by Joe Sterling on January 16, 2012
I have been riding a 2010 Bularoo 7m and a Waroo 2009 9m--Both great stablekites...the Bularoo 7m being very powerful---sometimes others would be on 12m...scored the same size Naish Parks 2011--Very fast turning...maybe not as much grunt but the speed makes up for it...very forgiving...wants to fly you up in the air on the jumps and bring you down safely....Love them!!!
by Troy Purnell on September 14, 2011
just rode the park 12 today and was so stoked. turns on a dime and held power throughout the turns. i didn't want to spend the money but it was well worth it to upgrade from the old 2009 I had.
Naish Park 2011 - 8m
by Toby D on April 12, 2011
Nuking 30-35knts set the scene for an epic down-winder the other day. Weapon of choice… 2011 Naish Park 8m. Fresh out of the bag you immediately notice that the Three Strut design and the Universal control bar epitomize what Naish are looking for in simplicity.
Pumping the kite up you can tell Naish have continued their high-standard of build quality. It remains to be seen how the kite bears up against the others in its class over a busy summer but first impressions as always are good. The three strut design really aids speed of setup and adds to the simplicity of the kite. The Universal control bar as always is simply laid out and the quick-release system that Naish employed in 2010 remains largely unchanged. Cosmetically the bar is all white this year and again it remains to be seen if this stains over the summer. Certainly however, the bar oozes style and you will be one of the few out with a white leash this summer!
On the fly – I used this kite in nuking winds and wanted to be slightly overpowered as we were heading for a big down-winder. Launching etc and safety was right on the button and with the adjustable stopper ball sheeted right out and the bar pushed fully away the kite literally had no power so full marks for depower. Once up and going, the kite had buckets of grunt and pulled so well. Ripping it back through the window and the thing just took off and every jump was stratospheric. Landings were soft and the direct feel of the steering allowed for precise landings even from massive boosts. I was not able to fully appreciate the freestyle potential of this kite in such big winds but for waves this kite would be sick. Practically the whole session was spend wakeboarding behind the kite and with it parked in the window straight downwind… it never back stalled!
In all it was a great kite for just dossing around in big winds. The turning was not like trying to control a knit in a wind-tunnel and the solid jumping and easy de-power will leave you satisfied that you have made the most of high wind sessions. I can’t wait to get it out on the larger sizes for some freestyle evenings. If the 8m is anything to go by, I doubt I’ll be disappointed.
Biggest air time that I have ever gotten
by Stefano Galiani on November 24, 2010
The Naish Park kite is ridiculous. Today was blowing 30+ Out of the box I tried
and after 2 mins I was boosting higher than I've ever done in my whole
Landing are super soft.
In terms of surf, looping the 8m kite is so easy and the kite has a this nice feature to pull like a truck at the carve exit, shooting in the middle of the power zone with not much input on my side. Very impressed.
One thing I recommend though is to attach the leash to the main depower
line and not to the mini yellow center line.
I was riding and I depowered the kite as usual. Somehow I might have touched the QR and after 2mins while riding the QR opened and I had to swim back to shore.
So I would attach the leash to the yellow mini 5th line only for landing/launching and attach to the depower line while riding. Both of them are below the bar so its fairly easy to switch between them.
Line the line extensions on the Park 8m
by Wes on November 24, 2010
Just took out the 2011 Park 8m today down in Prea. Have it on long lines as per your suggestion and yes its great. Today is a bit gusty and I find it is nice having the extra shock absorption.
260miles of down wind testing
by Guilherme Valle on November 24, 2010
Here are my thoughts on the 10m Park after 6 days of down winder (260
miles covered) with 20-25kts winds on average. I used it always with the
line extensions and set to medium (back) and shifting between grunt and
depower on the front line setting.
- Kite was great fun.
- Bar pressure was ridiculous light, allowing me to kite most of the
time with one hand (while filming with the other!).
- Fast turning and power boost on turns (as described by Stefano)
- Very easy re-launch. In spite of bad crashes, the kite never inverted.
- Maybe I was a bit underpowered (vs. other guys on 10.5 Helix, 9
Crossbow, 9 Bolt), and going dead-downwind my kite had a tendency to
partially collapse, stall, come down to the center of the window, re-open and boost like a rocket straight up.
- Very hard to use the depower on the go.
- I was using the leash on the de-power line and that worked well.
- Hang time was ok not great, but again maybe I was a bit underpowered
(comparing to Switchblade 12).
Overall a good kite. Maybe not ideal for a fast down winder but fantastic for playing on the waves. Can't wait to try the 12.
by Sam Bell on November 23, 2010
I have to say that I am really happy with the new Park this year. Like everyone else this kite turns great with plenty of power thru the turns. Relaunch is simple and the LWR feature on the bigger sizes works great.
If you see me on the beach and would like to take a Park for a quick session just let me know.
by Bryan Elkus on November 18, 2010
I really enjoyed riding this kite. I took Davey Blair's kite for a spin earlier this year and had a great time on it. It was fast, turned well and had no problem relaunching. I still find personally that the naish kites are a little twitchy in your hand. This is a great kite and would recommend to a friend.
The Kite I have been Waiting for
by Thomas Kogut on November 12, 2010
Turns Fast and predictable
Stable overhead when having a beer break
Great unhooked or hooked
LWR Kit ROCKS for light wind with the 14m
New Bar grip is money for the control system.
Great total package from Naish
by Dave on November 10, 2010
I currently ride the RPM's but have been spending alot of time on the 2011 Parks. They are very similiar kites. The park has a lighter bar pressure and maybe not as grunty. But makes up in the speed. I've riden it both ocean and sound and has proved to be a stable easy to fly fast and decent at relaunching kite. I recently tried it with the new relaunch kite, works great! Overall i wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a beginner to advanced kiter. It has it all!
Naish Park 12 M Review
by Greg H on November 9, 2010
Ocean Downwinder 17 - 25 mph Side On shore Board: REsin8 Tokoro 5'8 Fish
Very Responsive kite with natural turning abilities that pull through with just enough power.
Stable platform to cruise down the line
Ability to unhook easily and move the kite without having your arms ripped off.
Perfect amount of bar pressure to know where the kite exactly is.
Easy Relauch in the Ocean
Could use a bit more low end to get you through the lulls.
I prefer a bit more bar pressure
This is your Naish SLE Performance kite for this year and gets the job done in the Ocean. Looking forward to a slick session with this kite, but enjoyed the kite so far. This kite is for your intermediate - advanced kiter looking for a responsive wave kite. Progression Sessions with this kite.