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Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby Do-it » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:10 am

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby early bird2 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:59 pm

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby skullcandy » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:03 pm

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby LSUkiter » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:04 am

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby early bird2 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:46 am

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby Do-it » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:55 am

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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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby peperider » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:25 pm

I cant wait to receive my Kick-S :jump:

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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby Litewave Dave » Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:17 am

Thanks for the kickass Kick-S review.
-Dave

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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby Younger » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:45 pm

Hi Do-it,
what weight are you? Why not use your 17m in under 14mph wind, rather than 12m? In hindisght would you prefer the smaller version board?

I ask because I recently posted that as a heavy rider (250 lbs) I am looking for a board for chop when wind above 20mph, with my 17m. My usual board is a litewave wing which I bought direct from Dave approx 6 years ago - keeps me on the water but as speed and chop increases it becomes less fun. Someone recommended the Kick S for this.

Thanks

Mark

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Re: Litewave Kick-S Reviewed

Postby dracop » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:13 pm

So Ive been demoing this board (Kick-S) recently, put a 30m session on it with my 11m RPM in higher winds and a 2hr session on my 17m Fat Lady in lighter winds. I tried out the 139x44, I weigh about 235lbs atm, heavily athletic build. I've been wanting to try a smaller board than my usual board (Best Breeze 145x44) as I am looking for an ocean swell/surf TT that responds well to high power (I am keeping my Breeze which responds well to low power) as well as something maneuverable for more tricks.

Upwindability - the rockered tails allow you to easily point the board to sharp angles upwind while the rails will "catch" you before you go so far as to spin around. The end result is that its easy to point the board upwind for upwinding. The board itself is not really an upwind machine, just easy to steer upwind imo.

Maneuverability - the board is very easy to maneuver for tricks, easy to get off the water or play around on the water. I was able to pop it very easily, however it does not load up like my Breeze. This means I was able to do lots of fast, rapid pops with no loading time but unlike my current board, I was not able to "load" the board anywhere near as much. So its easy to do a lighter pop using the springyness of the board but you wont be popping up as big as if you get a super stiff board.

Waves/Chop - if you plane it abit and flex it (easy to do), it will climb swells and wave faces. One of my major goals for this board was to see if I could climb a wave face using rocker and flexy tips to use the wave face as a vertical kicker. It worked quite well for this and with 2 hours on the water I was able to use the faces of heavy swells as a ramp to do backrolls on, then surf down the swell after the roll. Some of the heavy swells were about 5ft with alot of vertical in them as it was wind driven. I can tell it will work on a wave albeit not on a Teahupoo style wall of death. If you plane it a little while keeping more weight on your backfoot, the shape of the board will take right over chop. It rides over the chop more than smashing it.

Aerial Landings - here not so hot, I found the board to be very skatey when I did a big aerial and came in with a hot landing. The board simply would not hold at the landing point and it felt like it would slip out from under me. To be fair, I am accustomed to a big honking landing platform as my Breeze is much bigger and has a flatter surface, providing a big platform to land on. It could be my technique here, I simply was not able to get it to work well for larger air. Soft landings of all stripes were fine, but hot landings were a serious problem on this board.

Straps/Pads - the provided straps/pads must have been the medium size, my toes kept going over edge of the pads. It was really annoying. The skin on my left foot bunion is chafed from rubbing against the straps, not pretty. Overall I would have to check the size of the straps/pads on the provided demo board to see if the size was correct (I suspect not). One critique here, Litewave needs to use speed laces if they are going to stick with laces. I use speed laces on my LF Boots and the system works quite well. The provided straps had the laces come undone several times while on the water, which was a pain to fix. They sell speed laces at REI for like $10. If Litewave is going to stick with a lace system for its straps/pads, its gotta be speedlaces. Not sure why they dont use them as they are perfect for this application. As is, the laces kept coming undone causing me grief until finally I left it untied (which left the straps abit looser and prob contributed to the chafing/torn skin on my foot).

Overall its an interesting board. I am still debating whether I wish to buy it or not. It did accomplish one of my major goals - the ability to use flex and rocker to climb a a wave face for tricks - but left me hanging on bigger air due to the buttery/skatey landing issue. Bigger air is very important to me. One thing that might help would be different fins, which I have, but as it was not my board I was unable to try it with larger fins.

A big thanks to Litewave Dave for letting me demo the board.


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