2019 Duotone Neo Kite
The 2019 Duotone Neo Kite is the gold standard in the Surf and Strapless Freestyle worlds that has claimed more surf podiums than any other kite in history. While it’s design is aimed to meet the needs of the Duotone kitesurfing pro team it has also become a crowd favorite for foiling, boosting and all around freeride. The Neo’s responsive turning characteristics and huge wind range make it excel in on shore and side on winds it is also able to sit remarkably far forward in the window creating a kite that wins event after event in off shore locations as well such as Cabo Verde and Mauritius.
Murrays caught up with the Duotone Designers at AWSI this year and got the story on the 2019 Duotone Neo. While Duotone had thoughts to chase the pack and conform to the industry norm of low aspect wave kites, but after countless designs, modifications and tweaks to make it with a low aspect design the pro team was still threatening to start riding the Dice if the new low aspect design was implemented. So Duotone went back to their tried and tested, competition winning design and improved it where possible with newer materials and small tweaks to the shape to reduce weight and give it an even bigger sweet spot. And their efforts have been rewarded with yet another year of dominating the surf and strapless competitions. If you want to take your riding to the next level, the Neo can take you there.
The Neo is a high-performance purebred wave-riding kite with incredible handling and excellent drifting capabilities that can also perform for freeriding and foiling.
If you like nothing better than carving smooth bottom turns and smashing off the lips, then the NEO is the kite for you. Developed by Ken Winner alongside our pro wave riders and World Champions Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro and Patri McLaughlin, this is the kite of choice on the GKA Strapless World Tour.
Now with improved handling, thanks to the special Flex Segment which is integrated into the leading edge. This unique feature allows the kite to twist more when it is turning; this increases the responsiveness of the kite and results in a fast more dynamic ride. Of course, the NEO is still incredibly powerful and thanks to its lightweight, yet tough design the drifting ability is unsurpassed. Combined with the revolutionary Click Bar, you get a huge depower throw and the ability to dump all the power from the kite in an instant. Not only is this feature important during critical moments on the wave, it is also crucial for landing technical strapless tricks.
The Neo can be tuned to a freeride setting, which is great for cruising, boosting and foiling too. No matter what kind of conditions you ride, onshore, offshore, from small to flat water strapless freestyle, the NEO is the only kite you’ll need!