North - MY21 Collection
Over the past twelve months, North's designers have focused on improving the durability and refining the ride of each product.
The Navigator Control System is packed full of technology and is one of the key products to have undergone significant changes, many of which are not even visible. For 2021 Designer Hugh Pinfold has made over twenty improvements to this easy-to-use, top quality, control system.
Two of the more apparent changes Hugh, Director of Design and Engineering has incorporated for 2021 are the new omnidirectional grip pattern and the introduction of a smaller 38-43cm bar size. But perhaps less obvious are the myriad of smaller changes: for example new internal geometry on the bar centrepiece giving less resistance and wear; the cleat base has been modified to make kite loop bar spins easier, and we've added a swivel to the newly elongated leash pin ring on the, making connection quicker and easier.
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Chief Kite Designer Pat Goodman has focused on improving the performance and feel of both the Orbit and Carve, introducing new lighter materials and new bridles. The Orbit continues to lead North's aspirational Big Air category and with the refinements from Pat, is expected to continue dominating the podium.
Meet the Orbit
For the Reach, North has introduced a range of new sizes for 2021, including a 17m kite ideal for riding twintips in light wind.
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Pat’s home spot in Taiwan is the windiest place on planet earth and gets about 250 days a year of wind over 20 knots. It's very strong in winter and moderately strong in summer, so he has ideal conditions for testing. “I’m fortunate to have such a great team of riders to work with, especially Nick, Jesse, Marc Jacobs, and now Camille. You know what, I'm a competent rider, but I'm not a trickster, I don't do all the crazy stuff these guys do. The teamriders really put a kite to the test, so the kites must be stable and do as they are expected to in extreme manoeuvres,” says Pat.
Board Designer Jaimie Scott commutes regularly to Auckland to collaborate with the North Product Development team. Based three hours north in Whananaki, home to some of the best east coast white sand beach breaks in New Zealand, Scott is constantly looking for ways to push himself whilst out in the ocean. He strongly believes that the more he’s challenged out on the water, the more his shaping evolves. For 2021 Scott has made considerable changes to the shape of the surfboards, and is continuing to progress the strapless freestyle boards, improving the durability and performance characteristics of each board so they can edge harder and give you an even more direct connection to the power of the wave.
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Often lighter-weight riders find it harder to control large, stiff boards designed for heavyweights. With this in mind, Uli Sommerlatt, Product Manager set out to craft a board with more responsive flex for riders with a smaller build - one that would deliver increased control in a range of conditions, greater comfort and softer landings - without sacrificing performance. The all new Astra’s smaller board length, narrower stance and basalt technology construction provides riders of all levels just the right amount of flex for controlled edging, boosts and loops.
Discover the Astra Light Rider
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