This is my first review and, like the post from eag, felt this kite deserved some attention.
WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll we finally got some decent winds over the weekend here in south Florida. Those familiar with south Fla know that the majority of the kites flown here are Best and Cabs with few others mixed in. I canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t remember ever seeing a Ocean Rodeo out here.
I myself ride Waroo 06ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ (12 & 16), prior to that C kites (cab nitro, liquid force, and airush). IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m 200lbs, ride a Jaime pro board (L) w/ bindings.
Like many others, I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t want to give up the range the bow kites offer but I am looking for a more responsive & aggressive kite that you can unhook with (like the C kite).
Miguel (great guy & instructor from BigKites.com) acquired some demo gear from OR.
The winds were averaging 15-20 mph occasionally gusting to 25mhp. I had been on my 12 waroo pretty much most of the day. Miguel showed up mid-afternoon. I came in when he was setting up the Rise demos.
He had just rigged the 10 Rise when I approached. He told me that he would be setting up the 12 rise soon, and if IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d like to hang on or grab the 10 and switch off as soon as heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s done. Sounds good to me and off I went.
On my first couple tacks I was really moving, but figured it must be the wind gusting. However, I am noticing that I am cutting upwind faster then smaller guys on 12s.
Wait a minute, I start focusing on the kite to make sure it was actually a 10. At this point I am a little a little surprised that I am one of the bigger riders out, and on the smallest kite, while blowing upwind better than my own 12 waroo.
The kite is fast, and great pull through the turns. After a few speed runs, its time to boast. Definitely no problem here, great height (beyond my expectations), nice and floaty. Ok next, lets try something simple- like a hooked in backroll. Expecting enough height for one rotation, I quickly got yanked for two rotations with a kite loop to finish. Again, I am in disbelief that I am pulling this w/ a 10 in 15-20 mhp. Ok how about unhooking, lets try a rally. Great huge pop, with great response.
I turned it over to one of the other rider (about my same weight). Everyone that rode it felt that it pulled like a bigger kite.
Overall excellent performance very impressed!!
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Very responsive
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Excellent forward speed
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Just the right amount of bar pressure (I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t like light)
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Great grunt
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Great low end
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Nice clean bar
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Overall Solid Construction (great attention to small details)
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Did initially find it wanting to fall back when standing still. However, I think this is tuning issue. I was able to correct by sheeting about 8ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