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Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding Guide

photo by Jay Wallace

Kiting in cold conditions can seem daunting, and more risky than summer time sessions. However here in our headquarters in British Columbia, Canada we’ve always challenged ourselves and all those on Ocean Rodeo gear to make Kiteboarding a true 365 day a year sport. Our no excuses attitude has allowed us to be a kite brand that shows you can be on the water in almost any temperature pushing the limits and exceeding expectations.

So… What do some of our top ambassadors have to tell you in regards to Cold Water Riding? Some basic tips that go a long way in maximizing time on the water and making every session memorable and an opportunity to grow and learn in the sport.

Preparation and Limiting Risk:

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Jean Luc Robitaille

I think a big part is to keep your extremities warm (toes, fingers, head).

After that you need to remember that if something happens on the water (you hurt yourself or brake some equipment), you need to be able to get out of the water fast before you get too cold. So it is very important to follow some of these security guidelines: stay close to shore, ride in onshore winds, ride with other partners or have other people watching you, ride in wind conditions you can handle (dont got out too overpowered). These are guidelines riders need to follow in warm conditions too, but they become even more important in cold conditions!

Make sure to have warm clothes ready when you hit the shore. I sometimes put some clothes in my kite bag.

Martin Dovic

I always make sure I ride with multiple other people in the winter time. Not just somebody on shore, other riders out there with me. Also I make sure I have a thick enough suit as well as gloves, boots and a hood.

Grant Clayton

Heating on full in the van with a hot cup of Tea on your way there always works. Get as much heat as you can before going out there. Most importantly always kitesurf with friends and look out for each other! There is not much room for error if something could go wrong when its cold out.

What gear is absolutely needed for you to get out on cold weather days?

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Marty

Quality gear in good shape is mandatory. No old worn gear that may break soon. That could be life or death when the big wind hits. Also a solid wetsuit or drysuit in good shape.

Grant

Tea is absolutely needed! Priority.. Full neoprene 5/3 or the Ocean Rodeo Heat Drysuit is always a winner. Kite choice has got to be the Ocean Rodeo Razor! Perfect kite for these conditions.

Jean Luc

The Soul Drysuit is a must. Combine those with thick neoprene. Personally I use 7mm mitts and boots and thick hood as well; I prefer around 5mm.

Vovan Voronov

A fleece layer, your dry suit, and for me personally a second helmet. Thermos, hot tea and chocolate as well. 

Is there such a thing as conditions that are too cold?

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Jean Luc

If you are dressed well, there is no such thing as conditions that are too cold, with exception to when the water is freezing. In this case I wouldn’t recommend kiting in those cold conditions. Ice can possibly jam the safety systems on your bar! The ice can also make your bar very slippery so when you’re out on the water take notice of temperature changes throughout your session.

Grant 

When you see the leading edge of your kite freeze that’s when you know it is going to be a cold one. I find it difficult to unhook and enjoy my style when there is a super cold wind chill; If you’re not well protected your hands will start to lose feeling followed by a numbing pain. Ensure that you have the correct gear to keep you warm during these colder days! Full neoprene (gloves, hood and boots) is your best way to stay out there longer. When it is cold I try not to unhook as much and hope that the wind is strong so i can get the smaller kites out the bag!

Is there such a thing as being too warm?

 

Marty D

Too warm is not fun. This has happened to me in a drysuit. Once you get out of the wind or start doing some cardio then it can be nasty. The drysuit can turn into a sweat bag and become very cumbersome if you’ve layered up too much underneath. Don’t over layer and between sessions for the day make use of Standby mode! It’s there to help you vent out all that warmth so you’re not too hot, nor too cold.

Jean Luc Robataille

My trick is to wear the least amount of clothes under your drysuit to be comfortable, but to make sure I have my toes, fingers and head very well covered.

On cold days, I will also take breaks when I’m on the water to let my body temperature come down so that I don’t start sweating too much in my drysuit.

Vovan Voronov

My fleece layer can become hot, but if you slow down a little and allow the fleece to breathe the temperature quickly drops back to a comfortable level.

What is the perfect cold weather day?

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Grant

The perfect cold weather day would be a strong north westerly wind at my local! 30 knots on my 8m razor!

Marty

For me cold weather riding is all about the about the conditions. Big waves and big wind make me brave the cold. As long as it is nuking then I am happy. The cold wind is denser than warm wind. You get a more power for the same amount of wind in very cold conditions

Favorite cold water session? 

Jean Luc

My favorite cold weather session was a couple of years ago in december on Lake Ontario at Sandbanks Provincial Park. I had 2 consecutive days of 25-35 knots, side on-shore winds in huge waves and about 2-3 celsius. Since I was dressed well, I was able to ride a good 3 hours per day. Only 2 other riders showed up, but they only lasted about 1 hour before being too cold in their neoprene suits.

I was still learning to send big kiteloops and those were great conditions to practice in. I am so glad that I made the trip and scored some epic conditions. I improved a lot, and certainly learned a lot about riding in cold weather!

Grant Clayton

Tiree Scotland around March time 2017. Crystal clear water, blue skies and a solid 25 -30 knots and scoring a healthy 3 degrees with minus wind chill most days.. Looked like a tropical kiting location but was felt the exact opposite!

Photo by Vovan Voronov

GKA WRAP UP: CONGRATS TO TEAM OCEAN RODEO

GKA WRAP UP: CONGRATS TO TEAM OCEAN RODEO

GKA Wrap Up: Congrats to Team Ocean Rodeo

Photo:  Ydwer van der Heide

 

Team Ocean Rodeo is celebrating the end of the GKA tour with a great showing at Torquay Australia, and as the final standings have been finalised we look back on how it all started to where we are today.

Carla Herrera: Second Place World Champion

Photo by Frances Kelly

 

Carla Herrera Oria had one goal in her sights in Torquay as it came down to her and Jalou Langeree for the first place on the tour. Both battled heat after heat to reach the finals in the event knowing that she would have to give it her all. After the dust settled and both athletes threw down the heat of their lives, Jalou Langeree emerged as the GKA world tour champion. This means that Carla is officially the 2nd place champion of the GKA world tour! Carla surprised the world leaders this year, originally aiming for a top five finish she knew she could dominate when it mattered. Taking a win in her home town of Tarifa with podium finishes throughout the tour she was always there to challenge for the championship. A Massive Congratulations from Ocean Rodeo to Carla on an amazing season and another congratulations to Jalou Langeree for a successful season.

Reece Climbs to Top 15

Photo by Ydwer van her Heide

Reece Myerscough’s season began with him not knowing what to expect. It was never a question of skill more than it was a question of figuring out how to transition his style from his skill set on Canadian waters to the wide variance of conditions around the world. The more he competed the better he seemed to get and wrapping up this tour out in Torquay finishing in the top 15. For Reece the confidence he’s gained on tour was invaluable, and as he’s continuing to grow and learn he’ll take those lessons as he continues to train throughout the off season to start the 2019 season knowing he can do some damage.

 

Laurens Keeps Sights on 2019

With two events under his belt we’re excited for the upcoming 2019 season with Laurens. Still getting a grasp on the sport and continuing to learn, Laurens will now have to take these lessons and use this offseason to capitalize.

 

From Ocean Rodeo to the team;

From Ocean Rodeo to all our team riders, this season proved that even in an individual sport such as this, we are still a strong team and a family above all else. This has been the best season on record for us and we’re so stoked for what 2019 will bring us.

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.