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By Martin Lark
CORE releases the fifth generation of its bestselling freestyle icon.
1). Core Kites: GTS5, GTS5 LW
The wait is over. After ten years of iterative development, CORE's Universal+ Series GTS5 is here. It succeeds but does not stray from the venerable GTS4 which proved unbeatable at Holland's Megaloop Challenge. The GTS4's signature Future-C powered kiteloops, and unhooked confidence is legendary. Countless prototyping sessions were made to carefully preserve the GTS4's unique qualities while improving its flight stability especially when looping.
Freestyle Ninja. Megaloop Machine. And more.
The indomitable GTS5 is built with precision steering; a prodigious operating range; and CORE's legendary linear power. Its fully adjustable handling lets riders throw the tightest loops (in waves) and the biggest Cape Town style megaloops in total control.
1). Core Kites: GTS5
Explosiveness defined: Future-C shape, three struts, and ultra short bridles.
The GTS5 carries over its proven ExoTex powered 3 Strut Frame, Radical Reaction Tips, and Short Bridles from the fantastic GTS4. The GTS5 sports optimized leading edge diameters and tip geometry to improve flight stability. CORE's new CIT Modes customize the GTS5's handling characteristics. In Wave mode, riders can dial in compact turns and more depower. Whereas in Freestyle mode, the kite adds more grunt and bigger turns.
As makers of the broadest lineup of lightwind kites, CORE naturally adds two GTS5 LW lightwind editions in 15 and 17m sizes. Mastering unhooked, and wakestyle tricks in less than perfect wind conditions is a blast with CORE's lightwind machines.
2). Core Kites: GTS5
CORE innovation at work.
The GTS5 continues to benefit from CORE's relentless innovation. The canopy's durability is attributable to the triple ripstop CoreTex fabric developed in-house. And the kite's improved aerodynamics is related to its zero-stretch, high-pressure ExoTex leading edge fabric.
3). Core Kites: GTS5 LW
Sensor Bar optimized.
The GTS5 performs at its best with CORE’s ultralight Sensor bar systems. They feature precise kite control, unmatched safety, and uncluttered simplicity. The titanium reinforced, carbon fiber Sensor 2S bar delivers unmatched ‘between-the-fingers’ single-handed comfort.
4). Core Kites: GTS5 LW
In stores now.
The GTS5 is available from 5m to 13.5m in size while the GTS LW edition is available as a 15m or 17m. All sizes are available for purchase at authorized CORE resellers. Test one soon.
Core Gts5 - Freestyle Ninja. Megaloop Machine. And More.
5.0 | 6.0 | 7.0 | 8.0 | 9.0 | 10.0 | 11.0 | 12.0 | 13.5 | LW 15.0 | LW 17.0
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Key feature snapshot:
3 STRUT LIGHT FRAME: Super light yet amazingly rigid and durable. FUTURE-C SHAPE: True C-kite feel. For snappy turns with a controlled and consistent pull. RADICAL REACTION TIPS: C-style shaped wingtips for faster bar response. CIT MODES (NEW): Fully adjustable kite handling characteristics. EXOTEX® ULTRA RIGID DACRON: High pressure, zero stretch airframe. CORETEX® TRIPLE RIPSTOP CANOPY: Extreme durability and UV protection. ULTRASHORT BRIDLE SYSTEM: Improved kite feedback. INSTANT RELAUNCH: Reliable waterstarts under challenging conditions. SPEED VALVE 2: Quick, reduced effort inflation. SENSOR BAR READY: Pair with a Sensor 2 or 2S bar for maximum kite feedback and control. 6 YEAR PARTS GUARANTEE: Six-year parts availability guarantee. See more on the GTS5 and GTS5 LW at: corekites.com/us
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By Martin Lark
CORE releases its third generation freestyle boards.
Similar in form yet very different in function.
1). Core, Choice 3
2). Core, Bolt 3
CORE Kiteboarding is pleased to announce the release of its third generation Choice and Bolt twintips after two years of intensive development. Although both new boards share engineering resources, they serve two markedly different markets. The adamantine Bolt 3 is a boot only, wakestyle board purposefully designed to withstand endless punishment from sliders, hard rails, and expert kiters. Whereas, the Choice is CORE’s highperformance freestyle allrounder that is fun to ride in straps or boots.
It is challenging to build a legacy of board building excellence over time. And yet, for 35 years one company has managed to do just that. CORE and Carved Customs have consistently manufactured boards with innovative designs, proprietary materials, and the highest quality. After six generations of improvements, the iconic Carved Customs’ Imperator 6 is prized for its high performance and state-of-the-art technology. The know-how gained over six generations of board building benefits all CORE products. And today, this know-how is seen in the new Gen3 of the Choice and Bolt.
