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SINCE 2001 <||> 10 YEARS OF DEDICATED DEVELOPMENT


2012


2012

URS HUNGERBÜHLER HEAD DESIGNER


10 YEARS OF DEDICATED DEVELOPMENT In 1897, company founder Douwe Gaastra was just 22 years old when he designed his first wind powered weapon. It was not about money. It was for the love of sport, his passion for the water and the confidence that he could make something better. Gaastra’s motivation remains the same after 114 years; Enthusiasm for the sport, respect for nature’s forces and the ambition to deliver the best product available. These particular genes are at the heart of Gaastra and push the whole team with ideas to break new ground. For us it is a labor of love, every single detail is noticed to create game winning designs as best as humanly possible. We know one basic, the water will not tolerate lazy compromise. When Gaastra first introduced a kite on the market in 2001, it was clearly ahead of its time. Today, the progress in development in comparison to the early days is not so obvious. It is the fine tuning , the huge wind range, safety and top of the line quality that makes Gaastra kites stand out from the rest! We have tested the 2012 Gaastra kite collection around the world in all water conditions and we are sure it meets our high expectations. The 2012 season marks our most well-engineered products to date, without question. To guarantee the promise of having the best kites on the market, we have built a new factory to manufacture our own kites so that we can have ultimate quality control. Every single step is under our watchful eye: from the first ideas about the tailoring and testing of prototypes to the final setup and production. Everything comes from one source. Our worldwide team tests these products constantly until we are absolutely satisfied with the final result. It is not the easiest process but the only one to be sure to have the best products for our passion as well as yours.

Urs Hungerbühler (Gaastra Kites Head Designer)

Design & Processing Quality by Gaastra Design Quality:

Head designer Urs Hungerbühler is the mastermind behind our kite development. Being Swiss, he is just the perfect mix of theory and practice. During his mathematics studies, he was flying in the international paragliding competition scene. Early on, he designed his own kites on the basis of his practical experience and his own mathematical understanding. He tested them all himself and learned a lot. This long-standing background enables him to design all Gaastra Products 3D-based having perfect accuracy. Frills and gimmicks are not an option. Each new idea must convince him for the long term. You can rest assured Urs works hard to get the job done! All his designs not only look good, they are proven on the water before they can enter the market.

Processing Quality:

Our own Gaastra factories are the birthplace of all our products. Only the finest and best materials are used. The philosophy behind this is simple: monitor all production steps and check the resulting products to meet our high standards of quality, only then will the kites leave the factory.

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HATC

H2

SLE KITE // Usability Cross Over Size: 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 11 - 13

2012

RANGE INDEX

THE MOST VERSATILE BAR SYSTEM IN THE WORLD

4 or 5 Line Setup

p.18

p.10


L5

JEKYL

SLE KITE // Maximum Performance p.14

VAN

TWINTIP Freestyle p.24

T

SUSPEC

TWINTIP Cross Over

Size: 169.5

Size: 5’6’’ - 5’10’’

Size: 135 - 145 - 155

E

Size: 132 - 136

Size: 127 - 130 - 133

Size: 5 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10.5 - 12 - 14 - 16.5

E

XENON SURFKITE APAC TWINTIP Freeride p.30

p.28

DIRECTIONAL

DIRECTIONAL

Wave

Freerace & Lightwind

p.34

p.38

Y

Accessor

HARNESSES, BAGS ...

p.40

WATER WEA

R

WETSUITS, APPERAL ...

p.44

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2012 RIDER: NIR COHEN LOCATION: BIG BAY, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0


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c1

c2

c3

/KITES/2012/HATCH2

USABILITY CROSS OVER

SLE KITE

HATC

2 MERCILESS GOOD ALL-ROUNDER DESIGNER: URS HUNGERBÜHLER STANDARD: 4 LINE BAR SYSTEM

100 70 50 95 90 95 100

freeride race speed wave freestyle wakestyle learning

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Logic V Bridle System Speedpump 2.0 Full Dacron Frame 2.0 RNEH Profile NACA0018 Profiles in the Tips High Quality Materials Bullet Proof Construction High Contrast Look

