MISH Watersports Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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MISH Watersports Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

MISH Watersports is excited to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. “We are proud to do business in Escanaba, and extremely thankful to all of the customers who helped to make our first year a success.” said Rick Elrod, Co-Owner of MISH Watersports. “With the popularity of our kayak and stand up paddle board rentals at the Escanaba Beach last year, we are looking forward to another great summer on Little Bay de Noc.”

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2016 Liquid Force Envy Kite Review

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2016 Liquid Force Envy Kite Review

Welcome to our review of the 2016 Liquid Force Envy kiteboarding kite

Today we are riding the 9 meter version of this kite and we are really loving the added performance Liquid Force has added to this kite.  The Envy has been around for a long time but if you have ridden a version of this kite from a few years ago you really need to give this kite another look as the 2016 version is light years ahead of where this kite was just a few years back.  

Because they have the super beginner friendly Solo in the lineup Liquid Force has been able increase the speed and performance of the Envy a bit while still keeping it super user friendly.

2016 Liquid Force Envy 9 meter

The Liquid Force team took a little lesson from the WOW which has a super thin leading edge and decided to make the leading edge and struts on this kite just a bit thinner than they were previously.  This helps give the kite better upwind ability, better top end and better lift and float on the jumps than it had before.  The WOW does very slightly beat out the Envy in all of those categories but just by a hair.

The Envy still has a pivotal turn but it is much less pivotal than the WOW and you will notice that this kite generates a nice amount of power in the turn or loop.  It is still not overly aggressive like a C kite but this kite will give you a nice smooth pull when downlooping or redirecting the kite.  This kite is still great for beginners but if you see yourself trying to progress more on the freestyle side of the sport you should definitely go with the Envy.  It is great for unhooking and throwing massive kiteloops as well.

This kite is also an excellent kite in the waves.  Most wave kiters will prefer the more pivotal turn of the WOW but some dedicated wave guys and gals prefer a kite with a bit more power in the turn so if that is you go for the Envy as your wave kite.

2016 Liquid Force Envy Review

We recommend leaving both the front bridle and the rear bridle on the middle setting that the kite ships on.  The kite was designed to be ridden on this setting so unless you have some quirky preference for how you want the kite to perform we suggest you ride it on the stock setting.  

The middle knot on the rear bridle is labeled regular and we recommend using this setting in lighter winds up to medium winds.  We recommend using the furthest knot from the wingtip for medium winds up to the higher end of the wind range of this kite.  We recommend that you use this knot for most of your riding with this kite unless you are feeling a little bit light on power.  Go back to the middle knot if that is the case.  We do not recommend the knot closest to the wingtip in any scenario as this makes the kite more prone to back stalling in light winds and in high winds you can not absorb the gusts as well and sometimes have too much float when coming back down to the water from a jump.

This kite goes upwind great but not quite as much as the WOW.  The fact that it sits just a touch deeper in the window gives it a great feel when you unhook for freestyle or wave riding.  It also helps give the kite a little more slack in the lines after you jump which is great if you want to get into trying handle passes.

Relaunch on this kite is excellent as well.  The Solo does slightly beat out the Envy in this category because it only has one strut but the Envy gets off the water super quick still.

The tradeoff on this kite is that it has a less pivotal turn than the WOW and Solo which is great for freestyle and aggressive freeriding but not the style of kite that most riders will prefer in the waves or for laid back cruising and freeriding.

2016 Liquid Force Envy Kite Review

If you are looking for an all round kite that you can start out with as a beginner and take to the top level of the sport in any direction you choose to go.  Waves, unhooked freestyle, big air and freeriding than the Envy should be your choice 

If you have any questions about this kite shoot us an email mish@mishwatersports.com or call us at 515-999-MISH (6474)

Thanks for check out our review of the 2016 Liquid Force Envy.  

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Video Review - 2016 Liquid Force WOW Kiteboarding Kite

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Video Review - 2016 Liquid Force WOW Kiteboarding Kite

Welcome to our review of the brand new 2016 Liquid Force WOW Kiteboarding Kite.

