The North Select Textreme 2018 is the ultimate kiteboard, built with some of the most advanced techniques and materials around. It’s the fastest, lightest and most responsive board in the range and is perfect for freeride and freestyle. The 2018 Select now utilises a new 2 Channel mono concave underside using smaller fins to improve its early planing characteristics.
Textreme Carbon offers excellent durability and flex characteristics, whilst being 30% lighter than standard carbon. This futuristic material is what gives the North Select its responsive nature underfoot. By combining this with a super fast rocker line and progressive flex the board really comes alive.
Whilst the board delivers amazing pop, it is also exceedingly comfortable when riding through chop! The Select is the most responsive, technologically advanced kiteboard on the market, jump on and feel the future!
While the 2018 tips have been made wider, they have also been rounded to ensure a smooth ride through chop and aid the carving characteristics. The flex has been tuned to give the board an even more comfortable feeling through chop and give the board fantastic pop. It has a lively crisp feel underfoot and is very responsive to rider input.
Jumping on the Select is fantastic; the flex works with the rider to ensure you get good pop every time. The board offers excellent grip and rides extremely fast when powered, but is still forgiving allowing you to improve as a rider.
The Textreme® STF carbon is Formula 1 tested and 20% lighter than normal carbon fibres allowing North to control the flex in a board like never before.
Usually getting the right flex for a smooth ride and excellent pop is always a compromise, you can’t have both. With the Textreme Carbon technology North can offer the rider unrivalled comfort with blistering performance. Excellent for jumping, the Select is extremely fast and very early to get planing.
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 2018 and feel for yourself what all the hype is about!
Construction / Technology:
Textreme Spread Low Technology:
The patented TeXtreme® spread tow makes the composite 20% lighter, with unprecedented performance. The main reason is that the fibres are straighter in TeXtreme® than in standard carbon reinforcement. As a result of the optimized fibre structure, the end product will hold a large amount of carbon fibers, at a minimum size and weight. The outcome of the unique technology is a board with high fiber volume fraction, low weight and enhanced strength.
3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich:
2018 is a big leap forward in board technology as North Kiteboarding introduces the 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich in combination with the Responsive Centre Flex. Combining the unique properties of wood core and carbon fibre, with an advanced flex pattern from a CNC milled 3D deck and concave bottom, the 2018 North Kiteboard range is setting a new standard in performance, comfort and durability.
The unique thing about the 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich is the fully 3D shaped wood core with the advanced deck flex pattern and concave bottom. This type of advanced step cap sandwich construction, in combination with a concave bottom has previously only been possible to manufacture with foam cores, which have certain limitations regarding flex, core thickness and shear strength. Thanks to North’s strong R&D focus and collaboration with one of the world’s leading snowboard factories, North Kiteboarding is the first company in the world to introduce 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich. This technology opens up a new door for flex development. In terms of kiteboards it means a significant performance boost and a whole new level of comfort for the rider.
The strong, fibrous structure of the wood core allow for a thinner core profile and a higher amount of bending compared with a traditional foam core, without the risk of breakage. The result is a board with a greater amount of flex, working as an active suspension while riding, providing a smooth and controlled feeling even through rough water.
Thanks to the natural flex characteristics and spring back of the wood core, our new boards have a responsive and lively feel on the water, without sacrificing the comfort. A further step in technology is the Responsive Centre Flex. The result is a highly responsive, yet still forgiving board, with instant feedback to the rider’s input.
The 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich construction has a higher amount of flex and torsion than a traditional foam core. This allows the board to quickly adapt to every impact from the water surface, giving the rider more space for mistakes, without the risk of loosing control. What the rider will experience is a board that’s easy to set up for take off and forgiving in the landings, and maintains good grip when riding full speed through choppy water.
North’s wood core has three times higher density than a standard foam core, and much greater strength and impact resistance. Fatigue resistance, the ability to withstand stress caused by thousands of impacts and hard landings over time, has been significantly improved. Heel dents, split cores and cracked laminates are history. The new 3D Wood Carbon Cap Sandwich is the strongest construction we’ve ever made, reassuring a long
life and functionality for your kiteboard.
3D Decks Responsive Centre Flex:
For 2017 North have worked hard to further enhance the feeling and performance of our twin tips through innovation. A harmonic flex from front to rear means that the rocker line is actively changing and adapting to the water’s surface, which gives you pro active dampening and absorption of chop. Furthermore, the continuous flex offers increased power flow for hard pop, making take-offs easier and more predictable. Torsional Absorption
System offers smoother, stickier landings, a more solid feel through the water, more grip on the heel-side edge and consequently better upwind performance. Flex Tips give you more control when combined with lower bottom curve as well as responsive, controllable pop and cushioned, comfortable landings.
Absorption Flex Tips:
The flex tips are reinforced with transversal ribs for increased torsional stiffness to create a more aggressive edge grip and pop while the longtitudinal flex remains moderate for a smooth and forgiving ride. The result is maximum performance, control and durability in combination with a high level of comfort.
Super Flight Core:
Keeps the kiteboard extremely light and responsive yet durable enough to withstand all the abuse that this style of riding can dish out!
Allowing you to ride and with a powerful and aggressive style with no limits.
Who is the board designed for:
If you’re looking for a lively, fast and incredibly smooth ride, the North Select is as good as it gets!
Riding Style: Freeriding / Freestyle / Jumping
Skill Level: Intermediate / Expert
North Select 2018 Kiteboard – Length / Width:
- North Select – 132 x 39.0cm – Rider Weight 55-75kg
- North Select – 135 x 40.0cm – Rider Weight 70-85kg
- North Select – 138 x 41.0cm – Rider Weight 75-90kg
- North Select – 141 x 42.0cm – Rider Weight 85kg >
North Select 2018 Key Features:
- High Performance Board
- Wakestyle Width
- Textreme Lightweight Carbon
- Precise and Solid Landing
- Massive pop plus control
- Responsive Centre Flex
- Great Control and Pop
- Fast and Smooth
- 3D Carbon Cap Sandwich
- Aggressive Feel with lots of comfort
- Asymmetrical Concave
- Hard Flex