Test Riding the new Duotone Neo SLS 2023

NEO SLS 2023


As an experienced rider for Pacific Watersports, I have had the pleasure of testing the Duotone Neo SLS 2023 kite in various conditions. Based on my personal experience, I can confidently say that this kite is a game-changer in the world of kitesurfing.


 Construction and Design

The Duotone Neo SLS 2023 boasts an incredibly strong and lightweight construction that delivers insane drift, turning speed, and wind range. This kite is designed for wave-riding and foil-boarding, making it an excellent option for riders looking to take their skills to the next level. The Neo SLS 2023 features Penta TX and Trinity TX technology that combines to create a super-light and durable kite that weighs up to 15% less than regular kites. This makes the kite incredibly responsive and easy to manoeuvre, even in the most challenging conditions.


Turning Speed

One of the standout features of the Duotone Neo SLS 2023 is its turning speed. The changes to the struts have substantially increased the turning speed, both under load and when sheeted out. This means that the kite is incredibly agile and easy to turn, even in the most challenging conditions. I have found that the kite is incredibly responsive to rider input and can turn on a dime.



Wind Range

Another benefit of the Duotone Neo SLS 2023 is its wind range. The low end of the kite starts with the 9m at 15 knots and the 10m at 13 knots. This means that you can use the 9m Neo for most conditions and still have enough power to ride in low wind. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a wider wind range, the 10m Neo is an excellent option.



I have found that the Duotone Neo SLS 2023 is an incredibly versatile kite that performs well in a variety of conditions. Whether you’re riding in light patchy winds or in onshore conditions, the kite stays in the air and can still turn in less wind than the SLS. This means that you can ride in conditions that were previously challenging or impossible.



In summary, the Duotone Neo SLS 2023 is a top-of-the-line kite that is perfect for riders looking to take their skills to the next level. With its incredibly strong and lightweight construction, impressive turning speed, and wide wind range, this kite is an excellent option for anyone looking to improve their wave-riding or foil-boarding skills. I highly recommend this kite to anyone looking for a high-performance kite that is both versatile and easy to use.

Feel free to contact us if you are keen to demo or purchase one! We are always down at the beach at Yorkeys Knob in the afternoons.


Duotone Unit 2023 – Wingfoil

Duotone Unit 2023 – Wingfoil

Duotone Unit 2023

The wing we’ve all been waiting for! As soon as the team at Pacific Watersports and I  opened one of these wings up down the beach it was instantly turning heads. One of the big improvements for 2023 is the new canopy material Duotone have added to all of their wings. The new material is clearly much more heavy duty, resulting in better tear resistance and creating a more solid and rigid all- round feel.


Build Quality

With riders pushing it harder than ever before, build quality has been a big focus for all of the big wing brands in 2023. The Duotone Unit 2023 is no exception to this. They have added the new canopy material, beefed up and strengthened the areas around the solid handle system (that features on the Duotone Unit 2022 and 2023 wings) and added a thicker Flag-out handle for better control and durability.


There’s no doubt we have seen significant changes to all wings over the last few years. Being a very new sport, we have seen massive improvements to performance every year and there’s no doubt Duotone are at the forefront when it comes to research and development. Yet again Duotone have set the standard with their new Duotone Unit V3. The more rigid construction has added such a positive feel to the wing. The new Unit also tends to want to fly more into the wind meaning it has much better upwind performance, with a little less pressure on the back hand. Over all this wing is truly suited to every level of rider. It has plenty of power down low for learning, but at the same time it’s a jumping flagging machine. Well, I hope you found some of the information in this article helpful or interesting. If you are looking to purchase or demo any of the latest equipment, simply give us a bell on: 0466914200 or email us at info@pacificwatersports.com.au