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Huge power reserves combined with total control make the Hatch2, the most user-friendly package of all time. Quick and easy to assemble, the high quality workmanship and easy relaunch are standards for designer Urs Hungerb端hler. What makes the Hatch2 stand out from the crowd is an uncompromising user experience on the water, coupled with anything but a boring character. The Hatch2 comes to life when you realize the sheer power it has. Together with the balanced flying characteristics and the absolutely safe handling in any situation, it guarantees quick success. And it does not matter if you are a beginner or pro- the Hatch2 is the best tool for endless fun on the water. Put it to the test and you will see! Model

Windrange Struts recom Bar ( ktn ) ( pcs ) width ( cm )

Flat Area

Proj. Area

Proj. Span

Proj. Height

Flat AR

Proj. Proj. Area Flat AR Ratio ( % ) Wingspan

( m2 )

( m2 )

( cm )

( cm )

( cm )

Hatch2 3.0

25 - 40+

5

46

3.0

2.04

206

121

4.2

2.09

67.30

364

Hatch2 5.0

20 - 36

5

46

5.0

3.38

266

157

4.2

2.1

67.30

470

Hatch2 7.0

17 - 32

5

46

7.0

4.72

324

189

4.2

2.21

67.25

557

Hatch2 9.0

14 - 26

5

46

9.0

6.07

367

215

4.2

2.22

67.21

630

Hatch2 11.0

13 - 22

5

52

11.0

7.41

405

239

4.2

2.23

67.12

696

Hatch2 13.0

10 - 19

5

52

13.0

8.75

449

265

4.2

2.3

67.10

758

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2012 RIDER: NIR COHEN LOCATION: BRANDVLEI, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0


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c1

c2

c4

/KITES/2012/JEKYLL5

MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE

SLE KITE

Jekyl

5 HIGH PERFORMANCE ALL-ROUNDER DESIGNER: URS HUNGERBÜHLER STANDARD: 4 LINE BAR SYSTEM

freeride race speed wave freestyle wakestyle learning

95 100 100 100 80 60 65

[ ] Optimized LE for aerodynamic performance [ ] Logic V Bridle System [ ] Speedpump 2.0 [ ] Full Dacron Frame 2.0 [ ] ANMP Profile [ ] NACA0018 Profiles in the Tips [ ] High Quality Materials [ ] Bullet Proof Construction [ ] High Contrast Look

% % % % % % %


For five years now, Urs and his team have been working on the Jekyll. The impressive result gives speed, power and performance in a high-end kite. It is not for PROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only but caters to less experienced riders as well. The quick response time combined with direct response to the angular momentum make for a perfect flight companion. Grab one and you will not want to give it back! Model

Windrange Struts recom Bar ( ktn ) ( pcs ) width ( cm )

Flat Area

Proj. Area

Proj. Span

Proj. Height

Flat AR

( m2 )

( m2 )

( cm )

( cm )

Proj. Proj. Area Flat AR Ratio ( % ) Wingspan ( cm )

Jekyll5 5.0

21 - 40+

5

46

5.0

3.65

321

158

5

2.82

72.33

499

Jekyll5 7.0

19 - 38

5

46

7.0

5.10

380

189

5

2.81

72.03

592

Jekyll5 8.0

18 - 35

5

46

8.0

5.82

409

199

5

2.8

71.92

634

Jekyll5 9.0

16 - 29

5

46

9.0

6.56

431

211

5

2.79

71.80

672

Jekyll5 10.5

15 - 25

5

52

10.5

7.63

465

230

5

2.75

71.73

726

Jekyll5 12.0

12 - 23

5

52

12.0

8.67

499

245

5

2.71

71.71

776

Jekyll5 14.0

9 - 20

5

52

14.0

10.2

536

265

5

2.71

71.65

837

Jekyll5 16.5

8 - 18

5

52

16.5

12.08

609

307

5.5

3.07

73.07

953

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RIDER: NIR COHEN, CLINTON SANTILLAN, MAURICE PATHUIS, LEO ROSE

2012

LOCATION: KITEBEACH, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: FOX


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0

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The new Bar System X from Gaastra is designed for precise flight control and safety. After extensive research and development the whole team tested it for more than a year every day and put every last little tiny detail under the microscope. The result is a technically perfect system, packaged in a cool yet almost alien like look. Based on the proven functionality of the Bar System v9, with innovative ideas and attention to detail the complete system was massively revised by the team. The Gaastra Bar System X, a bar system that can be set up on almost any kite!

