La Ventana 2009
I 've been checking out the new Ocean Rodeo gear for 2009.
And to be to the point it is impressive.
The Rise 14 and 10m that I've been riding have more range then I've experienced in 3 years of riding the Best Nemesis or Waroo I had best kites since 2006.
Bottom end seams similar, but top end is huge probably 20% better then Nemi 2008
Construction is OR standard tough, great leading edge seam laps, one pump inflate tubes are covered in neoprene for sun protection, briddle deflectors built in even briddle holding velcro and self rescue handles, all built in. WoW. Oh, did I mention crazy fast turning speed, even the 14 blew me away.
The power & depower is also much smoother. More predictable and simply makes you a better rider instantly.
Also having a bar with power / depower setting below the bar rules. it is on the fly with ease adjustment, I will never go back to reaching for a dangling depower strap. No down side that I have experienced, both fully depowered or max power setting. I read for years coming from companies that had above the bar depower straps of the negatives of below the bar adjustment, but as far as I can see its bull.
It's a much more enjoyable experience & not to have to decide if you should give your kite max power potential or depower it at the kite as you are setting up.
Below the bar power trim give you unlimited power or depower without having to put down the kite and change knot settings.
Re, the 2009 Ocean Rodeo Zen 135 x 41 - At first I though the width would be too much to handle big winds and I would have this ride for marginal days of 13 to 19mph range. But Ocean rodeo has come up with a board that beautifully handles 13 to 30.
Coming from a stiffer 132 x 37 as my shortest board, The Zen with its added flex has replaced My small, med and big board. not the biggest door style board of coarse.
The Zen also has huge pop, and goes upwind effortlessly. Hard sharp rails, flex tips and bomber construction put the icing on the cake.
Thanks Ocean Rodeo, and Bellingham kiteboarding, the product should sell itself.