What Makes the Best Girls Kiteboard: A 2019 Karolina Pro Kiteboard Review
The 2019 Karolina Pro is the best girls kiteboard to date. It is a solid crossover female kiteboard which is really great for all-around styles of riding, in a chick-friendly size.
This girl’s kiteboard features are:
- Full wood core construction
- Single-shot fusion sidewall
- Light carbon Bedrock inserts
- Dura base
- NACA tech tunnel channels from tip to tail
The 2019 Slingshot Karolina Pro Kiteboard FEATURES:
- High-performance board for female riders
- Signature model for World Champion Karolina Winkowska
- Great load and pop, soft landings
- Lively and durable wood core construction
- Tip and tail channels allow pressing on features without catching an edge
- Solid crossover cable park board
The Best Girl’s Kiteboard Named After a Woman Champion
The Karolina Pro is the pro model board of Karolina Winkowska, the Polish kiteboarding legend, but is also is a great board for all girls though. Karolina is all about accessibility, making sure that women have a great kiteboard choice with board. So it's a great all-around board for any chicks looking to progress their skills on the water.
The Slingshot Karolina Pro Over the Years
Slingshot Karolina Pro 2017: Slingshot-exclusive Bedrock Carbon Inserts, industry-standard M6 hardware, and vertically laminated wood core
Slingshot Karolina Pro 2018: Tip and tail channels, solid crossover cable park board
Presenting The NEW Slingshot Karolina Pro 2019
The 2019 Karolina Pro comes in a 135-centimeter size. Karolina has been with Slingshot for nine years and as we were developing her graphic, we wanted to have a cool way to tie in that legacy and those nine years are indicated by nine white stripes on her graphic. So for the female rider who's looking for a great tip, this the best girls kiteboard for you.
The 2019 Slingshot Karolina Pro Kiteboard is available for $969.95 in 4 interest-free payments of $242.49. This is also available in a package which includes kite fins and grab handle. Find out more of the Karolina Pro.
More Grip Than Any other in our Lineup
The 2019 Asylum is the most grippy kiteboard in our lineup. That means that you're gonna be able to hold down more Kite with this board as well as get a better upwind tracking.
This grippy kiteboard’s features are:
- Full wood core construction
- Single-shot fusion sidewall
- Chine plane rails through the belly of the board
- Laser-cut channels at the tip and tail to provide maximum grip and tracking
The 2019 Slingshot Asylum Kiteboard FEATURES:
- High-rocker freestyle and flatwater shredder
- Huge pop, soft landings
- Aggressive channeling for board speed and grip
- Lively and durable wood-core construction
- Upgraded Dura-Glide base for kickers, rails and sliders
The Grippy Kiteboard: Champion Rider Carlos Mario’s Top Pick
The Asylum remains to be the board of choice by World Champion and best kiteboarder in the world, Carlos Mario, who has again won the World Kiteboarding Championships Akyaka 2018, the 1st GKA Germany Air Games 2018, Air Games GKA Dominican Republic 2018, and the GKA Tarifa 2018 this year on the Asylum.
The Slingshot Asylum Over the Years
Slingshot Asylum 2016: Flexible all-wood Atomic Core, precision laser-cut channels, and integrated Fastrack mounting system
Slingshot Asylum 2017: New Carbon bedrock inserts for lighter board weird and improved pull strength
Slingshot Asylum 2018: M6 Hardware and durable wood-core construction for huge grip and water tension
Presenting The NEW Slingshot Asylum 2019
The Slingshot Asylum 2019
The latest and upgraded Asylum range comes in a 138- and 141-centimetre size. For the Asylum graphic, we wanted to play off the namesake so we have a full-length Rorschach test.
The Asylum is the perfect kiteboard for any rider who's looking for the maximum grip and hold that a twin tip can offer. This means the best ‘upwindability’. It also is going to give you a lot of edge and hold down so that you can hold out more Kite which enables you to boost and jump higher.
The 2019 Slingshot Asylum Kiteboard is available for $899.95. Click here to find your nearest stockist or make four interest-free payments of $224.99. This is also available in a package which includes Asylum Board, Kite Fins, and Grab Handle. Find out more about the Asylum.
LEARNING HOW TO MOUNT AN FSURF FUSELAGE WITH THE RIGHT BOLTS IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. IF YOU USE THE WRONG SCREWS, YOUR FOIL COULD COME LOOSE.
LOSING A FOIL TO THE BOTTOM IS NO FUN. TO ELIMINATE ANY CONFUSION AND ENSURE THAT YOUR FOIL IS SET UP RIGHT, LET’S GO THROUGH A COUPLE BASIC CONCEPTS.
YOUR FOIL WILL COME WITH THREE DIFFERENT STYLES OF BOLTS THAT WILL BE USED TO MOUNT YOUR MAST TO THE FUSELAGE. WHERE YOU PLACE YOUR MAST WILL HELP DETERMINE WHICH BOLTS YOU NEED.
1. FIRST-TIMER SURFERS, WAKESURFERS, AND SUP FOILERS START WITH THE MAST FORWARD USING THE WING SLOT (SEE IMAGE BELOW). THIS MEANS YOU ONLY NEED TO USE THE 45MM SIZE BOLTS. THE COUNTERSUNK AND SHORT BOLTS SIT ON THE SIDELINE FOR NOW, BUT HOLD ONTO THOSE BOLTS FOR LATER! YOU WILL USE THEM IF YOU EVER WANT TO SET THE MAST BACK.
