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  • Quiksilver x Aqua Lung Highline Airlift

    First, a note on safety.

    The Quiksilver Highline Airlift vest is designed for use by experienced adult surfers. Using it successfully requires strong swimming skills, ocean knowledge, collaboration with other surfers and lifeguards, and like the rest of your equipment — it must be cared for and used correctly. Proper use of the vest requires adherence to manufacturer’s instructions.

    The Airlift vest is a safety tool, not a performance enhancer. Do not take greater risks while using this vest.

    Game-changing innovation for a new generation of big wave surfing

    Safety, re-imagined

    A new generation of big wave riding demands a new generation of water safety. That’s where the Airlift vest comes in. A culmination of years worth of research and development, the neoprene vest utilizes carbon-dioxide cartridges to help bring the wearer to the surface in heavy hold-down situations. It’s an innovative product designed for innovative surfing at the world’s heaviest waves.


    When we started developing the Airlift vest, we knew it would be best to partner up with a company that would match our devotion to the project. Aqua Lung is a global leader in scuba diving equipment — they were an easy choice for the partnership.

    Jamie Mitchell
    2017 Nazare Challenge Champion
    Jamie Mitchell
    2017 Nazare Challenge Champion
    Tom Carroll
    2x Surfing World Champion

    Late nights. Early mornings. Countless hours and numerous tests. That’s what the Quiksilver Highline Airlift vest is made of — because you can’t afford to take chances on a product like this. Quiksilver’s big wave riders and Innovation Team spent two years collaborating with Aqua Lung engineers to make this idea come to life. Every last detail was considered, refined and innovated.

    Our test team is the heart of this project. We’re extremely privileged to have had a group of individuals with peerless knowledge, talent and experience to draw from during the past two years of intensive testing.


    We remind you that preparation doesn’t just mean stretching on the beach before you paddle out. It’s more than just checking the charts or getting all your gear in order during the days leading up to a swell. True preparation also means dedicating years of your life to surfing waves of consequence. But, once you’re ready for it, the AirLift vest is designed to create an extra layer of safety for committed big wave surfers.

    For Any Wave, Anywhere

    The Airlift vest is made with Quiksilver’s best neoprene and can be worn over the top of a wetsuit, or as a standalone vest. That means you stay safer at any wave, anywhere, regardless of the water temp.

    Peter Mel
    Big Wave World Tour Champion
    4 Inflation pull tabs, 1 Deflation pull tab
    The Airlift vest features four separate inflation tabs in considered locations on the chest for the ease of inflation in the hardest of times. A deflation tab is located away from the inflation tabs to reduce the risk of an accidental inflation or deflation.

    Instructions manual

    Every function. Every feature. Browse our instructions manual or scroll over the vest to see all the technology we put into the Airlift.

    Oral inflate/deflate tube

    Oral inflate/deflate tube

    Oral inflate valve is available for partial inflation and conserving CO2 cartridges for emergency use.

    4x inflate pull tabs

    4x inflate pull tabs

    In a heavy hold down situation or as desired, inflate the vest by pulling any of the four inflation tabs connected to a full CO2 canister. Help surfer to reach the surface faster and with less effort. Inflate pull tabs are located in a separate location from the deflate pull tab to eliminate accidental inflation or deflation

    Torso straps

    Torso straps

    Built-in lower midsection torso strap secures the inflation vest to the surfer.

    Deflate pull tab

    Deflate pull tab

    To emergency deflate the vest. Improve safety when it is safer to go deep under the wave.

    4 x CO2 Cartridges

    4 x CO2 Cartridges

    The vest holds 4 CO2. 1 Cartridge is enough to fill the bladder. For safety reasons, we strongly recommend that you never use your AirLift vest with only one cartridge left.

    Overpressure Valve – Aqua Lung’s Proprietary

    Overpressure Valve – Aqua Lung’s Proprietary

    The Dump Valve automatically releases the excess CO2 from the bladder.

    Back pocket cartridges access

    Back pocket cartridges access

    Swap in fresh CO2 cartridges without removing the vest.


    Looking for an authorized Quiksilver Highline Airlift vest dealer? Here is the official list where to buy the vest.

    Liste shop

      162 RUE BELHARRA
      ST JEAN DE LUZ, 64500 (FRANCE)
      +33 5 59 51 44 00

      CAPBRETON, 40130 (FRANCE)
      + 33 5 58 41 08 97

      Avenida de Saõ Sebastião ,36A
      ERICEIRA, 2655-319 (PORTUGAL)
      Tel. +351 261 867 046

      66-250 Kamehameha Hwy
      Haleiwa, HI 96712
      +1 808-637-5026
    • Hi Tech Maui

      425 Koloa St #107
      Kahului, HI 96732
      +1 808-877-2111
    • HIC Kailua

      354 Hahani Street
      Kailua, HI 96734
      +1 808-266-6730
    • Hanalei BRC

      5-5088 Kuhio HWY
      Hanalei, HI 96714
      +1 808-826-5594
    • Quiksilver Beachwalk

      2181 Kalakaua Avenue
      Honolulu, HI 96815
      +1 808-921-2793
      (product showcase)
    • Santa Cruz Freeline Surf Shop

      821 41st Avenue
      Santa Cruz, CA 95062
      +1 831-476-2950
    • Malibu BRD (2018)

      18820 Pacific Coast Hwy
      Malibu, CA 90265
      opening: 2018

      1/61 Surf Coast Hwy
      Torquay VIC 3228
      (03) 5261 7544

      28/72 Marine Parade
      Coolangatta QLD 4225
      (07) 5599 5551

      203 Central Coast Hwy
      Erina NSW 2250
      (02) 4365 5511

      20 Mandurah Terrace
      Mandurah WA 6210
      (08) 9535 4500


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Highline Airlift Vest - Big Wave Surfing Safety jacket