Performance & Design
The V1BE might be the first true single strut wave kite but its drift and smooth handling translates to foiling meaning you can keep your quiver simple. Combining the lightness and upwind performance of 1-strut design with our gold standard Signature Drift, stability and turning, the V1BE will take you from the waves to the glide with ease.
The V1BE’s designer, Dano See, has been experimenting with and refining the 1-strut wave kite for years and is finally satisfied with the results. “This wave design is something we have been working on for some time now because we wanted to get it perfect, and we all believe it is!”
Stability – 1-strut design has come a long way but most people assume they’re very unstable. Unlike others, the V1be’s design has been balanced with increased LE diameter and a lower aspect ratio* to give incredible stability in all areas of the window, especially while on the wave!
*Aspect ratio is medium-low which allows the kite to create more apparent wind in the light air while increasing its ability to turn on a smaller arc. Combined with our constant curve profile we do not encounter unstable canopy or flutter issues with such a low aspect in higher winds.
Drift Our priority is kiting waves and that means having excellent Drift is critical. The V1be offers all that BWSURF SIGNATURE DRIFT with its lightweight construction and single strut precision balancing out to allow you the space to ride the wave.
Upwind performance – Thin profile shape allows the kite to edge up wind tight allowing maximum upwind performance.
Relaunch – A fast re-launch can be critical, especially out in the waves. So you might be worried that having only a centre strut will decrease the kite’s re-launch capability. Fortunately we’ve thought of this; all of our kites have an increased LE curve, meaning the kite sits free from the water so you can reset it to re-launch position quickly and easily. Have you ever wondered why BWSurf kites do not sit flat on the beach? That’s why!
Turning performance – The closed arc shape allows the kite to pivot on a smaller arc with less power required to deliver a fast and smooth turn.
Bar pressure – The V1be’s sheeting stroke is positioned close, reducing the bar pressure and extending your session, especially at the low end.
Power delivery – Smooth and precise power thanks to constant curve profile and LE curve. The good low end grunt makes you downsize faster when the wind picks up.
Weight and design – Weight is reduced with no unnecessary parts or heavy materials. It’s featherlight yet durable construction offers nothing but advantages in handling and riding sensation in any type of condition. No Dacron was used in the trailing edge, yet a double ply canopy with an internal Dyneema line offers support and strength to the profile.
Flutter – What Flutter? The profile design is aimed for the most stable canopy possible. No need for heavy materials or battens. Even at the high end this kite is full and clean.
Wind range – For a 1-strut design we have managed to create the best of both worlds; lightweight and efficient low end that will take you faster out then ever before while retaining stability and performance in the high end. We recommend using 22m lines from 5 to 9m, but from 11m up we recommend adding 2m extensions giving you 24m lines for even smoother handling.
Wave riding with 85kg rider
15M = 10-17kts
13M = 11-18kts
11M = 12-19kts
9M = 15-23kts
7M = 19-29kts
5M = 25-35kts
Foiling with 85kg rider
15M = 8-14kts
13M = 9-15kts
11M = 10-17kts
9M = 11-19kts
7M = 12-22kts
5M = 16-29kts
Nylon Diamond Ripstop Red
Drain hole in the bottom of back positioned in the middle
Sleeve card holder on top for name/address.
Bridle lines + attachment bridle points kite
Bridle line: FL610 Cape Town Teufelberger Grey
Attachment bridle points: 3mm Dyneema Grey
Attachment loop for pump: 3mm Dyneema Grey
Connector valves + connectors
In/deflate valve: Airlock.
5 → 9M: 8PSI
11 → 15M: 7PSI