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World-leaders North Kiteboarding is not going anywhere, North is coming home, back to the source to be designed and built by its owners North Technology Group.


https://www.northkb.com/updates/media-release


THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE NORTH
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Antwoord #1 Juli 22, 2018, 12:01:49
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NORTH IS COMING HOME

World-leaders North Kiteboarding is not going anywhere, North is coming home, back to the source to be designed and built by its owners North Technology Group.

20 July, 2018, LONDON - North Technology Group (NTG) has today announced it will make a significant investment in its brand North Kiteboarding - bringing the design, innovation and manufacturing of its products home under the umbrella of the group and ending its third party licensing agreement.

NTG will support North Kiteboarding’s newly established world-class leadership team to produce a full product range; sharing and harnessing North’s unrivalled technology innovations across all components of wind-powered craft - foils, technology, masts and boards.

The first new North product range is currently under development and will be released globally in August 2019, while in parallel tapping into the firepower of the NTG to develop exciting new products for all North riders and the wider kiting community.

Mike Raper, Director of Development and Brand at North Kiteboarding, said: “This is exciting news for the industry, the team is really looking forward to sharing new, innovative products with retailers, riders and the community.”

North Kiteboarding will be stronger than ever under a new, more efficient business model. The team will soon reveal a new brand experience that will enhance its connection with the kiteboarding community through its products, retailers, and digital channels.

Tom Whidden, CEO of NTG, commented: “We have so much technology within our group which we can better share with our fellow lovers of wind and waves. Sailing and kiting are equipment-driven sports - when you have the best gear, being out there in the wind, on the water is so much better - in fact it's the greatest feeling on earth.”

NTG’s recent world firsts and successes with America’s Cup hydrofoiling, masts and composite sail 3DI innovations as well as Solar airplane prototyping present exciting opportunities to adapt and cross over into kiteboarding, that can only be fully realised by producing their own gear through the North Kiteboarding brand.

The new leadership team behind North Kiteboarding is made up of experienced industry innovators and leaders, determined to make kiteboarding more accessible, sustainable, innovative and exciting.

David Mead, Director of Manufacturing & Operations at North Kiteboarding, said: “Our team is working very hard to leverage years of experience and passion to develop a high performance range of gear. It’s awesome to be working closely with the NTG’s composite engineers and designers, as well as leveraging the unmatched aero and hydro expertise the Group has within its portfolio. It’s a very exciting time for the sport.”

The company will make further announcements late 2018. To keep up to date with developments retailers and fans of the brand can register for email updates at www.northkb.com , join the conversation on Facebook @Northkiteboarding and follow the journey using #Northkiteboarding.
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Antwoord #2 Juli 22, 2018, 15:24:07
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Las ook dat ze mensen van Cabrinha hebben aangetrokken. Wellicht staat er daar ook iets te gebeuren dan.
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Antwoord #3 Juli 22, 2018, 18:49:25
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Klinkt allemaal naar een 'simpel' machtsspel tussen de fabrikant NKB en de sales & marketing Boards & More (Duotone). De 1 kan niet meer met de ander door 1 deur, ze vinden geen overeenstemming en gaan hun eigen weg... draait simpel om licenties, geld en macht.

Vreemde is alleen dat B&M het verkoopt alsof NKB van de aardbodem verdwijnt en B&M dit laat opstaan als Duotone.
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Antwoord #4 Juli 23, 2018, 19:42:40
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Vreemde is alleen dat B&M het verkoopt alsof NKB van de aardbodem verdwijnt en B&M dit laat opstaan als Duotone.



Welliswaar 'vrij - vertaald' (als je de 'vraagstellingen' leest)
http://access.soulonline.nl/nieuws/welkom-duotone/

maar een simple machtsspel is het allerdings
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Antwoord #5 Juli 24, 2018, 11:52:48
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Het zijn bij Cabrinha niet echt de key-namen die weg zijn (voor zover ik dat kan weten/inschatten) dus dat zal allemaal wel meevallen. Maar het zijn wel namen die al meer dan 10+ jaar in de industrie weten hoe het werkt.

Dit wordt erg interessant tussen North en Duotone... Wink
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Antwoord #6 Juli 28, 2018, 22:06:38
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Deze zag ik niet aankomen Wink
Wel zwaar idioot dit soort machtspelletjes, hetgeen Aloha al aangeeft.

Ik zou beide merken lekker de rug toekeren!
Genoeg andere merken met wellicht zelfs beter materiaal!
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Antwoord #7 Augustus 01, 2018, 16:34:08
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Ik lees net dat Pat Goodman ook weggaat naar North...  de soap gaat door.
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Antwoord #8 Augustus 01, 2018, 17:41:07
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coming soon:

the all new North Crossbow Smiley
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Antwoord #9 Augustus 02, 2018, 11:58:01
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Van kiteforum:

'Since a while Neil Pryde / Cabrinha is not in a good shape and they have to face difficulties for various reason.
This last winter they fired about two third of the team at the head quarters in Hong Kong+ their factory is quite old and located now in a way too expensive place in China.
North Sails Group has to set up a completely new team to start a kite division asap so they have hired most of the ex Neil Pryde / Cabrinha team !
Cabrinha brand manager, sales manager, kite designer and the NP factory manager are now working for the "new" North.

Future doesn't look too good for Neil Pryde/Cabrinha...'
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Antwoord #10 Augustus 13, 2018, 07:39:08
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Nog een link: https://kitesurfingmag.com/pat-goodman-joins-north-kiteboarding-as-chief-kite-designer/

Dit is wel zuur voor Cabrinha.
Hij was verantwoordelijk voor de kiteontwerpen van Cab voor meer dan een decennia.

Ben eerlijk gezegd  benieuwd wie hem bij Cab gaat opvolgen
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