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Posted 29/8/2012, 9:32 pm        Report
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.
NT
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Posted 29/8/2012, 9:39 pm        Report
... looks nice, are there other sizes? Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out??? cheers, Robbie
New Zealand
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Posted 30/8/2012, 6:28 am        Report
Puetz said...
... looks nice, are there other sizes? Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out??? cheers, Robbie
Hey Robbie, Complicated story.... but end result I am not working with Underground anymore. I doubt Underground will make boards again. Our official release for Axis Kiteboarding is 6th Septemebr at Surf Expo in Orlando. There will be more info on the range after this. Cheers Adrian Roper
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Posted 30/8/2012, 7:29 am        Report
Puetz said...
... looks nice, are there other sizes? Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out??? cheers, Robbie
Yep, the usual size range. Ran out of time yesterday and rushed to shoot these, and I had to clean the boards as they had been used. We got a small sample of 5 boards to test and review, just wanted to share and will take some better shots of the others asap.
New Zealand
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Posted 30/8/2012, 7:48 am        Report
Gutted! I love Underground boards! Oh well I am sure the Axis boards will be awesome
NT
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Posted 30/8/2012, 8:39 am        Report
Adrian Roper said...
Puetz said...
... looks nice, are there other sizes? Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out??? cheers, Robbie
Hey Robbie, Complicated story.... but end result I am not working with Underground anymore. I doubt Underground will make boards again. Our official release for Axis Kiteboarding is 6th Septemebr at Surf Expo in Orlando. There will be more info on the range after this. Cheers Adrian Roper
G'day Adrian, thanks for honest answer, I'm gutted too but then again your the talent so the talent should/will follow into the new boards, so for us fans out there we're still going to be happy! I look forward to the coming info! Cheers, Robbie
New Zealand
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Posted 30/8/2012, 8:42 am        Report
Puetz said...
Adrian Roper said...
Puetz said...
... looks nice, are there other sizes? Just wondering, does that mean Underground has stopped making boards or is Adrian branching out??? cheers, Robbie
Hey Robbie, Complicated story.... but end result I am not working with Underground anymore. I doubt Underground will make boards again. Our official release for Axis Kiteboarding is 6th Septemebr at Surf Expo in Orlando. There will be more info on the range after this. Cheers Adrian Roper
G'day Adrian, thanks for honest answer, I'm gutted too but then again your the talent so the talent should/will follow into the new boards, so for us fans out there we're still going to be happy! I look forward to the coming info! Cheers, Robbie
Yep I started Underground when I was 20 now 28 years ago so a bit sad. Very excited about Axis thou. Thanks for the kind words of support. Cheers Adrian
ACT
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Posted 30/8/2012, 10:58 am        Report
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 ?
New Zealand
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Posted 30/8/2012, 1:46 pm        Report
bennie said...
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 ?
We have a board called the Newave which is a modified version of the freewave/kipuna. The deck shape where it comes up to the rails is a smooth transition, I guess a little more like a wakeskate to look at. It also adds a little stiffness in the area you stand in.
Spain
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Posted 30/8/2012, 2:05 pm        Report
Hey Adrian, GOOD LUCK in this new stage!!!! Any race board on mind????? All my best!!!!!
NSW
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Posted 30/8/2012, 7:07 pm        Report
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.
QLD
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Posted 30/8/2012, 7:35 pm        Report
looks the goods cant wait to see whats on the way
NSW
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Posted 30/8/2012, 9:15 pm        Report
Adrian Roper said... Yep I started Underground when I was 20 now 28 years ago so a bit sad. Very excited about Axis thou. Thanks for the kind words of support. Cheers Adrian
Hey Adrian maybe you could answer a question for me. I have ridden FLX's before and loved them but I never owned one for myself. My next board purchase was going to be this year's model but I can't find any from online stores in Sydney. I can find other models but not the FLX. I've seen people in Sydney using them before they were even released on undergrounds website. Why are other models available and not the FLX? I have been waiting for a while now????
New Zealand
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Posted 31/8/2012, 4:08 am        Report
nugs said...
Adrian Roper said... Yep I started Underground when I was 20 now 28 years ago so a bit sad. Very excited about Axis thou. Thanks for the kind words of support. Cheers Adrian
Hey Adrian maybe you could answer a question for me. I have ridden FLX's before and loved them but I never owned one for myself. My next board purchase was going to be this year's model but I can't find any from online stores in Sydney. I can find other models but not the FLX. I've seen people in Sydney using them before they were even released on undergrounds website. Why are other models available and not the FLX? I have been waiting for a while now????
I am not sure, the boards were released over a year ago, actually the FLX had new graphics but was an older popular model although we did change the carbon internally last year. The stores buy what they think will sell and I guess the FLX is either sold out or not ordered in. I would call a few stores? Kitepower Sydney and QLD, Surf FX, SHQ are all stores that had stock on the east coast The website not being updated was linked to the other issues Underground had I guess
WA
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Posted 31/8/2012, 7:30 am        Report
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?
VIC
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Posted 31/8/2012, 8:28 pm        Report
Adrian 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
New Zealand
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Posted 1/9/2012, 4:55 am        Report
Lambie said...
Adrian 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
bump is the outside boxes, they go thru to the deck and bond top and bottom and are near impossible to rip out
NSW
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Posted 3/9/2012, 10:35 am        Report
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!
NSW
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Posted 3/9/2012, 10:40 am        Report
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.
NSW
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Posted 7/9/2012, 9:32 pm        Report
Found a link for info on the Axis kiteboarding range:
Looks good, hopefully steps into the hole left by the departure of Underground.
 
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