Select 2012 Overview
Utilizing unique and incredibly lightweight Textreme carbon construction this board is simply magical under your feet and has a feel like no other!
The North Select 2012 is aggressive and incredibly responsive while still retaining insane control through the roughest and choppiest water.
The Select utilizes unique high-end Textreme Carbon Technology to deliver the "magic carpet" of our freestyle range!
An ultra-lightweight freestyle/new-school twin tip, the Select is super efficient and incredibly responsive and smooth. The Select is a blast to ride and some even say that its precision flex, positive response and explosive pop actually make you ride better!
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!
Team Series Textreme:
North Kites has once again chosen to use the high-performance carbon fabric TeXtreme for developing an ultra light premium board. With the help from the mechanical performance benefits that comes from TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabrics the new Select and the Teamseries offer the best riding experience ever, this case study will give a technical explanation of the development behind it. The technical demands when developing a high performance kite board is quite challenging when you want to create a board which is on one hand extremely stiff and on the other hand still very flexible in different directions. But the final goal for sure is always to get the ultimate ride. From a manufacturing point of view, the balance lies in constructing a board that is very responsive, but still retains control in all kind of waters. This puts demands on the carbon reinforcement to be able to provide different stiffness in different directions.
North Kiteboarding, lead by CEO Till Eberle, focused the composite development of the new Select board on further optimizing the carbon reinforcement used. The choice once again fell on TeXtreme. To achieve weight savings and the mechanical performance needed in all directions, the best material was an unbalanced 120gsm TeXtreme fabric, which offers extreme stiffness in one direction. TeXtreme is a high-performance Spread Tow Fabric used to reduce weight on composites. The material is utilizing two proprietary technologies; Tow Spreading and Tape Weaving. First the carbon fiber is spread into thin flat tapes which then are used in weaving the tapes into a fabric, STF. As the fibers are oriented relatively straighter and the fabric structure consumes less resin which reduces matrix dead weight the combination of these novel technologies renders in improved mechanical performance, superior surface finish and significant weight savings.
North Kiteboarding Track System:
Kiteboarding is evolving at an amazing pace. As a result of this development, the demands on the material are increasing as well.
Due to new tricks and an increased variety of people who engage in the sport, it has become more and more important that the entire equipment can be individually adjusted.
For this reason North have set out to develop a multifunctional mounting system for their boards. What North envisaged was a solution that would allow a wide range of adjustments as well as quick and easy mounting of the footpads without having a negative influence on the board's flex and weight.
The result of this effort is a system that meets all our requirements. North proudly present the new THE TRACK SYSTEM!
The Track System features two ultrasonic welded tracks made of fibreglass reinforced plastic that are laminated into their boards in the production process. The tracks are then CNC milled out of the finished board.
The Track Nuts provide the connection with the footpad. The Track Nuts are made of non-corrosive brass and can be freely moved along the track to both sides. This system offers a whole range of possibilities to mount your footpads. One particular advantage is that the flexible tracks do not interfere with the finely-tuned flex of North boards.
The new S-Bend fins offer more pop, are faster, provide more directional stability and engage quicker after fast landings.
Last but for sure not least, rounded center rails allow a smoother ride and saver landings.
So grab a new Select and feel for yourself what all the hype is about!