Airush’s story is tightly woven with the history of kiteboarding. Keith and Karen Baxter founded the company in Maui circa 1998. Airush has since been at the forefront of kitesurfing innovation. It has been the driving force behind improved bar, chickenloop, quickrelease and depower designs.
The Baxter’s have made a huge impact on growing kiteboarding by promoting Wipika kites to the sport’s early legends, who have now gone on to create their own brands. They later started their own Airush kite production, teaming up with Svein Rasmussen and Starboard. This partnership made it possible to develop acclaimed designs such as the Switch Twintip, the longest running kiteboard model in the industry.
The 2016 Airush range is presented in 6 visually pleasing collections: Core, Progression, Team Black, Team Reefer, Diamond and 6Knots.
- Core Series – High performance equipment marrying ease of use and versatility
- Progression Series – Entry level kites, boards and accessories designed with durability in mind
- Team Black Series – A subtle blend of visually inspiring premium Freestyle and Wave gear
- Team Reefer Series – Freestyle and Wave kites, boards, harnesses, and boots designed to push your riding
- Team Diamond Series – Bruna Kajiya’s female specific freestyle line
- 6 Knots – Race and Lightwind kites and boards designed for going fast and boosting high
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Shop online for 2016 Airush Kites, Boards, Harnesses and accessoreis. The 2016 range includes the Lithium, Union, and Razor Kites, as well as the Apex and Switch Kiteboards. Also look out for the new 2016 Diamond line, designed specially for female riders. Free shipping on all Airush Kites, Boards and Bars in the UAE. Free worldwide shipping on Airush Kites and Bars. Reduced shipping rates for Airush Kiteboards to Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt.
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2016 AIRUSH KITE BOARDING DUBAI
The 2016 Airush Range introduces a completely fresh look along with extensive technical upgrades and innovations.
For the first time, we present the range in collections, where each has their own visual identity while being aligned with key technologies. This presents a long-term idea of developing the different directions the sport can evolve towards, as kiteboarding embraces such a diverse range of people and riding experiences.
The Team Series Black showcases our premium Freestyle and Wave product, with a completely fresh visual direction inspired by subtlety, details and texture. This Series also focuses on premium materials for a lightweight competition-oriented product.
The Team Series Reefer showcases our desire to connect more strongly with our environment and reflect the values of pushing your riding boundaries for your own gratification. This is reflected in the use of natural materials and an optimization in the board range towards maximum durability.
For the Diamond Series we worked closely with PKRA contender Bruna Kajiya, to create a collection that offers an extremely versatile range of products with female-specific technical and visual attributes.
The Core Series is developed to combine the highest performance possible, sharing technology with our team series, without compromising on ease of use. Featuring groundbreaking products such as the new Union Kite, this series is developed specifically for the rider looking for versatility and the latest innovations, in a very technical collection.
The Progression Series highlights our commitment to growing the sport of kiteboarding. We introduce a complete range of products that marries perfect ease of use, with the highest level or durability and ride refinement. Taking you from your first day on the water to your highest level of recreational riding.
The Race and Light Wind Series encompass a range of products designed with flat water and lighter wind conditions in mind. Taking you from 6 knots, whether you are blasting around the racecourse or boosting massive airs, along with everything in between.
We believe you can find the perfect product in these collections to take your riding to the next level and carve your own path. We are as amped as ever to share in our passion for design and kiteboarding with you into 2016.
The Airush Collective
Clinton Filen, Mark Pattison, Marc Schmid, Dean Freedberg, Alex Pastor, Reza De Nicker, Paminus Ndadzingira, Bas Koole, Bear Karry, Lucia Bosman, Wade Lambert, Bruna Kajiya, Julien Kerneur, Katja Roose, Oswald Smith and Reider Decker, Tao Farren..
IN THE BEGINNING…
…and we’re talking right at the very beginning, around 1997, when a French windsurfing speed sailor called Manu Bertin brought a few samples of an early Wipika inflatable kite to Maui. Manu was sure that there was a sport about to explode, but he had issues with the kite’s lack of basic accessories.
Manu was sponsored for his windsurfing booms by a brand called Hawaiian Pro Line, a Maui based outfit that specialised in the development of custom and production built windsurfing booms, run by Keith and Karen Baxter. Manu approached Keith explaining his basic accessory needs; and it’s with them that this Airush journey really begins.
Keith and Karen met in 1984 at a trade show. Karen was a professional windsurfer based in the Florida Keys and was there representing her windsurfing board sponsor, Wayler, while Keith was there demoing his boom brand, Fleetwood. They were introduced by Karen’s sponsor who proposed that Keith also sponsor her with booms. Cutting to the chase: a couple of years later they both decided to move together as a couple to Maui – Keith had grown up as Kailua boy on Oahu anyway, and Karen had always dreamt of windsurfing on Maui.
Keith sold his share in Fleetwood but remained as the distributor for the brand in Hawaii and the pair set up Hawaiian Pro Line, a service company for Fleetwood and other boom brands in Hawaii, such as Neil Pryde and Windsurfing Hawaii. As well as having a huge talent with his hands for developing parts for windsurfing, Keith had also built up 12 years of invaluable experience in dealing with production factories and setting up the tooling processes in Taiwan and China. He also had one of the best, if not the only, fully tooled-up specialist work shop with huge lathes and all the equipment necessary to make a range of prototype items on Maui.
Keith was fascinated by watching Manu with his kites, and he and Karen quickly came to share Manu’s belief in the potential of kitesurfing very early on. Keith and Karen set about getting hold of more kites.
“In about 1998 we started looking into how to get hold of them, but only the Wipika ones. We didn’t want any others; only those with the inflatable bladders that we’d seen through Manu Bertin. They were the special ones.” remembers Karen.
The Flow: 2003-2009
THE FLOW: 2003-2009
THE LONGEST RUNNING KITE IN AIRUSH HISTORY TO DATE, THE DESIGN BRIEF FOR THE ORIGINAL FLOW WAS FOR BEN SEVERNE TO CREATE A KITE THAT WAS EXTREMELY EASY-TO-USE WITH PERFORMANCE THAT MOST WOULD NEVER OUTGROW…