DIRECTIONAL Kiteboards

HAND-SHAPED, HAND-GLASSED, HAND-SANDED, AND HAND-FINISHED BY LOCAL SOUTH AFRICAN CRAFTSMEN

Vanhunks hand-shaped directional kiteboards set a new industry standard in kiteboard construction. After testing, Vanhunks uses the highest quality materials available with our special formulated kiteboard foam core. We also have our precise measuring system, which enables us to produce world-class shapes with performance, speed, optimal flex, strength and durability.

The Vanhunks unique construction process maximizes impact and tensile strength, while minimizing and accurately controlling final weight, and retaining a high-tech flex.

The hand-shaped foam core, a specially formulated formula and density selected after testing 100’s of foam options, is meticulously measured and replicated to the original shaper’s specs. The type of foam we use provides the absolute best combination of strength and flex we have found.

Mass production boards that claim to be comparable cannot achieve the optimal flex and performance that a Vanhunks has to offer, even if the materials or cross-section look similar. Pulling the fiberglass cloth tight (tension) from nose to tail and from rail to rail, as only a hand layup can do, gives the boards a lively feel.

 

ORCA

The Orca directional kiteboard is designed to offer the feel of a “real” surfboard. From high-flying aerialists to modern-day soul surfers, intermediate and expert riders, everyone will enjoy a ride on the Orca. It is a reliable board, with excellent control in all conditions. The wider outline helps the board to plane easily and maintains speed through the flatter sections of a wave. The squash tail allows more drive and stability on the turns, making it effortless to maneuver, while the quad fin set-up delivers a smooth glide, keeping the board steady in the waves.

Using the highest quality materials available, our own specially formulated kiteboard foam core and with our precise measuring system, we are able to produce a world-class board with an unparalleled balance of performance, optimal flex, strength and durability.

New to the Orca 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.

Aramid fibers have high-performance properties, are more flexible than carbon and improves flex memory, improve point-load on impacts and reduce core-crush.

We do not claim that our directionals are indestructible, they are alive under your feet!!!

 

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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 squash tail is a commonly used tail shape on modern surfboards. The design allows for a stable board, and a manoeuvrable ride, suitable for both small and overhead waves.

The squash tail is very responsive. This board design provides all the surface and playing area of a round tail, contributing to speed and lift, helping to maintain speed in lower spots. The rounded corners provide a bit more bite and control than the round tail, and the square end allows the board to release. The corners allow for more pivotal, abrupt turns off the bottom or on the face but will provide less release off the top.

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.

The Orca is a 5 Fin setup and can be configured into either a quad fin or thruster fin setup.

 

The quad fin setup makes for more drive through turns and increased speed down the line. It allows for a stable rail to rail riding at high speeds.

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.

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.

 

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.

Aramid fibers have high-performance properties, are more flexible than carbon and improves flex memory, improve point-load on impacts and reduce core-crush.

 

 

 

 

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.