For those lucky enough to attend the 2011 Surf Expo, we are sure you are as excited as we are about the awesome range of new kitesurfing products lined up for 2012.
For everyone else who couldn’t make it, we thought we would share our top 10 favourite products spotted at the Expo for 2012.
Slingshot Joint Binding
The transition from your traditional strap binding to full wake board style boots is made easy by the new Slingshot Joint. It gives you that secure lock down feel while still enabling you to eject and kick out. Putting these bindings on your board is like having a brand new board! They give you the ability to land harder and go faster, while offering the stability and support of a wake board boot.
Check it out: Slingshot Joint Binding
North Skimfish Board
A really great kiteboard for those not so great kiting days. Make your ride more enjoyable and fun.
This board cuts upwind easily in light wind, rides smoothly in chop and performs on key for strapless tricks. Its hydrodynamic shape, rounded nose and hips, with a fish-like tail, make carving in the small surf effortless.
Check it out:
North Skimfish (Link no longer exists)
Wainman 7.5 Mr. Green Kite
These sexy kites are sure to get you noticed on the water. The 2nd generation Wainman Rabbit kites added 3 new sizes to the team. The 6.25 Gypsy, 7.5 Mr. Green and 10.5 Punch. The gang has fine tuned their already awesome line-up so be sure to add one to your arsenal.
Check it out: Wainman 7.5 Mr. Green Kite
Litewave Lace-up Sandal Binding
“Girl-friendly” binding that really hugs your feet. Its patented design keeps the strap secure on your feet while the foot pad is independently secured to the board.
This is what Dave says about his product:
The patented Litewave Lace-up Sandal is the best foot-to-board connection available. A 6” wide lace-up section covers more of your foot for more edge control than a footstrap.
The injection moulded pad is soft and superbly contoured to keep your heel locked in, form-fit your arch, and a toe-shelf lets you really hang on with your toes. Cool thing is that the lace-up part uniquely attaches to the footpad independently of the screw that holds only the pad down to the board. This makes it super easy to attach and remove, much like a wakeboard binding.
The Hybrid Lace-Up Sandal comes standard on all Litewave twin-tip boards or is available separately.
Two sizes: S/M (women’s) and L/XL. Black only.
- Extra wide instep
- Heel curb
- Toe ledge
- Injected EVA base
- Unique thermoform top texture
Check it out: Litewave Lace-up Sandal
FixMyKite.com Kite Repair Kits
Unique quick fix kite repair kits that won’t break the bank. The one of a kind Sleeving Kit only costs $5.99 for example and every product has online demo tutorials.
I saw their product at the Surf Expo and was impressed.
Check it out: FixMyKite.com
Flysurfer Speed 3 Light Wind Kite
You have to see it to believe it. This kite flies in virtually no wind, no matter the size of the rider. Work is not in the way anymore when you can kite any day! Truly one of a kind product with the longest hang time in the biz.
12M, 15M, 19M & 21M – wind range is as low as 4 knots.
Check it out: Flysurfer Speed 3
Jimmy Lewis Fly Weight SUP
Why have all the fun on your own? Get your kids in the water with the ultimate kids’ SUP. Awesome for waves and flat water, complete with full nose deck pad. The 8’ x 26 x 3 1/2, 87L board comes with a thruster fin set.
Check it out: Jimmy Lewis Fly Weight SUP
Liquid Force Twin Skim Board
Expand your horizons with this skim/wake skate board. Pop an ollie or rip the waves! When it comes to water sports, Liquid Force is on top of their game. Its 51” x 20” design can be used without fins and straps so you can really feel the waves.
Check it out: Liquid Force Twin Skim
Lavacore Thermal Protection
Stylish yet comfortable, these polytherm suites will keep you warm and going strong. The PU film layer provides water resistance and great protection from wind-chill. Products range from extreme to mild conditions.
Check it out: Lavacore Thermal Protection
Cabrinha QuickLink Bar
The new QuickLink control system has been created with the rider in mind. Ergonomic for the unhooked rider, and a new easier to operate 2nd release system for the beginner rider. A complete redesign of the chicken loop swivels for smoother untwisting of lines. Keeping the 2011 recoil spring system makes grabbing your bar effortless & always within reach.
Check it out: Cabrinha QuickLink Bar
As always, we would love to hear from you in the comments below. Did you make it to the Surf Expo? Tell us what gear you think is going to be hot in 2012, or if you’ve been lucky enough to try any of these products, what you think of them! And if you’d like to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to see how far we’ve come with kiteboarding, and what the future holds for the sport, here’s a nice overview of the history of kitesurfing.
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