- A Moment for Life -
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Size Vida

Specs

  FIFTEEN
Área plana (m²) 15
Peso da vela (kg) 2.5
Número de linhas principais (A/B/C) 3
Células 59
Alongamento plano 6.9
Corda central (m) 1.9
Envergadura plana (m) 10
Wind range foil racing / twintip freestyle (knots) 12 - 22
Wind range foil freeride (knots) 7 - 15
Recommended line lengths - freeride (m) 17 - 18
Recommended line lengths - racing (m) 10 - 12

Info

The wind is an unpredictable traveller. It’s in constant evolution, in constant fluctuation, yet here we are, chasing its perfection. Training our acuity, refining our tools, in the hopes of understanding this transient energy on a deeper level.

The Vida is a product of patience and meticulous attention to detail, capable of redefining your connection to the elements and finding true pleasure.

A glide of meditation, a buttery soothing sensation of pushing the limits of speed. A moment that will stick with you. A moment for life.

– Dorian LeBihan

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Tech

Minimalistic bridle layout

A huge number of structural simulations were performed in order to minimise line consumption and reduce the number of attachment points. As a result, the kite has the simplest bridle line layout of any foil kite for it's class. So the lines do not tangle easily and you will be up and ready in seconds.

Morphing aerofoil

The shape of the kite's aerofoil is designed to change when it is powered or depowered. As a result, the power to depower ratio is exceptional. Powered up, a high-camber aerofoil provides all the lift you need; Depowered, the aerofoil turns into a low-lift, super stable reflex profile, so wyou can have absolute confidence when overpowered, even in the worst conditions.

Cord Cut Billow (CCB)

A tecnologia Cord Cut Billow foi desenvolvida para melhorar a fricção da forma, a estabilidade do planador e o desempenho geral de nossos kites. Duas costuras percorrem os painéis superiores do bordo de ataque para acomodar o aumento de volume do painel que ocorre quando a asa é inflada. Até cinco centímetros de excesso de material são criados nas laterais de uma tela plana inflada e curvada sobre um perfil de asa. A tecnologia Cord Cut Billow absorve o material com um painel 3D, resultando em menos ondulações e melhor formato e estabilidade do perfil de nervura.

ALULA - software de simulação

O futuro do design de Kites depende muito de simulações. Em vez de projetar e produzir protótipos um por um, agora podemos simular com precisão centenas de Kites usando nosso próprio programa de simulação aerodinâmica / estrutural. Agora podemos testar protótipos virtuais usando este programa fazemos mais de 200 protótipos virtuais de nossos Kites. A análise deles envolve mais de 500 mil iterações dos cálculos estruturais/aerodinâmicos para cada simulação!

Diagonais de três peças

O Koala é projetado com uma estrutura interna complexa usando 3 tiras diagonais cortadas. Isso é feito para ajustar a distribuição de carga para as abas de fixação da linha na vela, maximizando a rigidez da corda para superar rajadas. Isso também significa que o pano não é carregado no sentido longitudinal, o que aumenta a durabilidade do kite.

Target

The VIDA is a high-performance kite for racing and airstyle. It has the agility and performance to satisfy the most demanding of riders and seasoned pros. Because of its stability and ease of use, it is also an accessible competition kite for riders just starting to get serious.

The VIDA is built for performance. It is a hybrid 3 / 2 liner with a high aspect ratio and thin lines. It has an incredible power range – the pull when it's fully powered up, compared to depowered, makes it very easy to use for its category. It means riders will feel in total control, and trust in the kite when out racing. You can put it where you want it, and the VIDA will stay on target in broad reach conditions.

Because it has no fibreglass rods, the VIDA is easy to relaunch and also easy to pack.

Foil-freestyle pro Maxime Desjardins loves the great pop and massive hangtime – this kite will make you fly!

Size 15 is available, size 10 will be released soon.

Not IKA registered


Designer Notes

At Airwave we design kites we want to ride. Tom designed the Vida for hydrofoil racing, as none of the existing options were exactly what he was looking for. Tom says:

When I started hydrofoil racing my dream was to push my own limits in the most difficult conditions, but none of the kites on the market quite did the job: the classic 3-liners were easy to handle with good power, but they lacked the depower to withstand strong gusts; the 2-liner kites had the depower, but, because of the fibreglass rods, they did not have enough power to water-start in light winds. They are hard to relaunch, and much harder to handle in general.

My super-computers started running at full capacity with one goal in mind – to get the best of worlds! The power and ease of use of 3-liner kites and the depower of 2-liner kites, without fibreglass rods. I also worked extensively with foil-freestyle professional Maxime Desjardins to test and validate its freestyle capabilities. Its longer lines and shorter brakes, with the great depower and performance really made it also amazing for airstyle!

Riding Level / Style

Material

Internal structure Porcher Skytex 40g/m² Hard
Top surface MJTex 32g/m²
Bottom surface MJTex 32g/m²
Pulleys Ronstan/Harken P18 pulleys
Top lines Edelrid Magix Pro 8001U
Middle lines Edelrid Magix Pro 8001U
Lower lines Edelrid Magix Pro 8001U

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