3). Core, Choice 3
4). Core, Choice 3
Leveraging proven board construction.
Both boards share CORE’s proven CNC milled Paulownia and Cartan carbon sandwich construction. Only now, the boards are even lighter without reducing carbon or wood content. CORE’s proprietary 30° biaxial carbon fiber weave optimizes board torsion and longitudinal flex in a way traditional 90° carbon fiber cannot. The 12,000 filament, low resin carbon fiber is responsible for much of CORE’s signature board feel. This build method encourages good flex when gybing, controlling chop; and reduces bad flex (aka negative rocker) when landing hard or freestyling.
Choice 3: CORE’s freestyle machine for all.
The Choice 3’s chameleon-like ability to adapt to its rider and water conditions places the Choice 3 in a category of its own. A category reserved for boards that perform equally well in straps or boots. One that provides a high level of freeriding potential without sacrificing freestyle requirements. A board that is equally comfortable in rough chop as it is in buttery smooth lagoons. And a board that is perhaps even more fun to ride without fins. “The new Choice 3 can do it all in comfort.” CORE board designer Daniel Borchert continues, “The Choice 3 is a smart decision if you ever picture yourself in boots or unhooking.”
The new board features more channeling to improve traction and speed. The deeper channels further reduce the wetted surface area and therefore hydrodynamic drag. A new full length, double concave, deep vee hull cuts through chop and delivers an amazingly comfortable ride. And a glossy, UV blocking, topcoat finishes off the board. Although form always follows function at CORE, the new Choice 3 turns heads.
5). Core, Bolt 3
6). Core, Bolt 3
Bolt 3: Slider and rail approved.
The third generation Bolt is built for a long life of sliding and grinding. The top and bottom receive two extra sheets (laminations) of our exclusive high-performance Cartan carbon fiber. In total, four additional carbon laminations give this wakestyle monster the necessary rigidity and durability for long-term performance. The low friction, high modulus polyethylene base slides effortlessly over most surfaces. And is easily repairable with a PTEX candle.
Like the Choice 3, more channels were added to improve traction and speed especially when riders go finless. The deep vee keel is missing between the boots to flatten the sliding area. All the channels are also beveled and countersunk to prevent them from catching an edge while grinding.
7). Core Choice 3 and Bolt 3
8). Core Choice 3 and Bolt 3
Now in stores.
The Choice 3 comes in 7 different sizes including half sizes to better tailor the board to the rider. Two optional pad and strap systems are designed for the board. The Union Comfort pad and straps are CORE’s single velcro design, and the Union Pro model is the fully customizable double velcro setup. Find the Choice 3 or Bolt 3 now at any authorized CORE retailer.
Choice 3 - One Board. Maximum Freedom.
Price EUR 899,-
Sizes 133 x 40 | 135 x 41 | 137 x 41.5 | 139 x 42 | 141 x 42.5 | 144 x 43.5 | 147 x 45
CARTAN CARBON: Proprietary 30° biaxial carbon fiber that optimizes board torsion and dynamic longitudinal flex. 3D WOOD CORE: Powered by a superlight CNC milled Paulownia wood core. MULTI-CHANNELS: Superior grip and speed with deeper, full-length channels. V-SHAPED KEEL: Amazingly smooth ride even in nasty chop. PRO ROCKER: Custom board flex and curvature. BOOT TOUGH INSERTS: Heavily reinforced boot inserts. VARIO RAILS: Precise flex with progressive edge thicknesses. DIAMOND 3D-SHAPE: Balancing flex and rigidity. 42MM G10 PRO FINS: Optimized shape for the Choice 3.
Bolt 3 - Wakestyle Rockstar
Sizes 136 x 42 | 139 x 42.5 | 142 x 42.75
Price EUR 999,-
TWO LAYER CARTAN CARBON: Proprietary 30° biaxial carbon fiber that optimizes board torsion and dynamic longitudinal flex. 3D WOOD CORE: Powered by a superlight CNC milled Paulownia wood core. MULTI-CHANNELS: Superior grip and speed with deeper, full-length channels. V-SHAPED KEEL: Amazingly smooth ride even in nasty chop. PRO ROCKER: Custom board flex and curvature. PRO FIX GRINDBASE: Easy fix, snowboard-like, high modulus polyethylene base. RAIL READY BASE: Countersunk channels create a smooth, flat, sliding surface. BOOT TOUGH INSERTS: Heavily reinforced boot inserts. VARIO RAILS: Precise flex with progressive edge thicknesses. DIAMOND 3D-SHAPE: Balancing flex and rigidity. 28 + 42MM G10 FINS: Optimized shapes for the Bolt 3.
9). Core Choice 3 and Bolt 3
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