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Ocean Rodeo kiting One Kites 2008

Ocean Rodeo continues to promote the ONE series for beginners and intermediate riders.

The ONE is the ultimate light wind kite!

Sizes: 14m and 16m

The One Light Wind series continue takes our core ideal of a One kite quiver and applies it to light wind riding!

With an absolutely MASSIVE wind range, amazing glide and trim control the One LW is the ultimate big air, free ride kite that will allow you to get the most out of the wind conditions, no matter how light!

Style: Flat Supported Leading Edge (SLE)
The One is the flattest kite on the market. With a whopping 75% projected area this kite produces more power per square meter than any other kite! De-power also benefits from this unique design, allowing the kite to sheet out to almost total de-power!

Control: Power Control Bridle System
The One features our Power Control Bridle System. Maintain a constant back line tension no matter what your trim setting is for maximum control of your kite in any wind condition! Jump and fly your kite powered or depowered with confidence like never before!

What are the differences between the Light Wind One and the Heavy Wind One?

The One LW kites series have been designed specifically for light wind performance. With reduced strut diameter for less drag, modified planform to maximise projected area and an optimized light wind construction the One LW provides the ultimate in strength verse performance ratio for a truly high performance light wind kite!

General Questions and Answers for the begininerier to intermediate kiter!

What style of kite are each of your different models?

Both the One and Rise kites are Supported Leading Edge (SLE) style kites. This style of kite relies on a leading edge bridle to hold the kite’s shape when in flight and benefits from the ability to de-power more completely than a traditional C shaped kite.

What do you mean by a one kite, two kite or three kite quiver?

Each of our 3 different models of kite, One, Rise and Diablo have a different Projected Area. The Projected Area is loosely described as being the percentage of the kite’s canopy which is actually exposed to the wind’s forces. On a very Flat kite such as the One the Projected Area is higher. This allows the One to achieve better low wind performance by exposing more canopy material to the light wind conditions. Both the Rise and One kites benefit from added De-Power through their SLE bridle system. This added De-Power gives them the ability to handle gusting winds and higher wind conditions more readily. As a kite’s shape comes closer to a traditional C shaped kite the kite becomes more dynamic in its turning speeds.

The combination of these different characteristics leads to the description of a one, two or three kite quiver. Our One kite has a massive wind range and as such can act as a one kite quiver in all but the most extreme conditions. Our Rise sacrifices some of the low wind power in favour of faster turning speeds and as such requires two kites to round out its quiver for all but the most extreme wind conditions. Finally, the Diablo has less wind range than either of the other two kites but offers demanding riders a very dynamic kite, it makes up a three kite quiver for all but the most extreme wind conditions.

Can I ride un-hooked with an SLE kite?

Of course you can! With the massive range of SLE kites some riders worry that un-hooking will cause the kite to stall and fly backwards, an unwanted characteristic with any powered move! Ocean Rodeo kites are engineered to perfection and are very difficult to back fly! Un-hook with confidence. Want another excuse to un-hook and send ‘er? Ocean Rodeo’s 2007 SLE Bar is designed to hold the chicken loop straight when un-hooked for easy access when it is time to hook back in!

I notice that even with a ton of de-power in my One or Rise SLE kite it is still super simple to fly and control. What gives? No other kite on the market is like this!

The Rise and One both feature our Power Control Bridle System. Maintain a constant back line tension no matter what your trim setting is for maximum control of your kite in any wind condition! Jump and fly your kite with confidence like never before!

Which kite would be best for beginners?

While the Rise is a fantastic kite for advanced riders it is also our easiest kite to fly right out of the bag! Super simple to re-launch, excellent de-power and immediate power make this kite simple to fly. If, as a beginner, you find the turning speeds to high simply ask your instructor or a friend who is an advanced rider to help you move the rear line attachments forward to slow the turning speed for you!

What size bar should I use with my kite? 50cm or 60cm?

Bar size helps leverage the kite to turn and as such we recommend using a larger bar on the larger kites. This would include sizes 18, 16, 14 and 12m. However, the 12m size is a cross over and many riders prefer a smaller bar with it. Generally speaking the 12m Rise and Diablo can fly well with the 50cm bar while the 12m One will work best with a 60cm bar. All other sizes of kite can be flown on our 50cm bar.

How can I adjust the turning speeds or potential de-power of my kites?

Both the Diablo and the Rise come ready to fly right out of the bag in the configuration best suited to that kite. However, both feature alternate attachment points that you can use to adjust both the turning speeds and the potential de-power of the kite. Please note! Changes made to the kite’s flying configuration, while simple to do, should only be undertaken by a person confident in their abilities and capable of understanding the effect various attachment positions will have on the kite’s performance.

What is the difference between Boost and Hangtime?

On our kite chart we decided to separate the two as we feel boost describes the kite’s ability to lift you in the air while hangtime describes the kite’s ability to act as a wing and let you fly with the kite once airborne.

Can I attach a 5th line to an SLE kite?

Of course you can, however there is no gain in de-power as both the One and Rise already have incredible de-power. A 5th line can assist in water re-launch and self rescue, especially if you are concerned about winds that tend to suddenly switch off shore.

What is 3D construction? Why do all of your kites claim to have this? Aren’t all kites 3D?

3D does not describe the third dimension! 3D Construction is an industry first from Ocean Rodeo, introduced in 2003. It has since been copied by a number of other manufacturers in one form or another. 3D describes how we build all of our kites with a Dacron frame. The wingtips, leading edge and trailing edge are all framed in Dacron to provide a Built Tough frame for the kite.

What is a C3 Leading Edge?

Yet another industry first from Ocean Rodeo, in 2003 we introduced the Constant Conical Curve leading edge tube for all of our C shaped kites. While other kite manufacturers build their leading edge tube in segments that make an awkward arch. Our C3 Leading Edge design ascribes a progressive constant curve that smoothes the kite’s flight and provides stability when in the air.

What is SxS technology?

Yup, you guessed it. Another industry first from Ocean Rodeo. Introduced in 2003 on all of our kites the Shock Strip (SxS) is a strip of Dacron that runs the width of the kite from wing tip to wing tip.

This strip runs exactly over the apex of the kite’s curve and is designed to bear the load of a hard nose down crash. When a kite is crashed hard nose down onto the water a violent shock erupts from the leading edge down the center strut. In many other brand’s kites this will lead to a catastrophic tear along the center strut. With SxS Technology on our kites this Dacron Shock Strip spreads the load of this force out to the wing tips and often saves the kite from damage.

If the shock is too severe and a tear does form it is often contained between the Shock Strip and the Leading Edge. This will allow you to safely fly into shore and inexpensively have the small tear repaired.

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