Thanks for the questions, the diamond plate insert is designed for two reasons. First there have been a number of companies that have incorporated the original Carafino square plate into their product. Thus, our products have been completing theirs. The new diamond will only fit Carafino 2014 products until it is reproduced.
Second the square is more heavier in insert material then the diamond.
The construction of the boards is first shaped eps foam, density of foam not disclosed, then the board is laminated up with a multiple direction fiberglass that is new out of Australia. It adds more strength with less material. Epoxy resin laminate and carbon patches in various locations for the stress points. Oven cured to accelerate curing.
The board is painted, logo, gloss coat and polished. All with UV materials so the board remains sun resistant as long as possible.
We changed our foot strap design and have gone with a new cushy strap that snugs the foot. This new strap is taken from the old Neil Pryde wind surf strap design. It is a favorite of mine and also Laird Hamiltion, Darrick Doerner http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrick_Doerner
along with other professional big wave riders in the sport of life and death big wave tow in surfing, I think all hydrofoil kiteboarders will enjoy the comfort and secure feel of the strap.
Normal eva padding with a special formula of rubber added into the padding composition for a grip that wont quit.
Regarding the prize money for our vision of winning competitors being gifted with huge prize money. Perhaps I failed to completely indicate where the prize funds will come from. I believe that with the new developments I will bring to the sport of traditional course kite board race designs, will be able to cross over in the yacht world of racing. Making it a televised event distributed to households world wide via digital cable, satellite, etc viewing.
Cable networks are able to determine viewer buying of such sports events. For example, when networks secure 5 million households to the sport of "new kiteboard course racing televised events" and each household pays 4 to 7 dollars to view the event, the sponsorship is taken from these funds and the prize money is allocated as well. This is the realm yacht sailing is performing and with companies like Rolex, Cadillac, etc. the potential is huge. The only set back would be the politics and how the small time IKA would be open to giving up some control to further the sport and give the riders the prize money for the exposure.
Once I release the new course race boards, you will begin to understand the direction I will take the sport for the sport and the riders. I love sport, I dislike politics and industry stagnation.
New diamond insert board models to be released after the holiday.
Thanks for the input.