Broszura NKB 2013

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    One valve for inflating, one valve for deflating the whole kite.Easy and efficient.

    In order to make the relaunch easier and to avoid any possible line tangling, weve added Relaunch Bungees at the kite tip. The bungees keep the lines lying slick against the inside of the leading edge, preventing any line from going over the top of the kite during the relaunch.

    Similar to the adaptive tips, the Vegas offers two different modes, wakestyle and freestyle.Wakestlye offers more delay, the Vegas is less direct.Freestlye offers less depower, more pop and being unhooked less pull.

    These connectors prevent one cause of kite accidents by ensuring that front lines cannot be attached to the back of the kite and back lines cannot be attached to the front.

    The lightest but still durable materials possible, to achieve astonishing performance.

    Based on a unique new construction of the board in the tip area, the scoop rocker line ensures better response to changing situations. In underpowered riding, the board remains flat for fast planing. In overpowered riding, the scoop bends and provides for an increased level of control and stability. The flex tips absorb shocks and enable soft landings.

    The 2012 Gambler and Team Series boards will feature the new Quattro-V bottom technology. 4 keels on each tip of the board are responsible for maximum edge grip, even without fins when hitting rails or sliders. The Quattro-V bottom provides advanced riding characteristics and great stability for hard landings.

    Two sliders made out of reinforced plastic are laminated into the boards during the production process. Unveil the various possibilities to customize your footpads for an individual fit. Check out our brand new NTT footpads for more details!

    The special form of the 3D cap allows a torsional flex along the axe of the board. The result is more grip on the heel, safe and smooth landings, and an amazing upwind ability.

    Bamboo is a sustainable material and comes with amazing technical characteristics.Our Bamboo Tech waveboards feature a high strength to weight ratio with great resistance to dents and perforations. The resulting boards are very durable and provide high performance riding characteristics.

    Early planing, comfartable, and smooth on one side but scary fast and dynamic on the other side are key features of the boards with our Mono Concave construction! Try it, youll love it!

    The unique Double-V bottom shape provides more comfort, smoother landing abilities and quicker edge grip. Using a 4 canted fin setup, the Double-V bottom provides the same edge grip as the other boards with smaller fins. In addition, the keels enlarge the fin area for maximum grip.

    Textreme Carbon Spread-Tow-Fabrics from OXEON. Having the perfect mix of lightweight, durability, flex and excellent rebound abilities, Textreme is the secret ingredient to our high performance kiteboards!

    Soft, medium or hard flex, every board offers the right flex for the right conditions and expectations of the rider.Additionally its also an indicator for comfort!

    Using our Bamboo Tech construction, we take full advantage of the dynamic qualities of natural bamboo. Optimized layers and the mix with composite materials help us to construct powerful, agile and versatile directionals that come with a unique flex Responsive Flex!

    Our Cam Battens are made of flexible nylon and improve the stability of the canopy and reduce the drag of the kite. The Cam Battens allow to achieve a deeper profile and make the kites more powerful. They also give the kite much better upwind abilities and very good stability in the sky.

    The loaded 5th line is a nose line with constant tension. It is responsible for reactive steering, powered as well as depowered and a crisp and direct bar feel. Only the 5th line system can guarantee 100 % depower in less than one second when releasing the IRON HEART!

    Shows the ability if a kite can be transformed from a 4 line kite into a 5th line kite.

    These loops attached to the inside of the wingtips make it easier to hold the kite for bodydrag rescue.

    Its your choice: decide for faster or slower turning, harder or softer steering forces. Its just one simple pigtail adjustment away!

    Trailing Edge Force Spread describes the smooth power distribution between the different materials of the kite, forcing the tensions in the right directions. Additionally, especially at the stress points where Dacron and D2 Canopy Material are connected, flattering marks are avoided and the material is not wearing out.

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  • Dont leave a trace!


    These days everybody is talking about sustain-

    ability, yet there is often a lot of talk, but not a

    great deal of action behind it. Apart from the fact

    that life in general depends on an intact environ-

    ment, the practice of our sport in particular is only

    possible in cooperation with nature and we can all

    do our bit to help, not to leave any tracks and to

    behave in an environmental friendly way.

    In 2008 we became increasingly concerned with

    concepts for sustainability regarding material, pro-

    duction and marketing. We were considering how

    we could contribute to improving the environment

    and which options we had to make production

    methods and products more sustainable.

    The most obvious idea was to produce kites from

    recycled polyester, similar to the outdoor sports

    industry. Our Japanese cloth supplier Tejin, the

    leading producer of textile polyester fabrics, deve-

    loped a perfectly functional recycled material for

    North Kiteboarding. There was just one catch; the

    technical requirements for kite material are so high

    that they can only be achieved with pure polyes-

    ter. Due to the elaborate process that is needed

    to produce such pure polyester from recycled

    materials, the energy balance is worse than that of

    polyester made from new raw materials. Therefore,

    we are still waiting for technical advances that will

    allow us to produce the recycled pure polyester

    material in a more sustainable manner. At present

    recycled is not an option.

    The second large product group is kiteboards.

    These were, and still are, made predominantly of

    PVC or PVC-EPS cores that are laminated with

    glass fiber and PU or Epoxy. The most critical pro-

    duct involved in this process is PVC, which causes

    serious ecological problems throughout the entire

    product life cycle. It begins with its production

    from carcinogenic chloride compounds with heavy

    metals and finishes with the unsolved problem of

    its proper disposal. The typical form of disposal

    is combustion, which releases dioxins and furans.

    Therefore, we have been replacing the PVC in our

    boards with wood and bamboo from managed

    and controlled artificial plantations. These new

    cores are not only much safer to dispose of; they

    also produce better boards with more vivid riding

    characteristics for our customers. The boards are

    then UV-coated, which completely eliminates the

    use of solvents. Our production site in Austria,

    close to our main markets, offers the advantage of

    short routes of transportation, which significantly

    reduces our carbon footprint.

    When talking about sustainability we must also

    consider the human factor. Our main production

    sites are located in Sri Lanka and Austria. There is

    no need to say much about working conditions in

    Austria, as the standards in Western Europe are,

    in general, very high. In the free trade zones of Sri

    Lanka, working hours, minimum age and wages

    are clearly regulated and monitored in contrast

    to conditions in India or China. In addition, there

    is no child labor within our Sri Lankan plants and

    we offer above standard rates of pay and provide

    additional social benefits.

    Unfortunately, we are not yet able to claim that we

    are a thoroughly green business, because at the

    present time, there are simply no entirely ecolo-

    gically sound materials or production processes

    available for many of our products. However, we

    continually try to optimize individual steps and

    chains of production with great care in order to

    find the best compromise for durability, quality, the

    ecosystem and our workforce, even if that makes

    our products a little bit more expensive. In that

    respect, we hope that the concept of sustainabi-

    lity will itself be recycled and not lose its current

    vogue, like many other trends have done in the

    past. Ultimately, a lot of small steps will ensure

    progress, always being aware of our n