2020 North Focus Kiteboard



2020 North Focus Kiteboard

Available Sizes: 133x40cm   136x41cm   139x42cm   142x43cm 

Available Constructions: Hybrid and Carbon

Focus Hybrid

FREESTYLE / FREERIDE

The Focus is a high-performance Freestyle board precisely engineered to push the boundaries and generate ultimate pop for aggressive Freestyle moves. Greater traction allows you to hold that rail and edge harder, while the geometrically stiffer backbone enables more controlled takeoffs. Your ideal balance between stiffness and flex, with butter-soft tips to reduce the impact load on landings and glide through chop. Jesse Richman's winning board at the Red Bull King of the Air 2020.

 

Focus Carbon

PERFORMANCE FREESTYLE / FREERIDE

The Focus is a high-performance Freestyle board precisely engineered to push boundaries and generate ultimate pop for aggressive Freestyle moves. Master-crafted by our skilled engineers, who have thoughtfully positioned the full carbon laminate layup to provide a dynamic and responsive ride, with well balanced torsional stiffness and flex. Greater traction allows you to hold that rail and edge harder, while the geometrically stiffer backbone enables more controlled takeoffs. Your ideal balance between stiffness and flex, with butter-soft tips to reduce the impact load on landings and glide through chop.

What’s Included

  • Grab handle with soft rubber grip
  • 30mm twin tip fins
  • Dogbone fin washers
  • Six M6 x 16mm screws

 Tech Specs

  • Hybrid or Carbon Construction available
  • Wide tips with a flatter rocker for aggressive pop
  • Stiff flex pattern with quad concave bottom shape to handle hard landings

 What We Like

    • The flatter rocker combined with the wide tips give this board a ton of pop. If you know how to edge, load and pop you can hook this board up for some big powered tricks.
    • The two constructions have quite different rides. The Hybrid has a medium flex that works for your recreational freestyle rider. The Carbon Focus is really stiff and if you know how to load and pop, you can go big on this thing.
    • The quad concave busts through chop even though this is a flatter board.
    • The Focus screams upwind.
    • All the screws on the Focus are the same screws. Foot straps, fins, and handle all use M6 x 16mm screws. That makes it really easy to put your board together. If you lose a screw you can rob one from the handle to make sure your fin or foot strap is secure.
    • The handle is really grippy. This is excellent when body dragging out while holding the board handle. This doesn’t really matter as you will probably be using boots with no handle if you are riding this board.

 What We Don't Like

      • The Focus is a stiff board and it is designed for aggressive riding. You need to want this type of performance freestyle board to get it. The Carbon Focus feels rough on the water but if you want the ultimate in performance freestyle this is the ticket.
      • To make this board strong enough to not break on the landings, North made it thicker which makes it heavier than we liked. The weight does help this board bust through the chop though.

Why you want the North Kiteboarding Focus

The Focus is not for the weak at heart. You need to want a high performance board like this to really get the most out of it. It is great that they have the two construction options so you can dial in your ride for your weight and riding level.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

Technology

Atmos Hybrid Construction

The Hybrid construction has strategically placed layers of unidirectional carbon tape in high load areas, for reinforcement of the E-glass laminate, sandwiched with a Paulownia wood core. This allows for a well-balanced, forgiving flex and ride comfort.

 

Paulownia Wood Core

Lightweight and impact resistant, Paulownia is a highly renewable hardwood species, with one of the highest strength to weight ratios. Ultra lightweight, with a high shear force and high impact resistance, Paulownia wood forms a non-toxic core which significantly displaces the amount of foam or resin used in manufacturing, thereby reducing carbon emissions. Each board has a customised core thickness individually fine-tuned to ensure its characteristics are consistent throughout the range, no matter your size or weight.

 

Dynamic flex

The flex characteristic of every TwinTip Board is determined by multiple features built into each specific design. Core thickness variations and taper, as well as detailing, longitudinally and laterally, play the most significant role in controlling the overall flex and feel. Board specific laminate layups then allow us to further fine tune the flex and board characteristics. We adjust the stiffness lengthwise and torsionally in conjunction with the rocker line, plan shape view and profile of the board, to give each board its specific performance characteristics.

 

Atmos Carbon Construction

Refined Carbon laminate layup for higher performance. Thoughtfully selected and arranged combination of woven roving and biaxial carbon fibre fabrics and unidirectional reinforcements provides an extremely fast response when loaded, with greater torsional and longitudinal board flex.

 

Paulownia Wood Core

Lightweight and impact resistant, Paulownia is a highly renewable hardwood species, with one of the highest strength to weight ratios. Ultra lightweight, with a high shear force and high impact resistance, Paulownia wood forms a non-toxic core which significantly displaces the amount of foam or resin used in manufacturing, thereby reducing carbon emissions. Each board has a customised core thickness individually fine-tuned to ensure its characteristics are consistent throughout the range, no matter your size or weight.

 

Dynamic flex

The flex characteristic of every TwinTip Board is determined by multiple features built into each specific design. Core thickness variations and taper, as well as detailing, longitudinally and laterally, play the most significant role in controlling the overall flex and feel. Board specific laminate layups then allow us to further fine tune the flex and board characteristics. We adjust the stiffness lengthwise and torsionally in conjunction with the rocker line, plan shape view and profile of the board, to give each board its specific performance characteristics.

 

2020 NORTH FLEX STRAP KIT

Features

  • Gripflex Material

    There are two touchpoints in kiteboarding, your control bar and your feet on the board. We wanted those touch points to be as soft as possible, with just the right amount of grip. Until now to get that grip you’ve also had to use quite a hard material, but we’ve developed a super-comfy rubberized EVA to give soft cushioning while maintaining grip underfoot. When it’s wet the grip improves.
  • Knitflex comfort and support

    The actual strap is laminated to the soft conforming foam inner, so when it creates a 3D curve you won’t have any bunching or creasing, and there’s no inner stitching to rub on your foot.
  • Triple Density

    If you use an industry standard soft foam material underfoot, when you land hard it’s going to bottom out and bruise your heel. Instead, we’ve used a triple density foam built up in three layers: soft touch under your feet with a medium density frame to take most of the load, then for serious impact we’ve added a high-density layer which is over-molded together with the medium density
  • Sustainable

    We’ve stripped them back to what you need. Other brands offer changeable heel inserts, but these often end up as waste or landfill. We’ve included just one dual molded heel impact pad on the bottom side, optimized to absorb serious impact. All twin-tips feature retailer-friendly standardized M6 x 16mm Hardware = one tool. To upgrade you don’t need new hardware.
  • Split inner velcro straps

    Ensure a custom fit on top of foot for all shapes, sizes and rider styles.
  • Footpad canted inwards

    To encourage optimized weight distribution and knee alignment.
  • Flex adjusters

    Rear eyelets have an outward kick to ensure your foot never comes in contact with them on hard landings.
  • Optimized strap adjustment options

    Ensure correct fit for all sizes, with comfortable foot positioning for a secure feel and use of toe bar.
  • Top loading foot strap

    Allows for a super quick setup.
  • Forward sloping grip pattern

    Prevents foot slipping out during high rotation tricks.
  • Ramped toe bar

    Lock in your connection to the board.
  • 6” screw spacing

    6.0" to 6.5” insert spacing to fit most twin tips on the market.
  • Two Sizes

    SM/MD US Mens 4-8 | MD/LG US Mens 8-12

Package Includes

  • Strap Set
  • M6 Mounting Hardware

2020 North Flex Strap Kit



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