A glassy day, no movement in he palm trees with only 5knts and less but i could not resist to go for a kite with the new Ozone Chrono 15m. The kite was barely flying on the beach but once on the water creating apparent wind the Chrono did his magic and performed amazing.
This was my first time ever i kited and had fun in less than 5knts.
My recommended Chrono sizes for 80kg guy:
18m with a Hydrofoil 4-10knts for 85+ kg guys. With 80kg or less I dont think you need a bigger size than 15m
18m with Raceboard 4-12knts
18m with Twintip Freeride 5-13knts
15m with a Hydrofoil 4- 13knts
15m with a Raceboard 10-15knts
15m with Twintip Freeride 10-16knts
12m with Hydrofoil 13-18knts
12m with Raceboard 14-20knts
12m with Twintip 12- 20knts
I’ve been fortunate to have spent some serious time on the C4 over the last year. My first few experiences this time last year on the 2013 model were in some of the fiercest conditions I’ve ever experienced at home on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – some of you may remember “Storm Zone” posted about this time last year. Although this was not the most ideal situation to be trying out an unfamiliar kite for the first time, it was however, a huge testament to the kite. Not only did it get me through the session safely, I was actually able to get comfortable with the kite despite the conditions.
What a change up it has been this year with the 2014 model C4. The Sunshine Coast has, unlike this time last year, been blessed with absolutely perfect conditions. I’ve been able to have some amazing sessions on the new C4s at my favourite local spots – mainly Caloundra and Maroochydore Rivermouths. The changes and innovations that have been integrated into this year’s model are subtle, yes, but noticeable nonetheless. Somehow Rob and Torrin have managed to squeeze in even more explosive pop and an all around smoother kite feel. I always say it but you truly know a good kite when you use one. Over these last few months I’ve really been frothing on my kiting, and not just on wakestyle – I’ve been doing a few downwinders on my surfboard and although the C4 is obviously not in the same league as the Reo in the waves, it definitely holds its own.
As the last two generations have proven to me, the C4 can perform in anything; from perfect conditions all the way up to conditions you’re hardly ever likely to experience. And although it’s obviously tailored for aggressive wakestyle and freestyle riding, it definitely holds its own in all styles... well, maybe not racing, get an Edge for that haha.
I can’t really say much else about the 2014 C4. Experiencing the C4 firsthand is way more powerful than any words I can write. I will however, leave you with this – the 2014 C4 is the best kite I’ve ever used.
The Ozone C4 is all about making new school freestyle accessible and fun. It is designed with no compromises, fulfilling top freestylers needs, whilst maintaining an easy to ride feel keeping the rider comfortable in all conditions.
New this season is a modified planform and arc to help reduce the heavy tow feeling than can occur on C-kites when over-powered. Profile thicknesses have been refined aiding kite stability during unhooked maneuvers, the C4s pop and drop reactivity is now more user friendly and accessible to intermediate riders.
The Variable Bridle Geometry settings give the option of two kites in one and takes only a short moment to change with no lines to add or remove. These two settings boast advanced unhooked attributes as well as comfort and easy to reach performance.
Variable Bridle Geometry settings
New School - The C4 ships standard on this setting, offering a heavier and direct feel, with a more powerful load up and pop perfectly suited to Freestyle and Wakestyle riders.
Free Ride - The Freeride setting offers a lighter bar feel and increased de-power which is ideal for Freeriding and also in the waves. To use this setting simply shift the middle bridle lines to the pigtail knot closest to the leading edge.
New 6m and 14m sizes have been added for this season. We refined the 6m to have both high and low end advantages over the previous 5m in similar wind conditions. The 14m is designed to bridge the gap between the previous 13m and 15m with solid low end grunt and high end control.