North Rebel 2013 (13) Water Relaunchable SLE Kite >>
North Rebel 2013:
North Kiteboarding Trust Bar 5th Element Control Bar Features:
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The North Rebel 2013 is the definitive free-ride universal kite. The 2013 Rebel still remains North’s flagship kite, combining all the ingredients you need to cover a huge wind-range, rip apart any size surf, boost huge airs and ride comfortably in nearly all conditions. It is quite simply North's best interpretation of what a modern free-ride/wave kite should be and it’s really no mystery why the Rebel is THE most sold kite ever.
The Rebel boasts a huge wind range, the widest available from any of the North Kiteboarding line up. Huge hangtime and lift, fantastic upwind performance, fast turning, direct feeling, easy handling, responsive steering when depowered and a short depower stroke giving you total control in harsh conditions. The 2013 Rebel perfectly combines power and handling to create the perfect kite for “hooked” riders looking for their perfect wave and freeride partner.
2013 Performance Improvements:
Upwind the Rebel is outstanding, still used by some of the North race team on the World Tour for course racing! For 2013, the Rebel incorporates a new strut concept, which combines the responsive turning and softer feel of three strut kites with the superior stability of a classic 5-strut design. The front sections of the struts feature an increased diameter towards the leading edge and then taper towards the trailing edge of the kite.
This radically reduced diameter leads to more flexibility while the front part of the struts remain super stiff and strong for great stability. The flexible back section of the strut allows the kite to twist over the entire profile when sheeting in and out.
As a direct result, the kite is able to generate better low end and a more responsive turning. In order to improve top end, North flattened the canopy profile towards the tip and quarter struts of the kite. This also gives less drag, less luffing and less flutter.
The 2013 North Rebel remains a loaded 5th line kite, offering its most acclaimed performance attributes like a short bar stroke, crisp, direct feeling, rock solid stability in all conditions, and it’s unique ability to steer while depowered.
The square wingtip design maximizes the effective tip area, makes the tips less prone to distortion and fluttering while steering and gives the Rebel its new stylish and modern appeal. Super clean tip panels account for greatly improved, ultra smooth turning and easy handling that remains smooth even in over-powered conditions.
This year the North Kite Design incorporates a new strut concept, which combines the responsive turning and softer feel of three strut kites with the superior stability of a classic 5-strut design. The front sections of the struts feature an increased diameter towards the leading edge and then taper towards the trailing edge of the kite. This radically reduced diameter leads to more flexibility, while the front part of the struts remains super stiff and strong for great stability. The flexible back section of the strut allows the kite to twist over the entire profile when sheeting in and out. As a direct result, the kite is able to generate better low end and more responsive turning.
Size Specific Tuning:
Size-specific tuning ensures that the big sizes feel crisp and lively and the small sizes feel forgiving even in blistering wind. The Rebel also features a simple back-line adjustment to tune it for greater or lesser bar pressure to suit your desired feel. As with all North kites, the 2013 Rebel is built to last utilizing our proven construction methods and the highest quality materials like our exclusive Teijin D2 canopy fabric.
Whether you're ripping apart waves, getting huge lofty jumps, or just blasting around on flat water, the 2013 North Rebel is a stylish 5-line all-terrain freeride / wave machine that gives you an unmatched "connected" feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions.
The North Rebel has become famous for it's direct depower, smooth, predictable turning, even when depowered and a short bar stroke. For 2013 this year is no exception! Flutter-free wingtips have greatly improved the smoothness and consistency of the Rebel's turning. This smooth turning combined with optimized canopy profiles that are highly resistant to back stalling provide seamless power delivery ideal for surfing. Improved bar feel and de-power in the small sizes means even more comfortable and accessible top-end so you can keep having fun even when the wind gets nuclear.
Loaded 5th Line Design:
The loaded 5th line design, in addition to providing safety, gives the Rebel its short and aggressive power stroke that is up to 30% shorter than bridled kites.
