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Airush is a kitesurfing brand that has been part of the kitesurfing sport since its first appearance, with a long history. Airush is now based in the kitesurfing mecca of Cape Town, South Africa. Airush is a kitesurfing brand driven by innovation. Airush kites, such as the Airush Lift, Airush Lithium, Airush Ultra, Airush One, and Airush Session, are among the best kites on the market. One of Airush's latest kites, the Airush Ultra Team, is a true leader in the field of one-strut kitesurf kites and is the lightest kite in the Airush lineup. Airush's kiteboards and surfboards are suitable for everyone. For advanced riders, there's the Airush Apex, and beginners can enjoy cruising with the Airush Switch. In addition to kites and kiteboards, Airush produces various fantastic kitesurfing accessories, such as kite bars, bindings, and hydrofoils. Explore our complete range of Airush kiteboarding products here. If you have any questions about any of the Airush products or if you can't find the Airush product you're looking for, please contact us via email, WhatsApp, or phone. Learn more about Airush kiteboarding.

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Airush is a kitesurfing brand that has been part of the kitesurfing sport since its first appearance, with a long history. Airush is now based in the kitesurfing mecca of Cape Town, South Africa. Airush is a kitesurfing brand driven by innovation. Airush kites, such as the Airush Lift, Airush Lithium, Airush Ultra, Airush One, and Airush Session, are among the best kites on the market. One of Airush's latest kites, the Airush Ultra Team, is a true leader in the field of one-strut kitesurf kites and is the lightest kite in the Airush lineup. Airush's kiteboards and surfboards are suitable for everyone. For advanced riders, there's the Airush Apex, and beginners can enjoy cruising with the Airush Switch. In addition to kites and kiteboards, Airush produces various fantastic kitesurfing accessories, such as kite bars, bindings, and hydrofoils. Explore our complete range of Airush kiteboarding products here. If you have any questions about any of the Airush products or if you can't find the Airush product you're looking for, please contact us via email, WhatsApp, or phone. Learn more about Airush kiteboarding.

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As one of the longest-running kitesurfing brands, Airush is among the OGs of the industry. The brand is renowned for its most innovative kites, kiteboards, surfboards, and kitesurf bars on the market. By supporting the biggest names in the kitesurfing industry and producing the most recognizable kites of high quality, Airush has created a unique story. From Wipika kites to the first 'chicken' loops, Airush was a true pioneer. Today, Airush owes its success to years of innovation and dedication to the sport. With a large team of designers such as Jimmy Lewis and McCullock and team riders like Oswald Smith, Alex Pastor, and young guns like Jason van der Spuy, Airush has established its position in the market over the years and will undoubtedly continue to hold this position in the coming years. On this page, you can read about how Airush has become the brand we know today and why we at Kitemana are so enthusiastic about Airush!

Airush Kiteboarding Development

At Airush, development takes center stage. Development in everything related to kitesurfing has made Airush great, and they remain committed to it. In the garage of Airush, designers experimented with countless innovative ideas for the kitesurfing sport, and to this day, they continue to push the boundaries of development. But what makes an Airush kite so good? What are the kites made of, and what makes them so durable? Below, we delve into the details of the different materials and technologies used by Airush Kiteboarding.


Airush Kiteboarding HO’OKIPA

HO’OKIPA is a unique Ultra PE leading-edge and strut material developed in collaboration with Challenge Sailcloth. The material is 25% lighter and 10 times stronger than traditional materials, resulting in 50% more pressure. Because the leading edge and struts can handle more pressure, Airush has been able to reduce their diameter while maintaining the same stiffness, saving additional weight and reducing kite resistance in the air. This Ho'okipa material provides a chain reaction of performance upgrades to the kites.


  • 25% lighter
  • 10 times stronger
  • 50% more pressure
  • HO’OKIPA is used in the leading edge and struts.

Airush Kiteboarding TECHNOFORCE D2

Airush's high-quality kite fabric is made from premium material in collaboration with Teijin, a market leader in fabrics for the watersports industry, under the name Technoforce. The fabric has a high-density structure with polyester yarn and a double coating for double ripstop quality. It is protected with a UV-resistant coating to preserve the fabric's color as long as possible. When combined with Airush Load Frame and Web Tech, Technoforce D2 fabric provides the ultimate combination of durability and performance.


