Today I demo'd the new 12m Airush wave in 10-18knots SE winds on the sunny coast. What a wicked kite, firstly it goes upwind like a champion!!. The waves were small but fun, so I decided to check out what happen when you run towards the kite while on a wave, drifted wonderfully, it just sat there waiting for my input. Quite surprising for a larger kite, my biggest kite is a 10m and this felt lighter on the bar. Turning was also quicker.
Construction of the kite seemed really solid also, it has what looks like extra criss cross strips sown into the canopy, I'm guessing this adds more strength but also looks cool in flight. The leading edge and struts are also much thinner than I was expecting, guess this makes the kite feel lighter.
The bar was ok but next time I'd reduce the size, which is easy as. Just remove the inserts and customise it to suit. De power, I think it may take a little getting used to the amount of straps and the 2 finger pull de power bits, seems a bit cluttered but when your looking for waves you'd soon forgive it.
Overall I'd give this kite 8 out of 10. Can't wait to try it in a 10m.
Big thanks to Jonno at Sunshine Coast Kitesurfing for the hook up??????
The wind was pretty up and down, i was in the maroochy river mouth that day trying the 11m 2016 Razor!
The criss cross pattern on the canopy is the dyneema load frame from airush, theres heaps of info about it on their website but it basically reinforces the stressed areas of the canopy and really reduces stretch compared to the standard material (around 40% less stretch).
Im pretty keen to try the new waves, where were you riding?
I walked straight from the car park down to the beach and was in the surf between the river and surf club.
It was a good day to test kites with the wind up and down.
How was the razor?
Hey orynoco, if you don't like the standard depower set up Airush have a clamcleat conversion kit - I put one on my bar & works great mate.
Nice one Toppelover, I'll keep that in the memory bank.
Now for a test on the Reo????
I have the 2013 Airush Wave 9 m. Don't suppose you have any idea how the 2016's compare.
Love the 9 m Wave, just wish it had a bit more power size for size; although the upper wind range is excellent. Yes it goes upwind like crazy, turns nice and quick, and feels like an extension of my hand - I always know where it is.
Never flew the 12 m. I'm thinking about replacing my 12 m Lithium (doesn't go upwind well and too much grunt in the upper wind ranges) with a Wave, but am concerned about having enough power size for size.
From 2013 to 2016 you will notice more of a change than those who will be jumping off the 015. The 9 has always been the benchmark of the range as everyone seems to love how it rides. It's simply had more subtle tweak to assist in stability throughout the canopy. A lot of the WAVE riders take full advantage of the speed this kite has, so structural stability, drift stability, and support of the LE was extremely important to focus on this year.
Based on your comment "doesn't go upwind well and too much grunt in the upper wind range" The Wave 12m might be your ideal kite! It doesn't have the same power 12m to 12m as the Lithium sits further back in the window, but you are able to generate board speed by utilising the Wave 12m kite speed.
Hey Auswind, is the 2016 Wave built noticeably lighter than the 2013 ? this should give the waves improved drift & the only reason why I'd consider updating.
It's a catch 22 to make it lighter but still Surf tough. For 2016 we reduced weight in some areas but added some, specifically in the LE for more structural stability and support. I would be interested to see for myself the weights from various surf specific kites.
There is the Union - a bit more versatile for all around riding. Higher aspect than the Lithium - a bit more top end range like the Wave. I did consider this as Windtzu was already a very happy Wave customer.