The Journals - Ocean Rodeo's Weekly Report
UPDATED WEEKELY OCEAN RODEO REFLECTS ON THE WEEK OF WORK, WHAT LIES AHEAD AND HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE RIDER AT A TIME.
Ocean Rodeo Catamaran
Posted by jeremie tronet on February 16th 2008
To be able to do the Ocean Rodeo endless summer trip in the caribbean, we needed the best tool to cruise between the islands.
So, I introduce you the new Ocean Rodeo Catamaran for 08 !!
We will be using it for 10 days in the Grenadines islands, one of the most beautiful place on earth !
with Linn, we should be going back to Ste Lucia in a few days, next go to Barbados and come back to the grenadines for one month of serious shooting !
check out my website www.jeremietronet.com for more information about our trip.
See you !
Cozumel, why did it have to end?
Posted by EvanStolze on February 12th 2008
So, I am sorry to say that my three weeks in Mexico has finally come to an end. Overall, I enjoyed Cozumel the most. The accommodation, food, company, riding and all around stoke spread by Adrian from Cozumelkiteboarding.com and Adam and Elea from Aircompany were fantastic and I can't wait to go back!
The 14m Rise was probably the most tested and most popular kite on the trip, especially in combination with the new Mako Wide. If you need a killer light wind combination that smokes upwind and eradicates chop, then this set up is for you. I also rode the Mako Wide well powered on an 8m and at no time did it feel like too much board. Order or demo one today if you can!
On the last night of the trip I met Estrella in a bar. As it turns out she is a kiteboarder and a friend of Adrian's, who I am now really hoping that we hook up with some OR gear!
The Kiteboarder.com Reviews OR’s 2008 Rise Venturi
Posted by johnz on February 8th 2008
SBC Kiteboard Magazine Reviews OR’s ‘08 Rise!
Posted by johnz on February 6th 2008
SBC Kiteboard Magazine's 2008 Ocean Rodeo Rise Review
Words by Shane Thompson, SBC Media (read the online review here)
The clever Venturi technology is yet another innovation from Ocean Rodeo that sets this company apart from the competition.
Size Tested: 8 m2, 10 m2, 12 m2
Style: Four-line SLE / Dealers: 120 / Warranty: 1 year / Price: $1,249; $1,359; $1,439 / What’s New: Venturi panel lets wind through the canopy to stop stalling and back flying
The Rise is Ocean Rodeo’s SLE kite that offers well-rounded, freestyle-oriented performance over its flatter-shaped freeride kite, the One. Easy relaunch and easy flying make the Rise ideal for intermediates and beginners.
Bar setup and safety system
The four-line bar sets up in a 1:1 configuration with no pulleys. The soft EVA grip is contoured and colour coded with a stainless-steel and widened centre hole. Pre-stretched and wound, colour-coded and kook-proof flying lines come standard. The safety leash attaches to a below-the-bar integrated chicken and trim line. This trim and chicken line run through the clam cleat and up to a roller pulley at the frontline V. A non-mechanical stopper-ball system can be positioned to prevent the bar from traveling the super-long length of the trim line. The quick-release trim loop is easy to engage and can be reloaded on the water.
Key kite features
The Rise is packed with OR’s robust build features and industry-leading design technology. Features include single-point inflation system, shorter convertible bridle system for tunable performance, Dacron 3-D framing for durability, and the Venturi system for a more forgiving and efficient kite.
Ocean Rodeo has designed a kite geared toward the freestyle rider, but its tunable performance caters to a range of skill levels and conditions. With two front attachments and two rear on the wingtips, you can access different levels of bar pressure and steering speed. The more sensitive the steering, however, the more likely to cause oversheeting, back flying and stalling. Fortunately, OR designers have come up with a solution to mitigate this common SLE phenomenon. The Venturi panel, made of breathable mesh material, is located toward the canopy’s trailing edge. Air flows through this narrow pane, which reduces turbulence in gusts and hinders back flying by reconnecting the air flow through the kite. Regardless of what features improve this problem, the kite’s performance impresses us. There is fantastic low-end power, good, direct feel and awesome range. Our favourite of the three sizes is the 10 m2, which has as much low end as our old 14 m2 C kites. The 10 m2 has one of the broadest wind ranges on test and the biggest sweet spot for boosting massive air, with plenty of pop and smooth steering for unhooked riding. Beginners will appreciate the easy relaunch. The kite can also be tuned to have more stability and less-sensitive turning, more suited to beginners.
The Rise doesn’t fly backward when oversheeted, but in the most sensitive steering mode, it still stalls and requires trim-line tuning when doing powered unhooked manoeuvres.
The Rise is suitable for almost any rider because of its great tunability features. It has loads of usable depower and safety for the beginner and tons of performance to satisfy any new-school rider. The clever Venturi technology is yet another innovation from Ocean Rodeo that sets this company apart from the competition.
‘08 Mako Carve Board Series from Ocean Rodeo
Posted by johnz on February 5th 2008
Ocean Rodeo's 2008 Mako Carve Series
Ocean Rodeo is proud to introduce the 2008 Mako Carve kiteboard series. Built with Ocean Rodeo's legendary attention to detail the 2008 Mako series is designed for durability, control and Carve!
The 2008 Mako line up is Ocean Rodeo's deepest line of heavy concave carving boards ever. Featuring 4 shapes with upto 18mm of concave the 2008 line up of Mako boards smooths choppy waters, carves up wind with ease and bites into every turn you make.
available in sizes: 134x35 Freestyle, 150x34 Freeride, 150x40 Freeride Wide and 170x42 Surf Directional
Posted by EvanStolze on February 4th 2008
A few days in now and things could not be better. It's hot, windy and the water is the clearest that I have seen anywhere.....great food, great people and the accommodation is fantastic. The Mako Wide is proving to be the board to ride and it is hard to get a hold of.....it smokes all the specialty light wind boards but still carves, jumps, and holds an edge when you are lit up - the Crew here calls it the Cadillac because it eats chop...In my opinion this is THE board for 2008!
The Rise 14m's have seen the most action - also the kite of choice...
Posted by EvanStolze on February 1st 2008
After a somewhat sketchy aborted take-off in Mexico City (leaving most of the passengers screaming and wondering what was going on) I made it to Cancun from La Paz. We spent the night in Playa del Carmen and then decided to vamanos asap...on to the ferry to Cozumel and to a great session on the West coast. Half a day after using every resource we could find to lug 200lbs of gear around we finally made it to the rental car office! The rest of the kiters with Aircompany arrive on the weekend so I'll add some more photos in a few days.
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