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Before we begin, just so you know: a Twintip is a kiteboard that can move in both directions without changing feet - unlike surfboards or directional boards. They have a symmetrical structure, usually have "straps" (ergonomically shaped bindings or foot loops that offer good grip on the board) and fins on the bottom. When choosing the right Twintip, there are several points to consider:
Freeride boards are the all-rounders among the Twintips. They usually have a soft flex and a slight rocker. As the name suggests, these boards are especially good for free-riding. This means that, if you like cruising back and forth and making a few manoeuvres or jumps, then these boards are ideal for you.
Freestyle boards have the best jumping abilities and are ideal for more advanced riders. They deliver the best pop during a jump. They're also designed so that you can land safely even with hard and fast landings.
Wakestyle boards have been developed for riding over obstacles such as sliders and kickers. To cope with this additional stress, they are slightly thicker and have a more robust construction than normal Freestyle boards. They also have a base developed especially for obstacles.
Light Wind boards have been developed especially for little wind and are larger than normal Twintips. Light Wind boards are often also referred to as "doors". To ensure that Light Wind boards start planing as soon as possible, they have a flat rocker. Due to their size, they also have a slightly harder flex than normal freeride boards.
Light Wind boards:
Ultraspike Textreme, Spike Textreme, Spike
Larger boards offer more lift and are more forgiving of mistakes than smaller boards, which is why large boards are especially suitable for little wind and beginners.
The longer a board is, the more stable it is in the water. Shorter boards, on the other hand, are more amenable to turning.
What matters more, however, is the width of the board, since even small changes can have a major impact on the overall surface. Wide boards start to plane sooner, have better upwind performances and offer a better pop. However, they are more difficult to control than narrow boards when you're over-powered. Narrow boards are also faster and lighter.
When you're talking about different Twintips, the same technical terms are often used. Here's what they mean:
All boards can flex under strain. The flex specifies how easily the board can be flexed. In this case, there is usually a distinction between soft, medium and hard flex.
These boards flex relatively easily, making them very pleasant to ride since they attenuate the impact of choppy water.
The following boards have a soft flex:
Boards with a medium flex are good all-rounders. They offer a good pop for jumps, but also an enjoyable ride.
The following boards have a medium flex:
Jaime Textreme, Jaime,
Spike Textreme, Spike, Soleil Textreme
The rocker indicates how curved the board is from tip to tip. Boards with a large rocker (markedly curved) are great for turning, while boards with a small rocker (flat) are faster and offer better upwind properties.
The underside of the board influences its riding properties enormously. Essentially, the individual board undersides are distinguished by virtue of the different arrangements of "channels", as they are known. We have five different base concepts:
A round outline that ensures great fun, even in choppy water. The wide tips allow these boards to plane early. The relatively narrow shape guarantees a fast riding speed and guarantees excellent upwind properties.
Planes very early
Good carving properties
Spike, Spike Textreme
The Step Mono Concave is a base structure that makes the board fast and easy to ride. It allows it to carve through turns easily and always delivers the perfect amount of grip. Our boards with a mono concave plane early, work with small fins and support easy upwind properties.
Excellent upwind properties
Most comfortable riding experience
Soleil Textreme, Soleil
Select Textreme, Select
The double diffusor breaks up the surface of the water and achieves a precise, immediate feedback. It also offers excellent control in all conditions with a sporty character for everyday use. The double diffusor allows harder flex patterns to be used in the board without any reduction in comfort. The harder flex ensures a better pop and makes it the ideal combination. By breaking up the surface of the water on landing, the double diffusor provides fluidity and immediate planing of the board. This guarantees control and comfort on landing, regardless of how fast you're going.
Jaime Textreme, Jaime
The Step Double Concave is the reason for the Team Series' tremendous grip - whether with or without fins, suitable both for riders taking part in the Freestyle World Tour or for ambitious free-stylers. The deep concaves provide massive grip and pop, while the broad channels break up the surface tension for softer landings.
