A DIRECTIONAL KITEBOARD, HAND MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA
“I push my progression, but having the right equipment is a definite must.”
When it came to designing our directional kiteboard range, we create equipment that would allow the rider to take maximum enjoyment and control from the experience. We designed the perfect board and then compensated for the impacts of kiting, using only the best core and latest technologies in materials. The result – a light, high-performance directional kiteboard that allow the rider to park the kite and actively surf the waves, rather than let the kite do all the work.
All our directional kiteboards are designed for both strap and strapless riding.
Each board is hand-crafted with its own unique artwork. No board will ever look exactly the same as the next. All the same functionality with your own unique design. Yours exclusively.
Please note that due to the unique features of each board, each board will look slightly different to the one seen in the picture.
Made with meticulous care and attention to detail.
THE VORTEX DIRECTIONAL
The Vortex is the ultimate weapon to charge big waves. Fast and powerful!
The Vortex Directional kiteboard is a fast, accurate and powerful board – recommended for intermediate to advanced riders. Developed for the most demanding wave riding conditions, with unmatched control and manoeuvrability. The board comes with a thruster fin set up to improve grip at high speeds and in tight bottom turns. It is suitable for both strapped and strapless riding.
Optimal flex and performance are achieved by pulling the fibreglass cloth tight (tension) from nose to tail and from rail to rail, as only a hand layup can do, which gives the board a lively feel and “pop”.
New to the Vortex is the introduction of Aramid fibers in the construction.
We found carbon too stiff, that’s where our new Aramid fibers Technologies improved the performance of our directional kiteboards. The diagonally crossed Aramid fibers allow for flex to occur in the tail, rail, and any other part of the board. It doesn’t provide as much impact resistance as Vector carbon but it does allow for a more natural flex pattern.
We do not claim the boards are “indestructible”. It is currently impossible to make a 6ft, flexible, high-performance board that only weighs in the neighbourhood of 5 lbs unbreakable, although treated well a Vanhunks will last you a lot longer than any mass production board.
DIRECTIONAL KITEBOARD TECHNOLOGY FEATURES
The single to double concave utilises the strengths of each concave design. The double concave in the rear loosens up the board, and the single concave in the front provides a good planing surface for drive. The double concave will channel the water into two streams through the fins and out the tail. Smooth edge to edge transitioning adds fluidity to wave riding.
The design allows for a stable board, and a maneuverable ride, suitable for both small and overhead waves.
We use Futures Fin Boxes with all our Directional kiteboards. We secure the boxes by fusing them to the top skin of the boards, our fin boxes is not just floating in the high-density foam. Super strong.
The thruster setup is versatile and stable in a broad range of conditions. It combines stability, drive and manoeuvrability and has been one of the favourite fin configurations of the past quarter century.
Epoxies out-perform most other resin types in terms of mechanical properties and resistance to environmental degradation Epoxy constructions stand for durability, low porosity and strong bond strength.
M6 inserts provide a better fit of the bolts to the inserts, which will improve the bolt retention and be better for keeping the hardware locked down.
High-quality Stainless steel inserts – both durable and strong.
Kite specific High Density Closed Corecell Foam is the foundation of our boards. The foam core permits the use of stronger resins and added reinforcements, resulting in a stronger, long lasting performance board.
A top quality Biax Glass fabrics on the deck and the bottom of the board strengthen the board and offer an excellent durability to weight ratio. Our cloth is a double bais +45°/-45°, the fibers are rotated on a 45° angle vertically and horizontally.
Aramid fibers have high-performance properties, are more flexible than carbon and improves flex memory, improve point-load on impacts and reduce core-crush.
DIRECTIONAL KITEBOARD ACCESSORIES
Directional Foot Straps
The Vanhunks directional wave, adjustable straps are super comfortable. Designed to be soft, thus giving you a loose and comfortable feeling, while maintaining control over your board in waves.
Layers of neoprene on the inside ensure the most comfortable ride that your feet will ever experienced. The strap is adjustable and optimised for every size of feet in seconds. The Flex zones permit maximum range of motion with perfect board control at all times.
The shape of the straps allows for much easier toe-side riding.