Product Manual

2011 Gaastra Kiteboarding Product Manual

Interview Urs Hungerbühler Hatch Jekyll v4 Max v5 Bar System v9 Vane Suspect Xenon Surfkite v2 Apace Sneek Blunt v2 Force Trainerkite Accessories Spare Parts

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INTERVIEW.

URS HUNGEBÜHLER

Hello Urs, in 2011 Gaastra launches a new kite: the Hatch. What is the idea behind it? UH_ The idea behind the Hatch is all about usability. This was the highest priority in development progress. This kite is very easy to use and provides a very predictable flying characteristic! So, now there are two “crossover kites” in the range. What exactly are the differences between the Hatch and Jekyll? UH_ The Jekyll is a performance crossover kite. This is the 4th generation and we did continuously developed the kite during the last 4 years. Performance and a clean flying behaviour always has been one of the main focuses. The result now is a very fast and turning kite. The kite reacts very directly and precise to any action on the bar. Coupled with a very low bar pressure it needs a little experience and feeling to get all its performance out of the Jekyll. We didn’t want to do any compromises performance wise, so we additionally created the Hatch. The Hatch is a kite for usability. The focus during the R&D was stability, constant power and a very predictable behaviour in its flying characteristics. The kite still provides plenty of performance and does not stand behind other kites in that point. It is designed for riders that don’t want to care much about the kite. Just rig it and have fun.

Urs Hungerbühler Head Designer Gaastra Kiteboarding

So the decision for a rider to choose between the Hatch or Jekyll is not really a matter of style, it is more about attitude? UH_ Well, kind of... The Jekyll is really state of the art in point of performance. On the other hand this means that you need a bit of experience to get the full fun and benefits. The Jekyll really pushes the limits! The Hatch still has enough power to boost you up in the sky, speed out your friends or nail down the latest tricks, but its main focus is on the usability. You don’t have to concentrate too much on it. This kite makes riding easy, and this is not about style or level, because everybody will improve a lot faster with an easy to use kite. Beside these two SLE kites the Max will stay in the range too. Why? UH_ This is the 5th generation of the Max and the development always followed the demand of the freestylers. You name it: Newschool, Wakestyle, Unhooked, Obstacles... The requirements always changes a bit from season to season, so we adjusted the kite to deliver the best tools to the riders possible, but for sure these riders want such a typical kite: • Deep in the window for constant power • Massive pop & explosive power • Nice power in kiteloops • Superb unhooked handling The Max is made for freestyle only, no compromises, but still has all the benefits of a modern kite, like De-power, windrange etc. In addition to this freestyle factor some good riders use the Max in waves too. This kite just turns very fast and follows the steering commands straight without any compromise.

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What is the idea behind the ANMP, RNEH and ANPH profiles? UH_ Each kite in 2011 has a particular profile, specially made for that kite. Actually we kind of started with this already some seasons ago. The profiles in the tips need to work in a high range of angle of attack, they are used to steer the kite. Therefore, we use a modified NACA0018 profile for the tips on all kites. For the centre part of the kites we developed a particular profile for each model. This is necessary to fulfil the request of each type of rider. That’s the way of modern kite design, first describe the desired behaviour of the kite, then develop the profile, outline and so on. The new Hatch comes with the RNEH (Radial Nose Easy Handling) profile. It has a radial nose shape and the maximum draft quite far forward. That makes the wing very stable and predictable, neither back or front stalls. The advantage of that profile is that it is not sensitive to flying speed. It generates almost its full performance in lower speed already and stays easy to control in higher speeds. The Jekyll has the ANMP (Acute Nose Maximum Performance) profile. This profile has quite a special shape at the “profile nose”. There are 3 different radiuses. It’s all about performance and flying speed. The wings need some speed to generate its full performance. Due to that fact the kite flies close to the window edge and has amazing upwind capabilities. The Max features the ANPH (Acute Nose Power Handling) profile. The Max has a quite similar profile nose shape as the Jekyll. The difference here is that the Max draft is way further to the back. This way we get a high performance profile, which still lets the wing stay deep in the window. Due to this such a wing has always power.

