With 2019 almost in the review mirror, my kiteboarding adventure has taken a turn up. I am super stoked to have joined Airush Kiteboarding. I have only had the equipment for a little over a month, but my first contact has been awesome! Not only with the equipment, but also with the team of people at Airush. I look forward to a successful collaboration with them, a brand that has always come across as a core, driven by people who love the sport. That really appeals to me.
It was a serious baptism of new gear with my first taste of the “Wave” and the 5’6 Amp in some pretty massive waves at my home spot. The back swells were challenging but the reform gave me a chance to get a taste of what the equipment can do and left me frothing for another session.
On my second session I got a chance to really enjoy the board and kite.
It didn’t take long for me to feel totally at ease and to start hitting some radical sections.
On a side note, a new board gave me the opportunity to test the Vibram five fingers on a clean board surface. I am beyond stoked to report that the V-Aqua from Vibram give enough grip to not need any EVA grip or wax. I will keep riding like this for a while, see how it evolves and then do a more in depth report on that.
My first sessions on the Union 8m was also a “pedal to the metal” affair. 30\35 knots, maybe more. tried on 24 m and 21 m set up. Did some boosting, some old school and threw some nasty loops. The kite can be gentle or super aggressive, depending on how low you throw. The size for me is perfect to really boost and loop.
I look forward to some more overpowered sessions on it.
Also stoked to report that the cleat bar’s stopper works a charm for those “Old School” moves. Bring on the “dead mans”!
Onwards and upwards. Bring it on!