As kiteboarding gear continues to improve and advance, light wind (10 - 15mph) sessions are becoming more and more accessible. One of the driving forces has been The Slingshot Turbine, which has been around for a few years and taken the REAL Lesson Center by storm. Our coaches report that the Turbine has transformed the way people are learning to kite - 13mph is now a dream scenario for new students to learn in. I agree with you - that sounds hard to believe. So I took the new 2013 Turbine for a test drive to find out more...
Back for the third year of light wind domination, the Turbine is once again blowing kiteboarder's minds about how much fun you can have in light wind. Slingshot made adjustments to the wing tip, construction and bridle to make the 2013 Turbine much faster, better up wind and have superior water relaunch to any light wind kite on the market.
What we like:
This kite has changed light wind kiteboarding. You can go out in extreme light wind and the kite stays in the sky. If you are a beginner and crash it, the Turbine relaunches every time with no effort. The current design really jams up wind in almost nothing. If you own this kite you will get way more sessions and you will be stoked out of your mind.
What we don't like:
This is a big kite and it is slow just like all other big kites. If you want to sit on the beach and talk about how fast your 12m is then have at it. If you want to take a lot more sessions then pony up and get a 2013 Turbine. The sessions are worth the cash.
Why you want the 2013 Turbine:
There is no question about it that you will get a lot more session with the 2013 Turbine. They are really fun sessions too, not just mowing the lawn. As soon as there is a ripple of wind, you can fly this kite and go kiteboarding. Once you hit double digits you can get good jumps and ride a regular board. Since it water relaunches so easily, any level of rider can appreciate the value of adding the Turbine to their quiver.
Do you want to read more? Check out some more pictures and reviews of the 2013 Turbine.