BEN WILSON KITES

A CULMINATION OF 15 YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS
fast effortless turning and light bar pressure
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Hard wearing. The strongest and lowest stretch in the industry.

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Consistent Drive Wingtip

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EPI – Express Point Inflate

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The Hybrid ‘Glyde’ Clean Canopy Design

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1 Piece Bladder

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Surf Bridle System

Hard-Wearing Material:

Teijan canopy T9600 & DP175 Dacron double rip stop. The strongest and lowest stretch in the industry.

Consistent Drive Wingtip:

All BWS kites incorporate our Consistent Drive wingtip design that allows crisp flowing turns and NO stalling or dead spots in any area of the window.

EPI – Express Point Inflate:

Introducing the all new Black Betty 2-in-1 EPI valve. Interlinking hoses connect all struts to the LE for express all-in-one inflation. Plus we include an extra large screwable output for ultra-fast deflating.

The Hybrid ‘Glyde’ Clean Canopy Design:

The Æneema’s super thin profiles and lightweight hybrid Clean Canopy Design allows for faster air speed flow, smoother flying at the edge of the window and a sharp, responsive turning radius in all conditions. The Glyde technology emerges from the super clean canopy design so the kite is always flying and gliding through any lull or dead spot. Medium thickness struts and a reduced diameter LE accommodate the rigid frame for a seamless clean canopy shape, no fluttering or stretch wrinkles that cause drag.

1 Piece Bladder:

Less welds = less chance of blowing out a seam.

Surf Bridle System

Made possible by industry-first software, Dano See has developed a new Surf Bridle System. This system’s compact 4-point configuration incorporates a new generation of weight distribution technology that allows us to individually weight each string and provide 100% even distribution of pressure. This ensures your canopy remains tight and taut throughout all phases of sheeting with zero distortion and drag. Ænema is direct, responsive and easy handling without the use of bungees, pulleys or bridle band-aids others claim work better. Style, performance, simplicity.
This feature is now included on all BWS kites.

100% Dynema Bridle Line:
We use an industry-first 2mm 100% Dynema no-stretch bridle line. All bridles are pre-stretched prior to assembly. Our Tech Lock splice measures precisely, eliminating excess thread and stitching that can break or alter the bridle line lengths.

Surf-Tough Bridle Attachment Points:
3mm 100% Dynema interlocking bridle hang points are sewn and glued along the LE frame for the strongest surf reinforcement.

Dacron Trailing Edge:

Dacron is a tough, protective material used on our kites to reinforce against scuffmarks, punctures and canopy tears. The Ænema also features a thin boundary along the trailing edge and along the struts to strengthen the connection between the canopy and the structural frame while also minimising unnecessary weight.

Reinforced Seams and Scuff Guards

Reinforced Seams:
All strut and LE seams are 10mm overlapping and reinforced with 15mm seam tape. We use a glued flat seam on the canopy rather than the traditional over-locking seam. The flat seam offers a double layer of cloth at the join that strengthens each thread hole and aligns the panels for the most precise build.

Scuff Guards:
The right scuffs in all the right places. Positioned so your kite will withstand being dragged over rough surfaces without compromising its weight and strength.

F-ONE BANDIT XI

THE ULTIMATE KITE!
11 years of development with a high level of requirements!
Starting from a blank sheet of paper is what you do when you have nothing worth keeping!
The bandit is perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike, whatever your style is on the water, the bandit delivers.
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A new squarer outline

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Less lateral pull for a new level of comfort

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A smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction

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Speed and acceleration are under control

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An efficient and reassuring stability even when over-powered

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Light and maneuverable while being predictable

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Improved and easy hangtime

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11 years of perpetual improvement and dedicated development!

The BANDIT is a benchmark from which others follow, for eleven years it has been one of the most popular kites on the market, with good reason. We put all our knowledge into this kite, creating the ultimate tool for kitesurfers to use whatever their riding style!
It offers a unique range of use; the top pro riders choose it for freestyle, waves and big air, it’s also a popular school kite, thanks to its auto-relaunch capabilities and it’s easy to fly nature.
The BANDIT is perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts alike,whatever your style is on the water, the Bandit delivers.

