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First Look at The Smoothy

First Look at The Smoothy

 

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

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.

 

 

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

 

SMOOTHY BY NAME – SMOOTH BY NATURE

THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN ISSUE #98 IN MARCH 2019

 

TEST TEAM NOTES: 

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 sales@oceanrodeo.com 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!

Rates

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 sales@oceanrodeo.com and we will get right with you.

The Big Air Guide (Part 2)

The Big Air Guide (Part 2)

Break The Big Air Barrier

photo of Ryan Parsons

Ever ask ‘how do they get that much air?’ With our No Excuses attitude we’re committed to helping you get over that wall where jumping is fun, but now it’s time to fully send it and start challenging those Woo leaderboards. We asked some of our top ambassadors what they do to boost big.

What are some quick tips for those who want to truly go big?

Jean Luc Robitaille

Waves that form nice kickers will help you a lot if your looking to go near or past the 15m mark. But flat water is my preferred choice for practicing my technique.

Hayden Jonas

When pushing the limits you learn quickly that limits push back and it becomes a real challenge to overcome that fear. The key was really staying focused and keeping calm. The biggest thing for me was downlooping on the descent from a large jump to smooth out my landings. Once I had it dialed in I was super confident and felt safe when going big. One thing I can’t stess enough about big air is that you can never underestimate the power of the kite and wind and don’t be over confident. Stay calm and focused and you’ll progress just fine.

Tell me about your best big air moment. 

Jean Luc


My favorite moment was in Cabo de la Vela, Colombia. It is a great spot to practice kiteloops, and it is really gusty. One time, I sent a big kiteloop, I must have been about 7-10 meters high, and as the kite was coming back up, I got hit with a massive gust! I ended floating so high and for so long that I had to send 2 more kiteloops in order to keep the kite in front of me for the landing! I love the feeling of big kite loops! This was maybe not my biggest or highest one, but the feeling was unbelievable!

Hayden Jonas

The best session I’ve ever had was on my 10m Razor in 25-30 knots of wind and throwing a megaloop between 18-20m. I had my best friend/coach (Pro rider and competitor in the King of The Air) Ross Dillon-Player see it and hearing him shout when I pulled the trigger on the loop was amazing. Having your best friend push you and motivate you really makes any aspect of the sport so much better. But what made the loop even better was as the kite came out the loop it just sat in front of me. For a split second I had time to look around and see how high I was, at the point when the kite came out the loop I felt  bit of fear come in but i used that fear to allow me to stay focused and I slowed everything down and really focus on my landing and once I stuck the landing I just lost my mind. The excitement and stoke that overcame me was crazy! it was the best feeling ever to know that I trained really hard for that one moment and to get it right was a great and emotional feeling!

Trevor Hartland

My most memorable session was in Rufus Oregon. It was blowing about 45 knots and I was able to get huge jumps without even edging or sheeting in very hard at all. It felt like the jumps went on forever, and the gusts in the wind made my kite down loops bring me back up another ten feet during the jump. Getting huge lofty jumps is one of the coolest and unique feelings in the sport.

Of all the places you’ve been… where do you feel is the capital for big air kiting?

Jean Luc

Of all the places I have been, Cabo de la Vela in Colombia is definitely my favorite spot for practicing big air and especially kiteloops.

The wind is offshore, so it’s not as beginner friendly, but you can still ride back to the beach, further down where the angle of the wind is more side-off. There are safety boats too.

The conditions are: flat water, 20-35 knots 80% of days, almost all year.

Hayden Jonas

Well I live in Cape Town, The most renowned big air spot in the world but I haven’t traveled for kiting yet. This year i’m off to Mauritius but I’m keen to be in Tarifa and a little place called Rhosneigr in Wales (heard that the storms get quite epic there and I can’t wait to shred it).

Trevor

Of all the places I have been, once again Hood River comes out on top for getting some massive air! But of course there are legendary places like Cape Town that are even better, that’s gotta be next trip!

Last Note

Hayden

One more thing, the main goal in any form of kiting isn’t about being the best it’s about having the most fun and enjoying every moment on the water, stay safe, ride hard and share the stoke! Yihaa!

