Sizes Available: 129, 132, 135, 138, 142, 148cm
Size Tested: 138x43cm
The 2013 AXIS Vanguard has a powerful outline and medium flex. The board is controlled with specific carbon reinforcements that run across the top and bottom of the rail, on a unique shape, that control the flex to give solid tracking and great pop. This is what we call Logical Flex. The 138 Vanguard is designed for slightly larger riders or riders that like a little more board for max freestyle pop. The base features a center spine with a quad concave. The concaves are concentrated towards the rails so that they form channels to provide solid tracking and smooth landings. The AXIS Vanguard is supplied with 4 x 50mm brightly coloured solid G10 fins (Premium G10) which are secured by 8 x high quality screws thru from the deck. We supply the board complete with the AXIS fin retainers to spread the load from the screws to the deck area. The Vanguard is also supplied with the AXIS U.T.S. pads/straps nicely packed in their own pouch, including all accessories needed. The AXIS screw driver is also included in the pouch. Everything you will need to get up and going is there.
Our Testers Say:
“Nice all-around twin tip with a comfortable ride and great range,” Marko Bartscherer.
“Smooth ride, fast turns, great in the chop. Couldn’t adjust the foot straps on the fly,” Kirstyn O’Brien.
“Handles chop well, butter smooth ride. Great upwind and really comfortable to ride,” Alexis Rovira.
Axis is a new kiteboard company from long-time board designer Adrian Roper. The 2013 Vanguard is a well-finished twin tip with a moderately wide outline, quad bottom concave, and a prominent center spine running down the middle of the board. One nice detail is the bright green color used on the fins that makes the board very easy to spot in the water. Our testers reported great upwind performance, good pop, and a very smooth ride through the large La Ventana chop.
The Vanguard come with the Axis UTS straps and pads. They were very easy to install and adjusted well to a wide variety of foot sizes. The only complaint reported was that the straps were difficult to adjust while on the water.