Design, Kitesurfing

The redesign of Liquid Force Wow wave kite

How much did the wow v4 design change from the wow v3 ?

75%

What Changed?

Here is a list of the key changes on the Wow v4 compared to the Wow v3

For the WOW v4, we lengthed the wingtip to help the kite handle more rear line tension and more aggressive use of the profile in lightwind.  You can now ride a slightly smaller kite in the wave and focus on your riding.  The Raw power of the kite hasn’t changed,  but it’s now possible to juice more power out of each size.  

Ultra high-quality Teijin Triple Ripstop adds stiffness in the overall canopy profile and recuses flutter and canopy distortion for better airflow throughout the profile of the kite.  Mixed with this our standard strut construction where the canopy connects on TOP of the strut, it reduces the canopy wrinkles around the struts to Leading Edge connections.  

We redesigned the kite arc completely, giving it a boxy feel, especially in the wingtips.  What that does, it maximizes the direct exposed horizontal canopy profile in the center of the kite for raw kite power and optimizes the vertical canopy profile in the wingtip for power and quickness throughout the kite turn radius.  The kite turns even quicker with this boxey arc.

Kitesurfing, Photography, Travel

Baja Choco Lake

choc·o·late
/ˈCHäk(ə)lət/
noun
  1. a food preparation in the form of a paste or solid block made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, typically sweetened.
    “a bar of chocolate”
    • a candy made of or covered with this.
      plural noun: chocolates
      “a box of chocolates”
    • hot chocolate.
      “I drink chocolate because it is so soothing”
Shot by Vincent Bergeron
Kitesurfing, Photography, Stories

Fall Sessions

Fall Sessions

All photo shot by Julien Fillion, Vincent Bergeron, CIndy Lizotte

The colors, the smells, the cold.

Sessioning through fall season is very special.  The excessive warmth that your blood keeps pumping through your vain long after your wetsuit is off and you’re wrapped in a puffy jacket.

Fall season is usually when I realize that yet an entire year just flew by….

Kitesurfing, Leica, Photography, Stories, Travel

Magdalen’s Short Flight

Magdalen’s Short Flight

Today we took my friend Ronald’s plane and flew from Montreal to the Magdalen’s Islands for a quick 3 days trip…  

Goodbye endless check-in & security, from door to door it took only 4.5h with a quick stop to Moncton NB.

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.

Design, Kitesurfing, Stories

How small is too small?

  • A foilboard the size of a turtle, really?
Prototype Size
3 Foot Foilboard

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?
Design, Kitesurfing, Stories, Travel

Kite Design Coffee Shop

It is no secret that I love coffee shops, I’m doing my best and most creative work sitting in coffee shops around the globe. In this particular picture, early morning in Mexico, I had skipped the coffee shop to team up with Gary Siskar and Jason Slezak and talk about the future of kite design.

It takes a whole lot of creative minds and kite testers to design great kites.

Julien Fillion