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First Look at The Smoothy

First Look at The Smoothy

 

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

It’s been a long time in the making but the Smoothy is finally here! The culmination of two decades of design and freeride progression… A twintip built for progressive riding and ultimate comfort in real-world conditions. To learn about all the Smoothy’s features, construction and innovation check out the product page here.

 

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

 

SMOOTHY BY NAME – SMOOTH BY NATURE

THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN ISSUE #98 IN MARCH 2019

 

TEST TEAM NOTES: 

Imagine for a moment that you’re snowboarding and you’ve just broken off-piste and hit powder; the noise quietens and everything feels smooth and less aggressive. Welcome to the world of the Smoothy. 

An exaggerated rocker in the tips means that you can ride nice and easily with weight on both feet. You don’t need to load your back foot much more than your front and you actually feel quite well perched and stable above the water. Very soft underfoot, it really is like you’re riding in powder all the time.

The outstanding design feature of the Smoothy is the huge double concave in the base. We’ve seen double concaves come and go for the last 20 years and they have always been synonymous with providing a super soft ride, like air suspension. (Aaron Hadlow may have won World Championships on a double concave, but his board was much shorter and stiffer).  The level of feel differs according to the size and design of the double concave, but every double concave feels like a double concave. The Smoothy really is smooth and comfortable, so much so that you feel like you’re riding a few centimetres off the water. 

 

 

You  ride the Smoothy with a super comfortable and balanced stance, benefitting from air suspension and also lots of grip without having to work overly hard for it. 

For the amount of grip there is, the ride is soft and yet Ocean Rodeo have managed to not make the board feel slow, helped by the channels between the tips. However, what the Smoothy doesn’t offer is a lot of natural pop. For kiting, most boards now feature stiffer central sections for speed, and then softer tips depending on how much comfort a designer wants. The Smoothy has a more even flex through the middle and will really suit beginners or improvers looking for a comfortable and highly capable carving experience. It’s a carving machine and a lot of fun for being able to complete a bottom turn more completely than most twin-tips and then gouge a deep hack on a wave face. For mastering the basics of toeside carving there are few better boards. The grip is very assured and never slips. Not only does the Smoothy offer softness and comfort, but also grip and fluid drive. 

It takes most new riders a while to develop a touch for edging and feathering a rail, the Smoothy does all that for you…

 

Full article here

 

Kite World Magazine

 

The name says it all. What a chop-eating machine it is! More intuitive to ride than a Mako, but just as smooth. Load as hard as you want without any fear of losing your edge, no matter how powered up you get. This thing is a smile generator. Prepare for your friends to ask to borrow it…again.

Roger Mosley

XL Kites

 

I recently hopped onto an Ocean Rodeo (OR) Smoothy for a trip through the Planet of the Apes (OBX) and a couple of free ride sessions. As a long time OR Mako owner I expected to be underwhelmed in the chop. Surprisingly, the very first thing I noticed was how the board handled the chop out in the Sound. “Smoothy” is definitely the correct name. In the slicks it carved like a maniac and held an edge perfectly. It’s a little slippery if you flatten the board out, but I like that for spinning the board around.

I’m not a wake style rider but did appreciate the pop when trying to go big. It eventually dawned on me after a time that there was no splash into my face at all. Finally, I’m actually considering replacing my brand new Mako 150 with a Smoothy 139! 

Randy Casburn

GKA Update – November

GKA Update – A Grande Finale in Australia

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

Team Ocean Rodeo has been on fire since it’s highlight reel finish in the GKA’s Kitesurf World Tour in Brazil! Now as the team heads into Torquay, Australia with some big sights on moving further up in the standings to close out an already successful year! Carla Herrera is closing in on a world championship title, while Reece Myerscough is wrapping up the tour no longer acting as the rookie, but an emerging threat to the GKA standings. Laurens is still getting his feet from under him as Ocean Rodeo’s newest rider. All three have something to prove, while the prospect of a new season is on the horizon as this one is reaching it’s thrilling conclusion.

