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Your Chance to Win a Naish Ride Kite

As soon as one competition is over, equipment manufacturer Naish announces another one. After giving away Robby Naish’s personal Chopper windsurfing sail, Naish is now giving away a brand new Ride kite. Just as with the Chopper ultra compact wave sail, all you have to do is visit Facebook (just click here) and type in your first name, last name, and email address, and specify if you would like to receive the Naish Kiteboarding newsletter. Kiteboarding enthusiasts from all over the world have until the 1st of June 2012 to enter this competition; the winner will be chosen at random from all the entries.

Designed by Damien Girardin, the Ride is Naish’s new two-strut entry level kite meant to offer ease of use, simplicity and value to those interested in getting started with kitesurfing. It features rounded wing tips for easy water relaunch, it has an excellent “sheet in and go” feel, it has great low end performance, it is quite stable and very forgiving. The Ride is available in 5 sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

To mark the launch of the Ride kite, Naish published an interview with kite designer Damien Girardin. The first question was “Why did you make the Ride kite?” and this is what Damien had to say:

The concept of the Ride kite came from the idea that we wanted to design a kite that was truly dedicated to normal kiters. There are a large number of riders who are not necessarily riding everyday but want to have as much fun as possible every session.
With this targeted rider in mind, we spent quite a lot of time analyzing the way average and beginner kiters were riding. We noticed a couple key elements that had to be taken in account:

Oversheeting the bar.
Letting go of the bar and using both hands to get the board under the feet.
Relaunching the kite by only steering the bar and not pulling on the flying lines
Just sheeting in to get going (while more advanced riders will sine the kite to generate power).
Riding underpowered.

The design objectives became then quite clear. I just had to make a kite that would excel at all of these elements!"

You can check out the rest of the interview here.

If you’re not much of a reader, I have some videos from you. In the related videos section below there’s a general presentation of the Ride kite and presentation of the design process and specs for the Ride kite. Enjoy!