NEW WINGS & TINGS!
Ocean Rodeo are bringing about the composite wing revolution. For us, there's no mistaking the benefits of lightweight handling that their own super-light, ultra strong Aluula material has made to the performance of their kites. They have two new wings: Glide A-Series - featuring a complete Aluula composite airframe. 40% lighter than standard Dacron framed wings. Glide HL-Series - integrating an ultra light weight high pressure boom made of Aluula for a 20% weight reduction over most other full Dacron wings, to help the Glide HL stay flying for longer while wave riding. SIZES: 6, 5, 4 and 3m www.oceanrodeo.com
AIRUSH / STARBOARD
Launched in spring, look out for the all new Freewing Air V2, an all-round performance wing with an extra stiff structure for control and stability. More speed, more pumpability and more acceleration. SIZES: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 & 2m www.freewing-starboard.com
The Strike shape has been given a 'Compact Wing Concept' makeover, F-One's patent pending wing design with a triple strut layout to allow for the easier use of 6, 7 and 8 metre sizes. Two extra struts allow for an increased wing surface area without the need for a thicker leading edge or tip-to-tip length. Maintaining the leading edge diameter of the 5m Strike and developing thinner wing tips on the CWC shape means these bigger wings are still light weight with good manoeuvrability. Ours arrives next week! SIZES: 8, 7 & 6m www.f-oneworld.com
(This is an extract from in an interview with LiP Sunglasses technical director, Graham Saunders-Griffiths, about eye health and sun protection, in our the Kiteworld summer print edition, out now) The core risk to eye health is from UV radiation. ‘Glare’ (or reflections of visible light (and UV) from a surface like water), is something very different. It is the loss of visual performance when too much visible light enters the eyes and they are unable to adequately manage the intensity. The resulting discomfort (redness and dryness) and eye fatigue is not necessarily caused by UV radiation, though. While basic UV blocking sunglasses might strip out the invisible UV rays, they will not do anything to combat the intensity of the visible light which we perceive as glare. By using lens tints, coatings and filters like polarisation, we can control the amount and type of visible light that passes through the lens and into our eyes. UV blocking lenses are the answer to UV radiation, but polarised (and ideally tinted) UV blocking lenses are the answer to glare. All LiP watershades are an 8-base (or ‘wrap’) fit, which means the frame closely contours the face, minimising UV and light leakage from the sides, top and bottom of the frame, and also significantly enhancing peripheral vision – which is a big advantage for fast moving watersports. The larger the gap between the frame and face, the more likely UV will penetrate into the eyes and certainly the skin around the eyes. An ideal watershade should have a frame and lense that maximise UV protection and impact protection; lens coatings like polarisation and hydrophobic that respond to the specific environmental challenges in our sports; durable build quality to stand the test of time in a saltwater environment; comfort when used for long sessions and also security (against loss). LiP's latest model, the FLO, also has seen an adapted design take advantage of new floating frame technology to offer a lightweight and versatile watershade that can be worn both on and off the water without the need for a leash system. www.lip-sunglasses.com
Are you a man who likes to moisturise? Don't be shy, there's nothing worse than a drying epidermis. Did you know that many women use a moisturiser with SPF protection in it, whereas most men don't? LifeJacket’s range of SPF moisturisers, sun gels and UPF 50+ clothing are engineered for all men. LifeJacket and SkinVision are both partnered with the charity, Melanoma UK. A donation of £4 will be made to Melanoma UK for each license upgrade with a view to funding further skin cancer awareness campaigns. www.lifejacketskinprotection.com