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F.One Trailer

Here is a totally awesome trailer from F-Ones Addikt 2. Micka Fernandez and Etienne Lhote the two guys you see in this clip and they are riding with bandit 3 kites. They sure know how to control a kite/ Someone told me that Etienne has been kite surfing for 15 years.

The members in the F One Team are:
Pauline Boussard (France)
Eli Zarka (Israel)
Randy Hereman (Holland)
Micka Fernandez (France)
Etienne Lhote (France)
Mitu Monteiro (Cap Vert)
Alex Caizergues (France)
Raphaël Salles (France)

By the way, do you like the song? It’s The Craftman Club “I can’t get around”.

F-One Bandit 6 9m

Kite Surfers around the world have been waiting for the new Bandit 6 kite. It’s been one of the most popular kites on the market. Although this model didn’t have many changes in the recent years, but there were few individual twists and improvements which were being made this year so that it gives the best to all of its users. This year, the shape of the kite was given a more into “C” form. The canopy has been twisted a little bit more this time so that the wind range can be increased or decreased accordingly to the flutter, as and when the kite is being flown around the window. So to provide resistance at the time of beach launching, Kevlar wear patches has been given on the leading edge of the kite.

This Monolith Bar is a work of art, and is machined from the solid piece of aluminum. It is cut into the required shapes and then the bar ends are connected to the machined pieces. Alloy of 6061 charged with magnesium and silicium makes it stronger and a good resistant one. Now this is being used during the space program as it gives excellent stiffness, resilience and resistance to corrosion. The other step-up is simple and nice which is usually for the F-One bar systems. The chicken loop design has not changed. Over 50,000 loops prepared are on the waters for years. So when they see that its working well they just don’t go for any changes.

As this 9m Bandit 6 is easy to fly it is one of the most favorites among the users. As one starts using different kites it takes little time for one to get use with this one. Once anyone starts to fly around the world with the Bandit 6, they will feel like its old friend, flying with them. If anyone does mistakes in the speed controls of a flying Bandit 6 will helps the surfer immediately in adjusting itself and corrects the speed limit. The kite is so responsive that it will allow you to keep a smile on one’s face even in the waves. When one is on the waves with speed to maneuver it is a spectacular one to watch. One can make the kite loop radical in the way they want it. One should first crank the bar for a fast tight on or can engage it a little less and then can get a more pull and power from the loop. The users will love the short simple bridle of 4 line set-up which has been introduced on this one this year. One who is riding is always welcome and nothing gets into the way, rather anyone can distract him of the job currently in his hands.

Overall about the kite 9m Bandit 6, we can say no better that it is one of the best kites in the market. They are fantastic in the waves, jumping and for freestyling. Bandit 6 is a real do-it-all machine without making any compromise. In 2013, 9m Bandit 6 is a choice or rather a perfect selection for the wave riders.

F One Bandit 5 Manual

Did you buy a second hand Bandit 5? Perhaps are you a beginner with no clue how to set up the kite? don’t worry, here is the manual for the F-One Bandit 5 kite.

To purchase F-One bandit 5 or other kitesurfing kites check out King of Watersports!

F-One Bandit 5

The new Bandit 5 is a kite that offers better performance and better safety than ever before and yet suits different styles and levels. F-Ones goal for year 2012 was not just to offer a new kite, but the best kite for every disciplin and every kite style no matter if you´re an athlete for a total beginner. F-One set up goals before they started to develop their new Bandit 5, namely:

  • Range. To increase the wind range they had to design a kite that could easily power up in low end and still be forgivable in strong gusty conditions.
  • Lightness: To be able to increase the low end range they also had to make the kite lighter.
  • Handling: To be able to position the kite where ever you want instantly, to precise maneuverability during kite loops and to have more responsive and reactive kite even in large sizes are important aspects that all kite manufactures take in mind. So handling was also one of the major goals settings for year 2012.

Improvements for year 2012.

The whole kite is modified in order to achieve the goals stated above. Its profile, its bridles, construction and manufacturing process have been reworked. The structure of a kite is soft and able to twist and deform. Without these performances we wouldn’t be able to turn the kite. So the ability to twist is directly connected to a kite’s responsiveness and manoeuverability, something that F-One greatly improved by a thinner leading edge, a 3-point bridle system and a new shape of the struts. Changes that was made to make the kite more alive and transformable. By reducing the diameter of the leading edge reduced the air volume by 25%, factors that have a big impact of the weight and aerodynamical performances. The lower weight gives a better low end and the thinner leading edge makes the profile more adaptable to strong and gusty conditions, hint better top end.