The BANDIT offers a huge wind range, allowing you to get going early while providing you with total control even when overpowered. It offers unrivalled hangtime and support all the way through every jump, allowing you to perform your tricks and land with ease. This year we have worked hard to give the kite the perfect amount traction, with less lateral pull. This means you won’t get as fatigued on the water as the new Bandit is always flying forwards rather than pulling sideways.

The larger sizes have had improvements made to the handling, making them faster, so you feel like you have a smaller, more nimble kite in your hands. Another significant upgrade for 2018 is the one line flag out safety systemoffering total depower when the quick release is pulled. Once again the kite is very intuitive to fly, there is no adaption time, and riders feel at home right away.

The kite is still based on our original Delta C Shape patent; this unique design makes the kite exceedingly stable in the air, offers unrivalled handling characteristics and also allows for easy relaunch. With years and years of development, we have learned precisely where the stress points are on the kite, by using high-end materials in the right places the durability of the kite has been further improved for 2018.

How Can One Kite Perform So Well In All Disciplines?

“The BANDIT is a kite with lots of power, excellent top-end control, smooth power delivery, great hangtime with plenty of support when flying; it offers fast turning capabilities, auto relaunching, superb upwind drive and control at high speed, coupled with exceptional bar feeling and perfect feed back. If you have a kite with all of these qualities, in which discipline would it not work?” – Raphael Salles

Making a kite that can handle like this is a tricky challenge, especially with disciplines like strapless freestyle demanding very different handling from freestyle riding. However this is a big part of the secret of the Bandit, it’s not just about the amount of power you can create when you need to, it is also about how the kite delivers it and how you can control it.

What Are The New Features Of The New Bandit 11 That You Will Feel While Kiting?

“Ever since my first day on the water with a two line kite back in 1996 I have been working on the same feature, the way the kite pulls you” – Raphael Salles

When you fly a kite, the pull is always lateral, a sideways pull that is trying to drag you downwind. Essentially, we spend every session fighting against our kite to stay upwind. We have always been working on reducing this lateral pull, allowing the kite to fly forwards and for 2018 the new BANDIT offers the perfect amount of traction.
This unique concept in our design process lets you edge your board against the kite with less leg pressure. The board will feel livelier on the water too, as it isn’t fighting against the kite. This makes a big difference to the upwind performance when you are on the water; you will find it easier to go upwind with a better angle too.

Achieving this characteristic is quite difficult, and we are one of the only brands looking to reduce the lateral pull in our kites. The secret revolves around controlling the amount of pull, and the direction that the pull comes from. It’s all about positioning the kite in the sweet spot within the window. Too far back and it will pull you sideways, however, if it flies too far forwards in the window then you lose power.
The trick is to place the kite in the right spot to balance the power and pull precisely, you need to do this across the entire wind range of the kite, so the pull is uniform, from underpowered to overpowered. Keeping the profile stable when the kite is fully depowered is really important in order to maintain this sweet spot in the wind window.

This is the key area where we have improved the eleventh generation of the BANDIT, when depowered the kites profile stays clean and efficient, ensuring the perfect pull, plenty of performance and lots of comfort too.  Once you have achieved the perfect amount of power and depower, the next factor to consider is how you deliver that power.

The BANDIT has a really short depower stroke, meaning you can dump the power very quickly and still maintain a proper stance on the board. All the power is at your fingertips. Equally important is how that power comes back when you pull the bar in again. The kite has a smooth power transfer, ensuring there are no nasty surprises to pull you off balance. However, if you want a solid boost of power, for example when jumping, you can just pull the bar in faster and get fantastic lift. You could say the kite has two modes, depending on how you interact with the bar.

When brands mention wind range, they mean the spread between the top and low-end range of the kite. With the BANDIT it is so much more than that, power, de-power, lateral pull, power transfer, the stability of the profile, all these factors combine in the Bandit, and this is the secret of its success over the last eleven years.

That’s not the only improvement though; we’ve also worked hard in other areas too!