ERGONOMICS

SAFETY

FUNCTIONS

The Bar System X comes with an ergonomic design, giving you the best connection to your kite possible. The optimized bar diameter and newly designed bar grip let you hold the bar comfortable and with maximum power. This provides precise steering and power input to your kite when riding.

A marvel of technology, the Magnetic QR. It is made â&#x20AC;&#x2039;â&#x20AC;&#x2039;to give the pilot the confidence that he is fully there at the crucial moment and will release without any problems, no matter what! To ensure this, the ingenious mechanism works completely without typical moving parts. Magnets ensure that the quick release is closed. This provides absolute security against accidental opening, but at the same time ensures that in all circumstances it will release when needed!

The Standard Bar Setup ensures you can fly all Gaastra kites, and most competition kites with this bar. The combination of the adjustable bar width and extension lines makes sure you can use this bar on just every single kite with perfect performance, whether big kites in light wind, or tiny kites in blasting conditions. Thanks to the new Shift Adjusters you can adjust the Depower - / Adjuster Range to your needs, making it easy to find your individual perfect setting.

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NEW DEPOWER/ADJUSTER RANGE TRIM SYSTEM

THE SYSTEM

AUTO SWIVEL FUNCTION

HORIZONTAL SEPERATION: DESIGN AND SHAPE IS OPTIMIZED FOR PERFECT STEERING PERFORMANCE BAR WIDTH: 46 OR 52 CM

THE BAR

SEPERATION KEEPS THE LINES SORTED

HIGH CONTRAST BLACK/WHITE LOOK

SUPER SOFT RUBBER PAD ON THE BAR END

METAL CENTER PART ALLOVER EMBOSSED BAR GRIP REDUCES THE FRICTION ENSURES A FIRM HOLD AND SUPERB COMFORT

THE MAGNETIC QR

AUTO ALIGNMENT HEAD DESIGN WHEN GOING UNHOOKED

FULFILLS THE DEMANDS OF THE FRENCH NORM

INTEGRATED SWIVEL FUNCTION

EASY TO CLEAN RIBS

COMPACT DESIGN, BUT HUGE LOOP FOR RIDING COMFORT

SUPER EASY TO REASSEMBLE

USE OF MAGNETS! NO MECHANIC PART NEEDED


4 LINE BAR SYSTEM

5 LINE BAR SYSTEM 1.

STANDARD BAR SETUP

2.

21+3 M FLYING LINES

4.

3.

100% FLIGHTLESS KITE WHEN QR IS RELEASED

6.

17.

5.

SUPER EASY SETUP CHANGE FROM 4 OR 5 LINE

7. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

Pig Tail (20cm) Extension Line (3m) Steering Line (21m) Power Line (15m) Y Line Bungy Root line (6m) Safety Line (~6.5m) Shiftadjuster Plastic tube cover O-Shit handles Depower Rope Floater Magnetic QR Bar Bar End 5th line (15m)

8. 10.

9.

11. 12.

14.

13.

15.

16.

SPECS / MODEL

4 Line Bar System

5 Line Bar System

BAR WIDTH ( cm ) DEPOWER RANGE ( cm) ADJUSTER RANGE ( cm) LINES ( number ) POWER LINE LENGTH ( m ) STEERING LINE LENGTH ( m ) ROOT (500kg) LINE LENGTH ( m ) SAFETY LINE (yellow) LENGTH ( m ) POWER LINE END ( technique ) STEERING LINE END ( technique ) 5TH LINE END ( technique ) POWER LINES ( color ) STEERING LINES ( color )

46 - 52 50 30 4 15 + 3 21 + 3 6 ~6.80 knot loop blue white / black

46 - 52 50 30 5 15 + 3 21 + 3 6 ~6.80 knot loop loop blue white / black

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RIDER: URS HUNGERBÜHLER

2012

LOCATION: HAAKGAT, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0


E /BOARDS/2012/VANE

FREESTYLE

TWINTIP

Van

HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE! R+D: TIM HENDRICS NEW SCHOOL TWINTIP Accessories: [ ] Pro Pads [ ] Ergo Straps [ ] Handle [ ] Fins Fin details: 4 x 5 cm fins in G5