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Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0

USABILITY CROSS OVER

• Medium Drag • Big Lift & Huge Hangtime

• Straight Steering // for nice & easy turning

• Full Dacron Frame // for bullet proof quality

• 5th line option // choose your safety

• Logic V Bridle System // • Medium Barpressure // for easy use and riding • Speedpump for improved stability

• NACA0018 Profile // in tips for clean & fast steering

• Huge Windrange & Sweetspot // with perfect flying characteristic

Esther Oud (International Team) says: I use the HATCH for some time now and i really like it. I used the JEKYLL before and like the HATCH straight away. It´s super easy to go upwind. Jumping, relaunch, ride long distances... the HATCH does it all. I use the HATCH myself and for my school aswell. You can see that the students can handle this kite really fast, which is a benefit in all levels of kiting!

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Hatch.
SPECS / MODEL WINDRANGE ( knt ) STRUTS ( pcs) BAR WIDTH ( recommended in cm ) FLAT AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ. AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ SPAN ( c m ) PROJ. HEIGHT ( c m ) FLAT AR PROJ. AR PROJ. AREA RATIO ( % ) FLAT WINGSPAN ( cm ) Hatch 3.0 25 - 40+ 5 46 3.0 2.02 205 122 4.2 2.1 67.33 363

SLE KITE // Usability Cross Over
Hatch 5.0 20 - 36 5 46 5.0 3.36 265 158 4.2 2.1 67.33 469 Hatch 7.0 17 - 32 5 46 7.0 4.71 322 191 4.4 2.21 67.26 555 Hatch 9.0 14 - 26 5 46 9.0 6.05 365 217 4.4 2.19 67.20 629 Hatch 11.0 13 - 22 5 52 11.0 7.4 403 240 4.4 2.17 67.14 695 Hatch 13.0 11 - 20 5 52 13.0 8.74 448 266 4.6 2.3 67.23 756

• Standard: 4 Line Bar System • Hatch is designed for “STANDARD BAR SETUP” (Full Power = All lines same length)

The newest toy in the Gaastra Kiteboarding range. The all accessible HATCH. Focusing on USABILITY, this kite provides a very easy and steady ride! No matter if you are a Beginner or more into Freeride, Freestyle, unhooked tricks, wave riding or race... this is your kite!
Urs Hungerbühler: “ The keyword on this kite is usability. We built a kite which is very stable, provides constant power and has a very predictable flying characteristic. Because of this it is big fun to ride the Hatch. It is easy and you improve during every session...” Details: The RNEH (Radial Nose Easy Handling) profile in the center area provides a balanced ratio of power and easy handling. The profile provides medium drag, which makes the kite predictability and keeping it from stalling. It generages big lift and huge hangtime! The medium bar pressure gives you direct feedback from the bar, so you always know exactly where the kite is. Shaping characteristics are made for effortless relaunch capabilities. The Hatch gives a straight steering behavior and follows your commands without fail. The NACA 0018 profiles in the tip area allow for clean and fast steering. A very sportive kite that will boost any skill level! Construction: • Logic V Bridle System: Provides the most stable line construction on SLE kites. No Pullies, No Movement. Very solid, predictable and most important no wear and tear! • The bulletproof construction takes even the hardest impacts. The Full Dacron Frame covers the canopy all around and gives an excellent strength to weight ratio! • High quality Speedpump concept makes de- and inflating your kite as effortless and easy as possible while providing ultimate reliability • Various steering line attachment points on the kite, so you can tune your kite to taste (on smaller sizes only!) Conclusion: If you are looking for the “One Kite that Does It All” solution, this is your kite. It is ready for all styles and delivers you all the power you could ever ask for while being very easy to control!

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Rider: Leo Cluse Location: Platboom, South Africa Date: 23.03.2010 14:44 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kite: Jekyll 7.0 Board: Surfkite 5’ 6’’

PERFORMANCE CROSS OVER

• Super Low Drag • Insane Lift & Massive Hangtime

• Direct Steering // for fast & clean turning

• Full Dacron Frame // for bullet proof quality

• 5th line option // choose your safety

• Low Barpressure // for effortless riding • Speedpump

• Logic V Bridle System // for improved stability

• NACA0018 Profile // in tips for clean & fast steering

• Massive Windrange & Sweetspot // with perfect flying characteristic

Lukasz Ceran (International Team) says: I compete in race and freestyle on the tour, and i love the huge windrange, with an incredible sweetspot of the Jekyll. This kite is perfect for both disciplines. it´s so fast in the race, and provide me the perfect freestyle tool in one kite!

