Oct 24, 2013
Author: John Bryja
Light winds greeted the test team at day break, providing yet another glassy SUP and surf session, this time across the street at the Rodanthe Pier.
It wasn't long until the cats paws began to appear and Cape Hatteras delivered an ideal day for testing the 9 and 12 meter freeride kites and twin-tip boards. A warm and building South Westerly wind had the SBC Kiteboard magazine team on the water and sessioning the flat water of the Pamlico Sound by 11 am. In the lighter conditions before the cold front, the 12 meter Airush Lithium proved itself to be one of the faster turning 12 meter kites of the test.
The predicted cold front rolled through around 3:30, driving the wind up a few knots and provided some larger chop to test the boards handing in the bumpier conditions. The 9 meter North Dice kite was a real standout in the stronger conditions, with multiple testers commenting on their instant love of the kite.
Daniel Steiner on the 2014 Naish Motion.
Mikael Lanoe on the 12 m Best TS and Cabrinha 137 Tronic.
Daniel Steiner testing the low end ability of the 7 m Airush Lithium. All three sizes of Lithiums made it on the water as the wind built.
The 9 m North Rebel and Daniel Steiner soars over SBC editor/photographer John Bryja.
SBC Kiteboard magazine test editor Shane Thompson carves a turn on the inside with the new 2014 North Dice and Naish Motion board. The Dice has a really nice combination of nimble stearing, power through the turns, and usable depower.
Today is promising more 12 meter testing.