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 Post subject: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:10 am 
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First off, let me inform you there was a little communication error when I purchased this board. I thought I was buying a 139x44 Kick-S. Now, it seemed a little large when handling it, but I thought that could be because of the wider than average width. When I got it back to the house and compared it to my wing the light caught the board just right and revealed the actual size of 144x146. Fuck, I said to myself. How did I not see that. Then the light shifted and the size numbers disappeared again. So I only feel half stupid for bringing this board home. This board is waaaaayyyyy bigger than what I wanted. I was looking for a mid range board closing the gap of my custom 140 and my wing.Then I remembered, I live in Florida and with the shit winds we get, another big board isn't such a bad idea.

The board shape reminds me of a skateboard. High rocker on the tails and a nice flat mid section. There are (2) 1 3/4" carbon stringers running the length of the board. The straps and pads are comfy and have a very nice toe grip, but the laces are a pain in the ass during the break-in sessions due to the stretching.

First session- 11-14mph choppy conditions- Normally, In these conditions I would pair my 17 flite with my custom 140. I decided to pump up my new 12m vegas (one previous session) and try out my new Kick-S. The first thing I noticed was how light this board felt on my feet. It did not feel like a big solid door type board. It was very maneuverable and playful. The next thing I was really caught off guard by was the pop. I was only popping off a small piece chop and it felt like a springboard. My single back roll turned into an almost double from the unexpected height. Maybe, this carbon hype isn't really bullshit after all????
The upwind ability was great. The combination of high rocker ends and flat mid section performed well together. This board eats chop like AirBunny spews bullshit. It is the smoothest board I have ridden to date.

After many more sessions I am still really really liking this board. I've had it out in20-25mph winds and to my surprise not been over powered. I thought the extra width would limit my top end but I was wrong. The flex and width also make for some very soft and controlled landings.

Waves- Now I don't have much experience kiting in the waves, but I did grow up surfing. I could easily boost off the waves on my way out and actually ride them on the way back in.( I had trouble in this area with my custom and my wing.) It was nice being able to carve up and down the waves while also catching some floaters. The over the top bright ass rasta colors come in handy while trying to locate your board in the the surf.

So- there it is.If you get the chance,Give this board a try....You'll like it. (unless you're a woman with a dick)


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 Post subject: Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:59 pm 
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Do-it wrote:
First off, let me inform you there was a little communication error when I purchased this board. I thought I was buying a 139x44 Kick-S. Now, it seemed a little large when handling it, but I thought that could be because of the wider than average width. When I got it back to the house and compared it to my wing the light caught the board just right and revealed the actual size of 144x146. Fuck, I said to myself. How did I not see that. Then the light shifted and the size numbers disappeared again. So I only feel half stupid for bringing this board home. This board is waaaaayyyyy bigger than what I wanted. I was looking for a mid range board closing the gap of my custom 140 and my wing.Then I remembered, I live in Florida and with the shit winds we get, another big board isn't such a bad idea.

The board shape reminds me of a skateboard. High rocker on the tails and a nice flat mid section. There are (2) 1 3/4" carbon stringers running the length of the board. The straps and pads are comfy and have a very nice toe grip, but the laces are a pain in the ass during the break-in sessions due to the stretching.

First session- 11-14mph choppy conditions- Normally, In these conditions I would pair my 17 flite with my custom 140. I decided to pump up my new 12m vegas (one previous session) and try out my new Kick-S. The first thing I noticed was how light this board felt on my feet. It did not feel like a big solid door type board. It was very maneuverable and playful. The next thing I was really caught off guard by was the pop. I was only popping off a small piece chop and it felt like a springboard. My single back roll turned into an almost double from the unexpected height. Maybe, this carbon hype isn't really bullshit after all????
The upwind ability was great. The combination of high rocker ends and flat mid section performed well together. This board eats chop like AirBunny spews bullshit. It is the smoothest board I have ridden to date.

After many more sessions I am still really really liking this board. I've had it out in20-25mph winds and to my surprise not been over powered. I thought the extra width would limit my top end but I was wrong. The flex and width also make for some very soft and controlled landings.

Waves- Now I don't have much experience kiting in the waves, but I did grow up surfing. I could easily boost off the waves on my way out and actually ride them on the way back in.( I had trouble in this area with my custom and my wing.) It was nice being able to carve up and down the waves while also catching some floaters. The over the top bright ass rasta colors come in handy while trying to locate your board in the the surf.

So- there it is.If you get the chance,Give this board a try....You'll like it. (unless you're a woman with a dick)


Humm ! very interesting , I wanted to switch my carbon wing 161 for a little smaller , could be a good choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:03 pm 
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Nice review man - I ride a 135 and 139 Carbon Kick. Pretty much love it.

How does the kick S compare to the Carbon kick if you have tried both?


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 Post subject: Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:04 am 
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early bird2 wrote:
Do-it wrote:
First off, let me inform you there was a little communication error when I purchased this board. I thought I was buying a 139x44 Kick-S. Now, it seemed a little large when handling it, but I thought that could be because of the wider than average width. When I got it back to the house and compared it to my wing the light caught the board just right and revealed the actual size of 144x146. Fuck, I said to myself. How did I not see that. Then the light shifted and the size numbers disappeared again. So I only feel half stupid for bringing this board home. This board is waaaaayyyyy bigger than what I wanted. I was looking for a mid range board closing the gap of my custom 140 and my wing.Then I remembered, I live in Florida and with the shit winds we get, another big board isn't such a bad idea.

