10 years of development with a high level of requirements!
Robert GRAHAM + Micka FERNANDEZ + Raphael SALLES:
200 days of test a year- 70 prototypes - 6000 km on the water!
- A new squarer outline
- Less lateral pull for a new level of comfort
- A smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction
- Speed and acceleration are under control
- An efficient and reassuring stability even when over-powered
- Light and maneuverable while being predictable
- Improved and easy hangtime
The story of the DIABLO is first of all a man story. When F-One decided to start the foil kite program it was only because we were able to collaborate with a state of the art designer and factory from the paragliding industry, namely Mr Gin SEOK SONG.
GIN GLIDERS PARAGLIDING is a leading brand of high end and competition paragliders. The DIABLO was designed by Gin SEOK SONG and then tested and developed by two previous paragliding world champions: GIN test pilot Hans BOLLINGER and the F-ONE designer Robert GRAHAM. They used advanced design and manufacturing technologies that have been acquired through many years of paragliding. The experience of this collaboration has enabled us to quickly build a kite that has already placed F-ONE team riders on the podium of international competitions.
The collaboration between F-ONE and GIN GLIDERS was natural because both the companies and the founders GIN SEOK SONG and Raphael SALLES are driven by the same passion. Passion for their respective sport as well as for high end products and innovation.
The DIABLO was a success right from the first few races as Maxime NOCHER was present on the podium with impressive multiple 1st places.
The performances were of course there but the entire team was also focused on the other features that the kite must also have:
Quality: the choice of the fabrics, the construction, and the high quality controls are direct descendants from high end paraglider production.The need for control is greater for foil kites because the body and bridles are more complicated and demand high precision.
Stability and ease of use: our philosophy is not only to target high performance but also to have a kite that is easy to use for everyone.
Bar feeling: for some riders getting into foil kiting it is a new experience so we wanted to have a bar feeling as close as what they are used to having with inflatable kites.
Handling and turning: the way the kite turns and the bar pressures during the turn are key positive aspects of the DIABLO.
Look: because a high end product should also be beautiful the DIABLO has an incredibly majestic presence in the sky.
It’s quite difficult to quantify all of the design and construction features present in the DIABLO, but when flying this incredible wing you will feel the passion, energy and knowledge that the work of the R&D team have achieved.
Mr GIN, two world paragliding champions Hans BOLLINGER and Robert GRAHAM, racing world champion Maxime NOCHER, top foil riders Romain CASTEL and Joey PASQUALI and our experience: only such incredible competences could enable us to enter the top level of foil kites in such a short time.
Available sizes :
Race Bar Options:
The latest generation of C4 brings a fresh new look along with refinements to each size. We have had amazing feedback from riders all around the world, so what we wanted to offer was a similar kite yet refined for improved freestyle & wakestyle performance. We have fine tuned each size individually offering riders similar performance and feel they have come to know of the past C4 generations. The aspect ratio has been modified throughout the sizes to give the kites a better low end and more solid power during pop and release. We have brought the feel of the entire size range closer together, slightly slowing down the smaller sizes and speeding up the larger sizes for better freestyle riding. The new C4 continues with our Variable Bridle Geometry system, offering two “feel” settings. The system is simple, takes about 20 seconds to change and doesn’t involve adding or taking away any lines. The rider shifts the middle bridle lines up or down on pigtails to change the feel of the kite > Torrin Bright – Ozone Global Team & Test Rider.
Our design goal with the second version was to take the original Chrono’s high performance characteristics and make it easier to use for riders looking for all around ability in any conditions on any surface. The Chrono V2 is more stable and easier to inflate; additionally this model has thicker sheathed Dyneema bridle lines to reduce tangles on the ground. New sizes cover a wider range of conditions to personalize your high performance quiver.
The Chrono V2 is for experienced riders with good kite control skills or previous foil kite experience. It is not difficult to fly, but there are specific techniques required to ground handle and fly high aspect ratio foil kites safely.
Experienced riders will find themselves at home with the Chrono V2. On the water with a Twin-tip the Chrono V2 large sizes are light wind monsters - loads of power, easy to jump and stable. Due to the abundance of power and efficiency, gaining upwind ground is ridiculously easy. In light winds it is impressive how high and floaty jumps can be! When the wind picks up and you are looking for serious height the smaller sizes really shine, no question at all, these are pop and go big machines, just edge hard and send it, too easy!
Riding with a Foil or Race board the benefits are immediately noticeable thanks to the longer lifting period a foil kite gives you during that critical tacking moment compared to an LEI. The combined performance of the kite and these types of boards makes 4 knot riding a true reality.
On the snow the Chrono V2 takes the sport to another level, more power and performance in light winds, extended jump and flight time with a much better glide angle. The improved handling makes it possible to ride in lighter winds just by generating apparent speed, which means you can take a smaller size.
On the land the gains we have made in kite stability mean that you can work on your landboard freestyle moves without worrying about the kite collapsing or falling out of the sky. For buggy riders the improvements mean freestyle or racing maneuvers are easy and more intuitive with smoother coordinated handling.
The Chrono V2 is a closed-cell foil and is water re-launchable, but we recommend that you keep it flying and out of the water if possible! Using the re-launch webbing handle that connects the rear flying lines it is possible to reverse the kite off the water and continue riding. We recommend you practice this technique. An internal drainage channel running through to both wing tips allows any water that may have entered the kite to drain out. The Chrono V2 is not a wave kite and should not be used in waves.
The Chrono V2 will require maintenance just like any high performance equipment in racing sports, for example replacing tyres or piston rings on motorbikes. The Speed System and Bridle Lines must be checked after every 60 hours flying time, if they are worn or are not to factory specifications (+ or - 15mm) they must be replaced or the kite will not perform as designed.
Packed with state of the art technology, the new generation of ultra high performance kite is here: the R1. The R1 was born through radical design ideas during the development of the Chrono.
Design and Performance Features:
THE REO IS AN ICONIC MODEL IN THE KITE SURF WORLD – IT’S RENOWNED FOR DELIVERING OUTSTANDING SURF PERFORMANCE DUE TO BEING SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR UNCOMPROMISED WAVE RIDING. NOW IN ITS FOURTH VERSION, THE REO V4 CONTINUES TO SET THE BENCHMARK IN PERFORMANCE, FEELING AND FREEDOM ON THE WAVE.