Carla in a Winner Takes All Final

Carla wrapped up the event in Brazil blazing through the competition and poised to stay on top of the standings. Through a thrilling comeback in the double elimination format she mounted an impressive run of heat win after heat win, ultimately finishing the event 2nd to Jalou Langeree and placing her 2nd in the global standings. Despite the loss of first place Carla is only behind by a slim margin, meaning that Torquay sets the stage as a winner takes all. Here’s a quick recap on Carla’s performance in Brazil.

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

My first day of competition was quite disappointing. I lost my first heat by a difference of 0.2 and I was out of the simple elimination! Luckily this event had a double elimination format and on day two I could compete again! I knew I had a chance at the podium, so I started with determination and fully focused. With that determination and support I was able to win 7 heats in a row to reach the final. Jalou Langeree was who I was up against, and after it was all said and done she was able to secure the win  by the slimmest of margins at 0.21 of a point.

Day after we had the Big Air competition. Being exhausted after the double elimination and with stomach issues and I believed that this wasn’t my best heat so when I went out of the water, we thought I didn’t win and even didn’t bother to look the live stream for results. So finally I won big air contest and got second on the event, so happy about it. Also very proud to have the highest scored female heat and the highest scored trick of female event.

Carla Herrera

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Reece Grabs Some Big Air!

Reece’s outing in Brazil was his best showing of the year. Landing elusive front roll shovit’s he was able to quickly move past Paulo Aurelio, Pedro Matos and Alan Trancart before eventually falling to  Evan Netsch in round four of the double eliminations.

When it came to the big air event, Reece wasn’t messing around. Finishing fourth overall, Reece has now started to put himself on the radar of the greats, and is hitting stride to be his own rider as he is now wrapping up

LAURENS MAKES HIS OCEAN RODEO GKA DEBUT

Laurens Meyer Kittel is team Ocean Rodeo’s freshest face when it comes to professional touring and he’s still adjusting to his first couple of events at the GKA. Getting some primary experience for him will be key as he’ll be put to the test in his first full season starting in 2019.

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Although my heats didn’t go as planned, I was very nervous and didn’t plan my tricks right. But I definitely improved in my big air riding, and I really love the equipment!  

Here’s to hoping we’ll have some waves for the event in Australia. So far it’s looking promising.

Day after we had the Big Air competition. Being exhausted after the double elimination and with stomach issues and I believed that this wasn’t my best heat so when I went out of the water, we thought I didn’t win and even didn’t bother to look the live stream for results. So finally I won big air contest and got second on the event, so happy about it. Also very proud to have the highest scored female heat and the highest scored trick of female event.

Laurens Meyer Kittel

THE FINAL EVENT

With Torquay, Australia hosting the final event all eyes are eagerly looking to see who from Ocean Rodeo will make the most noise! We’re proud to announce that Frances Kelly has earned a wild card spot into the event and will also be competing alongside Carla, Reece, and Laurens. Team Ocean Rodeo is excited to see how our entire lineup does in Australia and is proud to have such a great showing of Athletes at this year’s GKA event. Stay tuned as we’ll have some GKA updates for you as they come in to us.

The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars is now ready for you

Press Release: September 11, 2018

After a long summer spent on getting you what would get you to go further on the water with our next generation kite lineup, we knew that we couldn’t just stop there. Our bars were in need of an upgrade that fit the caliber of kites and to provide you with gear that is an enabler and not a distraction.

After all this, Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce our new lineup of bars. Made to suit all your needs we’ve developed this lineup to match your style, be rugged and true, and not overbearing. Keeping things simple so you spend less time reading this article and more time kiting!

