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The Soul Drysuit

The Soul Drysuit



Fall is here and drysuit season returns! Need to stay snug in (and out) of the water? Then the Ocean Rodeo Soul is your best friend…

Extend your season dramatically with our best-selling drysuit, where highly refined design meets the ultimate in technical performance.

The Soul is built to offer you greater flexibility and customizable levels of warmth, including our revolutionary Captive Zip design, which gives you the ability to choose between either 100% full ‘Dry Mode’ or, if you’re relaxing between sessions, you can use the ‘Standby Mode’ by opening the dry zip and doffing the neck seal, all of which can be done while still wearing a PFD.

Then, with the over-jacket zipped up, the Soul provides industry-leading ventilation and protection in all conditions.

So why should you purchase a drysuit?


  • A drysuit replaces 4:3 and 5:4 (and thicker) wetsuits.
  • Better range of motion than a neoprene wetsuit.
  • Never again put on a wet and cold wetsuit for a second session or the following morning!
  • Breathable fabric means you will not overheat.
  • Drysuits generally have a longer lifespan than a wetsuit.

The best drysuit.

Guy G Robert

Amazing product and great value. Comfort is definitely worth the investment.

Angela McLaughlin

The Soul is available in Green or Royal Blue.
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Photos: Ydwer van der Heide / Svetlana Romantsova / GKA

Hey Reece. Firstly, congratulations on that performance in Dakhla. That was some run! Feeling good?

Thanks! It was a very long week but I’m super stoked with how it all turned out! I’m feeling healthy and the gear’s feeling dialled, can’t really ask for much more!

So to kick off, let’s hear about the build-up to meeting Airton in the quarters…

There wasn’t much of a build up to be honest. I just treated it like any other heat and stayed relaxed leading up to the horn. You can only do what you know how to do so there’s really no point in expecting yourself to do a bunch of crazy stuff.

So were there some tactics employed? Can you tell us about them if so…

The wind was light, and the waves were slow with only about 2-3 shoulder/head high sets holding up all the way down the point over the span of a 20-minute heat. I felt like my riding was just as good as anyone in those conditions. With limited waves rolling through, I assumed that the winner would be the guy who got themselves on the set waves. So basically, my plan for every heat was to get myself on 2-3 set waves, shred them, and spend the rest of the heat giving my competitors a hard time.  While waiting for sets, I tried to work myself into a priority position upwind of Airton and then take any decent looking waves that he was going for… Essentially attempting to prevent him from riding any set waves.

And tell us about the protest that was raised following that heat?

According to the priority rules, whoever turns around on a wave first has priority on that wave. If two people turn at the same time on the same wave, the person upwind gets priority. In the dying minutes of the heat I had upwind position on Airton and was just shadowing him making sure he didn’t get a buzzer beater wave. Every time he turned on a wave, I would turn at the same time and use priority. When he kicked out to go look for another, I would also kick out and follow him. While maintaining upwind position I could then use priority on the next wave he wanted, and so on. Airton obviously caught on to my manoeuvre and it became a race to see who could turn around faster on every wave. On the very last wave of the heat, Airton and I turned at the same time again and so Airton had no other option but to keep riding the wave and push for an interference call (smart move on his part because there was a chance I could get thrown out). Looking back, I probably should have just let him have the wave as it didn’t have very much scoring opportunity.

Once there was two people riding one wave, it was up to the judges to decide if there was an interference. This was possibly first time that the kiting priority rules have been used to repetitively block another competitor from riding waves. So, it led to an over two-hour long interference/priority investigation to try and figure out what happened.

And how about the kite – you’re riding the 2020 Crave – what benefits did this provide?

Funnily enough, the Crave was developed after competing in Morocco last year in light wind wave conditions. It became obvious that, in competition, going upwind quickly to get back to the peak is just as important as drift. You can have the kite with the best drift in the world but if you can’t go back upwind it’s useless.

The Crave is developed specifically for the Kite-Surf World Tour, and each size is specifically tuned for their respective conditions. Dakhla was light wind 12m conditions this year and the 12m Crave is designed to be a super lightweight wave/freestyle weapon. The 12m Crave has super snappy turning and slightly more lift than the smaller sizes. It sacrifices drift in order to drive upwind faster which can be the difference between winning and losing when you’re racing a competitor upwind for priority. Also, little known fact but most of the Craves lightwind tech is derived from the Aluula Project


So then you were up against Pedro Matos in the Semis, how did that play out?

My heat against Pedro was interesting because I got two keeper waves within the first quarter of the heat. After that the waves went flat for most of the heat. I knew I wasn’t going to improve my scores on the smaller waves which left me out the back waiting for the sets to return. Pedro tried to rack up some backup scores on the inside. One last set came through with about three minutes left and Pedro managed to drop a pretty high score but didn’t get the opportunity to back it up.


