Twintips Dissected and the Man Behind the Boards


17/02/2017 | Twintips Dissected & the Man Behind the Boards

Dean Freedberg twintip designer with the Airush board range


Our Twintip History
Airush is known for having some of the longest running production twintip kite boards on the market. The ‘Switch’ is also an international best seller due to it’s all round performance, and there is a good reason why it’s been around for more than fifteen years.

Over time, styles of riding have changed as well as kite design itself which is why our boards have been tweaked along the way to match the progression of the sport.

Our base in Cape Town gives access to a huge range of testing fields for our boards, all within a thirty minute drive. We’ve got light and strong winds in all directions, and a combination of all types of water terrain. We are lucky to be able to jump between the design workshop and the beach at any given moment (and we all know the wind is not something you can always plan ahead).

You can definitely say Airush boards have been through the test mill. Never before do we have such a finely tuned portfolio of twintips. Huge credit goes to the man behind them; product designer Dean Freedberg with the assistance of his mentor, Clinton Filen.




The Man Behind the Boards

Dean Freedberg – Airush Product Designer and Production Manager for Twintips, Footpads, Technical soft goods and Molded parts.

Alongside Clinton, Dean is the talent behind Airush twintips and accessories. He’s the man that stepped out of university and landed his dream job turning his passion into a successful career.

Dean took up kitesurfing seven years ago when he was just one year into his degree in industrial design. He managed to score an internship dabbling a bit in graphics work in the kite industry, but knew that industrial product design was his real focus. He wasn’t about to settle for anything else despite career opportunities being few and far between.

Fresh out of uni working as a bartender, his friend caught news of an opening for a junior designer role at Airush and sent Dean the details. He of course applied, and within ten days was already learning the ropes from the Airush master, Clinton.

Dean grew in his role and responsibilities and has seen through current board designs like the Apex from their inception. Despite spending time focused on design software and dealing with manufacturers, he also gets to test boards about thirty percent of his working day.

Not many can say that they physically ride and refine kite boards for a living, but the fact that Dean is able to do so makes for the most seamless connection between design conception and end product performance.

Let’s take a further look at the current Core twintip range:



The ‘Switch’

Suitable for: Beginners through to advanced intermediate

Riding Style: Freeride specific

The Switch will take you from your early days of cruising comfortably, all the way through to your first hooked in tricks.

The board is designed to have narrow tips as well as a flatter more continuous rocker that allows for easy turning and maneuverability; great for riding upwind and carving.

The board’s flex makes for a smooth and comfortable ride even in chop as it’s stiffer centre and flexible tips give incredible stability. With the tips absorbing most of the chatter on the water you’ll be able to plane without digging in or getting spray.

To compensate for the narrow tipped profile, the Switch includes 50mm fins as standard for more grip while riding.

This board is great for learning to jump, giving a comfortable pop and landing. If you are looking for something a little more aggressive then take a look at the ‘Apex’:

The ‘Apex’

Suitable for: Intermediate to advanced

Riding Style: Freeride crossing into freestyle

The Apex is designed to be able to jump and can also be adapted to be worn with bindings for unhooked tricks or pushing your riding that bit harder.

The board is stiffer and has a more parallel outline allowing the rider to bury the rails for extra pop, and has a more pronounced rocker to assist with softer landings.

The tips move independently and are reinforced to handle any abuse on impact, and the carbon torsion control technology will allow the board to kick back faster for better response when loaded.

The Apex features a deeper venturi concave to channel water through the bottom away from the fins. This allows fins to be ridden smaller (40mm) giving the greater upwind ability and extra pop needed for more powered freestyle tricks.


Looking to the Future

Dean is constantly trying to experiment and push the boundaries of board design. The twintip range is the hardest to innovate as the build is already so solid. The wood cores and heat compression moulding have made twintip design bomb proof. Dean’s look to the future hints that accessory development is where it’s at!


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