Your advanced freestyle kiteboard
Small, loose, easy to rotate and perfect for those big airs. The Luke’s Leaf is a no-nonsense freestyle kiteboard design. Just a perfectly tuned combination of outline, rocker and bottom contour. Luke McGillewie designed this model to suit most of his riding freestyle and in waves. Around his home in Cape Town and during his travels around the world.
The board feels very reliable under feet and the almost identical outline of the tail and nose makes landing reverse very easy. Speaking of the nose, this is thinned out and hides quite a bit of bottom rocker to prevent the board from diving. Overall the board is small, and therefore lighter than most other boards of similar volume, perfect for those big airs. Advanced riders will love this freestyle monster. Get ready to stick new tricks from day one!
There is quite a bit of hidden volume in the Luke’s Leaf, so you can ride it very short. Luke’s personally rides the board in just 4’11”. The idea is to make the board light so it travels with you through the air. The boards profile also makes it very strong. A thicker middle section and the lack of channels or grab rails give the board more strength. You will have to do your absolute best to break a board like this especially combined with Appletree’s exclusive hex-skin construction. So don’t worry if you are practicing new tricks and the landing is not yet smooth.
The Luke’s Leaf will need a bit of power to get going, the small template give less upward pressure than other boards. So as a beginner rider in strapless freestyle, other models might be more suitable. Advanced riders will love the response and pop the Luke’s Leaf provides. Sticking new tricks from day one!
Both the Hex-skin Glass as well as the Hex-skin Carbon versions are extremely strong. The Carbon version is quite a bit lighter and carbon naturally has a quicker response and better pop of the waters surface. The Glass version is heavier, still very strong and with a softer more comfortable flex to dampen chop. Whichever construction you go, the Luke’s Leaf will get propel you to new hights! This board comes in the Hex-skin Extra strength construction as standard, an even stronger version can also be ordered, but that is only recommended for very heavy footed riders.