(956) 299-9463 5709A Padre Blvd, South Padre, TX
Air Padre Picks up Shinn Air Padre is now offering the new Shinn Boards for 2013
April 20th 2013 Swap Meet Buy, Sell, Trade Kiteboarding and other Used Equipment Apr. 20th
Air PadreSwap Meet Buy, Sell, Trade Kiteboarding and other Used Equipment Nov 10th / 11th
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Kiteboarding in 2016 Olympics! 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will host Kiteboard Course Racing.
2012 Season Opener Sale! New Items Added Into Our Store that Will Get You Riding for Less!
Kite Round-Up Swap Meet Kite Equipment Swap Meet During the SPI Kite Round-Up - May 6th
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To make things easier on our customers, we now offer an online kite repair form. Please click on the icon to the right to navigate to the kite repair form in order to fill out and send back to us with your broken kite. This way when your kite arrives at the shop, we will know exactly who it is from and what is the problem that needs to be taken care of. Please send any items that need to be repaired via UPS in a box to our mailing address along with the properly filled out repair form:
Attention: Kite Repair
Air Padre Kiteboarding
5709A Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
Need a new bladder or two? Email us with the length from the valve to the trailing edge, for struts/ ribs, or for the leading edge bladder, measure from the valve to wing tip (half the length of the kite, unless the valve isn't centered). Also include the year, brand, model and size of the kite. Also let us know if there is more then one valve, esp. for leading lead bladders.
We offer bladder repair services at our shop. We have been repairing bladders for years. There's usually 24 hour turn around, and the normal cost is $25-$40. If you think your bladder is too far gone to fix, you need to give us a chance to repair it. We can repair 95% of herniated or torn bladders so they will not leak. And there is NO bladder, that we have come across, that we can't repair to point where it will hold air long enough to save your South Padre Island sessions.
Air Padre sells kite repair kits such as kiteaid for do it yourself techniques. Otherwise, we offer in house kite and harness repairs. You break it we'll fix it. As long as you bring your kite in clean and dry, we can typically get it back to you repaired same day. We do charge a $20 fee to clean and dry your kite, because our sewing machines do not like sand or water, therefore clean and dry is very important. We currently have a Pfaff 138 sewing machine as well as a Singer 457 sewing machine that we use to repair harness webbing, canopies, struts, leading edges, and to make leaders, pig-tails, and more. We have a wide range of colors in rip-stop and dacron to match your kite color. There are two methods of repair. This first cheaper method is one color rip stop. And the second, more expensive method is matching rip stop tape to your kite canopy color scheme, so it is harder to tell where the rip was.
On basic canopy repairs, we use rip stop on both sides of the canopy prior to stitching to ensure strength. This doubling up of material prevents future tears. The repairs that we do are stronger than the kite was before the tear.
On the leading edge and struts we use a multi-layer style of repair. On the interior, we use several layers of rip stop as well as on the exterior. Depending on where the area is and the stress that is going to be put upon that area while the kite is flying determines the amount of layers we use on the external or internal portion of the strut or leading edge. On kites with leading edge issues and tears, that were not originally reinforced along the leading edge; prior to closing, we do reinforce that area, to make sure that you will not have an issues in the future. On tears that occur at the strut and leading edge connection points, or in cases where the strut is completely detached from the kite, we are able to rebuild and reconstruct the affected areas.
We can do harness repairs and modifications for you. It is a well known fact that harnesses and wetsuits often shrink. We can extend the velcro belt or the nylon webbing to make your favorite harness fit again. Another common problem is nylon webbing is/has torn away from the harness. We sew these repairs by hand as the harnesses are to thick to sew with our machines. If you want to do it yourself we will rent you the huge needle and pusher and provide you with premium wax coated, UV resistant thread. All for only $5.
Fix my gear - from kite canopy and bladder repair, harness sewing, fixing bars and lines, and more - we repair it all.
Ride downwind for miles with our full support, boat-guided downwinders in the flat water of the Laguna Madre Bay.
Get high quality photos of yourself kiteboarding or kite surfing while on vacation in SPI with a professional camera and lenses.
Shoot a video - let us record your skills on video and put together a eye–catching CD from your trip.
Go parasailing high over South Padre island and the Laguna Madre Bay to see the sights of South Padre.
Ride a banana boat with family and friends along the bay-side or Gulf-side of the island.