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Jekyll 4.
SPECS / MODEL WINDRANGE ( knt ) STRUTS ( pcs) BAR WIDTH ( recommended in cm ) FLAT AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ. AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ SPAN ( c m ) PROJ. HEIGHT ( c m ) FLAT AR PROJ. AR PROJ. AREA RATIO ( % ) FLAT WINGSPAN ( cm ) Jekyll 5.0 21 - 40+ 5 46 5.0 3.61 319 160 5 2.82 72.31 498

SLE KITE // Performance Cross Over
Jekyll 8.0 18 - 35 5 46 8.0 5.78 404 203 5 2.78 71.90 632 Jekyll 9.0 16 - 29 5 46 9.0 6.51 428 215 5 2.77 71.78 670 Jekyll 10.5 15 - 25 5 52 10.5 7.59 463 232 5 2.73 71.71 724 Jekyll 12.0 12 - 23 5 52 12.0 8.62 495 248 5 2.7 71.69 774 Jekyll 14.0 8 - 19 5 52 14.0 10.12 534 268 5 2.7 71.61 836

Jekyll 7.0 19 - 38 5 46 7.0 5.06 378 190 5 2.8 72.0 591

• Standard: 4 Line Bar System (5th line option. Nose line comes with kite) • Jekyll is designed for “STANDARD BAR SETUP” (Full Power = All lines same length)

The all new Jekyll 4 takes you to the next level. Based on continuous development this is the ultimate high performance SLE kite.
Urs Hungerbühler: “ We have focused on a clean and fast flying kite. Reaction time is greatly improved- This is the perfect tool for all advanced kiters.” Details: The ANMP (Acute Nose Maximum Performance) profile in the center has been specifically developed for the high performance needs of the Jekyll 4. This profile provides super low drag which results in a faster flying kite allowing incredible upwind performance, insane lift and massive hang time. The low bar pressure enables effortless riding and a direct steering characteristic that allows you complete and precise control over the kite. The NACA 0018 profile in the tip area make this one of the most technically advanced kites on market. The Jekyll 4 is ultimate performance without compromise. Construction: • Logic V Bridle System: Provides the most stable line construction on SLE kites. No Pullies, No Movement. Very solid, predictable and most important no wear and tear! • The bulletproof construction takes even the hardest impacts. The Full Dacron Frame covers the canopy all around and gives an excellent strength to weight ratio! • High quality Speedpump concept makes de- and inflating your kite as effortless and easy as possible while providing ultimate reliability • The Jekyll comes with a noseline so you can fly the Jekyll in a 5th line setup (optional) • Various steering line attachment points on the kite, so you can tune your kite to your needs Conclusion: If you can operate this super fast flying kite it will deliver impressive results. It is all you could ever ask for in a high performance kite. Race, Freestyle, Wave: The Jekyll can do it all and will elevate your limits! 13

Rider: Leo Rose Location: Lacanau, France Date: 27.06.2010 9:37 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kite: Max 10.0 Board: Score 136

FREESTYLE & WAVE

• Low Drag • Explosive Lift & Moderate Hangtime

• Direct Steering // for fast & clean turning

• Full Dacron Frame // for bullet proof quality

• 5th line with Y // slightly loaded concept

• Precise Barpressure // full control in all situations • Speedpump

• NACA0018 Profile // in tips for clean & fast steering

• Huge Windrange & Sweetspot // with perfect flying characteristic

Leo Rose (International Team) says: I really loved the last Max, so i was very pleased with the fact that there are no big changes in the kite. However there are some, and if you really use a kite for practice and competition day in and out you will be pleased about it. This is for sure the best freestyle kite i used so far, purely designed for freestyle needs, but still offering all the benefits, like depower, windrange etc. of a modern kite. The great unhooked performance is really good in waves for me too!

