Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m
High Wind Test Sizes: 6m

Airush Says:

The unique design of the Airush Wave has been engineered specifically for the precise demands of the true wave enthusiast. The Wave flies forward in the window when required (keeping the rider deep in the pocket), steers immediately no matter where it is in the window, and sits back and drifts in the turns when more stability is required. Refinements in the chord length, wingtips and canopy layout make for a smooth power delivery and fluid steering which is consistent across the range. For 2017, the updated V3.2 bridle configuration features have reduced bridle length without compromising on turning and depower. The next generation Dyneema Load Frame takes the biggest innovation in kite construction to a whole new level. This, combined with the Technoforce D2 by Teijin, provides the ultimate mix of durability and lightweight performance.

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TKB Says:

The Airush Wave is high wind machine that’s both quick and nimble but predictable through the window. As a 3-strut SLE lower aspect canopy marketed as a surf kite, the Wave was a great option for those blistering victory at sea nuclear high-pressure days. The wave uses a large diameter Boston valve that requires the larger nozzle of the standard pump attachments, and like many of the smaller kites in the test pumps up astonishingly quickly. There are three wingtip steering settings to choose between low and high bar pressure (stock = middle) and the single-setting front bridle has three pulleys to adjust the angle of attack. The pigtails are color-coded and labeled with brief rigging hints for those newer to kiting, the front bridle pigtails end in loops and the wingtip pigtails have knots. The 6m has a nice balanced feel for such a small kite. With light to medium bar pressure the Wave offers a really swift steering response and quick pivot style turn, yet its speed across the window was steady and predictable. The team thought this kite had a fairly good range for such a small kite, particularly because its nimble turning made it easy to keep it in the heat of the window. Relaunch was decent and the kite’s overall stability was good in the air. While the equation for designing a small kite can be as simple as scaling down and adding aspect ratio, the Wave delivers a well-developed mix of performance, control and range in high wind applications.

The control bar we tested with the Wave is the Core bar. An industry first, the Core bar is a quad adjustable length bar with 45-52-55-62cm bar ends allowing for four different bar lengths. It’s got a PU coated sheeting/throw line, sliding stopper, single center-line safety depower and a low-V that allows for a quick single line flag or self land. Two above bar depower handles (more power/less power) keep the depower strap within the rider’s reach while a push away quick release with integrated swivel that doubles as a quick release guard is on the bottom end. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. TKB-FREERIDE-2017-AIRUSH-CORE-BAR-2735 While the PU coated sheeting/throw line offers durability and longevity, the length of sheeting/throw cannot be adjusted. The color coded molded bar floats are attached to the durable rubber molding encased bar tips for a softer bar end and the outside leader lines allow riders to adjust the length of the outside lines for stretch or tuning. The 21mm diameter bar strikes a nice balance between grippy texture and medium plushy grip. The Core features a new leash attachment with an additional kite ring allowing riders attach and detach their leaches while in suicide mode with ease.

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