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NORTH KITE BOARDING 2011


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Kites

8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39

Progression 11 Kite Details Rebel 2011 Rebel 2011 Technology Rebel 2010 vs. Rebel 2011 Vegas 2011 Vegas 2011 Technology Vegas 2010 vs. Vegas 2011 EVO 2011 Fuse 2011 Neo 2011 Dyno 2011 Buzz 2011 Lizard 2011 Solid 2011 Kite Comparison

Bars

42-43 Trust Bar 2011 44-45 Trust Bar 5th Element & Trust Bar Quad Control 46-47 Iron Heart IV 48-49 Bar Features 50-51 Flying Lines / 5th Element

D ir e ct i on a l s

86-87 88-89 90-91 92-93 94-95 96-97 98-99 100-101

Directional Technology Kontact WAM Whip Waveboard Finder Race LTD Free Race Board Accessories

A c c e s sor i e s

104-107 108-111

Harness Packs & Bags

S par e part s

114-115 Rebel 2011 / Vegas 2011 116-117 Rebel 2010 / Vegas 2010 118-119 EVO 2010 / Fuse 2010 120-121 Bar 2011 Overview /  Cam Battens 2010 / 2011 122-123 Bar 2011 124-125 Boards 2011 126-127 Boards 2010 / Lines 2011 128-129 Kites 2011 / North Lexicon 2011

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Boards

130-131

Twin T i p s

p rodu c t f i nd e r k it e s /  board s

54-55 56-59 60-64 66-70 72-73 74-75 76-77 78-79 80-81 82-83

Twin Tip Technology Select Team Series Jaime X-Ride Soleil Gonzales Spike Skimfish Twin Tip Boardfinder

132-133

Team Rider

Kites / Boards 2011

a p par e l

134-135 136-139 140-149

Apparel Apparel women Apparel men


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contact Board s & More HE A D q uart e r

Rabach 1 4591 Molln Austria Tel + 43 - 7584 - 403 - 0 Fax + 43 - 7584 - 403 - 600 info@boards-and-more.com


KITES 2011


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progression 11 At NKB we strive to make the most innovative, durable and user-friendly products on the market. It’s often the smallest details that make a difference and for 2011 we took a even closer look at all existing production details and continued to improve them one by one after a great quality advantage in 2010. The result of our extensive construction overhaul is what we call PROGRESSION 10: A very detailed catalogue of product features that are simple yet highly effective for quality and performance. By simplifying the production process and standardizing single parts of products throughout our range, the construction process and the number of parts needed has been greatly optimized. For the first time ever computer supported sewing machines have been implemented, guaranteeing a perfect stitch that is durable and of the highest quality. Cloth cutting processes have also been optimized, allowing us to use more expensive and higher quality materials that are lighter and more durable. Even the seam construction diagram has been changed from the classic zigzag stitch to a stronger triple zigzag. All top are now stitched and glued. The list of improvements is long and peppered with completely new innovations like the Fusion 10 and the new pigtails. Before any product can leave the factory, it must pass all quality inspections and check points. Every production process is defined in the smallest detail and accurately logged, allowing us to achieve the highest level of quality control for every single product. With the sum of innovations, new materials, construction changes and quality control procedures, the standard of our products has risen to an entirely new level.

N ew in f late – de f l ate valv e s : 2011 we invented a completely new valve system. The valve now offers a bombproof closing system, very easy and comfortable to handle and with an integrated deflator pin. The material of the valve itself and the connection to the tube also has been improved so the valves can not twist anymore and can not slip into the tube. PUMP – SSSITTT – CLOSED – GO KITING

Co nstr u ct ion de tai l s 2 0 1 1 : F usio n 1 0 unique leading edge to strut connection G lued O v e r la p Se am D ac ron T E N ew P i g tai l s w it h D a cron r e i n forc e m e nts doubled and converted cleanest L eadin g Ed g e S eam Co n str u c t ion New Cam B atte n e nds w i t h Mo n of i l m 20 mm Strut e nd s an d Str u t z i p p e r for easy bladder exchange

L E d o u b le V p i g t a i l

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9 L e adi n g Edg e B rid l e Con n e ct io n extremely robust, sewed by computer-supported machines Nort h P u l l e y L eadi n g Ed g e Jo i nt Pat c h e s oval reinforcements in between LE segments TE Batt e n s

fusion 10

Tr ia n g u lar T ra i l i n g Edg e Pat c h e s Ke v lar patc h e s

F u s io n T e n The fusion 10 is a completely new connection between the strut and leading edge. In contrast to normal connections, the forces are no longer supported by a webbing strap but by a flexible line. The line ensures a perfectly clean connection of strut to leading edge even with the smallest struts and offers our strongest strut connection ever. Just a little revolution in strut technology!

F r o n t p i g ta i l

Re l au n c h B u n g e e s The 2010 Rebel and Evo both utilize the same new re-launch bungee system. A small ring supports an elastic bungee attached to the front leg of the back line “V”. When the lines are not under flying tension, the V is pulled tight to the leading edge preventing any line snags on the kite’s wingtips during launching, landing and water re-launch. The clean, low profile design requires no assembly when attaching your lines to the kite and is reinforced with a durable PVC patch to prevent any wear on the leading edge. c o m p u t e r s u p p o r t e d s ew i n g Co m p u ter s u p port ed s e w i n g At North Kiteboarding we strive to perfect the smallest manufacturing details. With the aid of computer-supported sewing machines, we are guaranteed the strongest possible seam construction and a clean, good-looking stitch. Our extremely durable double V pigtails are also constructed using this innovation for maximum quality. D o ub l ed a n d c l e an e d P i g tai l s New ways in constructing Front – and Back Pigtails have been found by NKB. No more belt struts are used, but strongest dyneema lines. The advantage of the lines is the flexibility at the edge of the canopy, so they can flex in every single direction, not like stiff belt struts. Further more two layers of strongest Dacron are sewed on all Pigtails which ensures a perfect and flutter free load transmission.

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kite details 11 Ca m BAT TER NS Our revolutionary and patent-pending Cam Battens are made of flexible nylon and improve the stability of the canopy and reduce the drag of the kite. The Cam Battens allow us to achieve a deeper profile and make the kites more powerful. The deeper canopy combined with a round entry profile gives better stall resistance, which yields not only better low end power but also better hang-time. Cam Battens also give the kite much better upwind abilities and very good stability in the sky.

CAM BATT E NS

Kook- Proo f Co n n e ctors These connectors prevent the number one cause of kite accidents by ensuring that front lines cannot be attached to the back of the kite and back lines cannot be attached to the front. KOOK PROOF CONN E CTORS Self Re s c u e Hand le s These loops attached to the inside of the wingtips make it easier to hold the kite for bodydrag rescue.

Ara mid R e i n for c ed A necessary quality standard are the Aramid Reinforcements, added in highly exposed areas such as the Micro Batten pockets and the leading edge scuff pads. These reinforcements reduce wear from everyday use and increase the durability and life of your kite.

S E L F R E SCU E HAND E L S

Load D i s tri b uti on Pa n e l s More powerful kite profiles means that the canopy has to carry higher loads resulting in a distorted profile and loss of efficiency. The Load Distribution Panels spread the load from the lines to a wider area keeping the profile smooth and distinct and allowing the kite to perform with maximum efficiency at all times.

ARAMID R E INFORC E M E NT

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Re l au n c h B u n g e e s In order to make the relaunch easier and to avoid any possible line tangling, we've added Relaunch Bungees at the kite tip. The bungees keep the lines lying slick against the inside of the leading edge, preventing any line from going over the top of the kite during the relaunch. CANOPY An t i S na g Co n c e pt The combination of Re-launch Bungees and our new low profile batten pockets and thin strut ends helps prevent any lines from snagging anywhere on the kite during relaunch. – Batten Pocket Construction – Thin Rip Ends – Relaunch Bungee B L ADD E RS C A NO PY In order to produce a lightweight and durable kite, North uses T9 polyester ripstop for the canopy. This material does not absorb any water and is coated with UV-protection on both sides.

BLA D DER S Our UV-obstructing polyester polyurethane bladders proved to be very reliable and are now also equipped with return valves at the small transversal tubes.

l o a d d i s t r i b u t i o n p a n el

D A CR O N LEA D ING-E DGE A N D RIB S All areas exposed to peak stresses are made of top-quality 170g or 175g Dacron. This material helps achieve maximum tear strength in combination with conventional kite materials and will never delaminate. d a c r o n le a n d r i b s LAZY PUMP One valve for inflating, one valve for deflating the whole kite.

L a z y p u M p


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ra nge o f use: Wave, Freestyle

rebel 

2011

rebel 2 0 1 1 Whether you're ripping apart waves, getting huge, lofty jumps or just blasting around on flat water, the 2011 Rebel is a stylish 5-line all-terrain freeride/wave machine that gives you an unmatched "connected" feel and virtually limitless performance in all conditions. The Rebel has become famous for it's direct de-power, smooth, predictable turning, even when de-powered, and short bar stroke. And this year is no exception! Flutter-free wingtips have again greatly improved the smoothness and consistency of the Rebel's turning. This smooth turning combined with optimized canopy profiles that are highly resistant to back-stalling provide seamless power delivery ideal for surfing. Improved bar feel and de-power in the small sizes means even more comfortable and accessible top-end so you can keep having fun even when the wind gets nuclear. The loaded 5th line design provides the highest level of safety as well as being responsible for the unique short de-power stroke and direct lively feeling. Mainly due to the floating strut construction, the Rebels get a very direct and precise feeling – even when depowered. Our highest quality standard "Progression 10" construction means the Rebel is built to last and withstand the demands that serious riders put on their kites, as well as providing a long list of other slick details like back line V bungees and snag free strut ends. Now stop dreaming and go ride!

c o lor s

Re bel w i n dran g e Size

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2) 3.3

5

21- 40

5.0

6

19-38

5.0

4.0

7

17-36

5.0

4.6

8

16-34

5.0

5.3

9

15-32

5.1

5.5

10

14-30

5.1

6.1

11

13-29

5.1

6.7

12

12-27

5.1

7.3

14

11-23

5.2

8.5

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hotte st arg u m e nt s _Progression 11 _Technoforce d² _Loaded 5th Line _Progression 10 construction _Direct steering even when de-powered _Short and direct de-power _Smooth, seamless power stroke


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rebel  technology

2011

The Pow e r - a nd Ste er i n g Area be h av i or while the Ki te is d ep owe r ed

p o we r a r e a a f f e c t e d

s t e E r i n g a r e a a f f e c t e d

s t e E r i n g a r e a a f f e c t e d

Depowered 5 Strut Construction Profile collapses in Power- and Steering Area

p o we r a r e a a f f e c t e d

s t e E r i n g a r e a NOT a f f e c t e d

Depowered 4 Strut plus Floating Strut Construction Profile collapses only in Power-Area

s t e E r i n g a r e a NOT a f f e c t e d


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2010

vs rebel

2011

Ken Wi n n e r, Nort h D e s i g n er re b e l v s r e bel Think about two slightly different surfboards; both the same size, same shape,

Size-specific Tuning:

same rails, same fin configuration, yet subtly different in rocker or outline or fin

1.) Sizes 10 to 14 have been tuned for short bar stroke and a maximally crisp feel.

angle. From just looking at them not one person in 100 could tell which is going to ride better. Yet after riding both you might easily determine that one is clearly superior.

2.) Sizes 5 to 8, which naturally tend to be a bit too crisp and responsive, have been tuned for a crispness and responsiveness that's just right. Not soft and slow; not uncomfortably harsh and fast.

Now think about the 2010 Rebel and the 2011 Rebel. To even the trained eye they look almost exactly the same. Not one in 100 people could tell by looking at

3.) 9-meter kites can go either way, a bit slow and soft or a bit fast and harsh. We

them what the differences are. Yet still, when we handed a 2011 Rebel 6 proto to

spent some time tuning this one for what we think is just the right feel in a wave

one of our long-time Rebel customers for a test run, he thought it was a big step

and all-around kite.

better than the older model. That's where kite design has arrived lately. You just can't tell much by looking.

To le ra n t of Sub-spec Infl atio n The 2010 and 2011 Rebels work best when inflated to 6psi, but they still work fine at 5 or 4psi. By contrast, many kites on the market these days need 8 or 10

What 's th e Sam e a nd W h y:

psi to fly correctly.

