Just rode my 2010 Ocean Rodeo Rise for a few hours today (this was moved from another forum, an actually posted last week) and I wanted to share my first impressions. I have to post today after only one 2 hour session because I noticed improvements right away. Awesome improvements! Game changing! Last year when I got the 2009 kites I wrote:
Like a lot of Rise riders I was worried that OR would try to tweak it too much in the name of improvement.
Well I'm again happy to say that not only did they not regress the kite by 'over-tweaking' but the kite is significantly better than the 2008 and 2009. I don't say this lightly. I'm a huge OR fan since my 2007 quiver, and each year they have improved a little bit.... BUT... this year the improvement is beyond incremental, it's really pretty fantastic.
I know I sound a bit stoked right now but I am. The best way I can put it is they made many things better without regressing anything that I already liked.
The kite still flies very much the same way, it's definitely a Rise. I was worried that the removal of the center strut would change the way the kite flies. It does, but only in good ways. In other words it steers and feels the same, just with more power, stability, precision and speed. If I had to quantify it I might say it feels 20-30% better. I know that doesn't really mean anything but it's hard to explain how much better it felt.
The first thing I noticed is the stability. The kite is noticeably more stable. Even walking down the beach, it just sits there with hardly a ripple. It's really really stable.
The second thing I noticed was the power and speed with which it loops. I think where this kite REALLY is going to get some notice and excel is in this area. It's a complete game changer.
The kite comes out of the loop and climbs to the top of the window with incredible power and speed. This allowed me to keep the kite over me longer and pull for the loop at the last second. It seemed like my timing was significantly better because the kite responds with power and speed more quickly. I was getting more of that parachute effect after loops because the kite got back up to the top so much faster.
I feel like just that one aspect of the new kite already has made me a better rider. I just felt so much more comfortable pulling loops of all sorts because the kite gets around and up really really well. I really can't even do a good job of putting to words how much better it loops. There are no dead spots or spots where it pulls too much. It's like a consistent power thru the entire loop.
The kite seems to turn faster, my 12 felt like closer to a 10 in that respect.
The other thing I noticed was that the kites seems unlikely to backstall (at all). Each year the Rise has improved in this category but this year it almost seems as though it just won't. I think this will come into play with unhooked maneuvers, you can ride out of the trick and not worry about hooking in again so quickly to avert a backstall. Almost felt like a C-Kite riding around unhooked.
As previewed, it jumps higher and longer. It really hangs. I had to slow down my rotations because I would do a normal pop and rotation and over-rotate because of the extra hang time. I can't wait to try the kite a bit overpowered (as I hear the high end is insane).
Between 2008 and 2009 they changed the depower a bit so the kite depowered more with less throw. This year they seem to have throttled that back a bit, perhaps split the difference is the best way to put it. It feels better to me, pretty natural, not too much not too little
My friend who also rides OR Rise quiver tried it for 1.5 hours after I was done and he is just as pumped as me. We both are frankly surprised at how much better the kite is because we already felt like the 08 and 09 Rise were the perfect kites. This one is noticeably better. Last year the 2009 was better than the 2008 but it was subtle. This year it's not subtle, it's large!