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

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

photo by Jay Wallace

The Kite Mag Talks New Products

In our latest meeting with The Kite Mag, we talk about our tried, tested and true process, what it means to truly excel at making kites for our riders, and the unique position we’re in as a rider owned company to provide what no other brand can. You can read the whole article here

The Kite Mag Says

Ocean Rodeo have just pumped out new generation releases of all of their kites… They have a reputation as a brand that really thinks their products through and this is evident in the current lineup which really does have something for everyone. You might not see the appeal of kiting in the icy pacific northwest waters that they call home, but jump on one and the chances are you’ll see the appeal of an Ocean Rodeo kite.

photo by Jim Stringfellow

The Kites Are Out… Now What?

Ocean Rodeo is Proud to say we’re weeks away from our next release of our backline trim lineup. To go with our refinements we’ve even refined the name. Now titled the Shift Bar, this second generation Ocean Rodeo backline trim bar will feature everything of it’s predecessor, the Stick Shift along with some further refinements, including some you might have already seen on the Ocean Rodeo Pilot Bar.

Along with this we have another release coming your way this fall/winter as well! Stay tuned as we drop a great new twist on an old classic. 

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

ikSurfMag Talks Pilot Bar

 

When iKsurf mag approached us with questions on our thoughts on control bars and where they fit in the grand scheme of the sport we couldn’t help but talk to them about how our present offering will start to affect the future. Having just released the pilot bar Ocean Rodeo was already ready to answer questions with them on what was most prevalent on our bar.

“Possibly the most overlooked and underrated bit of equipment in your quiver, the control bar is the connection between rider and kite. To find out more about this crucial piece of equipment”

 

Click here for the full interview!

The Pilot Bar

The Pilot Bar is our latest control bar system combining great innovation with a clean and easy layout. By combining time tested components and materials, the Pilot bar delivers enhanced precision and control to front line trim without clutter or complications.

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Tests The Roam

Photo:  Jay Wallace

 

While our pro riders were out competing hard in Morocco at the GKA world tour, they were able to get away from the action just long enough to pass our Next Gen Roam to the team over at The Kite Mag. Here’s a little excerpt from their article.

The Kite Mag’s Take

 

“there is a lovely smooth delivery of power as you dive the kite and then it drives forward in the window and delivered plenty of power for cruising around. Also impressive was the upwind performance which seemed to defy the laws of physics as it feels like the kite is sitting pretty deep but it still really trucks you upwind.”

A Wave Kite Like No Other

The Roam is Ocean Rodeo’s dedicated wave kite and the kite of Choice for Ocean Rodeo’s GKA pro rider’s Carla Herrera and Reece Myerscough. Built with a No Excuses attitude this kite is second to none in wave riding.

 

Our OBX 2018 Trip is a Wrap!

Our OBX 2018 Trip is a Wrap!

Our Annual crew trip to Hatteras was an amazing to say the least! Another sold out week at Kitty Hawk resort followed up by a great meeting of several Ocean Rodeo crews in the area. Brand new Ocean Rodeo gear and unreleased equipment were on in full display.

“The OBX trip is so amazing, because it brings a group of people together from all different works of life, scattered throughout the continent, based on one common passion.  Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina  is the perfect setting for such an event, for so many reasons. The best sessions of peoples lives are likely to take place there throughout the span of a week, because you can have epic conditions for every possible discipline of the sport, whether it be the flat water through Planet of the Apes, or perfect side shore overhead peelers on the outside.

And the resort… each room having its own large balcony with a hot tub facing west towards the sunsets, lets you experience the action up close and personal.  We were lucky enough this year to have 10m sunset sessions almost every night, where you could easily kite into the night lit by the shine of the full moon rising in the east, and the brilliant smoothy orange hues of the sun setting over the west.”

“It’s a Great Sign of what’s to come.”

Graham Harney

Team Rider, Ocean Rodeo

“The only issue we had over the weekend was that we didn’t have enough demo gear to keep up with the demand!” 

– Adrian Splinter, Ocean Rodeo Sales Team

Photos By Jay Wallace and Todd Macsween

“The OBX trip is so amazing, because it brings a group of people together from all different works of life, scattered throughout the continent, based on one common passion.  Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina  is the perfect setting for such an event, for so many reasons. The best sessions of peoples lives are likely to take place there throughout the span of a week, because you can have epic conditions for every possible discipline of the sport, whether it be the flat water through Planet of the Apes, or perfect side shore overhead peelers on the outside.

And the resort… each room having its own large balcony with a hot tub facing west towards the sunsets, lets you experience the action up close and personal.  We were lucky enough this year to have 10m sunset sessions almost every night, where you could easily kite into the night lit by the shine of the full moon rising in the east, and the brilliant smoothy orange hues of the sun setting over the west.”

Todd Horn, Ocean Rodeo Sales Team

IKSURFMAG Reviews The Mako

IKSURFMAG Reviews The Mako

IKSURFMAG Reviews The Mako

 

IKSURFMAG got a first hand glance at how the Mako is built Northwest tough.

At a Glance

The Mako, Ocean Rodeo’s renowned signature board, has recently undergone a revamp and we were excited to be able to test it out.

Presented as a surf-oriented twin tip, the Mako doesn’t look like a modern-day kiteboard; in fact, you may think it’s from a different era. A continuously curved rail from the centre to the very rounded tips combined with the largest concave you have ever seen on a kiteboard, let alone a twin tip.

When you open it up, you’ll only find two fins… Nope, you’re not missing anything from the box; it’s a twin fin setup, centred at each tip.

Built to withstand the rocky shores of Canada the Mako feels solid and oozes quality. Previously, when testing the smaller 140cm version of the Mako, I had a little mishap, I was so stoked to head out kiting, that in the process of running out the door I smacked it into the doorframe. Thoroughly upset with myself, and saddened to have hit a new board against the wall, I looked down dreading some damage. To my surprise, nothing, not even a faint scratch, and certainly no damage to the ABS sidewall. Thanks to Ocean Rodeo for building solid gear, these boards are certainly tough!


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