Dice - The designer’s perspective
Ralf Grösel is the designer of, and mastermind behind the highly successful Dice. Since its launch last year it has proved to be a bestseller, and is still the reigning champ as the most sold Kite from the North Kiteboarding range, EVER!
Ralf, what's the secret!?
The Dice is amazingly versatile with a lot of playful character.
As you were designing the Kite, did you have a specific type of rider in mind?
We built the foundations of the Dice by taking influence from the Neo concept. From this, we were able to target a wide range of riders. The Dice is an all-round performer, similar to the Evo but lighter due to its 3 strut design which is orientated towards enhanced handling.
Throughout the development process, we realised that everyone within the R&D Team enjoyed the Dice. From Wave to Wake and Freestyle riders, no one was left disappointed.
Can you tell us a little more about the three strut concept teamed with a four line bar ? The three strut concept delivers a lighter and crisper feeling to the rider via the bar. Being light in the hands is an important aspect of Wave riding as the Kite has to travel with the rider in a smooth, consistent way. The disadvantages come within the stiffness the structure has in the canopy however, we were able to compensate against this with a new bridle geometry and attachment points on the front tube.
Why is it so important to use the right line length?
Line length is essential for handling and positioning of the Kite within the Wind Window. Short lines make the Kite more reactive and responsive. Longer lines can improve low end performance.
What is the best line length suited to each size of Kite?
It's quite simple really. I suggest using 24m lines for 12m and above, otherwise I would use 22m.
What are the benefits of using the Dice regarding the following:
The Kite has a very round canopy radius, similar to a C-Kite. This means the Kite can turn very tight and fast.
The Dice has very close looping abilities to that of the Vegas although the horizontal pull is not as extreme, which can help you to push your limits. The Dice is Tom Court's favorite Kite for extreme Kite Loops and is also my first choice when it comes to strong and gusty conditions.
The Dice has great jumping abilities. The Kite pulls you extremely high giving you the opportunity to perform new and old school tricks. I would recommend that riders use the hard steering setting on the back pigtails for high and aggressive jumps.
Alongside the NEO, the Dice has very good drift. This performance helps the rider to fully concentrate on the Wave and not on the Kite.
For unhooked maneuvers, the Vegas is The machine however, the Dice has no backstall tendencies at all and great unhooked pop. This characteristic makes it a very versatile Kite for Wakestyle moves.
Ralf, who should buy this kite?
Kitesurfers who want to combine best of both worlds (Freestyle unhooked and Wave riding) For those looking for specialist, specific styles of riding there might be some small disadvantages. Ultimately, the Dice will make any rider happy on any board in any conditions, every single day.
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Roll the Dice - The Episode
Alea iacta est - The die is cast!
The Dice is a brand new kite for 2014, aimed at the rider wanting a do it all machine with C-Shape flying characteristics. Airton Cozzolino and Tom Court are using the Dice this year, showing you just how versatile it is. Happy performing wakestyle, freestyle or in the waves – the kite entertains on all levels. It is based around a C-Shape profile, using a lightweight three strut construction. The kite feels lively in your hands, very direct and predictable in the air. The bar feedback is instinctive and riders find the kite easy to fly right out of the bag. Kite- loops are really easy with the Dice, and it is great fun to ride in the waves or flat water. If you want a kite that will give you the maximum amount of fun in any conditions, choose the Dice, responsive, fast and great fun!
WHAT NORTH KITEBOARDING INSIDERS SAY ABOUT THE DICE – ALEA IACTA EST
RALF GRÖSEL (KITE DESIGNER)
Kiteboarding is a sport that is constantly developing and we realized the trend that more and more kiters are getting into wave riding. However there is also a considerable big group of people who do not want to decide for either flat water or wave. Therefore it felt natural to develop in the direction of a crossover kite. The Dice is a revolutionary kite for freestyle and waves – and definitely my kite of choice from now on!
KIRSTY JONES (TEAM RIDER)
The Dice combines the advantages of the Neo and the Vegas into one kite, so I feel I could use it for freestyle, waves and very comfortable, smooth freeriding. For freestyle I loved the feeling of having slightly more power than the Vegas, but also with smooth, total depower to the exact amount when needed. Just loved it from the very first second I got it in my hands. Unfortunately I wasn ́t allowed to keep the prototype!!
JAIME HERRAIZ (NKB LEGEND)
I love riding the Dice in the surf. It's got great drift and pivots really quickly, allowing you to redirect in a split second. The Dice also works insane for unhooked freestyle and kite loops. Combining the best of two worlds.
TOMMY KAISER (MARKETING)
When I tried the Dice the first time on a Twintip, it directly gave me a newfound confidence to try new powered moves, as the kite pull is so smooth and predictable, but still with the power needed to pop hard. Also the Dice has more hangtime than the Vegas, which makes it the perfect kite for classic tricks and big airs.
NIKLAS HECKER (SALES)
The Dice is a revolutionary kite for freestyle and waves. When riding with the Dice in waves, the kite immediately felt very responsive and light, with perfect smooth power when I needed it, but also depowered to the exact amount needed to perform manoeuvres on the wave. You instinctively know what the kite does and where it is!
When it comes to range of use, different people have different opinions. But they are all in complete agreement about one thing: ALEA IACTA EST – The die is cast