5 L ines

Ar c, Segmen tatio n, Str ut Co nfigu rat ion

The Rebel remains a 5-line kite, of course, all for all the usual reasons:

The overall geometry remains the same because the Rebel's unique combination of arc, segmentation and strut configuration gives good stability, power, depower

1.) Short depower stroke and crisp feel. In sizes 9 meters and over. Anyone who

and flutter resistance. Multiple segments through the center of the canopy give

rides wave or has short arms or just likes a responsive kite can appreciate the

good profile fidelity, while one straight segment on each side gives a flat profile

importance of achieving full depower with a minimal movement of the control bar.

where it can do the most good in resisting unwanted luffing and flutter. Five struts give needed structure while allowing for good performance at low inflation pres-

2.) Super stability. If it weren't so easy to keep in the air you'd be forgiven for

sures.

thinking it's made of rock. 3.) Easy relaunch in light winds. Even riders who like four-line kites often add a fifth line to make relaunch possible in super-light wind. 4.) Safety. When you need to get total, complete and perfect depower in half a second, nothing else works as well as a 5th line.

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W hat' s D i f f ere nt a n d W h y Pow er v s . D e pow e r The 2010 Rebel has a lot of power. Probably no kite has more. For 2011 we refined canopy profiles and angle of attack to boost depower without hurting power.

Bar Pr e s s ur e & T ur n I n it iatio n A kite with low bar pressure often seems to require very little pressure for turn initiation. A kite with high bar pressure is the opposite. The 2011 Rebel has slightly lower bar pressure than the 2010, and slightly easier turn initiation. This is something we didn't want to overdo because then the kite would fail to deliver good bar feedback. We achieved this improvement through a subtle change in overall kite geometry.

Tur n i n g Sp e ed Sizes 10 and up in the 2011 Rebel turn a bit easier, faster and more smoothly than the 2010. Sizes 9 and down have slightly easier turn initiation and are smoother while turning, but overall turning speed is about the same.

Sp e ed Though the Rebel won the 2010 Kiteboard Race World Championship, it really is just a wave and all-around kite and pretty much none of the testing for the 2011 model involved race boards. That said, the 2011 Rebel is a bit faster than the 2010. This improvement comes from refinements in profile depth, angle of attack and tip shape.

Bottom Li n e Not one in 100 kiteboarders could spot the differences in geometry and shape between the 2010 Rebel and the 2011, but not one in 100 could fail to miss the improvements in feel.


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ra nge o f use: New School

vegas

2011

veg as 2 0 1 1 The Vegas is a pure C-shape kite that embodies radical new-school riding and delivers the precision feel needed to stomp today's most technical tricks and challenge tomorrow's limits. A no-compromise design that delivers massive pop, steady pull and a predictable, direct turning radius. Pull the trigger on massive mega-loops or unhook and launch into a mobe with the assurance of rock-solid pull and steadiness. The Vegas delivers high de-power with the widest range of use although it’s a C-kite and gives you virtually no de-power for full-on powered wakestyle. The 2011 Vegas: Style and conviction without compromise.

vega s w i ndran g e Size

c o lor s

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

5

20-40

5.9

2.7

7

18-34

5.7

3.7

9

16-31

5.5

4.9

10

14-28

5.5

5.5

12

13-25

5.5

6.6

14

12-23

5.8

7.6

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2011 two d iffe r en t se t ups Two different positions to connect the front lines: One for the FREEstyle high depower SET UP and one for the NEW SCHOOL SET UP.

› F r e e s t y l e H i gh D e p ow e r Se t Up › New School Setup

POWERED

DEPOWERED

› F r e e s t y l e H i gh D e p ow e r Se t Up

POWERED

DEPOWERED

› New School Setup

fro nt- /  ba c kline p owe r d is tri butio n When riding with full power in the Freestyle mode, the forces on the lines are split into 60 % on the front lines and 40 % on the back lines. Therefore, less steering impulse is needed to make the kite turn quickly. When riding with full power in the New School mode, the forces on the lines are split into 75 % on the front lines and 25 % on the back lines. This makes the back lines less sensitive, causing less movement while you are throwing an unhooked trick. More steering impulse is required to get the same turning as that of a Vegas in Freestyle mode.


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tip turning ar e a

tip turni n g a r e a

In Freestyle mode the tip has a wider surface affected by the rider’s bar input. Therefore, the kite is much more sensitive and reactive in steering. In New School mode, a smaller surface of the tip is affected. More bar input is required for quick steering reaction. More bar stability means the kite will not “rise up” when you unhook making it easier to throw mindblowing New School tricks.

› F r e e s t yle Hig h

› New School Setup

D e p ower S et Up

d ep o we r beh avi o ur 60  % POWER ON THE FRONTLINE 40  % POWER ON THE BACKLINE

75  % POWER ON THE FRONTLINE 25  % POWER ON THE BACKLINE

› F r e e s t yle Hig h D e p ower S et Up

› New School Setup

With the New School set up the Vegas still retains some Depower but becomes less sensitive to bar sheeting and steering making it ideal for unhooking.


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vegas vs vegas 2010

2011

I ntervi e w w ith N K B D e s i g n er R a l f Grö s e l about t h e n e w VEG AS 2 0 1 1 NKB: 2010 was a very successful year for the Vegas. No other C-Kite is as well known and loved by the freestyle crowd like the Vegas. How come a C-Kite is that compatible to other kite concepts like deltas or bows?

N KB: So what’s the main difference of the 2011 to it’s forerunner?

Ra lf Grösel: As already mentioned above, the Technoforce D2 material is essentially improving the stiffness of the canopy Ra lf Gr ö s e l : In my opinion, it’s primarily the fact that the Ve- and the whole kite structure. This was a main reason being able gas is the most versatile C-kite and lots of riders with completely to change the profile in the centre and the tension on the traidifferent riding styles are attracted. Of course the Vegas is main- ling edge. The result is a more powerful and more constant pop. ly dedicated to the needs of Wakestyle and Newschool riders Unhooked tricks can be done easier because the kite offers a but with the precise handling, the predictable handling and the more constant line tension. Handling and feedback of the kite effective, short depower stroke it makes itself very interesting for are finetuned and enables to have enormous control of your kite. The sizes 5, 7 and 9 offer a second breakinglines attachment, lots of different target groups. which is slowing down the turning speed of the kite. NKB: Meanwhile North Kiteboarding is offering seven different kite concepts in it’s product portfolio, what is your personal con- N KB: Which is the main target group of this kite? nection to the Vegas? Which kite do you ride when you are not Ra lf Gr ösel: The target group is of course like also in former testing? years, the Freestyle and Newschool fraction. The Vegas is THE Ralf Grö s e l : During developing four different kitelines, the- kite of our tem riders and is again dedicated to their growing re is indeed not lots of time for just enjoying kiting, additionally needs and wishes. Therefore I’m totally convinced the Vegas is the best C-kite we ever had. Why? Because it’s the continuous it’s pretty hard to switch off the testing button in your head… Still the Vegas is the kite which means a lot to me because it development of a already convincing and established kite model. is besides the Evo the kite which suits the best to my personal riding style. Even I’m not the best freestyler or wakestyler of NKB: Does the Vegas again offer the option of two different trim the world, I love the precise handling and the depower abilities options? which help a lot to have relaxed and comfortable kiting at my R alf Gr ösel: Yes, these are again the two options: gusty homespots. NKB: Which leads us to the question what changed in the con- – 5th line Freestyle High Depower: Lots of depower with the classical Vegas feeling. This option cept of the Vegas? offers versatility and is ideal for freeriding, jumping hooked and Ra lf Gr ö s e l : The Vegas 2011 is an evolution of the 2010 unhooked manoeuvres model. It was really essential to me, to keep the basic characteristics of the 2010 model. Like a VW Golf VI is the best in his – 5th line Freeestyle / Newschool: class being an evolvement of the Golf V, we also changed a lot Dedicated to New School, this option offers less Depower, extremest stability riding unhooked of small things without loosing the typical Vegas gene. The most important and most challenging innovation is the new and is less sensitive on steering commands at loaded power Technoforce D2 material. This especially for North Kiteboarding moves. Further it of course offers all safety and relaunch advandeveloped double rip stop material was introduced with the tages of the 5th element. Fuse and is now used in any kites of North Kiteboarding. Flying and handling characteristics are changed a lot so the kites have been finetuned a lot to fulfil the expectations of the test crews. The stiffness of the D2 is way higher then at common materials and tensions in the kite can be used to improve the handling and the performance of a kite.


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evo

2011

EVO c o n ti n uo u s r _EV O _ l ut ion

ava ilab lE : No vem be r 2010

The Evo presents a seamless blend of free-ride and new-school characteristics. Offering an incredibly stable, C-oriented feel with the smoothness and de-power ability of a hybrid, the Evo allows you to bang out the latest unhooked freestyle tricks, jump high, throw kite loops and cruise with ease. Consistent, predictable power development and steady bar feel makes the Evo excellent for unhooking and super easy to throw kiteloops while providing tons of pop for throwing new-school moves! Super easy relaunch due to the round, compact shape of the Evo makes trying new moves all the more tempting. With added low end in the big sizes the Evo will also get you out on those light wind days to strut your stuff.

ev o w i ndran g e Size

c ol or s

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

4

24-44

tba

tba

5

22-40

tba

tba

6

20-38

tba

tba

7

18-35

tba

tba

8

18-35

tba

tba

9

15-31

tba

tba

10

14-28

tba

tba

12

12-26

tba

tba

14

11-23

tba

tba

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si z e s 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14

hotte st arg u m e nt s _Progression 11 _Technoforce d² _C-oriented feel _Easy relaunch _Good low end _Easy kiteloops


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ra nge o f use: Wave, Freeride

fuse

2011

the FUSE – l i g ht it u p !

ava ilab lE : fe br uary 2011

A dedicated free-ride/wave kite that already sparked the future of 4 line performance. The Fuse is a brand new kind of free-ride/wave kite with a huge wind range, light, predictable feel and great jumping qualities. Its unique and simple new Attack Control Bridle gives the Fuse smooth, reactive steering that is especially evident when de-powered, making it a huge step forward in terms of manoeuvrability and directness on 4 lines. Additionally, the new AC Bridle gives you the ability to safely and completely de-power the Fuse on its back similar to a 5 line system. Easily accessible low-end power and extreme resistance to back-stalling gives the Fuse great light wind capabilities while the AC Bridle ensures direct de-power and a crisp bar feeling even in strong winds with easy push and pull power. The Fuse is built to last utilizing the newest Techno Force canopy material d² - already since the first generation of the Fuse - that is more resistant to tearing than conventional material. Meanwhile all North Kites are built out of the fantastic d² material. Lazy pump simplicity will get you on the water quickly and easily when it counts. To ensure a 100% safety solution the Fuse can also be flown on the 5th Element if desired.

ev o w i ndran g e Size

Wind Strength (KN)

c o lor s Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

5

20-40

tba

tba

7

17-36

tba

tba

9

15-32

tba

tba

10

14-30

tba

tba

12

12-27

tba

tba

14

11-23

tba

tba

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hotte st arg u m e nt s _Progression 11 _Technoforce d² _smooth barfeeling _huge windrange _easy Lowend _fast reaction on steering commands – even when depowered _Sheet & Go Power _4 and 5 lines option


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ra nge o f use: Freeride

neo

2011

All-rou nd s i m p l i c it y of t h e h i g h e st q u a l ity!

ava ilab lE : m ay 2011

The Neo emerges in the North kites line-up as a comfortable and super easy handling all-rounder with auto-relaunch and predictable bar feedback. Although we've kept a keen eye on simplicity with it's 3 strut configuration, the Neo boasts all of our highest quality North Progression 10 construction details for lasting durability and sleek looks. The Neo's round and compact shape flies equally well on 4 or 5 lines making it a great kite for a wide range of riders and riding styles. Freeriding in freedom.

neo w i n dran g e Size

c o lor s

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

7

19-34

tba

tba

9

16-30

tba

tba

12

13-25

tba

tba

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hotte st arg u m e nt s _Progression 11 _Technoforce d² _All-round performance _3 struts _Comfortable _Progression 10. _Auto Relaunch _Easy, direct bar feedback


