INTRODUCING THE ALUULA PROJECT
WHAT IS ALUULA?
Founded by a team of highly experienced chemists and engineers based in rugged British Columbia, Canada, Aluula is a company that started out with one goal; To make a material that is lighter and stronger.
In partnering with Ocean Rodeo, Aluula not only achieved this goal, they developed a revolutionary new array of ultra light, ultra strong composite materials and innovative new manufacturing techniques.
WHAT IS THE ALUULA PROJECT?
The Aluula Project heralds the introduction of a brand new composite material with a near-endless wealth of potential. But to us it means a lot more than that…
This collaborative venture represents years of effort by Ocean Rodeo to examine every single aspect of our kites’ construction for ways to reduce weight while preserving or enhancing their strength and integrity.
Partnering with Aluula marks the latest significant and exciting step in this ongoing process. The introduction of these new super light and strong composite materials brings a whole new dimension to our weight-saving efforts, and opens the door to many years of exciting kite performance increases, as we further refine our relationship with these phenomenal new materials.
Ocean Rodeo is proud to introduce yet another game changer. An all-new series of kites built with the Aluula BLACK material, which features a graphene-enhanced composite that weighs just 68gsm (grams per square meter). To compare, traditional Dacron comes in at around 150gsm. UV stable and virtually unrippable, the Aluula BLACK composite can also withstand higher inflation pressures.
Alongside this, the Aluula bladder technology brings additional weight savings and performance gains: Aluula film weighs in at only 42gsm, compared to PU films that are traditionally in the 100gsm range. Inflated to a standard pressure of 8psi, the Aluula air frame is 50% stiffer than current Dacron/PU bladder air frames, with 20x more resilience to tearing against standard Dacron, and yet half the weight…
The resulting stiffness combined with the extreme light weight delivered by Aluula transforms inflatable kites into precision control wings unlike anything we have experienced during our 20 years of kite design.
With no need to reduce struts, a 3-strut Aluula frame kite becomes lighter than leading no-strut kites, and, with flex designed into the air frame, these ultra light 3-strut kites perform through the entire wind range, delivering new levels of performance for jumping, drifting, turning, and water relaunch.
There is no longer a need to compromise.
The Flite BLACK is a 3-strut kite with an Aluula air frame that is highly responsive yet lighter than current no-strut kites, providing optimum lightwind performance, while retaining precision and control in increased wind speeds.
The extreme light weight, combined with the stiff yet reactive Aluula air frame technology, means larger kites become supercharged, allowing performance levels to increase exponentially.
To further build on the enhancements provided by Aluula, we have fine-tuned all our light wind manufacturing techniques and components, with the Flite BLACK canopy using proven D2 double ripstop from Teijin.
Ultra responsive, the Flite BLACK excels in all riding styles and with whichever board you are riding.
The days of compromise are over. The Flite BLACK is the world’s lightest, strongest, and highest performing lightwind kite!
Sizes: 12, 14.5, 17
* Flite Black Prototype Aug 2019
FREERIDE FOIL BOARD / WAVE
The Roam BLACK is simply a dream come true for freeride foilers and committed wave riders.
This 3-strut kite with an ultra light and strong Aluula air frame allows for precise sheeting control, snappy turns and on-demand kite positioning in light winds. And should the wind pick up, the stiffness of the air frame means that the kite’s stability and precision control is retained.
For freeride foiling, kite transitions on the Roam BLACK are achievable in the lightest of breezes, and with the deep, low aspect design coupled with the light Aluula air frame, the Roam BLACK will not luff or stall, even in complete slack-line situations.
Unpredictable wind states and formerly unmakeable sections all now become opportunities for the rider: the playing field is fully opened up with the Roam BLACK.
Sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
* Roam Black Prototype Aug 2019
WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON AN OCEAN RODEO BLACK KITE?
The Introduction of our BLACK kite range featuring Aluula’s exciting new ultra lightweight materials will be done in two key stages.
AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC DEMOs
A worldwide network of demo centres will start receiving kites for the public to demo. Demo centre locations will be announced at a later date.
Don’t miss out on your chance to be among the first to demo a BLACK kite… Register an Ocean Rodeo product or subscribe to our newsletter to be updated on when and where you can try out the future of lightweight kites.
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winter 2019 to spring 2020
AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMER SALES
Consumer introduction of these kites will be done in stages with those who have registered or register a kite purchased after January 1, 2018 receiving initial priority.
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