The F-One Bandit 5 has also become a more comfortable kite when it comes to things such as the inflation time which is reduced. F-One has also constructed a new type of profile which is flatter that is predecessor. The flatter profile curve gives a more aerodynamical shape of the kite and it’s easier to depower the kite in top end while the kite at the same time catches more wind in low end. The sensation when piloting and flying a kite must be precise and the physical effort to do this should be reduced as far as possible to not make steering a physical burden. F-One has worked hard on moving the physical effort more towards the harness to make it more comfortable for arms and legs. The direct bar feeling provides you with information about where the kite is positioned and how much power it has, small things that your brain register while you’re kiting, yet important since you can concentrate more on your body. Each year F-One tests more than 60 prototypes in order to meet the markets expectations and they spend 120 days in the water with each new kite for a coming collection.

Last year we thought that Bandit 4 was the ultimate kite, but apperantly F-One just announced that there were a construction error with the bar and therefor recalled all their sold kites. Bandit 5 do not have this issue with the bar and the kite is improved on all levels. It´s lighter, more manoeuverable and responsive. Other features are:


  • One-pump system (finally’) and the bridles are cleaner and more comfortable to use.
  • Higher aspect ratio provides more lift and stability as well as higher top end
  • Lowered bar pressure allowing a more comfortable kite session and confidence to unhook even when you´re a bit over-powered.
  • The higher aspect ratio gives room for more square shaped wing tips which make the kite more stable and easier to control when jumping.
  • Life line and Auto re-launch for better comfort and safety for the rider.
  • C-shaped kite with 4 lines for ultimate performance.
  • Overall, the Bandit 5 combines important features such as safety, handling, materials, simplicity. Strong features that make this kite top notch!

Delta C-Shape Technology:
Delta C-Shape technology is F-One’s patented design offering great stability and handling response when fully de-powered, with a proven C-shape design that maintains the highest standards in performance.

Auto Re-launch:
Once the kite is laying in the water with the leading edge facing down, the well balanced Delta C-Shape will force the kite to automatically turn over onto one wing tip. The kite will then walk towards the edge of the window, ready for you to re-launch it with hardly no effort at all!

F-ONE Bandit 4 Review

F-ONE Bandit 4 Review

At first sight

fonebandit4F-One released its first Bandit version in 2008, which placed them on the map as one of the biggest international kite brands. They now belong to the top 5 kite manufactures in terms of number of sold kites. A lot of this has to do with the Bandit kite which probably havn’t left anyone unnoticed and the chance that you´ve seen one or flew one is quite big. So lets cut the basics that we already know, more important, how do you make a perfect kite even better? The Bandit 4 is not just a redesigned Bandit 3 kite, but a whole new concept. The profile is changed, the arc of the canopy is different. the kite has 3 struts instead of 5 struts. And the wingtips are more square shaped. Besides the kite has been equipped with trim options, quite an update!

The bar

The new bar is currently still under construction, but it´s confirmed that new moulded aluminium piece is superlight and stiffer than its precedessor. The new chicken loop still has the velcro release but the release handle is now a plastic piece as well as the depower straps. As before the bar is very clean and free from pimped up details.

In the air

As soon as you launch the kite you feel that the 3-strut design has made the kite lighter which in turn has given it even better low-end performances. The lower weight also makes it easier to launch in light wind. The arc profile has been narrowed to make the kite more C-shaped.  This means that the kite turns in a wider arc instead of turning around its wing tip, like a pivot. The wider arc gives the kite a more exciting loop curve.

The Bandit 4 is indeed a kite that gets alive in the air and it feels very lively. The wider loop arc in combination with faster turning allows the kite to loop like a real c-kite. Getting the kite back above your head during jumps is also easy which make smoother landing easier. The wider wing tips catch more wind during turns which increases the turning speed and the bridle doesn’t take away the direct feeling with the kite to much. You would think that the loss of two struts would make the kite less steady in the air, but fact is that the new Bandit version is even more solid and has more stability than Bandit 3. When it comes to performance the Bandit 4 doesn’t make you disappointed, the jumping is crazy and in strong winds it feels like you never will come down to the water again!

The Bandit 4 is a delta kite which means that it is developed to match the professional riders demands of top performance, but the kite is still suitable for beginners considering its easy water relaunch abilities and the stability in the air.


There are not many negative things to say about the Bandit 4, a kite developed to perfection! The little plastic piece that makes up the chicken loop release is a little annoying since it tends to be in the way for your hands sometimes, but other than that, nothing bad at all! We can simply note that F-One once more has done the impossible, to make a perfect kite even better!