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dyno

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dyno 2 0 1 1

ava ilab lE : Co ming s oo n

Enter the Dyno. This is the light-wind kite. It offers parked power similar to a parafoil together with superior dynamic power, better depower, more nuanced bar feel, better turning speed and superior safety (owing to inflatable elements). A versatile kite that will fly on either four lines or five, it has superior performance and handling, light winds and lulls are handled with ease. Low weight is clearly the Dyno's main feature. To get it, several steps have been taken. The Lazy Pump inflation system was eliminated because singlepoint inflation of course adds weight. Thinner bladder material and a lighter Dacron have been used in the inflatable elements. Two extra segments are put in the arc between the quarter ribs, which produced a slightly truer aerofoil in the center lifting area. Construction details that contribute crucially to function and durability remain, others were eliminated. As a result, the 18-meter Dyno flys in winds that are barely perceptible. A new Dynosty in lightwind performance has just begun.

c o lor s

dyn o w i ndran g e Size

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

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8-18

5.1

9.2

18

5-15

5.1

11.0

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h otte st ar g u m e nt s _Progression 11 _Technoforce d² _ultimative lightwind machine _lightweight construction _still durable materials _smooth but crisp barfeedback _fast turning


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buzz

2011

b uzz The ultimate school kite just got even better. Incorporating a host of unique performance features the Buzz will get you up and riding safely and easily. The Buzz's huge wind range makes it super easy to handle even in the hands of a novice. Incredible stability coupled with soft and smooth power development means you will not get any unexpected surprise jumps or aggressive kite surges. The unique easy relaunch feature makes relaunching your kite after a crash a piece of cake even in the lightest breeze; Just take your hands off the bar and wait for the kite to work its way to the edge of the wind window. Then, simply sheet in the bar and steer the kite back overhead. It's that easy! Built on years of feedback from kite-schools worldwide, The Buzz is heavily reinforced in the areas where it counts most to take the the rigors of being ridden hard everyday and put away wet.

buzz 2 0 1 1 w i ndra n g e Size

c o lor s

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

3.5

22-50

4.3

2.0

5.5

20-45

4.3

3.2

7.5

18-40

4.3

4.2

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hotte st arg u m e nt s _School kite _Heavily reinforced _easy relaunch _Smooth and easy


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lizard

2011

lizard North Trainer Kites are available in two different sizes. The Lizard 1.8 and the Lizard 2.5 offer a safe and enjoyable way for beginners to learn the basics of the sport. The Ram Air Construction makes the trainer kites very durable and easy to handle. The new internal construction supports the cross spots and make the kites bullet proof. The kite’s exact and direct reaction to steering impulses helps newcomers to acquire all the flying knowhow necessary for kiteboarding. The two line kites are supplied with a 50 cm wide, rubber coated aluminum bar. Just like the original North Scepter bar, it has winding posts for fast and tangle-free winding. The Ram Air kites come ready to fly, will take no time to set up and pack up small.

lizard w i ndran g e Size

Wind Strength (KN)

1.8

2-21

2.5

2-16

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Projected Area (M2)

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hotte st arg u m e nt s _Ram-Air Kite _Training Kite _Very Robust


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solid

2011

s olid The “5th Element-like Pressureless Safety System” continues to be the most important feature of the Solid. In addition to the regular landing and relaunch option, this system offers perfect safety functions: releasing the 5th Element safety line pulls down the kite’s central profile, causing the rest of the kite to collapse backwards. The wind meets no resistance and the depowered kite sinks to the ground. Together with improved profile and bridle geometries we optimized the flying properties of the various sizes. The smaller sizes now have more harmonious flying characteristics and permit an absolutely stress free kiting experience, particularly for newcomers and intermediate riders. The Vario Trim option allows the rider to adjust the kite to personal preferences. The Solid is a true fun kite. With its easy and forgiving flying characteristics, together with a wide wind range and the safety of the 5th Element, the Solid 09 combines reliability, easy handling and performance.

soli d w i ndran g e Size

c o lor s

Wind Strength (KN)

Aspect  Ratio

Projected Area (M2)

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16-33

4.0

3.0

6

12-26

4.0

4.5

9

7-19

4.0

6.8

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si z e s 4 / 6 / 9

hotte st arg u m e nt s _Entry to intermediate level _Very robust construction _5th Element-like Pressureless Safety System _Unsurpassed stability in the sky _Easy start and water relaunch _Vario Trim


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kite comparison Most important for

Vegas

Neo

Evo

Rebel

Fuse

2011

Dyno

C-Kite feeling Pop

New School

Loop ability Comfort Hang time Freeride Depower ability Sheet and Go Reactive Steering Steering when Depowered

Wave

Stability Upwind ability Race Low end

Dyna m i c Pow er

Load e d 5 th line

Dynamic Power is a term used to describe the way in which a The Rebel is a loaded 5th Line kite meaning that it flies with kite generates power. The small Vegas sizes for example can constant tension on the 5th line. This makes the Rebel incredibly generate lots of power when flown aggressively up and down, direct when sheeting in and out and gives it a consistently solid where as the big Rebel sizes allow you to simply sheet & go. and steady bar feel.

Shee t & Go “Sheet & Go� is the ability to simply pull the bar towards you (sheet-in) to go and to push the bar away from you (sheet- out) to stop. Since the kite has such a great power/de-power range, minimal steering is required to generate power from the kite.


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1. NTH - Micro Loop Upgrade Kit

44100-8006

2. NTH - Iron Heart IV w.Chicken Loop "Standard"

44100-8007

3. NTH - Chicken Loop "Standard" (24 cm)

44100-8008

4. NTH - Safety Leash 2010

44100-8009

5. NTH - Depower Line+Bolt 3

44100-8010

6. NTH - Vario Cleat with lineloop and pulley

44100-8011

7. NKB Sliding stopper with stopper ball 2008 (V12)

44090-8017

8. NTH - Bar plain

44100-8012

9. NTH - Webbing Adjuster

44100-8013

10. NKB Hopper with velcro Neoprene Hoody (V16)

44090-8021

11. NTH - Leaderlines with PVC tube and Plaoter (pair)

44100-8014

12. NTH - Bar attachements (bar pigtails pair)

44100-8015

13. NKB - molded Chicken dig 10

44100-8017

14. NTH - Iron Heart IV Repair Box

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trust bar 5th element Trus t Bar 5th E l e m e nt 2 0 1 1 Still one step ahead, the fifth edition of our tried and tested 5th Element Bar is possibly the most effective and trustworthy safety system on the market. 2010 nearly any Kiteboarding magazine declared it the test winner. The Iron Heart IV requires minimal release forces and is not affected by harsh sand and saltwater conditions. The double de-power line in combination with the Sliding Stopper and Stopper Ball ensures that the bar is always where you want it to be in all situations. Our small, lightweight Vario Cleat allows you to quickly and easily adjust it to your desired de-power stroke while the system automatically trims your lines to the perfect length. If the dangling trim line has ever interfered with your flow in the past, you can now forget about it focus on your riding: Simply Velcro the dangling portion to the stopper ball so it’s never in your way. The Micro Loop is no longer an integrated feature, but for those who like the comfort of riding with fixed power, the system can quickly and easily be fitted. Riders of all skill levels, from newcomers to pros, will benefit from the simplicity and functionality of the new 5th Element Bar Trust Bar and Iron Heart IV.

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NEW: 2,5 m extension lines line length: 20 m 25 m 32 m with extension: 22,5 m 27,5 m 34,5 m Every option can be changed fast and easy! Art. No.: TBA

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trust bar quad control Tr u st Bar Quad Co ntro l 2 0 1 1 Our new Quad control bar also comes equipped with the new Iron Heart IV. The front line safety system works similar to a 5th Element by allowing the kite to fall to the water and lay de-powered on it’s back in perfect re-launch position. Although reliable in most situations, it does not offer the same level of safety of the 5th Element system.

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NEW: 2,5 m extension lines line length: 19 m 24 m 31 m with extension: 21,5 m 26,5 m 33,5 m Every option can be changed fast and easy! Art. No.: TBA

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Fr ench Nor m 2011 For the 2011 bars, we insisted on applying the French norm, just like every year. This means that a public institution must test various requirements to two systems of the bar under preset conditions: – The quick release system of the bar (Iron Heart) and – The quick release that separates the rider completely from the kite (safety leash)

Iron He art IV Four years after its introduction to the market, the Iron Heart IV, again redefines the benchmark for safety. The light but solid stainless steel and plastic material combination is one of the most reliable safety systems on the market. The release forces are very low by less than 4 kg at a load of 200 kg in a dry and sand free environment. Excellent function is ensured even in wet and sandy conditions with fewer than 7 kg release force at 200 kg. The centrally located Iron Heart IV release grip is large and ergonomic for a fast and good function. It is very easy to find and can be operated either with the right or left hand. The futuristic design prevents the system from jamming and greatly facilitates reassembling.

Both safety systems are tested in various media, the release force must not exceed 100N (9.8Kg). The actual release process of both systems must not exceed 0.5sec. The transition from riding position to release (reaching for the Iron Heart or safety leash from riding position with both hands on the bar) must not exceed 2sec. Other requirements: The grips of the release system must be red and the direction of release must be indicated. The release grips must be easy to reach. Furthermore, the Iron Heart must resist a load of 300kg without deformation and without losing functionality. The same applies to the safety leash with a load of 150kg. The system is tested in the worst sandy and salty conditions. Still lots of actual systems on the market are not able to reach this norm! Some systems just explode under the pressure.


47 Th e f u n ction s are roto h ead After spins, the Roto Head offers you a simple and free backrotation of the lines. This ensures to have a constant safety function in all situations. This invention again makes kiting a little bit more comfortable and safe.

roto head

Sa f et y Fu n ct io n Delivered with every bar, you have the choice between the standard safety mode and an easy adjustable suicide mode. Attention, just the freeride modus delivers the 100% safety solution! Only experienced riders with special needs should use this option. We recommend to always use the standard safety mode. Riders using the suicide mode must be aware of the consequences and are responsible for occurring damages!

a u t o p o s i t i o n i n g

Au to po s it io n i n g Iron H eart IV Due to its ergonomic design, the Iron Heart III can be easily hooked in after unhooked tricks. Low friction and a high quality metal hole complete the perfect picture.

Fl i p Fl o p C h i c k e n D i ck f l i p f l o p c h i c k e n d i c k The Flip Flop Chicken Dick is moveable into two positions with a digital on/ off modus.

Su p er Eas y R eas s e mb l i n g The easy mechanism, makes it foolproof easy to reassemble the system one handed.

Lig ht We i g ht Co n stru c t i on

s t a n d a r d s a f t e y m o d e

The light weight construction is built out of finest selected, durable materials. This special mix of high performance materials fulfils the world’s highest quality standards.

Iron He art IV – still one step ahead.

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bar features O NE 4 A LL Adjustable bar ends gives you two different bar widths - 46 and 55 cm. The bar is suitable for all kite sizes. Iron He art IV The in 2010 completely new developed NKB Iron Heart IV is the new benchmark in safety release systems. The design reduces release forces to less than 7 kg at a load of 200 kg, which makes the system easy to operate and reliable in any emergency situation. The NKB Iron Heart of course fulfils the demands of the French Norm. The light design also facilitates fast and easy reassembling. Several magazines have tested it the most safe system on the market!

O n e 4 All

features 2011: – Roto Head – two safety modes (standard and suicide mode) – auto positioning – Flip Flop chicken dick I r o n He a r t I V ME TAL CENT ER PA RT The new developed shape of the metal center hole reduces the friction on the lines and realizes easy sheeting and less abrasion. Due to the new shape of the center part, it is ensured that the grip can not be damaged by the iron heart or the stopper ball. At unhooked riding, the metal center part is responsible for the repositioning of the Iron Heart IV.

S A FET Y LEA SH

Me t a l Ce n t e r P a r t

The new North Safety Leash 2011 is perfect for any type of kite and rider. This leash offers lowest release forces in any conditions. In emergency situations, the leash can be released through a safety mechanism. The whole system meets the demands of the French Norm. The 2010 leash is delivered with a new developed carabiner, holding loads up to 250 kg. Just that quality makes the carabiner the ideal solution for the suicide mode of the iron heart. A neoprene sleeve with plastic slider avoids accidental hookings. Safety Leash STIC KY & erg o n om i c B A R G RIP The new allover embossed grip, is exclusively developed for North Kiteboarding to ensure a firm hold and perfect riding comfort. The allover embossing gives you a softer feel of the EVA, but is still very durable. The solution is an even stickier grip, in all situations. 2011 the bar offers even more grip and better feel due to a new ergonomic form.

