2013 our tried and tested best picks for you all complete with kite, bar lines and pump call us for further info as we have great deals on wetsuits and harnesses to be added to those packages:
Beginners package deal recommendations:
In 2013, Airush brings the DNA to the masses in a plug-and-play package that gets you on the water and ripping in no time! Using the platform of the highly successful Lithium, the DNA keeps riders from entry level to advanced in mind with the stability and simplicity of a Delta Hybrid shape – ensuring a fast and easy relaunch. Incorporating the V3 Bridle, the DNA offers safe amounts of wind range and instant depower, in order to maximize those days on the water.
9 or 10m dna package with intermidiate board not beginner aprox £1000 depending on your board choice call for further info
The Neo was a new kite in 2011 for the North Kiteboarding line up; it is the weapon of choice for the hardcore wave riders on our team. Airton Cozzolino uses it as his kite for tearing up the waves on the KSP World Tour, and just about anywhere else his travels may take him. The Neo is a simple three-strut design, offering blistering responsiveness, ease of use and a smooth power development throughout the turning arc of the kite. Because we only use three struts the Neo is incredibly lightweight, this means it drifts as you ride down wave, allowing you to concentrate on getting barrelled and getting the ride of your life. The Neo sits a little further back in the window, which allows it to drift, rather than fly backwards. This also means it performs well when depowered, steering control is maintained and the kites lively behaviour isn’t lost when it reaches the upper limits of it’s wind range. The Neo also performs impeccably unhooked, meaning it will suit whatever your style of waveriding. Should the waves not show up for your trip it can also be used for freestyle as well, the responsive steering, smooth power development and easy water relaunch make it perfect for learning new moves! If it is a wave killer you’re after, accept no substitute, the Neo is your kite.
9M neo package with beginner board £1269 (boards can be upgraded at an extra cost)
The ultimate all rounder, the Evo from North Kiteboarding is the kite to own if you change your riding style as often as you change your clothes! Jaime Herraiz needs no introduction as a rider, he excels at freestyle, freeride and wave kiting, and the Evo is his choice. Tom Hebert competed at the top level of the sport in freestyle, is also known for boosting huge old school moves and shredding the waves, naturally the Evo is his choice too. The kite has a smooth, predictable feel that riders fall in love with, the power delivery is progressive and the kite feels more like a C kite than the delta hybrid that it is. This year the Evo incorporates the new adaptive tips and also our streamline strut system, these new struts allow us to control the flow of air over the kite much better. This means we can improve the kites turning speed and responsiveness and reward the rider with a much more lively feeling kite. The larger sizes have a fuller profile and this gives them a much better low end range. The Evo can be flown with 4 lines or 5 giving the rider the choice to ride the kite however they desire. Depower is excellent, while the turning is direct and responsive allowing the rider to instinctively feel where the kite is in the window. The Evo soon ceases to be a kite and instead becomes an extension of your own arms! Hooked in, unhooked, freeride, freestyle, small waves, monster swells, strapped or unstrapped the Evo is your ticket to ride!
9m evo package with beginner board £1389 (boards can be upgraded at an extra cost)
High performance kites Advance riders choice.
2013 AIRUSH RAZOR
As a dedicated 5-line kite, the Razor attracts C-kite enthusiasts, freestyle fanatics, and wave purists with its high-end performance. Designed with 2x Vice World Champion Alex Pastor, 2009 World Champion Bruna Kajiya, Dutch Champion Bas Koole, and up and coming rookie Oswald Smith. The 2013 Airush Razor keeps the C-kite feel and performance that wakestyle and freestyle riders demand. While maintaining these characteristics of amazing pop, unhooked ability and kite looping, the Razor has great range and comfort for everyday riders. Never has a kite delivered the highest level of performance within the reach of intermediate riders. Now available in Bullet Proof Construction featured only on the Razor Team. Built and tested to minimize impact related damages and enhance responsiveness throughout the entire kite.
- New school C-kite
- 5 Line
- High end performance
Note: Aramid Load Frame Technology only available on Razor Team Series (Red CC)
Thats what Airush have to say we at Airforce belive this is the markets best choice pure C kite it has direct steering 120% feeling through the bar but not for the faint hearted, if you are looking for excitment this is the kite for you.
2013 AIRUSH WAVE
Specifically designed for one thing only, the Airush Wave is the ultimate choice for serious surf riders. Making the Airush Wave unique from others in its class is the Bullet Proof Construction, ensuring stability and strength throughout the entire canopy, the Wave manages all the abuse that Mother Nature and you, the rider, can throw at it. The Wave features excellent drifting capabilities absolutely necessary for riding in and out of critical sections. The large surface area in the wingtips creates a kite that steers quickly, while the SL-C shape and reduced LE diameter ensure smooth power delivery during bottom turns and allows the kite to fly forward in the window, enhancing the unhooked performance. The Airush Wave is perfection for all types of surf riding.
