I found those clips of Jason Slezak and myself (Julien Fillion) from couple years back in Hawaii shooting for the release of the Wow kite from Liquid Force. Shot by talented Eliot Leboe on the RED camera.
Today we took my friend Ronald’s plane and flew from Montreal to the Magdalen’s Islands for a quick 3 days trip…
I had a new kite to test (SOLO V4 9m). When we landed the wind was already blowing 25-30 knots, therefor we headed straight to the beach for a quick onshore wave session.
- A foilboard the size of a turtle, really?
We’ve been part of the foil revolution for several years now, leading today’s market by introducing the extruded aluminium mast and CNC fuselages. We tried so many different ideas for kiteboarding hydrofoil and prone surfing hydrofoil in the last several years. Couple months ago I saw Brandon Scheid pulling out of his board bag the smallest foilboard I had ever seen (designed by Peter Mehrohof). I got my hands on the following prototype and spent some time riding this tiny board, figuring out how small kiteboarding hydrofoil could really be? It took a session or 2 to get in-tuned with the board, then it started to feel amazing under my feet.
Although I feel 3’ is way to small for average kiteboarders, it gave us tons ideas for future lightweight product development.
- How small can a kite foilboard really be?
From top to bottom, I had the privilege to design the art for the 2019 Liquid Force Echo (Brandon Scheid’s, Triple-S 2018 Winner) and the 2019 Liquid Force Radnium in the centre of the rack. The bottom 2 boards are the Legacy, art by Joe Highfill for Jason Slezak. As always, board shapes by Jimmy Redmond & Peter Mehrohof.
The Magdalen Islands are an amazing small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 205.53 square kilometres.
Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands are part of the Canadian province of Quebec. I’ve been traveling to the Magdalen’s since my young windsurfing days…
Three years ago, we setup the Liquid Force summer photoshoot in the Magdalen’s, it was amazing. Having pros Brandon Scheid, Sensi Graves there along with photographer Vincent Bergeron, the imagery came out rad!
For 2018-2019, the LF Moon Patrol is definitely my twintip board of choice… I love how versatile it is, here’s a quick design brief for this unique kiteboard.
Reminiscent of your favorite fish shape surfboard or your back country powder stick, the Moon Patrol offers a smooth elongated outline that allows for free flowing turns and high speed cruising. A single tip to tail concave wood core directs water though the fins making for remarkably smooth ride and easy upwind progression. With the option of setting the stance back from center the Moon Patrol will turn big bone jarring chop into launch pads to orbit over the liquid surface. The Moon Patrol comes with optional 5cm fins for the tail configuration for more drive and projection.
Myself and the LF team (Brandon Scheid, Jason Slezak) did some magic designing the most amazing kite ever made, literally!
Redesigned with purpose. The NV Version 9 is just not a new color way or slight change that has no impact on the performance of the kite. We looked at the ways in which the NV has excelled over the past 8 years and then took into consideration what we wanted the kite to do beyond any expectations. No doubt the NV is synonymous with stability and dependability in all conditions and styles of riding. Not only does the new NV V9 embrace its heritage but it now will set a new standard in freestyle kites.