In kiteboarding lingo, the expression “flies like a tractor” is used to describe a slow, unresponsive kite that takes a ton of input to steer. For entry-level riders, kite speed isn’t much of a concern (in fact, a slower kite can help in the learning process),...

Review: Slingshot Wake Boots - How Gummy Straps Rule. "Gummy Straps Eliminated the Biggest Headache in Wake Binding History"  Jeff McKee Wake Brand Manager Slingshot Sports. Why Gummy Straps are better than Laces or Velcro on wake boots. Comfort. Not too tight, not too loose. Hours of...

How to install surf straps on your wakesurf hydrofoil board. Do this properly to minimize the potential of damaging your gear!   Watch this quick how-to slideshow for installing surf straps onto your wakesurf hydrofoil board. Be sure to follow the steps carefully.   It is super important...

Slingshot Sentinel Bar Trim Rope Replacement   Regular Maintenance = Safe & Killer Kite Sessions. Keep your bar, lines and kite in shape.   If the trim rope on your Slingshot Sentinel Bar is looking ragged, worn out, or you've shredded so hard that it broke, this post is...

A few finer details from windsurfing's foil experts. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that tech matters. Some people are more interested than others in learning about the finer details of a product, but the technology itself is what distinguishes good gear from...

Slingshot Kiteboarding Safety: A Pre-flight Checklist   Before you head out for your next session, make sure your gear is in order. Follow our easy Pre-flight Kiteboarding Safety checklist to make sure you and your gear are safe and ready to rip.   Kite Checklist: Check your leading edge...

Smart people learn from their SUP foil mistakes; even smarter people learn from the SUP foil mistakes of others.   We’re strong believers of that concept when it comes to learning how to SUP foil. Some things you just have to learn for yourself - like muscle memory,...

Open-toed or closed-toed? Stiff or soft?  Choosing the best wakeboard boots for you!     Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pair of boots. Just like in skiing, snowboarding, or simply walking down the street, if your feet aren’t happy when you’re out on the water, chances are...

What makes a good Wakestyle kiteboard?   Slingshot riders Sam Light and Karolina Winkowska dominate every park setting in the world and fill you in on what features make the best wakestyle kiteboard for them. Our Men's Version is inspired by Sam Light - The Refraction.   Our Women's Version...

What makes a good freestyle kiteboard?  Power! Think of a freestyle board as a more aggressive free-ride board: designed for versatility, but built to be powered up, jumped big, landed hard, and put through the wringer. A good freestyle board should be fast on the water...

What makes the best twin tip freeride kiteboard?   Versatility is the most important characteristic when looking for the best freeride kiteboard. It should have plenty of grip and pop for freestyle and boosting, while remaining forgiving in the chop, slashy in the swell, and efficient when...

How to Choose the Best Kiteboard for Beginners First and foremost, just because a board is classified as a good “beginner” board, that does not mean it’s only good for beginners. It simply means it has a shape and performance that are favorable to user-friendly progression...

Learning what’s better: above-the-bar or below-the-bar depower?   You can scour the internet and forums about the right kite control bar and you’ll find plenty of threads about which is best and why. While some forum topics can get pretty contentious and opinionated, in this case, pretty...

How to choose the right SUP? Start with the category and then find the board. Much like buying a new car, if you’re in the market for a stand-up paddleboard, the first thing you need to decide is what general type of board you’re looking for....

If you rig your kite the same way every session and have never experimented with different settings and attachment points, you could be missing out. Slingshot kites come equipped with different attachment points, on both the leading edge and the wingtip. These attachment points are...

Choose the right SUP for surfing. This may sound obvious, but if you want a SUP that can perform well in the waves, you want a wave-specific SUP. It’s not to say an open-water/recreation SUP can’t surf waves (they can, we’ve done it), it’s just more...

RPM Attachment points explained by Sam Light. Ever wondered what your kite’s different attachment points are for? Sam Light discusses RPM kite tuning techniques and why you should try for yourself.   If you rig your kite the same way every session and have never experimented with different...

Learn to kite foil: Best conditions 2018 While it’s true you can learn to kite foil in just about any condition you can kiteboard in, there is definitely a sweet spot in wind speed when you’re learning. We have found that to be the 15-25 knot range,...