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FR EE SLID ING ST OPPE R aN D S T OPPE R B ALL The Sliding Stopper and the Stopper Ball permit you to adjust the depower lines on the water. Particularly in light wind conditions you will be more comfortable if you do not have to constantly hold the weight of the bar. It has two different settings for more and for less traction. To change the settings, all you need to do, is to take the ball of the depower lines, turn around the ball and reassemble it. The Sliding Stopper Ball also reduces wear on the depower lines. Caution: since this system is able to reduce the kites maximum depower, it should only be used on the water and at a safe distance from dangerous objects. The Free Sliding Stopper is easy to operate with one hand.

F r ee Sl i d i n g S t o p p e r a n d S t o p p e r B a ll

MICR O H O O K  /  MIC R O LO OP To activate this bar feature, you need the Micro Hook upgrade kit. The Micro Hook system allows a way of riding, with the North bar permanently hooked in. This setup transfers a larger percentage of the load to the harness and reduces arm fatigue. To connect or disconnect, pull the bar towards you and twist it. The Fix Loop is placed at an angle that makes accidental hooking impossible. The construction with Dyneema line inside the loop is more resistant and durable. In case of emergency simply pull the quick release mechanism at the iron heart and the kite will depower.

M i c r o H o o k  /  M i c r o L o o p

VA RI O CLEAT North’s Vario Cleat offers an easy and precise way to control the kite’s power. The adjuster can be positioned anywhere on the depower line and allows you to customize the bar to your size and liking. The trim loop is attached to the counter piece at the stopper ball with a Velcro and doesn’t wrap around the center line during kiting.

V a r i o Cle a t

S O FT WIN DE R The soft winder with protective rubber coating at the bar ends, reduces the risk of injuries and protects the lines. The separate rubber bungee prevents accidental unwinding. Soft Winder WE B B ING A D JUS T ER The Webbing Adjuster makes it easy to individually adjust the kite’s power. For minimum effort the adjuster is always pulled downwards, both for increasing and decreasing power. Pulling the lower loop reduces the kite’s power, while pulling the upper red ring conveniently increases power step by step. Available as spare part.

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flying lines FLYING LINES The flying lines developed in cooperation with FSE Robline were a complete novelty when they were first introduced on the kite market. After four years of experience and through testing by the most demanding kiters, North Kiteboarding schools and teamriders know, that they can always rely on these lines. Now the next evolution in kitelines has arrived. The FL-10. Long life lines, extremely robust and with highest durability. Conventional lines get their stiffness from a coating that is damaged by repeated folding. If a line is folded, the coating (wax) is extruded and the line will always fold in the same spot. To prevent this, we weave a Monofill into our lines, that restores the original shape (Memory Effect) and ensures that the next time the line bends in a different spot. If the line is only gently bent, it returns faster to its original shape and it becomes a little stiffer. This technology makes laying out the lines more comfortable and quicker. The increased breaking strength of 270 daN (approximately 270kg) is an added bonus. To ensure that the lines are attached correctly we use Monofill in different colors. The connection points are different to prevent wrong attaching. Lots of work for just a line – but these lines are your life insurance.

M o n o f i ll

– Memory Effect – More Bending Stiffness – Highest Breaking Strength

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5th element Sa f e ty Whether you ride unhooked, spin, try a water relaunch for the first time or practice a handle pass, all maneuvers, including the latest tricks, can now be performed with the safety leash of the 5th Element. As soon as you pull the Iron Heart or let go of the bar it slides up the safety line. The kite is then completely de-powered and comes down without twisting the lines.

r e lau n c h The 5th Element allows you to re-launch the Vegas without having to swim towards the kite. From the nose down position, simply pull the 5th line towards you to get the kite to tip onto it‘s back while simultaneously pulling one back line. The kite will make it‘s way to the edge of the window and take off. The 5th Element also allows you to relaunch the Rhino and Rebel in light winds.

pe rfor m a n c e The 5th Element stabilizes the kite’s arc and thus clearly increases performance. Enhanced profile stiffness brings considerable advantages in depowered situations and increases the kite’s wind range. As a result, the kite flies closer to the edge of the wind window and responds more directly to steering impulses.

re i n for c ed atta c h e m e nt p o i nt s The kite has reinforced attachment points at the leading edge and the 5th Element Bar is either attached to a single line or to a Y-shaped nose-line with a predetermined length. This system allows you to use different kite sizes with the same bar without making further adjustments.

5t h E lemen t In its fifth year, North Kiteboarding’s 5th Element has been thoroughly redesigned for even more effective safety release functions. The reworked IronHeart and Safety Leash require lower release forces and are now more functional even in sandy and wet saltwater conditions. The new Sliding Stopper and Stopperball with the double depower line ensure a perfect hold of the bar in all situations. The smaller and lighter VarioCleat helps you to adjust the bar fast and easy for a perfect fit. Riders of all levels, from pros to newcomers, will benefit from the advantages of the new 2010 5th Element bar setup

tri p p l e v- con n e ct io n Triple V-Connection: about 13 meters below the kite, the Triple V-Connection converts an almost conventional four liner bar into the 5th Element Bar. The new Triple V construction has increased durability and less wear. The new stronger Dyneema lines are fed through a metal ring that reduces friction and wear. The power frontline splits into two frontlines that run to the kite’s right and left tips.

in t er na l l i n e s y st e m The 5th Element system has three lines coming through the newly designed bar hole. Two of them are the depower lines that end at the Vario Cleat, the depower system, and continue from there as the power frontline. The third line is our safety frontline to which you attach your safety leash. When you release the safety mechanism, the bar slips up along this line and completely depowers the kite.

load e d 5 t h line The Rebel is a loaded 5th Line kite meaning that it flies with constant tension on the 5th line. This makes the Rebel incredibly direct when sheeting in and out and gives it a consistently solid and steady bar feel.


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2011

allows the board to quickly adapt to every impact from the wa­ ter surface, giving the rider more space for mistakes, without 2010 is a big leap forward in board technology as North the risk of loosing control. What the rider will experience is a Kiteboarding introduces the 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich board that’s easy to set up for take off and forgiving in the lan­ in combination with the Responsive Center Flex. Combining the dings, and maintains good grip when riding full speed through unique properties of wood core and carbon fiber, with an ad­ choppy water. vanced flex pattern from a CNC milled 3D deck and concave On the Jaime and X-Ride, the concave bottom keeps the board bottom, the 2010 North Kiteboard range is setting a new standard sucked to the surface of the water while effortlessly blasting through knee high chop, drawing full speed turns or carving in in performance, comfort and durability. the waves. Te c hno l og y- l eade r STRENGTH The unique thing about the 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich is Our wood core has three times higher density than a standard the fully 3D shaped wood core with the advanced deck flex pat­ foam core, and much greater strength and impact resistance. tern and concave bottom. This type of advanced step cap sand­ Fatigue resistance, the ability to withstand stress caused by wich construction, in combination with a concave bottom has thousands of impacts and hard landings over time, has been previously only been possible to manufacture with foam cores, significantly improved. Heel dents, split cores and cracked la­ which have certain limitations regarding flex, core thickness and minates are history. The new 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich is the strongest construction we’ve ever made, reassuring a shear strength. Thanks to our strong R&D focus and collaboration with one of long life and functionality for your kiteboard. the world’s leading snowboard factories, North Kiteboarding is the first company in the world to introduce 3D Wood Carbon 3D De c ks R E SP O NS IVE C E nT ER F LE X Cap Sandwich. This technology opens up a new door for flex (Sele ct /  Te am Se r ies /  J aime  / XRi d e  / So leil) development. In terms of kiteboards it means a significant per­ formance boost and a whole new level of comfort for the rider. For 2011 we have still enhanced the feeling and performance of our twin tips through innovation. A harmonic flex from front to Why is th e 3 D wood carbon ca p rear means that the rocker line is actively changing and adapting sa ndw i c h con str u ct io n b ett er ? to the water’s surface, which gives you pro active dampening and absorption of chop. Furthermore, the continuous flex offers increased power flow for hard pop, making take-offs easier and COMFORT The strong, fibrous structure of the wood core allow for a more predictable. Our torsional Absorption System offers smoo­ thinner ­core profile and a higher amount of bending compared ther, stickier landings, a more solid feel through the water, more with a traditional foam core, without the risk of breakage.­ grip on the heel-side edge and consequently better upwind per­ The result is a board with a greater amount of flex, working formance. Flex Tips give you more control when combined with as an active suspension while riding, providing a smooth and our lower bottom curve as well as responsive, controllable pop and cushioned, comfortable landings. controlled feeling even through rough water. RESPONSIVENESS Thanks to the natural flex characteristics and spring back of the wood core, our new boards have a responsive and lively feel on the water, without sacrificing the comfort. To get that extra boost in the pop we’ve added carbon fiber beams on the Jaime and Pro Series. A further step in technology is the Responsive Center Flex. The result is a highly responsive, yet still forgiving board, with instant feedback to the rider’s input. CONTROL The 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich construction has a high­ er amount of flex and torsion than a traditional foam core. This


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Te Xtre m e ® New carbon fibre technology noticeable improves your board. • 20% lighter than conventional carbon reinforcements. • Unprecedented mechanical performance. • Superior surface finish. • Formula One technique and materials Te Xtre m e ® – s p r ead tow t ec h n o l ogy

Foil waste

The patented TeXtreme® spread tow makes the composite 20% lighter, with unprecedented perfor­mance. The main reason is that the fibers are straighter in TeXtreme® than in standard carbon reinforcement. As a result of the optimized fiber structure, the end product will hold a large amount of carbon fibers, at a minimum size and weight. The outcome of the unique technology is a board with high fiber volume fraction, low weight and en­ hanced strength.

Board shaping

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select 

2011

S ELE CT

d e tail

Utilizing our unique and incredibly lightweight Textreme® carbon construc­ tion this board is simply magical under your feet and has a feel like no other! The Select is aggressive and incredibly responsive while still retaining in­ sane control through the roughest and choppiest water. This precision flex and feel gives you crazy, explosive pop for new-school moves and big jumps and encourages you to step up your riding within minutes of stepping into the straps! If you're looking for a lively, fast and incredibly smooth ride, the Select is as good as it gets!

Hotte st Arg u m e nts:

size s

–­­Textreme® lightweight carbon – Incredible control – Steps up your riding – Magic feel

132 × 39.5 cm 135 × 40.5 cm 137 × 41.5 cm

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team series  Te am Se ri e s & You n g B l ood

2011

d e tail

The Team Series range is comprised of three high performance new-school boards, specifically designed for and tested by our progressive freestyle competition riders. With the team's ever-increasing demand on specific performance qualities, the Team Series continues to push the limits of board construction and development. Featuring the most aggressive and uncompromised flex patterns, the Team Series' stiff centre flex and bendy tips account for the ridiculous pop and solid, precise landings attained by these boards. Edgy and fast with excellent upwind performance, the Team Series is a powerful new-school tool that knows no limits when it comes to launching into the most tech tricks and stomping those impossible landings. Yo ung B lood An important part of the Team Series range is the Young Blood; A newschool board with a flex pattern designed specifically around the weight and strength of aspiring young new-schoolers and light weight rippers.

Hott est Ar g u m e nts :

size s

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125 131 133 135

Newschool performance Double V bottom Hard Flex Precise, solid landings Ridiculous pop

× × × ×

36 cm (Youngblood) 40 cm 41 cm 42 cm

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jaime pro  ja ime p ro 2 0 1 1

2011 d e tail

Our longest running model to date, the Jaime is a product of years of refinements in both shape and high tech construction and just like the man himself is an absolute legend! The Jaime continues its legacy as a performance oriented freeride / new­ school twin tip with an emphasis on early planing, comfort and speed. The stiff center and flexy tips help the Jaime retain positive grip and powerful pop for tech tricks and jumps, yet still blaze through the chop with smoothness and ease. In a nutshell, the Jaime is a stylish, high-perfor­ mance all-rounder that adapts to nearly all conditions it encounters.

