2023 is the year of the mast. The AXIS Power Carbon mast. Whether winging at speed, laying deep carves on a wave face or pumping and linking up swells on a downwinder – AXIS Power Carbon enters a new realm of control and connection between board and foil.
High aspect foils = higher loads on masts
During early ART foil testing, Axis's research team quickly realized that higher aspect ratios and broader foil spans applied more bending and twisting forces to the mast. So while ART foils were a game-changer even on Axis' existing masts they knew there was still huge untapped potential to be realized.
And so began a whole new development project. With a new power profile and carefully considered material selection and placement, AXIS Power Carbon delivers both superior stiffness with next-level strength.
Opting for a one-piece design, we avoided the flow/drag and jointing issues associated with multi-part mast constructions. Additionally and more importantly, testing proves that maximum loading is concentrated close to the baseplate and this is why the mast tapers thicker at this point to handle the loads. Any joins or two-piece construction at this high load area would destroy the integrity of the mast.
A revised fuselage connection design maximizes the size of the attachment point to achieve a perfect fit to the fuselage reducing any chance of unwanted movement. The result is a positive connected feel, direct drive, immediate feedback and ultimate control. High-aspect foils perform as they should, feel and control enter an entirely new realm.
The new High Modulus Carbon fibre used in Axis' mast layup is considerably stiffer and stronger than the regular carbon fibre used in conventional constructions. Innovative, considered and balanced placement of materials in their proprietary production process paired with rigorous testing has delivered a breathtaking performance leap.
Axis' new masts are available in two models, the Power Carbon and Power Carbon - High Modulus, the latter providing additional strength and 35% more bend resistance than our industry-leading 19mm aluminium mast. The High Modulus will be the mast of choice for the most discerning rider seeking ultimate performance, and heavier riders using Axis' larger span foils.
AXIS Power Carbon Masts have a new and greatly improved base connection design. While fully compatible with all existing Red & Black fuselage, a new installation technique/method is required, this involves simply inserting the mast leading edge first into the fuselage opening, then rotating the trailing edge down. Removal is done in reverse, trailing edge rotates out first... super simple!
Please note: Use only 30mm M8 bolts to attach the fuselage to Power Carbon masts
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