We have been riding the 9 meter and 12 meter versions of this kite a lot and we are loving this kite.  This kite drifts really well and and is extremely stable in the sky.  

It almost as light in the air as the Solo but not quite since it still does have 3 struts.  The leading edge is extremely extremely thin which reduces weight, makes the kite more stable in light winds and makes the kite zip around through the wind window faster!

The 3 standout characteristics on this kite are the turning, jumping and top end of this kite

The kite  is very pivotal in the turn which means that it does not generate much power when you turn or loop the kite.  This makes freeriding, strapless surfing, kiteloops and downlooping the kite extremely easy and manageable.  This makes this kite perfect not only for wave riding but for all round cruising and working on those kiteloops and downloop transitions.

The extremely thin leading edge makes this kite boost the to the moon!  It is the highest jumping kite out of the Liquid Force lineup and it has insane float on the way down.

The top end of this kite is insane.  you can ride the 12 meter in as light winds as the 12 meter envy but you can really push the top end of this kite.  The super thin leading edge helps you use your board to edge off the power when you are riding overpowered.  We have ridden this kite in 25 knots with no problems.

All Liquid Force kites go upwind really well and out of the bunch the WOW points upwind just a hair better than the Envy and Solo.  This is due to the super thin leading edge.  It is actually the same reason that this kite has such good top end.  When you really sink the edge of your board in the narrow leading edge quickly zips beyond the edge of the wind window allowing you to crank upwind and kill the power in your kite instantly

All of the Liquid Force kites have way above average relaunch.  Both the WOW and the Envy relaunch super easy but the Solo does slightly beat out these two kites in this category.  You will still be able to get your kite out of the water super quick but it will maybe take a couple seconds longer than it will take the Solo to get up out of the water.

2016 Liquid Force WOW Kiteboarding Kite Review

The knot options (or tuning options) you use to attach the steering lines to the wingtip are a bit different than most kites.  If you attach the kite to the regular knot in the middle you will notice that the kite will backstall if you pull the bar all the way down to the chicken loop and keep it there. This is intentional and definitely not a design mistake.  What this does is allow you to sheet the bar all the way in and then really crank the kite into a turn which will cause the kite to rapidly backstall into a turn.  This type of turn generates zero power and is a nice option to have for some strapless surfers who prefer that feel.  That being said most riders will prefer the way the kite performs on the knot furthest from the wingtip.  The kite still produces minimal power in the turn or loop and it performs and feels way more similar to the way you will be used to other kites performing.  If you are using a twin tip and using this kite as your all round kite don’t even consider the middle knot and we even recommend using the furthest knot from the wingtip for most people surfing as well.  

The tradeoff for this kite has to do with the type of turn it makes.  This kite does not have much power in the turn which is not the feel that most riders prefer when unhooking.  You can still unhook with this kite but if unhooking is a really important part of your riding we recommend that you go with the envy.  Obviously this kite is good in the surf but for general all round riding, jumping, boosting, spinning tricks, and big air tricks this kite is insane!

If you have any questions about this kite shoot us an email mish@mishwatersports.com or call us at 515-999-MISH (6474)


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Welcome to MISH Watersports

Mish Kiteboarding

MISH Watersports is a premier water sports rental business offering stand up paddleboard rentals & lessons, kayak rentals and kiteboarding lessons. Derived from the Ojibwa word “Mishigamaa”, meaning great water, MISH strives to provide visitors and residents with a unique and memorable way to experience our plentiful natural resources with watersports activities. Owners Jarred Drown and Rick Elrod are water sports enthusiasts who have a strong desire for community growth and saw the need for access to watersports activities on Little Bay de Noc.  With 211 miles, Delta County has the most freshwater shoreline of any county in the nation. 

Although kayaking has been a popular watersports activity for quite a while, stand up paddleboarding and kiteboarding are fairly new sports and are an excellent way to spend some time out on the water. MISH is excited to promote these activities and looking forward to getting people out on the water.

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