Program: Racing Kites and Bar
The new Addictions MKIV are the new engines that will power the International Racing team around the world. Developed over 6 month of hard testing from 4 to 40 knots of wind over the most diverse water conditions, these kites deliver pure, constant, controllable power on demand and a great range of use. Racing has been developing to new higher standards during the 2012 season, where the best worlds athletes have been pushing the boundaries of performance in any given conditions, but one common rule has become more and more evident: the need of power delivery from the kites that can be handled easily from the kiter.
The Addiction keeps its simple 5 strut design with a very hi-aspect ratio between the leading edge and the centre strut. The maximum shape of the kites has been refined and moved slight forward compared to the MKIII version, creating a very stable kite with a constant power delivery. The new shape positioning of the body is now supported by a completely new segmented panels strut design that increases stiffness to better hold the shape both in light air and strong or gusty winds. The new wing tip design has also been modified, creating a better pivoting effect on the kite when going downwind. The new addiction never stalls, and is now even quicker to turn, creating and unbeatable amount of power at all times.
Upwind, the kite now flies even higher into the wind window and brings you to better angles and average speed, keeping you always well powered without needing to change your body position onto the board. Downwind, the kite is very predictable, stable and fast. You will never find a spot where the kite is missing any power, and its unbeatable quick turning speed will take you where you want to be in any last second direction changes on the course. All in all the Addiction MKIV will give you all you need to forget about the equipment trim and simply concentrate in not doing strategic mistakes while racing.
One last thing: don’t forget that equipment speed will always help you, but you are the one to race and stay ahead of the others. Race well, results will come.
Julien Kerneur on Race Bar V2:
This is the new Race Bar Version 2. I have developed this bar after last year of racing. I have done over 200 races with this bar prototype in my hands.The bar is very simple, with a double pulley system that you can use to easily trim your kites while racing upwind without changing your body position onto the board. I always keep trimming the power of my kite while racing on the course and this is why the new de power rope is so long to be kept in your hands at all times while going upwind.
You need to practice to use this long depower rope in your hands, but once you have done this , you can keep a constant line on the upwind course. I personally release to full power once I round the upwind mark and start going downwind and pull strongly on the depower rope once I round the downwind mark to start to go upwind again. My priority is to never loose speed and keep the perfect angle on the course that will take me faster around the marks.