2. MORE ADVANCED FOILERS MAY WANT TO MOVE THE MAST INTO THE BACK POSITION (SEE IMAGE BELOW). (LEARN MORE AT WWW.FOIL-ACADEMY.COM) IN THIS CASE, YOU SHOULD SET YOUR LONGER BOLTS ASIDE, AND USE THE 50MM COUNTERSUNK BOLTS FOR THE MAST MOUNTING. YOU WILL ALSO WANT TO INSTALL YOUR MAST CAP, WHICH FILLS THE HOLE ON THE WING. USE THE SHORT 23MM SCREWS TO DO SO.
WE HOPE THIS HELPS YOU NAIL YOUR SETUP! TAKING CARE OF YOUR HYDROFOIL
IS EASY, AND DOING IT RIGHT MEANS YOU CAN ENJOY IT FOR YEARS TO COME.
OPEN TOE, CLOSED TOE, STIFF OR SOFT? THESE QUESTIONS AND MORE ARE ANSWERED HERE.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pair of boots.
Just like in skiing or snowboarding … or walking down the street for that matter, if your feet aren’t happy when you’re on the water, chances are the rest of you won’t be happy either. The good news is, boots have come a long way since not that long ago.
The days of needing dish soap to slick up your feet to be able to get into your bindings are all but over.
These days you have a ton of great options to choose from, each with unique features and benefits that appeal to different types of riders.
Here are a few main considerations to help narrow down what boot is best for you:
Open toe or closed toe?
The main benefit of open-toed boots is they allow for use by riders with different size feet. This is great for families, casual riders, youngsters with growing feet or as a backup setup that can be shared with multiple people. Generally featured in size ranges small/medium, medium/large and large/XL, one pair of boots could potentially work for riders three to four shoe sizes apart. If you want one versatile setup you can use for multiple riders, an all-around board and a pair of open-toe boots is the way to go.
While open-toe options have plenty of features built in, they’re generally not as high-performance or as secure of a fit as a pair of closed-toe boots. They tend to be a softer fit and flex to accommodate a range of feet sizes and aren’t as warm in cold water.
For a boot in this category, the Slingshot Option is one-of-a-kind. It features a unique Gummy Strap closure system that squeezes tight as you ride and will never loosen. Check it out!
For performance-oriented riding, a super secure fit and more direct feel and control over your board, closed-toe boots are the way to go. They’re more expensive, but what you give in the price you get plenty back in performance. You can normally share with riders about half a shoe size up and one size down, but anything more than that isn’t very functional or comfortable.
Within the closed-toe category, there are a variety of options to choose from. Soft, medium or stiff? Inner laces or not? Removable, walkable liner or not? Check out our 2018 boot lineup for an overview of each.
The general rule of thumb is that a softer boot will be more comfortable and forgiving for casual or entry-level riders. If you’re not riding super hard or if your form isn’t dialed, having more flex underfoot will give you a bit more margin of error and a little slower response in your board. Stiffer boots generally translate to higher performance, with a more direct and immediate reaction from your board and more ankle support for aggressive riding.
An exception to this is in the cable parks, where many high-performance riders prefer a softer booth for tweaking out tricks and grabs and leaning father into presses.
In the Slingshot lineup, flex ratings are as follows:
Soft flex- The Option: Open-toe design and soft flex make it a comfortable, forgiving and user-friendly behind-the-boat choice for riders of all shapes, sizes and skill levels.
Medium flex- The KTV: THE KTV and the RAD are built from the same shell, just with different closure systems. The KTV features a three-zone gummy strap closure that maximizes custom flex control by allowing the rider to tighten the lower, middle and upper parts of the boot independently. Gummy Straps provide a dynamic riding experience. Unlike static closures, Gummy Straps flex with your movement and squeeze your boots tight while you ride. It’s the perfect balance between support and mobility.
Medium flex- The RAD: THE RAD and the KTV are built from the same shell, just with different closure systems. The RAD features a synching lace closure over the top of your foot that you can pull tight and lock down, and a gummy strap closure over the ankle that squeezes tight as you ride. Flex can be controlled by loosening or tightening the dual closure zones. The RAD has been a popular choice for boat riders for years thanks to its simplicity.
Stiff flex- The Shredtown: The Shredtown is a boot within a boot. It has an inner liner with hard, “walking soles” – a big bonus for cable riders and winchers who don’t have feet like cavemen. The liner synchs tight with a full lace-up closure and slides into the outer boot, which has the same three-zone gummy strap closure as the KTV. The Shredtown is built for superior support and stiff board control.
WHAT ARE GUMMY STRAPS AND WHY ARE THEY TAKING OVER WAKEBOARDING?
WAKEBOARDING NEEDED A NEW TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE OLD PROBLEMS. INTRODUCING GUMMY STRAPS…
We introduced Gummy Straps to solve a problem that has afflicted wakeboarding boots since the very beginning. Velcro (the worst offender, that’s why they SUCK), laces, the BOA system- they loosen over time, come untied, blow out, break, fray, flap around your feet and often don’t provide the support you need even when they are functioning properly. Gummy straps are the solution.
Made of super strong, high-tension Thermoplastic Poly Urethane (TPU), they stretch firmly to fasten, then squeeze tight as you ride. Set the tension level by how much you stretch the straps before fastening them, and once they’re set, they’re set. No slipping, loosening or getting ripped off, and no leftover laces to dangle around your ankles. As an added benefit, gummy straps are inexpensive, almost indestructible and they come in a rainbow of colors so you can customize your look.