Lib Tech Bowl Review by Toby Diggens:
Just jumped onto the Bowl for some sound side fun with a strong North wind blowing. First impressions were that the board is so light and feels solid for the abuse that kiters will be giving this board in the waves and when trying airs. There was a little 1-2 ft chop running which created excellent ramps to punt off and it was a perfect test track to get to grips with the boards feel and performance both upwind and in the air and most importantly to see how it help up to some hard flat landings.
From a shape perspective almost every kiter who rides a strapless board will really like the feel of the Bowl. It is flat, rockets upwind and grips like a man hanging from a skyscraper. The wide platform that you have under both feet will give the entry level riders a great base to learn their gybes and tacks and for the air game it means plenty of room to land and re-correct as you ride out.
Through the chop the board felt incredibly smooth and with the springy design “power pop core” it definitely made the ride smoother. I felt that with the deck concave your feet really locked in and that you could edge far harder into the wind than with a traditional domed surf deck.
Jury is still out on how this board will handle in decent waves but for anything up to shoulder high and weaker I can imagine that it will be fun. Onshore is where it’s at I feel and the ability to go upwind so well will really help.
When it came to airs, this board was off the hook, the weight was the biggest thing for me and I remarked to my buddy when I came in that all other kite surfboards are in the dark ages compared for anything that you want to do in the air. Gone are the days of heavy old logs and in with the new school I say. Forget popping 5 feet because with the Libtech Bowl you can pop 10ft with the same effort.
All I can say is that you have to try one… or in fact trust me and just go out and get one. Price wise they are great too.
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