I spend a fair bit of time reading these forum posts and at this time of year what with the new seasons gear coming out I find it interesting to read all the chat on kite sizes, quiver choices and different crew members take on it all. I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to state our quiver details together with the reasons for it here so that the rest of the crew could perhaps see what the different parameters are in different riders’ quiver choices.
I’ll start the ball rolling:
Ocean Rodeo make great kiting gear. Customer service is 2nd. to none and I’m 100% committed to riding their gear and helping to increase their showing here in the UK. I’m not a ‘Rock Star’ and do only basic rotations such as back and front loops and transitions. I want to try riding blind and doing some unhooked tricks soon.
Age: Doesn’t matter except to say that my bones don’t bend like they used to!
Weight: 64 to 65 kilos.
2009 Rise 10m
2009 Diablo 10m
2010 Rise 7m (on order)
2008 Zen 129
Predator drysuit (on order)
The board is all round for me and I can kite from the low teens with the 10m Rise. This kite will also do me into the mid 20’s and possibly a bit more too.
I bought the Diablo because I wanted to experience its performance, 5 line safety, re-launch and eventually the unhooking performance alongside that of the Rise. It will also fit into my quiver in between the smaller Rise and my 10m Rise. Well that’s my thinking anyway. Ocean Rodeo’s 100% guarantee meant that I could easily have returned it after 30 days if I wasn’t totally happy but I have been enjoying the kite and have done some of my best rotations on it. It will be mainly used on our flatter water spots when I’ll try loads of stuff!
The new 7m Rise has been sold to me on the rave revues I have received during my decision making process. Power and stability come to mind. In the winds that I tend to ride a smaller kite in I found my previous 6m Rise lacked just that little bit of umph and so the 7m should fit in closer to my ideal kite size for the conditions required.
So my Rises will be my general use kites for the waves and choppier conditions we experience most of the time here in the UK. When its windy its also usually gusty and the Rise handle this perfectly.
In the future I will look at the Mako range. I’ll be hoping to demo the Mini Mako soon. John has already sung this boards praises to me at my weight so look forward to reading other crew riders comments on this board soon!
My Session harness is still going strong and I wouldn’t want anything else at the present time.
Finally having been used to riding dry I’m waiting for delivery of the new Predator drysuit. Some may argue that it never gets that cold down here on the south coast but I have little meat on my bones and it don’t half extend your session not to mention the lack of torture getting changed before and after. I thought about the other styles but to be perfectly honest I’d have wanted a custom suit to fit my slim shape so the Predator fitted the bill better.
Come on Crew get posting your quiver and thoughts here!