The board shape reminds me of a skateboard. High rocker on the tails and a nice flat mid section. There are (2) 1 3/4" carbon stringers running the length of the board. The straps and pads are comfy and have a very nice toe grip, but the laces are a pain in the ass during the break-in sessions due to the stretching.

First session- 11-14mph choppy conditions- Normally, In these conditions I would pair my 17 flite with my custom 140. I decided to pump up my new 12m vegas (one previous session) and try out my new Kick-S. The first thing I noticed was how light this board felt on my feet. It did not feel like a big solid door type board. It was very maneuverable and playful. The next thing I was really caught off guard by was the pop. I was only popping off a small piece chop and it felt like a springboard. My single back roll turned into an almost double from the unexpected height. Maybe, this carbon hype isn't really bullshit after all????
The upwind ability was great. The combination of high rocker ends and flat mid section performed well together. This board eats chop like AirBunny spews bullshit. It is the smoothest board I have ridden to date.

After many more sessions I am still really really liking this board. I've had it out in20-25mph winds and to my surprise not been over powered. I thought the extra width would limit my top end but I was wrong. The flex and width also make for some very soft and controlled landings.

Waves- Now I don't have much experience kiting in the waves, but I did grow up surfing. I could easily boost off the waves on my way out and actually ride them on the way back in.( I had trouble in this area with my custom and my wing.) It was nice being able to carve up and down the waves while also catching some floaters. The over the top bright ass rasta colors come in handy while trying to locate your board in the the surf.

So- there it is.If you get the chance,Give this board a try....You'll like it. (unless you're a woman with a dick)


Humm ! very interesting , I wanted to switch my carbon wing 161 for a little smaller , could be a good choice.


Litewave Dave was in our are yesterday and apparently for 2015 he's changed up the size of the wings. Now instead of 161, he's got a 165 and a 155. The 155 was really sweet the few minutes I rode it. I doubt that's enough to make you switch from your 161, but I thought I'd throw it out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:46 am 
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LSUkiter wrote:
early bird2 wrote:
Do-it wrote:
First off, let me inform you there was a little communication error when I purchased this board. I thought I was buying a 139x44 Kick-S. Now, it seemed a little large when handling it, but I thought that could be because of the wider than average width. When I got it back to the house and compared it to my wing the light caught the board just right and revealed the actual size of 144x146. Fuck, I said to myself. How did I not see that. Then the light shifted and the size numbers disappeared again. So I only feel half stupid for bringing this board home. This board is waaaaayyyyy bigger than what I wanted. I was looking for a mid range board closing the gap of my custom 140 and my wing.Then I remembered, I live in Florida and with the shit winds we get, another big board isn't such a bad idea.

The board shape reminds me of a skateboard. High rocker on the tails and a nice flat mid section. There are (2) 1 3/4" carbon stringers running the length of the board. The straps and pads are comfy and have a very nice toe grip, but the laces are a pain in the ass during the break-in sessions due to the stretching.

First session- 11-14mph choppy conditions- Normally, In these conditions I would pair my 17 flite with my custom 140. I decided to pump up my new 12m vegas (one previous session) and try out my new Kick-S. The first thing I noticed was how light this board felt on my feet. It did not feel like a big solid door type board. It was very maneuverable and playful. The next thing I was really caught off guard by was the pop. I was only popping off a small piece chop and it felt like a springboard. My single back roll turned into an almost double from the unexpected height. Maybe, this carbon hype isn't really bullshit after all????
The upwind ability was great. The combination of high rocker ends and flat mid section performed well together. This board eats chop like AirBunny spews bullshit. It is the smoothest board I have ridden to date.

After many more sessions I am still really really liking this board. I've had it out in20-25mph winds and to my surprise not been over powered. I thought the extra width would limit my top end but I was wrong. The flex and width also make for some very soft and controlled landings.

Waves- Now I don't have much experience kiting in the waves, but I did grow up surfing. I could easily boost off the waves on my way out and actually ride them on the way back in.( I had trouble in this area with my custom and my wing.) It was nice being able to carve up and down the waves while also catching some floaters. The over the top bright ass rasta colors come in handy while trying to locate your board in the the surf.

So- there it is.If you get the chance,Give this board a try....You'll like it. (unless you're a woman with a dick)


Humm ! very interesting , I wanted to switch my carbon wing 161 for a little smaller , could be a good choice.


Litewave Dave was in our are yesterday and apparently for 2015 he's changed up the size of the wings. Now instead of 161, he's got a 165 and a 155. The 155 was really sweet the few minutes I rode it. I doubt that's enough to make you switch from your 161, but I thought I'd throw it out there.


Thanks for the information. I'll be looking at 145/45 or 146/46 .


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 Post subject: Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed
PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:55 am 
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skullcandy wrote:
Nice review man - I ride a 135 and 139 Carbon Kick. Pretty much love it.

How does the kick S compare to the Carbon kick if you have tried both?



I didn't get the chance to ride the carbon kick, but I have examined them. From that expeirence I can tell you the kick-s is lighter and feels much more flexible. This board is great in the waves.


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