite and ride these same waves over and over again.
The Basque Country’s Axi Muniain and tow partner Ibon “Koala” Ilarramendi taking on a new oceanic adversary near San Sebastian. Suffice to say, things didn’t quite go to plan.
“This is a new wave near San Sebastian, behind the “Peine de los vientos” (one of the iconic Statues of the city) and the Igeldo lighthouse,” says the filmmaker, Mikel Yerobi. “On the third wave Axi fell and broke one of his ribs. The consequence is that he needs to stay around four weeks without surfing.”
Before sunrise the farol da Nazaré was packed like never before with spectators to watch the ZON North Canyon Team – Garrett McNamara, Andrew Cotton and Hugo Vau – ride collosal waves from the biggest Atlantic swell so far this winter.
The day was similar to last January 28th. This time it was the UK’s Andrew Cotton who snagged the wave of the day. “Definitely the biggest waves I have ever seen.” said Cotton. “Tricky, challenging and definitely dangerous”.
“It was a wild day in Nazaré and I am so grateful everyone survived and that I was able to put my good friend on that bomb”, said Garrett McNamara, who haunts the Nazare canyon whenever the charts turn scarlet.
Also in the water today were Carlos Burle, Maya Gabeira, Pedro Scooby, Felipe Cesarano, Eric Rebiere, Sylvio Mancusi and Rodrigo Koxa.
McNamara decided to stop surfing after Mayas Gabeira suffered a brutal wipeout, and was washed unconscious onto the beach. Fortunately, she was successfully resuscitated faces no serious consequences.
I must have seen this countless times but it always amazes me……
Sujit R. Varma
A semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider’s look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the big wave. This passionate and fluid film is without question the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still-rebellious universe it inhabits today. Riding Giants is a study in individuality and freedom, the pursuit and techniques of pure kinetic pleasure, and the risk taking and attitudes that characterize its leading figures.
For some viewers, this is perhaps more than they ever wanted to know. But Peralta’s detailed knowledge of the surfing lifestyle, its icons and locations, its boom and exploitation by the media, and the fascination it has held for young men for more than five decades is unparalleled and fuels this expedition for the expert and initiate alike. Closely chronicling the sometimes-life-and-death drama that big-wave riding entails, Riding Giants is an often-mesmerizing visual thrill ride. But the most appealing aspect of this often revelatory documentary is the realization that the man versus nature dialectic never ends; the search for the ultimate wave and the spiritual pinnacle can only be pursued but never reached. — IMDb Plot: Riding Giants (2004 Documentary)
The hurricane may have been bad in the US but here in scotland it brings some rewards
This of course is bad news for cycling as the sportive 100 in howling wind an rain would make the ride miserable. But tomorrow wind and storm driven waves will hit the coast. It is the start of a 5 day onslaught but I will be working so today is the day to make the most of.
I recently bought a gopro HD with board mount and chest rig so tomorrow is test day, but I am guessing the 6 months of no riding will take their toll, and the subject will let it down.
Still think this concept might be the best route into wave sailing for kites – better than getting a surfboard for most kiters. The ability to ride backwards or switch gives huge relief to the legs and back and much better in most of the cross onshore conditions that I see.
You decide which way to ride waves ( front or backside) at the time to switch stance instead you simply switch the nose with the tail..
This great new concept will allow you to combine classi freestyle manouvers with hardcore wave riding.
The new ergo heel ABS pre-bent pads , are delivered with each board, allowing a perfect match of footstrap and pad placement when changing position on the deck. A new specifically re-designed Kite Fin set , two smaller fins for the nose and three bigger fins for the tail, allow to use the board at its maximum potential in the two different directions.
A full concave bottom shape gives the board a solid grip feeling and allows a better upwnd performance.
Anyone out there with an interest in ‘rambling’ (in the sense of kite,bike,tour,camera, surf) and who want to contribute then get in touch. I only started this blog as a ramble into the ether and now it turns out that people read it so – if you fancy writing about your tour on a surly big dummy, fell-running, bike maintenance or even reviews of things or places then I want to hear from you.
Good swell running but the wind was a bit patchy. Had a 20 min good spell with the surfboard but wind was gusty 10- 20knots so swapped for the TT as it is more controllable. Then heading out wind died and kite dropped out of sky … big set rolled in and I stupidly didn’t ditch the kite – the QR was on the chicken loop and not one of the lines …. Decided to try hold kite.
It was a costly mistake as I tried to hold on to the TT as well … the tide was ripping out and I thought it would be washed out to sea. So then disaster ended up 5 min later crawling out of surf with a cracked/bruised rib where the edge of the TT had slammed into my ribs and a torn 12m kite. Bladder popped and tears in leading edge and 3 panels …..
A £60 repair bill is the end of that little day – but still worth it for that earlier session on the waves.