A new brand from the team that created one of the best known and biggest kiteboarding brands, Adrian Roper, Aaron Smith and Steve Palmer have worked their magic again in the creation of Axis Kiteboards. These pics are of some pre production prototypes that are on demo at Kitepower stores now. There are some minor changes that will be made to colours/graphics, and some small detail changes to the straps. The boards themselves will remain unchanged and the riders that have had a go so far were very pleased with the ride.
... looks nice, are there other sizes?
Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out???
Gutted! I love Underground boards! Oh well I am sure the Axis boards will be awesome
this is a shame underground boards were the benchmark in my opinion.
Hey Adrian Good luck with the new venture. Are there any plans to carry some of the old underground shapes over to axis, such as the kipuna/srf ?
GOOD LUCK in this new stage!!!!
Any race board on mind?????
All my best!!!!!
Underground was a brand which many aspired to be. I hope Axis achieves the same status that Underground did.My first reaction was what about the replacement for the Kipuna? Thankfully it seems we have the New Wave.
Best of luck Adrian on your new direction.
looks the goods cant wait to see whats on the way
They look nice boards man. Like the look of the Footstraps actually. What design specifics have gone into them ?
What's the flex, rocker, size factors in your TT range and desired use?
I notice on the newwave that there is a small raised area either side of the back strap area adjacent to the rail. The 5'8" kipuna has a similar feature - I have been wondering why it is there? It seems to have nothing to do with the fin location - its almost likes its there just to get in the way of your back heel? Keen to understand the design principle behind this interesting 'bump' - Lambie
Can confirm after a great session demoing this very board last Saturday that it is very good.
It looked pretty stiff and I've always been skeptical of the whole multiple channels thing but the ride turned out surprisingly smooth and fast in the chop, with really soft landings. I somehow avoided many faceplants I thought would happen with my current Laluz. Also felt like it has some really nice pop to send my 85kg high in the air but didn't unhook much as the conditions were pretty sketchy.
I loved the Laluz but it didnt like me crashing full speed after loops (if any Xenon person is around, go make these inserts stronger) so I'm on the market for a new board and tried the Vanguard 132x41 side by side with another brand Steve is selling. Will need to try the 135x42 next time but I think I'm sold!
As for the straps they look and feel weird with the outside thing going under but they do the job. Not super easy to adjust though.
Fins are big but didnt really feel them, probably due to the rocker. Good to make the board skaty and light under the feet, but maybe not going upwind as good as other board with a single concave.
Found a link for info on the Axis kiteboarding range: