The competition for the best performance is fierce, the designs and kite features diverse, and the sheer number of available choices mind blowing. The worldwide economic woes didn’t stop the kite world from evolving as 2011 proves to be another exceptional year for equipment innovations that are driving board and kite performance to new levels.
The SBC Kiteboard Test Team was hard at work this fall and over a two-week span tested the mettle of the latest models of kites and boards. Countless ocean and sound test sessions were conducted in a diverse range of wind and water conditions. The 2011 Buyers’ Guide issue gives some insight into the expanding kite gear jungle and will help to uncover the key kite flying characteristics that best suit your style of riding, skill level and desired kite discipline.