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08 April 2020

    08 April 2020
    Sam Light reviews which pigtail knots you should be using on your Slingshot kites and why. 



    Your Slingshot kite comes trimmed and ready to fly. We have spent a long time making sure that kite flies perfectly out of the box, so you don’t need to mess around with these knots very much. Most of the time, nine times out of ten, you’re going to be using the end knots or the same knots throughout all the lines. 

    The most important thing to know is that you use the same knots on your front lines and the same knots on your rail lines, these knots enable you to further trim the kite if you need to for whatever reason. Most of the time you’re not going to need these knots.

    Personally, I never changed them, but just so you know, if you were to shorten the front lines, then you’re going to have more depower. If you were to shorten the rear lines, you’re going to have more power and it’s simple as that. You’re going to have a lot more trim available on the bar, both sheeting in and out and depowering a kite, because that is effectively just the same as moving these knots.

    Simple as that guys, thanks for watching this Slingtech video about which pigtails to use.



    9 times out of 10, I just use the end knots.     
    On the front lines I use the end knot, but if I think I’m going to be really overpowered I might bump it up one or two. Pigtails highlighted in the red boxes.

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  • Travel Barometer After Lock-down – Inquiry
    05 April 2020

    Hey there, Hereby, a brief heads up about what we’re up to at SeaBookings in these challenging times. First of all, we hope you’re all safe and sound. And second, let’s talk about travel. We know travel might not be on the top of your mind at the moment, but let’s stay positive and believe tha...

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  • The Ghost V1 – Slingshot’s NEWEST Single Strut Kite
    04 April 2020
    The Ghost is our all-new, single strut kite for 2020—fully optimized for foiling but with performance characteristics and design features that equally shine in freeride and travel. To introduce the Ghost to the foiling and kiteboarding worlds, we talked with our kite line brand manager, Alex Fox, getting the straight dish from him on the Ghost’s design, performance, and optimizations.

    Why the Ghost?

    Foiling, for sure, was the inspiration for developing the Ghost. With the incredible popularity growth of foiling, we’ve seen a lot of demand for a foil-specific LEI kite and so our initial development started down that road. People were using our SST kite quite a bit for foiling, and we knew we could optimize and evolve certain elements of the SST’s performance into a new kite that would be really amazing for foiling.

    The goal of the Ghost was always to be an ultra-simple kite that stripped away a lot of the struts and construction elements that you really don’t need while foiling. The development cycle started in the foil-specific realm, but, very early on, as we started the testing the Ghost on all kinds of boards, including twin tips and surfboards—you can’t test a kite exclusively on a foil—we started noticing there’s a lot of really great freeride characteristics to the Ghost as well. Plus, as a single-strut kite, the Ghost packs down extremely small and has minimal weight, making it an ideal choice for kiters who travel.



    How has the Ghost been optimized for foiling?

    A single-strut construction was a key design characteristic from the start because we wanted to reduce the weight to increase foiling performance. When you take away the struts, you take away paneling, you take away some of the scuff guards, and you take away multiple attachment points and bridal connections…. as the overall weight of the kite starts to go down, the foiling performance goes up.

    But, we were also committed to keeping the Ghost extremely durable and structurally stable. That’s why we used our 4×4 Canopy Construction—it’s the stiffest and most structurally sound of any canopy material. The Ghost, compared to other one-strut kites on the market, is going to have virtually no flutter.

    Why was eliminating flutter important?

    When you go down to one strut, you lose structural stability, and a lot of that instability and flutter comes from blow-down. A kite that has less struts—or even no struts for that matter—you get a lot of blow-down, which is when the wind over the top of the kite pushes the canopy down. When that happens, what you feel is a lot of turbulence on the bar and that turbulence turns into flutter and vibrations. That turbulence also creates a lot of wear on the trailing edge of the kite as it’s getting beaten up, which obviously weakens your kite very, very quickly. That trailing edge is extremely important to kite aerodynamics because it harnesses the power. Without the trailing edge, without a tight canopy back there, you’re going to have a kite that loses power, isn’t really fun to fly, really indirect in the steering.


    What’s another performance characteristic that you wanted out of the Ghost?

    Turning and handling. When you’re foiling, handling and input response is really imperative because you’re able to get in these crazy angles where at times you’re really far downwind or upwind of your kite. If you oversteer or outrun your kite on a twin tip, you tend to fall pretty quickly because of the board’s friction on the water. While on a foil, you’ll keep going if your kite is fast. If you have a kite that turns faster and has more input and can really reef around, it’s really beneficial because if you get really far upwind or really far downwind—even if you notice it a second too late—you’re able to right that wrong, whereas on a traditional kite with a couple or more struts and a lot more construction details you probably wouldn’t be able to get that kite out of that situation.