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Max 5.
SPECS / MODEL WINDRANGE ( knt ) STRUTS ( pcs) BAR WIDTH ( recommended in cm ) FLAT AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ. AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ SPAN ( c m ) PROJ. HEIGHT ( c m ) FLAT AR PROJ. AR PROJ. AREA RATIO ( % ) FLAT WINGSPAN ( cm ) Max 6.0 23 - 40+ 5 46 6.0 3.58 299 206 5.5 2.5 59.80 574

HYBRID C KITE // Freestyle & Wave
Max 8.0 18 - 33 5 46 8.0 4.78 246 238 5.5 2.51 59.80 663 Max 10.0 15 - 26 5 46 10.0 5.97 387 266 5.5 2.53 59.83 741 Max 12.0 13 - 23 5 52 12.0 7.17 424 291 5.5 2.53 59.87 812 Max 16.0 11 - 20 5 52 14.0 8.36 458 314 5.5 2.55 59.90 877

• Standard: 5 Line Bar System • Max is designed for “STANDARD BAR SETUP” (Full Power = All lines same length)

The 5th generation of the Max is totally focused on the freestyler’s demands. Having a pure C kite feeling with all the advantages of a modern kite, you can ride it unhooked for powermoves or big megaloops! The Max is the freestylers dream!
Urs Hungerbühler: “The Max is fully made for freestyle. A “no compromise” tool. Newschool, Wakestyle, Unhooked moves and obstacles. We listen very carefully to the riders’ feedback and their demands. This changes from season to season, and we adjust the Max to this, so they have the perfect tool!” Details: The ANPH (Acute Nose Power Handling) profile in the center area provides a high performance profile while keeping the kite deep in the window delivering the grunt you want! This profile provides a low drag and a fast flying kite coming with explosive lift and precise bar pressure. The direct steering character allows you to send the kite wherever you want! As with all our top of the line kites, the NACA 0018 profiles in the tip area allow for clean and fast steering. The Max is a state of the art freestyle machine, that will make your competitors cry! Construction: • Max comes in a classic 5 line setup. The 5th line is attached in a V construction supporting the leading edge. • The bulletproof construction takes even the hardest impacts. The Full Dacron Frame covers the canopy all around and gives an excellent strength to weight ratio! • High quality Speedpump concept makes de- and inflating your kite as effortless and easy as possible while providing ultimate reliability • Various steering line attachment points on the kite, so you can tune your kite to your needs Conclusion: If you are looking for the C-Kite feeling combined with state of the art kite characteristics and construction, the Max is your easy choice. Get radical with the Max! 17

4 or 5 LINE SYSTEM

• Standard Bar Setup // all lines same length

• Adjustable bar width // 46 or 52 cm

High quality lines • 50 cm depower

• 21 + 3m lines // for two line length options

• O-Shit handles // to get the rider out of potential trouble

• Steering line trim below floaters // to trim the bar into the Standard Bar Setup

• Auto alignment QR // so the look is in easy hook in and out position

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Barsystem v9
4 or 5 LINE SYSTEM
SPECS / MODEL BAR WIDTH ( cm ) DEPOWER RANGE ( cm) ADJUSTER RANGE ( cm) LINES ( number ) POWER LINE LENTH ( m ) STEERING LINE LENTH ( m ) ROOT (500kg) LINE LENTH ( m ) SAFETY LINE (yellow) LENTH ( m ) POWER LINE END ( technique ) STEERING LINE END ( technique ) 5TH LINE END ( technique ) POWER LINES ( color ) STEERING LINES ( color ) 4 Line System 46 - 52 50 25 4 17 + 3 21 + 3 4 ~4.75 knot loop blue white / black 5 Line System 46 - 52 50 25 5 17 + 3 21 + 3 4 ~4.75 knot loop loop blue white / black