[ ] Precise flex pattern for highest performance and comfort [ ] Newschool shape and outline [ ] Wider stance options [ ] Pad Technology glass base and responsive EVA layers [ ] Full Wood Core Construction


The Vane is the weapon of choice for our team when it comes to take a new-school twin tip out on the water. An explosive board but don’t forget its perfect all-round capabilities that quickly and directly take you to the next level. The aggressive edges and incredible pop mixed with state of the art technology from the Gaastra R & D Lab makes the Vane a very versatile board. Shape details: The Flex is precisely tuned for maximum performance without compromising comfort. The “Wide Stance” option makes the take off and landing quite easy. The reason behind this is the new pad technology: Super grippy EVA layers bonded to a fiberglass layer. Even King Kong can’t crack them up! The new-school shape comes with 5 cm deep fins to go upwind easily and at the same time keeps the board loose and soft enough even for the hardest turns. Construction details: • Full wood core offers unique flex design and proven durability • State of the art technology: lightweight and extremely robust • Heavy Duty Metal Inserts

SPECS / MODEL

Vane 127

Vane 130

Vane 133

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )

127 38.5 26.6 36.3 2.38 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

130 40.5 28.8 36.5 2.58 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

133 42 29.9 41.8 2.6 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 5.0 4.1

* Estimated Weight

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RIDER: LEO ROSE

2012

LOCATION: BRANDVLEI, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: FOX


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0


T /BOARDS/2012/SUSPECT

CROSS OVER

TWINTIP

Suspec

MR. VERSATILE R+D: TIM HENDRICS FREERIDE Accessories: [ ] Pads [ ] 3D Straps [ ] Handle [ ] Fins Fin details: 4 x 5 cm fins in G10

[ ] Dynamic flex for the best ratio of comfort and performance [ ] Cross Over shape and outline combines Freeride, Freestyle, Cruising and Newschool abilities [ ] Optimized Scoop perfect balance between power & effortless riding [ ] Wood Core Construction


The Suspect is optimized specifically for freeriders, and “free riding” with a really big range . It glides on very easily and quickly reaches top speeds without significantly sacrificing smoothness. The Suspect is easy to jump and very easy to land. The stretched outline helps to get upwind like a bat out of hell. Shape details: The Dynamic Flex gives you full comfort and full performance. The improved Scoop of the Suspect ensures the ultimate balance between tight sharp turns and wide, loose carves. Construction details: • Wood Core for a lot of feedback • ABS-edges for highest durability and more grip in the turns • Heavy Duty Metal Inserts

SPECS / MODEL

Suspect 132

Suspect 136

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )

132 39 29.7 32 2.3 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 10.5 4

136 40 30 35 2.4 4x 50mm G5 CAD M6 44 3 14 11 4

* Estimated Weight

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N /BOARDS/2012/XENON

FREERIDE

TWINTIP

Xeno

SMOOTH CRIMINAL R+D: TIM HENDRICS FREERIDE Accessories: [ ] Pro Pads [ ] Ergo Straps [ ] Handle [ ] Fins Fin details: 4 x 6 cm fins in G5

[ ] Comfortable and fast flex pattern [ ] Cross Over shape and outline combines Freeride, Freestyle, Cruising and Newschool abilities [ ] Wider stance options [ ] Pad Technology glass base and responsive EVA layers [ ] Single Shot Wood Construction [ ] Easy Scoop optimized for easy planning and control


The Xenon is the freeride masterpiece from Gaastra. The shape has been continuously developed and offers exceptionally smooth drivability. The Xenon glides throw the water without you thinking about it. The all-rounder perfect twin tip board! Shape details: We have not yet found anyone to not like this board. Its smoothness impresses ambitious free riders, the impressive speed brings the eyes of the racers to shine and its loose maneuverability is the reason for rapid progress. The Xenon has a wider stance, together with a new rocker that delivers superior upwind performance. The softer flex in conjunction with a new outline and rail shape result in a fast and very comfortable board. For maximum grip the Xenon comes with 6 cm deep fins. Construction details: • ABS sidewalls that converge toward the tips, to guarantee perfect grip and soft landings. • High-Performance Construction: Foam core with high density in order to save weight and ensure the correct flex. Optimum combination of weight and durability • Heavy Duty Metal Inserts SPECS / MODEL

