This year I have been in Cape Town for more than two weeks, we managed to test Addiction in all conditions, with winds range from 6 to 35 knts, thanks to this we checked all sizes. This season Addiction will be available in: 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, 9 and 7 m, color version until the official release remains a secret, I can only tell that it fits in with the new collection of wetsuits and harnesses RRD.
Of course color is not in this case, the most important and priority properties are volatile, speed, etc.
This time we focused on setting the bridle. The kite is very light at the bar, most of the power is transferred to the front lines, but without loosing maneuverability and speed maneuvers, which allows for very efficient and comfortable sailing.
New Addiction will have the possibility of adjusting the angle of attack to the wind (closer or further to the edge of the wind window), relative to the stability of the kite and the pressure on the bar.
In the case of race or regatta, you can set in the “wind angle” position, while for freeride and big air would be better to use the “stability”option. This adjustment will be trivially simple and will involve changing the setting only 2 knots.
It should be noted that the design and shape of the new race kite is perfect for the big air style in sizes from 7 to 15m, while for freeride Addiction 17m and 19m for super light wind conditions (from 8knts). Another structural improvement in the new Addiction is no “one pump” system . As a result , kites are lighter and, above of all, struts are able to be pumped higher pressure , allowing more stable profile ( particularly during gusts ).
Race Tests were held mostly in the Langeban and Shark Bay spots, approximately 1.5 hour drive north of Bloubergstrand (Cape Town district) where we used to live. Unlike in Cape Town, here it was easier to find flat water spots, depending on the wind force and currents – larger or smaller choppy, rather gusty wind. The water was warmer than in Big Bay, while it was necessary to be careful not to hit at high speed the floating seals!
As well in Langeban we had some photo/video sessions with 2015 equipment (race, freeride and freestyle). Action pictures and videos are coming soon on the official RRD website www.robertoriccidesigns.com and brochures. We had also some cool sunset and night photosession taken by our big Dave White.
To come in Cape Town was a great opportunity for me not only to test race equipment, but also to kite with my team mate and masters of waveriding, such as Luke McGillewie, Local hero Oswald Smith or my test mate Abel Lago, and improve my kitewave skills.
It was also a great opportunity to test wave equipment. In the Big Bay and Hakat where we were used to have our test sessions, blew usually 20 to 38 knts of wind, and between waves often formed an unpleasant choppy, impeding smooth ride. Under these conditions, the best choice was Maquina 5’9” and 5’11”, which definitely made my day. Also Huevo 5’5” on the smaller waves and strapless freestyle is an excellent choice. While the Barracuda is designed for those who prefer a more windsurfing “aggressive” riding style in straps.
The only quad in the collection, Salerosa better “works” under the feet in the straps and is intended for more on shore conditions.
New models of kites wave (Religion) proven to satisfy in local conditions side shore and onshore. We have improved significantly speed maneuvers the kite and depower system, which allowed to forget about the kite and allowed to concentrate on riding.
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