Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
The King Cobra needed to be light, but it also needed to be tough. For this reason an epoxy sandwich construction with hard PVC foam over an expanded polystyrene (EPS) core was selected. Cobra had pioneered this construction method and used it to great effect in the King Cobra, producing the lightest, stiffest and fastest production board available at the time. Weighing only 35 lb (<16 kg), the King Cobra offered performance not possible with a production board before.
“What I loved most about working with Cobra at that time was that, as a young kid (just 22) with a load of innovative design ideas, I shared this great passion to make better boards and equipment with the owners, partners and top management at Cobra,” comments Klaus Simmer. “They were just as passionate as I was and had the manufacturing technology to bring my ideas to fruition.”
The full case study is available on the Cobra website: http://www.cobrainter.com/files/4215/3658/3852/Cobra_40Y_CoffeeBook_v20_D1_pages18_21web.pdf
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