Patrick Blanc will be competing all the stops of the PKRA tour this year and will be riding the Catalyst in the events, he has chosen to ride this kite due to its all-round ability so he can continue to rip the waves as well as killing it in the Freestyle arena.
Patrick has been riding since 8 years old and surfing since he was 5, he is our true all round athlete and goes as hard on the frozen stuff too. We wish him the best of luck this year in the PKRA from all at team Ozone.
I’ve been testing the Catalyst 2013 for a month in Brazil every day. The best word for describe this kite is “amazing”.
The Catalyst is a open-C kite which has been changed completely for this year. This new kites give us a lot of good things.
For freestyle, it gave me a lot of “pop” which helps me to fly higher and makes the pass easier. If we use it with the short bar this kite is really stable and keeps the kite in the same place while we are unhooked and helps freestylers to keep the kite low.
It’s also really easy to relaunch, you just have to pull from a line direction and the kite comes up immediately. It’s a big benefit for me while I’m competing because I don’t lose time for the relaunch.
I test it with hard conditions: doing big kiteloops and big jumps in strong and gusty wind, It pushes me forward a lot and absorbs the gusts really good with the bridle system. It also has a lot of hang time that helps to fly higher and longer. (I got an awesome picture in the Kiteworld magazine which says more than a thousand of words!)
I’ve also been doing surf kiting in Brazil with the Catalyst and this kite with the bridles makes the turn really fast and offers a lot of de-power which is really good for surf kite.
Ozone shows again that they have good products and care about the details.
That’s my point of view from the Catalyst kite, for more information check this page: http://flyozone.com/kitesurf/en/products/kites/catalyst/info/
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