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Tsunami airwave surf rods.. how are these rods? any reviews

post #1 of 26
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I saw a bunch of fisherman last weekend with these rods and they swore by them ..they seem to be built really good.

post #2 of 26
I have a Tsunami 5 star rod that I use a lot and am happy with. I have checked the airwave models and I like what I see. but after seeing the airwave elite at the hilton show I think I'm going to get one of the Elite rods and skip the regular Airwave.
post #3 of 26
I have a 9' airwave I bought my son, good rod for the $80.00 I spent for it. I also have a 12' 5 star tsunami I used to use as a chunking stick, paired with a squidder its a beast of a combo. I looked and held a 10' Airwave Elite at the show, seemed pretty nice for the money, lighter than a regular Airwave and it had the k guides.......
post #4 of 26

There are actually lots of reviews here about the Tsunami Airwave surf rods. Here are a few threads on the subject that should keep you busy for a while:

 

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post #5 of 26

I have owned 3 Tsunamis including a 11' Airwave and 12' Trophy.  They all broke within two years and appear to get brittle just from sunlight.  I have been surf fishing for over 40 years and have found that most modern graphites are complete crap.  When examining the thin hollow tube on a broken Tsunami, it doesn't even appear to be graphite the way it shreds.

On the other hand, I still have a couple of early graphites from the 70s that have held up.

post #6 of 26

Once brought my broken Tsunami Airwave 9' into J&H with no recipt, payed 10 dollars for the shipping; and had a new rod after a week or so.

post #7 of 26

Another broken Tsunami..enough said.  I have bought my last one.  BTW, I have one of those 12 foot Shakespeare fiberglass white rods from Walmart that has lasted for years and casts better than any Tsunami that I have owned.

post #8 of 26
I have two Tsunami Air waves.....10' 3/4-4 oz and and a 8' 3/4 - 3 oz. Both in their 5th year of heavy surf fishing and not one single issue. They perform well, cast great and great rods for the value. Landed my PP on the 10' at 28 lbs.........landed with ease on the beach. I only throw lures,artifical,etc...........never bait fish. Can not beat the Airwaves for the money......would buy another.
post #9 of 26
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My first surf rod is alpha shake sphere 12' never failed me and held up great I still bring it with me. It's the best i out a okuma cornado bait runner on it
post #10 of 26
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I use my 11' okuma Solaris with penn reel, 10' daiwa with penn 6000, have a 11'penn surf rod with shimano bait runner and 12' Shakespeare with okuma cornado bait runner also 9' Abu Garcia with old penn 105 classic for plugging
post #11 of 26
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Also bought a real cheap shimano rod 9' not bad for $20 with Nypd discount from sports authority. I can tie that rod in a knot it's so flexible
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by michael78 View Post

I use my 11' okuma Solaris with penn reel, 10' daiwa with penn 6000, have a 11'penn surf rod with shimano bait runner and 12' Shakespeare with okuma cornado bait runner also 9' Abu Garcia with old penn 105 classic for plugging
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by strman View Post
 

Another broken Tsunami..enough said.  I have bought my last one.  BTW, I have one of those 12 foot Shakespeare fiberglass white rods from Walmart that has lasted for years and casts better than any Tsunami that I have owned.


Cast better than any Tsunami? Are you talking about bait here possibly, because I have fished both rods, and the Tsunami outshines that ElCheepo every time. Hell, I've even used the 12' bait rod they make, and it's very nice.

post #14 of 26

This is my second full year with the big 11'4" Airwave Elite XH stick I use for chunking and it feels nearly indestructible.  It regularly casts 6oz and two bunker chunks very hard and gets knocked around pretty good by clumsy me, and in the back of my truck, and it doesn't have a scratch on it.  I like it so much it makes me want to try the new airwave plugging rods that came out last year.  With offset ferrules and lighter weights. Saw a couple old timers using them last year which was a bit of a surprise.

post #15 of 26
Properly maintained mine and it broke after 1 season with it. Never again.
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