Here’s a calendar of upcoming Big Winds events:
May 5 Big Winds Beach Center (Event Site) opens. FREE SUP DEMOS 10-4
May 6 Big Winds Beach Center (Event Site) opens. FREE SUP DEMOS 10-4
May 13 Mothers’ Day FREE SUP DEMOS for Moms at BW Beach Center 10-4
May 19, 20, 21 Victoria Day Weekend
May 26, 27, 28 Memorial Day Weekend
June 9 An Evening with Gerry Lopez at Big Winds 5-7 pm
June 12 Ladies SUPper Club Kickoff Party at Big Winds 6-8pm
June 19 Ladies SUPper Club first night BW Beach Center 5-7 pm
June 30 Naish/ Big Winds Kite Demo at the Event Site
with the Naish Pro Team
July 7, 8 Windfest
July 7, 8 Gorge Blow Out
July 23-27 US National Windsurfing Championships, Event Site
August 18, 19 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
Location: Event Site, Hood River
Today I had the chance to test the new Naish 10m Ride. It’s a two strut kite that comes in even sizes, 4m through 12m. This kite is geared for the beginner to intermediate free-ride kiter.
I tested the kite on the new Ride 4-line bar, which is a simplified Universal (no swivel/pully above the trim line), on 24m lines.
The center of the kite’s canopy is wide open, with a single batten adding a little structure. The 10m Ride pumps up in no time, and once rigged and ready, self launches like a champ.
What makes a good beginner kite? These three things: 1. Easy water relaunch. 2. Nice upwind ability. 3. Plenty of depower when flown through the power zone.
All of these factors are covered in a nice simple package. I could swing the kite right downwind in front of me, let the bar out, and feel little to no pull. The kite keeps a solid structure, amazingly, as one might think it to be lacking stability while lacking a center strut, but not once did I feel or sense anything structurally instable in this kite.
I would recommend the new Naish Ride to anyone looking for a simple, cost effective, entry level kite.