Eleveight WS V4 Kite: Wave Series
Eleveight WS V4 Kite Performance Features
● Three-strut Open-C Hybrid design made for wave-, foil- and freeriding
● High-performance kite with rapid turning characteristics
● Designed with a stable downwind drift for carefree surfing
● Medium aspect ratio ensures enormous wind range and low end
● Light bar pressure for single hand control for best surfing experience
2021 V4 Updates
● Redesigned bridle geometry for direct steering with reduced bar pressure
● Improved canopy curve for an optimized load distribution
● More sweep in the wingtips for better low-end performance
● Ultra-light load diffusers decrease weight and improve the canopy shape
● Reworked trailing edge with anti-vibration patches for longevity and weight reduction
The Eleveight WS V4 Kite automatically synchronizes to the riders maneuvers, ideal for performing technical
surf-tricks with more ease and power. To emphasize its characteristics, we completely reworked the
bridle design, improving its geometry. This development advances the distinctive light yet direct bar
pressure. Next, we redefined the canopy curve to provide a better load distribution, expanding the wind
range. By adding extra sweep to the wingtips, we also gained more low-end performance. By reducing
weight, we made Version 4 more agile than ever. To achieve this, we constructed new ultra-light load
diffusers and redesigned the trailing edge. The WS V4 now comes with anti-vibration patches that are more
aerodynamic and reduce flutter. The WS is higher performance than ever before, not only for surfing but
also for freeriding and foiling.
Eleveight Eleveight WS V4 Kite – Behind the Scenes:
One of the benefits of having a brand that is owned by the designer is the amount of time and resources that Eleveight is able to dedicate to the design and developing their products. Combine this with the fact that Eleveight’s owner/designers favorite discipline is Surf, and you can be sure that the WS represents his idea of the perfect kite. The WS is fast, stable, and surf tough. The team at Eleveight has been surprised each year in terms of the popularity of their wave specific WS series. The WS has received rave reviews from beginners and flat water enthusiasts to strapless freestylers and big wave chasers alike. It was Nuno’s kite of choice when he broke the Guinness record for largest wave ever kitesurfed, and never ceases to make us feel confident and in control in any situation on the water.
The description that keeps coming to mind when flying the Eleveight WS is confidence inspiring. It almost feels like you’ve pushed the easy button. Without sacrificing any performance or ability to absolutely rip the Eleveight WS immediately makes you feel comfortable, in total control and able to perform at your highest level without maximum effort. The WS feels like a very simple tool in your hands, but thru our extensive kite testing we know that there is a lot going under the hood which enables the WS to perform so well. The bar feedback is very intuitive and provides an very connected feel allowing you to know exactly where the kite is and what it is doing at all times. The WS power delivery is smooth and consistent throughout the power stroke. The WS has a solid low end and almost infinite top end, we have flown this kite well outside its recommended wind range and were totally comfortable while other kiters were back on the beach pumping up more kites. The WS is just so consistent that you can always know what to expect from it which instills confidence and allows you to purely concentrate on your riding.
The bar pressure on The Eleveight is medium to light. The WS is a very direct feeling, responsive kite. It has just enough bar pressure and feedback so you can always know where the kite is.
Smooth power delivery:
We have been riding the WS in some pretty up and down, gusty conditions and it does an amazing job of translating those gusts into a really nice even pull. The WS does a great job of providing a consistent pull from anywhere in the window. It pull consistently thru turns. The power increase as the kite flies thru the middle of the power zone feels very linear, meaning its easy to know how much to brace for the power surge and use it to your advantage. All of this makes the WS very reliable, as the power delivery is predictable and very easy to control.
Most wave kites feel like they are either geared towards their low end and have heaps of grunt but limited depower or geared towards the high end with amazing depower but not very much raw sheet in and go power. The WS stands right in the middle but still manages to have nearly endless depower. Its low end power is very true to size, but it’s top end is very generous. Depower is another area where the WS inspires confidence. The WS can depower so easily that it makes it easy to handle whatever comes at you, gusts, waves, current, you name it.
Like most kites you can adjust the bar pressure and turning speed like most other kites on the rear bridle attachment. Additionally the WS has a front bridle adjustment that allows you to adjust the turning style of your kite, enabling you to tailor the turning style to your liking and for your conditions.
Adjustable turning settings
We love this feature on the Eleveight kites. We have seen kites with front bridle settings but this feature has never really been well explained or understood, and most kites that we have seen it on didn’t perform well outside of the standard setting. But Eleveight has labeled the attachment points and the canopy to make it easy to use and understand.
The 3 settings are: Tip, Standard and Pivot.
These settings affect the axis that the kites turn on. The settings dictate how large the turning diameter is in the sky, the power generated thru the turn and how long it takes to complete the rotation. On the user end they change how hard and how long you need to pull to get the kite thru a turn with Pivot being that quickest and Tip being the longest.
Pivot – This setting makes the kite to rotate on an axis in the center of the kite. This setting has the fastest rotation. It spins around a central axis and redirects its self without needing to move up or down in the wind window. This setting rotates the kite the fastest and with the least power generated thru the turn. This is the best setting for quickly redirecting with the kite when you do not want to generate any additional power allowing you to put the kite exactly where you want it without getting pulled off course. Surfers like this setting as it allows them to position the kite right where they want it and they can focus on the wave.
Standard – This setting makes the kite rotate on an axis half way between the center of the kite and its wing tip. This setting will generate some additional power thru the turn but not a lot, and it will rotate only about half a kite width out side of a wingspan during a full bar tilt turn. This is the happy medium setting that the kites come set on and most people ride on. It allows the kite rotate quickly with out much effort and it can still make a sweeping turn to generate power when needed.
Tip – The Tip setting makes the kite pivot on its wingtip. So the kite will change in altitude about one kite width. This setting will generate the most power thru the turn and will take the longest to complete a rotation. This is the setting for those who want the kite take a wider turning arch and to generate more power thru the turn. Great for freeriders, powered turns, boosting, and high winds as it slows down the tuning making it easy to handle when the wind wants to turn the kite really fast.
The WS kite has extremely fast turning characteristics with exceptional drift abilities. It is the perfect companion for any surf session.
– Peter Stiewe