At Lacuna kiteboarding we push our kites to the limit when testing on and off the water. When finding the right conditions we tested across multiple destinations with various wind conditions to make sure that your kites are designed not only with precision but perfection for all wind and water conditions.
Cape Town does offer some of the harshest conditions but we ventured to some of the destinations that are notorious for pushing kite durability.
Mauritius One Eye is described as a beautiful destination for wave riding. Many kitesurfers will tell you that when it gets going there the conditions can get rather hairy, especially when you drop your kite into the wave.
Still not satisfied we had our riders take a drive to the notorious Skeleton Coast of Namibia. While the wave there was not too daunting, the Namibian winds are perfect to test canopy durability. A few days of flying and leaving your kite fluttering on the beach there and you know you have used your kite.
Returning back to the discussion on Cape Town where Red Bull King of the Air takes place and the WOO height records are often challenged, we are fortunate enough to call this home. Big Air kiteboarding is extremely challenging on the equipment and the risks are substantially raised at 25+ meters (27+ yards) in the air. Having had Jason van der Spuy as a rider in the Red Bull King of the Air gave us the opportunity to back the claims that our equipment won't let you down when you need it most!
Kites - Design Specification - All Kites
Teijin Double Ripstop material was selected as the canopy material offering durability with great strength to weight characteristics. Teijin has a proven track record and is regarded as the gold standard in the kitesurfing industry. Teijin has supplied material for many brands over the years.
Dacron Reinforcing Frame
Lacuna kites have a Dacron reinforcing frame. The selection of Dacron material found to be most effective in this regard. The reinforcing frame is pivotal in adding bomb-proof structural strength to the kite as a whole. Additionally, the reinforcing frame adds stabilization to the ride with the reduction of kite fluter. No fluter creates greater efficiency as the kite becomes smoother which translates to a smoother ride. Laminar flow with less turbulence across the surface.
Canopy To Dacron Frame Transition
Insignia tape is used as a chemically bonded and stitched transition layer between the Double Ripstop Canopy and the Dacron Reinforcing Frame. For durability and longevity, a medium-density cloth between the Dacron and Ripstop is necessary to create a buffer between the two density materials. Seen on the kites as a thin white strip between the black Dacron and orange Ripstop, it is imperative to ensure consistent manufacturing quality and a robust durable kite.
Wide Angle Wingtip Bridal Deflectors
Robust Wing p deflectors are mandatory to prevent kite lines snagging and wrapping around a wingtip during self-launching or relaunching the kite. Thus preventing the kite from going into a continuous loop.
Loop through loop reinforced Bridal Connection.
Loop through loop reinforced bridal connection points are used. Although being a more expensive method it is the only method that ensures that the loop of a bridal does not come off the bridle connection point. This is an added safety feature. This system is stronger, more durable, lower profile, and cannot come undone. We use PVC labeled reinforced bridle connection points.
Ultra Flow Inflation System
Ultra Flow Infla on valve system affords a high volume low-pressure inflation, which translates to less energy and faster inflation. More me on the water and less me pumping up on the beach. As the sport of kite surfing has grown, we have seen children under the age of 10 and adults in their 70's on the water. A kite should not be difficult to pump up. We have maximized the flow rate to ensure Lacuna kites are the easiest to inflate on the market. The valve cap has a double o-ring seal in case the sand gets into the pressure valve seat. A neoprene inflation valve cover is also provided.
Dacron Reinforcing above Inflation Valve
Proper Dacron Reinforcing is placed above the valve inflation cap, this is to reduce damage to the canopy when kites are le in wind flapping on the beach. The sizing and model are also clearly marked on the top of the kite to ensure the kite size and model are easily identified when the kite is rolled/folded up to fit into a kite bag.
Large Diameter Strut Valves
A wider inner diameter and straight up and down strut inflation system. The wider inner diameter creates a higher volume flow of air as the kite is inflated, making kite inflation easier. Straight up and down strut valves are positioned parallel and close to the strut, minimizing turbulence making a more efficient and aesthetically pleasing kite. In tandem with the Ultra Flow inflation system, Lacuna Kites are some of the easiest to inflate.
Turning Speed VS Bar Pressure Setting
Many riders of different abilities ride in hugely varying conditions. The wingtip offers three ‘pigtail’ connection points enabling the rider to customize the bar pressure and turning speed depending on their preference.
Triple Stitched Leading Edge Design
Lacuna Kites are some of the most durable and hardiest kites available. With a triple stitched leading edge and Dacron reinforcing frame, the kites can be pounded at kite schools again and again without fail.
Our kite range includes 4 kite models. Ranging from 4sqm to 17sqm covering all conditions and rider capability. We wish to provide a durable high performing product installing confidence in the rider enabling the rider to enjoy their session and progress.