KT – Ginxu Foilboard

KT – Ginxu Foilboard


Step Bottom Foilboard

Kai Lenny: “The biggest thing to happen to foiling since foiling.”

Keith Teboul: “The Ginxu range marks a new chapter in foilboards for both high performance riding and entry level ease of use. We’re mindblown, and keep getting more psyched every time we ride them.”

The Ginxu’s revolutionary design features a cutout on the entire bottom rear 1/3 of the board, including the foil box.

This creates the most direct connection to the foil of any board to date. For touchdowns, it reduces catching and deceleration leading to getting stuck or falling, because when the bottom of the board now recontacts the water, the rear section and foil are still ‘airborne,’ so you can easily take back off. Most surprisingly of all it makes it incredibly easy to initially take off, because the moment you get a little bit of speed on the water and the board starts to rise to the waters’ surface, even though the front 2/3rds of the bottom of the board is still in the water, the foil is already out of the water and flying.

Needs demand change, and in the summer of 2020, Kai came to Keith needing three things. 1. more control of his foil 2. less catch when touching down from radical maneuvers and 3. even less swing weight.

This has always presented a catch-22. Stretch a board out in length so that its thinner and therefore a closer connection to the foil, and the setup becomes much less agile. Go with a compact shape, add cutouts where possible, and you have a more agile board but less connection to the foil, and also more bulk.

Elliot Leboe, longtime waterman and pioneer windsurfer, kiteboarder, and now foiler, is one of the top videographers on Maui and a KT R&D rider.

He’s accumulated more footage of foilers across multiple disciplines than probably anyone.

After watching hours of foiling footage for various projects, Elliot noticed that most of the time when people nosedive, it’s not because the board is short, but that when the board touches down, the rear section ‘holds’ the board, and so then with the momentum, the rider goes flying over the front.

His footage validated the idea of removing the rear bottom section, and Keith saw as the need to add sharper rails on the bottom beveled section so that like race boards, the rails would immediately release from the water. So that when you want to get going, or bounce back down, you can take off with as little friction as possible.

Keith immediately created prototypes in various sizes. The testing team of Keith, Kai, Elliot and Casey proceeded to run through the range, hunting locations across Maui where no one could see them, sometimes bringing board bags into the water, or if someone passed by on a downwinder, coming off foil and sinking the board so no one could see the bottom.

We were all mindblown. Kai right away started pulling combos with more speed and flow than ever before. Keith and Elliot couldn’t believe how responsive the foil was now becoming. And Casey, winging and windfoilng the bigger sizes, couldn’t shut up about how much faster these boards took off.

To ensure ultra tight durability, Keith redefined the construction from the core and ended up with an incredibly strong structure and surprisingly even more performant and responsive solution. Prototypes lived up to Kai’s beatings early on and influenced the production models. After all, full PVC Sandwich, Carbon Monocoque Construction and S-glass are not standards in foilboards. Benefiting off of our knowledge in windsurfing constructions, where waveboards withstand double forward loops, we are able to achieve a board that simply lasts, period.

The Ginxu is still young, but its advantages have been repeatedly proven already. It’s bold, it’s new, and it will redefine what’s possible in foiling. Every KT Surfing rider says the same thing: When can I get mine?

Ultra Carbon Monocoque Construction.

Available in 26, 32, 39, 46, 54, 62, 72, 82, 92, 105, 120 liters.

Futures 10.75” Fin Boxes, Comes without foil

Available in Olive & Neon Orange.

U.S. Patent No. 11,027,796 B1

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