First AMP 10.3 arrived today at one of the shops overhere. 11.9 should be available soon too. Smaller sizes will arrive, according to the shop, first month 2003.
I rather hope that the AMP will NOT be a RhinoI(II) sort of kite because I like the light feel and really good depower(BIG range) of the AB's 2002. I will find out soon enough. Wipika will make 2003AB's, probably that will be my kind of kite.
Yeah it'll be interesting to see what the 2003 AB turns out like... so much attention has been on the hard pulling kites like the Rhino II, 2003 Fuel and the AERO II.... now perhaps is it the topendish kites turn to take the limelight??
I was under the impression that the AMP was the new airblast - no more new versions of the airblast being made? is that not correct? if not can anyone point me to where they found this information out?
firstly your comparing a 2001 kite with a 2002 kite.......i have tried the amp, and i own 3 2003 black tips and they both perform well, the amp pulls hard and had low end but isnet very stable, the black tip hasnt got much low end power but it is soooo stable and turns just right, i hate people dissing brands because of 3 year old kites, try the new ones....you will be impressed
There will also be a 2003 Air Blast from Wipika, but not with the news as the AMB and The Hydro+ will have. (Rocket struts etc)
Rumers says that the first sampels of the AMB and The Hydro+ is on the way out world wide. Well it is still 2002, so I guess they will make it!
Here is an Emailfrom Luca Marketing Manager from Wipika:
The equipement this year is really incredible, the amp has ~30% lift than the 02 airblast, and much more user friendly, the hydro is an amazing kite. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it. Concerning the marketing and information, please be patient, come january things will look much different. Once the new materials (web, pressreleases, etc.) start coming out, I hope you will still take the time to provide your feedback.
I hope this has answered some of your questions.
Furthermore he wrote me, that the amp is the successor to the airblast and The hydro+ now also has competition level performance.
I guess that should stop specualtions.
AMP is in the shops in teh end of December in Limited counts.