WEIGHT
We all love the handling of smaller kites, so this year the new BANDIT feels lighter and faster than ever before. The way the larger sizes move and how you can steer them has been improved; you’ll think you’re flying a kite that is a size smaller! IKSURFMAG Editor Rou Chater said after his first flight of the BANDIT 11: “Wow, that’s the fastest 9m kite I have ever flown, it felt like a 7m!”

BAR FEELING
With so much experience developing the BANDIT over the last eleven years we were able to achieve a mix of feelings at the bar that you don’t normally get. This year there is a little more bar pressure, so you can feel the kite and hold onto the bar for excellent balance throughout your session. This small amount of extra pressure and balance on the bar will immediately improve your riding!

As you pull on the bar, you experience a smooth progressive power delivery, rather than something hard and heavy, reducing fatigue and increasing the length of your sessions. The more you pull, the more the pressure increases, so at times when you need it, such as during a trick, you get really positive feedback from the kite. In addition to this, the handling and turning speed is very direct sending lots of information back to the bar and your hands allowing you to become at one with the kite and get the most out of it.

C-SHAPE
Since the BANDIT’s inception all those years ago we have always maintained a C-Shape, it’s the best design for the optimum response and handling when you are kiting. The 2018 model features incredible balance and a feeling in the air that is solid at all times giving you the ultimate feeling of control.

THE SECRET
The recipe for success with the BANDIT is the mix of different feelings and performance characteristics that the kite can offer. It’s an original C-Shape design but with early planing and incredible control right the way through the wind range.  The kite provides excellent hangtime and good traction on the water, coupled with fast, light handling and great bar feedback giving you total control. It can take you to the podium of the world tour in freestyle, while still offering stunning strapless wave riding capabilities and at the same time, is used in kite schools all over the world!

The best selling kite on the market?
We believe the BANDIT is the best selling model on the market thanks to its unique qualities and army of fans around the globe. Regardless of your riding style, the Bandit will appeal to you. We are proud of this success; it’s down to nothing other than pure hard work, time and effort. Robert Graham, our designer, works tirelessly with the testing team of Mika Fernandez and Raphael Salles. Each year around 80 prototypes are designed, built and tested in order to achieve the perfect kite. We test in all conditions and disciplines, from twin tips, surfboards and hydrofoils.

This year the Bandit is the culmination of over 600 prototypes that we have tested and ridden over the last eleven years. It’s arguably the most intensely developed product on the market right now.

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Delta C Shape

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DELTA C-SHAPE technology design offers unmatched stability and steering response when fully de-powered, with the possibility of connecting the front lines higher on the leading edge of the kite.

DELTA C-SHAPE is a patented design used by F-ONE on all kites for the past 11 years.

This shape was the result of a design research towards maximum optimization of the aerodynamic performances of the kite and of its depower. It gives the possibility to fit more canopy area in the middle sections to create more projected area while the C Shape makes sure the kite remains responsive and fluid.

Auto Relaunch

Once the kite is sitting with the leading edge flat on the water, its C-Shape associated with the Delta Pivot allows the kite to automatically roll over onto one wing tip.
The kite will then glide towards the edge of the window, ready for quick and easy water re-launch.

Force Frame

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Kites with extended de-power ranges sustain more pressure across the canopy as they experience an increased frequency of use over a wider wind range.

Consequently F-ONE has developed a completely new structure for the Bandit, offering optimized durability with no additional weight gain.

The FORCE FRAME is a solid Dacron structure consisting of the leading edge, the trailing edge and the struts.

This high strength skeleton structure is then covered with lightweight Spy material in the least vulnerable areas.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 4M² :
  • 35+ KNTS
  • 5M² :
  • 30+ KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 28+ KNTS
  • 7M² :
  • 25+ KNTS
  • 8M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 15 > 30 KNTS
  • 10M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS
  • 11M² :
  • 11 > 24 KNTS
  • 12M² :
  • 10 > 22 KNTS
  • 14M² :
  • 8 > 18 KNTS
  • 17M² :
  • 8 > 16 KNTS

F-ONE BREEZE

WE HAVE USED ALL THE KNOW-HOW OF OUR DESIGN DEPARTMENT TO OFFER A KITE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR FOILING AND LIGHT WIND RIDING.

