Flying High: The Best Kites For Big Air Kiteboarding

May 22, 2024

Flying High: The Best Kites For Big Air Kiteboarding

The discipline of big air kiteboarding is quickly becoming one of the most popular categories of kiteboarding. A natural evolution of “old school” freestyle kiteboarding, big air kiteboarders brave the strongest of winds, using their kite’s power to launch themselves into the air. With impressive skill, big air kiteboarders can soar to heights of up to 30 meters and cover distances exceeding 100 meters downwind.

Riders catch some serious air, pulling off epic jumps, spins, flips, and grabs with the help of the kite's power and control. Big air kiteboarding is all about combining athleticism, skill, and technique to master the art of flying high and landing smoothly.

 

What is the best kite for big air kiteboarding?

Having the right kite for big air kiteboarding is crucial for the best performance due to the specialised requirements of this discipline. Big air moves demand kites with specific characteristics that are tailored to generate huge power, lift, and stability. The kite needs to have big enough power to propel the rider to considerable heights while maintaining control and stability throughout the jump.

ozone enduro action shot
A big air kite should also offer predictable and responsive steering, allowing riders to adjust the kite's position mid-air for optimal performance and safe landings. The right kite design and features, such as a sturdy frame, efficient aerodynamics, and appropriate size, play an important role in maximising performance and safety during big air kiteboarding sessions. With the proper kite, riders can confidently push their limits, execute complex big air tricks, and soar to impressive heights.

 

Which big air kite is right for me?

While there are many big air kites on the market, Ozone Kites is a top brand of choice for big air kiteboarding due to their reputation for delivering exceptional power, stability, and control, allowing riders to achieve impressive heights and execute dynamic manoeuvres with confidence and precision.

We have compared three of the big air kites in the Ozone Kites range to help you make the right choice depending on your level and goals.

 

 

OZONE VORTEX ULTRA-X

Overview:
The Ozone Vortex Ultra-X is targeted at riders looking to take their twin-tip riding to the next level with accessible performance and specialised looping capabilities. 

ozone vortex ultra-x
Features:
Versatility: Marketed as a kite for various riding styles, including big air, looping, freeriding, and progression, the Vortex Ultra-X combines lightweight properties with a stiff structure for enhanced performance, higher airspeed and lightning-quick steering response.

Looping Performance: The Vortex Ultra-X excels in kite loops, offering a nimble and predictable handling for safe and smooth looping manoeuvres. It's designed to assist riders through their first loops and then become their ally for executing even the biggest doubles.
Accessibility: Designed to cater to everyone, from the pros to aspiring riders, the Vortex Ultra-X offers real performance accessible to all. Its agility and responsiveness make it suitable for riders looking to progress and push their limits in big air and looping disciplines. 


Suitable Rider Type and Skill Level:
The Vortex Ultra-X is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders seeking to improve their skills in big air and looping. It's particularly well-suited for riders who want to explore aggressive kite loops and progress in freestyle tricks, offering accessible performance for those looking to take their riding to the next level.

 

OZONE EDGE V12

Overview:
The Ozone Edge V12 is designed for high-performance big air boosting, offering exceptional power, upwind drive, and stability. 

ozone edge v12

Features:

Performance: Purpose-built for heart-stopping riding speeds and gravity-defying big air performance, the Edge V12 provides a sheet-in, fly-and-glide style of riding. Its sturdy five-strut design ensures rock-solid stability and smooth power delivery, making it ideal for intermediate twin-tip riders and high-flying enthusiasts alike.
Upwind Capability: The Edge V12 stands out for its incredible ability to go upwind effortlessly and sit far forward in the window. This enhances the overall riding experience, allowing riders to maximize their time in the air and enjoy extended hangtime.
Construction: Crafted with precision after years of refinement, the Edge V12 boasts a design focused on durability and performance in varied wind conditions. Its construction ensures reliability and confidence, even in gusty winds or challenging environments.


Suitable Rider Type and Skill Level:
The Edge V12 is best suited for intermediate to advanced riders who prioritise big air performance and stability. It is ideal for those who enjoy pushing their limits in high-flying manoeuvres, including big air jumps and extended hangtime, making it a preferred choice for riders seeking adrenaline-pumping experiences.

 

OZONE ENDURO V4

Overview:

The Ozone Enduro V4 is a versatile kite suitable for a wide range of riding styles, including big air, wave kitesurfing, freestyle, and foiling. 

ozone enduro v4

Features:

Versatility: With adjustable settings for freeride, waves, and freestyle, the Enduro V4 adapts to different riding preferences and conditions. It's known for its capability to handle any session in any conditions, making it a go-to choice for riders looking for a single kite that can do it all.

Performance: Offering nimble and forgiving handling, the Enduro V4 delivers smooth power delivery, enabling riders to execute jumps, loops, and manoeuvres with ease. Its transversal sail shaping ensures optimal canopy tension, resulting in reduced drag and enhanced performance across the wind range.

Construction: Balancing lightweight handling with a rugged dacron build, the Enduro V4 strikes a perfect balance for riders who want both performance and durability. Whether riding twin-tips, surfboards, or foils, it satisfies the needs of any freerider.

Suitable Rider Type and Skill Level:
The Enduro V4 is ideal for intermediate to advanced riders who enjoy versatility in their riding styles. It caters to those who want to progress in waves, freestyle tricks, big air jumps, or foiling, making it a suitable choice for riders seeking a single kite for various conditions and disciplines. 

 

A Big Air Kite For All Riders, For All Sessions

It’s easy to see why big air has always been one of the biggest attractions of kiteboarding in recent years when it makes the dream of flying a possibility. If you want big air performance, Ozone Kites has a kite for all riders, for all sessions.

If you’re looking to get into big air kiteboarding, get in touch. We’re always happy to have a chat about your kiteboarding goals or can arrange a demo on a kite if you want to try it before you add it to your quiver.

 

[images: Ozone Kites]



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