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129 × 39 cm 132 × 40 cm 135 × 41 cm 137 × 43 cm

High Performance Smooth and responsive Great upwind Aggressive pop with comfort and ease

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x-ride 

2011

x-r id e

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The X-Ride remains one of our best selling models with it's smooth, comfy feel and versatile range. Heaps of grip from the specially designed G-10 S-bend fins make takeoffs easy for boosting over the moon. Or take advan­ tage of the curvy outline, the cylindrical concave and the progressive rocker to carve like a hot knife through butter in small waves and blast through the most evil chop with ease...All without ever getting rail-spray in your face! A truly versatile machine that feels easy and comfortable from the moment you place your feet in the straps, the X-Ride appeals to a wide audience and a variety of styles.

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129 × 38 cm 133 × 39 cm 136 × 40 cm 140 × 41.5 cm

Freeride/carving Versatile Smooth ride Lots of control Surf fins Responsive Flex

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soleil 

2011

S oleil

d e tail

The Soleil remains the high performance freestyle board, now completed with a constant rocker and a cylindrical concave, being the choice for our progressive female riders competing on the world tour. With optimized flex tailored specifically to women's weight, this board provides massive pop for female freestylers looking to jump and throw technical tricks! A little bit more scoob is responsible for less water in your face, a little bit more grip and easier turning. Other customized accessories include smaller foot straps and specialized fins with female kiters' specific needs in mind. And let's not forget the progressive graphics to keep things stylish!

Hott e st Ar g u m e nts :

size s

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128 × 37.5 cm 134 × 38 cm

Optimized flex for women New-School / Freestyle Huge pop Customized features for women

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gonzales 

2011

Gonza l es

d e tail

The Gonzales is a free-ride twin tip with a forgiving flex pattern ideal for jumping and cruising. Get up and going easily with the Gonzales' early planing abilities and take advantage of the excellent upwind performance it has to offer. The lightweight and durable construction is built to last. 4 nice sizes, so anyone should find his Gonzalez which suits him the best!

Hotte st Arg u m e nts:

size s

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130 × 38 cm 135 × 39 cm 143 × 40.5 cm 151 × 42 cm

Good upwind performance Forgiving flex Freeride Easy

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spike 

2011

s pike

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The new Spike is the ultimate light wind twin tip that will get you out on the water in 6-8 knots! Get the technical advantage of optimized flex, lively response and large, flat planing surfaces at the center and heelside to maximize your fun when your friends are sitting on the beach waiting for wind. Unrivaled upwind performance and loads of heel grip will have you blasting around in wind speeds you never thought possible! Because of its size, the Spike can also double as an entry level twin-tip.

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size s

– Extreme lightwind twin tip – Optimized flex – Lightweight

141 x 44,5 cm 153 × 46.5 cm 163 × 46.5 cm

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skimfish 

2011

s kimf ish

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Carve up small waves, get out in light wind or challenge yourself with some strapless airs. Whatever your style, the Skimfish is the perfect little toy to keep in your board bag for those days when you need a little something extra to get you stoked and out there! Now built in a classic, durable skim­ board construction with comfy grab rails, the Skimfish also offers the option of four fins and a foot strap inserts.

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s ize s

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137 × 50 cm

Great light wind performance Strapless fun Optional fins and straps Grab rails

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twin tip boardfinder Select Planning Power

Speed

Up wind

Comfort

Control

Pop

Carving

Team Series

Jaime

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A fe w words wi th Nort h s h a p er S k y So lbac h… Q: S o wh at's th e scoop o n t h e n ew s u rfboards for 2011? A: Well, basically we have three different lines of boards to that are aimed to excel in different conditions. A surfboard that works amazingly in big waves may lack that magical element to excel in small waves. And your ma­ gic onshore wave board will most likely be easily overpowered in big surf or when you're trying to handle a lot of power. So the North surfboard range for 2011 is collection of three lines of boards that each have a pretty wide range of use in different conditions but definitely have a performance sweet spot where they really excel. Q: Ok. So l e t' s be g i n w it h t h e n e w Ko n tact. Wh at ' s ne w an d how has is ch an g ed from l ast ye ar? A: Well its basically a refinement of last year's Kontact. The dimensions have changed slightly and there are subtle changes in outline and more substantial changes in the rocker. This board is designed around getting the maximum amount of drive and handling a lot of speed when you're riding in big, bumpy surf or using your kite to drive you through your turns. Besides aesthetics, the round-pintail has the function of riding low and deep and gives you positive and predictable control. If you were paddle surfing, the Kontact would be your "step-up" board or "gun". In kiting ho­ wever, having one of these babies in your quiver doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be riding huge waves, since we are able to generate our own speed and power using the kite. So the Kontact is also good for riders who rely on the kite a lot, making it easier to retain control when cranking your self through turns in the chop. In general its a pretty straight forward design; Single concave and a nice blend of subtle curves. No sharp edges and no breaks in the rocker or outline. Just sleek and fast.


87 Q: There's a new board called the Whip. What is th is board a l l abo ut ? The new Whip was basically born out of the desire to have a short, fat, little board that would make small waves fun. It's kind of an "alternative" shape I guess you would say; It's short and wide and you can get away with riding a much shorter board than you normally would. I guess it was partly inspired by the movement that has been taking place in pro surfing over the past couple of years with everyone moving towards shorter and wider designs. It makes shitty days really fun and gives you the feeling you're ripping even when it's 1 foot. Its fast and super loose but surprisingly still has drive when you need to plant a rail and draw out a turn. I've actually ridden the 5'7" in 8 foot surf with no problems. It's actually a high performance little board hidden inside a small stubby design. Even when the the waves don't have a lot of power, this board feels super lively and I still get excited every time I ride it. It gyrates speed in an instant and the quad fins really give it a loose and "skatey" feel. It's so short that it really fits in the pocket in small waves nicely.

Is the co n str u cti o n d iffe r en t th an in the past ? Yes it is different. All of the surfboards are made using an epoxy sandwich construction. The advantage of this construction is that, basically, it is lighter and stronger than conventional surf­ board construction. However, it is often difficult to achieve the same "feel" as a conventional board. Our new layups are opti­ mized to achieve the desired amount of flex and dampening whi­ le still keeping it light and lively (and not too hard or bouncy fee­ ling). The boards also have a bamboo skin top and bottom. The bamboo itself has excellent dampening properties which work wonders for the overall feel of the board. The bamboo skin also makes the boards really resistant to pressure dents and dings. There are also reinforcements under the heels as well as on ding prone areas like the nose and tail and around the fin boxes.

Q : A nd wh at abou t t h e n ew WA M? I'm really excited about the new WAM. Its the "all-rounder" and is pretty much the one board that you could take on a trip to almost anywhere in the world and it would work. It's probably my most used board and it's really versatile. The dimensions are similar to last year's WAM, but otherwise it has been completely re-designed. Squash tail, continuous rocker and single to dou­ ble concave with semi boxy rails. It's got a pretty full outline, so it works great to generate speed in small surf but the pulled in squash tail still gives you tons of drive to push your turns hard with lots of hold. It's also got a tri/quad fin setup, meaning you can ride it as either a quad or a thruster configuration. The quad setup works awesome in small waves and really frees the board up for quick rail to rail transition and a skatey feel. Then, if you want a more locked in, positive back-footed feel, you can swap it to a thruster. This just adds more versatility to an already super versatile design.

Protection Top Sheet ± 4 5 ° g l a s s L ay e r s

b a m b o o l ay e r

wood sandwich & glass reinforcement rails

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kontact 

2011

k ontact

d e tail

The Kontact is ideal for big, powerful waves or choppy water and high winds. A great weapon for advanced riders and riders who love precise control. The Kontact is ideal for strapped riding and surfers looking for ma­ ximum control at high speeds. Long and narrow, the rounded pin tail rides low and smooth through the water. The thin, knifey rail line offers plenty of grip to drive off the bottom with seemingly limitless hold to grind through high speed top turns. The Kontact is designed around the premiss that kiting allows you to ride with much more power than you ever would surfing and the Kontact is all about harnessing that energy and exploiting it. If you are looking to drive hard through high speed turns with tons of control at high winds and in big surf, the Kontact is the one and only!

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5'10 × 17.0" × 1.94" 6'0" × 17.25" × 2.0" 6'2" × 17.5" × 2.06"

Big wave slayer Thruster fins Control and grip at high speeds Extremely stable through chop

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wam 

2011

WA M. T h e p erform an c e a l l -rou n der .

d e tail

A high performance all-rounder, the WAM is suited to nearly all conditions from small onshore mush to powerful beach and reef breaks. The WAMs ability to adapt to nearly all conditions makes it the perfect travel board or the perfect one-board-quiver. Super smooth and lively under your feet, the slightly fuller outline, semi-boxy rails and pulled in thumb tail carry lots of speed when the waves are small yet still provide hold and drive when you need it most in bigger surf. The tri/quad fin configuration gives you the option of riding the WAM in quad fin mode for a more skatey and snappy feeling ideal for smaller waves or in thruster mode for more drive and more positive back foot drive in bigger surf.

Hotte st Ar g u m e nts:

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– High performance all-rounder – Tri/Quad Option – Thumb Tail

5'8" × 17.75" × 1.95" 5'10" × 18.0" × 2.0" 6'0" × 18.25" × 2.06"

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whip 

2011

The Wh i p. A Ne w- A g e S ma l l Wave D estroy e r!

d e tail

Searching for a little something to get you fired up on those small wave days? Well we were too and that's exactly how the Whip was born! The Whip is a short and wide high performance quad-fin design capable of ma­ king even the most marginal conditions fun. Low entry rocker, deep single concave and an optimized thickness profile get this board up and going quickly and effortlessly to generate blazing speed in small surf. Lively under your feet with quick rail to rail transition, the Whip accelerates out of tight arcs and is a blast to ride even in the smallest surf. The wide nose and tail give you plenty of surface area for carrying speed while also effectively creating the longest possible rail line to prevent sacrificing drive when the surf picks up. The classic diamond tail design blends with modernized per­ formance aspects to create a board that can be ridden at least 4" shorter than your normal board allowing it to fit easily into the pocket of small waves.

Hottest Ar g u m e nts : – – – – – –

Quad fin Diamond Tail Light wind planing High Performance Small wave destroyer Tightest turns

size s 5'5" × 18.0" × 2.0" 5'7" × 18.6" × 2.1"

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waveboardboardfinder Kontact

Tight Snappy Turns Wide Speed Turns Control Planing Power Speed Powerful Waves Mushi Waves

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race ltd 

2011

race ltd

d e tail

Kite-course racing is rapidly gaining momentum and the demand for com­ petitive light wind boards is now greater than ever. In the ongoing deve­ lopment to push the light wind boundaries and upwind performance to the absolute max, North's third generation Race Ltd. is once again leading the charge. The 2011 Race Ltd. features a shorter, wider design with more vo­ lume that will carry you through the lightest wind lulls. An optimized rocker makes the Race Ltd. incredibly smooth and controllable through the chop and you will never have to worry about stuffing the nose when you're flying down wind towards the finish line. The extremely domed deck allows you to maintain lateral pressure for optimal board trimming to maximize your upwind angle. The 2011 Race Ltd. also features CNC-cut G-10 quad fins and Textreme® Carbon construction that is not only performance enhan­ cing, but also extremely light, reducing weight by 20% over conventional carbon construction. So if you're looking to get out in the lightest possible breeze or blazing around the race course, the Race Ltd. is the absolute performance leader.

Hott e st Ar g u m e nts:

size s 180 × 59 cm

– – – –

fast as lightning easy control greatest upwind performance race fins standard: 24 and 22 cm, 3° angle

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free race 

2011

free race

d e tail

The Free Race is a 5'3" twin-fin directional that bridges the gap between race and free ride. It will get you up and going in lighter wind than a surf­ board without the typical constraints of a full-on race board. The super flat rocker, wide blocky tail and optimized swept-back twin-fins get you flying upwind in a light breeze, while a slightly rounder outline and surf-influenced rail shape keep things loose and free through the chop. A smooth, comfy ride in any conditions, the Free Race still allows you to put it on rail to tear up small waves or do full speed flat water carves.