Xenon 135

Xenon 145

Xenon 155

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH CENTER ( cm) WIDTH TAIL ( cm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * FINS FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside to inside in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm ) RAIL THICKNESS CENTER ( mm ) RAIL THICKNESS TAIL ( mm )

135 41 29.3 32.4 2.9 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

145 43 30.8 42.2 3.2 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

155 45 32 51.4 3.5 4x 60mm G5 CAD M6 35 2 28 5.0 3.5

* Estimated Weight

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2012 RIDER: MAURICE PATHUIS LOCATION: BRANDVLEI, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


E /BOARDS/2012/SURFKITE2

WAVE

DIRECTIONAL

SURFKIT

2 HIGH PERFORMANCE SURFING SHAPER: HARRY BREHM WAVE Accessories: [ ] 2D Pads [ ] D Straps [ ] Fins Fin details:

1 x 114 mm 2 x 113 mm fins in G5

[ ] High Performance Construction [ ] Enhanced Fin Shape for less drag [ ] Wide stance options for better surf [ ] Sharp box rails from fins to tail [ ] Optimized Rocker


The Surfkite v2 has a simple structured Range: Two boards that are suitable for all wave conditions. They work great in both slower onshore waves and fast reef breaks! They are traditional surfboard Shapes, developed by South African Harry Brehm. They are tested in a variety of waves around the globe. The wide Stance gives a natural surf style on the Wave. The Fins keep calm even in the hardest of turns and are optimized for minimal drag to get you quickly back on the next wave! 5’6’’ The board is designed for all wind conditions and slower waves. It is more rounded in the outline and gives maximum maneuverability. The sharp Boxrails near the Fins give a lot of power to the tail to make big spray off the top! An average rocker delivers maximum speed in gusty conditions. The broader Pintail can also be turned easily with less pressure. 5’10’’ Large powerful waves are the perfect playground for this shape. It holds the speed better and brings control to the turns through the long Outline. More surface to the water means more grip. The sharp Boxrails from the Fins to tail makes it a very powerful Board at the cut back. The rocker provides maximum speed, even in gusty conditions. The narrow Pintail holds faster more controlled and powerful turns. Construction details: • Fiberglass construction • Wood reinforcements under the pads • Additional layers of glass on all stress zones SPECS / MODEL

Surfkite 5’ 6’’

Surfkite 5’ 10’’

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH MAX ( cm) CONCAVE MAX ( mm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * VOLUME ( ltr ) FINS

162 45.1 4.5 144 3.3 19.8 2pcs 113mm (5°) 1pcs 114mm G5 CAD

170 45.5 3.5 138 3.4 20.1 2pcs 113mm (5°) 1pcs 114mm G5 CAD

FIN BOX FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside rear to inside rear in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm )

Mini Tuttle M6 47.5 3 25

Mini Tuttle M6 47.5 3 25

* Estimated Weight

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2012 RIDER: LEO CLUSE LOCATION: HAAKGAT, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0


E /BOARDS/2012/SURFKITE2

FREERACE & LIGHTWIND

DIRECTIONAL

Apac

GO FOR IT! SHAPER: HARRY BREHM FLATWATER, SPEED, FREERIDE Accessories: [ ] RPE Pads [ ] Straps [ ] Fins Fin details:

2x185 mm in front 2x220 mm in back (G10)

[ ] High Speed outline offers extreme fast rides [ ] Additional inserts in the center for extra footstrap (optional) [ ] High power G10 Fins [ ] High quality glassfiber construction


