Fanatic Aero 1500 ....First Ride !

Fanatic Aero first Foil session. 

Conditions - Small 1-2 ft 

Impressions

It definitely needs speed to get it lifting versus wings with higher front wing volume and thickness, this means the wing has a small sweet spot and can drop off foil easily making you work to get speed by pumping harder, but it's a playful foil and does the job well despite it's odd appearance.

We would not suggest it to any SUP foil paddlers over 95kg as a 'do it all' foil ...unless the Fanatic foil platform has other wings up its sleeve for the future. 

We will develop an overall review and not judge too much more ...Well done Fanatic !


Fanatic Aero foil 1500 unboxing

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Starboard Wave Foils - First look

So at the SB dealer demo a week or so ago, we had a brief first look and got try two of the new surf orientated hydrofoils from Starboard. 

 

Construction ;  They are a Alloy / composite construction meaning the front and rear wings are composite carbon and mast and fuselage is aluminium.

Assembly 15 bolts to assemble the foil - Better get your Tefgel/ copper grease ready. 

Foil attachment - Offered in plate mount with handy cut outs to save fixing time 

Wing weights - They are not the lightest we've handled but not the heaviest either 

Overall foil weight - The foil weight is comparable to other alloy / composite construction foils 

Sizes offered from the Starboard Foil range 

Wave 1300 / 1700cm2 -  Consistent , Stable and Easy 

Wave Pro 1300 / 1500cm2 - speed , carving and Control 

Ocean Surf 2000 The Efficient Foil.

We got to try the Wave 1700 & the Ocean surf 2000

The 2000 is Designed for riding open-ocean swells, take-off as early as possible and ride with maximum speed and efficiency. The thin wing tips allow the foil to handle surface breach smoothly.

The below picture shows the 1700cm2 wing next to the 2000cm2

 

On Test 

We had a brief go on the 1700cm2 wing - this wing features a flatter wing profile which equals efficiency, bit hard to judge this efficiency but I had some good solid carves out of it before the conditions meant a change of wing was needed. I was surfing the Burgh island side of Bigbury so after a few short glides into shallow water we ran in quickly to change wings to see if i could get into the waves earlier. Heavy foils offer a little less lift at slow speed which is why we went in for the bigger wing. Like with most composite foils they can feel heavy under the board when paddling, but this gives stability and makes the board less tippy. The bigger 2000cm wing with more surface area picked up the swell a bit better and after paddling down the coast to a reef off Challaborough, I really started to get to grips with the starboard foil. On the plus side heavier foils albeit hard to get going in small conditions offer more control at higher speeds - whereas lighter foils can become twitchy at high speed.

I had some good flight time and took some decent waves, however as I foiled out on the shoulder the weight of the foil in my opinion started to slow me down and I found it hard to pump to retain my speed and therefore the swell marching away from me . 

The thickness of the front wing is not as chunky as others which i've used and I believe is what stopped me from being able to explore the shoulder of the wave I was foiling on. Thicker wings work better at slow speeds where by thinner wings (like the starboard) are hungry for more speed to give lift. 

 

 

So in essence the Starboard hydrofoils work great for foil surfing and i'm sure as the sport of foil surfing progresses we can expect to see much more from Starboard in this arena.


Go Foil Kai 1200cm2 surface area 

Wing Span: 24″ 

The original surf wing design that started the revolution, the Classic! The Kai 120 provides the highest performance for surfing and aggressive turning with total control.

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: This is your wing when you need more lift.
  • 65-80kg: This is your most versatile foil.
  • 80-95kg: Riders wanting less lift and more control.

In our opinion and others will back us up i'm sure , This is the 'Go to' prone foilsurfing wing . It can be used for SUP foiling for lighter riders or for bigger conditions (shoulder height and above ) , but for the average 65-80kg rider wanting to prone paddle into waves and foilsurf the KAI is the wing you will want to use time and time again. Lots of volume in the 24" wingspan and pumping glide. It has to be in your foil quiver bag ...no ifs or buts .

The kai is offered in a double surf package (Kai & Iwa wing) 24.5 inch Tuttle mast , a 28.5 Plate mast or a 29.5 Tuttle mast. 

What do you get ? - Go foils are now supplied with wings and mast covers to keep your wings pristine and protected, Mallet, screw driver and screws are also provided and depending on the package purchased a wing suitcase for triple packs

Uses:

  • Surfboard: Surfers’ go to foil.
  • Kiteboarding: Light wind riding.
  • SUP: A staple wing in the surf for lightweight riders or riding bigger surf.
  • Wake: Great for towing or riding wake behind the boat for
  • Windsurf: All riders in medium winds

Front Wing Construction:

  • 100% carbon pre-preg skins with epoxy polymer hybrid core, integral cone connection for maximum strength, all cured at 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.