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Single strut: Light frame to fly in winds under 10 kts

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Very easy to use thanks to its stability

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Enough power for an early planing

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Great maneuverability for easy transitions and a faster learning process

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2017 will see the release of the tenth edition of the BANDIT! To celebrate this, we have decided to assist it with some other specific kites. These products, which we call “satellites”, are designed to meet some specific demands which are not part of the program of the BANDIT but the BANDIT remains more than ever at the core of our range.

The number of uses and disciplines offered by our sport is quite amazing and hydrofoiling has opened a wide array of new possibilities. The swift development of this new product under our feet requires the development of new kites to optimize the ride.

This is the main reason why we have developed a foil kite last year: the DIABLO. This kite was designed to meet the exacting demands of the foil racers.

This year we have used all the know-how of our design department to offer a kite designed specifically for foiling and light wind riding: the BREEZE

To make your sessions perfect, we wanted the BREEZE to be:

  • Light to fly in less than 10 kts of wind
  • Powerful to enable early planing
  • Stable to prevent it falling from the sky in light winds and let you focus on your riding
  • Able to depower to keep control as this is crucial for foil riding
  • Designed with good control of your speed and acceleration
  • Easy to re-launch even in light winds

DESIGN :

We have decided to save some weight by getting rid of the struts. The BREEZE is therefore a single strut kite. Aspect ratio is reduced to make the kite more stable and limit both acceleration and speed. Its profile is completely new as it needs to deliver both power and control. Depower ability is amazing for a light wind kite. It takes our designer’s knowledge to achieve some depower without altering the profile.

The wingtips are wide which helps with maneuverability, transitions and allows for backward relaunch. We have optimized the reinforcement patches to save as much weight as possible and facilitate light wind re-launch. The kite is compatible with BANDIT kite bars.

The bridle is new as well with 4 fixing points and 3 pulleys per side. The BREEZE is available in sizes of 11m² – 13m² – 15m²

ON THE WATER :

– Foil riding :

The BREEZE feels amazingly reassuring thanks to its great stability in a straight line but also during all kinds of maneuvers.

When riding, the kite seems to reach its maximum speed quite early on and then stops accelerating. This is a real bonus in terms of comfort when one knows the high degree of focus required to control a foil.

It offers an impressive feeling of control and feels very progressive leading to more confidence when riding.

It’s maneuverability lets you place this kite perfectly during maneuvers making progress much easier and faster.

We have chosen the bar pressure to be more firm which lets you take support from it and achieve better balance. Re-launch is made super easy thanks to its light weight and backward re-launch ability, to get out of sometimes tricky situations in light winds.

-Other disciplines:

All the qualities highlighted above make it a great learning kite with a twin-tip. The kite feels very gentle and its constant traction is reassuring.

For surfing, the light weight and maneuverability of this kite make it really efficient for wave riding.

Delta C Shape

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DELTA C-SHAPE technology design offers unmatched stability and steering response when fully de-powered, with the possibility of connecting the front lines higher on the leading edge of the kite.

DELTA C-SHAPE is a patented design used by F-ONE on all kites for the past 8 years.

EVO De-power concept

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The EVO De-power concept is a simple 4 line system with a 4m long Life Line featuring a V shaped bridle with a pulley system on each of the front lines.

This simple system offers complete safety and allows for increased de-power by finely tuning the angle of attack of the kite.

When the quick release is activated the EVO system becomes the Life Line and the kite lands safely on its back with immediate and total power kill.

EVO De-power offers complete control with direct and responsive steering in all riding conditions.

Sheeting the bar in and out is very progressive even with the kite fully de-powered.

Unhooked the kite remains light and very predictable, inspiring confidence so you can progress faster.

