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LIGHTWIND / FREERIDE
A massive success for Ocean Rodeo in 2020, for 2021 the Crave is now available in sizes down to 5m. It’s nimble, three-strut design has been lightened up, with the wingtip being fine tuned to provide smooth power delivery and predictable handling.
Whether you are wave-riding and want a kite that will turn on a dime and keep you in the pocket, or for committed sending, predictable performance and power on tap, the Crave is the kite for you. The Crave is fitted with graduated Forward Swept Tips (FST) on size 7 to 12 M. FST delivers crisp, nimble, and controlled kite loops, ensuring world-class performance for strapless freestyle riding. The refined broad wingtip design allows for lightning-quick water relaunches and maximum flying control, even when the kite is at the extreme edges of the window.
The Crave is built as light as possible, while retaining the ability to take a beating in the surf and the strength to hold its shape through even the most demanding Big Air maneuvers
Coming in 20% lighter than our 2020 Dacron-Series kites, this incredible reduction in weight is the result of strategically placed ALUULA composite materials, perfectly blended with Dacron to create a new hybrid construction class that delivers a superior airframe response.
ALUULA has been inserted into key overlays and reinforcement panels while the struts receive a full ALUULA panel running from the leading edge to the strut tips. This ALUULA strip combined with an ALUULA gusset tightens up the airframe flex, providing faster turning and improved stability. In addition to this, an ALUULA shock strip runs from wingtip-to-wingtip connecting the leading edge and the canopy. With twice the tensile strength of the underlying Dacron, the shock strip provides increased stability and handling in all conditions.
The reduction in weight and increase in strength of this airframe makes the HL-Series of kites comparable in weight to one or no struts kites, while still maintaining the expansive wind range that comes with having a three-strut kite. The evenly balanced weight distribution of the three struts, combined with the remarkable weight savings, deliver jaw-dropping resistance to back stall and luffing if you overshoot the kite or find yourself in a lull.
Precision curved to match the airfoil profile, the HL airframe is highly tuned to take full advantage of the unique properties of this cutting-edge composite material which is sewn using super-tough Quad Lock stitching, designed specifically for ALUULA.
Specifically designed to be a wave / strapless freestyle hybrid, the Crave has a moderate sweep and an open C arch, providing maximum flying control even when the kite is at the extreme edges of the window.