F-One Tribal 2 – 13m

tribal 2F-One Tribal 2 is a kite from 2007, a kite that you would think is a bit out of date, but in fact comparable with a 2010 or even 2011 kite. I had a last session today with my 13m F-One Tribal 2 it was then sold to another guy. The wind was light, around 6 m/s and my weight is 187 pounds and my board was a 134 cm twin-tip. Still I was able to ride and even go a bit upwind, then the wind completely died. My friend was riding a 12m North from 2008 at the same time, but had problems to get up on the board.
Anyway, though I didn’t really had a great session and couldn’t really see what this kite can do, my overall impression of the Tribal 2 is that it’s a well constructed quality kite!
The depower seems to work flawlessly, not that I had to depower, but I tried and the kite almost fell down from the sky.



Handling is easy! The bar pressure is light and the kite responds quickly. You would think that a kite in this size would be a bit slow in the steering, but you can turn it very quickly, almost around a pivot. I think this helped me a lot when I was riding in the light wind conditions that I had during my session.
tribal 2 barThe bar is slim and slick and the lines have different colors which facilitates when you rig the kite, no risk for mixing the lines :)


The kite has not a one-pump system. On the other hand does it not take more than a minute to pump up the struts one by one and the stopper ball in the valve works perfectly.

Water-relaunch is not the easiest task. As long as you’re on shallow water then it’s not a big problem as long as you know the technique. I guess water-relaunch on deep water will be harder… I didn’t manage to go upwind so far that I reached the deep water during my session, I can just imagine that it will be tough. What you have to do if the kite hits the water with leading edge down is to either run towards it so it falls backward and then pull one of the steering lines to let one of the wing tips start catching wind, from there you´ll be fine. In deep water I suppose it will require some good swimming skills from the rider.

Don’t have much more to say about the Tribal 2 right now, but if you get ahead of one to a good price, then I think you´ll be happy with your buy =)

F-One Bandit Dos 8m Review

As the title says, this is a review about F-One Bandit Dos 8m.


The Bandit was a new development for F-One last year that utilised a new style of delta shaped kite. The idea being that a delta wing is the most stable and so by incorporating this into a kite you end up with a super stable easy top fly kite. The Bandit was a huge success, very easy to fly and and very smooth and stable in the air. So successful in fact that a lot of other brands started to copy Delta style of the kite. Now F-One have released the Bandit Dos, the follow up kite for the coming 2009 season. They have looked at areas they wanted to improve, such as the wind range and tweaked the kite to give it a more C kite feel. But the good news is they have only tweaked the design, and tried to keep all of the great features of last years kite in this one. The bar is similar too; very simple altough there is a new chicken loop in development that should be ready by the time the kites get to market. The new loop will make hooking in and out much easier as the chicken loop will lock in place when you unhook. The depower throw has also been shortened so it is easier to un spin your lines or adjust your foot straps while flying the kite.


If you never flown a Delta style kite then the first thing you’ll notice will be just how different the look when they are in the sky. The wing tips really arch back and the kite looks totally different to a more traditional hybrid or bow style kite. The wind range on the Bandit Dos has been improved, especially the bottom end, the 8m will get you up and riding a lot sooner than expected, and its small size makes it really manoeuvrable in the air. This makes it amazing for tight turns when you are on the wave, or if you want to send it back in the window quickly for boosting big air. All the stability and ease of use is still there, but the kite has a little more like a C kite in the hands than it did last year. The top end is still there from last year too and with some trimming on the front lines before your session you can get even more out of it. One noticeable change this year is the shorter depower throw on the bar. This means that you can let go of the bar to un-spin the lines without the kite dropping out of the sky. The kite still depowers and falls when you let go of the bar, but it doesn’t do it instantly. This makes the kite very easy to ride but perhaps moves it away from the beginner market a little, but F-One have the Revolt to cover that rider base. Last year the Bandit was the only kite F-One produced, they were so happy with its performance that they didn’t make any other kites, the Bandit was at home in all conditions and disciplines. The same is true this year and while they do have another kite in the form of the Revolt it is aimed at the beginner market. Whatever you want to do with your riding, freestyle, freeride, waves, speed the Bandit Dos is a great kite to do all of them.


Amazing wind range, even better low end than before, simple easy set up with a very clean bar. A very versatile kite that is happy in a wide range of conditions.


Still no one pump, call us lazy but we like it. Other than that though there really aren’t any problems with the Bandit Dos, they have taken a great kite and improved on it.


If you liked the kite from last year then rest assured you will love the improved range and feel the Bandit Dos offers. If you havn’t sampled a delta kite before, you are missing out, give it a try.

