Beat this Cabrinha!
Beat this Cabrinha!
When it comes to all-round performance the new Ozone Catalyst delivers in every category. Designing a kite as versatile as the Catalyst is no easy task; it has taken the design team over a year of testing equally well in all the sizes and aspect of the sport. The all-new Catalyst is a complete redesign but in the process we have retained the essence of the previous model that made it a favourite across the world.
For freeriders the all-new Catalyst is a kite that continues to please no matter what you choose to be doing on the day. The smooth power delivery and refined handling allows you to relax and enjoy the ride. All you have to do to feel the “spice” of the Catalyst, is send it to enjoy the pop and hang time on offer.
The Catalyst is an amazing Freestyle starting block with its open C shape and square tip design, offering a subtle C feel without being as aggressive as the C4. From your first unhooked moves through to handle passes and kite loops, the Catalyst delivers confidence-inspiring performance allowing you to push your limits.
In the waves the Catalyst is a predictable performer. The refined handling, de-power and float offer time to ride the wave rather than having to continuously fly the kite. It has a higher aspect ratio than the Reo so it is not as dedicated to wave riding but still delivers awesome wave riding performance.
As as entry level kite the new Catalyst is the perfect choice. It is easy to ride and fly and can take you from being new to kiting all the way to advanced riding if you want. The easy flight characteristics, simple re-launch and progressive de-power means you can progress quickly and safely.
If like me you want a kite that can really “do it all” to a high level, then look no further. The Catalyst’s pulley-less, three strut design, open C shape, refined handling and bar pressure offers endless performance and satisfaction to a very wide variety of riders.
Please don’t take my word for it, take a test ride to believe that this is not hype…
Enjoy the ride!
Design and performance features
Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Both the 2011 and the 2012 version of the C4 might feel great, but perhaps more or less the same… what are the changes? We have compared the 2012 C4 with the 2011 version, both in 9m
In 2010 the C4′s entrance on the market was the big surprise.
Ozone proved that there is clearly scope for development in the concept of C-kite’s
Usability, balanced feel and a long range made the C4 from the first release a favorite among many kitesurfers around the world.
Freestylers loved the C4, but also c-kite oriented riders investigated the Zone C4, and the response was overhelming!
For 2011, the Ozone C4 taken care of feedback from 2012 and the low end in the larger sizes increased, allowing more power that was equal to the expectation.
There is also in the 2011 C4′s an addition made to the bridle allowing to switch between a hardcore wake style and more freestyle / freeride setting.
In 2012, Ozone still found some points that they found the C4 could improve.
We have 2012 C4 once scrutinized and flown to good and fair to see how the C4 for 2012 differs from 2011.
While all that was flying the kite seems deeper than its predecessor.
On closer inspection reveals indeed a few inches added to the depth of the kite.
The C4 is in its third round! Ozone has received feedback for the Ozone C4 2011. Riders claimed that the freestyle performances were overwhelmingly while Ozone decided to keep the new version pretty much similar – except for some small improvements.
The wakestyle and freestyle features is actually further developed and thus distinguishes the 2012 Ozone C4from the 2011 model. Apart from bringing the 2012 C4 a new fresh design.
Each size of the C4 has been individually optimized. The small sizes have become a little slower and the larger sizes have gained more agility, allowing Ozone C4 improved features and a better low end for the large sizes.
The variable bridle geometry is maintained in 2012. It is characterized by two different trim options, and thus two different “feel”. One for grunt and freestyle version and one for freeriding. The system is very simple, there are no attachment points and it takes an average of 20 seconds to adjust the bridle pigtail by pushing it up or down in order to change the feel of the kite.
The C 4 2012 comes with a new “school setting”, which is a little heavier and which gives a more direct bar feel. The kite is held in this setting when unhooking and position the kite a bit deeper in the wind window, enabling more powerful load up and more pop – perfect for new school, and wakestyle. For this setting the pigtail will be tied as long as possible to the middle bridle.
The freeride setting is characterized by a lighter bar feel and greater depower capacity, perfect in the waves or for just cruising. For this setting, the pigtail is positioned as close as possible the attachment point on the leading edge.
|Ozone C4||Kite only*||Complete*|
|5m²||895 €||1304 €|
|7m²||990 €||1399 €|
|8m²||1025 €||1434 €|
|9m²||1065 €||1474 €|
|10m²||1110 €||1519 €|
|11m²||1150 €||1559 €|
|12m²||1200 €||1609 €|
|13m²||1240 €||1649 €|
|15m²||1320 €||1729 €|
* With stable bag, compression rubber repair kit with manual, stickers, key ring and the kite spares with 2012
** Contact bar system, stable Kiterucksack, pump, and the same content as Kite only
Detail Photos of Ozone C4 2012
The REO is designed purely for waves and surf board riders, this is a dedicated wave riders kite.
What is the criteria for a wave kite I hear you say…. Well, we and our riders think it needs to have fast handling, float down the line, good relaunch, megga de power and plenty of power to get you back up to the lineup. The REO is the result of more than a year’s development.
