The F-One WTF is a brand new kite from F-ONE
for 2018; it’s a no compromise freestyle machine designed
for winners; it’s even in the name: Win The Freestyle!
Returning to a pure C-Shape design, was a
very exciting process for us, we were able to listen to our
top freestylers and work with them and our designer, Robert
Graham, to create the ultimate kite. The goal was to build
them the kite they wanted, not a toned down version for the
masses but the perfect tool for our top riders to do their
The C-Shape itself has always been the best option for making
an easy to control and dynamic kite. To maximise the handling
during intense moments such as loading up for pop and slack,
and megaloops, we utilised a five strut design which keeps
the profile exceedingly steady and gives our riders great
confidence in the kite at all times. We decided to add a 5th
line to help with control, optimise the power and also to
enable them to relaunch the kite quickly with minimal effort.
Freestyle kites undergo unique situations as the riders load
and release, going from full power as they edge to no power
as they fly through the air, that "slack" feeling
is the Holy Grail of a good freestyle kite. The F-One WTF
has superior pop and excellent slack, while we have ensured
the kite is strong enough to handle these intense demands,
especially during high wind kite loops, we have also kept
the weight of the kite down to ensure excellent handling.
Each size of the WTF has been individually designed to match
the conditions they are aimed at. The larger sizes have been
developed to deliver more power and get you planing early;
the smaller sizes are built with a high top end wind range
in mind. This means whichever size you choose; you know everything
has been done to get the most out of the given conditions
on the day.
F-One are offering the WTF in every size from 5m to 15m allowing
you to choose the perfect quiver for you without having to
compromise. The kites are also highly tuneable, allowing you
to dial in the flying characteristics to suit your riding
style. There are three tuning options on the front lines;
these allow you to adjust the kite to fly according to your
level, riding style and the conditions of the day. Three rear
line tuning options enable you to tune how the kite feels
at the bar and adjust the handling too.
At the top level of freestyle today judges are rewarding the
riders who enter the trick at high speed, then pop to massive
heights while being able to perform technical tricks with
fast landings to get the maximum points. The WTF is unique
in that we let you tune the way the kite pops and gives your
slack. By moving the front lines, you can get more or less
power, pop and slack. As you start to reach competition level
you can select the higher power option to ensure you get those
amplitude points, if your level is still progressing then
you can dial the kite down a few notches to make the pop easier
and the slack more forgiving.
F-One tested a lot of different profiles for each size to
get the perfect combination of pop, slack and support. When
working with our designer Robert Graham, the riders were amazed
at how much he could tune each profile and prototype to create
the perfect combination of these three critical aspects to
make the best kite possible.
When talking about the WTF, it is important to fully understand
these three key design elements. Pop relates to the ability
of the rider to unhook and dig the edge into the water. This
allows them to load up the lines and the board for an explosive
launch into their trick.
Of course, once you are in the air you need the lines to de-tension,
creating slack, this allows you to pass the bar with ease,
and the rider can perform tricks without being pulled by the
kite. Lastly, support is an often-overlooked aspect, riders
these days are going higher and further than ever before with
the kite super low. They don’t want to fall from the
sky though, with no support from the kite, so it is critical
that the kite can regain some tension and help them avoid
overly harsh landings.
By working tirelessly with F-One's demanding pro riders and
expert designer and testers, we have created a kite that combines
these three essential characteristics in perfect harmony.
In addition to that, the WTF gives the rider great bar feedback,
an impressive "size tuned" wind range, alongside
excellent handling and turning capabilities.
The WTF when sold complete ships with the new LINX Bar adjustable
from 42 to 35cm letting you further tune the kite to your
desired preference. This bar also comes with a wide chicken
loop to make hooking in and out easy. Safety is, of course,
important, even for the best riders; the 5th line takes care
of this and can be activated even when the kite is in suicide
mode by simply pushing the release.
F-One WTF Main Features:
- Pure C-Shape Freestyle Design
- 5th Line Setup
- 5 Strut Design
- Excellent Pop / Slack / Support
- Ultimate Control
Linx Control Bar:
**Prices shown for kite only - includes bag, pump and repair
Depower Control Bar
WTF Linx Freestyle Control Bar and Lines:
The F-One Linx bar takes all the best bits of the Monolith
Bar and added some great features to create the ultimate connection
to your kite.
The new integrated floats on the rear line
not only offer a cleaner look; they also house the mechanism
to adjust the size of your bar too.
A new One Line Flag Out safety system features
this year and is now the standard for all F-ONE kites. There’s
a high-quality corrosion proof Inox steel hub on the front
lines that allows one line to slide. The first 6m of the front
lines are larger in diameter for durability, and there is
a stopper to prevent the bar from travelling too far away
from you when the safety is engaged.
F-One have also added a manual swivel on top
of the chicken loop this year; it uses a high-quality ball
bearing and is easy to rotate even when powered. This allows
you to untwist your front lines after performing rotational
tricks and is a feature every rider is going to fall in love
The Lifeline safety connection has an added
swivel, so there is no danger of twists affecting the release
of the kite, and the same goes for the leash too. The safety
can be set up in suicide mode for freestyle riders while still
retaining full functionality when the chicken loop is released
as the loop can slide through the Lifeline safety connection
There’s a new Inox steel ring on the
front lines; riders can choose to run the front lines through
this ring to give the kite a short V on the front lines. Or
you can run the lines outside of this ring to have a full
front V. Kites like the Furtive perform better with the full
front V, while the Bandit flies better with the short V. This
feature of the bar means you only need one kite bar regardless
of your quiver of kites.
F-One have retained the ability to tune the
rear lines, so if a line does stretch, you can still tune
the bar so all the lines are equal and the kite will still
The LINX bar features a smaller diameter to
make it comfier in your hands and reduce fatigue and, of course,
we have new fresh colours for 2018!
This bar Freestyle version also comes with
a wide chicken loop to make hooking in and out easy.