Airush Kiteboarding LOAD FRAME

The so-called Load Frame is a way to maximize durability without unnecessary weight increase. Strong yet lightweight yarns are used in the frame to reduce frame stress and prevent stretching. Each yarn is made of Polyethylene, capable of carrying more than 40 kg individually. By reducing stretching, the kite will maintain maximum performance over the long term. Furthermore, the frame is also improved by WebTech, which replaces traditional Dacron to a great extent.


Airush Kiteboarding WEBTECH

Webtech is used in Airush's Load Frame. It replaces traditional Dacron reinforcements by channeling tension across the entire fabric through a network of channels, providing maximum strength to the frame.

Airush Kiteboarding History

It was in 1997 when the founders of Airush, Keith and Karen Baxter, first encountered kitesurfing in Hawaii, their then place of residence. Both Keith and Karen were professional windsurfers. A fellow windsurfer, Manu Bertin, introduced them to one of the first Wipika kites and told them about the potential of the kitesurfing sport. However, there was a small problem with kitesurfing at that time in the eyes of windsurfers – there were few "basic" kitesurfing accessories available. Keith and Karen were captivated by the new kitesurfing sport and realized its potential. They became distributors of Wipika in Hawaii but had a hard time selling the kites. Ultimately, they gave the kites away to influential windsurfers like legends Robby Naish and Pete Cabrinha.

An issue Keith faced with Wipikas was that they were flown only with handles, which meant you could only ride them without a harness. Keith and Karen had been operating a workshop for 15 years where they manufactured windsurfing accessories and became quite skilled. Keith was the first to come up with the idea of a bar for your kitesurf kite, a true revolution. The bar was crucial for the development of kitesurfing because it provided more control and required less effort to ride. Thus, the first Airush kitesurfing product was a kitesurfing bar. Eventually, Karen and Keith sold their windsurfing accessory brand, Hawaiian Pro Line, and started a new brand with a 100% focus on kitesurfing: Airush Kiteboarding.

Under the name Airush, Keith and Karen imported a second and third delivery of Wipika kites, which gradually became easier to sell. To boost kite sales, Airush formed its own kitesurfing team, with Lou Wainman as its first member. During that time, Airush's focus was on developing the best kitesurfing accessories rather than on kite development, which was what most kitesurfing brands were doing at the time. As a result, Airush played a significant role in the development of the kitesurfing sport, as one of the few kitesurfing accessory brands. Airush developed the first kitesurfing bars, foot straps, kiteboards, and fins. This way, Airush continued to evolve the kitesurfing sport. After a few years, Airush introduced the first super simple safety system for two-line kitesurf kites. It was also Airush that introduced the first chicken loop. But why is it called the chicken loop? With the advent of four-line kites, the idea was to create depower on the bar. One of the Airush designers made a hole in the bar, passed the power lines through it, and made a loop at the end. He was excited and said, "Look, you can ride with less power!" To which the designers responded, "We don't need depower; we ride full power. Depower is for 'Chickens'." Hence the name chicken loop.

In 1999, Keith and Karen sold 2,000 Wipika kites in North America. They likely did this too well, as their sales license was revoked by Wipika, who wanted to do it themselves. This was a blow to Keith and Karen. They decided to develop their own kites under the name Airush. Today, Airush's headquarters, where all innovation, development, and research take place, is located in the kitesurfing mecca of Cape Town. The Airush kiteboard team consists of world-class kitesurfers. Alex Pastor and Bruna Kajiya have won the freestyle world championships for men and women with the help of Airush kites and kiteboards.

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About Airush Kiteboarding Brand

The Airush brand didn't just emerge out of thin air. It started with the sale of Wipika Kites and is the originator of the first Airush kitesurfing bar with a 'chicken' loop. The brand has been there since the early days of the sport and is now based in the famous Cape Town of South Africa. Over time, the brand has developed a wide range of kites, including the Airush Lift, Airush Lithium, Airush One, Airush Session, and the Airush Ultra. These kites are crafted from the finest materials and incorporate the latest innovations from Airush. Airush also offers a variety of kiteboards and surfboards. Boards such as the Airush Apex, Airush Amp, Airush Livewire, Airush Diamond, and the Airush OS-1 are of high quality, ensuring an excellent session. In addition to kites and kiteboards, Airush manufactures kitesurfing accessories, including high-quality kitesurf bars like the Airush Ultra bar, Airush Core Cleat, bindings, and hydrofoils, allowing you to hit the water with confidence!

