I am very happy owner of a 2006 OR One 12m. I got a good “late season” deal and decided to invest my money in a modern Bow kite.
This is not a review, I just want to share my (short) experiences to other novice kite surfers. I still just have just one session with the One, but it was enough to realize how amazing kite this is!
Photo. Me and my virgin flight with the OR One. Very happy smile (even if the weather in Finland mid october is not that warm…)
I started out kitesurfing this spring on a North Rhino C-kite. It is a couple of years old, so I guess a newer Rhino probably would be better, but the difference between the One and the “old Rhino” is absolutely awsome.
I feel as a beginner, the most diffucult thing to learn is to master the power of the kite. With the Rhino, I was always a bit “nervous” when flying, especially when we most often have very gusty winds here in Finland. To get “lifted” when you not want to, is not fun, espacially as a novice. I know some “to-be” kiters that stopped kiting because of this. I have also felt that this “nervous”-feeling have slowed down my progression as a kiter.
With the One, I have never been so confident in my short kiting career. And this is thanks to the INCREDIBLE power control. You don’t beleive it until you try One or another bow type kite. Have the kite fly smoothly without practically no power, pull the bar and you will have lots of power. This is a fantastic feeling!
Power-control and especially the de-powering is the number one reason for getting this kite as a novice. But what you also get is excellent turning and control, and smooth and very continues power.
The only area where I actually felt that the Rhino was better was water re-launching. But this is probably a matter of technique (and I have done lots of them with my old Rhino). Also the conditions at the spot on my virgin flight had quite big swell that “dragged” the kite down in the water.
So my final words. Thank you Bruno (Legainoux) for developing this excellent type of kite and thank you Oceon Rodeo for making a superb kite to a reasonable price.
And for you newbies, wondering wether to buy a C- or Bow kite. Don’t wonder any more, get a One from Oceon Rodeo and get out there and learn this great sport!
Autumn kite greatings from
Micke in Åbo, Finland