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Axon Pulse 2010

Axon Pulse 2010

Kiteboard Model: Pulse
Kiteboard Type: Twin-Tip
Brand: Axon
Best For
Freeride
Board sizes

Length and width 136 x 42cm

Rating:
4
4.0/5
  • 3D intellicore – CNC machined, 3D cut, Paulownia wood core; wood is a durable and lightweight material that has plenty of pop. Furthermore, by using a single sheet of laminate instead of multiple laminate sheets, Axon gets the stiffness and response they want from the board.
  • Magic fingertips – at the tips of the board you will notice 5 “fingers” 3D cut and molded into the core of the board. These 5 “fingers” are meant to provide more response and reflex when popping out of the water.
  • Suave concave – a 3mm concave meant to offer a controlled and comfortable ride.
  • Square outline – an efficient and controlled outline that offers power and drive as well as early planning. The square outline helps the board maintain its speed.
  • R30 rocker – designed to offer the most versatile riding, the rocker is not too flat nor is it too curved; it is just right. When the rocker is too flat, the nose of the board has a tendency to bury in the chop. When the rocker is too curved, you don’t get enough drive and power.
  • Shockproof UV top sheet – a top quality plastic top and bottom sheet that protects against scratches, harmful UV rays, and shocks that cold damage the board. Axon uses a new and unique printing process to digitally print graphics onto the top sheet.
  • ABS sidewalls – makes for a lightweight yet rigid board. ABS, which is short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is well known for its durability.
  • Triaxial glass – fiberglass cloth woven at 3 angles is the standard for top performance boards; it gives strength and flex in every direction.
  • Glossy finish – a shiny, good looking finish.

There are three models in Axon’s 2010 freeride range. The Relic, at 130 x 40cm, is the introductory size. The Rhythm, at 133 x 41cm, places itself in the middle of the range. The Pulse, at 136 x 42cm, is the biggest model in the range. Since it is the biggest in the range, it is meant to be used by the largest, tallest of riders.

But not just any large, tall rider – the large, tall rider who wants a board that can take the weight without needing some extra length. 136cm, I think you will agree, is not very long. Combine the Pulse’s length with its width and with its square outline and you get a board that can compete with longer, narrower boards – as far as surface area is concerned. But unlike other longer, narrower boards, the Pulse is easier to control and generates more power.

As Axon explained, an efficient, compact board can be obtained by making a straight and square outline and widening the board. Width is all you need; you definitely do not need extra length at the tip and the tail.

The bottom line is that if you are a larger rider and you want an easy to control freeride board that offers a smooth ride, then you need to give the Pulse a try.


Axon Pulse 2010 Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 user reviews.
dancabrinha
Axon Pulse 2010 Reviewed on Feb 25th 2011
dancabrinha
4
Rating: 4.0 out of 5

It is a very good board. The 2011 model is a bit more responsive and faster, but this one is also excellent for freeride. It features a very responsive flex and it is stable in high winds and waves. It jumps, it hangs, it lands smoothly and can be...more

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Axon Pulse 2010 Reviewed on Feb 28th 2011
Carmine Hudsen
4
Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The Pulse is great for a heavier rider, but also for the ones looking for larger planning surface. It behaves predictable, but I got into trouble when I tried to turn suddenly at a higher speed. It may not be as fast turning as I wish for, but it...more