Hottest Ar g u m e nts :

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164 × 47,5 cm

Light wind ability Carving Easy jibing Twin-fin

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board accessories

2011

MULTI A D JUS TA BLE F O O T S T R AP 2 0 1 1 The Multi Adjustable Footstrap 2011 offers you a wide range of footstrap sizes and positions with only one strap. Apart from the size you can also adjust the strap’s asymmetry and width. Once fitted to the width and shape of your foot, the strap can be adjusted in size as usual (with or without booties). The strap’s enhanced construction on the inside increases comfort and provides a good hold in combination with the progressive 2011 VARIO PADS. The base fits the North Kiteboarding Footpad Plate for quick and easy mounting – simply “plug and screw”! The S version of the adjustable footstraps was developed for women and generally for smaller feet. Apart form the reduced length and width it is iden­ tical to the big footstrap and ensures optimum comfort and support for all maneuvers on the water.

M u lt i a d j u s ta b l e F o o t s t r a p

VARIO PA D S 2 0 1 1 Your pads are too hard? Your pads are too soft? You don’t know really what you think about your pads? Just customize ‘em! You can now choose between three different levels of customizing the heel hardness of the foot pad. Different colours help to separate between the le­ vels soft, middle and hard. The soft pads offer lots of comfort. The middle ones deliver good response with still a great amount of comfort. Last but not least, the hard pads give you the most direct board feeling and the most pop response. The choice of our team riders. Customize your pads in seconds and have the pad you want to have!

Va r i o F o o t pa d s

Va r i o F o o t pa d C u s h i o n s

DIR E CT IO N A L F O O T S T R AP 2 0 1 1 The directional straps are cushier than ever. Extra foam layers on the inside ensure the most comfortable ride that your feet ever experienced! The strap is now adjustable and can be optimized to every size of feet in seconds! The Flexzones permit maximum range of motion with perfect board control at all times. Directional Footstrap


101 Fat h ead Come stock with the 6'3" Kontact and the 5'2" Whip. Grippy and plenty of drive off the bottom for larger riders who are used to pushing hard and driving up the face with power!

Pi n h ead

Fat h e a d

Come stock with the 5'9", 6'0" Kontact and the 5'8", 5'10", 6'0" WAM. Fast and snappy, the Pinheads offer excellent grip and loads of speed to keep you and your fins flying above the lip where they belong!

S U R F FINS 2 0 1 1 The 2011 Kontact and Whip come stock with future fin boxes and high quality moulded fiber glass fins. Available in two sizes, these are the exact fins that have been tested throughout the development process of the boards. Now rest assured that no matter what happens to your fins, they will be easily replaceable as Future Fins are readily available at surf shops world wide. Not to forget the aggressive design!

Pinhead

S- BEN D F REES TYLE / F REERID E ( 2P C S ) FR EEri de 4 . 5 / 5 . 3 – surf style – extremely forgiving – smooth carving abilities – maximum grip

F REES TYLE 4.3  /  4.7/5.0/5.3 – fast as lightning – super loose – easy and playful to pop

The S-Bend fins are the revolution in fin market. The new design is not just a design, because of construction advantages! From the first moment on, they deliver more grip, while gliding free earlier. Especially at hard landings, they rapidly provide a very sticky feel and help to nail more tricks on the water than ever before.

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harnesses  Lay bac k , r e lax a nd l et g o . That definitely sounds like something that everybody should enjoy from time to time. In kiteboarding this is absolutely possible. However, an uncomfortable harness that doesn’t fit properly or even chafes the skin because the right material was left out in the wrong places, can ruin it all. We at North, don’t like that either and we’d get endless complaints from our team riders, if they had to kite with sore skin. Luckily for all of us, Jaime’s waist is still soft as a baby’s butt and none of our contest riders, neither Mario nor Cesar or Tom, have ever sent us photos of bruises on their perfect bodies. Ever since we introduced our front plate, North harnesses have been among the most comfortable products of their kind. Overdesigned products are not our world. Functionality, on the other hand, is indispensable! This is what you feel from the very first moment on, but also after lots of great sessions on the water.

Air -S ty l er 2 0 1 1

Ai r S tyle r - Soul / Pop

m o l d in si de In the newest version of the North harnesses we were able to enhance the fit by optimizing the position of the Molded Flex Zone Patches. In addition to the Molded Waist Support Patches, the air bubble back padding makes sure that the harness adapts perfectly to the shape of the body. Slipping was yesterday and the wearing comfort remains unsurpassed! If dangling straps bothered you in the past you’ll no longer find a reason to complain: the strap pockets were enlarged sufficiently to accommodate all excess straps. SPECIAL FEATURES: – Lycra covered half mold in inside in combination with airbladder – Molded flexzone patches for more moving comfort – Flex belt construction with neoprene on inside for maximum comfort – Full protected hookplate – New shorter hook for more reactive bar feel and control – Double hook attachment for better load distribution – Two colorways: Pop and Soul sizes XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL

Soul - Art. No.: 44110-8306 Pop - Art. No.: 44110-8307


105 Sty l er 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

S tyle r - Soul / Pop

ne w o utline c ut/ Full m old

The all time classic of kite waist harnesses! The Styler comes with the fami­ liar Double Hook Attachment and a complete neoprene padding that keeps the harness firmly in place. The Full Protection Hook Mounting System pro­ tects you from bruises and rib injuries. The fit of the Air-Styler was also improved and the excess strap lengths are now easier to stow away. SPECIAL FEATURES: – EVA full mold in the inside – Molded flexzone patches for more moving comfort – Flex belt construction – New shorter hook for more reactive bar feel and control – Double Hook attachment for better load distribution – Two colorways: Pop and Soul

Soul - Art. No.: 44110-8304 si z e s Pop - Art. No.: 44110-8305 XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL

W o n de r. Bar

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size s All NKB harnesses come with the North Wonder.Bar. With its closure at the harness hook, the strap only needs to be adjusted once. The U-claw makes it really easy to get in and out of the harness. The system ensures optimum safety, even under extreme conditions. The new shorter hook ensures more reactive bar feel and control.

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Just like the Air-Styler, the new Transformer scores with unprecedented wea­ ring comfort and fit. Through the optimized position of the Molded Waist Sup­ port Patches this harness truly deserves its name. The vertically adjustable hook permits ultimate range of motion. Excess straps are neatly stowed away.

TRA N SFOR ME R - Soul / Pop

Hoo k

SPECIAL FEATURES: – Seat waist harness – moving comfort of a waist harness and fit of a seat harness – Lycra covered half mold in inside in combination with airbladder – No sliding up through comfortable climber panties – Molded flexzone patches for more moving comfort – Flex belt construction with neoprene on inside for maximum comfort – Full protected hookplate – New shorter hook for more reactive bar feel and control – Double Hook attachment for better load distribution – Two colorways: Pop and Soul size s XS / S / M / L / XL  / XXL Soul - Art. No.: 44110-8302 Pop - Art. No.: 44110-8303


107 Perform er 2 0 1 1

pe rfor me r - Soul Pop

size s XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL Soul - Art. No.: 44110-8300 The Performer permits a lower hook position compared to waist harnesses. Apart from neoprene paddings and an individually adjustable back position, the Performer also features the Full Protection Hook Mounting System to protect you from bruises and rib injuries.

Pop - Art. No.: 44110-8301

SPECIAL FEATURES: – Full seat harness with maximum comfort at a low hook position – Neoprene flexzone patches for more moving comfort – Full protected Hookplate – Comfortable Neoprene legstraps – New shorter Hook for more reactive bar feel and control – Two colorways: Pop and Soul

Im pact V est 2 0 1 1– Nr XXXXX

impact v e st - Seat

A little padding around the chest does not make an impact vest. Only a perfectly fitting vest will reliably protect you, when you hit the water sur­ face. We used a double internal Velcro neoprene strap system that can be individually adjusted for a perfect fit. Once adjusted, the vest is easy to put on and take off by opening the strap at the lateral zip. Additional connection straps keep the vest firmly attached to the harness and hold the vest at the correct position. As always, we offer two versions of the Impact Vest: one for seat harnesses and one for waist harnesses (without protection in the harness area).

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de tail

SIZE one size The backpack for your travels, the beach and the office, is a little larger, to make sure that you really have enough space to pack everything you need. A large main compartment provides sufficient storage space and an out­ side pocket holds smaller stuff, such as pens or your iPod. The integrated padded laptop case is accessible, both from the inside and from the out­ side, for fast and easy access to your 17´´ notebook. The interior sunglasses pocket is padded for protection. The daypack comes with a transparent Liquid Bag with one liter storage space that is compatible with common hand luggage regulations.

Trav el ba g S mal l 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

A wonderful bag for short trips or as hand luggage on longer journeys. Most airlines should permit this bag as hand luggage. The detachable backpack on the front holds your books, mags, iPod and laptop. The laptop case is accessible from the inside and from the outside and your sunglasses are also well protected in the interior padded sunglass pocket. More comfort and ease don’t fit into a bag.

Art. No.: 44110-8100

d e tail

SIZE one size Art. No.: 44110-8102


109 Trave lba g Lar g e 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

de tail

SIZE 90 x 38 x 34 cm Art. No.: 44110-8103

The new Travelbag Large is a super solid, yet lightweight bag to help you save unnecessary weight and expenses on your trips. The interior shoe compartment is easy to access from the outside so that you can quickly change your sneakers for flip-flops. The shoe bag is completely separate from the interior compartment. Three handles and sturdy rolls make the bag easy to move around. The new piggyback combo allows you to fasten your Combibag on your Travelbag Large with only two buckles and move them as one through the airport.

Be ach bag 2 01 1 – Nr XXXXX

North Kiteboarding presents the third pimped edition of the North Beach­ bag that features an integrated wet compartment for your wet shorts, wet­ suit or towel. With large and small carrying straps it is comfortable to carry on your side or as a backpack.

de tail

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SIZE 135 cm (actual length 142 cm) 160 cm (actual length 167 cm) Art. No.: 44110-8104

The 4mm-thick padding protects your kiteboard from the rough handling at airports or during transport on your roof rack and prevents unnecessary dents and scratches. For more fun when you get there! Available in two different lengths: 135 cm (actual length 142 cm) and 160 cm (actual length 167 cm).

C ombiba g 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

Every kiter should own one of these. The NKB Combibag easily holds two boards and three kites and you can stow everything in one compartment. The bag is perfect for a short trip or to pack your entire holiday luggage. The minimalist design keeps the bag’s weight as low as possible. The new pig­ gyback combo allows you to attach the Combibag to your Travelbag Large and pull them as one. Plug & play, the easiest handling ever!

co mbibag & T rav el ba g Lar ge

size s 135 cm (actual length 142 cm) 160 cm (actual length 170 cm) Art. No.: 44110-8106


111 Q u ive rbag 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

size s S L XL

135 cm (actual length 142 cm) 160 cm (actual length 170 cm) 6´3´´ (actual length 210 cm)

Art. No.: 44110-8108

This season we have reduced the weight of the Quiverbag to allow you to take more stuff to the airport without paying extra charges. Up to two boards, 3-5 kites, bars, pumps, harnesses and wetsuits can be packed into this bag. The Quiverbag includes a wet compartment for wet stuff and, due to its amazing stowage capacity, it must have rolls for easy handling!

Si n g l e S urfboardbag 2 0 1 1 – Nr XXXXX

size s 5´8´´ (190 cm) for the Whips 6´3´´ (205 cm) for the Kontacts, WAMs and the Race LTD

Art. No.: 44110-8105 The 4mm-thick padding protects your Kontacts, WAMs or Whips in any kind of transport situation. The board offers more carrying comfort with car­ rying straps and makes sure that your surf tools make it to the spot without any dings or dents.