Thats what Airush have to say we feel very different about this kite and are curious as to why its called a wave kite although it is good in the waves this kite easily stands along side the Vegas and Rpm as an all around high performance high-bred great for freestyle, unhooked and hangtime too. We did feel however that this kite has the most direct and best bar feel of all the kites in its class.
2013 north vegas
The 2013 Vegas is the definitive freestyle kite in the North Kiteboarding line up. Our top freestyle riders use it as a devastating weapon of choice; world class athletes like Tom, Thomas, Mario, Cesar, Reno and Stefan have the Vegas as their go-to kite for all conditions. The Vegas has a long heritage with North Kiteboarding and we have been constantly developing it to create the ultimate freestyle kite. Whilst the Vegas is a freestyle machine we wanted it to be a little more than that. By tuning the kite you can create a few different set ups and allow it to suit different riding styles. On the frontlines are two settings; freestyle gives the rider more depower, more lift, precision kiteloops and very reactive steering. The wakestyle setting gives the rider more pop when unhooked, a longer “power delay” to allow easier handle passes and slightly less reactive steering so you can concentrate on the rails and kickers. The rear lines can be tuned to increase or decrease the turning speed of the kite to suit almost any rider.
Compared to last years model we have tuned quite a lot on the 2013 Vegas, the quarter strut was moved further out towards the wingtip to improve the low-end range of the kite. This also helped us to create a more rigid tip to the kite, the concentration of struts in the tip area helps make the kite very responsive and direct in terms of bar feeling. We also made the wingtips wider to improve steering and responsiveness. Hook yourself into the 2013 Vegas and prepare to be blown away by the performance of this freestyle and wakestyle machine.
Although the shape has changed the feel remains the same the steering is no where near as direct as the Airush Razor however it has far more depower. It is marketed as a C kite however its much more of a high-bred high depower kite with C kite charachteristics. We would recommend this for those who want a C kite but with the security of that depower on demand. For those who want to try there first C kite this is the kite for you high performance but still forgiveing. Intermidate to advanced riders.
2013 SLINGSHOT RPM
2013 RPM 2013 Slingshot RPM
Sizes: 4.5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 12m, 14m
We changed everything with the introduction of the RPM five short years ago. It’s proven “Open-C” canopy design and Slingshot’s patented Split Strut technology continue to push kite design to a new level even today. The RPM created (and still dominates) the 3 Strut “Open-C” category.
Through years of testing and rider feedback, we have made steady improvements and subtle refinements until reaching the pinnacle it is at today. The 2013 RPM Crossover kite is a powerful combination of aggressive freestyle characteristics and progressive crossover performance. It’s low profile wingtips increase turning speed and reduce drag, while the custom attachment points optimize kite performance and deliver complete tuning from freestyle to wakestyle in seconds. Inspired by our world class team, the RPM delivers unmatched out of the box performance with many options for personal customization.
Over the years, we have built a full range of sizes to help you create your perfect quiver. From dominating freestyle to hard core crossover, the 2013 RPM retains it’s standards of durability and stability along with it’s aggressive look and feel on the water.
Complete Package Includes: Kite, Compstick Control Bar, Lines and Backpack
Again similar to the vegas and airush wave basically choose your favourite on looks as what one is better in one way is worse in otherways to kites in its class, a little more direct on the bar than the vegas, but doesnt have the lift and hangtime as the other two. It is however super nice unhooked fast through the air with great depower.
Boards for 2013
THE GAME CHANGER -Nobile 50/50
Developed with Mike „The Knife” Blomvall the 50Fifty is a weapon of choice for Brazylian freestyle wizards Eudazio Da Silva and Carlos Madson. This board is the ultimate freestyle ripper that can dominate the discipline with or without using full boots. This wakestyle inspired model is dedicated to all the riders looking for spectacular POP, comfortable landings, limitless control and edge grip.
Dedicated to aggressive riding, the 50Fifty is capable of handling just about anything: flat lagoon, choppy water and a cable park. This board changes every spot on a new-schoolers playground. For 2013 we've redesigned the dimensions of the 50Fifty, so the sizes are now more versatile and it's easier to choose the best board for you.
Shinn The Street
Welcome to a new possibility of peak performance.
