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Quiksilver partners with Aqua Lung to launch inflatable vest



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Vest designed to improve personal  safety in tough conditions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 October, 2017 - After extensive research, development and testing, Quiksilver announces the launch of its inflatable performance safety vest, the Quiksilver Highline Airlift powered by Aqua Lung in a selection of stores worldwide.

A new generation of big wave riding demands new innovations in water safety. To meet the needs of athletes around the world, Quiksilver developed the Quiksilver Highline Airlift inflatable vest. Created in collaboration with Aqua Lung, a world leader in SCUBA equipment, this game- changing product is designed to improve personal  safety in tough conditions.

When  activated,  the  vest  utilizes  carbon dioxide cartridges to bring the user toward the surface of the water. To activate the cartridges, the Airlift features pull tabs placed in ergonomic locations on the chest. Designed with versatility  in mind,  the Airlift can  be  worn  over the  top of a  wetsuit  or  as  a  standalone  vest.  

This  allows the user to improve their safety in  different water temperatures. Crafted with Quiksilver’s best-in-class FN’lite neoprene, Airlift has been tested to maintain its form and  fit  during repeated  inflation cycles. The Airlift has been tested by some of the world’s greatest watermen and athletes.

Big Wave legend Jamie Mitchell confirms “From wearing a set on the head at Nazaré to taking off late at Maverick’s, these vests are made to help you in a range of situations you may face as a big wave rider.”

Marvericks charger Peter Mel adds: “In big surf, it’s great to  know that you  have  a  product like this to help you get to the surface — especially in  a  situation  where you’re  injured.”

“The Airlift has given my mind and body space to prepare for the challenge and calmed my deeper response to being caught inside or taking gas. This element alone - being confident under pressure - will no doubt help big wave riders reach out into the unknown with an empowering feeling of support.”, says former world champion Tom  Carroll.

The Airlift is available beginning October 15, 2017 at select retail outlets worldwide. While the  vest  is  a  huge  step  in  making  the  world’s heaviest lineups safer, it will never replace skill  and preparation in big waves. To ensure customer education and safety, an individual consultation with a specially trained safety agent in store will be mandatory in order to purchase the Airlift.


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