Core XR5 Kiteboarding Kite


Meet the new XR5 and experience the latest iteration in CORE performance. The kind of performance only achieved after a decade of incremental and innovative improvements. A process that thoroughly tests each iterative design change while retaining its character-defining DNA before moving on to the next. And in the end, building a power delta bow kite that unleashes pure freeride awesomeness.

As a member of the Universal+ series of kites, the XR5 is designed to perform in all conditions and disciplines. Like the gusty conditions typically found on big inland lakes. Or fast oceanfront beach breaks. A Universal+ Series kite is also designed to excel in one area, and for the XR5, it’s power freeriding, a catch-all that includes huuuge airtime and hooked-in freestyle mastery.

You’ll find the 5th generation XR delivers linear control in the gusts and power in the lulls for relaxed cruising, explosive boosts, and sublime wave riding. But don’t take our word, though, and decide for yourself. Visit a CORE demo site near you and experience the XR5’s chameleon-like ability to transform to any riding style. Or visit your local authorized CORE retailer soon for a close-up look.


How can we build a high-performance allrounder? With technological innovations like our flight control system, our unique safeties, and our intelligent trim system. Like a bird that spreads its wings to generate more lift, Intelligent Arc increases the XR5's wingspan with a simple pull on the bar. Likewise, when sheeting out the bar, the XR5 will fold in its’ wings and depower. It's this kind of innovation that exemplifies the design team’s drive to create the perfect allround kite.


  • DELTA BOW SHAPE: The XR5 incorporates the concave trailing edge of a traditional bow kite and swept back wings of a delta kite. Our airfoil is engineered to rip upwind when underpowered, boost bigger on demand and get you planing first! You will see major changes in the XR5’s tip geometry and shape for even more control in the air and on the water.
  • 5 STRUT FRAME: This kind of muscle needs five struts. The bombproof, five strut exoskeleton frame is a critical component in the XR5 design to stabilize the additional power created by our Intelligent Arc system. The struts feature new geometry and improved segment stitching that yields better strength, stiffness, and connection to the canopy without increasing its mass.
  • CORETEX® TRIPLE RIPSTOP CANOPY: Exclusive to CORE. Our, industry leading, triple ripstop canopy fabric is protected and strengthened with a special coating process. CoreTex sets new benchmarks in breaking strength, tear resistance, longevity, UV protection and elongation. Feel the tight, crisp signature only a CoreTex kite delivers.
  • SHORT BRIDLE SYSTEM: Short and sweet. The XR5 features improved locations for the leading edge bridle connections. The super short bridle system improves feedback so you can better feel your kite’s position. In the larger kite sizes, this reflexivity increases even more so. Just imagine a kite that practically anticipates every turn, as if it’s hot-wired to your brain.
  • SPEED VALVE 2: No special hose adapter needed here! The Speed Valve 2 connects directly to any standard 20mm OD twist lock pump hose. The Speed Valve 2 maximizes airflow, minimizes inflation times and noticeably reduces pump pressure. This inflation/deflation system is so good you may even leave your electric pump at home.
  • SPEED PUMP SYSTEM: Supersonic single point inflation. We improved the strut connection locations to make air flow even faster into the struts. And when you haven't kited in a few days, every second counts :)
  • GRINTEX® PATCHES: Anti-wear patches where you need them. Extreme abrasion resistant patches on leading edge segment seams and strut attachment points give the XR5 another level of protection from perfectly placed beach hazards.
  • SENSOR BAR READY: The XR5 is optimized for CORE’s ultra light Sensor bar systems. Our bars feature precise kite control, unmatched safety and uncluttered simplicity. Find out why everyone is going crazy over the Sensor bar system here.
  • INSTANT AUTO RELAUNCH: Instant relaunch really is instant! The XR5 is designed to immediately drift into a perfect relaunch position when it hits the water. One quick tug on the bar and the XR5 launches itself effortlessly. Wave riders will appreciate how easily the kite releases from the water when time is of the essence. And beginners gain confidence knowing their kite will be flying in no time. So go ahead and try some new moves, you know your XR5 has your back.