The North Carve is a powerful, reactive and controllable kite, ideal for carving up a wave face, tucking into a barrel or boosting strapless tricks. Engineered with a stable, lower aspect ratio design for fast pivot turns and excellent drift, the Carve has an extremely direct feel in both bar pressure and steering initiation. Intuitive control - especially when the kite's not visible on a big bottom turn, cut back, or in a barrel - means you can focus 100% on the surf. The Carve has a longer, progressive travel, so feels smooth and responsive throughout the full depower range and when you sheet out, is reactive to the very end.
For 2024, the Carve feels lighter, faster turning and more agile. North have redesigned the whole kite from top to bottom for better drift and more responsive fingertip-light steering. It has a lowered aspect ratio, new panel layout, refined leading edge and profile for more responsive steering and lighter bar pressure, more stable efficient drifting and less pull on the wave face. Improved overall balance with more sweep in the tips enhances drift, so when you're surfing, it glides down the line, waiting for your bar input. The wingtips are lighter, and we’ve introduced a smoother curve and more shape draft back, so the balance is more in the centre of the profile.
A smaller leading edge diameter reduces the pulling power, while added sweep enables effortless roll to relaunch. The Carve is now much more smooth, stable and manageable in gusty conditions. The Carve flies fast upwind and experienced riders will benefit from the kite's impressive power and efficiency. Intermediate riders will find it offers a smoother, more user-friendly ride. Freeride and Strapless Freestylers will love the light reactive steering, longer bar stroke, improved hangtime and catch for rotations and softer landings.
Instant Depower On / Off:
Powerful, reactive and controllable, short travel provides instant drift.
Direct Pivot Steering:
The Carve's responsive two-stage arc design helps the projected aspect ratio and span from getting too high, and enables tighter turns without excessive amounts of power.
Evolved Slack Line Drift:
For a statically balanced, stable kite that resists nose diving.
Medium Aspect Sweep Design:
Allows more area in the centre of the kite for efficiency and makes the kite easy to roll off the water during relaunch.
Surf Tough Construction:
Dacron reinforcing on the canopy down the full length of the struts and exo-skeleton.
Large Leading Edge Diameter:
For a rigid, stable kite frame which requires less inflation pressure, allowing you to ride a size smaller