This means huge range and top-end comfort
on those super windy days and the ability to instantly turn
the power off and on at will as you link your turns down the
The new back-line “V” attachment distributes the load of the back-lines on the kite for a solid bar feel and, together with the new bungee system, eliminates any line snags during re-launch.
The North 2013 Rebel’s unique steering sensitivity and smoothness have also been improved by implementing a straight segment in the leading edge for an ultra clean, flutter-free canopy near the tips that keeps you connected and in-tune to the kite’s every movement.
Adaptive Tips >
For 2013 the Rebel will feature the new “Adaptive
Tip”. In recent years, there has been a trend leaning
towards more reactive kites with even lighter sheeting forces
than in the past. Such kites are really comfortable, lively
for wave riding and offer more forgiving kite loops because
they pivot around the wingtip. However, comparison tests have
shown that North team riders and testers actually prefer kites
with a harder bar feel because they offer better feedback,
precise steering and more dynamic turning, which in turn creates
The new “Adaptive Tip” allows users to easily change the sheeting force and turning performance through a simple back pigtail adjustment, allowing you to customize your kite to your desired style and feel:
At the same time, this more complete ability to luff in the center of the canopy gave all sizes a smoother, less draggy feel. North were determined to keep both the good depower and crisp feeling in the 2013 Rebel, but thought that staying with a four-strut design, while fine for most riders, was too close to the edge for some.
The answer was to move the quarter struts slightly farther from the centre – thus enlarging the luffable center area of the canopy and to place a straight strut in the centre position.
Combining the wider luffable centre area of the canopy with the extra leading edge support from the fifth strut gave North, in short, the best of both four and five strut worlds.
From testing, and from observing some other kites on the water, North knew that having too few segments through the centre part of the kite – the part that has the most curve in the arc – has undesirable effects on canopy profile shape. Therefore, North knew they didn’t want to use single-segment geometry through the middle of the kite. However, nearer the tips, where the arc of the kite is normally not so curved and where flat canopy profiles are desirable because of their resistance to fluttering and flapping, the single segment approach makes sense.
The other change in overall geometry can be
found in sizes 9 to 12. In those sizes we carried over the
geometry found in Rebel sizes 14 and 16. The result is a crisper
feel, better depower and greater resistance to overflying
and nose-diving in those sizes.
Since North were looking for softer, less aggressive- feeling small kites, they reasoned that flatter profiles, which “pop” less when sheeted in, might be the way to go. This is exactly how it turned out.
A 7 percent reduction in profile depth at the centre of the canopy gave a softer feel, and a further reduction of about 8 percent gave an even softer feel. Interestingly, this overall 15 percent reduction in profile depth did not result in less low end power.
Line Attachments >
Most obvious is the change to a “V”
attachment for the back pigtail. This has two benefits: (1)
it permits a better, cleaner relaunch bungee design, and (2)
it gives a more solid bar feel when the bar is pulled in for
Cam Battens >
CamBattens give the kite two key advantages: Lower drag at normal angles of attack and better profile stability at low angles of attack! At normal angles of attack, the CamBattens keep the shape smooth and stable along the front part of the canopy.
Aerodynamic theory tells us that this is the most important part of the profile for generating power with low drag.As you let the bar out to de-power, the wind tries to collapse the front part of the canopy and push the kite back.
CamBattens resist this by keeping a full, stable shape near the leading edge, allowing the kite to fly at lower angles of attack for more depower. Combine the CamBattens with Trim Tips, the new tip geometry lets the kite tilt even farther, and de-power to the maximum.
All of this gives the North Rebel 2013 a very direct feel on the bar, better low end performance due to reduced drag, and a much wider wind range. On the water you will notice that the wind just seems a lot smoother, with less holes and gusts.
Another change can be found in the chord wise (front to back) seams of the canopy. Where these in the past have been more of a “butt” type of seam they are now the stronger and smoother overlap seam. The improvement can quickly be seen in a canopy that is more wrinkle-free than in the past.