The Bar System v9 is a very versatile system. It is a real “all in one” bar. It can be used for all Gaastra kites and many other brands as well...
Details: This system provides an easy to adjust bar width either 46 or 52 cm wide. You can modify it easily for 4 or 5 line setup (and back again). The Pull/Pull webbing adjuster has a huge 25cm range and the system offers a 50cm depower range. This Bar System provides the maximun of safety possible. You can fly it in either classic 5th line setup or absolutely flightless on one powerline (in 4 line setup). The Bar System v9 comes with 21m flying lines with 3m extensions, so the rider can have two line length options. It has a clean black & white design, so the rider knows where he is in the wildest situations. The Bar System v9 comes with O-Shit options on both sides of the bar system, to get the rider out of potential trouble. It has a very easy to use and secure Quick Release system without fancy mechanics. It activates from the center and is easy to reassemble. This System uses the “Standard Bar Setup” (all lines same length) so this bar can be used for almost every kite! Construction: • Heavy duty glassfiber bar • Stainless steal parts • 3D EVA surface for perfect grip • High quality lines with almost no stretch, to provide a very direkt and precise flying kite • Steering lines are covered with a sleeve in the bottom to prevent injuries Conclusion: The Bar System v9 is a solid bar system, that is safe, functional, clean and can be used with all Gaastra kites and many more. 19

Rider: Leo Rose Location: Big Bay, South Africa Date: 18.03.2010 7:41 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kite: Max 10.0 Board: Vane 130

FREESTYLE

EQUIPMENT: • Pro Pads • Ergo Straps • G5 Fins • Handle

• Precise flex pattern // for highest performance and comfort

• Newschool shape and outline

• Wider stance options

• Full Wood Core Construction • New Pad Technology // glass base and responsive EVA layers

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Vane.
SPECS / MODEL

TWINTIP // Freestyle

Vane 127 127 38.5 26.6 36.3 2.38 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

Vane 130 130 40.5 28.8 36.5 2.58 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

Vane 133 133 42 29.9 41.8 2.6 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )
* Estimated Weight

An uncompromised newschool twintip ripper! With constant development derived from the Vision Pro, this board meets the demands of any expert rider!
Tim Hendrics: “We got so many great feedback about the Vision Pro range, so we decided to base the VANE on this all time favorite board. We kept all the positive attributes and added some minor changes to make it just better. wider stance options, more pop and better planning due to the modified tip shape is what we mostly worked on...” Details: A well balanced flex pattern for maximum performance and comfort at the same time. A wider stance option meets freestylers demands and the new pad technology has responsive EVA layers for ultimate comfort on top while a glassfiber base ensures these pads will last forever. It has a newschool shape and outline that comes with 5cm fins making the board go effortless upwind trick after trick, while providing the loose feeling you want in tricks. Construction: • Full wood core • The latest technology construction available. Light weight and very durable • Metal inserts that are time tested industry standards Conclusion: If you want a board with an aggressive feeling and massive pop combined with full control even in the roughest chop, the VANE should be in your brain! 23

CROSS OVER

EQUIPMENT: • Pads • 3D Straps • G10 Fins • Handle

• Dynamic flex // the best ratio of comfort and performance

• Cross Over shape and outline // combines Freeride, Freestyle, Cruising and Newschool abilities

• Wood Core Construction • Optimized Scoop // perfect balance between power & effortless riding

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Suspect.
SPECS / MODEL LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )
* Estimated Weight

TWINTIP // Cross Over

Suspect 132 132 39 29.7 32 2.3 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 10.5 4

Suspect 136 136 40 30 35 2.4 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 11 4

This board is for the freeride performance orientated rider. It goes fast, gets upwind, jumps big and lands easily.
Tim Hendrics: “Freeriding has to be versatile these days- a freeride board needs to do it all. Effortless upwind cruising, easy takeoffs and landings on the biggest jumps, and a sportive character in freestyle sessions while behaving in waves as well. The SUSPECT can do it all!” Details: A dynamic flex characteristic gives you maximum comfort and performance. An optimized scoop technology ensures the perfect balance between sharp turns and smooth carves. The board comes stock with 5cm G10 fins making the board go upwind effortlessly and keeps you there trick after trick. The new pad technology ensures comfort and style! Construction: • Wood core generating a very responsive feeling • ABS rails, for more progressive feeling in turns • Metal inserts that are time tested industry standards Conclusion: If you are looking for a board with committed drive and flow, ultimate control and a fun feeling ride... The SUSPECT is your choice! It is extremely responsive to ride in all types of conditions! 25

FREERIDE

EQUIPMENT: • Pro Pads • Ergo Straps • G5 Fins • Handle

• Soft flex pattern // comfortable and fast

• Cross Over shape and outline // combines Freeride, Freestyle, Cruising and Newschool abilities

• Wider stance options

• Single Shot Wood Construction • Easy Scoop // optimized for easy planning and control

