he time has come when to unveil what is coming for our new season in ten days time. For the last 3 years many have welcomed the Sector as a cornerstone of their quiver. This year will see the fourth evolution of a board that opened our eyes to the amount of fun you can have in under 10 knots of wind. For those of you who have not experienced this, or are reading about these boards for the first time, we found that it's not the amount of power you can generate in light winds that limits the amount of fun you can have in under 10 knots of wind. It's what you put that power into. A good sized sector requires only a third the amount of power as a normal twin, and it hammers upwind with such a ferocity that it's changed the possibilities of the sport for many. Keep you normal sized larger kite, and add a Sector board to the quiver and you have halved the minimum wind you need to ride. More than this we have found them fun, easy, but challenging to master too. A lightwind insurance policy for many, they have continued to surprise by actually polarising and prioritising many peoples riding away from their traditional styles. It may sound like hyperbole, but I'm sure many will come along to chip in and agree... The Sector and it's kind are one of the biggest things to happen in the mainstream of the sport in the last 10 years. T
his year we have updates and tweaks, but more interestingly three brand new boards. Two new boards called "Slayer" and a new One Design. If you click on the link below you'll get a download of the full Airush Race PDF which will explain in exact detail exactly what new kit there is, including the new race kites, exactly what tech is there, fin combinations, changes from this year to last, how it feels and works in comparison... everything. It's 5.8 meg though, but a pdf that should load on all your computers, tablets and phones..http://ktwodistribution.com/Ktwo/public/2013.2014_RACE_DEALER_GUIDE_V2_03_12_2012.pdf I
will go into more specific detail about the individual boards and kites throughout the year. Media, tests and demo opportunities, but for now, have a look at the brief summaries below, and if you need more, download that pdf. Airush are really getting their act together these last few years and this set of kit is very impressive - especially the extensions of the sector's tech into the Slayer's capabilities....
on the SECTOR V4
, light wind free / ride / race, released 20/22nd April 2013.
- new slightly tweaked shape
- 2 sizes in the range - 60 and 54, 66 is retired, replaced by a sector one design @ similar widths but more race oriented.
- keeps the same feel and dimensions as the V3 sector's of 2013
- sector 60 has the same finbox layout as 2013, BUT is supplied with 3 fins as stock instead of 4. These 3 fins are slightly bigger than the 3 fin option of 2013, and as such offer the advantages of 4 fin early planing / upwind bite, with the more carving oriented feel of last years 3 fin option. It's the best combo in my eyes (and I have tried a lot!)
- also has reduced swing weight in the nose
- also has more gybing oriented front strap configuration
- fin angle stays the same as last year - optimum angle for easy riding and efficiency
- sector 54 has the same fin and box layout as 2013 - the best and fastest layout for this shape.
- extra fins will be available for you to experiment with.
- new graphics
- we will have some interesting board bags for them come mid May
Quick lowdown on the SLAYER V1
, manoeuvre oriented light wind free / style / ride / wave, released 20/22nd April 2013.
- new shorter, rounder outlined concept to the light wind Airush family as a manoeuvre oriented alternative to the fast more race oriented sector.
- step bottom hull to provide rocker without rocker - the holy grail of efficiency and the ability to go around corners and sit high on the water without drag.
- step bottom also brings a neutral feel between the front and back foot
- Super solid platform for strapless riding and manoeuvre initiation
- strakes through the nose (v steps) to improve drive when carving, also breaking water flow and limiting nose bounce when carving hard
- supplied with 3 swept fins for manoeuvre oriented riding and light wind freestyle.
- board has 5 mini tuttle fin boxes for you to experiment with different quad or tri setups.
- can be used strapless, twin or triple straps (54 supplied with only 2 straps)
I have tried the 54 already and will post a review below.. It's actually very good. Lacks the top end speed of the Sector, but is surprisingly effective round corners. It will be a very important part of the future of light wind fun..
Quick lowdown on the MONARO V5
, race kite, released 20/22nd April 2013.
- ultra efficient rocker and outline for light wind and upwind performance
- step squash tail for increased control off the wind and in higher wind conditiuons
- dual chine rails to eliminate drag producing spray against the feet
- high modular carbon fibre construction with high density foam sandwich for minimum weight and maximum stiffness
- optimised 3 fin deep tuttle fin for upwind performance and control
- concave deck in nose area for reduced weight and wind lift on nose area
- comfort oriented deck shape for extended race session
- increased upwind performance compared to V4
- increased control due to v bottom shaping and amended fin and strap positions
- reduced drag due to reduced fin angles and new fin design
We do have a few of these in the UK, but limited in number - they are expensive and cutting edge..
Quick lowdown on the VXR V2
, race kite, released 20/22nd April 2013.
- available sizes now 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18LW (light wind)
- points higher
- more speed downwind
- extreme hangtime
- massive lift
- light bar pressure
- tunable bar pressure options
- skinny bridle on 18m LW
- more power than last year
- more windrange than last year
- more stability than last year
- reduced weight over last year
- new 18m LW size that is tuned for the ultimate LW race - 15% lighter than the 17m, no one pump, skinny bridles, 3 strut design,
I have every one of these sizes in stock, and look forward to seeing how they go. The previous model was a pretty good light wind freeride kite, so I hope that these will go just as well, though the light wind side of things has competition in the Lithium 18m Zero. The 8 and 10 should be very interesting jumping kites though!
more info coming....