Bandit 4 Review

When you thought that it was impossible to make a kite even better, the F-One team released the new Bandit 4 kite! Bandit kites are known for their good low end and water restart abilities. Bandit 4 does not make you disappointed on these points, the low end is still excellent and it’s super easy to relaunch the kite from the water. What is significantly better is the flying skills!

The f-one team has made a thorough review of the earlier kite versions which has resulted in a completely new construction.

The canopy has a higher form, the tips are more square shaped to improve stability in the air and there are only 3 struts which greatly reduces the weigth which in turn gives better low end. Without going into to much techniqual details let’s move on to clear language :)

fone bandit 4 in actionThe kite is very fast in the air, but still under extremely good control. Both turns and motions through the wind window are fast. Some kites lose power during turns, but bandit 4 seems to be able to hold even more power in the turns than the bandit 3 kite, this is a great advantage for kiteloops and when you need that extra lift, for example when you wants to accelerate out of waves.
Furthermore, the kite delivers lots of depower! You notice it already when you launch the kite which can be done on the spot and you will not end up running downwind in an attempt to get control over the kite. While riding on the water you keep the bar at low or mid-low range most of the time and when you need the depower just let go of the bar in its full throw and the kite will lose all its power instantly.

fone bandit ivThe design of the kite is clean and stylish, as always, and you can see from a far distance that it’s a bandit kite that we’re dealing with. A huge F is placed near the middle of the canvas and the Bandit-text is visible on one side. You have shitloads of colors to choose from, which is nice. There are so many kiters these days so it’s a good thing that people have different colors on their kites even if the brand is the same.




Water restarts are super easy! Land it anywhere with the leading edge down and the kite will tilt around its pivot point and more or less automatically rush to the edge of the wind window and fly up in the air again.

bandit 4 2011Jumping has never been so easy as with the bandit IV. It´s like the kite wants you be in the air instead of in the water. Little effort is necessary to make the kite steer at 12 o’clock and lift you up in the sky. Just be sure to keep the bar near your body or you might kill the power if you extend your arms to much, an effect from the extreme depower.

Review of F-Ones 08 bandit kite, 9m and 11m

When someone reviews a kite, the past experiences of the reviewer often has impact on the judgement. One that has been kiting with 4-line kite will probably love a kite with a 5:th line no matter what the kite is like otherwise. One that has been kiting nothing else than Cabrinha Kites will most likely don’t feel comfortable with a c-kite. What I try to say here is that you can’t just read one review and make a conclusion about a specifik kite from that single review, so my tips to you is to read as many reviews as possible about bandit kites, but lets start with review from a guy that is used with a 9m North Rhino -06, a 12m North Rhino -06 and a F-One Tribal.

Over the last two weeks I had the opportunity to ride with a bandit 11m and 9m, both from 08. There are many things to say about the construction, the water launch and the performance in the sky.

Lets start with the construction. The construction has some reinforcement upgrades compared to previous F-One kites. The seams along the leading edge and along the canopy are sewn in a way that strengthen the construction even more that earlier. On top of this comes reinforcements on special vulnerable areas. These reinforcements gives the kite a bit more weight, but it still feels light and far from dull in any way. The line system is simple. The outer lines are connected to pigtails. The two inner lines are connected to bridles forming a v-shaped line set up attached to the leading edge together acting as a 5:th line.

The bar is also simple. Only 3 lines emanate from the bar. The steering lines have f-one bar 2010 editionadjusters which are very handy, just pull and release at optional knot. The 5:th line has also individual knots so you are able to put the kite in different power modes, less or more power depending on which knot you choose.  The little molded plastic piece that enclose the chicken loop is “comfortable” in a way that it allows you to put your hand in the middle of the bar without getting your hand squeezed or scrubed in some way, perfect for one hand tricks. The chicken loop line is quite long, which is a good thing for a person with long arm, like me, but I guess that shorter people might find it a bit uncomfortable to eventually at some points ride with fully extented arms. However, in general, the construction and the bar are great, what about the flying abilities?

It’s blowing about 9 m/s and the 11m kite is launched for the very first time.  I want to try the flying abilities before going out in the water and my first positive surprise is that the depower is top notch! When you let go of the bar and let it be thrown all the way to the top, then the kite pitch forward and loses all of its power. Some kites will drop down from the sky or lose their steering abilites when let go of the bar, but the bandit remains stable in the air and you’re even able to steer it in a controlled way. So far all good, it’s time to rush into the water!

