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Apelviken – kite surfboard for lightweight riders
The first ever kite surfboard designed from the ground up for women and lightweight riders. To provide ultimate control and performance.
Catharina Edin PRO-model
A couple of years ago team rider Catharina came to us because she could not find wave boards suited for her physique and riding style. After trying out all our board models and testing plenty of prototypes, we have come up with the Apelviken model!
It’s named after the bay in Sweden that she learned to kite at, and as it’s another great “Apple” name, it fits the line up perfectly.
More forgiving rockerline
The rocker acceleration starts more towards the tail of the board. This makes the board more forgiving, loose and easy to turn. You don’t need to throw in a lot of body weight to turn the board as the board reacts very responsive.
The middle of the board is flatter to help pushing upwind. Combine this with the thinner rails and narrow tail and you have the recipe for a forgiving yet controllable board.
Lighter riders tend to have a smaller stance. Another nice benefit of moving the rocker to the back, is that you can ride the board better in one position. You don’t need to move a lot from the back to the front to get the most out of the board.
Whether you are riding a wave or riding upwind, this board reacts equally fine if you ride it on the tail. As most smaller riders also have shorter legs and a narrower stance, this helps to keep control.
The loose feeling of the board is balanced out with a narrow tail. This makes sure that you stay in control while enjoying this snappy feel. You can really push back on the board. This also makes the board better when the waves get bigger.
The Apelviken is not a small wave board, it’s a balanced allrounder that you can ride in most conditions. Equally fun on flat water as it is in bigger surf.
Finally the Apelviken features grab rails in the nose, to help holding on to the board especially with smaller hands.
In addition to our standard colours, the Apelviken is available in two signature Apelviken colours: pastel mint and pastel purple.
50K CLOSED CELL FOAM
Every board we make starts with a foam core of our very own 50K closed cell foam. This foam is formalized exclusively for us, it is not used in any other board in the market.
The foam can withstand 50.000 kg per square meter, while staying very light, and most of all very flexible. Another plus of our 50K foam is that it is closed cell, meaning that the foam will not take in water. And the board will not blow out when it gets hot.
From the shaped foam we can go two ways: Hex-skin Carbon or Hex-skin Glass.
The base of the board consists of three layers wrapped around the core. An internal structural fibreglass layer, a hex-skin flexible honeycomb layer and another structural fibreglass layer that is placed in a 45 degree orientation. This to keep the board as flexible as possible while making a very strong base. The bottom is left without honeycomb, again to maintain maximum flex. How your board is constructed next depends on the strength option you choose.
The different strength options are explained in detail below. The board is now placed under a vacuum and with pressure, forcing the epoxy resin into the fibres. This way we use minimal resin and maximum fibre. Making the board super strong, yet very light. The colour is added as a pigment to the epoxy resin, coloring the entire board.
Hex-skin Carbon is similar in composition to the Hex-skin Glass boards. But instead of glass we use 100% carbon fibre, there is no glass hidden underneath the top layer of carbon. Using carbon makes the board lighter and it makes it stick to your feet even better. Because the board is so light, it flows over the chops a lot better than you might expect.
To give the carbon boards their unique look the deck is finished with a tinted resin, that can be customized. Pick your own colour or mix multiple for a truly one-of-a kind board.
STRENGTH OPTIONS HEX-SKIN GLASS
White-line build strength
This is the standard construction for kite wave surfing. Meaning true surfing with a kite. You can do the occasional freestyle jump, but in general these boards are made for the waves. The construction consists of the normal Kite+ construction, but without the internal 3mm honeycomb. Instead there is an extra biaxial fibreglass layer under the front foot. The construction is more than strong enough for everyday use, and you will not ding the board easily. After some time slight heel dents may appear, this is considered normal, and it will not weaken the board.
This is our standard custom construction, pictured above. Suits most riders for wave and freestyle. And is therefore our standard custom strength construction. Under the front foot there’s a large patch of 3mm honeycomb inlaid in the foam core, with fibreglass underneath. The core is then wrapped by a layer of structural fibre- glass in a 45 degree orientation. A second thin flexible honeycomb layer is now layered all over the deck for more impact resistance. The Kite+ strength has the perfect balance between weight, strength and flex.
The same construction as the Kite+ but with all the glass in S glass. This higher quality glass is stronger and more flexible. Because of this, we can use less fibreglass and this makes the board about 15-20% lighter.
STRENGTH OPTIONS HEX-SKIN CARBON
The lightest possible kite board. If you are after the lightest possible kiteboard construction, this is the way to go! Slight heel dents may appear over time, depending on rider’s weight and foot pressure, but the boards are ultra strong. Not really recommended for 100% free- style, but the occasional jump is not a problem at all.
Our standard custom carbon construction, pictured above. Suits most riders for wave and freestyle and offers the right balance between weight, strength and flex. This board will last you a very long time. And in carbon fibre it is light and looks the part too!
|5’0″||16.90″||1.88″||16.9 L||<60 KG|
|5’2″||17.50″||1.94″||18.7 L||<70 KG|
|5’4″||18.00″||2.0″||20.5 L||70-90 KG|
*This is an indication and will also depend on your skills and fitness