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Xenon.
SPECS / MODEL LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )
* Estimated Weight

TWINTIP // Freeride

Xenon 135 135 41 29.3 32.4 2.9 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

Xenon 145 145 43 30.8 42.2 3.2 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

Xenon 155 155 45 32 51.4 3.5 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

The Freeride master keeps you upwind without thinking! The all-round twin tip delivers ease of use for the perfect freeride sessions.
Tim Hendrics: “We worked a lot on the upwind and early planning abilities of the Xenon, as those are facts every rider benefits from. We combined this with a soft flex so the Xenon is definitely a very attractive freeride board!” Details: A great beginner board that has enough potential to give you joy for years. The Xenon comes with wider stance options that work in conjunction with the new rocker line to provide excellent upwind performance. The soft flex pattern combined with the outline and rail shape makes the board fast and comfortable at the same time. For maximum grip 6cm fins are provided. Construction: • ABS sidewalls foiled out to the tips to help with the fin flex control and smooth landings. • High performance construction: high density core reduced to a minimum to save weight and tune in the flex while providing the optimum weight and durability combination • Metal inserts that are time tested industry standards Conclusion: If your are looking for an agile twin tip that is ultra comfortable you will feel right at home with the Xenon! 27

Rider: Urs Hungerbühler Location: J-Bay, South Africa Date: 11.04.2010 8:18 Photo: Tim Hendrics Board: Surfkite 5’ 6’’

WAVE

EQUIPMENT: • 2D Pads • D Straps • G5 Fins

• Enahnced Fin shape // for less drag

• Wider stance options // for more surf feeling

• Sharp box rails from fins to tail // for more powerful board on cut back and faster release

• Optimized rocker on 5’ 6’’ and 5’ 10’’

5’6’’

This board is optimized for onshore and mushy wave conditions having a rounder outline for maximum maneuverability. The sharp box rails from the fins to the tail make it a more powerful board on the cut back side for faster release. The medium rocker gives maximum performance in gusty conditions and the squaretail makes the board turn better at lower speeds. This board is made for big and powerful waves. It carries more speed and a lot of rail in the water with a straighter outline for better control. The sharp box rails from the fins to the tail make it a more powerful board on the cut back side for faster release. The medium rocker gives maximum performance in gusty conditions. A rounded pin tail keeps the board stuck to the wave for faster more controllable bottom turns.

5’10’’

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Surfkite v2.
SPECS / MODEL LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH MAX ( cm) CONCAVE MAX ( mm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * VOLUME ( ltr ) FINS FIN BOX FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside rear to inside rear in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm )
* Estimated Weight

DIRECTIONAL // Wave

Surfkite 5’ 6’’ 162 45.1 4.5 144 3.3 19.8 2pcs 113mm (5°) 1pcs 114mm G5 CAD Mini Tuttle M6 47.5 3 25

Surfkite 5’ 10’’ 170 45.5 3.5 138 3.4 20.1 2pcs 113mm (5°) 1pcs 114mm G5 CAD Mini Tuttle M6 47.5 3 25

The new Surfkite v2 has an easy to understand range - 2 boards for all conditions. They can be used in crappy onshore mush or big and powerful shallow reef breaks! They are traditional surfboard shapes created by South African Harry Brehm and the boards have been proven worldwide!
Harry Brehm: “The overall feedback from the 5’6’’ and 5’10’’ was very positive, so we kept the main ideas of the boards. We tested some modifications, but the current shape turned out to work best. This enabled us to fully concentrate on the other details like the fins and insert positions. After countless hours in all kinds of waves in the world I’m very happy to know, that the Surfkites v2 range is better than ever.” Details: Both boards come with a 3 fin setup optimized for less drag, more drive and better overall performance. The new stance options enables the rider to move the front straps more forward, helping in turns and increasing the surf character. An attachment point for a leash is also built in for strapless riding. Construction: • Glass construction • Wood reinforcement below pads • Additional glassfiber reinforcements in all stressed areas Conclusion: The Gaastra Surfkite brings the joy of directional kitesurfing to you. Pure surf board shapes that meet the requirements for riding waves and whatever else you choose.

