“What we came up with is a construction that is better than any other wave kiteboard on the market today.”
All Appletree boards are produced using a revolutionary production method that is completely unique in the surfing and kitesurfing world. This technology is developed by Appletree Surfboards and all boards are produced in our own brand new production facility in Portugal. This way we can completely control the boards production. From acquiring the finest raw materials available to attracting the best craftsmen in the business.
50K CLOSED CELL FOAM
It all starts with the core and 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. Any small crack or ding does not need immediate repair. Eventually a repair is advised, but you can first finish your well deserved trip!
50K foam is not easy to shape, all commercially available shaping machines will have great trouble shaping it and hand shaping is not possible. At Appletree surfboards we use our own shaping machines that we built and control ourselves. This way we can not only shape the foam, but we can also create channels and extreme contours, straight from the machine.
From the shaped foam we can go two ways, Hex-skin Carbon or Hex-skin Glass.
Our standard Hex-skin Glass Kite strength + construction consists of a 50K foam core. Under the front foot there’s a large patch of 3mm honeycomb inlayed in the foam core, with fiberglass underneath. The core is then wrapped in a first layer of structural fiberglass, in a 45 degree orientation. This to keep the board as flexible as possible while making a very strong base.
The entire deck is now layered with a second thin honeycomb layer for more impact resistance. The bottom is left without honeycomb, again to maintain maximum flex. The whole board is now placed under a vacuum and with pressure, epoxy resin is forced into the fibers. This way we use minimal resin, and maximum fiber. Making the board strong yet very light weight.
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 customised. Pick your own color or mix multiple for a truly one of a kind board.