The continuance of the everlasting promise
Who do you think we are?
Since the dawn of kiteboarding in the summer of ’86, Underground has dreamed of the ultimate board for the purest ride – and we’ll keep on doing so. We’ve never wavered from pioneering spirit and always strive for ethical practices and sustainable, high-quality materials that deliver value for money. The same as it ever was. One point we changed in January 2013 – UGD’s home for R&D HQ is located in Maui, Hawaii – of course the principles for the development will remain unchanged.
What else would you like to know?
All the standard industry promises like relentless testing around the globe, valued input from incredibly experienced designers, quality improvement and dedication to innovation are a given. These fundamentals are implemented in the performance of every single Underground board.
What would you like to experience?
Creativity, non-conformity, spirit, intuition, inspiration, speed, style, magic? These essentials are ingrained in our souls and we express them on the water and in the air. Our boards do too – and words don’t come even close.
What you’re waiting for?
When you ride Underground you are literally riding the future – you are committing to the latest shape for the smoothest performance – comfort and simplicity included.
Dynamic Flex & Torsion control = Natural Twist
What are we about?
At Underground, our obsession is maximising the freedom of boardriding. All you need is your secret spot and the right conditions plus an Underground board to experience the smoothest flow of free-riding. Nothing will accelerate your riding ability faster.
How do we support you ?
What riders demand from our kiteboards is far more complex than most people realise and can only be achieved by a combination of cutting edge materials and an understanding of the forces at play. First, it is a given that our boards are very durable with extremely high compressive strength and will always return to their original shape. At the same time they are expected to dynamically change shape, sometimes hundreds of times per second. This shape-shifting ability smoothes out the ride, allows edge-loading for pop and soaks up the torque when landing.
How does it work?
The principles of Underground’s Dynamic Flex & Torsion Control leading to Natural Twist is Underground’s performance secret. Our boards are designed to respond to the rider’s foot pressure and flex lengthways,
absorbing changing sea states and kite pull. This dynamic fore and aft flex is tempered by powerful 3D torsion control, which allows the board to twist diagonally, where and when it needs to – instantly. We call this perfect rider-controlled balance – natural twist – and strive to achieve it in everything we do.
- Organic board shapes twist naturally with outlines and proportions in harmony
- Precise bottom shaping improve acceleration and maintain speed comfortably
- Shaped rails and tucked-under edges increase grip and performance
- Carbon spines settled in Paulownia wood combine their strengths for controlled torsion
- Balanced thickness distribution is the key to smooth, rider-controlled dynamic flex
- Secret layers of special UGD ingredients and materials work together in unity
More to say?
All the industry buzzwords like lightweight durability, specially selected materials, impact resistance and sustainability, etc. can be taken for granted with every Underground board. We provide the full package.
Ready for Action?
There’s only one thing left – step on, ride the boards – taste and feel. Bust free from conformity and become part of the worldwide community of UGD revolutionaries!