Swell V5

The PLKB Swell is the ultimate wave kite with a large wind range and a intuitive feeling. A kite that can drift perfectly in the edge of the wind, but with a pull on the bar, it can give you loads of power, exactly if you want it.

With a playground like the ocean, what better companion than the Swell to explore it? Get going and never stop.

The new Swell’s profile was upgraded to create a better air flow making it faster and extremely stable, also in stormy conditions. We changed the bridle setup to support the LE better, making the Swell more responsive and gives it a solid feel. The new profile and Responsive Leading edge increases low and high end performance.

You get super excited riding the Swell cause its speed, agility and stability. A kite that is pure surf and that feels solid like a rock. The Swell’s compact design creates a huge wind range, up- and downwind capabilities and precise and responsive handling that both wave riders and free riders demand. It’s crazy how much control you can have over your kite. Get confident to do anything. So have fun, all day, every day

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Tech Specs

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3-STRUT SLE
One-Strut Design
3-STRUT SLE
The Swell’s unique shape gives it an amazing range, fast and easy relaunch and awesome drifting ability. The balanced SLE shape of the Swell is designed to be stable, fast and offers the precise and responsive handling that both wave chargers and free riders demand. Its lightweight 3-Strut frame offers maximum stability and slack line drift when you want to focus on surfing the wave. The shape allows for a super speedy water relaunch which is a must when riding more serious sized surf or when you’re dialling in that new trick.
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HIGH DEPOWER FORK BRIDLE
One-Strut Design
HIGH DEPOWER FORK BRIDLE
The fork bridle system with 3-pulleys gives the kite a huge and progressive depower range. This makes even the worst conditions a lot easier to handle. The low friction rings have no moving parts and are very small, so you can be confident that you won’t get any jams or snags with you lines. The Swell V5 has a new 4-point fork bridle to better distribute the power across the Leading Edge and keeping a stiffer shape while reducing the thickness of the tube. Improving the response and behaviour of the kite, even in depowered behaviour.
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KEVLAR REINFORCEMENTS
One-Strut Design
KEVLAR REINFORCEMENTS
Every PLKB kite was reinforced with bullet proof Kevlar bumpers. These bumpers are filled with lightweight foam to create an absorption layer for crashes or when the kite accidentally got dragged over land. This way your kite lasts longer. This will increase the durability of your kite so you can play longer.
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Durable Teijin Triple Ripstop
One-Strut Design
Durable Teijin Triple Ripstop
We believe that durability is an important aspect and your kite should last. The custom made Triple Ripstop from Teijin is the best on the market.
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ADJUSTABLE BAR PRESSURE
One-Strut Design
ADJUSTABLE BAR PRESSURE
All PLKB kites come with adjustable back line settings to adjust the bar feel of the kite. Moving the bridle attachment point back towards the trailing edge will make the steering pressure lighter but will require more movement of the bar. Changing the settings is super easy, just detach the back bridle line and reattach it to your preferred setting to have more or less bar pressure and steering movement. This is a personal decision based on your riding style and experience.
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DOUBLE KOOKPROOF PIGTAILS
DOUBLE KOOKPROOF PIGTAILS
Multiple reinforcements improve durability. The leading edge and struts are built with the most durable Dacron. The entire span of the leading edge has been reinforced along the seam with double stitches to protect it from getting damaged when crashing or getting a pounding by waves, making it hands down one of the toughest kites on the market. All the bridle attachment points are reinforced with Dacron patches that are stitched on the inside of the leading edge so, even if all the power is channelled through one bridle point, the kite will not get damaged.
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FIT ALL VALVE
One-Strut Design
FIT ALL VALVE
Our kites are equipped with a ‘fit-all-valve’ for easy inflation. The bayonet fitting fits all pumps and the large valve opening makes inflation a breeze. You won’t have to spend hours and hours looking for a pump with the right connection, and will be out on the water in no time.
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DOUBLE STITCHED LEADING EDGE
One-Strut Design
DOUBLE STITCHED LEADING EDGE
Multiple reinforcements improve durability. The leading edge and struts are built with the most durable Dacron. The entire span of the leading edge has been reinforced along the seam with double stitches to protect it from getting damaged when crashing or getting a pounding by waves, making it hands down one of the toughest kites on the market. All the bridle attachment points are reinforced with Dacron patches that are stitched on the inside of the leading edge so, even if all the power is channelled through one bridle point, the kite will not get damaged.
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LASER TECH
LASER TECH
Because the canopy is being cut using computer controlled lasers, the profile of the PLKB kites has become super smooth, limiting all wrinkles from forming in the canopy. This makes the kite more efficient and improves the Escape's flight characteristics. The V8’s flight behaviour has also become more stable, direct and responsive than before
Comparison
Product Size Colour Struts Wind Range (kn) Bar Size Weight
PLKB Swell V5 5 Blue 5 M Blue 3 17 - 36 S (43 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 6 Blue 6 M Blue 3 16 - 34 S (43 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 7 Blue 7 M Blue 3 15 - 31 S (43 cm) / M (51 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 8 Blue 8 M Blue 3 14 - 29 S (43 cm) / M (51 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 9 Blue 9 M Blue 3 13 - 26 M (51 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 10 Blue 10 M Blue 3 13 - 25 M (51 cm) kg
PLKB Swell V5 11 Blue 11 M Blue 3 12 - 24 M (51 cm) / L (60cm) kg
EXCEPTIONAL WIND RANGE

A redefined profile and bridle setup gives the Swell V5 a significant better high end stability, resulting in more control and confidence in any condition. Turn off the power to completely feel the waves push you forward.

PLAYFUL AND AGILE

Quick through the turns, it can be positioned exactly where you need it when shredding waves. Even completely depowered the kite maintains its responsiveness, allowing you to quickly power up when you need to get past that close out section or to get over that big set to catch your next wave.

LIGHT AND INTUITIVE HANDLING

The bar feels truly connected to the kite making it the perfect link between yourself, kite, wind and waves. It’s easy on the arms and joints because you work with it rather than against it, while still remaining very responsive and intuitive, letting you know where it is at all times. Even after hours on the water your arms and hands will not feel heavy and will be ready for more.

EASY RELAUNCH

The kite relaunches effortless from the water. A big advantage when it’s about to be crushed by a new set of waves coming in.