The North Rebel has a cult-like following, and has been one of Big Winds’ best sellers. Matt Morrow puts the 2016 model to the test.
Matt’s Scorecard: Power 10, Range 10, Turning Speed 9, Drift 7, Hang Time 10, Relaunch 9, Looping 8, Overall Impression 9
Bar Pressure Rating: >moderate-heavy
What I Liked: Amazing stability and incredible range. The 5th line means very little bar movement which translates to a ton of depower and power in comparison to a four line kite. Really fun to jump, rips upwind like a rocket, great bar feedback. I also dig the dump valve on the wing tip for quick deflation.
What I Didn’t Like: The Rebel is so efficient it flew very close to the edge of the wind window, which is great for upwind speed, but I found this makes it easier to “over fly” when the kite is directly overhead.
I WOULD Own This Kite Because I love the quality of North kites. Their build is one of the best in the industry, and makes their kites a great value.
The North Rebel Best Suits: Freeriders looking for a high performance kite that rockets upwinds, blasts off the water and offers incredible hang time while being incredibly safe, stable and easy to use.
Matt Morrow is a true waterman, and a worldly one. He has lived, surfed, windsurfed, kite surfed and paddled in Australia, Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, Mexico, the DR and exotic Ontario.