Chief kite designer Pat Goodman is the first to tell you working with woven and flexible materials is a real challenge in aerodynamics. “Nothing ever comes out exactly how you design it on screen. The biggest challenge is getting the actual kite in the sky to be the same as the one you have designed on the computer. If it was purely aerodynamics, then all kite designers would be aeronautical engineers - but this is not the case. There’s a lot of knowledge required which can only be obtained from years of experience (and thousands of prototypes),” explains Pat.
“The stability of the materials also makes a great difference in the accuracy of the prototyping. We’ve tested some materials that are so inconsistent we’ve found ourselves judging problems in the kite that were not created from the design, but from irregularities in the materials, especially in an inflated structure.”
Less parasitic drag. Greater aerodynamic performance.
It’s important to have stable bridle material that is accurately assembled from the very get-go. Firstly, you want it to be consistent from kite to kite, and secondly, you want it to change as little as possible over time. We’ve carefully analysed and tested our bridle lines to find the best combination of stability, strength and durability. Then we’ve introduced a new way for the factory to pre-load these as they manufacture, before they cut them.
This automation allows us to greatly tighten the tolerance and accuracy, and combined with using the best quality materials, results in a very low change in either shrinkage or elongation and improved longevity. The kite should feel the same for a longer period of time.
Simplified. Less breakage.
Since we don’t use any pulleys in our bridles, the need for this stable bridle line is even more important. The more bells and whistles you have, the more there is to go wrong, especially on the water.
All of our kites use fixed-cascade bridles with no pulleys. Removing the plastic pulleys from within the load-bearing part of the kite improves the safety and your connection to the kite. The result is less drag, more accuracy and a more direct feeling. Without pulleys, the kite powers more evenly and has improved steering and depower response. This accuracy improves your experience and helps you feel more in tune with your gear.
This is not the first kite equipment ever designed.
Decades of hands-on experience has gone into improving and refining these kites. We’ve analysed every detail carefully to ensure all those years of feedback have been addressed and we don’t encounter problems we’ve seen surface in the past.
“I personally ride and test every prototype I make, and I’m the biggest critic. Before it leaves my hands, I have to be satisfied with it.” Pat Goodman