2018 Airush Wave Kiteboarding Kite
What Airush has to say about the 2018 Wave
The 2018 Airush Wave kite delivers further refinement to the dedicated wave purist or surf freestyle rider. One of the key aspects of the Wave kite is the unique ability of the kite to engage smooth power delivery and precise steering. Whether far back in the window during a powered bottom turn in onshore conditions, when flying far forward in the window in offshore conditions, or at a high angle of attack, the Wave delivers. The redesigned wingtip enhanced these capabilities and avoids the wingtip “flaring” when over sheeted, preventing the kite from dropping back in the window. The all-new Airush Dyneema Load Frame V4 featuring WebTech has enabled us to increase the strength of the Wave further, without adding extra weight. WebTech expands our exclusive Dyneema Load Frame throughout the high load areas, such as the wingtips, by utilizing the web fibers to absorb the high loads, further increasing the durability and response of the kite.
Airush Dyneema Load Frame III featuring WebTech
The all-new Airush Dyneema Load Frame featuring WebTech is the key to developing the ultimate benchmark in maximum durability while still being light-weight. By expanding our exclusive Dyneema Load Frame with Webtech throughout the areas normally occupied by Dacron, we are able to minimize or completely remove the heavier fabric and utilize the Dyneema web fibers instead – increasing strength and minimizing weight.
WebTech minimizes or replaces the traditional Dacron reinforcing by channeling the broader loads into the Load Frame through a web “sub frame” of Dyneema. This is featured in key areas such as the primary attachment points on the leading edge or the rear attachment points, while also being used to support structural components such as the center strut.
Central to the concept of the Load Frame are the lightweight Dyneema yarns, where each single yarn can carry 40 kg. Think of them as a lightweight web with engineered energy absorption under load, similar to a spider web. These yarns are integrated into the canopy through reinforced taping that allows them to elongate when under extreme load, absorbing most of the shock that traditionally would have run through the canopy. At the same time they carry the primary load of the canopy, preventing stretch and increasing long-term performance.
This premium fabric is designed with a high-density structure using high tenacity polyester yarn, and a double Ripstop configuration. D2 also features a double coating, where prior to weaving the canopy the individual yarns are coated. Once woven the fabric then undergoes a second coating, protecting the yarn as much as possible from UV and abrasion damage. This ensures that the canopy remains as crisp and responsive as possible for as long as possible. This exceptional material is used in conjunction with the Dyneema Load frame resulting in the ultimate combination of durability and performance.
Gradient Sub Frame
The Gradient Sub Frame creates a more progressive load throughout the kite, greatly reducing strain on key stress points. Working in conjunction with the WebTech we are able to optimize each model specific to the use. For example the Wave kites feature a combination of the gradient wingtip and WebTech for maximum durability, whereas the Ultra reduces the amount of Dacron to reduce weight as much as possible.
FBI One Pump Valves
The over sized SPS valve (Single Point Inflation System) optimizes inflation and deflation. The Fast Bladder inflation (FBI) features increased wall thickness and oversized diameter tubing, this eliminating tube kink and reducing stress on your pump, resulting in a quick and easy inflation. The SPS Cover supports the tubing further limiting UV damage to the material and prevents over flexing when packing.
Four Piece Strut
The 4-piece strut has an added double folded triple stitch seam aligned with a 20mm wide webbing strip to reduce point of wearing. This increases durability and rigidity of the struts.
Heavy Duty LE
With ongoing improvements to the canopy construction, the increased durability has increased the maximum possible loads on the leading edge. By using our Gradient Load Technology on the bridle insert points and leading edge closure (along with Double Stitching), as well as Dimension Polyant Dacron manufactured in Germany, we have created a heavy-duty leading edge that supports the increased performance demands.
Unity Strut Connection
The Unity Strut Connection provides a solid point from strut to leading edge to create a stiff structure that helps in performance and relaunching. The Unity Strut Connection works in conjunction with the 4-Piece Struts allow for a thinner and lighter strut.
V3.1 Bridle System
The key benefit of the V3 bridle is that the kite maintains steering even when completely depowered, increasing the usable wind range and overall performance significantly. The V3.1 bridle system contributes significantly to the turning speed and performance of supported leading edge kites. In addition, the total depower adds immensely to the safety benefits. The positioning of the bridle attachment points on the LE of the kite, combined with the V pulleys, give a range of movement. The result is that steering is light, but direct enough to feel where your kite is while riding. Further refinements have allowed us to reduce the length of the bridles, while maintaining the performance characteristics.
2018 Airush Control Bar Options
The most versatile bar on the market enables riders to have the perfect setup straight out of the bag, or to tweak and modify the bar to suit their specific requirements. The Core Bar features a new directional grooving pattern that helps you hang on through all conditions with maximum grip and comfort. The New Extend Bar end enables adjustments of between 41 and 51cm with a simple and reliable Allen key adjustment, without the traditional oversizedbar ends. The PU coated depower line, with reduced diameter tubing, makes sheeting in and out effortless. This PU coated line extends the lifespan of the centerline and Increases the reliability of all Airush bars. Airush Bars have safety as their first priority. An industry standard Brain Quick Release 3.0 and color-coding on all parts makes the Airush system hassle free for all riders. Continuing for 2018, the Low Y on the center lines allows for a quick single line flag out for those situations where you need it the most.
The most versatile bar on the market enables riders to have the perfect setup straight out of the bag, or to tweak and modify the bar to suit their specific requirements. The Core Bar features a new directional grooving pattern that helps you hang on through all conditions with maximum grip and comfort. The New Extend Bar end enables adjustments of between 41 and 51cm with a simple and reliable Allen key adjustment, without the traditional oversizedbar ends. The PU coated depower line, with reduced diameter tubing, makes sheeting in and out effortless. This PU coated line extends the lifespan of the centerline and Increases the reliability of all Airush bars. Airush Bars have safety as their first priority. An industry standard Brain Quick Release 3.0 and color-coding on all parts makes the Airush system hassle free for all riders. Continuing for 2018, the Low Y on the center lines allows for a quick single line flag out for those situations where you need it the most. This product includes a Cleat Option for riders looking for their specific preference of trim over the classic Airush Pull-Pull trim
We looked closely at the specific needs of female kiters which lead to the development of the Diamond Bar. Focusing on a more compact control setup with a smaller chicken loop and shorter trim line we were able to keep the depower strap easily within reach, which is absolutely necessary while riding comfortably and safely.Although the Diamond bar is relatively smaller (42-48cm), this bar is designed around the Diamond Kite which responds perfectly to this sized bar. A reduction in grip diameter that mimics the AP Bars grip size is extremely beneficial for those with smaller hands. This insures a more comfortable feeling while riding.
The key philosophy was to create the absolute minimalist bar that focuses purely on function and bomb-proof durability.The 19mm reduced diameter bar, enables the rider to maintain a solid grip through the most power moves and landings. Additional features include heavy-duty flying lines, larger chicken loop and a shorter throw with a functional strap system and custom size adjustments.