Inflatable technos

The best of GONG on inflatable boards

Inflatable Couine Marie technology

Couine Marie boards have a double thermo welded layer on the deck, hull and rails. It makes them even more rigid while still being very light.

The dropstitch used inside Couine Marie board is a Woven Dropstitch : it is the best assembly technique of the inflatable world, for best in class performance, rigidity and lightness.

Technology Couine Marie

  • Woven Dropstitch Double Layer Welded technology, the best compromise between weight/stiffness/strength. Combining our historical Double Layer Welded technology with the new Woven Dropstitch, this technology is by far the most reliable, lightest and stiffest.
  • Weight savings of around 20% compared to the classic Double Layer (no glue between the 2 welded PVC layers).
  • Rigidity gain of 30% compared to standard technology.
  • Strength gain: twice as thick as standard technology.
  • Double layer of PVC on the rails.
  • Triple layer central stringer on deck and hull for maximum rigidity and reduced vibration.
  • Premium Woven Dropstitch: the slightest irregularity is refused and the batch is resold to low cost factories.
  • High density Dropstitch Woven: with more threads per square meter than a basic Woven, it resists much higher pressures, lasts much longer, and does not present a risk of explosion.
  • Working pressure: 15 PSI. Our Stand Up Paddle Boards are perfectly rigid at 15 PSI. There is no need to overinflate them, but you can mount them at 20 PSI without any problem.
  • Two-year Warranty on all our Inflatable Boards.
  • We keep in stock all the elements that make up your Board because we are manufacturers. So, you can easily repair them and make them last for more than ten years. It’s as simple as repairing a bicycle wheel.

With its top of the range inflatable technology in Doubled Layered Welded Woven Dropstitch, this GONG board is beautiful, light, very rigid and really solid.

The Couine Marie are the best, yet still accessible with our direct sales distribution that does not add margins.

What is Woven Dropstitch?

To understand Dropstitch, it is two skins that are connected by threads every x millimeters. These skins are made of waterproof PVC and the threads are ultra-resistant. All these threads are vertical and of the same length. They allow the two skins to be parallel under tension. When we create this mesh of threads, we are going to make “knots” on the surface a bit like canvas. Then we drown these surfaces in PVC to form the waterproof skins.

We then describe the particularities of the Woven under two axes:

1/ Vertical

The Dropstitch threads are no longer aligned vertically but crossed at different angles, thus forming oblique struts that are cleverly distributed to balance each other. This concept gives much more rigidity to the whole.

2/ Horizontal

The flat braiding of the Dropstitch (the knots) becomes a very compact mesh which brings a great rigidity to the Board. In Woven Dropstitch the fibers are spread out instead of being in cylinders. This mesh is tighter and more homogeneous. It consumes less PVC in the interstices, like combed fibers which consume less resin in the Carbon.

The density of the mesh naturally increases rigidity and requires a thinner PVC backing than conventional Dropstitch (1.9mm vs. 2.5mm for equivalent rigidity).

This optimized weave therefore allows the material to be considerably lighter, without altering its qualities.

Always Double Layer please!!

Attention, our techno remains a Double Layer thermo-welded with all its advantages of rigidity and strength.

What we call the Woven Dropstitch is the heart of the Inflatable Board, which makes the inner dynamics of the Board. But on the outside, nothing is better than a Double Welded Layer to protect your Board from aggressions.

For your information, the Woven can be offered in single or double layer. It’s obviously cheaper in single layer 😉 Inform yourself and ask questions…

The Double Layer Woven is the high-end version of the Inflatable Boards.

Which Boards are made of Woven?

The Woven Dropstitch is the techno for all our Couine Marie SUP, but also in the HIPE.

The 3″ thick Boards like the Couine Marie Surfboards and the smaller HIPE, remain in classic Dropstitch since the Woven is not produced in 3″ to date.

Our inflatable boards with Couine Marie technology

First inflatable technology

The First range is our budget friendly range of inflatable boards, but do not be fooled by the name, the only cheap thing about them is their price. The construction truly is amazing at this price point, miles ahead of what you could find at your local supermarket.

First boards are perfect do discover the SUP and for recreational use but they can do much more thanks to their refined and well performing shapes. The Couine Marie range will be ideal to those who want to go further in their practice of SUP, or just want the best the industry has to offer.

The technology and materials used when manufacturing both First and Couine Marie boards are different, but the materials used on First boards are still very high quality.

First boards are assembled with one layer on the deck and hull, and two layers on the rails which offers excellent rigidity.

Built in the best factory in the world, the First is a magnificent board at a never seen price. Forget the low cost and low quality boards coming out of low-end factories, the First simply is a high end board with less accessories and a simple but styling visual to keep the price affordable.

Its technology uses thick PVC, which can handle every possible family use without bending. It is a very rigid board that performs really well.

GONG is a renowned and serious brand, who took Stand Up Paddle at its birth and brought it to the level of respectability and performance that is now associated with the sport . Proud of this, we would never consider building a low end board similar to those sold in supermarkets.

Technology First

  • Board 100% Mirasol Drop Stitch, the best material.
  • Simple layered 1000D PVC on the top and the bottom, very light weight.
  • Double layered 1000D PVC on the rails, super solid board.
  • Thickness 6″ (15cm) for the best stiffness
  • Air Pressure: 15 psi. Factory controlled at 25 psi.
Our inflatable First boards with this technology

HIPE FIRST TECHNOLOGY - Inflatable and composite plate

 

With its high-end inflatable technology in thick PVC, this GONG board is beautiful, light, very rigid and really solid. It is a very reliable technology at an unbeatable price and proven on thousands of First boards, our best seller.