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05

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09. rel a un c h bungee s

NTH – Leading Edge Bladder Rebel (LK) – NR. 44110-8600

NTH – Relaunch Bungee Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44110-8609

02. mi ddl e strut

10. lee c h batten

NTH – Middle Strut Bladder Rebel (LK) – NR. 44110-8601

NTH – Leech Batten Rebel (set) (LK) – NR. 44110-8608

03. tip strut l eft

size s 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14 / 16

NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Rebel left side (red) (LK) – NR. 44110-8605

04. quart e r stru t l eft NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Rebel left side (red) (LK) – NR. 44110-8603

0 8 P i g ta i l s 05. tip strut r i g ht NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Rebel right side (grey) (LK) – NR. 44110-8604

06. Qu arte r strut ri g h t NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Rebel right side (grey) (LK) – NR. 44110-8602

09 Relaunch Bungees 07. n ose l i n e NTH – Nose Line Rebel (LK) – NR. 44110-8606

08. pig tai l s NTH – Front Pigtails Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44110-8607 NTH – Back Pigtails V Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44110-8608 NTH – Back Pigtail for Rebel 15 cm (LK) – NR. 44100-8610

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05

01

02

04

01 . LE B ladde r

size s

NTH – Leading Edge Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44110-8610

5 / 7 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14

02 . t i p strut NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44110-8613

03 . q uart e r stru t NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44110-8612

04 . m iddl e str u t NTH – Middle Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44110-8611

0 6 P i g ta i l s 05 . Nose l i n e NTH – Nose Line Vegas (LK) – NR. 44110-8614

06 . p i g tai l s NTH – Front Pigtails A Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44110-8615 NTH – Front Pigtails B Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44110-8616 NTH – Back Pigtails Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8619

07 . l e ec h batt e n NTH – Leech Batten Vegas (6 pcs) (LK) – NR. 44100-8621

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06

07

01

05

03

02

01. LE B l adde r

09. rel a un c h bungee s

NTH – Leading Edge Bladder Rebel (LK) – NR. 44100-8600

NTH – Relaunch Bungee Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8607

02. mi ddl e strut

10. lee c h batten

NTH – Middle Strut Bladder Rebel (LK) – NR. 44110-8601

NTH – Leech Batten Rebel (set) (LK) – NR. 44100-8608

03. tip strut l eft

size s 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14 / 16

NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Rebel left side (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8604

04. quart e r stru t l eft NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Rebel left side (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8602

0 8 P i g ta i l s 05. tip strut r i g ht NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Rebel right side (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8603

06. Qu arte r strut ri g h t NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Rebel right side (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8601

09 Relaunch Bungees 07. n ose l i n e NTH – Nose Line Rebel (LK) – NR. 44100-8605

08. pig tai l s NTH – Front Pigtails Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8606 NTH – Back Pigtails V Rebel (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8609 NTH – Back Pigtail for Rebel 15 cm (LK) – NR. 44100-8610

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05

01

02

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size s

NTH – Leading Edge Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44100-8613

5 / 7 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14

02 . t i p strut NTH – Tip Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44100-8616

03 . q uart e r stru t NTH – Quarter Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44100-8615

04 . m iddl e str u t NTH – Middle Strut Bladder Vegas (LK) – NR. 44100-8614

0 6 P i g ta i l s 05 . Nose l i n e NTH – Nose Line Vegas (LK) – NR. 44100-8617

06 . p i g tai l s NTH – Front Pigtails A Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8618 NTH – Front Pigtails B Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8620 NTH – Back Pigtails Vegas (pair) (LK) – NR. 44100-8619

07 . l e ec h batt e n NTH – Leech Batten Vegas (6 pcs) (LK) – NR. 44100-8621

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2010 04

05

04

01

03 03

02

01. LE B l adde r

08. tra iling e d ge batten s

NKB – Leading Edge Bladder Evo (LK) – NR. 44100-8640

NKB – Trailing Edge Battens Evo (LK) – NR. 44080-8340

02. mi ddl e strut

size s 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14 / 16

NKB – Middle Strut Bladder Evo (LK) – NR. 44100-8641

03. tip strut l eft NKB – Tip Strut Bladder Evo (LK) – NR. 44100-8643

04. quart e r stru t NKB – Quarter Strut Bladder Evo (LK) – NR. 44100-8642

05. Nose l i n e NKB – Nose Line Evo (LK) – NR. 44100-8644

06. Pig Ta i l s NKB – Back Pigtails V left Evo (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8645 NKB – Back Pigtail V right Evo (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8646

07. fron t br i d l e NKB – Complete Front Bridle Evo (red) (LK) - NR. 44100-8647 NKB – Complete Front Bridle Evo (grey) (LK) - NR. 44100-8648

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05

03 02

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02

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07. fro n t bri dle

NKB – Leading Edge Bladder Fuse (LK) – NR. 44100-8650

NKB – Complete Front Bridle Fuse left (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8658 NKB – Complete Front Bridle Fuse right (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8659

02 . t i p strut

size s

NKB – Tip Strut Bladder Fuse left (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8655 NKB – Tip Strut Bladder Fuse right (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8654

5 / 7 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14

03 . q uart e r stru t NKB – Quarter Strut Bladder Fuse left (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8653 NKB – Quarter Strut Bladder Fuse right (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8652

0 6 P i g ta i l s 04 . m iddl e str u t NKB – Middle Strut Bladder Fuse (LK) – NR. 44100-8660

05 . nose l i n e NKB – Nose Line Fuse (LK) – NR. 44100-8651

06 . p i g tai l s NKB – Back Pigtails V Fuse left (red) (LK) – NR. 44100-8656 NKB – Back Pigtails V Fuse right (grey) (LK) – NR. 44100-8657


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Bar 2011

6

10 7 11

5 12

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1

2

15 14

3 4

13 Repair Box

1. NTH - Micro Loop Upgrade Kit & Bolt 3 Tool

44100-8006

2. NTH - Iron Heart

44110-8025

3. NTH - Chicken Loop "Standard" (24 cm)

44100-8008

4. NTH - Safety Leash 2011

44110-8027

5. NTH - Depower Line+Bolt 3

44100-8010

6. NTH - Vario Cleat with lineloop and pulley

44100-8011

7. NTH Sliding stopper with stopper ball 2008 (V12)

44090-8017

8. NTH - Bar Plain

44110-8029

9. NTH - Webbing Adjuster

44100-8013

10. NTH Hopper with velcro Neoprene Hoody (V16)

44110-8051

11. NTH - Leaderlines with PVC tube and Flaoter (pair)

44100-8014

12. NTH - Bar attachements (bar pigtails pair)

44100-8015

13. NKB - molded Chicken dig 10

44110-8020

14. NTH - Iron Heart IV Repair Box

44110-8026

15. NTH - Suicide Ring for Trust Bar 2010

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spareparts cam batten 2010/2011 Art.

K i t es 2009

Size Kite s 2010

Size Kite s 2011

NKB Cam Battens 32 cm (LK) - 44070-8087

Rebel

6 / 7

Rebel

5 / 6 / 7

Rebel

5 / 6 / 7

NKB Cam Battens 38 cm (LK) - 44070-8089

Rebel

8 / 9

Rebel

8

Rebel

8 / 9

NKB Cam Battens 44 cm (LK) - 44070-8091

Rebel

10 / 11 / 12

Rebel

9/10/11/12

Rebel

9 / 10 / 11 / 12  / 14

NKB Cam Battens 50 cm (LK) - 44070-8093

Rebel

14 / 16

Rebel

14 / 16

Rebel

14 / 16

NKB Cam Battens 53 cm (LK) - 44080-8066

V e g as 2 0 1 1 C A m Batt e n s Art.

Kite s 2011

Size

NKB Cam Battens 27 cm (LK) - 44100-8055

Vegas

5

NKB Cam Battens 32,5 cm (LK) - 44100-8056

Vegas

7

NKB Cam Battens 37 cm (LK) - 44100-8057

Vegas

9

NKB Cam Battens 39 cm (LK) - 44100-8058

Vegas

10

NKB Cam Battens 42 cm (LK) - 4410-8059

Vegas

12 14

Kite s 2011

Size

NKB Tip Battens 42 cm (LK) - 44100-8060

Vegas

5

NKB Tip Battens 52 cm (LK) - 44100-8061

Vegas

7

NKB Tip Battens 61,5 cm (LK) - 44100-8062

Vegas

9

NKB Tip Battens 65 cm (LK) - 44100-8063

Vegas

10

NKB Tip Battens 71,5 cm (LK) - 4410-8064

Vegas

12

NKB Tip Battens 74 cm (LK) - 4410-8056

Vegas

14

V e g as 2 0 1 1 T i p Batt e ns A rt.

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spareparts bar NTH Bar Attach m en t ( B ar P i gta i l Pair ) - 4 4100-8015

NTH - B ar Pl a i n - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8 0 2 9

NTH - C h i ck e n Loop S ta n dard ( 2 4 cm ) - 4 4100-8008

NTH - D e p owe r L i ne + Bolt 3 - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 1 0

NTH - Hop p er wi th V e l cro N eo h oody - 4 4110-8051

N TH - Iron H eart IV w it h C h ick e n Loop Stan dard - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8 0 2 5

NTH - Iron Heart R e pa ir B ox - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8 0 2 6

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123 N TH - W ebb i n g A dj u ste r - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 1 3

N TH - L ead er L i n es w i t h P V C Tu b e + F loat er - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 1 4

N TH - M i cro Loop U p g rade Kit - 4 4 1 0 0-8006

N TH - Mo ld e d C h i c k e n D ic k - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8020

N TH - Safe ty L e ash - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8 0 2 7

N TH - S l idi n gstop p e r w it h B a l l - 4 4 0 90-8017

N TH - Vari o C l eat w it h Li n e Loop + Pu l l e y - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 1 1


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spareparts BOARDS 2011 NTH - Assy m . Footstrap Var io - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 25 NTH - Assy m . Footstrap Var io S ma l l - 4 4 1 00-8026

NTH - F ootstrap S urf - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 0 3

NTH - F ootpad St ic k e r S u rfboards - 4 4 1 00-8020

NTH - F ootpad Ko n tact - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 2

N TH - F ootpad WA M - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 3

NTH - F ootpad W hi p - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 4


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N TH - Footpad R ace LT D - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 1

N TH - F i nse t for B u l l e t - 4 4 0 9 0 - 8 0 6 1

NK B Fr e esty l e ( 4 . 3 /  4 , 7 /  5 , 0 /  5 , 3 ) /  F ree rid e S-Ben d f i ns ( 4 , 9 /  5 , 3 ) - ( 2 pcs ) - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 8 / 44100-8027

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spareparts BOARDS 2010 NTH - F i n S et Fath e ad 4 . 6 ( 3 Pcs ) - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 001 Fins fit 2009 Surfboards

N T H - F i n S et P i n h ead 4 . 5 ( 3 Pcs) - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 000 Fins fit 2009 Surfboards

N T H - F i n S et S - B e nd F R ( 4 , 9 /  5 , 3 ) - 4 4 1 1 0 - 8006 NTH - F i n S et S - B e nd F S ( 4 , 7 /  5 , 0 /  5 , 3 ) - 4 4 110-8007

NTH - F i n S et R ace LT D - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 0 2

NKB Fin Sab e r 4 cm red co l ou r ( 2 pcs) - 44060-8005

NK B Fin S urf 5 , 3 c m re d co l o u r ( 2 pcs) - 44090-8058


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4 6

NK B L i n ese t qu ad con trol ' 1 1 24 m / 19 m - 44110-8045

NKB Line se t 5 th E lemen t '11 25 m / 20 m - 44110-8034

C on te n t of th e Qu ad Co ntro l Se t:

1. N  KB 5th E pair back lines (25 m / 20 m) '11 25 m / 20 m - 44110-8035 2. N KB 5th E pair front lines (13 m) '11 13 m - 44110-8036 3.N KB Safety frontline above the Y with 2 mm Dyneema Line '11 10,5 m - 44110-8039 4. N KB Safety frontline under the Y (8,4 m / 3,4) '11 25 m / 20 m - 44100-8040 5. N KB 5th E grey strong middle line (12 m / 7 m) '11 25 m / 20 m - 44110-8037 6. N KB f.Red Line f.5th Element Bar '11 25 m / 20 m - 44110-8038

1. pair back lines 2. pair front lines 3. grey strong middle line 4. NKB Red Safety Line for Trust Bar Quad control 4. NKB Red Safety Line for Trust Bar Quad control 24 m / 19 m - 44110-8046


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spareparts Kites 2011 NKB Laz y P u m p R e pa ir K i t - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 2 9 5 clips, 2 tubings, 2 Tubeclamps, 2 neoprene hoodies

NKB La z y Pu m p C l i ps ( 1 3 Pcs ) - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 3 0 13 Lazy pump clips

Bl adder R e pa i r Patch e s - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 9 4 2 Bladder repair patches, 10 x 20 cm and 10 x 10 cm and alcohol patches

NK B Bladde r R e pa i r K it - 4 4 1 0 0 - 8 0 7 0 including box "super patches", glue, Canopy Selfsticky ( 11 x 8 cm ) & Pu - foil ( 11 x 8 cm )

Sel fstic k y Valv e s NKB Selfsticking Dump Valve - 44090-8072 NKB Selfsticking Lazy Pump Valve - 44090-8073 NKB Selfsticking Inflation Valve return (without Stopper Function) - 44090-8074 NKB Selfsticking Inflation Valve non-return (with Stopper Funktion) - 44090-8076 NKB Selfsticking T / L Nozzel - 44090-8077 NTH Valve Slider 2011 (20 pcs)

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north lexicon B ack stal l The kite loses power and flies in a back­ward direction. Letting go of the control bar can end the backstall.

