EVO 2014, an insight view with Ralf Grösel
Ralf, to start simple, what´s new about the 2014 EVO?
Ralf Grösel: A lot!! The Evo 2014 is not based on the 2013 model but a completely new design coming out of two different prototype directions. This Evo is a kite I´ve been developing for the last two years, this means the first prototypes have already been built parallel to the Evo 2013. Which was kind of strange but necessary to come from a new approach.
What was the challenge about it and why did the development take so long?
Ralf Grösel: Since the introduction to the market in 2008 the Evo was very Delta-oriented. This concept direction offers a lot of positive aspects, but also a lot of limiting factors. Over the years I really pushed the kites’ overall performance to the absolute limit in-between the concept, until I really came to the point where I just could not improve the Delta-shape anymore in 2013. I already saw that coming in 2012 and therefore needed the time to work in time on the new concept and be ready after these two years for a new direction.
What do we have in our hands now?
Ralf Grösel: At the end of the day, a completely new kite, which offers some of the typical Evo genes, but also is a completely different construction and direction. The Evo is trimmed to maximum performance combined with perfect handling. Developed to fit perfectly to a 4 line bar, I found a perfect match for the geometry combining stability with flexibility of the whole kite construction. Not to mention several prototypes…
Sounds a bit like a conflict…
Ralf Grösel: On the first view, yes. But I can explain it easily:
The higher aspect ratio and the flatter radius, which are even similar to a Rebel, have been optimized on the other hand to a very very stiff and compact system through several small changes. A lot of flexibility in the tip area to achieve that great handling, stiffness in the profile for bomb proof stability. But it is indeed tricky to combine these two characteristics, which pull in opposite directions!
Any other changes?
Ralf Grösel: Several, just to mention the changed panel layout, remarkable thinner struts to reduce weight, a different tip geometry and a new bridle system with to rolls at both sides to depower efficiently.
Where in the North Kiteboarding Range is the Evo seen in your view?
Ralf Grösel: The Evo is and will stay the all-round talent inbetween the North Kiteboarding range. But, the Evo made a huge step forward regarding the overall performance. Steady is the extremely easy water relaunch and the brilliant stability.
What does that mean in detail for the pilot?
Ralf Grösel: The general speed of the kite in the wind window has increased, the upwind ability is just insane and the depower is now massive. Jumping is super easy, anybody can boost highest jumps with smooth landings with this kite. Compared to last years models flight time and height has increased a lot.
NKB: Where is the Evo´s position next to the completely new Dice?
Ralf Grösel: The Dice is nothing more or less then the jackpot. We never had a kite which started this fast and with so many good feedback from team riders and customers at the same time, never sold several thousand pieces of one kite model in the first year.
Still, the Evo is a different concept with 5 struts and all the benefits which come with it and the potential to surprise, especially Evo lovers! The Dice is a specialist´s kite for advanced freestyle/wakestyle and advanced wave riding. The Evo´s jumping ability for classic moves and classic riding are just easier and more stable. As mentioned, the Evo jumps high, wide and long!
Test one, you´ll be surprised!!
Thank you Ralf for this inside you of your perspective!
Roll the Dice - The Episode
Alea iacta est - The die is cast!
The Dice is a brand new kite for 2014, aimed at the rider wanting a do it all machine with C-Shape flying characteristics. Airton Cozzolino and Tom Court are using the Dice this year, showing you just how versatile it is. Happy performing wakestyle, freestyle or in the waves – the kite entertains on all levels. It is based around a C-Shape profile, using a lightweight three strut construction. The kite feels lively in your hands, very direct and predictable in the air. The bar feedback is instinctive and riders find the kite easy to fly right out of the bag. Kite- loops are really easy with the Dice, and it is great fun to ride in the waves or flat water. If you want a kite that will give you the maximum amount of fun in any conditions, choose the Dice, responsive, fast and great fun!
WHAT NORTH KITEBOARDING INSIDERS SAY ABOUT THE DICE – ALEA IACTA EST
RALF GRÖSEL (KITE DESIGNER)
Kiteboarding is a sport that is constantly developing and we realized the trend that more and more kiters are getting into wave riding. However there is also a considerable big group of people who do not want to decide for either flat water or wave. Therefore it felt natural to develop in the direction of a crossover kite. The Dice is a revolutionary kite for freestyle and waves – and definitely my kite of choice from now on!
KIRSTY JONES (TEAM RIDER)
The Dice combines the advantages of the Neo and the Vegas into one kite, so I feel I could use it for freestyle, waves and very comfortable, smooth freeriding. For freestyle I loved the feeling of having slightly more power than the Vegas, but also with smooth, total depower to the exact amount when needed. Just loved it from the very first second I got it in my hands. Unfortunately I wasn ́t allowed to keep the prototype!!
JAIME HERRAIZ (NKB LEGEND)
I love riding the Dice in the surf. It's got great drift and pivots really quickly, allowing you to redirect in a split second. The Dice also works insane for unhooked freestyle and kite loops. Combining the best of two worlds.
TOMMY KAISER (MARKETING)
When I tried the Dice the first time on a Twintip, it directly gave me a newfound confidence to try new powered moves, as the kite pull is so smooth and predictable, but still with the power needed to pop hard. Also the Dice has more hangtime than the Vegas, which makes it the perfect kite for classic tricks and big airs.
NIKLAS HECKER (SALES)
The Dice is a revolutionary kite for freestyle and waves. When riding with the Dice in waves, the kite immediately felt very responsive and light, with perfect smooth power when I needed it, but also depowered to the exact amount needed to perform manoeuvres on the wave. You instinctively know what the kite does and where it is!
When it comes to range of use, different people have different opinions. But they are all in complete agreement about one thing: ALEA IACTA EST – The die is cast
Kite Designer Ralf Grösel about the new Vegas 2014
The Vegas 2014 is equipped with a completely reworked trailing edge. Also the Dacron section as well as the TE Force Control has been reworked for 2014.
WHY WERE THESE CHANGES NECESSARY?
The Vegas 2013 is an extremely balanced kite, which inspired Freestylers as well as Wakestylers and Freeriders. In the course of the development of the Dice, we realised that the gradient of the TE tension is extremely important for the performance of the kite. Hence we have changed the base of the Vegas 2013 until we found the perfect blend of durability and flying characteristics.
HOW DO YOU NOTICE THESE CHANGES ON THE KITE?
We have reduced the width of the Dacron strip by about 50% compared to the previous year and at the same time increased the canopy double draw (TE Force Control) at about 120%. Each trailing edge needs to have a certain tension to avoid fluttering and to discharge the right performance. The Vegas has an open cone (trailing edge radius), which is important to perform unhooked manoeuvres at zero pressure. Beyond that it is very important to design the trailing edge in a way that the kite performs well in different kinds of conditions.
RALF'S RECOMMENDED LINE LENGTH FOR FREESTYLE:
Out of my experience, the smaller Vegas 5 to 9 work extremely well with the 19 or 22m lines. When using a medium size kite like a 10 or 11 I would choose 22 or even 24m lines, depending on the riders weight. For the bigger sizes 12 plus I would go for a bar with 24m lines.
The new Twin Tip Range 2014 is online
North Kiteboarding twin tip boards are produced in a high-tech snowboard and kiteboard factory in Austria. Premium products are our aim, therefore only the best materials and cutting edge technology are applied to our twin tips. All twin tip cores are made from farm-grown Paulownia wood. To get light and durable boards, they are milled exactly to within 0.1 mm to the mould, to minimise and control the amount of glue used in each board.
Key Construction Features:
— 3D Contour Deck: Precisely dictates and controls the flex behaviour over the entire length of the board
— Soft tip area combined with stiff torsional flex: Responsible for aggressive edging and early planing
— Super Stiff Centre: Ensures massive, aggressive pop for powered tricks & jumps
— The Centre Responsive Flex: Stiffness of centre part is reduced to dampen slaps and hits caused by choppy water
High Performance Carbon Technology
— Spread tow technology Spread Tow Fabrics
— The Carbon spread tow of the Formula 1 Champions!
— Unique carbon fibre technology noticeable improves your boards’ performance
— 20% lighter than conventional carbon reinforcements
— Unprecedented mechanical performance
— Superior surface finish
The patented TeXtreme® spread tow STF structure makes the composite 20% lighter, with an unprecedented increase in overall performance. This is based on the fact that the fibres are straighter in TeXtreme® than in any standard conventional carbon reinforcements. As a result of the optimized fibre structure, the end product will hold a larger amount of carbon fibres, at a minimum size and weight. The outcome of this unique technology when applied to kiteboarding: A board with high fibre volume content, low weight and enhanced strength! How does it affect your riding experience
— The upwind ability is recognisably improved.
— The handling and feel of the board is definitely
unique! TeXtreme boards feel much smoother than traditional boards.
— The pop is also improved and it is easier to release the board for loaded jumps. Getting the timing right for jumping will feel intuitional.
— TeXtreme® boards are just like your own magic carpet; the board does all the work for you!
The Select and the Spike Textreme are the high performance boards in which this amazing technology is used at the moment. Whenever you get the chance to strap one of these to your feet: feel the difference yourself! The North Kiteboarding Twintip range can be divided into three different groups of twintip boards due to the applied construction technology
— Standard Construction
— Premium Constuction
— High Performance Construction