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Malus Domestica

Allround kiteboard for waves and freestyle

Meet the Malus Domestica!  Appletree’s allround kiteboard for freestyle and small waves. It ‘eats’ anything you throw at it and rides upwind like no other.

The Malus Domestica is the product of a long search for the perfect crossover directional kiteboard for those who ride freestyle a lot, but sometimes find a wave to smash. The wider platform is stable to stick the hardest freestyle tricks and landings.

Navigate smoothly through the chop

The bottom features a unique triple concave, this makes the board very stable upwind and through chop and it prevents the board from sliding out landing sideways. The wider tail template and parallel rails make it very easy to ride. It has a lot of direct response and it goes upwind like no other.

Board features

The first thing you notice on the Malus Domestica is its extreme bottom contour. But this is not where the board started. When designing a board, we first try and find the best combination of rocker, outline and rails. Only when we have this balance right we add stuff like crazy tails and bottoms to make the board better. And more exiting! The deep concaves on the rail give the board great stability when riding upwind. The bottom follows the deck contour, making the effective rail thinner and better through chops, without making the board itself too thin. The concaves cut the rocker in the middle of the bottom, this creates a super effective surface for the water to pass underneath. Making the board really fast and early planning.

Tech details

The Malus Domestica comes with 5 fin boxes as standard, giving you the choice of riding quad or thruster. Both the Hex-skin Glass as well as the Hex-skin Carbon versions are extremely strong. The Carbon version is quite a bit lighter and carbon naturally has a quicker response and better pop of the waters surface. The Glass version is heavier, still very strong and with a softer more comfortable flex to dampen chop.  This board comes in the Hex-skin Kite+ construction as standard in both carbon and glass.  An even stronger version can also be ordered, but that is only recommended for very heavy footed riders.

 

 

 

 

Board Characteristics

Skill Level

Beginner

Intermediate

Pro

Upwind

0%

50%

100%

Low wind conditions

0%

50%

100%

High wind conditions

0%

50%

100%

Strapless Freestyle

0%

50%

100%

Wave Performance

Wave Height

ankle

head high

double overhead

Wave power

sloppy

steep

barrel

Shape

Rails

full

mid

pinched

Rocker

low

moderate

high

Width

narrow

balanced

full

CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION

 

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.

 

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

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

hex-skin glass kiteboard technology

Kite+

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.

Kite+ S

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.

Kite++

For the heavy or heavy footed riders. It features a double sandwich layer under both the front and back feet. Usually this option is not necessary, but some riders put so much pressure on the deck that this is needed. The kite++ is also recommended if you want to use (optional) inserts. Riding with inserts puts more stress on the board. Especially where the feet are locked in one position. This construction can handle this.

 

STRENGTH OPTIONS HEX-SKIN CARBON

Hex-skin carbon kiteboard technology

CF- Ultralight

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.

CF+

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!

CF++

The most exclusive and the strongest construction we offer. Really light, and really strong. This board will last you a long time, with timeless looks to match. You can order this board with inserts as well, to make it a truly all-round board!

MD Width Thickness Volume Surfer weight *
5’0″ 17.33″ 1.8″ 19 L < 65 KG
5’1″ 17.66″ 1.9″ 20 L 65-80 KG
5’2″ 18.00″ 2.0″ 22 L 70-95 KG
5’3″ 18.50″ 2.2″ 25 L > 90 KG

 

 

 

 

 

*This is an indication and will also depend on your skills and fitness

2 reviews for Malus Domestica

  1. Claas Kauenhowen

    Amazing Boards and Service. I am around in kitesurfing since day 1 in germany. I have seen many shapers/start-ups – but never such quality and actually shaping. If you haven’t yet, check out the homepage. The descriptions are accurate – you will feel that immediately jumping on those boards. But be aware, they don’t lie. And that is what I super appreciate – the boards deliver radically on what they promise on…super stoked!

  2. Ivar Schutte

    Bought the Malus Domestica (5″2″), apple green, what else 🙂 ? Have been kiting for 19 yrs but this is by far the best board for North Sea conditions I’ve rode so far. Super versatile, holds well in waves up to overhead. Quick sharp turns and easy to go upwind with. Solid construction and love the fact that you can customise your board

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