Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

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Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby kynan » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:36 pm

I was down in Corpus Christi, TX a little over a week ago and had the opportunity to try out a friend's new board. Brokite boards are built there locally. I know one of the owners (a little), Jerry Hartung, since I used to live in Corpus. I'm not affiliated with Brokite in any way...other than launching by Jerry's house and using his compressor to pump up my kites from time to time. Not sure why but just never tried one of his boards before. Overall - WOW!

These are handmade boards using a foam core and carbon fiber wrap. Their site has tons of specific on the construction if you're interested. http://www.brokite.com

construction/finish - there is clear attention to detail. The lines are smooth, the paint looks good. it felt bomber; really rock solid. The graphics are a little bit boring for my taste...although I do like the bright green and orange.

shape - very concave bottom that reminded me of an OR Mako (much more lively feel than the Mako though). tips are quite a bit narrower than the middle. pretty good amound of flex in the tips.

weight - a little lighter than my SS Lunacy but not as light as a skywalker (i didn't weigh it...just based on feel and experience)

pads/straps - I am very picky regarding pads/straps. I currently have LF Luxury pads and SS straps - best combo I've found so far. I'm not sure what kind of pads/straps were on the brokite board...but they rocked. Excellent grip, good cushion and tons of arch support - probably my favorite combo that I have ridden yet (not counting my LF/SS frankenstein).

Performance - I rode the board in very powered 11m conditions on a combination of extremely flat to pretty choppy water (I could have been on my 7m). I didn't get a chance to ride it in the surf - that's where my friend said it really shined.
grip: I found the board to have amazing grip on the water; maybe because of the concave bottom. It was very hard to get it to skip out...and when I forced the issue, it only skipped a couple of times and then hooked right back up again. way powered downlooped toeside and heelside carves were super fun.
speed: Compared to my lunacy, the Freeride handled both chop and speed much better. I've never ridden as fast as I did on that board without feeling like I was going to come loose. the narrower tips kept water completely out of my face (one of my big annoyances with wide tipped boards like the lunacy).
jumping: the Freeride flexes at the tips and definitely loads up well. soft landings. nice feeling in the air.
upwind: it was hard to tell since I had so much wind. a 2x4 would have gone upwind. I consider my lunacy to be an exceptional upwind board. Way better than my SS SX and LF Element; not as good as my spleen session. The brokite freeride flew upwind and made it feel really smooth; it felt like I could take almost as good of an angle as I could on my lunacy....of course, i'm very use to the lunacy.

Overall - the brokite Freeride is an amazingly smooth board. It seemed to do everything well. It has a lively feel with a good amount of flex, jumped/landed well and cut through chop like it was nothing.
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby Robert » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:58 pm

I've seen these before, they might have been discussed in this forum, I forget. The construction techniques look high quality, and I have no doubt it is fun to ride, but my main issue was what they look like. Seems shallow I know... But for a $699 board, which is hundreds more then I've ever paid for a board in 5+ years of kiting, I'd expect the board to not look like it was made in my neighbors garage.

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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby kynan » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:12 pm

board prices have been going up and up. I'm pretty stuck buying used boards (or end of year closeouts) at this point as most are now $600-800 new.
I will say that the pic doesn't do it justice...much better looking in person....but I would still go for more aggressive or interesting graphics - no arguement there.
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby PMCD » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:14 pm

Robert wrote:I've seen these before, they might have been discussed in this forum, I forget. The construction techniques look high quality, and I have no doubt it is fun to ride, but my main issue was what they look like. Seems shallow I know... But for a $699 board, which is hundreds more then I've ever paid for a board in 5+ years of kiting, I'd expect the board to not look like it was made in my neighbors garage.

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i suggested these boards to Vin a while back when he was looking for a new board( when isn't he looking?) Vin did not like the look of them either. Last Saturday while I was recovering Vinny's North Jamie and actually tripped over his board and lost my North Sky Pro too. Both boards were floating bottom side up about 15 feet away from me. I looked at both of them and asked myself "which one is uglier?". It was a tie. North graphics leave a lot to be desired. I bet North is glad at least Vinny and I aren't "shallow". ;)
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby rjajr » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:56 am

These boards are incredibly fun to ride, responsive, lively, smooth....but I will let the review speak for it's self.

Don't like the color? I can only answer this one way. When you are fishing for your board in swells the last thing you want to do is try to pick out some pretty blue and white board in the surf as you approach the impact zone. Personally I like to be able to see the board. These boards are made by kiters for kiters and that is why they are bright and easy to see, simple as that. When you ride one of these boards, you will think they are beautiful in no time.

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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby rjajr » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:44 am

New look for 2012, just an FYI.

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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby bustingbladder » Tue May 01, 2012 10:07 am

Maybe new look but not design! This is a copy of the old Jimmy Lewis design. Notice pictures below and the design/ shape. Once again nothing new here, just another copied design. Well ok they sanded the corners a little more... :roll:

Penxa used to make this design in his garage back in 04. It was and still is one of the best boards I own! BTW, JP fix the rail on that damn thing and get it back to me!
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby Jruffing » Tue May 01, 2012 10:48 am

it says custom carbon board... duhhhhhhh no boards say that! hence newwwwww
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby huili88 » Tue May 01, 2012 5:27 pm

I was from chicago where Wes Hanson one of the owners and shapers of these boards ride in the summer so I have had the pleasure of riding one of these. They are solid most of the locals around the midwest have one which they all prize as one of their favorites. I know they are not much to look at but the proof is in the ride. Im not much of a reviewer it just felt good thats all plus this is such a subjective thing you just have to try it. I would have one if I didn't put off selling my current boards for so long. BTW check the buy/sell section of chicagokitesurfing forum in late summer Wes usually puts a few at close out prices. PM him if you pay for shipping I think he would let you demo one.
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Re: Review - BROKITE Freeride 134

Postby stringy » Wed May 02, 2012 7:47 am

make all the comparisons you want, but the coolest thing I find about this board, without even riding one yet, is that it was made right here in the USA.
Yes Slingshot makes their boards here too, but most boards come from either SE asia or europe.
I have a friend in the gorge that rides one of these and he loves it. Next time I ride with him, I'll take it for a spin and let you know what I think.
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