“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. All custom boards are available in different strength and weight options, all the info on this can be found here.
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+ construction consists of a 50K foam core. Under the front foot there’s a large patch of 3mm honeycomb inlaid 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 flexible 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. The colour is added as a pigment to the epoxy resin, colouring 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 customised. Pick your own color or mix multiple for a truly one of a kind board.
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 K+ construction pictured above, but without the internal 3mm honeycomb. Instead there is an extra biaxial fibre glass layer under the front foot. The construction is more than strong enough for every day use, and you will not ding the board easily. After some time a slight heel dent might appear, this is considered normal, and it will not weaken the board.
Optionally, you can order the white-line in full S glass. This higher quality glass is stronger and more flexible. Because of this, we can use less fiberglass and this makes the board about 15-20% lighter. For guys who want the lightest, most flexible construction.
Our standard custom construction, pictured above. Suits most riders for wave and freestyle and the right balance between weight, strength and flex. This board will last you a very long time, for freestyle and wave use.
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 fiberglass and this makes the board about 15-20% lighter.
For heavy or heavy footed riders, we offer this extra strong construction. 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 the insert option. Riding with inserts puts more stress on the board especially where the feet are locked in one position. This construction can handle this
The lightest possible kite board. If you are after the lightest possible construction, this is the way to go! Slight heel dents might appear over time, depending on rider weight and foot pressure, but the boards are ultra strong. Not really recommended for 100% freestyle, 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 the right balance between weight, strength and flex. This board will last you a very long time, for freestyle and wave use. And in carbon fibre it is light and loos the part too!
The most exclusive and the strongest construction we offer. Really light, an really strong. This board will last you a long long time, with timeless looks to match. You can order this board with inserts as well, to make it a truly all round board!