The Difference Rebel
2012 V Rebel 2013:
Whats the same and
Size Specfic Tuning:
1.) Sizes 10 to 14 have been tuned for short bar stroke and a maximally crisp feel.
Tolerant of Sub-spec Inflation:
2013 Rebels work best when inflated to 6psi, but they still work fine at 5 or 4psi. By contrast, many kites on the market these days need 8 or 10 psi to fly correctly.
Segmentation Rib Configuration:
Leading Edge Diameter:
The overall geometry remains the same because the Rebel's unique combination of arc, segmentation and strut configuration gives good stability, power, depower and flutter resistance. Multiple segments through the center of the canopy give good profile fidelity, while one straight segment on each side gives a flat profile where it can do the most good in resisting unwanted luffing and flutter. Five struts give needed structure while allowing for good performance at low inflation pressures.
Power vs. Depower
Luffing and fluttering occurs most when a kite is overpowered, or when it is turning tightly. In both cases, the feeling of the bar is one of vibration and imprecision. Reducing luff and flutter gives the bar a smoother and more precise feel.
New Strut Shape:
Tunable Bar Pressure:
Bar Pressure and Turn
The new Rebel has a beefed up leading edge construction that allows for more durability at high inflation pressures. Frankly, one of the big advantages inflated kites have over ramair kites is relatively high inflation pressure. Pressure gives better shape stability and responsiveness to bar input. Being able to pump to a higher pressure has no downside. Other details, such as scuff pads that cover stitching and improved Lazy-Pump valves help ensure the Rebel is built to last.
New Arc in 5 Metre:
**Prices shown are kite only - includes bag and FREE PUMP**
Complete with FREE North PUMP and Sandbag:
Depower Control Bar
So far I have been out on the 9 and the 12m, both moderately powered.
The kite has more reinforcement where it needs it and oozes the North solid build quality. I flew the kite both on the 2012 bar and the 2013 bar, this year's bar really does feel a great deal lighter and enhances the whole flying experience.
In the air, the Rebel is solid with no flutter through any redirection at all. There is quite a big change in the flying charachteristics on last years, a fast kite accelerating to the edge of the window and is unbelievably smooth in getting there.
Other key qualities of the Rebel have remained with full steering while de-powered, really simple re-launch, loaded 5th line safety, huge floaty jumps and big wind range.
The first noticeable difference with the 2013 5th element control bar is the weight, metal parts have now been replaced by lighter weight materials and it really shows a difference. I'm quite shocked by how it make the flying experience better.
The bar addresses a few of the gripes I had with the previous incarnations, the first being that it is now really easy to use the rotating head of the iron heart to unspin the lines after a lot of rotations. Previously this was nearly impossible to do on the fly and the worry was that the 5 line would not move freely. They have also given the 5th (or mini 5th) a channel through the new vario cleat, meaning it can't get jammed in the cleat another winner for me!
So have you ever had to replace the de-power line in the trust bar before? Only an Allen key needed! The new removable bar insert looks as though it will be a lot kinder to the de-power line which should increase it's life also.
You have probably read about the clever new bar ends and the new way of changing the line lengths inside the bar ends. It is really easy to alter the bar width with the kite in the air, really useful if the wind picks up and you want a less reactive kite to work on a particular trick. I did even manage to change the line lengths with the kite sat on the water, no more pulling the floats to get the the adjustment knots.
This has to be the most engineered bar on the market, what else would you expect from North!
I was lucky enough to have a pre-launch play
with the new Rebel 2012. This year I have been using (and
loving) the 2011 model so the new model had a lot to live
Really simple, 2 knots, 1 for more bar pressure
(or the same as the 2011 kite) and one for lighter bar pressure.
When I got back on the '11 Rebel earlier this year, the first
thing that hit me was the bar pressure, I soon got used to
it's not to many people's taste. This new feature on the kite
actually works and gives a noticeable change in bar pressure.
For me the heavier bar setting will be used for freestyle
and free ride sessions, and the lighter bar setting will be
the mode of choice for race board and wave sessions.
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