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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

      21 Avenue de la Chambre d'Amour
      ANGLET, 64600 (France)
      +33 5 59 03 54 67

      8 Quai des Greniers
      Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, 85800 (France)
      +33 2 51 55 08 08
    • PUKAS

      Calle Mayor, 5)
      San Sebastián, 20003 (Spain))
      +34 943 42 72 28

      Arriatera Kalea, 85
      Sopelana, 48600 (Spain)
      +34 946 76 70 00
    • TABLAS

      Paseo Muro de San Lorenzo, 4
      Gijon, 33202 (Spain)
      +34 985 35 47 00

      2 Fore Street
      Newquay, Cornwall (United Kingdom)
      +16 37 85 94 00
    • 58 SURF SHOP

      R. Infante Dom Henrique Lote 4
      Loja 1, Urb. Sol Vilage
      2520-160 Ferrel, Peniche (Portugal)
      +351 262 758 371

      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

      36 Anacapa St
      Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (United States) +1 805 966 7213

      1909 S Coast Hwy
      Oceanside, CA 92054 (United States) +1 760 433 4020

      25706 NC-12
      Waves, NC 27982 (United States) +1 252 987 6000

      244 Shoreline Hwy
      Mill Valley, CA 94941 (United States) +1 415 380 89 00
    • SIMMER

      99 Hana Hwy Paia
      Maui 96779 (HAWAII) 808 579 84 84

      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

      71 Barrys Point Rd
      Takapuna, Auckland 062 (New Zealand) +64 9 489 46 37


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Highline Pro Airlift Vest - Big Wave Surfing Safety jacket

Quiksilver and Aqua Lung: Two companies founded by legendary watermen who have helped shape the face of modern ocean sports. Collaboration with a single mission: to create a new generation of inflatable vests that represents a major breakthrough in water safety. Our QUIKSILVER X AQUA LUNG inflatable vest is the culmination of two year’s development and intense real world testing on some of the biggest waves on the planet. Welcome to the beginning of a new era of greater safety in water sports.

An inflatable vest developed by the big wave surfing elite

Our first manual inflatable vest has been developed in response to the growing demands of surfers seeking to increase personal safety in big wave, high-risk surfing environments. Featuring several improvements on existing inflatable vest technology, pre-production models of the vest have already helped save the lives of more than one big wave surfer, while at its February 2016 debut at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau invitational at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, the QUIKSILVER X AQUA LUNG inflatable vest ushered in a new benchmark in water safety at the iconic big wave surfing competition. Other world-class big wave spots where the vest has been successfully tested include: Todos Santos (Mexico), Mavericks (California), Peahi/Jaws (Hawaii), Makaha (Hawaii), Nazare (Portugal), Belharra (France), Cow Bombie (Western Australia), Tavarua (Fiji) and Teahupoo (Tahiti).

This inflatable vest is part of a holistic approach to ocean safety

If there is one thing we can learn from professional big wave surfing, it’s that no safety strategy working in isolation will save you from drowning – an inflatable vest needs to be worn as an integral part of your overall equipment, fitness and preparation. The vest is a safety tool, not a performance enhancer. Do not take greater risks while using this vest.

Warning: this inflatable vest is not considered as life jacket and PFD in USA and AUSTRALIA

USA, Australia and non-European Union Territories: This vest is NOT a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) approved or sanctioned by the U.S. Coast Guard or Transport Canada. It does NOT comply with Australian Standard AS 475:2015 for lifejackets or with other regulatory agency official requirement for flotation devices.

In European Union this Inflatable vest is considered as a PDF

European Union: This vest is a personal flotation device compliant with standard EN ISO 12402-5:2006 + A1:2010 for Buoyancy Aids (level 50), as confirmed through testing and inspection by CRITT Sports Loisirs, 21 rue Albert Einstein, 86100 CHATELLERAULT, France. Notified Body N°0501. This vest becomes a buoyancy aid ONLY after full inflation.

Warning: this inflatable vest is not meant to be used for Windsurf and Kitesurf

This vest is designed for use by experienced surfers who are strong swimmers. It is not designed for windsurfing or kitesurfing.