Appletree Appleslice Wing Foil Board
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2021 Appletree Appleslice Wing Foil Board
Light, responsive, compact, fast. That pretty much sums up the Appleslice Wing foil board!
Wing surfing, or wing foiling, has taken a huge leap lately. And so has the understanding of what equipment is best to ride. We have made plenty prototypes of this wing foil board to find a shape that works for most riders in most conditions. We have made 5 sizes to accommodate beginner to advanced.
Real experienced riders might find it possible to get started on a super low volume board. But most riders will want a board with a volume in Liters around their body weight in KG. Better riders can go slightly under their weight and beginners a bit over. Also for easy cruising in light winds and on flat water a bigger size is much easier to handle.
The shape of the Appleslice Wing is compact and fairly thick. This is to get as many liters as possible in the compact shape. This compact outline and short length is really important for wing foiling. Imagine a big board balancing on a small foil mast. This is a huge swing weight, that slows all movement down and makes quick turns impossible. For learning this can be an advantage as it is more stable, but the learning curve in wing foiling is pretty quick, so you will not enjoy a big shape for long.
The bottom of the Appleslice Wing features a 4 way “boat hull” in the front. This splits the water and makes it possible to accelerate quickly. The middle part has a 3 stage with a flatter part in the middle. This provides a quick planing surface, but it is small enough that it will not stick to the water’s surface when releasing and rising on the foil. Behind the foil box, there is an aggressive kick that further helps with release.
The deck is concave, to lock your knees in when you get going. It also gives a real secure platform to stand on. The Appleslice Wing has inserts for foot straps as standard and comes with a comfy 3mm EVA traction on the whole deck. The board is more than strong enough to do crazy airs and jumps. Which makes wing surfing so fun!
The Appleslice Wing is super light and stiff, to give the best response. You can really feel the foils every move and control accordingly. We used our experience in building the lightest and strongest carbon kiteboards to now also build the lightest and strongest foil board possible.
Two Futures US boxes connect the foil to your carbon foil board. The boxes are positioned in the most common configuration at 90mm to accept most foils in the market. This connection system is the strongest and lightest available. The boxes are set in a high density PET honeycomb, that in term is sandwiched in carbon. So there is carbon fiber inside the board as well. This makes the foil connection ultra strong, and really stiff for the perfect energy transfer from board to foil.
The Appleslice Wing comes with scratch proof matte finish, in white with the carbon shining through.
It has inserts for foot straps as standard and comes with a comfy 3mm EVA traction on the whole deck.
50K Closed Cell Foam
It all starts with the core and every board Appletree makes starts with a foam core of their very own 50K closed cell foam. This foam is formalized exclusively for Appletree; it is not used in any other board in the market.
The foam can withstand 50.000 kg per square meter, while staying very light, and most of all very flexible. Another plus of the 50K foam is that it is closed cell, meaning that the foam will not take in water, and the board will not blow out when it gets hot.
100% Carbon Fiber Construction
All Appletree foil boards are produced in their 100% carbon fiber construction. You want carbon fiber in a foil board for its stiffness and strength. A stiff board will give you the best control and response from the foil. Also stiffness will make pumping the foil much more effective. With carbon fiber Appletree is able to make the board extremely strong while really light at the same time.
The most stress in a foil board is in the connection of the foil to the board. So this is where they put extra care and attention to make it the strongest connection available. The foil mount is CNC cut with the board for the highest precision. They only use Future's Oneshot boxes as they are the strongest in the industry. The boxes are placed in a panel of ultra high density PET honeycomb. This PET honeycomb itself is sandwiched in carbon again, meaning there is carbon fiber both inside the board and outside. The honeycomb's open structure ensures a solid connection between inside and outside, fusing everything together into a solid block.
Appletree's lamination is completely different as well. They use a vacuum technique developed in house, where they layer all the carbon fiber and reinforcements on the board dry. Then they extract all the air from the bag and inject the epoxy resin under pressure. This results in the tightest lamination possible, with the best ratio between fiber and epoxy. It also gives 100% connection to the core so the boards do not delaminate. Extra patches under the feet prevent heel denting.
Inserts in Appletree's foil range are made from blocks of high density material. These blocks are also fused to the core so they never pull out.
To date this is by far the best wing board I’ve ridden (I’ve ridden/owned nearly 20). Honestly this board has taken my winging to a new level. The Pros: -the board is super light. Any way you try to evaluate it, the lighter the board the better it will perform once the board is above the water… -the board is super balanced. This is where this board has taken me to a new level. Whether knee starting or standing while sunk to my knees, this board feels incredibly balanced. It is super easy to recover from botched moves on this board. -I love the outline/shape. When carving and touching a rail to the water, this board holds a line like no other before it. The rail design is perfect. -I use this board for both winging and kite foiling. -supposedly the construction is bomb proof although I can’t comment on that as of yet… -this is my favorite board of all time and I plan to order 1 or 2 more in various sizes. The cons: -deck pad is slippery… -deck top is shaped like an air craft carrier – dead flat. No contour to the top like the Fanatic boards which I really like and no bump pad on the back… -handle is in wrong spot to carry board – this drives me crazy. Summary- Due to its light weight and excellent design, this board is the easiest board I’ve ridden to both start and ride making it my all time favorite. The other riders who are on these boards who I’ve talked to have absolutely loved these boards as well and have switched to riding them over their other boards.