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2011 Airush One Review

Nov 23, 2010

Author: John Bryja / sbckiteboard.com

Airush is pushing the limits of Delta design with the all new single strut kite. The One features a flat canopy arch and deep profile for generating maximum power for its size. The leading edge bladder is much larger than average. The combined result is a kite that is light, powerful, and smooth. The One features a pivotal turning style that can be cranked on demand, but is far from twitchy. The One sits back in the wind window, ideal for rapidly changing direction in the surf. Relaunch from straight down wind requires only a short six inch pull on one of the back flying lines.

The 12 meter Airush One that the SBC Kiteboard test team rode is ideal in light on-shore or side-shore and side-off wind conditions. Look for a more in-depth head-to-head review of surf kites in the next issue of SBC Kiteboard.

Tuning Tip: When trimmed properly, the trailing edge of the single strut and the wing tips form a straight line. When the back lines are too short, the centre strut will extend past the imaginary line between the wing tips.

Buyer Beware: It’s the first year for this new single-strut design, so any potential reinforcing issues have yet to show themselves.

Bottom Line:
The Airush One is an outstanding light-wind surf kite that is also ideal for beginner riders planning to progress into the surf.

Control Bar: The Airush Smart Bar includes push-pin extensions for the only truly adjustable-length bar on the market. The push away quick-release trim loop incorporates a swivel at its base, which ensures your trim line never twists. A mini fifth-line leash system flags the kite from the two front lines. The Smart Bar employs emergency flagging handles on both bar ends for added secondary safety. For those that prefer the above-the-bar trim system, Airush has a depower trim strap with double-pull-down adjustment handles. There is also the option to convert the smart bar to a below-the-bar trim system.

Size Tested: 12 m
One Pump: No
Struts: 1
Lines: 4
Pulleys: 2

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