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Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:33 am
by Toby
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Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

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Making specific kites for specific disciplines is what we do best, which means it was only a matter of time before we came out with a wave dedicated kite. The new Skinny Boy is for surfers who like to ride with power and super-quick steering abilities. Whether you go out strapless or with straps, you’ll find the Skinny Boy helps you charge any wave.

• Highly Reactive and Fast Turning
• Insta-Depower Feature
• Efficient Low End Performance
• High-Performance Drift
• Quality Craftsmanship

Sizes: 6 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 12

DESIGNER'S Q&A

When you sat down to design the Skinny Boy, what were the important characteristics you felt had to be in a wave kite?

Apart from the typical features you expect like drift and depower, it was important for us to design a wave kite that would perform well in various wind conditions and not limited to ideal side-off kite spots. This was achieved by designing an efficiently powered and more importantly, a fast-turning kite. A fast-turning kite lets you be dynamic and flexible, able to make the most out of the wave.
What was the biggest challenge you faced coming out with the Skinny Boy and how did you over come it?

To design a powerful kite that also has great depower was something that was very tricky. We kept the profile of the kite strong, as we have done on our other kites, and developed a new 3-point bridle system with two pulleys to give maximum depower. The longer the distance the pulleys travel, the bigger the depower range. With our bridle configuration we were able to increase this distance and provide more depower.
What is the one advantage you feel the Skinny Boy has over other wave kites?

Since the SB has exceptional low-end, the kiter has the privilege of using a relatively small kite that delivers powerful and quick turning performance. This takes the wave riding experience to a new level.

More info here: http://www.bladekites.com/products/skinny-boy


Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 2:20 am
by NYKiter
Yet another kite that looks like a Rebel...
When will they start making kites designed for side-on wind wave riding?
There needs to be a subdivision now...

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:44 pm
by kitesurfwarehouse
?

there are plenty of differences

The Skinny boy has a flatter profile
Isn't the rebel 5 struts ?
The bridle is quite unique on the skinny boy from what i have seen and has a double pully.
The LE Sweeps back waay more on the SB than on a rebel..
DO rebels still have that camber insert thingy in the trailing edge?

I haven't seen it in the flesh yet , but from the photo's they really are not all that similar. Just the wing tips i reckon.

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:19 am
by pixelpedro
IMO Looks A LOT MORE like the Epic Surf kite than a rebel

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 5:04 pm
by NYKiter
Epic surf kite - pretty much a North Fuse

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:25 pm
by kitesurfwarehouse
NYKiter wrote:When will they start making kites designed for side-on wind wave riding?
Apart from the typical features you expect like drift and depower, it was important for us to design a wave kite that would perform well in various wind conditions and not limited to ideal side-off kite spots. This was achieved by designing an efficiently powered and more importantly, a fast-turning kite. A fast-turning kite lets you be dynamic and flexible, able to make the most out of the wave.
NYKiter wrote:Epic surf kite - pretty much a North Fuse
Surely this is a wind up? Huge differences in those kites.. Like huge...



Anyhows this thread was about that lovely looking new skinny boy...

Lots of info is up on blade site now

http://bladekites.com/products/skinny-boy

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:16 pm
by L0KI
NYKiter wrote:Epic surf kite - pretty much a North Fuse
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 5:46 pm
by nikalaitzian
why the surf looks like the north or any other "big" brand?look in the mirror and see the "big" brand victim :roll:

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:37 pm
by samsam
Looks good.
Loved my Blade Vertigo.


Sam

Re: Blade Introduces the Skinny Boy

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:21 am
by calibra
In the kitesurf magazine, they have made a review from the Skinny Boy, they say that the kite is one of the best wave models in the market, i hope to get one soon!!!!


http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue46/?page=125