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The ultimate crossover wave kite surfboard
Meet the Klokhouse, your ultimate crossover wave kite surfboard. The one board quiver for everyone who kites as well as surfs. Or for the kitesurfers focusing on wave riding and loving that surfy feel while kitesurfing. Where the kite is used mainly to get into the wave and the board needs to surf like a normal surfboard.
That feel that everyone loves when surfing
Surfing feels good, it just does. No one can argue with that shot of the good stuff up the brain. Riding on the Klokhouse is really like kitesurfing on your everyday surfboard. It has the same flex, weight and feel that everyone loves when surfing. But in a board that can cope with the abuse that kitesurfing brings to a board.
You don’t have to hold back on speed and edging epic turns, the board can handle it.
Extra volume in the middle
The Klokhouse is based on a traditional high performance shortboard. It has that familiar feeling that you can expect from a performance surfboard. Yet it is not too “pro rider focussed”, it brings this performance feeling to the average rider as well. Partly because the board is slightly wider in the middle, it floats a bit more, helping you over those softer sections of the wave.
Rocker in the nose
It has a fair bit of rocker in the nose which is flattened out in the tail. This makes the board plane earlier and helps upwind performance.
Medium to thin rails
Medium to thin rails make it grip the water and give you control at high speeds which are typical when kitesurfing.
Thin squash tail
The squash tail is really thin for optimal feel with the water.
The bottom features a single concave throughout, which gives enormous drive and control.
The Klokhouse comes with a thruster fin setup. This gives you the best balance between control and drive. A very reliable setup.
Can I use this board for normal surfing as well?
Choosing a surfboard and board size for both kitesurfing and surfing is tricky, as you usually kite on a smaller board than you surf on. In this case, choose the board as you would a normal surfboard. You will probably kite on a size too big, but that is way less of a problem than surfing on a size too small.
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!
|KHK||Width||Thickness||Volume||Surfer weight *|
|5’4″||17.60″||2.10″||20.4 L||< 65 KG|
|5’6″||18.10″||2.10″||22.4 L||< 65 KG|
|5’8″||18.70″||2.20″||24.5 L||65-75 KG|
|5’10″||19.30″||2.30″||26.7 L||75-90 KG|
|6’0″||19.90″||2.30″||29.1 L||>90 KG|
*This is an indication and will also depend on your skills and fitness
Ricardo Westendorp –
I’ve been riding the Klokhouse for some time now (kiting).
I had been looking for a nice board that positions really well in between a performance waveboard and a freestyle waveboard for some time, until I found the Klokhouse! The board rides perfect in Dutch waves and performs well in strapless freestyle. I’ve been (ab)using the board for some time now, with a lot of freestyle and a lot of hard landings and the board shows very few signs of usage! All in all a strong and light board that rides the way I want it. Really happy with the product!
I had a first ride in onshore small wave conditions at approx. 20 knots in Ouddorp. The board is a blast! It feels light at feet, rides upwind like a machine and I can push it into really tight turns into the small waves without any risk that the rails catch the water or the board digs in. Perfect shape and construction! It is the first board that dpesn´t show any signs of heel dents allthough I used it for a couple of jumps (and heavy footed landings). The construction is light, provides a comfortable flex and seems to be bullet proof. I´m absolutely happy. Congrats Appletree! Looking forward to have it in advanced conditions.