Excellent edge grip
The latest development in bases is the combination of a double concave and a Slick Base. This offers all of the advantages of grip and pop, but complemented by an exceptionally robust and easy-slide Slick Base, making overcoming every type of obstacle child's play. Flat areas in the base ensure the best possible contact with the slider, which significantly increases control on the sliders.
Robust base with Slick Base
Great for use without fins
Excellent contact with the obstacle thanks to narrow channel
The best-performance design in the range has been developed especially for the TS Hadlow and Team Series boards. It is the most resilient construction available, representing the top end of board development. A bi-carbon layer at a 45-degree angle below the foot pads ensures a radical flex, exceptional resilience and gives the board room for manoeuvre in terms of torsion. This design has been created with the emphasis on excellent grip and pop for kiters with ambitions to take part in competitions.
The Select Textreme, Jaime Textreme, Soleil Textreme and Spike Textreme are carbon constructions that embody the innovative expertise in the Twintip design. Each board has an individual carbon layup with particular emphasis on low weight and a vibrant ride feel. To achieve the best possible reduction in weight, the patented spread-tow fabric is used in the top. Installed in the bottom is a biax carbon with a diagonal of 45 degrees to achieve maximum pop and grip.
The boards in the Premium Design, Jaime, Select and Soleil ranges are equipped with carbon beams, and some of the fibreglass is replaced by carbon. This ensures a faster and more progressive flex for better pop and reduced weight.
This group comprises the Gambler, Spike and Gonzales Duotone boards. They are equipped for maximum damping and comfort with biaxial fibres.
Fins support the board's grip in the water and ensure that the board does not drift downwind during the ride. Since it is mainly the edge of the board that is used to control and change the direction of Twintips, the fins are very small compared to other types of board and are also not absolutely necessary on all boards.
Large fins offer more grip in the water and deliver better upwind properties. Smaller fins make it easier to turn and manoeuvre the board.
With Twintips, the question arises over whether to wear loops (also known as straps) or boots as the binding. Usually, we recommend using straps since the risk of injury is lower with these. Boots allow you transfer more force to the board, enabling you to set up tricks more effectively. However the landings and falls are harder, since the force is transferred to the knee and you can't get out of the board.
+ MORE STABILITY IN LANDINGS
+ CAN HOLD MORE POWER
- INCREASED INNER SIDE KNEE INJURY RISK WITH OVERWIDE STANCE
+ GREATER MANEUVERABILITY
+ LESS RESISTANCE IN ROTATIONS
TALLER PEOPLE NEED A WIDER STANCE THAN SHORTER PEOPLE. TO FIND YOUR STANCE WIDTH, JUMP FORWARD AND LAND IN A COMFORTABLE SQUAD POSITION.
+ MORE STABILITY IN LANDINGS (WEIGHT LANDS THROUGH CENTRE OF BOARD)
- HARDER TO EDGE HEELSIDE WITH SMALL FEET
CLOSER TO HEELSIDE
+ EASIER TO EDGE ON HEELS FOR UPWIND AND JUMPING
- LESS STABILITY IN LANDINGS (WEIGHT LANDS OFF CENTRE)
- HARDER TO EDGE TOESIDE
IF YOU SUFFER PAIN IN SHINS; MOVE POSITION TOWARDS HEELS FOR EASIER EDGING.
DUCK FOOTED (WIDE ANGLE)
+ MORE MANEUVERBILITY IN VARIOUS RIDING STYLES (E.G. CARVING AND TOESIDE)
- INCREASED INNER SIDE KNEE INJURY RISK WITH OVER DUCKED STANCE
+ GREATER STABILITY IN LANDINGS
+ LESS RESISTANCE IN ROTATIONS
IF SUFFERING PAIN AT THE INSIDE OF KNEE; MOVE ANGLE CLOSER TO PARALLEL. LOOK FOR YOUR NATURAL FOOT ANGLE WHEN YOU SQUAT.
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