For more rigidity and a durable bond, our plates are bonded to a large hull reinforcement which creates a double layer. The plate is then covered by a third layer. It is therefore firmly glued from below and from above over its entire periphery. A GONG idea, brilliant and durable.

Manufactured in the best factory in the world, with top quality materials, we are sure that its welding will last for years, without leaking or warping.

HIPE Firsts are the best boards in single layer and composite plate, yet at an accessible price thanks to our direct sales model which doesn’t add up margins. We are far from low cost boards made in low end factories by people who know nothing about it.

GONG is a serious and renowned brand, creator of the concept of an inflatable foil board coupled with a carbon plate. An invention that revolutionized the world of foil boards. Unique know-how acquired through a genuine R&D process.

 

The advantages of inflatable technology

  • Single layer Drop Stitch technology with double layer rails.
  • Air pressure: 15 to 20 psi.
  • Transport: the board fits in a bag.
  • Practical: inflates in 2 minutes.
  • Aesthetics: The result is very beautiful.
  • Strong: great resistance to mistreatment.
  • Durable: 100% repairable.

The performances of carbon

  • Full composite plate.
  • High density foam stringers to limit flex and weight.
  • US rails machined directly from carbon: incredible performance.
  • Unmatched rigidity on the market.
  • A foil+inflatable set without any loss of sensations!

An innovative board thought out in the last detail

  • PVC reinforcement under the plate to protect the board with an extra layer.
  • PVC reinforcement on the plate to protect the carbon and the glue from the heat, and distribute the forces as far away as possible on the plate to avoid detachment.
  • Double non-opening brass nuts connected by a carbon fiber rod to screw the foil easily and without the risk of drilling the board.

 

The shape of our carbon plate is the result of advanced engineering to combine low weight and incredible mechanical performance.

The rectangular outline ensures that the heels are always vertical to the plate, and therefore block longitudinal, lateral flexions and twist.

To optimize the weight, the glide and the management of these flexions, our plate has a unique 3D volume:

  • A beam at the axis prevents any bending.
  • A very smooth drop in volume towards the front reduces the thickness and therefore the weight, while retaining the necessary mechanics to support the pressures of the front heel.
  • At the back, the drop in volume is more brutal to recover the verticality which will support the beam effect of the plate even more.
  • The whole is “fluidized” according to a hydrodynamic study of the flows which also promotes speed in contact with water, which is valuable before flying but also to avoid a big loss of speed when touching the water surface

 

Your benefits are clear:

  • An efficient shape created by one of the world leaders in wing foiling.
  • A design at the cutting edge of R&D and ahead of its time.
  • A construction proven on thousands of boards.
  • The “Full Options” finish at a crazy price.
  • A light, solid board, with one of the best technologies on the market!!!
  • An incredible price that can only be explained by our direct relationship with you.
  • Simple maintenance and easy repairs as we have all the components in stock.
Our HIPE FIRST techno boards

ICS TECHNOLOGY – Inflatable & Carbon Synthesis

The advantages of inflatable technology

  • Woven Drop Stitch technology double layer welded.
  • Air pressure: 15 to 20 psi.
  • Transport: the board fits in a bag.
  • Practical: inflates in 2 minutes.
  • Aesthetics: The result is very beautiful.
  • Strong: great resistance to mistreatment.
  • Durable: 100% repairable.

The performances of carbon

  • ICS Full carbon prepreg plate.
  • High density foam stringers to limit flex and weight.
  • US rails machined directly from carbon: incredible performance.
  • Unmatched rigidity on the market.
  • Unparalleled dynamism and responsiveness.
  • A foil + inflatable set without any loss of sensations!

An innovative board thought out in the last detail

  • PVC reinforcement under the plate to protect the board with an extra layer.
  • PVC reinforcement on the plate to protect the carbon and the glue from the heat, and distribute the forces as far away as possible on the plate to avoid detachment.
  • Non-open brass inserts to screw the foil without any risk of damaging the board.
  • The 3 foot straps and the screws are offered with the board.

 

The shape of our carbon plate is the result of advanced engineering to combine low weight and incredible mechanical performance.

The rectangular outline ensures that the heels are always vertical to the plate, and therefore block longitudinal, lateral flexions and twist.

To optimize the weight, the glide and the management of these flexions, our plate has a unique 3D volume:

  • A beam at the axis prevents any bending.
  • A very smooth drop in volume towards the front reduces the thickness and therefore the weight, while retaining the necessary mechanics to support the pressures of the front heel.
  • At the back, the drop in volume is more brutal to recover the verticality which will support the beam effect of the plate even more.
  • The whole is “fluidized” according to a hydrodynamic study of the flows which also promotes speed in contact with water, which is valuable before flying but also to avoid a big loss of speed when touching the water surface
Our board with ICS Technology

Inflatable surf Couine Marie technology

Technical details:

  • Board, 100% Mirasol Drop Stitch, the best of the best.
  • Single layer 1000D PVC over the deck and hull, super light board.
  • Double layer 1000D PVC over the rails for a super solid board.
  • Super rigid board 4’’ thick (10cm) on all models.
  • User Pressure : 15 psi. Quality controlled at the factory at 25 psi.

The pros for the Inflatable Couine Marie Surf Technology :

  • Our boards are rigid and are totally surfable.
  • Esthetic : the boards have a beauty that is unique.
  • Solid : fully resistant to rough treatment.
  • Dynamic thanks to the double layered rails.
  • Durable : 100 repairable.
  • Pioneers of the Inflatable Surf Board, we have the longest experience.

 

Our inflatable surfboards with Couine Marie Technology