    The Ghost has excellent bar input—it has more direct handling on the bar, more feel. That’s something that we really talk about a lot here at Slingshot, because there’s other types of kites out there and when you fly them, you might not necessarily know exactly where they are. We have a really precise steering characteristic on all of our kites and especially the Ghost, which we’re really proud about because if you know where your kite is at all times you’re able to perform better on the water. If you don’t know where kite is, then you’re constantly second guessing it. Which erodes confidence, right? If you’re not confident knowing that your kite is going to be where you want it to be, you’re going to be doubting yourself and the kite and be apprehensive to try new tricks.

    How important is the IRS Bridle System to the Ghost’s turning characteristics?

    The IRS bridle’s bungee is a design innovation that we use exclusively at Slingshot and are extremely proud about. It’s also on our SST kite, but the Ghost’s is slightly different—it’s a four-point bridle and has an IRS bungee on the fourth LE connection, that’s the connection point that’s furthest down the leading edge, closest to the wingtip.

    That fourth LE connection, that’s the one that’s responsible for a lot of lockdown but it governs the kite to make sure that it stays within its performance parameters. The IRS bungee enables your kite to have excellent response and handling at the edges of those performance parameters. If you’re sheeted out on the bar and the kite is pretty far to the edge of the wind window, that IRS bungee engages whereas a normal bridle attachment point is static. The IRS bungee will engage, so it can actually get input into the kite when other kites with a static attachment point wouldn’t be able to do so. That’s really important, especially with foiling, because you can get into some precarious situations where your lines can kind of slack. The IRS bungee on the Ghost enables the kite to respond quicker than a bridle that doesn’t have that feature.

    It’s not just foiling, of course—the IRS bungee on the Ghost is beneficial to freeriding, as well. If you’re a freerider who loves to do downwinders, that’s going to be really great on the Ghost. You’re gonna be able to start in these upwind situations and if you’re down looping your kite a ton, you like to do carving transitions, go down wind, and also slash a couple waves, you want the Ghost because it can turn really fast and has that ability to pivot and really fire around.


    Where did the design of the Ghost’s Compact Swept C canopy shape come from?

    When we’re talking about C shapes of canopies, that’s the amount of curvature of the leading edge. The more pronounced the arc—so the more C shape—the more compact it is. And by having a more compact C shape, the Ghost has a really tight turning radius. The Ghost has the compact shape C that is similar to the SST, but a little more open like the RPM and with a swept wingtip similar to the Rally GT. The Rally GT is our best freeride kite. The SST kite is our best wave and—before we made the Ghost—was our best foil kite. If you look in the middle of those two kites’ performance characteristics, you have the Ghost.


    How do the larger sizes of the Ghost, the 15 and 17, perform in light-wind conditions? 

    When you remove struts and certain construction details, you get a lightweight construction that’s going to provide ideal light-wind performance. That’s why we have the 15- and 17-meter versions of the Ghost. Those larger sizes are pure powerhouses, and when nothing else is out there, the Ghost is excelling—with or without a foil. I watched Fred Hope foil in four knots of wind on the 15. That’s pretty insane.

    Watch the Ghost Tech Brief

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  • The 10-Year History Of Lightwind Kites – The Turbine
    04 April 2020
    The 2020 Turbine V10 is an evolution of a revolution.

    It all started in 2010 when we debuted the Turbine as our first light-wind specific kite, redefining the low-end limits of the kiteable wind range. Over the years, we have continued to optimize the Turbine, tuning each version with the latest in design and materials to be the best light-wind kite available. And now, as the iterative evolution has reached a decade, we celebrate the 2020 Turbine V10—a testament of our steadfast commitment to expanding the definition of light-wind kiting.

    Of course, V10 doesn’t happen without V1, so when we sat down with our kite line brand manager, Alex Fox, to talk about the 2020 Turbine we also made sure to dive into the genesis of the 2010 Turbine and the kite’s decade-long evolution to icon status.

    What was the spark that started the Turbine?

    The Turbine was developed because we were obsessed with getting out there kiteboarding and we didn’t want to alienate a condition because it wasn’t optimum. That’s what Slingshot has always done—we’ve never shied away from trying to make every single condition as fun as possible.

    Light-wind riding has always been an issue. Everybody always wanted to decrease the light-wind minimum. And that’s why so many people converted from windsurfing to kiteboarding in the early days—windsurfing just required way more wind. Windsurfers would see people kiting and having fun and jumping in 12 knots. While for windsurfing, to have that kind of fun, you’d need 35 knots of wind. Kiteboarding really stole a lot of participation from windsurfing and that’s due to kiteboarders being able to go in light wind.

    2015 – 2017

    Turbine History
    2015 Turbine
    2016 Turbine
    How has the Turbine evolved over the years?

    The first Turbine in 2010 was actually on a three-strut platform because we wanted the kite to be as light as possible. But when we started expanding the Turbine sizes, testing 15- and 13-meter Turbines a few years later, we were getting into stronger wind speeds with bigger riders. We knew that if we didn’t have those fourth and fifth struts, the kite becomes really unstable and the wingtips can kind of buckle. We knew we were going to need more structural stability. And so, we got the Turbine into that five-strut platform, adding the fourth and fifth strut down by the wing tips. And those are actually micro-struts if you compare them in size to anybody else on the market. The micro-struts are not much bigger than the hose on your pump. They’re so small, but are crucial in keeping the kite stable in a wider range of wind.

    2017 Turbine
    Slingshot has always been at the forefront of designing and developing kites for light-wind riding. Will you walk us through some of that history, starting at the very beginning?

    Since we’re based in The Gorge and are always testing our kites in the most gutsy conditions, we’ve always had amazing kites in smaller sizes that are incredibly stable and durable. Very early on, however, we knew we wanted to build a kite specifically for light wind that also had that stability and durability we’ve become known for.

    Back in the early 2000s, companies were making kites that went up to 15 or 16 meters. For an inflatable kite, that was really the biggest size that companies were making. It wasn’t until about 2004 or 2005 that companies started creating inflatable light-wind kites. Slingshot introduced the Machine in 2005 and it was our first kite designed and built specifically for light winds. It was a 17.5-meter kite and then in following years we made a 20.5 and a 25.5 Machine. These were massive, massive kites, especially by those days’ standards. Up until that date there were only a couple other brands out there besides Slingshot making kites anywhere close to that big.

    2018 Turbine
    And when did the first version of the Turbine arrive?

    In 2010, we came out with the Rally, which was the first time that we had developed a Delta-style kite. The Turbine was developed off of the Rally chassis. We tweaked the aspect ratio and a bunch of other design optimizations to come out with the 17-meter Turbine in 2010. In the following two years, the 17-meter Turbine was our best-selling kite of a single size in our entire range. That really showed to us the importance and significance of light-wind kites.

    How important is the new 4×4 Canopy Tech?

    The 2020 Turbine is really optimized, and the stability and durability you get from the 4×4 Canopy Tech is crucial. It’s a stiffer, stronger material. We know that with the Turbine frame in light winds, the stiffer and more structural rigidity it has equals more consistent power. And that helps in these 15- and 17-meter kites, which traditionally are pretty easy kites to become overpowered on. But when you have a more stable air foil you’re able to have more range and you don’t get overpowered quite as easily. 4X4 Canopy Tech makes the Turbine more efficient in the sky, too, because if you have a kite that’s not stable or structurally sound there’s a lot of drag, especially in the bigger light-wind kites.

    Does the Turbine still have its renowned low-end power?

    Yes, definitely! The Turbine still has its Open-C Delta profile—it’s really great at power delivery because in that kind of kite shape you’re going to get stable power but you’re also getting a lot of canopy exposure. The Turbine shoots forward in the wind window as opposed to a low-aspect kite that’s not as swept as the Turbine. When you dive a lower-aspect kite, you’re getting more abrupt power but it’s not really efficient power and that kite will just kind of pull you downwind. Whereas the Turbine’s higher aspect ratio and with that Open-C Delta profile, if you dive it, it carries you more upwind. If a kite helps you stay upwind, that’s obviously the Holy Grail. So, you really want something that’s powerful, yes, but efficiently powerful.

    What’s the performance range of the 2020 Turbine?

    It’s a great light-wind kite, for sure—one of the best light wind kites ever produced. But what’s really good about it and probably the main reason that so many people love the Turbine is that you can feel comfortable on a 15-meter Turbine probably up to about 20-22 knots, depending on your body size. The Turbine flies extremely well when it’s over-powered.

    The Turbine has become such a popular choice for free riders in light-wind places because they get so much performance out of Turbine. They’re boosting as high on their 15 Turbine as they would in five knots more on their 12-meter Rally. That kind of wide-range performance really opens up the door in terms of conditions for the Turbine.

    2020 Turbine

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  • Rent a SUP and Try One of the World’s Fastest Growing Sports
    04 April 2020

    Over the course of the last decade, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Think you’re ready to try it out? Visit American Watersports in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We offer affordable 1-hour and daily SUP rentals. If you decide you like it, we even offer SUPs for sale!

    Family Fun

    Paddle boarding is a great family activity that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. If you are new to the sport, one of our staff will give you a crash course in paddle boarding before heading out on the water. Within a few minutes, we guarantee you will be on your feet and enjoying the view.

    Great Exercise

    SUP is not only fun, but it is also a great form of exercise. Maintaining your balance and paddling serves as a full body exercise. It not only works your muscles, but it is a great cardiovascular exercise. You can paddle at your own pace to create a workout that suits your unique fitness level. 

    Stress Relief

    Paddle boarding provides riders with a unique view of the water and shoreline. Combine the view with the soothing sound of the water, and we guarantee your stress will melt away. And if you like to paddle board with a group, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for undisturbed conversation out on the water.


    At American Watersports, our primary goal is to help families have fun out on the water. As such, we offer affordable prices on all of our water sport rentals to accommodate budgets of all sizes. Our SUP rentals are among our least expensive rental options, making it a great family- and budget-friendly option.

    Reserve Now

    In addition to SUP rentals, we also offer SUP sales for those looking to turn this sport into a lifestyle. Plus, we offer SUP storage so you don’t have to worry about storing and hauling your board! For more information about SUP rentals or sales, contact American Watersports at (954) 946-1811 or make a reservation online today.


  • Slingshot Hydrofoil Wing Selector – Hover Glide | 2020
    02 April 2020


    Slingshot Hydrofoil Wing Selector – Hover Glide | 2020


    The worlds leading  Hydrofoil platform just got stronger.  We now offer 3 additional hydrofoil wing choices for 2020. This means you can dial in your Hover Glide hydrofoil for 6 sports, any riding style or conditions!  The cool thing about our modular system is we have put the freedom of choice in your hands.  You can optimize your foil for your riding style, body weight, and local conditions.   With 6 watersports to choose from, have the confidence to build your Hover Glide foil for any sport and any ability. Learn, get good and then explore your options to optimize your ride or maybe dial it in for different people you ride with.  When you get a chance we encourage you to check in with your local dealer to find your favorite wing.

    We encourage you to ask for a Demo!  Ride before you buy. Dial it in for Wake foil, Kite foil, Wind foil, Surf foil,  Stand up foil. and Wingsurfing.

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  • Keys for a Successful Summer Vacation with your Kids
    30 March 2020

    As a child, some of my best memories are from the summer holidays I spent with my family. Whether we traveled or stayed at home, my parents made sure that we had fun and spent time together. Children value the time spent with their parents above all else; if they also get to travel, then even better...

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  • Dragon Boat Short Film - A collaboration between SAG1 Dragon Boat Team and Hornet Watersports
    29 March 2020



    As the number of dragon boat teams, paddlers and supporters continue to grow, it’s no surprise that a kinship has formed in the community around the passionate push to support and promote the sport, both on and off the water. Hornet Watersports, a strong advocate for dragon boating and its community, started an alliance with the Filipino team SAG1 Dragon Boat two years ago.

    James, a SAG1 paddler, won the 2018 Annual Hornet Watersports Paddle Design Contest and claimed his coveted prize of a Hornet Watersports dragon boat paddle created with his winning design.


    James from SAG1, winner of the 2018 Annual Hornet Watersports Paddle Design Contest



    From here, the friendship and collaboration between James, SAG1 and Hornet Watersports flourished. Hornet was very inspired by SAG1’s success, passion, determination, and humble beginnings. Not only were they driven by the need to support their dragon boat community, but they also recognized the hard work and investment necessary to build, train and maintain a team. Hornet Watersports and SAG1 worked together to create an inspiring three-minute video featuring the team, their story, and a glimpse into what it takes to be a winning dragon boat team.


    But there is more to dragon boat racing than winning. It's about friendship, support and so much more. Hornet is very proud to collaborate with SAG1 and we hope this short film inspires dragon boaters around the world to continue growing the sport and working together as a global community.

  • How to Choose the Best Kitesurfing Kite For You | 2020
    18 March 2020
    Slingshot's 2020 line offers SIX kites

    You’ve got the bug and kiteboarding is in your veins. Choosing the best kite for yourself is an educated decision. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or pro rider, Slingshot has a kite that will match you better than your Tinder profile. Alex Fox, Slingshot Kite Brand Manager, walks you through six kites in the 2020 kite line and sheds some light on the best features of each to help you choose the best kitesurfing kite for you!

    Transcribed from video:
      RALLY GT V1.

    Starting off we have one of the most exciting new kites in our range, the Rally GT V1. The Rally GT is an evolution of one of our most popular kites ever, the Rally.  The Rally GT is a low aspect three strut design that has been optimized to deliver a massive wind range, incredible upwind performance and all condition versatility. If you are a new kiteboarder looking for a kite that you can progress on or simply looking for a kite that can do everything, the Rally GT is the kite for you.

      RAPTOR V1.

    Next up we have the Raptor V1. The Raptor is an entirely new kite in our range and one of the most welcomed additions. The Raptor is a medium to high aspect, five strut kite, that is designed to provide hero level boosting and hangtime. This kite has incredible range and handles heavy winds and gusts especially well. The Raptor is built on an open C hybrid platform, which gives the rider a great feel of the bar while still having next level up wind performance and water relaunch. If you are looking for a kite for high performance freeride or big air boosting, look no further than the Raptor.

      SST V5

    Now we will move on to the SST V5. The SST is a staple in our range and perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed kites Slingshot has ever produced. Every aspect of the SST has been tailored to deliver top of the line performance. With an incredibly fast turning speed and insane drift, It truly defines the category. The SST is built on top of three strut compact C profile. This framework is perfectly tuned to provide pivotal turning even when you are sheeted out on the bar.

    All of these performance attributes create an amazing wave kite and also lend themselves to foiling performance. If you’re a dedicated wave rider or a free rider looking for wave and foiling performance, the SST is probably going to give you all the performance you need and then some.

      The RPM V12. 

    Definitely the most famous kite in our range, the RPM returns in its 12th iteration. For more than a decade, the RPM has served as the benchmark for performance kiteboarding kites. It’s rock solid stability and magical bar feel has made learning tricks of all disciplines a cinch. Last year we adjusted the RPM to provide faster turning speeds and more hang time. It retains its three strut modified open C shape from years past so that continues to be the kite that will accelerate your progression. If you are looking for a kite that can keep up with whatever you would throw at it, the RPM will help you on your journey to become the best kiteboarder you can be.

      TURBINE V10.

    Here we are looking at the Turbine V10. The Turbine is our dedicated light wind solution. The five strut, open Delta C, shape focuses on efficiency and its higher aspect design ensures that if there is wind, you will be able to ride and stay upwind. The Turbine’s highly tuned shape and profile also deliver amazing range and water relaunch. This is especially useful when the wind picks up, or if you are to crash your kite in those marginal conditions. The Turbine has been a session-saving insurance policy for over a decade. If you need a light wind kite, the Turbine is the best choice.,

      GHOST V1.

    New for 2020 we are proud to introduce the Ghost V1. The Ghost is our foray into the single struck category and we’re stoked on how this kite turned out. Developed to deliver great drift, great range, and incredible turning speed, the Ghost is a premium free ride kite and an exceptional foiling platform. This compact, swept C, shape provides amazing range and exceptional drift while the one strut eliminates unnecessary weight to provide feather-light handling and response. If you are looking for a simple kite that delivers incredible performance with or without a foil, that Ghost can be your new friendly companion.


    All the kites in our 2020 range feature our 4×4 canopy tech, which is the stiffest and strongest canopy material on the market. They also feature a split strut to ensure our kites are stiffer and more structurally sound than the competition. Also featured on all of our kites is our one pump speed system, which is one of the most widely used and replicated pieces of Slingshot’s innovations. So if you’re in the market for a kite, look no further than Slingshot. We definitely have something for everyone.


    Beginners:  How to Choose a Beginner Kite

    Intermediates:  Best Boosting Kites

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  • VIDEO: The Space Mob Directional Wakeboard – EXPLAINED
    18 March 2020
    Crazy and amazing wakeboarding!  The Space Mob Directional wakeboard is one of a kind, much like its creators Quinn Silvernale and Wesley Mark Jacobsen. In this video, the Space Mob founders take us through the ideas and inspirations that led us to the development of the first Asymmetrical Directional wakeboard in the biz! Enjoy and KEEP IT WEIRD!



    The Space Mob is a bold new asymmetrical design with flex and inserts in all the right places, for riders searching for a radical new look and feel on the water.

    • Directional Shape
    • Swallow Tail
    • Asymmetrical Outline
    • Continuous Rocker Profile
    • Singleshot Fusion Sidewall
    • Carbon Bedrock Inserts
    • Atomic Wood Core
    • Ballistic Base




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