Once again, Naish had the nicest boost at the fair. Covered with a camouflage netting and wooden floor it gives the visitor a great feeling. Robby and Flash are around and willing to talk to everyone and signing autographs. A great video runs all the time showing great kitesurf and windsurf tricks and jumps.
The new kites have a great quality and the new material looks great. Since we don't have any reports of the new materail, we don't know how good it really is. But I'm pretty sure they didn't come up with something bad!
Also some test reports have been very positive. Unfortunately no prototype of the X2 (ARX 2002) was shown. Flash Austin, who tested the kite two hours before his flight to Germany, told me, that the new X2 will have the same, or even a bit more, power for jumping, but the hangtime will be longer. Some changes in the profile had been done to make this possible. Fisrt test reports of the X2 will be possible end of March.
The Virus looks great as well.
The new bars have a smaller diameter and the eye for the depower has been covered with plastic so the depower doesn't brake as easy as last year. Interesting will be the new safety system of the X2, which might work with the depower line and has a quick release. Maybe that is the solution we all are waiting for!