Kiteboards


A BRIEF INTRO :-

As soon as I saw a water relaunchable kite in 2000  it was “jobs on”!!

There followed a shapers dream of trying all kinds of new things in pursuit of the right board. The kites in the early 2000’s were pretty rudimentary by today's standards with no depower and highly suspect ways of getting disconnected from an out of control kite.  This did not deter the troops from throwing themselves in at the deep end and we spent a couple of years developing boards that would “stomp “ or control the kite.

Smaller boards handled more power so wakeboards in many shapes and dwindling sizes came forth all around the world and here as well.  Many happy hours were spent honking down the butter at Augusta and punting to heights that would freak out any onlookers.  As much fun as it was, there was always a hollow feeling in the gut when you knew the swell was pumping at Margs and you couldn't go out there because you’d be doing out of control spinnaker runs down the line and end up ploughing into a windsurfer coming out after his wave ride.

All that changed in 2006 when North Kites came out with the Vegas that had the ability to change the sheet angle to the wind at the bar, giving almost 100%depower and allowing us to get out into the main game.  After fiddling with twintips in the surf it was obvious that a surfboard was the best option so it was a case of constant refinement to make them work at the power band required at Margs.

There are some differences to a regular surfboard to a kiteboard that rips at Margarets.  The main considerations are thickness and width.  Having Dreu Beavis as a team rider is like winning the kitesurfing lotto. He has the ability to blow anyone out of the water with his full frontal attack on the peak at Margs. Impeccable timing and finesse are cleverly disguised with brute strength when he hits the lip at eleven o'clock, just like clockwork.  It's the kind of mastery that you never get tired of watching and now he's throwing in some “front rolls, “s” bends and stuff you can't name to spice it up even more.

If I sound like a fan, it's because I am,  and I feel very lucky to have my boards tested to that level every day.  The other side to that coin is that each board has to be an improvement and Dreu notices everything right  down to the slightest change.

Last year we addressed the age old problem of  deck strength of polyester boards. Having satisfied ourselves that there is no advantage in EPS/EPOXY construction, we tried vacuum laminating wood onto the deck using epoxy resin and lots of reinforcing under the foot areas.  This was a marked improvement as the boards felt a lot better through the chop and no dents were appearing .  It took a couple of months to source a good supply of bamboo in the right dimension but once we got onto it , it's become the standard deck laminate on all kiteboards.

The advantage is in the spring back that bamboo achieves after the board flexes in a turn.  Its got more twang than a Fender Telecaster!!

SUMMER '17/'18...WHATS COOKING      

REVAMP .....  3rd season coming up for this battle hardened design. This board features more area in the tail and general width, which makes it plane earlier, point higher and turn tighter.  Its a quad design for maximum upwind performance and drive through turns.

This season i've tweaked the bottom contours for more grip in turns as well as a move forward of the whole fin cluster which makes for tighter turns in the pocket or out on the face manouvres. Also moved the wide point back a tad which accents the outline planshape towards less nose and more tail area...more manouvreability again

Due to the added width and thickness, this design is equally at home strapped or strapless.

The bottom contours are a mix of concave , V  and double concave  to allow the water a most direct path through the bottom. Rocker is lean and long on the entry with a relaxed smooth exit which combines with the outline and fin configuration  gives  a tight aggressive turning circle at any speed on any size wave.

The REVAMP is totally custom so can be made shorter, wider,thicker to suit rider weight and riding conditions.

Also available in stock sizes ready to go freight free in Australia......see KITEBOARD CUSTOM STOCK  for sizes

I'm currently riding a 5'-11" x 18 3/4" x 2 1/4" Swallowtail  which has good "carry" for my 88kgs in waves up to overhead. Over that I switch to 6'-1" x 18 3/4" x 2 1/4"  which gives more rail line length for bigger bottom turns and more carry so that top turns dont need kite power to get off the lip.  

Tail shape is personal preference....the demo boards are  swallowtails but square,diamond, bat , swallow, its mostly cosmetic as the tail width, area and outline to the tail are the important design parameters.


STRAPLESS 6'-0" x 18 3/4" x 2 1/4"                        BOTTOM ...FIN SETUP VIEW

FIN SETUP and "FLUTES", aka  "AFTERBURNERS" 

 

At the end of last season i plagiarised a great addition from the famous "TOMO  VANGUARD"  which has added another gear to high performance power turns.

This "AFTERBURNER", for want of a better name, allows the water pressure to exhaust the tail when you really stomp a turn either off the bottom or off the lip and tightens up the radius of that turn WITHOUT !!  compromising drive. 

These are the boards i made that got me thinking about the "AFTERBURNER". I got out the disc sander and chopped them into a board that i knew backwards and was astounded at the difference it made when you put the pedal to the metal. Next day i operated on all my boards for kiting, and followed up on all my surfboards a couple of weeks later. It is a standard feature of all new kiteboards now.

 

 

5'-4" x 17 ish x 2"   is the go for the METRO AREA

 

 

RING or EMAIL for a DEMO !!

 These bamboo customs are ideal metro boards, strapped or strapless.  All boards feature  FUTURES FINS  (www.futuresfins.com) , NSI footstraps  and deckpads are extras if necessary  and “delta special” reinforcing of the finboxes to prevent box roll or bottom crack out.

 

BUCKETS ANYONE  ??