Jul 3, 2009
Author: SBC Test Team/Shane Thompson
Style: Four-line Delta SLE / Price: $1,249 / Wind Range (9 m2): 14– 30 knots / What’s new: Increased canopy curve, bridle refinement, frame reinforcements
Airush DNA makes kiteboarding simple and easy. This kite is ideal for beginners with easy relaunch and direct steering. The quick pivotal steering and instant depower within arm’s reach make the DNA an excellent kite for hooked-in waveriding. Testers noted how easy it was to get dialed and boost some simple jumps.
Bar Setup and Safety Systems
• Four-line Cleat bar
• Above-the-bar 2009 depower strap
• Trigger locking tube release chicken loop
• Flagging line handles on both bar ends
• Adjustable stopper ball
Key Kite Features
• Delta canopy shape with three strut configuration
• Tri-radial strut connection
• Frame technology
• Moulded bumpers
• Fast bladder inflation
The DNA maintains its position in the Airush lineup as the solid kite to learn on and build skills to advance into waves and intermediate freestyle riding. It has great depower that comes instantly at arm’s length and one of the top kites for easy water relaunch. Testers noted the fast pivotal turning and the grunty yet easy to access power. This is a sheet-in-and-go kite that lets you park it and ride. As Test Team member Dave Marshall explained, “The DNA is one of the easier flying kites for upwind smoothness and jump-ability. I’d take the DNA traveling pretty much anywhere and know I’d be covered for a massive wind range.”
Not the ideal choice for those with unhooked freestyle aspirations. Not as stable in the gnarly gusts as some of the other three strut kites on the market. Could have less back-line pressure for unhooked waveriding.
No huge redesigning of the DNA 2009 was need or expected as it retains its place in the Airush lineup as the best choice for progressing riders. With solid all-round performance, simplicity and quick pivotal steering, it’s a kite you can learn on, and travel to wave destinations or put to the test at your local break.