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Richard Myerscough talks Aluula on The Kitesurf 365

Richard Myerscough talks Aluula on The Kitesurf 365

CEO Richard Myerscough talks Aluula on The Kitesurf365 Podcast

 

 

Our CEO & Founder Richard Myerscough was recently invited on to The Kitesurf365 Podcast, to get the full lowdown on everything Aluula!

Here he talks about all the benefits of the material, its use in the Ocean Rodeo kites, and the relationship between Ocean Rodeo and Aluula Composites.


You can listen direct here, or find it on your favourite podcast provider.
 
INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST AND STRONGEST KITES

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST AND STRONGEST KITES

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST AND STRONGEST KITES…

Following many months of R&D, concept iterations, and worldwide testing in all kinds of environments, the final Aluula air frame kites are now in production, and the first batch has fanned out to key dealers across the world.

These kites represent the latest and most exciting stage in Ocean Rodeo’s ongoing mission to reduce overall kite weight while enhancing strength and performance. We are proud to formally unveil to you the world’s lightest and strongest performance kites: the Aluula (A-Series) Roam and Flite.

Built with the ground-breaking new Aluula composite material which weighs in at just 82 grams per square meter, the material is 100% UV stable and virtually unrippable. Strength is also improved with Ocean Rodeo’s new Ridge Seam which has been designed specifically for the Aluula composite material and increases seam strength by over 40% compared to traditional stitching methods.
 
With the widest and most accessible wind range ever seen, the A-Series kites allow for enhanced light wind performance and hold their shape and control in overpowered situations. Where Dacron would distort, Aluula remains rigid, with the low-stretch, quick-flex properties of the Aluula air frame resetting any distortion significantly faster than traditional Dacron air frames. The result is improved control when reaching the kite’s top end, and improved performance throughout the wind range.
 
The Aluula air frame delivers instant feedback not only from your bar input, but also from the wind, with gusts and lulls instantly transmitted to your control system, giving you the ability to maximize your kite’s power, depower and turning potential, revolutionizing your kitesurfing experience.

With our Aluula-Series kites, we’ve managed to expand the wind range both up and down. I’ve had test sessions on the 10m Roam where others on 8m and 7m kites were being blown off the water. And in light winds, I’ve been out and having an absolute blast on the 10m, where 12m Dacron kites are falling out of the sky. These kites are like highly tuned super cars with responsive suspension. You really get to feel the wind like never before, it is incredible.

Richard Myerscough

Founder & CEO, Ocean Rodeo

The A-Series kites will be available to consumers from spring 2020.

Find out more about the kites!

Follow @oceanrodeo on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates and check the #Aluula and #LightKiteLeaders hashtags for photos and video of the kites being tested around the world.

Reece’s Shred Lab

Reece’s Shred Lab

Ocean Rodeo team rider Reece Myerscough is currently out in Cape Verde preparing for the start of his 2020 GKA campaign. As our primary Aluula material test pilot, he’s also had some time to test out the final pre-production Aluula airframe kites in perfect lightwind conditions before the groundbreaking new kites are unveiled to the world…

Reece has also been doing plenty of homework out in Cabo Verde. In addition to his training, this has been a great opportunity for some important R&D time for a new set of kitesurfing boards he’s in the process of developing, optimizing them for the kind of grade A surf seen here at Ponta Preta!

 Subscribe to Reece’s Shred Lab YouTube channel for more reviews, coming soon!

ALUULA MATERIAL WINS BEST PRODUCT AWARD!

ALUULA MATERIAL WINS BEST PRODUCT AWARD!

ALUULA MATERIAL WINS BEST PRODUCT AWARD!

 

We’re super stoked that Aluula Composites – the company we’re working so closely with on our new range of super light Aluula air frame kites – recently won the Best Product category at the 2020 ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany.

Selected from over 500 entries, Aluula Gold won in the Soft Equipment category of the ISPO Textrends 2021/2022 awards. This marked Aluula’s first-ever trade show, and it’s great to see them being recognized for the benefits of this ground-breaking new material and its future potential, not least in our incoming range of kites, which are already blowing minds as they pop up at test locations around the world…

Find out more about our relationship with Aluula just here: oceanrodeo.com/aluula

Congratulations Carla!

Congratulations Carla!

CONGRATULATIONS CARLA

 

CARLA HERRERA ORIA BECOMES THE 2019 KITE-SURF WORLD CHAMPION

Following the final GKA World Cup event in Brazil, Ocean Rodeo team rider Carla Herrera Oria is now confirmed as the winner of the GKA Kite-Surf World Championships 2019!

Carla has worked super hard throughout 2019 to achieve this top-of-the-podium position after her 2nd placing in 2018, and she is so deserving of this win! We are super proud to have her in the Ocean Rodeo family as one of our international athletes.

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WANT MORE CARLA?

Read our recent interview with Carla following the GKA World Cup event in Dakhla Morocco, where she talks about her 2019 season highlights, and why she loves riding the Prodigy kite!

Watch Carla doing what she does to World Champion standard on her Prodigy kite and Smoothy board in our 2020 kite video, also featuring riders Reece Myerscough and Juan Rodriguez!

Win yourself a 2020 Prodigy, Carla’s weapon-of-choice, the same kite that’s seen her crowned as World Champion, or win Reece Myerscough’s 2020 Crave, as well as their competition jerseys from Brazil!

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REECE MYERSCOUGH INTERVIEW

REECE MYERSCOUGH INTERVIEW

REECE MYERSCOUGH STORMS THROUGH HIS HEATS AND MEETS MITU IN AN INTENSE FINALS SHOWDOWN!

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 gkakiteworldtour.com/events/gka-kite-surf-world-cup-brazil-2019/

RIDE LIKE A PRO

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