I stopped by Kitebeach in Juno last weekend. Damien LeRoy was setting up some great new gear for a demo. He had a couple of foil boards, always entertaining but also something new. He had a quiver of the new 2014 Velocity VMG (velocity made good) race kites for demo. All I had with me was an iPhone for photos so here goes.
Damo pumps up. The Velocity is a pure race kite developed for and by racers. Despite that it has some nice attributes for normal kiting too, like nice big, long duration jumps! Damo tells me the kite has lighter pressure, is faster and has easier turning, is higher aspect and constructed of superlightweight materials, uses a front pulley-less bridal and is registered for racing with the IKA. He tells me they put a lot of effort into fine tuning and developing this kite for 2014.
Some sideshore wind just turned on so Damo starts launching kites. The Velocity is a high aspect BOW kite.
The control system has a number of changes including no IDS for the racing kite, a cam cleat for trimming with a long throw on the trimming line. Had trouble keeping the shadow dudes hands off of it!
New trimming hardware all around.
There is a nice spinnable leash attachment.
Showing off that high aspect shape in flight.
So, that is a quick look at this new high end racing kite for 2014. I understand that this kite will be available from a small number of retailers, perhaps only about six to eight.
XL Kites shot a review video on the new kite.
More about the Velocity on Cabrinha's website: