The Edge is growing a serious fan base around the globe; take for example the email below we have just received! Unfortunately the author needs to remain anonymous as she is a journalist for one of the Worlds leading Kitesurfing Mags so “author’s name withheld since this review could get her in trouble with her editors” But those of you in the Bay Area, san Francisco will surely know
“That’s got to be marketing hype,” my husband John said to me after reading Ozone designer David Pilkington’s assessment of the Instinct Edge. “This is the closest to paragliding on a kite that I have ever come!” wrote David. “The kite flies when you jump it, super soft landings possible. Big, big grins when I finish a session on an Edge.” I must admit, I wasn’t sure I entirely believed David either. That is, until I watched John take the 13m Edge for a test ride.
The first jump said it all: he more than doubled the max height he was getting on our other kites. That’s when the hooting began. I rode up behind him to see if his jump was due to some kind of freak gust, but the excited look in his eyes told me otherwise. I followed him around all afternoon, watching him orbit over our local site, jumping significantly higher than all the other riders. He tried riding fast and sending the kite, which catapulted him over 20 feet high. Then he tried riding really slowly to set up his jump, and he went just as high. That’s when the kite looping began. He sent forward and back loops while hovering 15 feet in the air - I have never seen a kite loop keep the rider so stationary during a jump. It was truly extraordinary.
After two hours of riding, I called it quits and went in, but John was having so much fun dialing in the kite that he stayed out for a marathon session. While I sat on the bench watching him boost higher and higher, a small crowd of friends gathered. I told them about David’s comments about the kite and that we were initially questioning whether what he said was true. Just then, John shot out of the water and floated 24 feet above us. We all laughed and cheered, and one friend turned to me and said, “That’s no BS! If that guy David wants to sell you a bridge, buy it.”
Two hours later, John came in off the water with a gigantic, silly grin. His only comment was this: “You’re not allowed to give this kite back.” Even though he was smiling and laughing, he was dead serious. He hadn’t had this much fun on a kite in years, and there was no way he’d let that fun stop.
Our new quiver of Instinct Edge kites arrives this weekend, and I can’t wait to ride them. That’s when the fun will really begin.