Introducing the Shift

The Shift bar notes some refinements from it’s previous iteration as the Stick Shift. Slimming everything down (including it’s name) the Shift bar is more profiled, built even tougher, and is engineered with the help of the performance engineering group r3. Using their ‘r3inforced’ framework, the Shift bar is built with key components that allowed us to take an existing backline trim bar and make it last longer in rougher conditions, act more presicely without taking your eyes off the water, and create a more direct feeling to your kites.

The Pilot Bar

Already soft released to the public for some time now the Pilot Bar was made to show that high end engineering doesn’t always have to have complex solutions.

Fulfilling our lineup and taking things down to basics the Pilot Bar allowed for us to put forth simple solutions to complex problems. The pilot bar contains an ‘r3inforced’ framework as well, with a precision cleat lock, stainless steel center with a dual chamber polyurethane tubing to ensure no chaffing and no line tangle.

Both the Shift and the Pilot bar come to you and are already in at some local retailers. We’re always looking to provide you with no excuses riding and Ocean Rodeo equipment for you and your local spot. Find where you can see one at our dealer finder, or if you are a retailer and are looking for bars to demo contact us.

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

photo by Jay Wallace

The Kite Mag Talks New Products

In our latest meeting with The Kite Mag, we talk about our tried, tested and true process, what it means to truly excel at making kites for our riders, and the unique position we’re in as a rider owned company to provide what no other brand can. You can read the whole article here

The Kite Mag Says

Ocean Rodeo have just pumped out new generation releases of all of their kites… They have a reputation as a brand that really thinks their products through and this is evident in the current lineup which really does have something for everyone. You might not see the appeal of kiting in the icy pacific northwest waters that they call home, but jump on one and the chances are you’ll see the appeal of an Ocean Rodeo kite.

photo by Jim Stringfellow

The Kites Are Out… Now What?

Ocean Rodeo is Proud to say we’re weeks away from our next release of our backline trim lineup. To go with our refinements we’ve even refined the name. Now titled the Shift Bar, this second generation Ocean Rodeo backline trim bar will feature everything of it’s predecessor, the Stick Shift along with some further refinements, including some you might have already seen on the Ocean Rodeo Pilot Bar.

Along with this we have another release coming your way this fall/winter as well! Stay tuned as we drop a great new twist on an old classic. 

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

Where did you grow up, when did you learn to kite, and what made you interested in the sport?

I was born in the Dominican Republic, but later my family moved to Spain. When I was 12 years old, we moved to Conil in Southern Spain, just one hour from Tarifa. Two years later, I flew a kite for the first time, and that’s when I got hooked. Ever since I have always kept one eye on the forecast and don’t see myself ever living away from the sea. What got me interested was the power of the kite, the adrenalin and Tarifa’s challenging conditions.

On the women’s side, you’ve been one of the pioneers in strapless freestyle. Has this always been your discipline of choice and what attracted you to it?

To begin with, I started with freestyle and achieved a pretty decent level! But two years ago I tried the surfboard and really enjoyed it. After a few sessions, I decided to move over to strapless freestyle. I guess I switched because I am a girl who likes action. Also, we don’t usually get nice waves for wave riding here!

How has living Tarifa influenced you as a rider?

Tarifa is well known for it’s strong winds; almost everyday we get great conditions for training strapless freestyle. Many of the riders here have a super high level, so I learn from them and get motivated to improve every time I ride.

 

Well done on a successful start to the season on the GKA World Tour. The women seem to be on fire! What have you done to prepare for the season?

Honestly, I thought that this year we would have some more freestyle events on the tour and the other women would be a bit more motivated and prepared for it.

Last winter, I moved to Brazil to train properly. There, I got more consistent and learnt how to go bigger. I was really close to landing my first strapless kite loops!

Sadly, this year most of the women’s events are wave-based with only a bit of freestyle, as most women don’t want to ride freestyle. At the moment, I am trying to train and improve my wave riding, although this is not the easiest in Tarifa. I really Think with the right support and training I could be on top in the wave events. Wish me luck!

Read  full article at IKSURF Mag by clicking here.