The 2009 RRD Obsession is the only SLE kite in the RRD line.
Here is what RRD have to say:
"We keep considering a freestyle kite “out of the 4 line C-shape box". The new trendsetter in speed and progressive smooth power in all areas of the flying window. Perfect for kiteloops and waveriding. The Obsession 2009 is based on the type 9 2008 with revised shape, Tips width and outline design. The result is an even more stable kite, faster in the big sizes and slower in the small ones, with and incredible amount of power and easiness to ride “unhooked". The KWPT world tour 2007 winner Seb Garat from an initial scepticism on the type 9, has found the perfect tool to express himself at the highest level of freedom and performance in freestyling. So considering that from his first ride he feels the new Obsession 2009 as the perfect weapon for all the Upcoming Pkra Contests, this is the real warranty about the performance delivered by this new kite!"
FEATURES: Stability, More Low end Power, Progressive de-power, Medium Bar pressure, Unbeatable turning speed.
TECHNOLOGY: New moulded struts protectors, New PVC Inflating valves protectors, New SPS system with a new designed inflating valve, Insignia double tape leech, PVC round label strut end protectors, Metallic PU strut end reinforcements, DP 175 LL Dacron and T ejin T9600 Canopy
Twice World Champ Seb Garat says: "The new Obsession is an Evolution of the Type 9. Of course it’s a freestyle Kite. And it’s also the best for Waveriding. The Obsession has a Supported Leading Edge that gives this Kite an amazing depowerability. It turns fast, and that’s is good for the big Sizes like 15 and 12. This year comes a new Size : 10,5. This is the Size that will fit most of the conditions. This size give a good power, and you can keep it up to 25 – 30 knots. The smalls sizes are a bit slower, so they have a perfect manoeuvrability. Thanks to this Kite, it’s possible to make all the New School Freestyle Tricks. With the perfect setting, you have nearly the same feeling than a C-Kite. The Water re-launch of the Obsession has been improved from the previous Type 9, as the Leading edge is slightly inspired from the Delta Shape. The Obsession is going to be my weapon for all the Upcoming Pkra Contests. And for sure this is the best Kite for people who want to ride a lot unhooked, for Freestyle or Waves"
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