B ar Pre ssur e Same as Sheeting Force

B e l ly down The position used for leaving a kite on the beach unattended. The leading edge upwind and the underside of the kite is down.

B e l ly U p The position a kite sometimes takes during relaunch when the leading edge is toward the rider and the underside of the kite is toward the sky.

B ow A kite design originally defined by four key characteristics: (a) a flatter arc than previously was common, (b) swept back out line, (c) bridle suppor­ ting the leading edge and (d) pullies on the control bar needed to reduce bar stroke.

br i d l e Any of a number of systems where the kite leading edge is supported by a web of lines.

C k it e The original type of 4-line kite with a “C” shaped arc and little or no sweep in the outline.

Dacro n (where it makes sence, where it’s just a gimmick, where it’s stupid) Dacron is useful in areas of high load, such as inflated elements and tip rein­ forcements. It is also useful for impro­ ving control over canopy profile in cer­ tain critically important areas – mostly areas where a flat profile is desired.

Delta In engineering the term ‘delta’ is sym­ bolized by a triangle. A delta kite has an outline that looks somewhat trangu­ lar from the side, hence the name.

Dep owe r When the rider sheets out the kite depowers.

Dep owe r Stro ke The distance traveled by the control bar when going from completely sheeted in to completely sheeted out.

Fl at Delta A delta outline combined with a flat arc.

Flying Spee d The speed of a kite through the wind window. Small kites tend to have very high flying speed. Big kites tend to have slower flying speed.

Hang t ime A kite that is good at keeping the rider hanging in the air during a jump is said to have good hang time.r

C an op y S ha p es This usually refers to the profile of the canopy – the curve that it forces the wind to take while traveling from lea­ ding edge to trailing edge.

H igh En d The ability of a kite to comfortably handle wind strengths at the top end of its design range.

C r is p A kite that powers up with a small bar motion is crisp. A kite can be so crisp that is is uncomfortable to fly. This is a common problem with kites that are 8 meters and smaller.

H ybrid This term signifies kites that are neit­ her “bow” nor “C” kites. This term is not so useful anymore as fewer and fewer kites fit the original definition of a bow.

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Lift A kite that picks a rider up quickly and high is said to have good lift.

Shee ting Forc e The overall force required to pull the control bar closer to the rider’s body.

Linear p ower devel o pment Kite power increases in a linear man­ ner as the bar is sheeted in.

stability A kite is said to be stable if it behaves in a desirable and predictable way throughout its design wind range and even in wind that is unsteady.

Linear bar feel The bar pressure increases in a linear manner as the bar is sheeted in. A kite can have linear power develop­ ment without having linear bar feel.

Low End The power a kite can develope at the lower end of its designed wind range. Mini B r idle A minimal bridle.

Mushy A kite that powers up too gradually as the bar is sheeted in is said to have mushy bar feel.

Nose dow n The position a kite takes during relaunch when the leading edge is on the water and the underside of the kite is facing the rider.

Overs hee ting Sheeting in too much – pulling the control bar too close to the body – can cause a kite to lose power and backstall.

Power up When the rider sheets in the kite powers up.

Relaunch The process of causing a kite to fly up from the water after a crash.

Rid ing Co mfort A completely subjective issue. A kite that is comfortable for a novice may be boring for an expert, while a kite that is comfortable for an expert may to too challenging for an intermediate rider.

Shee ting While flying a four- or five-line kite, to increase or decrease kite power by moving the control bar closer to or farther from the rider’s body. To “Sheet in” is to move the bar closer to the body. To “Sheet out” is to move the bar farther from the body.

stee r ing Forc e The force required to turn the kite. This can be broken down into (a) the force required to initiate a turn and (b) the force required to maintain turning speed. This can be further broken down into the force required when the kite is sheeted in verses sheeted out.

Stee r ing Precis io n A measure of how quick and linear the response of the kite is to steering input. Linear response means the stronger the input, the quicker the steering response. Quick and linear is good for wave riding but not so much for unhooked tricks.

Unhooke d Riding or performing tricks while the riders harness hook is not engaged with the rider’s chickenloop.

Unhoo ked Hand l i n g Performing tricks while unhooked requires a kite that has good unhoo­ ked handing. Such a kite is stable and relatively unresponsive to minor steering inputs. The kite should turn quickly when steered very positively (as for kite loops), but should not turn when given light, spurious steering inputs. The kite should also not gene­ rate big spikes in power when looping and it should be highly resistant to backstall.


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a l i c e B r u n a c c i ( i t a )

A n g e l a p e r a l ( ESP )

A n i a g r z e l i n s k a ( POL )

c e s a r P o r t a s ( ESP )

c h a r l e s d e l E a u ( F RA )

D i r k h a n e l ( GER )

D r e u B e a v i s ( AU )

f a b i o i n g r o s s o ( c h )

GA B I S t e i n d l ( AUT )

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j É r É m i e e l o y ( f r a )

k i R s t y j o n e s ( UK )

m a l l o r y d e l a v i l l e m a r q u É ( f r a )

m a r i o r o d w a l d ( g e r )

r e n o r o m e u ( B RA )

s e a n f a r l e y ( MEX )

s k y s o l b a c h ( USA )

s o u f i a n e h a m a i n i ( MA )

t o m c o u r t ( UK )

s t e p h b r i g d e ( u k )


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product finder prdu ctfi nd e r k it e s 2 0 1 1 kites

New School

Vegas

Evo

Rebel

Fuse

Dyno

Neo

Buzz

Solid

Lizard

Trainer Kite

Freeride

Wave

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p rodu ctfi nd er boards 2 0 1 1 b oa r d s

Select

Teamseries

Jaime

Soleil

X-Ride

Gonzales

Spike

Skim Fish

Freerace

Race LTD

Kontact

WAM

Whip

New School

Freeride

Wave

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APPAREL After some years now of stylish NKB kiteboarding clothing, we are convinced to go on with the real styles of kite­ boarding and we finally can see more and more people wearing real kiteboarding clothes! We still constantly travel in all kiteable countries of this planet – Mauritius, Hawaii, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Australia, the Caribbean, Indo, …This list could go on forever and opens your mind. Whether we unpacked our kites on a beautiful ocean, at a wave spot or whether we came to a lake to freeride, we always noticed one thing. When we were chilling on the beach in the evening, sat in a restaurant or bar or when we were at a party, we always wondered about the same thing: where was the true kiter gear for all those riders out there? We could not spot it anywhere. It was clear that something had to be done, so we created the North Apparel Collection already in 2009. More color, more style. Also this year, we did still more colors and even greater fabrics. Embroideries, prints, beads, patches, all over prints, embossing and style... North always rocks! Be true to yourself! Be a real kiter! Wear your love to kiteboarding and show it to the world out there!


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apparel women Really nice to see, is that still more and more girls join the world of kitesurfing. And with these girls, more and more needs in fashion enter to the male world of kiteboarding. We support all the girls and try to have lots of different styles for every self confident girl. Not just to wear at the beach – but wherever you are! As not every girl wants total sensory overload with regards to clothing, the result 2011 is a mix of modern and classic, punk and fancy, with many details and with the right item for every occasion. Designed by women for women. Show the boyz, who’s wearing the breeches!

rea lit y – T- S h irt S S Colors: White, Sunflower, Denim Blue, Poppy Red Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5051

bam bi – T- S h irt S S Colors: Lilac, Sunflower Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5053


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ba m b i – T- S h irt S S Colors: Charcoal, Pink Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : CVC 60% CO, 40% PES, single jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5053

Lu cy – T- S h irt S S Colors: Violet , Charcoal, True Blue Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5055

ma masi ta – Tan k top Colors: Pink, Charcoal, True Blue Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5057


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cab le h oody sw eat Colors: Denim Blue, Off White Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 80% CO, 20% PES, french terry A r t. N o . : 44110-5251

old sc hoo l z i p hoody sw eat Colors: Moss Green, Charcoal Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 80% CO, 20% PES, french terry A r t. N o . : 44110-5253

rea lit y – ras h g uard S S Colors: Hibiscus Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : Lycra UV flex, 92% PA, 8% EA A r t. N o . : 44110-5059

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so l e i l – board s h orts Colors: White Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100 % recycled PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5751

se l e ct – board sh orts Colors: Vibrant Green, Violet, White Size: XS / S / M / L / XL Fa b r i c : 100 % recycled PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5753

ki ds – T- S h irt S S Colors: White, Hibiscus, Vibrant Green Size: 104 / 116 / 128 / 140 / 152 Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 30s A r t. N o . : 44110-5078


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apparel men You wanna show you’re a real kiteboarder – wear your passion! Pleasantly mellow from the last kite session, you’re heading to the next bar or barbecue with your friends. No matter which style you prefer – easy, casual, freaky, understated – you will find the right outfit in the new North Kiteboarding Men’s Apparel Collection 2011.

funk – T- S h irt S S (s l i m f it ) Colors: Denim Blue, Lilac, Graphite Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : CVC 60% CO, 40% PES, single jersey, 32s A r t. N o . : 44110-5058

logo – T- S h irt S S Colors: Black, White, Hibiscus Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey, 30s A r t. N o . : 44110-5050


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m ustach e – T- S h irt S S Colors: Black, White, Vibrant Green Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey, 30s A r t. N o . : 44110-5052

rati on a l – T- S h irt S S (s l i m f it ) Colors: Lilac , Poppy Red, White Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5064

sp e ec h bal l oon – t-s h i rt (s l i m fi t) Colors: Charcoal, Pale Yellow, Lilac Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO, Single Jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5066


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str ipe s t-s h i rt S S (s l i m f i t ) Colors: Lilac, Graphite, White Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : CVC 60% CO, 40% PES, single jersey, 32s A r t. N o . : 44110-5056

TEa m s e ri e s t- s h irt ss Colors: Black, White, Anthra Melange Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey,30s A r t. N o . : 44110-5054

Tru c ke r – t-sh irt S S (sl i m f it ) Colors: White, Scuba Blue, Pale Yellow, Charcoal Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5062

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wav e – t- sh i rt ss ( s l i m f i t ) Colors: Black, Poppy Red, Scuba Blue, Denim Blue Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey, 40s A r t. N o . : 44110-5060

Th r i l l er - Hooded z i p LS Colors: Black, White, Hibiscus, Vibrant Green Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% CO,single jersey, 20s, A r t. N o . : 44110-5068

TALK T O THE H AN D Su m m er Sw e at Hoody Colors: Off White, Moss Green, Charcoal Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 80% CO / 20% PES, french terry A r t. N o . : 44110-5250


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TRIA NGULUM Hooded Summe r Swe at J ac k et Colors: Denim Blue, Charcoal Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 80% CO / 20% PES, french terry A r t. N o . : 44110-5252

S UPER LOG O - W et S h i rt S S Colors: Charcoal, Black Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% PES functional jersey A r t. N o . : 44110-5070

S UPER LOG O - W et S h i rt L S Colors: Charcoal Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : 100% PES functional jersey A r t. N o . : 44110-5072

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Log o – rash g uard l s Colors: Graphite, True Blue Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : Lycra UV Flex, 92% PA, 8% EA A r t. N o . : 44110-5076

Log o – rash g uard ss Colors: Graphite, Acid Green Size: S / M / L / XL / XXL Fa b r i c : Lycra UV Flex, 92% PA, 8% EA A r t. N o . : 44110-5074


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HARLEKIN - boardsh orts Colors: Dark Choco, Violet, Green, Vibrant Green, Papaya Orange Size: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38 Fa b r i c : 100 % PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5750

Colors: Scooba Blue, Pink Size: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38 Fa b r i c : 100 % recycled PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5752

te am Se ri e s r e tro - Boardshorts Colors: Scooba Blue, Pink Size: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38 Fa b r i c : 100 % PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5756

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se l e ct – boardsh orts Colors: Charcoal, Vibrant Green, Turquise Size: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38 Fa b r i c : 100 % PES , premium suede A r t. N o . : 44110-5754


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