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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Wainman Hawaii
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
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3 Strut SLE Allrounder

Designers goals

Wind range
SMOKE is technically a 9m, but in practice it covers the range that other kite designs must use both an 8m AND an 11m to handle. This kite has great low-end grunt that lets you launch quickly -  with only a few swings from the pilot it generates lots of energy when the wind is marginal. It also has a great depower that can be utilized when you need to handle stronger winds.

Wave riding
Surfing with a kite is one of the most amazing feelings to be had outside of the bedroom. And when the right conditions occur at your spot, you want to be equipped to seize the moment to its fullest. SMOKE has great turning ability, and reacts directly to your inputs, so you can choose where on a wave you want to instead of it choosing for you. When rigged to the FAST setting on the front bridle (RABBIT TUNE-UP SYSTEM) it flies downwind by itself so all downwind wave turns can be done with the kite in a right position. Bombproof construction and solid LE gives this kite the best chance possible of surviving contact with rough water.

Jumping
Where is the real fun in kiting? It is catching air! No matter if you can already throw the sickest ones or you’re still working on jumping over surfboards. What matters is the feeling. The key is the sensation of flight. Feel that SMOKE high. Hold the edge, pop the kite from the bottom of the window and blaaaam! A good SMOKE never lets you down sad. A true wake style bro.

Quick turning
To perform well in waves and have power to spare for jumps, a kite should turn quickly. But it also has to be stable on course and very predictable. Both beginners and advanced riders really appreciate such combination for their needs. By turning quickly SMOKE creates a beautiful extra pop that can pull you out of the water like a cannonball. And for those who want a bit slower steering when the wind picks up, SMOKE can be slowed down by easily changing the position of the back lines to the SLOW position on the kite tip

Upwind
Whether you want to shred more waves, get more jumps, or just enjoy a great day of free riding you want the ability to come back upwind fast. SMOKE was designed to not let you down at this point. Even when the wind is getting lighter it still plays all the angles to bring you back where you started.

Direct and light barfeel
SMOKE, like all other Rabbits was designed to be steered with a direct feel on the bar that lets the rider control the kite with great precision and instant reactions. In the air, SMOKE feels very solid and stable which is the effect of his well-engineered construction.  All the above, plus light pressure on the bar, in both hooked and unhooked positions makes this kite so sweet!

Power control
SMOKE is a powerful kite but its energy can be controlled very well and even shut down immediately when needed. Instant and quick depower is a great skill of this kite, and as soon as the rider lets go of the bar, traction of SMOKE stops.  SMOKE, like all RABBITS, should be used with the original RABBIT BAR that was designed very precisely to match the characteristics of these kites.  Together, they work precisely and provide a very wide range and depower with no stopper balls or other complicated features. Pure simplicity that let’s you explore your limits with confidence.

Launch system
In order to provide maximum comfort and confidence, all RABBITS relaunch almost automatically.
Because of their round shape, when they fall in the water they have a tendency to land on their sides and travel to the edge of the window, relaunching with very little effort from the pilot. And in the event that the kite crashes and submerges the leading edge, a firm pull by the pilot on one of the back lines will turn RABBIT around where it will re-launch again, without swimming to it!RABBIT BAR is equipped with specially coated back line/ leader lines with relaunch balls that make the process very fast and easy on the hands.

Tune system
By their definition, RABBITS are all round wake style kites. But as every kite boarder has his own style, it is important to let him tune-up his kite to accommodate those unique preferences.
Some riders prefer a bit firmer pressure on the bar, some need to have more vertical lift, and some would appreciate downwind sailing more than hang time. Accommodating those differences is very easy, with the RABBIT TUNE-UP SYSTEM. Every rider can have full influence on how his RABBIT is going to act. These options are for the advanced rider, and the kite needs to be ridden first on the factory set-up for some time. After that, every pilot will be able to tune his own RABBIT for his needs as necessary.

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Wainman Hawaii
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 12m, 15m
Type: SLE
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: Depends on kite size
Line length: 24m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

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