The new Apace is the evolution of the kite-sport. A very powerful board that planes extremely early and runs against the wind like a train! The board concept has its roots in course racing. It started with the goal for the team riders to get a perfect board shape for the flying upwind, but soon after it came the light wind aspect. With this board you can glide at 8 knots, but the shapes will handle stronger winds with ease. In addition to the racing and performance there is plenty of fun to be had! The shape turns extremely easy! If you kite a lot on lakes or simply want to free ride you have found the right Board, right here- The Apache! Shape details: A variety of inserts for lots of stance positions! You can tune the Board perfectly to your style just by moving the straps. The APACE comes with 18.5 cm and 22 cm G10 fins. The larger fins in the rear bring stability, while the smaller ones in the front gives a greater range. The speed of this board will satisfy any rider. It has a broad, powerful tail for early planning and a compact size, so you can stow it well. The hull shape comes with a monoconcave front section into a double concave tail. The best compromise between easy handling and speed on all courses. Construction details: • Fiberglass construction • Mini tuttle fin boxes so you can use different fin combos • Soft EVA foam deck provides the necessary comfort. SPECS / MODEL

APACE

LENGTH ( cm ) WIDTH MAX ( cm) CONCAVE MAX ( mm) SCOOP ( mm ) WEIGHT ( kg ) * VOLUME ( ltr ) FINS

169.5 49.5 1.5 93 3.8 30.3 2pcs 185mm (18°) 2pcs 220mm (14°) G10

FIN BOX FIN SCREW STANCE OPTIONS ( inside rear to inside rear in cm ) STRAP INSERTS ( number of options ) STRAP INSERTS ( distance between in mm )

Mini Tuttle M6 41.5 3 25

* Estimated Weight

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R+D: TIM HENDRICS SUPPORT AND MOVEMENT IN NEW DIMENSIONS

/EQUIPMENT/2012/HARNESSES/VOLT

WAIST HARNESS

VOL

3D HIGH TWO!

The VOLT is the top level Gaastra Waist Harnes with a unique Double 3D Shape. This is no less than the next revolution in harness design. Because of the new cut, it combines maximum support and maximum freedom of movement at a new level you could only dream of in the past. No matter how long your session or how big you go, the Volt will be supporting you, no if’s and’s or butt’s about it! Size: S, M, L, XL

FRONT VIEW

BUCKLE UP SPREADER BAR

Shape details: Absolutely perfect fit with the Double 3D Shape. The harness is bent around the body and was also adapted ergonomically to the spine and lumbar region. The Volt offers an integrated EVA cushion comfort and protects the lower back. On the safe side you get the super soft cushioned EVA-hook. The integrated double-strap construction is the optimal solution to the harness hook that easily trims to the individual. Of course the Volt comes with the “Anti Suicide” function for maximum safety! Construction details: • “Double 3D shaped” PU board on the inside • No pressure and stress points, everything is padded with soft neoprene • Extremely rugged and durable construction • Heavy duty stitching to withstand even the most extreme loads • Integrated kidney belt for the best grip, best flexibility and perfect fit • Superior Harness Technology: 80 pieces of high end materials make the Volt nearly bomb-proof! • Comes with the Buckle Up Spreader Bar


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FORC

Amp for more power!

Sit down!

Light, flexible, robust and comfortable: The Amp offers maximum comfort, plus the flexibility and freedom of movement from a modern waist harness.

A seat harness, equipped to cope with all challenges from the novice to the professional racer. The Force kiteseat harness provides uncompromising style and comfort.

AM

Full on rotations or powerfull lines the Amp supports you!

Size: S, M, L, XL

E

Style and comfort, packaged in a fully thoughtout seat harness!

Size: S, M, L, XL Shape details: • EVA back pad for support and protection of the lower back • Built-in “Suicide Leash” Construction Details: • 3 piece neoprene belt • Super soft padded corners and seams • Comes with the Buckle Up Spreader Bar

Shape details: The Force has a medium hook position, in combination with the multi-strap system it can be tuned perfect to your needs. Additional leg straps and a safety belt help to ensure the hook does not slip. The soft harness pad protects against injury. A grab handle comes with one of the best seat harnesses on the market Construction Details: • All corners are protected with soft neoprene • Durable and robust construction: • Heavy duty nylon buckles that include a fixed combination of the hook and harness. • Heavy duty sewing

BUCKLE UP SPREADER BAR

The new Buckle Up Spreader Bar offers maximum comfort on and off. Size: 23 or 26cm Construction Details: • New snap closure technique PAT.NR. 201120246752.8 • Super soft padded corners and seams • comes with knife pocket

