Inside Information Rebel 2014 - What's really new?
STRUT CONSTRUCTION 3D
The Struts have been refined with a semi-segmented construction. The segments allow the struts to mimic the shape of the profile, which helps to avoid stress points. The design is very lightweight but also precise, which increases the structural rigidity.
NEW PANEL LAYOUT “FORCE CONTROL”
Compared to 2013, the layer of wave-shaped cloth situated at the boundary between the durable 50-gram D2 Ripstop Canopy and the super tough 160-gram trailing edge dacron is put higher and wider to eliminate stress points between the two materials. This change in construction leads to a better mitigation of flutter and flexing between the dissimilar materials.
In 2014, the Rebel has a slightly deeper and more draft forward profile, which gives the kite a more positive upstroke and smoother transit through the centre of the wind window.
SIZE SPECIFIC TUNING:
The Rebel has been a competitive kite in racing with super lowend and excellent upwind ability. Besides, within the North Kiteboarding line up the Rebel has the best windrange together with the Dyno. Today you could virtually say the Rebel is developing into two different directions.
ONE KITE/TWO PERSPECTIVES
RIDER PERSPECTIVE Sky Solbach
The Rebel 2014 in smaller sizes, talking about size 10 to 5, is my favourite kite when I go wave riding. Mentioning below just some of its performance properties which are essential for waveriding:
— Enormous depower ability
— Smooth turning
— A lot of power, which is especially interesting
for heavier kiters
— Stable and solid feel
— Good drift (the kite does not fly as quickly to
the edge of the wind window which permits to more readily drift downwind) Summarizing, due to the diverse characteristics the new rebel can be described as a High performance Freeride/Wave kite.
DEVELOPER PERSPECTIVE Ken Winner
The bigger size Rebels 14 / 13 / 12 and 11 are characterized
by the following performance properties:
— Super lowend
— Massive hangtime and jumping abilities
— Good upwind performance
— Sheet and go
Based on these properties in the bigger sizes, the Rebel is an absolutely freeride-oriented kite.
Olly and Steph Bridge crowned European Champions!
A double victory for North Kiteboarding - Oliver and Steph Bridge crowned European Champions. Well done!!
The Kite Race European Championships in Italy brought the best racers to the town of Gizzeria at the Hang Loose Beach. Following the first 2 days of the qualifying series the 78 mens fleet was split into gold & silver. Going into the gold fleet, Oliver Bridge from GB was leading and he ensured that things stayed that way.
After 7 gold fleet races, Oliver won 5 of them which gave him a 16 point advantage over his opponent Ricarrdo Leccese (ITA) in 2nd place. In 3rd place going into the medal race day & fully dialed into these conditions was NKB rider Maxime Nocher from France.
The medal race day took the form of 4 shorter races with riders on 17mtr Dyno kites and their biggest fins. The beach was linned with spectators & those that were not at the event were following the racing live on the Trac trac. The wind was shifting and many position place changes took place making things exciting. At age 15, Oliver showed great maturity to hold things together and to remain in control of the regatta securing his triple title win: Under 18's, Under 21's, and Mens European Champion.
Sailing a consistent and tactical week, Maxime Nocher (FRA) was on the podium with 3rd position while team mates filled the other top 10 placings: 6th Blazej Ozog (POL), 7th Florian Gruber (GER), 9th Olivier Dansin (FRA). 5 NKB positions filled the Top 10 mens Platinum races.
The womans fleet was won by Steph Bridge, making this a rather unique Mother & Son duo European championship win. Steph also wins the womans masters while Ariane Imbert takes 9th overall & 2nd in the womans masters.
The youth division was won by Oliver Bridge, however another outstanding performance was by Yannis Hundt (GER) who was 2nd youth and 2nd in the gold fleet overall. The other gold fleet NKB results were Charles Delaue (FRA) 7th, James Johnson (DEN) 11th and Theo (FRA) 16th.
All the racers now prepare for the World Championships in China in November where the final showdown for the year will take place.
North dominates the PKRA Youth World Championships in Costa Brava!
Bay of roses on the Costa Brava was the venue for the PKRA youth world championships from 2-6th July. Ideally situated with daily thermal onshore winds & the event run from a huge campsite which was also the sponsor - camping la Ballena Alegra. Age categories were 8-14 and 14- 16 in boys and girls which meant there were 4 world titles up for grabs.
