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.
You wouldn’t think i did this for a living with that wait ……
A mornings Edit of the kitesurf trip to tiree last year September ….
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.”
It is big
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.