KITESURFING HAS CHANGED FOREVER. ALUULA

KITESURFING HAS CHANGED FOREVER. ALUULA

Ocean Rodeo Aluula Project

A New Way of Thinking

With the introduction of cutting edge ALUULA Composite materials into our kite construction, an entirely new way of thinking has opened up at Ocean Rodeo. We have discovered a new world of possibilities in terms of kite performance, a world which has the ability to completely revolutionize your kitesurfing experience.

Within most of the sports we enjoy, equipment and materials are directly linked to our desired performance attributes. For example, bikes will mix and match frames, shocks, tires and tubes with myriad opportunities in terms of materials and technologies.

Within kitesurfing, although we have innovated, we have always been limited by the materials we can use. Until now.

The Next Generation

For the last 20 years, The kite industry has rewarmed a limited choice of component and material options. In a crowded industry, we’ve all been using essentially the same things, tweaking them and nudging them and calling it innovation…

Now a new dawn in material technology is upon us, and we now have choices beyond just using Dacron for airframes, ripstop for canopies, and PU film for bladders. The genie is out of the bottle, and it’s called ALUULA.

Ocean Rodeo, in partnership with ALUULA Composites, has developed completely new and innovative manufacturing techniques to work with these super lightweight and strong materials. This has allowed us to combine standard industry materials with brand-new composites, enabling us to deliver performance levels that were simply not attainable before.

This season we are proud to introduce Ocean Rodeo kites which are lighter, stronger and more fun to fly. The future is now, so please enjoy the ride. It’s getting better and better

 

INTRODUCING ALUULA

Aluula Material
Aluula Material
  • The future of lightweight, strength and performance
  • Tested and Proven
  • What does it mean for riders?
  • Aluula Flite and Roam
  • The benefits for riders

What is ALUULA?

Founded by a team of highly experienced chemists and engineers Aluula is the cutting- edge and award-winning composite material process created by a company that started out with one goal; to make a material that is lighter and stronger.

In partnering with Ocean Rodeo, Aluula Composites not only achieved this goal, but they also developed a revolutionary new array of ultra-light, ultra-strong composite materials and innovative new manufacturing techniques. Aluula Gold has already been recognized for its current and future potential, winning first place in the highly esteemed ISPO Best Product for Fall/Winter 21/22 awards.

 

Aluula wins the 2020 Composites award
Aluula wins the 2020 Composites award

THE FUTURE OF LIGHTWEIGHT STRENGTH & STIFFNESS Aluula Material

• Reduced kite weight of 40% – 60% vs industry-standard construction • 20 Times increased tear strength
• Double the stiffness and rigidity
• Increased puncture resistance

• Virtually no water absorption
• UV stable material – longer lifespan and performance

 

 

Aluula 3rd party test results
Aluula 3rd party test results

What does it mean for Riders

This collaboration represents years of effort by Ocean Rodeo to examine every single aspect of our kites’ construction for ways to reduce weight while preserving or enhancing their strength and performance.

Standard kite construction materials have fundamentally remained the same for over a decade with only incremental improvements

Aluula marks a massive leap forward in kite construction and performance for riders.

The introduction of these new super light and strong composite construction brings a whole new dimension to performance, durability and lifespan with these phenomenal new materials.

Ocean Rodeo Flight aluula Kite ready for launch on Test
Ocean Rodeo Flight Aluula Kite ready for launch

The massive reduction in kite weight delivers huge improvements in drift performance for Wave riding, foil boarding and stall resistance. As well as being easier for travel.

Double the rigidity of standard airframe virtually eliminates luffing and stalls improving airflow and lift in all situations and incredibly easy relaunch with exceptional handling.

Added stiffness and reduced weight results in a functional wind range of the kites with no performance sacrifice that is far greater on both low end and top end.

 

Testing the new Ocean Rodeo Flite Kite with Aluula materials
Testing the new Ocean Rodeo Flite Kite with Aluula materials
  • Aluula is so much more than light wind performance!
  • The low stretch, quick flex properties of the Aluula Air Frame resits distortion significantly more than traditional Dacron airframes in overpowered situations, delivering improved control when reaching the top end of the wind range.
Ocean Rodeo Roam Kite on Test with Aluula frame
Ocean Rodeo Roam Kite on Test with Aluula frame

Further Innovation: Ridge Seam

  • Ocean Rodeo and Aluula have developed the Ridge Seam. Designed specifically for the Aluula composites, the Ridge Seam increases seam strength by 40% over traditional sewing methods.
  • The resulting stiffness combined with the extreme lightweight delivered by Aluula transforms inflatable kites into precision- control wings, unlike anything we have experienced during our 20 years of kite design.
New Ridge Seam for a stronger Aluula kite
New Ridge Seam for a stronger Aluula kite

Aluula Flite

The Flite featuring Aluula is highly responsive, providing optimum light-wind performance while retaining precision and control in increased wind speeds.

The extreme lightweight, combined with the stiff yet reactive Aluula airframe technology, means larger kites become supercharged, allowing performance levels to increase exponentially.

Ocean Rodeo Flite Kite with aluula air frame
Ocean Rodeo Flite Kite with aluula air frame

To further build on the enhancements provided by Aluula, we have fine-tuned all our light wind manufacturing techniques and components, with the Flite Ultra-Lite canopy using proven D2 double ripstop from Teijin.

The days of compromise are over. The Flite featuring Aluula is the world’s lightest, strongest, and highest performing light-wind kite!

Aluula Roam

The Roam featuring Aluula is simply a dream come true for freeride foilers and committed wave riders.

This 3-strut kite with an ultra-light and strong Aluula airframe allows for precise sheeting control, snappy turns and on-demand kite positioning in light winds. And should the wind pick up, the stiffness of the airframe means that the kite’s stability and precision control is retained.

 

Ocean Rodeo Roam Aluula Kite
Ocean Rodeo Roam Aluula Kite

For freeride foiling, kite transitions on the Roam are achievable in the lightest of breezes, and with the deep, low aspect design coupled with the light Aluula airframe, the Roam will not luff or stall, even in complete slack-line situations.

Unpredictable wind states and formerly unmakeable sections all become opportunities for the rider: the playing field is fully opened up by riding the Roam.

Sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

The Benefits for Riders

A dramatically lighter, stiffer, stronger and durable kite.

Ocean Rodeo Aluula kites at S2AS
Ocean Rodeo Aluula kites at S2AS on test

Unmatched performance in light wind, strong wind and increased wind range overall.

For wave riding, foil boarding, light and strong winds an airframe that will perform beyond all others with exceptional drift, stall resistance, increased response handling.

UV stable, no water absorption for longer lifespan and performance

No off-gassing or solvents used in manufacturing. For a longer lifespan, performance and environmentally responsible.

 

Ocean Rodeo Aluula kites available at Surface 2 Air Sports