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codifilo
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Style: foil, surf
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Re: Gong kites reviews and tests

Postby codifilo » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:43 pm

What is your opinion the Gong Alu board? It looks great and I'm thinking about getting one when they are back in stock.
How does it go upwind? Does it feel heavy with the PVC sandwich? is it fun in the waves?

Erik de Berik wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:41 am
Hi all, my Kauper XT Maverick experience 👇🏼

viewtopic.php?t=2403644&start=240

And/or 👇🏼

https://oaseforum.de/showthread.php?t=175914&page=33

I still love the Gong Unik’s and Strutless too 😘

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Erik de Berik
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Favorite Beaches: Scheveningen, Ijmuiden, Wijk aan Zee, Brouwersdam, Castricum, Ter Heijde, Cumbuco , Prea, Tatajuba, Vietnam, Thailand for foil.
Style: Wave, Foil, Freeride
Gear: Duotone Neo 6, 7, 9,
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Gong Unik 10.2, Unik 9, Unik 6.8
Gong Freewave 9, 10.2
Gong 12 strutless
Gong Pie 5.6
Gong Lethal 5.9
Gong foil Catch FSP 4.8 + Allvator freeride wing M
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Re: Gong kites reviews and tests

Postby Erik de Berik » Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:34 pm

Hi Godifilo,
Gong Alu built quality is superb, I sold it because it was not quick enough for my weight 99kg. I bought (advice from Patrice owner and shaper) the Pie! Indeed magic as described on their website. Very fun and very quick, not the most radical of course but very forgiven and fun in decent wind, above 6 bft you are losing control but It’s my favorite board till 25 knots. Above 25 knots still possible but the magic is gone.Perfect light wind board, if you like speed take a piece of the pie!
If you like waves and you want Gong and super strong quality buy the Lethal, very snappy and radical but not as fast for my 99kg. I wish they made a 6.0 but they won’t.
Cheers!
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Veko
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Re: Gong kites reviews and tests

Postby Veko » Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:33 am

Erik de Berik wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:41 am
Hi all, my Kauper XT Maverick experience 👇🏼

viewtopic.php?t=2403644&start=240

And/or 👇🏼

https://oaseforum.de/showthread.php?t=175914&page=33

I still love the Gong Unik’s and Strutless too 😘
How would you compare Kauper XT and Gong Unik, what kind of differences do they have in terms of wave riding and possible occasional twin tip use? I'm thinking of buying one of these as my high wind (30-40+ knots) kite for wave surfing in onshore winds (only conditions we get big enough waves here in Finland) with occasional use on twintip if the conditions get too sketchy for surfboards and my skills.

I've been thinking of going with 5.2m/6.8m Unik or 5m/6m Kauper XT. How is your experience with high end wind range with your 6.8 Unik and 7m Kauper XT? I weigh around 95kg, which is going to be ~105-110kg fully kitted out in winter gear on the water.

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Erik de Berik
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Local Beach: Netherlands coastline
Favorite Beaches: Scheveningen, Ijmuiden, Wijk aan Zee, Brouwersdam, Castricum, Ter Heijde, Cumbuco , Prea, Tatajuba, Vietnam, Thailand for foil.
Style: Wave, Foil, Freeride
Gear: Duotone Neo 6, 7, 9,
Duotone Session
Gong Unik 10.2, Unik 9, Unik 6.8
Gong Freewave 9, 10.2
Gong 12 strutless
Gong Pie 5.6
Gong Lethal 5.9
Gong foil Catch FSP 4.8 + Allvator freeride wing M
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Re: Gong kites reviews and tests

Postby Erik de Berik » Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:46 pm

I use the Unik’s and Maverick’s most of the time for foil.
In very gusty conditions with more than 10 knots difference and especially in 30kn + the uniks flapping a lot but controlable but not to compare with a good wave kite (in my case Dt Neo)
Mavericks can do but not a beginners kite in high winds because of it’s agility and difficult to water relaunch
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Re: Gong kites reviews and tests

Postby apollo4000 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:14 pm

A few weeks back went out to Camber on a windy wet day, started on a 7m Rebel which was okay but too much effort, came back for 9m Unik. Awesome in the same conditions. Maybe I should have taken the 9m out straight away but it was windy and big waves. There was a guy on an 8m Soul having it.

For the money, I absolutely loved the Unik. Took me on a big boost as well. It feels powerful when you’re walking to the water, need a bit more attention....but smooth when riding. Yeah it luffs a bit but it’s no biggy. It’s a great kite and for the price, an awesome kite.


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