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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Airush
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Dedicated wave kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Wave has been extremely successful in its first year, with a massive following of dedicated surf riders.  The Wave has the most unique shape on the market, with a thin LE for immense forward speed as well as a lightweight 3 strut design for drifting capabilities. The kite responds to what you need when you need it the most.
Adjustments in the wingtips and canopy layout make for a smooth power delivery. Fluid steering makes for a consistent feel across the range. The new sizes offer increased options for higher wind riding without.
For the most dedicated and natural surf kite on the market, the Airush Wave ticks all the boxes.
The Wave works best with the Smartbar 5 or Analog Bar.

Wind range

wind range Airush wave 2014

Smart bar

airush smart bar 2014

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Airush
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 09m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 45cm-55cm or 52cm-62cm
Line length: 10m-15m-18m-21m-24m
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Airush wave 2014 09m
Name:
matthijs 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
up wind
 
HardEasy
kitefinder.com - 23.12.2013 at 10:50 hour
Comments:
The Airush wave 9m2 felt solid right from the beginning. Its shape makes it set backward into the wind window a bit. It doesn't seek for the edge which gives a stable impression but at the same time makes it hard to ride upwind. We compared the 9 m2 amongst other 7,8 and 9m2 who were on the water. When enough pressure is given, the kite response is fast. When ridden with some speed the response is really direct as well, but when you loose your edge or get rid of your speed because you're in the waves, it doesn't handle as responsive as before.
The kite builds up pressure gradually when you put in a steering impulse make a loop.

resume: A solid kite with (when set on medium) quite a lot bar pressure. (it behaves much friendlier when set on light steering) The kite doesn't ride upwind very easy, but handles really well when ridden on speed. 
4 kudos - +

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Airush wave 2014 07m
Name:
matthijs 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 25 knots up to 35
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
drift
 
HardSoft
up wind
 
HardEasy
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kitefinder.com - 22.12.2013 at 20:58 hour
Comments:
The Wave 2014 surprised me in the first hour in really gusty hard wind conditions. It seemed to be solid and stable just as you want a small size in these conditions. for a reasonable bar pressure it is advised to put the setting on the lightest.
The kite handled well while all other kite boarders were out with 4,5 and 6 m2.

When the wind increased the kite lost his shape a started to collapse. The Leading Edge caught wind from the backside and pushed the kite halfway inside out. The kite was fully inflated with maximum pressure so that's not the problem.

It seemed that the wind might get some grip on the backside of the kite because the leading edge is pulled down a bit too much.

This was a very dangerous situation with wind increasing to 35/39 knots. The release worked at the 3rd attempt which was also a unpleasant experience.

Resume: A playful kite which felt stable and solid, though surprised me fully when conditions were too though! 
2 kudos - +

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Airush wave 2014 09m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 22
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
windrange
 
LimitedWide
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 20.12.2013 at 21:29 hour
Comments:
Tested the kite in gusty side onshore winds. (standard set up and 23m lines) The Wave reacts fast, tip turn and because it compact shape small turning circle. The Airush feels trustful in gusty wind because of its great feedback & gradual power building. Down loops on strapless boards are no problem and everywhere power and feedback. Down winds wave rides its better to sinus the kite a little bit to keep pressure. Also on 12 hour and gust, the kite is stable on the bar but it can fly out of the window.
Its compact shape makes the wind-range a bit smaller (around 16 knots and 5'10 enough to stay up wind).

Pros
- lots of feedback
- fast steering everywhere in the wind window
- fast relaunch

Cons
- long bridles & straight up tips. Bridle can cash the tip.
- less stability on 12 O'clock
 
3 kudos - +

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Airush wave 2014 09m
Name:
Ruud 
Weight:
85kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air, race  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
glide phase
 
ShortLong
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 29.08.2013 at 11:27 hour
Comments:
Perfect Wave kite, fast, feedback, windrange, drift and still performance for jumping freeride/freestyle.  
5 kudos - +

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