And finally, your heat against Mitu. There were only a few points in it and you really made him work for it. Mixed emotions on that?

Mitu is always tough, he’s a solid rider and smart competitor. I didn’t have the best heat in the finals, and I messed up my two best scoring opportunities. Once again, the sets were slow and I stuffed the nose early on my first set wave, then my front foot slipped off halfway through my second set wave and the board hit me in the face. After that there were no proper sets and I was left scratching scores together on the inside.

The opportunities were there for me to win it, but Mitu was able to capitalize on his waves more and he took the win.


So did you feel things had just aligned this day?

I think yes, the conditions were very similar to what I ride at home. I think that was the little extra push I needed to break through the quarterfinals for the first time. Also, it was nice to see a little pay off from all the work that the team and I have been putting into tuning up the gear for competing in specific conditions!

And Brazil next. Got a game plan up your sleeve?

Brazil will be 100% freestyle so there is no priority and not really any point hassling with your competitors. You’ve usually got around eight minutes to show the judges what you’ve got, so there really isn’t much of a plan other than land lots!  


Watch Reece’s performance live at the upcoming GKA event in Brazil by heading to


Learn more about the gear used by Reece throughout the 2019 GKA Wold Tour.




Fresh from her podium finish at the Kite-Surf World Cup out in Dakhla, Morocco, Ocean Rodeo team rider and World-Champion-in-waiting Carla Herrera Oria spoke to us about her experience of the 2019 tour so far, and the upcoming game plan for Brazil…
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide / Svetlana Romantsova / GKA

Hey Carla. Firstly, we don’t want to jinx anything, but the result is a bit of a given, so we’ll just mention it once for now… early congratulations on your upcoming World Championship win!

Thank you! I still have Brazil in front of me and I really want to finish this season with a good result there. I go event by event, as I have been doing all season, so first I’ll focus on Brazil, and then we will have time to celebrate whatever comes next…

So tell us about your season up until now. How has it played out generally?

2019 has been a great season so far! The first event in Cape Verde was a big disappointment for me as I didn’t get the result I was hoping for… But after this I managed to get on a podium for all the events! It definitely wasn’t an easy season for me as I have faced really good and experienced riders, and I still have a lot to improve upon, mostly in the waves.

This year I learnt a lot about wave riding, and I hope this winter I’ll get the opportunity to train more for it and show my progression next season. But yeah, for sure, a season to remember!

What was the biggest highlight on the tour?

Personally, for me, my biggest accomplishment has been to get 3rd place at Mauritius and 2nd at Dakhla, as these were wave events and I wasn’t able to train for that this season as we didn’t get any decent conditions here at home.

So going in there and taking podiums made me super proud and happy. Also, my come back on the doubles in Dakhla after losing my first heat in the single eliminations. I had to climb all the way up to the final in the doubles… And with this I secured the world title!

Tell us about what you’re riding out there…

At the moment I’m using the Prodigy with the Shift Bar. I’m really happy with this kite as it is one of the lightest three strut kites out there, it adapts to all conditions, and has good hang-time which allows me to really perform in strapless freestyle, and it also has a great drift and is fast enough that I can also use it in wave riding. I’m looking forward to putting my hands on the new Crave… when I had the opportunity to try it, it felt amazing!

And what do you think are the benefits in the Prodigy that got you up to #1

Well I always used to hate kiting with anything bigger than a 9 or 10m, but with these new light kites I just love sessions on my 12s, as they are super light and move super fast.

We’ve also spoken with Reece about competition tactics following his performance in Dakhla. Do you head into the water with a solid game plan?

I always have a solid plan! If it is a freestyle event I always have a trick list to work through during the heat. Also, just before I start the heat I try to be in the right place to be able to make the first trick in the first seconds, as I like to have a score on the pocket fast. If it is a wave event, I always try to pick the right wave early to quickly secure some points.

Onto Brazil next then. You could sit back and relax, but we’re guessing you’re not going to…


No, not at all. It is gonna be a first for me, as it will be the first event where I won’t be under any pressure, but I really would like to do my best there, go as big as possible and show everyone how much I have been training. I’m going there to give it my all!

Watch Carla’s performance live at the upcoming GKA event in Brazil by heading to

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Learn more about the gear used by Carla throughout the 2019 GKA Wold Tour.

First Look at The Smoothy

First Look at The Smoothy



It’s been a long time in the making but the Smoothy is finally here! The culmination of two decades of design and freeride progression… A twintip built for progressive riding and ultimate comfort in real-world conditions. To learn about all the Smoothy’s features, construction and innovation check out the product page here.









