@ effisk. that's sad man, especially because the guys at DSD Intel(or the manufacturer Appletree Surfboards) claim that their construction is made for hard Strapless Freestyle Action.
I think the main thing even nowadays it's still impossible to manufacture a very light board, in classic Surfboard construction which will outlast hard Kitesurf Sessions.
The forces when jumping strapless with a kite are much higher than classic surfers jumping... so in my opinion if you want a board that lasts longer, and won't break in your first season you should choose another construction technique than a classic surfboard.
And even Carbon Cosntructions aren't doing the Trick, since Carbon is not made for a Unilateral Flex.
I think a good example is, what takoon is doing with their flaxbiotek Construction.
Check out: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2395672&p=968512
And especially https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKaHnxYZCQ&t=5m57s
The tradeoff is that you have a Board which might be 400gramms heavier, but at least you can have fun with it for more than one season!
Some tiny German Engineer factory,
Dynamic Surf Product:
http://www.dynamic-surf-product.de/inde ... ch_en.html
So imho the Classic Polyester Surfboard Construction just doesn't make sense for us Kiteboarders.
Look at the pictures of a Broken "high End" Firewire Board: http://stormrider.de/surfer-community/2 ... photoid=29
Why are the Boards so expensive if it's just such a simple construction?
The Surfboard Industry is kept alive, by regular surfers, who are used to snap their boards regularly and beeing confident with buying a new ones every season.
What would happen if Surfboards would be durable and you could use it for at least 4-5 years regularly?
So i think it really makes sense to support the companies which try to produce light and durable Boards!
The first fiberglass Board was made 1946, so now over 70 years ago it just make sense to move on to some new techniques....
Does anybody now some other good Kitesurfboard manufacturers which offer a different construction technique than a classic surfboard?