Duotone Unit 2023..
Wingfoiling Yorkeys Knob

Pacific Watersports Kayak Turtle Tour – Palm Cove

Pacific Watersports Kayak Turtle Tour – Palm Cove


Palm Cove – Home of the Kayak Turtle Tour

Have you been to Palm Cove yet? Or are you planning to go there soon?  Palm Cove is rated one of Far North Queensland’s top destinations.  Fringed with beautiful palm trees, golden beaches and warm tropical waters.  Palm Cove is the perfect location to jump on the  kayak turtle tour and explore neighbouring tropical reefs that extend out from close by Double Island. Here you will have close encounters with marine life such as green turtles, hawksbill turtles, rays, and lively schools of fish.  Pacific Watersports Kayak Turtle Tour is the perfect way to experience this.


Double Island

When you get to Palm Cove, one of the first things you notice when you look out on the ocean is a striking two peaked island called Double Island. Double Island has a huge coral reef that extends out from it about 1 kilometre from the actual island.  To get to the reef, we head off from Palm Cove beach on the Pacific Watersports Kayak Turtle Tour and within about 20-30 minutes you are literally right on the reef.  We call this reef Double Island Reef.


Double Island Reef

Once you arrive on Double Island Reef, thats when the fun begins.  This reef is home to a large number of sea turtles and other marine life such as blue spotted lagoon rays, shovel nose rays (commonly known as the shovel nose shark), eagle rays, reef sharks and reef fish that congregate around the coral reef. One the Kayak Turtle Tour we spend a good amount of time exploring the reef and spotting marine life along the way.




Double Island North Side

After exploring the south side of Double Island, it is well worth checking out the north side. On the Kayak Turtle Tour, we do this most of the time, unless there is a wind blowing from the north.  Usually the weather somes from the south east, so the north side offers glassy flat protected conditions. Here you will find rugged coral beaches, a lime stone cave that is accessible on a low tide and massive coral formations that can be snorkelled on the tour if the visability is good.


The Resort Beach

The resort beach is where we like to pull up and spend some time chilling out.  On the Pacific Watersports Kayak Turtle Tour, we take you for a tour around the island and show you quite a few cool surprises.



After all is said and down, exploring Double Island by kayak is a must do Cairns activity if you don’t mind some low pace exercise and want to connect with the nature in Cairns.  Truth is, most people in Cairns have never actually been to Double Island.  When they get there, they are usually blown away.  I’m sure you will be too.  Check us out and come on our tour.  You will love it!


Wing Foiling Cairns

Wing Foiling Cairns

Wing Foiling

Wing Foiling

Wing foiling, wing ding, the wing thing – whatever you want to call it, it is the latest craze in the world of watersports. Basically it’s an inflatable wing/kite that you hold in your hands to catch the wind. There are no lines connecting you to the wing, so it’s a lot less complicated than kiting. It’s also a lot safer to learn on you own. In saying that, a couple of lessons will go a long way and make the learning process a lot more enjoyable and a lot faster.


Advantages and disadvantages compared to kiteboarding

The big advantage it has over kitesurfing is that you can flag or neutralise the wing and ride directly downwind. This is a massive advantage when riding waves as you don’t have to worry about keeping the kite in front of you to prevent it from falling out of the sky.

With a wing foil wing, you simply flag it out about your head and focus more on the actual wave its self. Gusty conditions are also a lot easier on a wing as you don’t have to worry about the wing falling on the water and not being able to relaunch it.

The great thing about kitesurfing is that you can do a range of different disciplines. You can foil, twintip, surfboard and much more. The kite also allows you to jump to incredible heights, which simply are not achievable on a wing. For me personally, I use the wing if I want to go for a foil and the kite if I want to have a freestyle session.


How do I get into wing foiling?

The best way to get into wing foiling is to contact your local school/ retailer. They will be able to give you all the advice you need when it comes to lessons and getting the right equipment for you. There are a lot of different shapes and sizes when it come to wings and foils, so it is worth getting some expert advice before purchasing your equipment. Feel free to contact us at Pacific Watersports and we will get you up and running.

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