We wanted to create a kite that was versatile in all aspects of wave riding…so if you wanna park & surf or loop it down the line, hooked or unhooked, the REO is designed to deliver in all these circumstances.
The Reo has been a blast to develop. It has involved all of here us here in the Ozone HQ, Hugh, Torrin, Matt and myself but also our close friends, Pagie, Armie and Dave Edwards.
Together we have chased waves all round the North Island of New Zealand, all in the name of “testing”. It was a labour of love. Love of the ocean, love of being out there and of course a love of the waves.
Between us we have a range of different styles and experience and this has helped define the Reo. Torrin is a force to be reckoned with in the waves, flat out pro rider that has no fear and pushes the limits strapped or unstrapped. Dave Edwards is a strapless monster no matter how big and gnarly the conditions, very impressive to watch. Pagie is a ripping surfer turned kiter and rides accordingly! Armie has been on the wave charge since the beginning, he is a fearless strong rider no matter what is thrown at him. Matt, Hugh and myself are what I would describe as “Having it” but with less experience than the others however we are still pushing ourselves hard.
The Reo is not my baby, it is a piece of all of us and I think that is why we all love it. We have come off the water so many times just buzzing and raving about the kite and our sessions. It has fuelled our passion for wave riding and helped us push our abilities to new levels.
So what is so good… Well, I would describe it as an extension of your body, this kite can be flown so many ways but it delivers outstanding performance no matter what your style. Hooked in it can float down the line effortlessly, it’s quick precise handling means you can put in the right spot and just ride the wave as hard as you can. If you slack line it, it still floats rather than falling out of the sky, it just drifts back and you have time to compensate and get the lines tight again.
If you like to move the kite a lot then it responds just perfectly, fast and direct. Unhooked it leaves you with nothing to do, the drift is perfect so all you got to do is concentrate on the next lip or section you are going to bosh.
I could go on but it’s better you read the reviews otherwise it is going to sound like a sales pitch and I would hate to sound like that. As with all Ozone products we like you to decide for yourself rather than believing us.
With the experiences and developments of the 2010th construction Ozone c bring the Edge to a still higher level. By the fact that the Edge gets by now with only 5 Struts weight was saved and the sail flexibility was raised, this results in a quicker Handling, reduced restate, improved elevator and better achievements on cross and space wind course.
Edge 2011 construction and achievement qualities
As its predecessor of the Light XC in 2009 and 2010 Catalyst comes the Catalyst in 2011 remains without Pulley. Result: a clearer Feeling of the kite. As has been in 2010 is the Catalyst in the sizes 4,6,8,10, 12 and 14m available. The Catalyst has a one pump system.
Ozones prime objective for the 2011 C4 was to take the existing freestyler shooting star 2010 C4 and refine the easy handling and its lightness. Ozone present in this year the new variable geometry bridle. Simply put: the C4 2011 trim options are different. The settings are very much like the 2010 c4, but the bridle system is powered up to give even more direct action, perfect for freestylers.
The System is very simple, it takes no more than 20 seconds to add or remove lines to set desired modification. The rider moves the attachment point of the medium-sized horizontal line pigtails up or down to get the correct feeling for the kite.
The C4 has characteristics as for a C kite. It’s fast, direct, intuitive and with great unhooked performance. Combine this with huge depower capacity and the possibility of backline relaunch and you have a great allround kite for freestylers, waveriders and cruisers.
Since 2000 Ozone has become one of the world’s largest Kite-manufacturer. The brand has roots in the field of paragliding which has helped Ozone to become one of the most successful manufacturer worldwide. Ozone Kites are manufactured in factories located in Germany and they don’t leave them without a thorough check. High quality and persistent materials with precise work are combined. The news on the market for year 2011 are the following kites:
The successor to Ozone’s Bestseller is here: the C4 2011 is like its predecessor an open C. The construction and the shape of the kites are actually “classic C Style”: no Pulleys, just tips. However, the C4 is a bridle-supported kite and thus has a very generous wind range and great depower capacity that cannot be compared with conventional C Kites.
With the experience and developments from the construction of Edge 2010 have Ozone taken the new Edge to a higher Level. The fact that the Edge now with only 5 struts, has lead to weight savings when superfluous materials have been removed at the same time as the foil flexibility has increased, the result is faster handling, reduced resistance, improved elevator and better services to cross and wind window.
From its predecessor, the Light XC in 2009 and 2010 Catalyst, comes the 2011 Catalyst which still remains without pulleys. Result is a clearer feeling of the kites. The Catalyst is designed for drivers, which prefers a simple kite both for free riding as well as for waves.
The successor of the great 2010 light wind kite from Ozone. Like its predecessor, one if the main objectives when designing this kite was weight saving, so that the kite really get going easy. This high performance profile caused, in addition to the great lowend also great upwind properties.
The latest Baby of Ozone teams: a robust, cheaper and easy to use kite surf training kite.