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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
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5 strut SLE wave/freeride kite

Designers goals

The 2012 Rebel remains North’s flagship kite, combining all the ingredients you need to cover a huge wind-range, rip apart any size surf, boost huge airs and ride comfortably in nearly all conditions. It is quite simply our best interpretation of what a modern free-ride/wave kite should be and it’s really no mystery why the Rebel is THE most sold kite ever.
The 2012 Rebel remains a loaded 5th line kite, offering its most acclaimed performance attributes like a short bar stroke, crisp, direct feeling, rock solid stability in all conditions, and it’s unique ability to steer while de-powered. The new square wingtip design maximizes the effective tip area, makes the tips less prone to distortion and fluttering while steering and gives the Rebel its new stylish and modern appeal. Super clean tip panels account for greatly improved, ultra smooth turning and easy handling that remains smooth even in over-powered conditions. Size-specific tuning ensures that the big sizes feel crisp and lively and the small sizes feel forgiving even in blistering wind. The Rebel also features a simple back-line adjustment to tune it for greater or lesser bar pressure to suit your desired feel. As with all North kites, the 2012 Rebel is built to last utilizing our proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Teijin D2 canopy fabric.

Features

  • Loaded 5th Line
  • New square tips
  • Tunable bar pressure
  • Rock solid stability

North 2012 bar

trust bar 2012 north kiteboardingThe NKB Trust bar 5th Element is the most progressive and effective tool to steer your kite and comes equipped with the most functional safety system in kiting, the IRON HEART IV. The Iron heart IV fulfills the challenging French safety norm and offers the best possible safety even in the most extreme conditions. The release forces are remarkably low, providing the highest level of safety in emergency situations. For 2012, the entire bar has been completely re-designed, without losing proven features like the roto-head, the sliding stopper with stopper ball and adjustable winding posts. The small and lightweight vario cleat helps to adjust the Trust Bar in any situation quickly and easily. The new upgraded ergonomic bar grip improves comfort and all features of the 2012 Trust Bar are redefined with an aim on the highest functionality and easiest handling, even in challenging circumstances.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: 46cm-55cm
Line length: 25m
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

KiteTest North Rebel 10m 2012

Kite Designers goals?

The 2012 Rebel remains North’s flagship kite, combining all the ingredients you need to cover a huge wind-range, rip apart any size surf, boost huge airs and ride  comfortably in nearly all conditions.

Test Conditions

Setup: 25m lines, tested both set-ups

Wind: tested between 15 and 27 knots

Water conditions: flat/2.5m waves

Detail Photo's

North Rebel 2012adjust your bar pressureno bridles North Rebel 2012flat profile center strutadjust clamcleatsupported 5th line

Conclusion

The 2012 Rebel is hard as a rock. Its profile is tight, which you will be able to notice in its flight characteristics: very tight on the bar, direct power and highly stable in the air. The Rebel is a true wing, which is reflected in its old school characteristics. The most notable about this kite is the explosive lift and a truly spectacular gliding phase.

The Rebel is a kite that demands a lot of technical skills from its rider. Why?

  • The Rebel has to be flown on high speed. Too much pressure on the steering lines will slow it down, so release and let it fly for power!
  • Riding the edge of your board and kite position both have a big influence on the amount of lift the Rebel provides.
  • The right angle of attack has to be found for an explosive lift, maximum duration of the gliding phase and highest speed possible.

The 2012 version of the Rebel has changed compared to its 2011 predecessor. It has a considerably longer gliding phase but is also less playful. Please note that we have tested the 10m version of the Rebel. The characteristics of a kite series can vary widely throughout the different kite sizes, and we expect the North Rebel Series to be no exception. We expect for example that the smaller versions will display more wave performance.

For wavers, we would advise to test the 8m or 9m variant. The 10m variant is without a doubt a kite that will be able to surprise every seasoned big air specialist.

Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Great depower the 10m and +22 knots little power left

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good low-end and high-end, the Rebel ask for technical flying kitesurfers. Above 22 knots slower steering

Safety system

Difficult Easy

5th line safety, wave riders be carefull the 5th line

Oldskool

High-end

Small range Large range

Great, above 22knots great hangtime little bit slower reaction

Low-end

Small range Large range

Ask kitefeeling, great low-end for technical riders

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Explosive!

Glide phase

Short Long

Awesome

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Tipturn, 10m is a wide kite!

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Slower than the 2011 Rebel

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Good but above 20 knots the 10m less reaction, take a smaller kite!

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 5 reviews on this product:

North Rebel 2012 12m
Name:
Humunuku 
Weight:
82 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 34
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 25.08.2016 at 10:18 hour
Comments:
A very versatile kite, great for the 1st one from low to medium wind range. For stronger wind I prefer a C-shape. Even accidently board edge loosing on jump can cause wraping over 5th line because of slow drift. Beware of great low-end - you can surf in conditions when restarting from deep water is not possible even using the 5th line. 
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North Rebel 2012 12m
Name:
SM 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
lift
 
GradualExplosive
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
durability
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 27.08.2014 at 10:18 hour
Comments:
Great allround kite. Solid, safe and stable. Great brand, easy to resell as 2nd hand. Also bought some second hand 2009 rebels which are in great shape. 
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North Rebel 2012 13m
Name:
peter 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
20 
Kite size:
13m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
price quality
 
PoorGreat
durability
 
ShortLong
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 22.01.2014 at 21:01 hour
Comments:
Kite relaunch is easy in high winds, in low winds 5th line is needed.
Single seam on front tube, not very durable.
Backstalls in low winds, especially 13m Kite 
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North Rebel 2012 08m
Name:
Sky Solbach 
Weight:
90KG 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
100 
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
glide phase
 
ShortLong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
up wind
 
HardEasy
boost
 
SoftStrong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 10.04.2012 at 21:11 hour
Comments:
I ride the Rebel mostly just in the surf although I do occasionally go out on super windy days and boost some big jumps. The Rebel is not the best kite for unhooking and doing wake style tricks, but for everything else it pretty much ticks all the boxes and is my favorite 'go to' kite. It's great for: surfing, jumping and everything free-ride oriented. Things I love about the Rebel: direct feedback, safety, handling, huge range, smooth turning etc. The bar pressure can be adjusted to the hard or soft setting by simply moving a knot on the back line attachment. I prefer the hard setting because it gives me the most direct feedback about where my kite is so that I always feel connected and in tune with what my kite is doing. The softer setting is good for riders who want a slightly less direct feel and softer power development. I have been using my Rebels since April of 2011 (yes I get the first pre-production samples, lucky me) and they are still going strong. The D2 fabric in the canopy (which north uses exclusively) is incredible to say the least. It stays crispy and new way longer than other fabrics and adds so much durability and life span to the kites. If you have never ridden a Rebel then chances are you don't know what you're missing. Get a demo, try it out and see for yourself how good kitesurfing can be.  
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North Rebel 2012 10m
Name:
Gaillard Sam 
Weight:
74Kg 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
price quality
 
PoorGreat
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 05.04.2012 at 22:17 hour
Comments:
I've chosen the rebel because it's a kite who is almost perfect for the kind off demands i need while i'am riding waves. 
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06.04.2012 at 14:03 hour Thijs Vunderink
What kind of riding style do you have in the waves? Strapless?
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