How thin can I make my Kite Alaia?

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Mimi Cler riding her Kilaia in the Caribbean
Boards can get pretty thin – but you have to re-enforce them

It’s a question of retaining sufficient mechanical property in the wood and then re-enforcing your board with the use of composites. Obviously the thinner you go the more flex your board will have but it may have a greater tendency to snap if you find yourself jumping and landing hard.

All the boards we’ve seen to date vary between 22 and 17mm thickness but the core material used has been paulownia or other types of wood. Most of these lighter-weight boards require glassing and hot coating with different glass-fiber thicknesses depending upon rider weight – usually between 120/160gms Tissue.

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