We combined the hooligan tendencies from the Monk with the raw grip and POP of the Supershinn. The Street redefines the very nature of cross over, bringing all things to all riders, combining our CC rocker and Squoval mould with a fresh dynamic flex pattern and more progressive outline. This might be the only board you’ll ever need.
Your wallet will like you!
The Street comes naked. No pads, no straps, no fins. Just the board; the naked Shinn! We bring you the supreme quality and finish you expect from us without the price tag you dread.
The New Super shinn
An instant standard in freestyle performance
Speed, control, Pop, grip, drive.... only one board can deliver it all. After bursting onto the scene last year the New Supershinn refines what it's predecessor started. Not just for the accomplished freestyler; this ride offers accessible performance in the harshest conditions and buttery perfection alike. Wakestyle or freestyle, the Supershinn breaks the rules and opens new doors for riders to push themselves and their limits.
The kiteboard that changed kiteboards forever! The Jaime was the first board to utilize the now ubiquitous snowboard technology you see in just about every board on the market. The Jaime still leads the way in terms of construction, utilizing a new carbon beam on the top and bottom, which allows us to save up to 10% off the weight and delivers more progressive flex and pop. This season the Jaime comes with an even more freestyle oriented outline for more aggressive unhooked freestyle performance. To keep the comfortable freeride roots, we scooped the board more and made the flex slightly softer. With 7 years of pedigree behind it the 2013 Jaime is the most refined board we build, the flex is comfortable, yet still allows riders to be aggressive. Carving is smooth and predictable thanks to the smooth outline and the double V shaped bottom gives excellent grip. Jaime Herraz defines a certain style of kiteboarding, his signature board emulates that style, strap in and ride like Jaime!
Jaime 130 / 133 / 136
NKB S-BEND FS 4.6
NKB S Bend FS 5.0
The Gambler is our wakestyle board, designed for the hardcore riders out there looking for a board that performs with boots. Of course we recommend you ride it with the North Kiteboarding Frank Boot! It features a huge “wakestyle” rocker; this makes it the perfect board for the cable, the boat and of course the kite. The bottom sheet is made from our super durable “Tuff Skin” material that is designed to take abuse from kickers and sliders. The Gambler 2013 comes with a Carbon Beam Construction, which delivers progressive flex and additionally saves 10% in overall weight! This rail destroyer has special inserts for boots, is delivered with 3.5cm fins to keep it loose and to keep the kids happy there is a Young Blood version too. Tom Court and Thomas Paris both choose the Gambler for their hardcore riding style, if you want to ride wakestyle, then the Gambler chooses you!
Gambler 136 / 139 / 142
NKB S-BEND FS 3.5
Gambler YoungBlood 125
NKB S Bend FS 4.2
High - End
The legendary top level waist harness featuring the new X-Spine back support generation. This harness combines a maximum of support for the body with a high wearing comfort; a perfect fit due to the 3D zone shape and the inside Dual density foam construction, combined with a maximum of protection for the lower back muscles. The webbing buckles get covered with the new Belt garage 2.0.
Mid - Range
Fullmoulded harness construction with perfect fit due to the new Contour shape 2.0. Leightweight foam at the inside and outside of the harness reduces its overall weight. An Anti-ride up profile on the inside prevents the harness from slipping up. Winner of a RED DOT DESIGN award!
Budget oriented crossover Kite- / Windsurf harness; including Contour shape 2.0 and neoprene cusion inside for a comfortable ride; can be used as a kitesurf and windsurf harness by changing the relevant fitting on to the harness. A removable handle pass leash converts a windsurf- into a kite harness.
High - End
ION Onyx Voltage
Anti_Smell: Sanitized® treated - no bacteria, no odor, no mildew - consistant freshness for every ride (New!)
Superb Strech: superb elastic and light stretch jerseys for best freedom of movement
S_Seal: liquid glue on all GBS seams for sealing and tearing strength
Completely revised design of our premium class double lined wetsuit line with improved front zip construction and a panel layout most appreciated in surfing. A refined combination of incredible stretchy Recycled_Polyester and super warm Helio_Plush quickdry jersey, wrapped in an exquisit classical graphic design with S_Seal seams. Upper price range.
Semidry 4,5 DL
Crash_Padz: protection panels on shin/ribs made of K_Type Neoprene
Flex_Control: stretch panels along the back panel for improved flex
Maximum stretch: maximum elastic stretch jersey in upper body, arms, legs.
Our classic in the range again defines the core values ION stands for: Supreme tech and quality combined with a progressive look and style – this is Strike! More double lined jersey for best flex and abrasion resistance. Protection panels in all stress areas to protect the rider and the gear. All wrapped up in 2 distinct colorways – you choose your weapon! Mid price range.