How the Slingshot Turbine has changed kiteboarding for all of us

by REAL Watersports

If you've been paying attention you've probably noticed that kiteboading is changing. 10 - 12mph is now perfect conditions to learn to kiteboard and this is huge for the sport!

Last year we spoke a lot about how improvements in gear are making light wind riding easier and more practical. When we wrote about the 2013 Slingshot Turbine being the best ever light wind kite we weren't kidding! This year another really exciting change is happening: new gear is opening up the ability to do a whole lot more than mow the lawn in marginal conditions.

The 2014 Slingshot Turbine and the 2014 Slingshot Glide are both essential to help make your light wind sessions as fun as possible! Here are the reviews of the gear:

2014 Slingshot Turbine Review:

What we like:
The 2014 Turbine has a lot of grunt and power, which is the most important thing for light wind riding. Then, to add to the mix, it relaunches extremely well in almost any wind conditions. To top it off, it also races upwind! That's pretty much the perfect combo for a light wind kite and it's no wonder the Turbine is such a popular kite in the REAL lesson center and with light wind kiteboarders all over the world.

What we don't like:
The only negative feedback we have heard from anyone about the Turbine is that it's relatively easy to become overpowered if you try to fly the turbine in 20mph+. We're not sure why you would choose the turbine in those conditions so as long as the Turbine isn't the only kite in your quiver, this won't be a problem!

Why you want the 2014 Slingshot Turbine:
There's a reason that the Turbine is the most popular kite of all time in the REAL lesson center. No other kite has done as much to change the way we look at the sport than the Turbine. So when the wind is 10 - 14mph, we all now look at the water and say "awesome - perfect conditions for the Turbine"!

2014 Slingshot Glide Review:

What we like:
The most impressive thing about the Glide is that it packs in the same light wind performance of other boards that are much wider and bigger. This means you really can look at light wind conditions and dream of doing rolls, jumps and tricks instead of just mowing the lawn. We especially loved riding the 150 which is a blast!

What we don't like:
If your local spot never gets above 9mph and the average kite session is all about trying to work the kite and stay upwind then you should probably look for the biggest and widest board you can find. The Glide has fantastic light wind performance but the biggest lightwind boards out there might trump it - just!

Why you want the 2014 Slingshot Glide:
Because it's fun! Kiteboarding shouldn't be about jumps you can't do and fun you can't have. The Glide allows you to go out in light winds and have a blast!

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2 thoughts on “How the Slingshot Turbine has changed kiteboarding for all of us”

  • jon Siddall

    Whats the best setting for doing unhooked freestyle on the 2014 Turbine ?
    Also whats the best way to ride it in suicide mode?
    I was thinking maybe put the depower loop through the chicken loop.

    • Toby

      Dear Jon,

      The Turbine will actually ride quite well for unhooked and freestyle tricks on the regular settings. You can move the trailing (steering line) pigtail inwards to slow down the turning and deliver more bar pressure to the feel of the kite. This effectively makes the kite feel like a wakeboard boat but does lower the chance of you pulling a trick where your hand slips to the bar end and sends the kite into a big long loop (which normally ends up in the water).

      As you described regarding the suicide is a great way so you can still use the push away power for any safety release you may need.

      Alternatively I just hook the leash around the depower rope so it is easier to hook in and out and there is less in the way.

      All the best