“People” by Ozone: Torrin Bright, Product Manager and test rider

Torrin Bright, Ozone’s product manager and test rider, joined the brand as a 19-year-old in 2009. A competitive kitesurfer in course-board racing and freestyle, the New Zealander began as a kite tester working with Ozone founders, Matt Taggart and Rob Whittall. Through several roles, he worked his way up to product manager about five years ago. Based in Tauranga, New Zealand, he is responsible for all Ozone’s expanding line, ranging from kites and twin-tip boards to a new range of hydrofoils.

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“PEOPLE” BY OZONE: TIBO DOS SANTOS, FOIL AND BOARD DESIGNER

Tibo Dos Santos, Ozone’s foil and twin-tip designer, joined the company in early 2017. He lives and works in New Zealand, where he designed Ozone’s first twin-tip boards in his garage in Tauranga. When Ozone asked him to build a kitefoil and board, he upgraded the workshop.

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Ozone Team Rider Overbeek Lands Podium Place at GKA Big Air Hydrofoil Worlds in Spain

Dutch teenager Jamie Overbeek seized the second podium step at his first Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Big Air World Championships final in the hydrofoil division in Spain. The Ozone Big Air team rider, just 16, landed a series of stunning, high-flying tricks in the climactic head-to-head battle in the kiteboarding mecca of Tarifa. Overbeek switched […]

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“People” by Ozone: Dom Zimmermann, head of design

Dom Zimmermann has just been elevated to Ozone’s head of design. After years working side-by-side with Ozone co-founder and legendary design chief, Rob Whittall, Zimmermann has assumed the mantle and now has the onerous responsibility for all the kites and wings in the ever-expanding range. The 41-year-old German splits his time between Switzerland and Mauritius, where consistent breezes, the big waves of Manawa and One Eye, and turquoise butter-flat lagoons provide ideal conditions to develop and fine-tune Ozone’s new offerings. The Indian Ocean island also affords Zimmermann the opportunity to switch-off by indulging his passion for nature. Its roads and hills make a perfect training ground for the endurance cycling races in which he loves to compete in Europe.

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“People” by Ozone: Jamie Overbeek, Big Air team rider

Ozone’s Big Air team rider, Dutchman Jamie Overbeek, just captured the European Woo record with an astonishing jump of 34.6 meters. The 16-year-old hit new heights on his 7m Ozone Edge V11 during Storm Eunice, when winds gusted to a mind-bending 60kts at his home spot of Workum, Netherlands. During a shooting trip to kiteboarding […]

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“People” by Ozone: Axel Mazella, 3x Kite Foil World Series Champion, 3X European Champion and Ozone product tester

French kitefoil racer and Ozone team rider Axel Mazella just had a stellar 2021 season, winning the KiteFoil World Series and the Formula Kite European title, both for the third time. The 24-year-old was also just pipped into second place for the coveted Formula Kite World Championship crown by French team-mate Théo de Ramecourt. On […]

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“People” by Ozone: Simon Burner, tester and assistant designer

Simon Burner, 19, is Ozone’s newest team member. The Austrian-Swedish teenager joined Ozone in early 2021 as a tester and assistant designer in the kite and wing division. A kiter since his earliest days, he has family ties to the brand and the industry. Barcelona-based Burner is an accomplished kitefoil racer and wingfoiler of note, which make him ideally-placed to learn the ropes and forge new boundaries in the business.

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Kite Surfing Utopia

Punta Luna Surf Lodge – Northern Peru 7-17 September 2021 Who’s up for a spontaneous wave kiting dream trip away from it all? (was the header of Marc’s email and news post in August..) After having canceled two years worth of epic trips and much seeked wave clinic coachings – we’ve had enough… we’re going […]

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IMPORTANT Ozone Click-In Loop – Harness Loop recall

Dear Ozone customer, we have found a small number of stainless steel parts from a recent production batch may have a manufacturing issue that can cause rust and eventually part failure. The stainless steel part is located in the Harness Loop assembly. In the event of the part failing, the kites’ flag out system will […]

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Ruben Lenten A True Inspirational Legend…

The time had come to pack the bags and head out on an adventure again, just to see if I could still do it. After two years of recovering from my ankle injury and the world pandemic putting things in a new perspective, I was ready.    Ready to dive into the unknown, ready to […]

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Jamie’s New 31.4m Record In The Netherlands

A name that is starting to make the rounds in the international kiteboarding community is Jamie Overbeek. Ozone big air rider and being only 14 years old, this Dutch up and comer holds the record for the highest jump in The Netherlands at the height of 31.4 metres. He’s also the youngest rider to hold […]

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Winner Of The #myozone Custom Kite Contest Gets Airborne

The competition has ended and Patrick, the new lucky owner of this amazing custom kite, had the opportunity to get into the water and show off his dream kite on the beach. How cool is that? We spoke with Patrick about his experience; Hi Patrick, congratulations on winning the #MyOzone custom kite design contest. How […]

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Custom Kite Design Competition

WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM KITE LOOK LIKE? We are living through extraordinary times and, from the Ozone team, our primary concern is that you all stay safe, healthy and somehow connected to the sport we love the most. While many of us cannot kite, we want to give you the opportunity to use your creativity […]

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Infinity Kiteworld Review

KITEWORLD magazine gives our light wind twin tip model, the Infinity V1 a raving review. Their test first appeared in their issue #101 released in September 2019   KW TEST TEAM NOTES:  If you’ve watched our video review of the Torque twin-tip, you’ll know how much we think of Ozone’s welcome entry into the twin- tip market. They […]

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The Kiteboarder Buyer’s Guide

The Kiteboarder Magazine has just released their 2020 Buyer's guide: Ozone started out as an innovative paragliding company staffed and owned by snowkiting enthusiasts. The natural transition into kites earned Ozone a highly respected reputation in snowkiting and eventually followed into kitesurfing. With unique practices such as product cycles based on innovation not model years and made to order […]

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Punching The Edge

At the first sign of strong wind, Swedish team rider Patrik Cedergren lept at the chance to unpack his new 8m Edge V10 and set off on a boosting mission…he was not disappointed! Reaching a top height of 23m, his Woo recorded at least 16 of his jumps were over the 18m mark with some […]

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Len10 Talks Loops

A snippet from the Kiteworld Mag's issue #100 These things I know section where Ozone brand ambassador Ruben Lenten discusses life, love and loops: Ruben Lenten is kiteboarding’s most well-known rider, famed for pushing the limits in the strongest winds and inventing the megaloop. He also instigated events like the Red Bull Megaloop Challenge and drove […]

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Silver For Nico!

ANOC WORLD BEACH GAMES 2019? – KITEFOIL Congratulations to team rider Nico Parlier for claiming silver at the 2019 World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar. This is a fantastic come back for Nico having been plagued with injuries throughout the year. Nico sailed into the final from the first round and put up a strong fight in a […]

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Congratultions Julia!

Ozone Poland's Julia Damasiewicz put on a fantastic display of strength, determination, and skill at this year's ANOC World Beach Games. Racing her heart out across the stunning Doha backdrop in Qatar and giving the unstoppable Daniela Moroz a good run for her money, keeping on her toes in a killer final.  Full results here: awbgqatar.com The 2019 World Beach Games, […]

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Kitefoil World Champion

The dramatic finale of the 2019 Kite Foil World Series took place off the coast of Poetto Beach, in stunning Sardinia over the course of four days (2-6 October) With all eyes set on team rider Toni Vodisek winning the title having exploded to the top of the rankings by winning the first three stops, an unfortunate accident […]

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