Auto Relaunch

auto_relaunch_0Once the kite is sitting with the leading edge flat on the water, its C-shape associated with the Delta Pivot allows the kite to automatically roll over onto one wing tip.
The kite will then glide towards the edge of the window, ready for quick and easy water re-launch.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 11M² :
  • 8 > 22 KNTS
  • 13M² :
  • 8 > 18 KNTS
  • 15M² :
  • 8 > 16 KNTS

F-ONE FURTIVE

THIS KITE IS MADE TO OVERTAKE ANYTHING ELSE ON THE WATER AND BEAT HANG-TIME RECORDS!
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Incredible hang-time

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Maximum traction towards the edge of the window

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Great stability and very accurate bar feeling

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High aspect ratio and reduced arc for maximum power and unmatched acceleration

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New W5 bridle with 5 struts for optimum control and minimum distortion

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2017 will see the release of the tenth edition of the BANDIT! To celebrate this, we have decided to assist it with some other specific kites. These products, which we call “satellites”, are designed to meet some specific demands which are not part of the program of the BANDIT but the BANDIT remains more than ever at the core of our range.

In 2014, Alex CAIZERGUES asked us for some custom kites to beat his own speed record of 56.62 kts. The design brief was to reach a maximum speed by riding over-powered with a 6.5m² on the speed run with an average wind of 50kts… We have therefore worked on a kite with more aspect ratio and 5 struts. But during the development, two things happened:

  • First we were surprised by the enjoyment we had when riding with this kite. This is due to the thrills it provides thanks to its performance (who doesn’t like speed and acceleration…?) but also thanks to its hang-time.
  • Then the foil riders in search for a long distance weapon became interested in this kite and immediately wanted to use it.

After two years of development, the FURTIVE is ideal for long-distance racing, speed riding and hang-time sessions.

DESIGN:

The FURTIVE features a high aspect ratio for high performance and 5 struts to control the profile. The leading edge arc is reduced to develop the maximum of power for a given area.

Its profile has been developed to ensure maximum traction at the edge of the window. Its W5 bridle is totally innovative and brings together the function of a bridle and a 5th line! We have called it W5 due to its W pattern which includes a central line to control the leading edge arc, like a 5th line. It provides perfect distortion control and the central line further helps with the depower of the kite.

On the WATER or in the AIR:

The FURTIVE provides a variety of sensations.

Twin-tip riding:

The kite is stable and the motion is fully under control. Bar feedback is super clear which makes you want to go faster all the time. Get ready, you are going to be willing to over-take anything else on the water!

Performance usually comes with jumping abilities. To improve this aspect, we have worked on the bar feeling, its maneuverability when sending the kite to the zenith and its boost during the jumps. The kite tows you way up and glides very well afterwards. Hang-times records are up for grabs!!

Long distance racing – gun or twin-tip:

Comfortable and fast, this kite is made for long distance courses and provides you with enough control to regulate your efforts during the long runs. Its flying range provides great tolerance to wind variations, especially in the high range.

Going hard upwind feels quite exceptional as the kite gives you the feel of being on an open reach. Its traction is really oriented towards the edge of the window with good support which saves you from pushing too much on the legs or on the back.

When reaching or going downwind, this kite will let you ride at full speed, helping the board to wipe away the sea state.

Foil riding:

To foil at high speed requires a lot of control and avoiding parasitic movements in the kite, especially wingtip flutter. If the kite moves, then you move too and so does your foil which inevitably results in losing control of your direction and balance.

Controlling the distortion of the kite during all flying phases has been the hardest goal to achieve during the development for foil riding but it has clearly benefitted all other disciplines.

Force Frame

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Kites with extended de-power ranges sustain more pressure across the canopy as they experience an increased frequency of use over a wider wind range.

Consequently F-ONE has developed a completely new structure for the Bandit, offering optimized durability with no additional weight gain.

The FORCE FRAME is a solid Dacron structure consisting of the leading edge, the trailing edge and the struts.

This high strength skeleton structure is then covered with lightweight Spy material in the least vulnerable areas.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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W5 bridle system

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The W5 bridle system is is totally new. Acting as both a 5th line and a standard bridle, this is a genuine innovation !

We have called it W5 due to its W shaped layout with its central bridle which controls and totally secures the arc of the leading edge, just as a 5th line would do. It enables the kite to depower uniformly to ensure perfect control of the power.

  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 4M² :
  • +30 KNTS
  • 5M² :
  • +25 KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS
  • 7M² :
  • 25+ KNTS
  • 8M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 15 > 30 KNTS
  • 10M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS