Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro Model board

21 08 2008

What do Alvaro Onieva, Petr Tyushkevich, Bruna Kajiya, Karolina Winkowska, Rui Meira, Gonçalo Gomes and Steve Verelst have in common?

All of them are top riders and they ride the Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro Model (AOPM).

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro

Since Balance doesn’t pay the riders to use their board, why are all of them using it?
The reason has to be one… the board must be very good. We wanted to check how true is that.

Balance is a company dedicated exclusively to the development of kiteboards. Working directly with top riders (mainly Alvaro Onieva) and after a lot of research and prototyping, they have created the Alvaro’s Onieva Pro Model.

In 2008 the board is available in 2 sizes, 129×39cm for lighter riders and 133×39cm for standard riders.

Board Shape and Construction

Balance uses the following technologies in the construction of the board:

  • Eternal Ride Constrution: Flex and pop till you die. A whole new era on board construction.
  • Diamond Surface: Precious and extremely durable construction resultant to shocks and abrasion,
  • Anvil rails: Simple, effective, responsive, unbreakable,
  • Helium Core: weightless perfect trimmed flex contour, high effective core
  • Precisison tips: accurate pop, perfect float after landings. Unique innovative construction ensure unbeatable response on continuous changing conditions.
  • Orbitual Concave: designed by aeronautic labs, ultimate response

Summing up; the board is made of the latest technology and of the finest materials.
The core has a woodcore strip, providing strength, combined with airex and quatriaxial fiber layers, high density ABS on sidewalls and stainless inserts.

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro

The outline of the board is what we call a classic outline, simple, clear and efficient. The board is 133cm height, 39cm width in the middle and 26cm width on the tips.

The bottom has an elliptical concave, from one tip to the other, with 0.5cms in the center.
The boards comes with 5,5cms G10 fins that provide extra grip and help the board to go upwind

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro Fin

The graphics on the board are simple, but for us the simple is beautiful. It has graphics with pop cultural icons, from Marylin Monroe to Bruce Lee to Geroge Bush.
“Kill your idols”.

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro

Pads and Straps

The pads that come with the board are the from Dakine, with all the quality of Dakine products.
Boost Footpads are comfortable and they transmit the direct feeling of the board. Control Footstraps are not adjustable. For some people it might be a disadvantage, but the truth is that once you adjust them to you foot size, they are very good.

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro

On the water

We tested the board in several conditions, from flat water to 1.5 meter waves to choppy water.

The board performance is impressive; it performed very well in all these conditions.

Balance guys made a light, accurate, controllable and comfortable board.
Whatever is your riding style, excluding wave riding, Balance AOPM fits on it.

Bradley Kerr

The accurate flex provide impressive pop, It’s a jumping machine! Landings are very soft and smooth.
AOPM is very fast, carves well and doesn’t send you water to the eyes while you are riding it.

It’s a real pleasure riding this board in choppy water, the rails are like razor blades cutting the chop.


Now we understand why pro riders are ridding these boards for free.
The board is a freestyle machine, with huge pop and perfect for landings. Besides, it is a very balanced board, very comfortable, planes very early and it has a good upwind.

All these qualities also make the AOPM an excellent board for freeride that will perform very well in all kinds of situation you might face.
It’s a highly addictive board! ;-)

Balance Alvaro Onieva Pro

One thing is sure, Balance guys made one of the best boards ever.

For the 2009 season Balance will not make improvements on the board, they will just add two more length to their range, 135 and 137 cms.

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PKRA France – Race

17 04 2008


Leucate, France, April 15, 2008 – The 2008 PKRA World Tour – Mondial du Vent 2008 had another particularly successful day for the course racing event. The mandatory skipper meeting started at 9:30 am while the first race got underway about an hour later. Two races were held in the morning, under bright, sunny weather with gusty winds packing a speed of 16-20 knots creating 2-ft swell rolling through the beach. Deciding what kite to rig turned out to be a complicated but critical decision for the competitors. Racers were seen rigging from 9 meters to 12 meters with most finally going out on the waters on 10 meter kites.

Another two races were held later in the afternoon after a 2-hour lunch break which provided the much needed respite the racers needed. Wind shifts created a problem for some of the competitors which made the event a bit more challenging.

“It was a problem for everyone, as everyone was in the same boat, but it worked to my favor at one time, and that was really good,” said F-One racer Denzil Williams of United Kingdom. Williams is currently in ninth position.

There was a 10 to 15 minutes gap between each race, after the last competitor has crossed the finished line. Each race took about 17 to 20 minutes for each racer to finish. The race organizer decided to go with the same course throughout the day (windward, reaching, reaching, upwind with a downwind finishing line) which made the race a bit more interesting and tricky for some of the racers.

Speaking on one of his races, Williams added, “My start wasn’t so good. I actually tacked to early. On the upwind buoy (first buoy), I was actually first place but I made the biggest mistake of my whole life when I had it on the wrong buoy next.”

So after eleven races, it looks like the North team still dominates much of the race both in the men’s and women’s division. Sean Farley (North, Mexico) is still ahead of the pack with 8.2 points with two second-place finishes today (6, 2, 2, 4). His North teammate, Charles Deleau (France) finished the last three races in first place (2, 0.7, 0.7, 0.7) which gave him a 7.5-point lead over Sami Gali (Best, Spain) who is still in third place overall and was trailing him by only a mere 1.8 points lead yesterday.

Herve Kerneur (France) inched one notch up the standings and is now in fourth place (4, 5, 5, 2) while another North racer Dirk Hanel of Germany (3, 6, 6, 5) managed to climb up two notches to number five overall after two French riders and F-One teammates Raphael Salles and Mickael Fernandez failed to compete in today’s races.

Jose Alarcon (Takoon, Spain) also managed to improve his standings to number seven overall by finishing 3rd in the third race (5, 4, 3, 6) and now has a 3-point advantage over Fernandez who dropped to number 8. Denzil Williams (F-One, UK) and Cristobal Gomez (Cabrinha, Spain) swapped position from yesterday to 9th and 10th places respectively rounding up our top ten finishers for the day.

In the women’s division, North racer Steph Bridge (UK) is still at the top after being the first woman to cross the finish in three of today’s four races (0.7, 0.7, 2, 0.7), widening her lead to 6.5 points over closest rival Gina Esteva (Best, Spain) who now has a total of 13.4 points. Estava has a record of 2, 2, 3, 2 in today’s races. Fabienne D’Ortoli (Cabrinha, France) is still in third place overall with a record of 3, 4, 0.7, 3 with an accumulated total of 21.4 points.

Tomorrows forecast isn’t looking good but as the past days have shown, the weather in Leucate is unpredictable and anything can still happen. There were winds practically every day since the tour event started and everyone is hoping for another wonderful day tomorrow.

Men’s Race Results (After 11 Races – Today’s Points in 4 Races)

1. Sean Farley (North, Mexico) – 6, 2, 2, 4
2. Charles Deleau (North, France) – 2. 0.7, 0.7, 0.7
3. Sami Gali (Best, Spain) – 0.7, 3, 4, 3

Women’s Race Results (After 11 Races & Today’s Points in 4 Races)

1. Steph Bridge (North, UK) – 0.7, 0.7, 2, 0.7
2. Gina Esteva (Best, Spain) – 2, 2, 3, 2
3. Fabienne D’Ortoli (Cabrinha, France) – 3, 4, 0.7, 3)

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Tuva Jansen: Votada n.º 1 – Surf Diva

4 03 2008

With a charging style that gets her out in surf when many would shy away, Tuva is the pioneer of women’s wavekiting. Tuva Jansen has earned the respect of the pro men, not an easy thing to do. She likes to kite the waves like she surfs, using the power of the wave.

When I first met Tuva Jansen I knew her as a super-cute, young Norwegian girl living in Cabarete, Dominican Republic with a group of equally cute, young Norwegian girls. Every night the Norwegian posse would be out tantalizing all the locals with their perfect skin and cute rifling of the English language. I never thought any of them were serious about kiting and would amount to anything in the kite world. Wrong. While her friends were more attuned to the Cabarete night life, Tuva was dedicated to getting on the water every chance she had. In a short amount of time the young Norwegian princess turned into a queen of the kite world.

Since her early days kiting in Cabarete, Tuva has racked up a list of accomplishments that equals or exceeds almost all other women kiters today. From becoming one of the fastest women on the water (who even beat many of the guys,) in the early days of speed kiting, to being one of the first women to venture out in the heaving waves of Lakey peak, Indonesia (a spot previously reserved for only the bravest and best of the male-dominated kitesurfing world), Tuva has become a bit of an unsung hero in the world of women’s kiting. From Cabarete cutie to trailblazing lady, Tuva Jansen is the most exciting woman to watch in the surf. —Alex Jowett

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 5’7”
DOB: 11/01/81
Hometown: Heggedal, Norway
Current residence: None, just traveling around and looking for the perfect place to settle down one day
Sponsors: Takoon, Cebe, Helly Hansen, Prolimit 

Tech out: “I ride with the Takoon Enova kite; I mostly use the 5 m2 and the 7 m2 for the waves. Really fast and easy for the waveriding. I use the normal bar which comes with the kite. It has a long depower line, and that is something I like for the waveriding. It also works very good unhooked. I use two different boards, one is the Takoon surfboard Burn, and the other one is a 5’6” surfboard that I have put inserts on.”

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“There is only one girl I have ever enjoyed watching and that’s Tuva Jansen.” —Jeff Tobias