Kitesurfing, kiteboarding shop & school. Lessons - Durban, PE, J-Bay, Cape Town
I have been riding the Ozone Reo 4,6,8,10 and 12m in different conditions in Cape Town this entire season in a wide variety of conditions. For me personally this is the best waveriding kite I have ever flown.
Coming from other kites you might have to get used a bit to the kite in a way that the Reo is a kite that needs to be actively flown and you can keep the kite more down in the power zone.
The Reo doesn't have as much grunt as other (wave) kites when you pull in the bar. The Reo is a very fast and direct kite that will generate its power as soon as you start flying the kite through the window and you will generate the pull to get you out there. The steering is light but instant and very direct.
Once you are on the wave you can either park the kite or throw it around as it is extremely manoeuvrable without ever becoming aggressive and throw you off. The backwind drift is superb no backstalling and when flying down the line you don't have to worry about the lines getting slack. This makes the kite suited for riding both hooked in as well as unhooked. When riding unhooked you easily can steer the kite from the wrist and you won't experience any surprises in its power delivery and won't pull you upwards. This is also a very strong point when riding strapless you can power up to accelerate and the drop all the power and the kite will follow.
The only point of criticism I could point out is that the upwind capability of the kite has been compromised a bit compared to the normal kites. But this is a small price to pay for when all you want to do is right waves without having to worry about the kite.
Grap a demo and give it a try you won't be dissapointed!!
See below the review from the last Kiteworld Issue
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