17 countries were represented with 43 riders registered for this 1st PKRA youth freestyle championships. Winds allowed the 8-14 category to be on their 7- 10mtr kites during their heats for the first couple of days. North Kiteboarding rider from the Phillipeans - Christian Tio showed huge style with committement and finished this event in 5th place. Uk north riders - Guy and Tom Bridge came from different sides of the freestyle ladder to eventually meet in the final for a superb close show with the judging now scoring 12 attempts with the best 5 counting. Tom Bridge (12 years old) scored 35 with his highest scoring move being a 7.76 with a double hinterberger pass. This beat Guy on 20 points who at age 13 was riding powered in straps with the NKB Select. Tom takes his first world title and shares the celebration with his older brother!
Day 4 and 5 saw the 14 - 16 category of the boys, riding on their biggest kites. Execution continues to play a huge role in the overall result and it showed that many riders had been really working on their skills to show them to the judges. Since the ladder did not get completed a joint 5th place went to team mates Jan Novotny from chech republic and Manu de Pfyffer from Spain while another world title for North Kiteboarding was earned. This one went to european champion - Jérôme Cloetens from Spain. As the single elimination did not get finished he shared this title with Font.
Youth race world champion, older brother Ollie Bridge had a blinding heat on his 14mtr Vegas, but got kicked out of the singles so this put an end to this championship for him for this time.
This PKRA event showed the huge talent amongst the youth and the potential of the North Kiteboarding youth team. Congrats to the the 2 new youth freestyle champions - Jérôme Cloetens and Tom Bridge
Tom's kitchen Episode I
Paul Bocuse, Jaimie Oliver or Tom Hebert, who is the best cook of the world?
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Tom Court Camp in Sri Lanka
As a new and interesting aspect of kiteboarding, traveling to a country to find the flattest water would be something that seemed ludicrous to most surfers, an unimaginable fate, going to a country that has waves and yet choosing to go to the flat, lagoon sheltered coast and spend two weeks there, in a grass hut, with nothing except flat water and wind to keep you company. Well, as crazy as this would seem, and indeed I am a surfer too, this is exactly what I have done for the last two weeks here in Kalpitya, Sri Lanka. In search of the ultimate freestyle spot, a place to ride uncrowded flat water, try some new tricks and film my adventures...for me this is excitement of a different kind.
I was now there for two weeks, riding the platitudes of flat water spots, doing down winders and fitting in as many boat trips as we could. Although the Sri Lanka Kite center is right on the edge of the lagoon, you can launch from the kite school and ride across the lagoon to the sand bar on the other side, that offers an amazing freestyle location, with mirror flat water and variably constant wind. There are also a lot of other kite spots available that are not so easy to access but, they are well worth the mission. Getting a local fishing boat, it is possible to drive down wind for about forty minuets, this will take you deep into military controlled zone, towards the north of the island. Having only just escaped the grip of a long civil war, the army still has a big presence on the island. This serves to enhance the excitement, although if you go there with the kite camp, then there is nothing to worry about, although it does help to keep these kite spots pretty empty most of the time. Once you have entered this area, there are an expanse of small sand islands within the lagoon, none of them higher than about fifteen feet and all of them with butter flat off-shore sections. Each one is bigger than the last until you eventually reach one that has a flat offshore kite spot that stretches for about four miles. One of the best freestyle spots I have ever seen!
My trip this time was two weeks long and I would recommend this a a good length of time to take if you plan to visit. It will give you time to get used to the 35degree heat and enough time to polish your kite skills and take them to the next level. If you are a person who prefers to spend a little longer on a trip and get some time to really explore the place, I would also recommend it. Undoubtably Sri Lanka has a lot to offer, although a comparably small country compared to India, there is a lot of truth in the name ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’. It has such a rich tapestry of cultural influence, a mixture of religions that has sculpted the island into a holy place, with temples represent each religion all over the place. Its wildlife and tropical rain forest’s cover the interior and although it has some more touristy areas, there is a lot to explore that will really make you feel like you are on an adventure. Kiteboarding is a new sport in Sri Lanka and the tourism for sports like kiting and surfing are just building up there. I left the country this time, inspired by what I had seen kiteboarding bring to the area around the lagoons on the east coast in such a short time. The changes I had seen the sport make in a positive way and the implications that this has on the surrounding village and local people, business, livelihood, foreign trade and most if all an exposure to a lifestyle that is spreading faster than we can imagine. Already there are local Sri Lankan children learning to kite and it wont be long until we see them in the magazines, an opportunity that only a few sports can offer. So, if you are into kiteboarding, don't underestimate its power as a sport. Use it as inspiration to change your life, an excuse to get out and see new places, a reason to meet new people and a way to most importantly have fun! Sat on the plane, leaving Sri Lanka and flying back to Europe, I sit an wonder, where is next!?"