After receiving the good news from Kitesurfeolis, official distributor of the Ozone kites in Portugal, to be part of the team in order to promote the brand in Portugal I was anxious to try the kites as soon as I received them.
After a forced pause of 6 months for a knee injury, this was one of the best news that left me motivated to get back in the water and practice some Freestyle and waves.
With the wind conditions of Alvor it was in the following day after the delivery of the kites that I tried them.
For the first tests I made use of the kites Instinct Sport 13m and Edge 9m.
Both kites have an excellent construction noticing itself how much the Ozone cares about all the details of the kites. They present handles of self-rescue, bridles in the leading edge where connects the fifth line and anti-invert system (when in the water).
The system of depower in the bar is sufficiently easy to use in contrast of what it happens with some kites with a great depower. The Sport is the only model with one-pump that makes the kite really practical. In both models water relaunch is really easy, being necessary only to pull one of the back lines. The kites being no bows, but fifth line hybrids don’t have the same depower of a bow what to me is great.
The Ozone in these kites managed to eliminate the back-stall and with the stability that they have it’s excellent to ride un-hooked (especially the Sport).
Instinct Edge 9m
First Experience (and only so far…): Being about 20 knots I decided to try the kite and thus I grab the bar I realized it was a fast kite although not as fast as the Sport. In the water the kite is fast but easy to control, it is a high AR kitetherefore it jumps massively high and with a good hangtime. This kite advances sufficiently in the wind window compared with the Instinct Sport. The pressure in the bar is a little less than in the Sport model.
After some time ridding in the lagoon in flat water we decided to go to the sea with offshore wind and the conditions were perfect to try handle-passes, kung-fus and old school moves. Unhappily my old leash broke and I had to swim 500m to the beach… Happily some friends were there and helped me to get back the kite again…
Although not yet 100% confidence about my knee, these kites made a part of this confidence come back. The motivation of kitesurfing is back and now it’s time to practice and to have Fun everytime I’m in the water.
At this moment we have no wind and I am anxious to receive the Sport 9m and 7m to be able to try them.