Review for Naish Shockwave07 2007 9.0
15kn to 30+kn
a couple of set up choices are inferior imho
Now had much chance to get this baby out on the water. I will compare it to Naish's Big air kite: Raven3 , which i have in 12m.
First off- compared to a 9m SLE of last year, this 9m is SERIOUSLY powerful! until i had it dialed i was contemplating swapping it for a 7m to go with my 12m C. If you do often ride in more than 30knots, i would suggest the 7m in fact, despite the quoted windrange of this 9m being upto 35knots. for an 82kg rider, waveriding with this 9m is not easy at 30knots. though ofcourse, boosting is fantastic....which is why i stuck with the 9m as that is where my preference lies.
As a high Aspect SLE this obviously has bags of glide, but furthermore, it has a good portion of wingtip that curves down- so not too flat. This means that for medium bar inputs the kite still carves a turn rather than spin on it's centreline. this is very nice. Pulls a very smooth sustained power kiteloop with decent radius. however if you really snatch at one side of the bar and yank it, while depowering the other side, the kite will do a very quick spinturn on the spot almost. handy for waveriding. In comparison the raven3 delivers a kiteloop with a brutal powerspike in the middle- nice for medium winds, but harsh in high winds. also the raven03, being fully C-kite, when you reaaly yank one end of the bar, will do a fast wingtip pivot turn still, with a bit more power/bite than the SW2.
In the jump:
Raven03 has great pop and initial lift, and also superior "feel" when you move it around in the sky while airborne- it is easier to judge the required bar input for specific redirects and "to-and-froing". In contrast the shockwave is a bit more vague when hanging beneath it- i.e. sometimes i put too much input in without realising it- not so good when redirecting when halway through a frontroll say.
SW" came with 2:1 setup and 20m lines. probably the best for a dedicated waverider who is used to it. Personally i found the 2:1 was too twitchy and did impinge on the session endurance(my poor arms!). It aslo gave the kite too much (spin) in the turns, and not enough carve- i.e. bled too much energy in turns and while sending/looping/redirecting it.
In comparison 1:1 delivers much better turn characteristics, imho better for jumping with. The bar travel to full depower is quite long- i.e. Waroo06 achieved more depower per inch of bar travel on a 1:1. But you can still achieve total depower, and i have grown to prefer a reduced sensitivity to sheeting anyway.
Now here is the key for all you SW2 jump freaks like me- ditch the 20m lines, and fit 25m lineset.
BINGO. With that modification, the Shockwave07 now boosts as well as the raven3, with dare i say it, superior hang. The raven3 can compete on hang time if you helicopter loop it, which it, being C, obviously does better than a SLE, but the SW2 comprehensively outglides the raven when fitted with longer lines and gently sined to-and-fro while airborne.
In defense of the raven- it has awesome top end- i have ridden the 12m in 30knots(just) and it wasn't survival kiting(but a couple o knots more would have been). The double depower on the raven is also the finest example of a bar system that delivers safety depower while retaining a stable smooth sheeting/steering with solid feel the rest of the time. I do think a larger SW would not be as good in the medium winds as the 12m Raven- the raven's aggresive edge makes it a more fun kite to fly in those winds and the more direct handling and more"kick in the pants" boosting/power delivery is what you need to get maximum height and airtime in 15-25mph. But the smoothness of the shockwave(like any small SLE i guess) does make it better in waves and gusty/high wind. And like i said, the glide and height with 25mlines on 1:1...unparalleled. At my beaches there are better riders who go higher than me(better technique), but i haven't seen anyone outgliding me since i have been on this kite. And i include other sle riders in that statement.
To sum up, i think Naish setup this kite for the big wave arena(2:1 20mlines), and marketed it as wave kite, so as not to confuse/compete too much against the Raven3. But in the smaller sizes , if you like hassle free high wind hangtime, i think the SW is the one to go for(and 25m lines!!)
Weight (kg): 81-90
Preferred Water: Wave
Preferred Power: Good
Preferred Kite Size: 9.0
Most Used Kite Size: 12.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 121-130
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
Similar gear used: waroo 9m 06
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