Airush Kites Over the Years

Airush Kiteboarding has a long history in the development of kitesurfing kites within the kitesurfing world. Here's an overview of the different kites over the years.


The first kitesurf kite designer at Airush was Ben Severne. Ben had extensive experience in designing windsurfing sails and saw designing kitesurfing kites as an exciting new challenge. Some of the kites that came from Ben Severne's hands included the Airush 'Get Lifted' (2002), the Airush Flow (2003), and Airush Reactor (2005). In 2008, Ben Severne decided to pursue his windsurfing passion once again and returned to his roots with his own windsurfing brand. However, this did not deter Airush from continuing the development of high-quality kitesurfing kites. Many kites followed, such as the Airush Lithium in 2010. The Lithium is an incredibly reliable and pleasant kite for both beginner and advanced kitesurfers, making it one of the longest-running kites in the Airush kite range. In 2010, Airush introduced the 'Varial,' but this kite proved to be less successful and was removed from the range after just a year. The Airush Reactor was renamed the Airush Razor and remains the most radical kite for freestyle kitesurfers in Airush's kite range. The Union, as an open C-kite, offered a friendlier alternative to the hardcore Razor. One of the latest additions to the Airush kite range is the Airush Ultra and the high-performance version featuring the new HO'OKIPA material, the Airush Ultra Team. These are true game-changers in the single-strut kite segment. The Ultra is the best single-strut kite, super lightweight and outstanding in light winds. It's the perfect kite if you want to go hydrofoiling with a tube kite. Alongside the Airush Ultra, the new Airush Lift has been added to Airush's lineup. The Airush Lift is a high-performance big air kite, ideal for advanced kiters looking to achieve greater heights and practice kiteloops.

Airush Kiteboarding Kiteboards

Airush is not only focused on the development of kites but also on the continuous innovation of kiteboards. Airush Kiteboarding offers a wide range of twin-tip and surfboards, each with its unique characteristics. Regardless of your skill level, style, or preference, Airush undoubtedly has the perfect kiteboard for you. All Airush kiteboards are crafted from the best materials currently available on the market and are versatile, equipped with features that optimize each kiteboard for every riding style. Twin-tips like the Airush Switch have been part of the Airush lineup since 2001, which is a testament to Airush's expertise in this area. Using premium materials such as Paulownia wood and Basalt fabric, Airush kiteboards ensure the highest quality and guarantee years of enjoyment. In all twin-tip models, the rails and inserts are reinforced with ABS, preventing inserts from being pulled out easily. Kiteboards like the Airush Switch and Airush Switch Team feature Flex Tips that absorb chop effectively. Airush continues to innovate, and we look forward to the new innovations they will introduce in the coming years!

Airush Kiteboarding Kitesurf Shop

Airush has proven to produce kites, kiteboards, and associated accessories of the highest quality that you can expect from a top-tier brand. At Kitemana, we personally test all Airush kites and kiteboards, and thanks to our extensive stock of Airush kites, kiteboards, and bars, Airush products are available for immediate delivery. If your desired Airush kite or kiteboard is not in stock, don't worry; we can always order your Airush product and have it back in our kite shop quickly.


In the Netherlands, you can find many Airush kites at popular spots such as Brouwersdam, Zandmotor (Kijkduin), Vrouwenpolder, Rockanje, Maasvlakte / Slufter, Scheveningen, Rotterdam, Wassenaar, Katwijk, Noordwijk, Langevelderslag, Zandvoort, IJmuiden, Wijk aan Zee, Castricum, Egmond aan Zee, Callantsoog, Amsterdam, Den Helder, Texel, Makkum, Workum, Lemmer, Strand Horst, Enkhuizen, Zeewolde, Almere, Muiderberg.

Airush youtube Reviews

Airush youtube reviews

Kitemana has created comprehensive videos about most Airush products, where we thoroughly test and provide explanations about the latest Airush products, materials, and features.

Airush youtube reviews

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