Learning to Go Big

Learning to Go Big

Learning To Go Big

photo by Jason Barabas

With King of The Air underway, the world of kiting is turning their heads towards the sky wondering ‘how do they get that much air?’ We asked some of our top ambassadors what they do to boost big and get on those woo leaderboards. 

What are you doing before, during and after you jump?

Trevor Hartland

Get in the right mindset before the jump, this includes warming up with a few tacks and getting a feel for the conditions.

Jean Luc Robitaille

To go bigger, speed is essential to be able to edge hard against your kite, and send it up to 12 o’clock hard. This is what will create tension in your lines and generate power. Before jumping try to catch as much speed (riding cross wind) as you can, then gradually start edging against the kite and send the kite up, popping off the water just as the kite is reaching 12. Keep your core engaged bring your knees up slightly while in the air. This helps you keep balance in the air. Keep your kite powered up as your coming back down (keep the bar in and if necessary, move the kite from side to side to keep it powered up and slightly downwind).

Hayden Jonas

I send my kite to 1.00 o’clock  just behind me. Before landing I dive the kite through the power window to slow my descent which will result in a soft landing; finally, make sure when your board touches the water that it is pointing downwind to ensure a clean ride away.

Define: Load, Pop, Boost

Jean Luc

“Load” is when you try to load as much tension in your lines before your pop. The more tension you have in your lines, the more power your kite will generate.

Hayden

“Pop” is the point of lift off using the board — when potential energy is converted into kinetic energy (lift)

Jean Luc

“Boost” is when you go up. That’s the fun part!

Let’s Talk Gear!

Jean Luc

You can go really big with many different types of kites. I prefer C Hybrid kites like the Razor. These kites move fast and generate a lot of power. These kites won’t be as floaty, meaning that you will come down faster, so you need to really hone in kite maneuvering to get a soft landing. Kites like the Prodigy or Flite are much more beginner friendly and don’t worry, you’ll still be able to do really big jumps!

For boards, I would recommend twin-tips with straps to start with. You want to have a medium sized board. A board too small will go really fast, but will make landings harder, and a board too long will be slower and just harder to maneuver in the air.

I am 5’8″ 160lbs and my favorite setup is a 136cm board on the 8m Razor in about 30-35 knots.

Hayden

I prefer a stiffer more wakestyle board with a bigger rocker this allows me to edge really hard and create some insane pop but what’s nice about a stiffer board means the landing is way better when coming in for the landing.

Have a Woo

Jean Luc

I do have a Woo. I like to be able to compare my sessions with other people but also with my own previous sessions. If I have a great session on my Woo, I can try to note what the conditions were like and what gear I was using. That being said, a Woo is in no way necessary to your progression and can sometimes make you focus too much on pure height instead of trying new tricks and just having fun.

Hayden 

The WOO helped me progress really fast and well, seeing my progression every session helped motivate me to go bigger and higher every time. In Cape Town there is a large community of Big Air riders and most of us post our jumps on WOO so you can see how you are doing compared to everyone else — the rivalry is competitive but friendly.

Trevor

A woo can help you determine the height of your jumps, which you can then set your goals accordingly.

Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding Guide

photo by Jay Wallace

Kiting in cold conditions can seem daunting, and more risky than summer time sessions. However here in our headquarters in British Columbia, Canada we’ve always challenged ourselves and all those on Ocean Rodeo gear to make Kiteboarding a true 365 day a year sport. Our no excuses attitude has allowed us to be a kite brand that shows you can be on the water in almost any temperature pushing the limits and exceeding expectations.

So… What do some of our top ambassadors have to tell you in regards to Cold Water Riding? Some basic tips that go a long way in maximizing time on the water and making every session memorable and an opportunity to grow and learn in the sport.

Preparation and Limiting Risk:

Photo by Jay Wallace

Jean Luc Robitaille

I think a big part is to keep your extremities warm (toes, fingers, head).

After that you need to remember that if something happens on the water (you hurt yourself or brake some equipment), you need to be able to get out of the water fast before you get too cold. So it is very important to follow some of these security guidelines: stay close to shore, ride in onshore winds, ride with other partners or have other people watching you, ride in wind conditions you can handle (dont got out too overpowered). These are guidelines riders need to follow in warm conditions too, but they become even more important in cold conditions!

Make sure to have warm clothes ready when you hit the shore. I sometimes put some clothes in my kite bag.

Martin Dovic

I always make sure I ride with multiple other people in the winter time. Not just somebody on shore, other riders out there with me. Also I make sure I have a thick enough suit as well as gloves, boots and a hood.

Grant Clayton

Heating on full in the van with a hot cup of Tea on your way there always works. Get as much heat as you can before going out there. Most importantly always kitesurf with friends and look out for each other! There is not much room for error if something could go wrong when its cold out.

What gear is absolutely needed for you to get out on cold weather days?

Photo by Jay Wallace

Marty

Quality gear in good shape is mandatory. No old worn gear that may break soon. That could be life or death when the big wind hits. Also a solid wetsuit or drysuit in good shape.

Grant

Tea is absolutely needed! Priority.. Full neoprene 5/3 or the Ocean Rodeo Heat Drysuit is always a winner. Kite choice has got to be the Ocean Rodeo Razor! Perfect kite for these conditions.

Jean Luc

The Soul Drysuit is a must. Combine those with thick neoprene. Personally I use 7mm mitts and boots and thick hood as well; I prefer around 5mm.

Vovan Voronov

A fleece layer, your dry suit, and for me personally a second helmet. Thermos, hot tea and chocolate as well. 

Is there such a thing as conditions that are too cold?

Photo by Vovan Voronov

Jean Luc

If you are dressed well, there is no such thing as conditions that are too cold, with exception to when the water is freezing. In this case I wouldn’t recommend kiting in those cold conditions. Ice can possibly jam the safety systems on your bar! The ice can also make your bar very slippery so when you’re out on the water take notice of temperature changes throughout your session.

Grant 

When you see the leading edge of your kite freeze that’s when you know it is going to be a cold one. I find it difficult to unhook and enjoy my style when there is a super cold wind chill; If you’re not well protected your hands will start to lose feeling followed by a numbing pain. Ensure that you have the correct gear to keep you warm during these colder days! Full neoprene (gloves, hood and boots) is your best way to stay out there longer. When it is cold I try not to unhook as much and hope that the wind is strong so i can get the smaller kites out the bag!

Is there such a thing as being too warm?

 

Marty D

Too warm is not fun. This has happened to me in a drysuit. Once you get out of the wind or start doing some cardio then it can be nasty. The drysuit can turn into a sweat bag and become very cumbersome if you’ve layered up too much underneath. Don’t over layer and between sessions for the day make use of Standby mode! It’s there to help you vent out all that warmth so you’re not too hot, nor too cold.

Jean Luc Robataille

My trick is to wear the least amount of clothes under your drysuit to be comfortable, but to make sure I have my toes, fingers and head very well covered.

On cold days, I will also take breaks when I’m on the water to let my body temperature come down so that I don’t start sweating too much in my drysuit.

Vovan Voronov

My fleece layer can become hot, but if you slow down a little and allow the fleece to breathe the temperature quickly drops back to a comfortable level.

What is the perfect cold weather day?

Photo by Trevor Hartland

Grant

The perfect cold weather day would be a strong north westerly wind at my local! 30 knots on my 8m razor!

Marty

For me cold weather riding is all about the about the conditions. Big waves and big wind make me brave the cold. As long as it is nuking then I am happy. The cold wind is denser than warm wind. You get a more power for the same amount of wind in very cold conditions

Favorite cold water session? 

Jean Luc

My favorite cold weather session was a couple of years ago in december on Lake Ontario at Sandbanks Provincial Park. I had 2 consecutive days of 25-35 knots, side on-shore winds in huge waves and about 2-3 celsius. Since I was dressed well, I was able to ride a good 3 hours per day. Only 2 other riders showed up, but they only lasted about 1 hour before being too cold in their neoprene suits.

I was still learning to send big kiteloops and those were great conditions to practice in. I am so glad that I made the trip and scored some epic conditions. I improved a lot, and certainly learned a lot about riding in cold weather!

Grant Clayton

Tiree Scotland around March time 2017. Crystal clear water, blue skies and a solid 25 -30 knots and scoring a healthy 3 degrees with minus wind chill most days.. Looked like a tropical kiting location but was felt the exact opposite!

Photo by Vovan Voronov

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