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SPEED GRUNT TURN SPEED STABILITY EASE OF USE JUMPING RELAUNCH DEPOWER
Overview DESCRIPTION The PROTON offers the easy re-launch, predictable flight, stability and quick turns that the rider needs to master the waves, or simply cruise across the flats with confidence... oh and did we mention it now looks better than ever? Flexifoil has refined an already successful kite to an even greater level. This year you’ll see overall weight reductions and trailing edge modifications creating a smoother, more predictable flight, whilst bridle and wing-tip alterations increase relaunch-ability and turn speed. We’ve focused on the rider. Handing them a kite that they can have confidence in. Allowing them to master the board skills they need to take on the ocean’s biggest waves, or simply tack those first few runs after school. Read on for the finer details of the Flexifoil Proton and discover why it deserves a place in every quiver...
WHAT’S IN THE BAG PROTON Canopy (5.0m2 / 7.0m2 / 9.0m2 / 12.0m2) Instruction Manual & Tuning Tips
All Skill Levels
Head-on view (New Bridle System)
Sizes & Colours
What to expect NEW BRIDLE SYSTEM (See renders above)
MODIFIED WINGTIP DESIGN This year’s Proton has refined wingtips optimised for each kite size to increase relaunch-ability and turn speed. Amplified over the larger sizes, this gives you the responsiveness you need to navigate the waves and assures you that if it all goes wrong, you’ll be back up in no time. The new design also reduces the weight on the wingtips, contributing to an overall weight saving.
MODIFIED DACRON CAGE The Proton this year sees refinement right down to a manufacturing level where we’ve eliminated all 90 degree corners in the Dacron cage to produce a better sail shape, giving you greater stability and a truer flight.
LEADING EDGE REFINEMENT Leading edge durability has been maximized with more protective strips on the most common wear points to protect from contact with the ground.
The Proton’s Intelligent Force Bridle system is shorter, giving not only more depower but more responsiveness when you do depower. Better optimised bridle points offer greater stabilization under a straight load (straight flight), but keep the twisting in the LE to maintain turn speed. Combined with other improvements this creates a markedly improved and consistent turn rate. The Intelligent Force Bridle also transfers load around different parts of the leading edge according to the powered nature of the kite. Our trusty designers have managed to enhance the C-shape characteristics of the kite sheeted-in, whilst also flagging the kite out more whist depowered by increasing loads at the centre. You’ll find the Proton gives you all the control over depower you need to tackle the waves.
PROTON PETROL 7.0m2
PROTON RED 5.0m2
TRAILING EDGE ENHANCEMENT Every size has seen the trailing edge construction enhanced, creating a smoother airflow and reducing aerodynamic resonance, giving you a smoother, more predictable flight characteristic. The 12m kite has also seen a substantial weight saving as a result of these enhancements.
We call these day to day because they’re the little things, but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter! Popular demand has really been fed into the Proton this year, so small changes include: 1. Kite size printed on the leading edge • No more unpacking the kite just to see what size it is! 2. Change to the pump-leash position •It’s now between the valves. Why? Because you told us to put it there! 3. New Bag design •We got a lot of stick for our bags last year.
Proton Prices Proton 5m
PROTON RASTA 7.0m2
RASTA IS BACK! The attentive amongst you will notice a slight change to the graphics and panel cut…! We asked you what you wanted, you told us colours and graphics. We asked you which, you told us Rasta! This year sees the return of the Rasta colour scheme and a giant overhaul in the look of our kites. Welcome to the future of Flexifoil!
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