Imagine for a moment that you’re snowboarding and you’ve just broken off-piste and hit powder; the noise quietens and everything feels smooth and less aggressive. Welcome to the world of the Smoothy. 

An exaggerated rocker in the tips means that you can ride nice and easily with weight on both feet. You don’t need to load your back foot much more than your front and you actually feel quite well perched and stable above the water. Very soft underfoot, it really is like you’re riding in powder all the time.

The outstanding design feature of the Smoothy is the huge double concave in the base. We’ve seen double concaves come and go for the last 20 years and they have always been synonymous with providing a super soft ride, like air suspension. (Aaron Hadlow may have won World Championships on a double concave, but his board was much shorter and stiffer).  The level of feel differs according to the size and design of the double concave, but every double concave feels like a double concave. The Smoothy really is smooth and comfortable, so much so that you feel like you’re riding a few centimetres off the water. 



You  ride the Smoothy with a super comfortable and balanced stance, benefitting from air suspension and also lots of grip without having to work overly hard for it. 

For the amount of grip there is, the ride is soft and yet Ocean Rodeo have managed to not make the board feel slow, helped by the channels between the tips. However, what the Smoothy doesn’t offer is a lot of natural pop. For kiting, most boards now feature stiffer central sections for speed, and then softer tips depending on how much comfort a designer wants. The Smoothy has a more even flex through the middle and will really suit beginners or improvers looking for a comfortable and highly capable carving experience. It’s a carving machine and a lot of fun for being able to complete a bottom turn more completely than most twin-tips and then gouge a deep hack on a wave face. For mastering the basics of toeside carving there are few better boards. The grip is very assured and never slips. Not only does the Smoothy offer softness and comfort, but also grip and fluid drive. 

It takes most new riders a while to develop a touch for edging and feathering a rail, the Smoothy does all that for you…


Full article here


Kite World Magazine


The name says it all. What a chop-eating machine it is! More intuitive to ride than a Mako, but just as smooth. Load as hard as you want without any fear of losing your edge, no matter how powered up you get. This thing is a smile generator. Prepare for your friends to ask to borrow it…again.

Roger Mosley

XL Kites


I recently hopped onto an Ocean Rodeo (OR) Smoothy for a trip through the Planet of the Apes (OBX) and a couple of free ride sessions. As a long time OR Mako owner I expected to be underwhelmed in the chop. Surprisingly, the very first thing I noticed was how the board handled the chop out in the Sound. “Smoothy” is definitely the correct name. In the slicks it carved like a maniac and held an edge perfectly. It’s a little slippery if you flatten the board out, but I like that for spinning the board around.

I’m not a wake style rider but did appreciate the pop when trying to go big. It eventually dawned on me after a time that there was no splash into my face at all. Finally, I’m actually considering replacing my brand new Mako 150 with a Smoothy 139! 

Randy Casburn

Ocean Rodeo’s OBX is here

Ocean Rodeo’s OBX is here

OBX Is Here!


Once again we will be returning to Waves Village, NC in the Outer Banks from April 27 through May 5. Home of world class flat water and wave conditions, we are inviting all kiteboarders of all levels to join us for a week of windy adventures.

Trip Highlights


  • Ride with Ocean Rodeo’s team riders
  • Talk in depth with our core staff
  • Enjoy kiting at a world class kiting destination! 
  • Have exclusive access to try all new Ocean Rodeo gear, Including pre-releases exclusive to this trip. 

The Acommodation

Waves Village is a collection of 9 luxury condo units and the Ocean Rodeo Crew Event has all 9. Each luxury unit contains a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and best of all, a hot tub! Once you’ve purchased your room please email with a brief outline of yourself and any roommate requests you might have.


  • Seven nights accommodation at Waves Village Resort.
  • Free use of Ocean Rodeo’s Next Generation demo equipment. (This is to share, so please also bring your own equipment).
  • A fully catered BBQ on opening night
  • Ocean Rodeo swag kit
  • Opportunities to meet and ride with a wide assortment of other kiteboarding fanatics, Ocean Rodeo team riders, staff and some of our loyal customers
  • Seemingly endless ocean and/or sound side down-winders!


Shared room

  • $529 USD
  • $699 CAD

King bed single occupancy

  • $699 USD
  • $925 CAD

King bed double occupancy

  • $799 USD
  • $1050 CAD

Below we’ve created a form for us to pre authorize, reserve and keep in mind your room arrangements for when everyone in your party has booked, remember the earlier everyone books the easier it is for us to put everyone requested in the same room.

Any questions? Please send an email through to and we will get right with you.

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