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FREERACE & LIGHTWIND

EQUIPMENT: • RPE Pads • Straps • G10 Fins

• High Speed outline // offers extreme fast rides

• Additional inserts in the center // for extra footstrap (optional)

• High power G10 Fins

• High quality glassfiber construction

Lukasz Ceran (International Team) says: For me in competition it´s most important to have a fast board, that goes extreme angles up- and downwind. Most races are in lightwind, so we worked hard on the light wind abilities of the APACE. Beside this, it is just great that this board is easy to handle. This helps in races a lot, as I can focus fully on the race and not too much about the board itself... Plus: It´s just such a big fun to cruise around with this board outside of competition...

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APACE.
SPECS / MODEL LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH MAX ( cm) CONCAVE MAX ( mm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * VOLUME ( ltr ) FINS

DIRECTIONAL // Freerace & Lightwind
APACE 169.5 49.5 1.5 93 3.8 30.3 2pcs 185mm (18°) 2pcs 220mm (14°) G10 Mini Tuttle M6 41.5 3 25

FIN BOX FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside rear to inside rear in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm )
* Estimated Weight

The all new Apace is the pinnacle of new school kiteboarding. A very powerful board that gives super early planing features and goes upwind like a train!
Harry Brehm: “This board concept comes from the course race side of kite surfing. The idea was to give our team riders a board for the competition and cover at the same time the very low wind aspects in kitesurfing. These boards go in less than 8 knots of wind with an experienced rider. Beside the race and performance character we kept an eye on the fun factor of this board. It is very easy to ride! People can use this board for crusing on lakes or just simple freeriding!” Details: Multiple insert positions allow each rider to adjust to his perfect stance. It comes with a G 10 4 fin set up. Larger fins in the back give stability and the smaller front fins allow the board to be ridden in a large wind range. High top end speed make this board accessible to all types of riders. It has a wide powerful tail section to generate early planing and compact dimensions to keep your quiver small. A mono- concave in front transitions to a double barrel out the back release. It gives the best compromise of speed and ease of use for all angles of riding. Construction: • Ultra high quality layup- glassfiber construction with wood reinforcements on the deck and bottom in needed areas: This gives the best strength, weight, stiffness and durability ratio on the market. • Mini tuttle fin boxes give you the freedom of choice on fin setups • Soft EVA deck layer, for control and comfort while riding Conclusion: If you are looking for incredible upwind angles and ultimate light wind performance the Apace delivers greatness. An easy board to ride on the lake or compete upwind, everyone is sure to love this new shape! 33

Rider: Lukasz Ceran Location: Tarifa, Spain Date: 2.07.2010 8:23 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kite: Jekyll 12.0 Board: Vane 130

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• Ergonomic 3D shape // with high back support

Waist // Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

• Extra soft neoprene edge // for highest comfort possible

• Anti Suicide Function // offer ultimate safety

• Knife included // in case you are in trouble

The Sneek is a 3D shaped harness with panels and seams strategically placed for maximum lumbar support and comfort with or without a wetsuit!
Details: Anatomical 3D back support provides ultimate ergonomic character with high back support to keep you comfortable. Multiple panel layers make for a perfect fitting design. The integrated bar pad system is connected to both sides of the harness making the bar rock solid and fixed from sliding. It is light and strong with an integrated handle and leash attachment. The Sneek comes with an Anti Suicide Function to release your suicide leash in extreme case as well as a emergency knife to keep you safe. The S-bend hook is optimum for kiteboarding and keeps everything where it is supposed to be. Construction: • Huge 3D thermo molded foam pillow on the inside • 3D thermo molded foam panels on the outside • 3D back plate, that gives perfect force distribution and anatomic shape to the harness • 3 separate shaping panels giving pre-curved shape • Soft neoprene edges all around • Strong and durable construction: Heavy duty 2 point webbing and buckle for fixed harness/bar connection High quality stitching Intergrated neoprene belt runs through the entire harness; this keeps things tight and flexible

• 3D molded pillow

• Emergency knife

• Anti Suicide Function

• Integrated bar pad

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BLUN Tv.2
Waist // Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL • Soft neoprene edge // for more comfort

• Ergonomic 3D shape // with medium to high back support

• Key Pocket

• Anti Suicide Function // offer ultimate safety Colors: • Green / Black • White / Black

