Star Kites Taina V8
£727 – £1,123
In its 8th generation, the Taïna is our best seller. After eight years of refinements, we’ve created the ultimate wind machine to satisfy all styles, all levels, in all conditions.
All in all, the Taïna is a perfect all-terrain kite with special performance for the waves, using this kite will keep you stoked during your endless sessions.
The Taïna reacts very well to bar input, can be steered one-handed, and has a very precise feel allowing riders to position the kite anywhere in an instant. The kite’s excellent depower gives riders the option to surf with or without kite power. There is no need to look at the kite to know where it is allowing riders to completely focus on the wave.
This all-round beast turns sharp, jumps high, has incredible grunt, and catches well during mega-loops. Due to its great depower, sending the kite in overpowered conditions without losing your edge is easily achieved. Its power delivery is exponential giving the kite a superb vertical lift.
The Taïna has incredible upwind performance and the ability to fly on all points of sail. With small wingtips, a big projected area, and only 3 struts, we have achieved the highest power to drag ratio making the Taina a top competitor for racing on water and snow.
The Taïna’s performance also excels in its user-friendly characteristics. Its profile is shaped in a way that makes the kite virtually impossible to stall and re-launches effortlessly. Due to the Taïna’s total depower ability; this kite is very safe and easy to use.
Since 2014, we’ve had the Taïna 17 meter in our collection. This size gets riders going in as low as 6-7 knots of wind! We made sure the turning speed and feel stayed similar to the smaller sizes. In 10 knots this kite will have you ride fully powered and offer incredible hang time.
With over 200 windy days a year, our test centre in Cabarete demands a kite that can last in surf wipeouts, heavy shore break, strong winds, school use and very frequent sessions. To satisfy this demand, we’ve gathered the best canopy material, one pump system/valves, and bridle lines currently available in the trade.
The 8th generation Taïna 2019 comes in 4 colour options, kite bag, and repair kit.
LIGHT WIND (T14 & T17 only)
Because the practice of our sport in light wind does not require the same kite characteristics than the other wind range, the Taïna 14 and 17 were developed in the idea to extend the low ranges of the kites. We first changed the complete shape of the kite by adding another strut to keep the kite rigid and bring more stability. We opted for a non-pulley connection for a more direct feeling and more reactivity.
In the first years of the Taïna, with our idea to develop the kite as light as possible we removed the one pump system and the reinforcement that were useless for light wind. As not only light wind riders but also the heaviest of us are using the 14 as a freestyle kite, we decided this year to add the necessary Dacron reinforcement for this type of use. The proven effectiveness in light wind added to the demand of a one pump system by most of our customers, the 2019 Taïna 14 and 17 models received our single inflation system.
(based on a 75 kg rider on a 135 twintip)
17 M = 6 – 14 Knots (with single inflation system)
14 M = 8 – 18 Knots (with single inflation system)
12 M = 10 – 22 Knots
10 M = 12 – 25 Knots
9 M = 16 – 30 Knots
7 M = 18 – 35 Knots
5.5 M = 23 – max Knots
- School / All-round / Wave riding
- New school Hybrid
- Clean and Simple Bridle System
- Heavy duty one-pump System
- Customizable bar pressure/kite feel
- Direct on-demand steering
5.5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 LW, 17 LW
Orange/Yellow C1, Cyan/Orange C2, Green/Yellow C3, Blue/Pink C4