I can easily ride upwind with my 72 kg on a 135 cm board, in fact there is more power in the 11m bandit than with my 12m North Rhino -06. The steering is fast and controlled, faster and more controlled than most other kites I’ve been riding in the 11m class. When it comes to looping, the bandit respondes perfectly when the bar is pulled. The kite loops in an arc which I think is better for kiteloops, compared to some kites that loop more around a pivot point. Once in the air the bandit provides you with long hang time and the kite is still incredible stable. You don’t have to keep your hands glued to the middle of the bar to avoid your hips to twist you in wrong direction. Some kites are too fast in my opinion, faster than their own good. Both the bandit 9m and 11m are fast, but still in a controlled way.

The bandit is excellent for unhooked tricks, such as the unhooked front roll to blind trick. The kite maintains the power needed to unhook at any time and to keep the speed when popping out of the water. When performing a kite loop the kite does not stall or is doubtful during or under the initial state of the kite loop. The kite runs smooth and steady throughout the whole loop. The chicken loop is medium sized, not the large one, still it’s very easy to unhook and get hooked back.
Sooner or later you always crash the kite in the water, when you’re failing a trick or because you’re a bad kiter, with a bandit that’s nothing to worry about. The kite will always land on the leading edge if you’re hooked in when you crash and a relaunch under those conditions is a piece of cake.

The 9m bandit kite has all the qualities already mentioned abobe, but it’s of course faster. And there is much power it the 9m! I can ride my 9m in the same wind conditions where I normally would take my 12m North Rhino. The bar is slightly smaller than the one for 11m, but it just feels more natural with shorter bar to the 9m.

F-One kites are a bit more expensive than many other kites, but trust me, the kite/dollar ratio is high! It’s like you would have the option to buy a boring shitty family car for $5k or add an extra $1k and get a Ferrari, the option is yours =)

Happy kiting and feel free to leave a comment if you have questions.f-one bandit kites

F-One History – Interview with Raphaêl Salles!

Raphaêl Salles is the man behind the f-one kites. What made him to start manufacture kites in the first case? And when did he start to kite surf himself? And what makes F-One kites to the best kites in the world? Read this interview and you’ll get the answers! PS. The interview is from 2002, lots of things have happened since then!

Q: Tell me about how you got into kitesurfing?

A: I was a wind surfer for 10 years from beginning of the 1980′s to 1994, but I stopped the board for wind surfing 94. Then I started to make my own board F-one for windsurfing, F-one custom boards.  I started to leave my town in Montpellier, in southern France, all year long.  And I was not really used to that because before I used to be in work and everywhere. Even in cabarete I came in 88 or 89, I don’t remember. Montpellier is pretty flat, there are no waves, wind is always 15-20 knots, so only light wind. So in 1995, after 10 years of windsurfing I was kind of looking for something else. I looked into the kiting, I tried on the beach and was really surprised about the power you can get from a kite and I decided that I have to try this in the water and start manufacture something. So in summer 1995 was the first time I tried kitesurfing. In 1996 I started to worked a lot on the boards  and I tried many different kites also. Finally I got the first sample to France after 6 months we were able to go upwind and to start jumping and that was really the beginning of the story.

Q: Since when are you building your own kites?

A: We made the first production board in the end of 1997. We did the first kite one year later, 1998. We were doing only foil kites, because at the time I was not very satisfied with the first inflateable kites with lower aspect ratio, they were very slow and not good for light wind. So we started looking into the foil. Last year in august we did another foil and the first inflatable f-one kite arrived in December 2001.

Q: The kites you have on the beach here are from the production?

A: Yeah, these are production kites, here for a test with german magazine.

Q: And they work well?

A: They work very well. Power and prediction is even better than I could dream of 4-5 months ago. It’s incredible, in 2-3 weeks worldwide everybody knows what is good and what is not good. Internet communication is going super.

Q: People tell me that the workman ship on f-ones is really good.

A: Yeah, that’s my priority. The performance, the quality , innovation, all the R&D department is customized. We don’t have a website, we don’t have a catalog. We spend all our money and time into the product.

Q: You have very good products!

A: Yes, we try to be the best. It’s not always easy, because the sport is new. You have new things and fashions every 6 months. You have to do really interesting kites.

Q: How do you like cabarete?

A: I was surprised. The kitebeach is really perfect here, little waves just outside. For me to me for testing its incredible. I can be 18 m2 in the morning going my tests for light wind. and slowly slowly every hour you go down sizes, in the afternoonyou can end up with a 9 m2. You have glassy water,  little waves, You have choppy flat water. Its warm, the hotel here is really perfect.