Twin Tip Single Bag Size: 137 or 148cm

Travel Bag

• L lite 145cm • L (with wheels) 145cm • XL lite 180cm 41


RIDER: LEO ROSE

2012

LOCATION: SUNSET, SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO: TIM HENDRICS


Riders: Leif Wilkesmann, Lukasz Ceran, Esther Oud, Leo Rose Location: Langebaan, South Africa Date: 25.02.2010 11:07 Photo: Tim Hendrics Kites: Hatch 13.0, Jekyll 12.0, Jekyll 10.5, Max 12.0

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The Spry Suits deliver no compromise performance! Developed with our team riders, these suits are truly state of the Art in terms of wear comfort, accuracy and durability. Optimized fitting for any radical style in all Water-sports.

The Spry 4/3 DL Hybrid guarantees two things: Perfect flexibility and comfort for our top athletes. FEATURES: • • • • • • • • • • •

Double lined MEGA STRETCH Neoprene panels provides best flex possible Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back panels cuts out the wind chill factor LIGHTSTRETCH material on the inside for warmth and comfort AQUA TAPE for perfect seam sealing performance SUPERTEX knee panel LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Wrist lock HOT ZONE System to avoid a rush of cold water entering your suit Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

The Spry 3/2 DL Shortarm much like it’s long sleeve brother also delivers maximum flexibility and wearing comfort for our top athletes. FEATURES: • • • • • • • • •

Double Lined MEGA STRETCH Neoprene in all panels provides best flex possible Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back panels cuts out the wind chill factor LIGHTSTRETCH material on the inside for best heat ratings and pleasant wear BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar SUPERTEX knee pane

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Premium Single Lined neoprene wetsuits with a superior fit. The best protection against cold water in a clean and technical style. Optimized fitting for Windsurfing purposes. The Manic 6/4 Polar Steamer enables core surfers to take on cold winter situations. The warmest winter suit available! FEATURES: • • • • • • • • • • •

Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene HEAT SHIELD in the chest panel BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit Wrist lock WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Horizontal Back Zip Entry Double Tube Zipper Sealing Turtle Neck SUPERTEX knee panel Cut Away Cuffs

The Manic 5/3 SL Steamer is the perfect combination of highly flexible Single Lined neoprenes to keep you warm and comfortable. FEATURES: • • • • • • • • • • •

Singe Lined FINE MESH Neoprene HEAT SHIELD in the chest panel BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit Wrist lock WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry HOT ZONE System to avoid a rush of cold water entering your suit Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar SUPERTEX knee panel Cut Away Cuffs

The Manic 4/3 Convertible Steamer gives you the freedom of choice of riding a short arm Single Lined suit, or improving the temperature character by adding the sleeves. FEATURES: • • • • • • • • •

with Sleeves Singe Lined FINE MESH Neoprene HEAT SHIELD in the chest panel BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar SUPERTEX knee panel Coming with Sleeves


High quality and extreme durable wetsuits completing the Gaastra line up. This is a unique suit that is optimized for all Water sport activities.

An all -in- one wetsuit with great stretch and warmth. FEATURES: • • • • • • • •

Double Lined MEGA STRETCH Neoprene in arm panels Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry HOT ZONE System Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

For the Ladies! Here is the perfect design with the highest quality and most durable wetsuits in the Gaastra line up. Made just for her! This is a unique suit that is optimized for all Water-sport activities.

The perfect suit for great sessions in a cold water environment. FEATURES:

The full dose performance at incredible value FEATURES:

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Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry HOT ZONE System Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

An all -in- one wetsuit with great stretch and warmth. FEATURES: • • • • • • • •

Double Lined MEGA STRETCH Neoprene in arm panels Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back BLIND STITCH & Glued seam technology LEG VELCRO CLOSEUP SYSTEM for optimal fit WATER RELEASE PANEL for improved drainage Back Zip Entry HOT ZONE System Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back Flatlock Construction Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

The full dose performance at incredible value FEATURES: • • • •

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Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back Flatlock Construction Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

The full dose performance at incredible value FEATURES: • • • •

Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back Flatlock Construction Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

The full dose performance at incredible value FEATURES: • • • •

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Single Lined FINE MESH Neoprene on chest and back Flatlock Construction Back Zip Entry Adjustable Velcro Wrap collar

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