• Maximized lower back support • Multiple webbing wetup option // for perfect fit and function

• Anti-chafing padded leg straps

• Additional leg straps

Seat // Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

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Trainer kite
FOIL KITE // Training
SPECS / MODEL WINDRANGE ( knt ) STRUTS ( pcs) BAR WIDTH ( recommended in cm ) FLAT AREA ( m 2 ) PROJ. AREA ( m 2 ) • Standard: 2 Line Bar System Trainerkite 1.2 4 - 22 0 46 1.2 1.0 Trainerkite 1.8 2 - 20 0 46 1.8 1.6

• Swifel inside // for full Anti Twist function • XL metal hook

• Heavy Duty construction

SPARE PARTS // Maintenance & Service
KITE PARTS
Hatch v1_3.0 bridle set Hatch v1_5.0 bridle set Hatch v1_7.0 bridle set Hatch v1_9.0 bridle set Hatch v1_11.0 bridle set Hatch v1_13.0 bridle set Hatch v1_3.0 steering line set Hatch v1_5.0 steering line set Hatch v1_7.0 steering line set Hatch v1_9.0 steering line set Hatch v1_11.0 steering line set Hatch v1_13.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_5.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_7.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_8.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_9.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_10.5 bridle set Jekyll v4_12.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_14.0 bridle set Jekyll v4_5.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_7.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_8.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_9.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_10.5 steering line set Jekyll v4_12.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_14.0 steering line set Jekyll v4_5.0 5th line Jekyll v4_7.0 5th line Jekyll v4_8.0 5th line Jekyll v4_9.0 5th line Jekyll v4_10.5 5th line Jekyll v4_12.0 5th line Jekyll v4_14.0 5th line Max v5_6.0 front line Max v5_8.0 front line Max v5_10.0 front line Max v5_12.0 front line Max v5_14.0 front line Max v5_6.0 steering line set Max v5_8.0 steering line set Max v5_10.0 steering line set Max v5_12.0 steering line set Max v5_14.0 steering line set Max v5_6.0 5th line Max v5_8.0 5th line Max v5_10.0 5th line Max v5_12.0 5th line Max v5_14.0 5th line Tubes & Bladders Speed Pump Connector

Details
Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) Line: A, B, C, D, E, F, G (2 sets per kite) White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line Noseline Noseline Noseline Noseline Noseline Noseline Noseline 2 sets per kite 2 sets per kite 2 sets per kite 2 sets per kite 2 sets per kite White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line White & Black line Y line construction Y line construction Y line construction Y line construction Y line construction Please contact your local dealer or support@gaastrakites.com for direct service Complete: 2pcs connector, rubber tube, clamp, covers, cable ties

BAR SYSTEM PARTS
Suicide Leash Bar only (46-52cm) QR v9 set Stopball Adjuster v9 Bar end pigtail set O-Shit/3mm line base v9 set black/red O-Shit/3mm line base v9 set white/green Floater set Yellow safety line set v9 Y line 4m 600kg base line v9 21m line black 21m line white 17m line blue 17m line yellow 3m extension line set 3m extension line yellow Line pigtail 20cm set (4line) Line pigtail 20cm yellow standard leash bar with bar ends all QR components + depower rope + yellow safety line = all assembled White & Black pigtail (to connect bar to steering lines) Complete: handle, line, cover, rings (105cm) Complete: handle, line, cover, rings (105cm) White & Black floater Complete: 3mm line, ball, bungy, ring with ring color: blue 2 pcs per Bar System 4 pcs set: blue (2pcs), white, black 4 pcs set: blue (2pcs)(loop/knot), white (loop/loop), black (loop/loop) yellow (loop/loop)

BOARD PARTS
G5 Fin set 6cm G5 Fin set 5cm Ergo Strap set Pro Pad set Handle G5 Surfkite v2 fin set D Strap set G10 Apace fin set 4pcs (with screws and washer) for TwinTips 4pcs (with screws and washer) for TwinTips 2pcs asymmetric straps for TwinTips 2pcs for TwinTips for TwinTips 3pcs; Mini Tuttle System 2pcs for Directionals 4pcs; Mini Tuttle System

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Photography: Tim Hendrics // Design: FoxinA

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