Features Include:

  • Significant reinforcements: solid carbon at the wing tips, leading edge and trailing edge for robust durability when handling on the beach and installing the wings.
  • High strength / weight ratio which means the wings float!
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing.

Rear Wing Construction

Kai has its own rear Stabilizer wing (red in colour)

 

  • 100% pre-preg carbon fiber laid up in a solid monolithic structure, cured to 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing.

*This wing is not warrantied in the surf**This wing is not recommended or warrantied in the surf

Go Foil IWA 170

GO FOIL IWA -  1700CM2 surface Area 

Wing Span: 31″

The most versatile crossover surf wing. The big brother to the Kai, designed to lift more while still maintaining the control and response that the Kai is so well known for in the surf.

We've tried many of the Surfing hydrofoils on the market and nothing seems to come close to the lift and float given whilst using Go foils. Yes they can be twitchy if you have gotten used to riding a heavier foil but they will also allow you to catch waves other foils just cannot.They are very user friendly with minimal fuss putting them together ( some will say 'primevil' in the waves you use a mallet to fit the wings) super durable and come highly recommended.  The only downside is the brand is not particularly geared up for a modular progression , so you will have to commit to wing packages at the start , rather than finding the limitations of a foil and then updating wings as you progress. However wings can be purchased and fitted to your fuselage with some sanding.

What do you get ? - Go foils are now supplied with wing and mast covers to keep your wings pristine and protected, Mallet, screw driver and screws are also provided and depending on the package purchased a wing suitcase for triple packs. As Go foils are primarily Tuttle mounted unless ordered otherwise (plate mount is available in a 28.5" mast ) you will need to purchase a plate mount if the board you are using only has track mounts. 

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: Gives Maximum lift for surfing riding and for advanced downwind riding.
  • 65-80kg: ‘Go to’ wing for surf prone riding and SUP foiling
  • 80-95kg: Perfect lift with control for everyday riding in knee to shoulder high waves 

Find the best Go foil for you - Uses:

  • Surfboard: Heavier rider or super small surf conditions.
  • Kiteboarding: Very light winds for heavier riders.
  • SUP: Small wave wing for light weight riders, Go To wing for medium weight riders in good surf.
  • Wake: Beginning riders or heavier weight riders.
  • Windsurf: Easy to ride wing for most riders in light wind.
  • Downwind: Experienced smaller riders.

Front Wing Construction:

  • 100% carbon pre-preg skins with epoxy polymer hybrid core, integral cone connection for maximum strength, all cured at 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.

Features Include:

  • Significant reinforcements: solid carbon at the wing tips, leading edge and trailing edge for robust durability when handling on the beach and installing the wings.
  • High strength / weight ratio which means the wings float!
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing.

Rear Wing Construction

The IWA has its own rear Stabilizer wing (Blue in colour)

 

  • 100% pre-preg carbon fiber laid up in a solid monolithic structure, cured to 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing and also less faffing with multiple screws 

Starboard Hyper Foil 2019

I recently had the opportunity to see some of the new 2019 Starboard Foil products about to hit stores worldwide.

Here were my thoughts on the boards , I had around a 2 hour session on the 7'2 x 27.5 

The blurb 

The combination of a short compact outline, distinct channel bottom and thick profile makes it a platform for entry-level learning to foil up to the world’s most progressive riders. Numerous test trips to Bali, Phuket, and continued testing in Hawaii have formed a range that excels in all types of conditions including flat-water pump foiling, wave riding and downwind racing.

See product page here: https://sup.star-board.com/products/hyper-foil/

The specific SUP foil board range encompasses 4 boards in the range 

6'4 x 25"

6'6 x 30"

7'2 x 27.5" - Pictured and tested 

7'7 x 30"

The boards are well made as you would expect from any Starboard product and extensive research seems to have been done with SB pro riders.The board on test was stable and paddled well (foil attached).

The boxy rails with a slight chamfer in the forward section of the boards nose sit the board high out of the water giving stability for the size.

There is raised volume in the nose section of the board in front of where the deck pad ends. No foot strap inserts are offered on these foil specific models instead there is a small front foot marker which is to aid in helping front foot alignment. see below

 

The foil attachment boxes on the underside are offered as plate or Tuttle. This is a great consideration however the boxes were short 8" on this pre production model , 10" US boxes will be offered to on 2019 stock models allowing more adjustability of the foils placement allowing larger wings to be brought and mounted further forward.

The channels underneath whether they work or not do keep the board paddling straight. 

Once up On foil 

The channels are great in negotiating the yaw a short shape usually gives to the rider when paddling hard , but I found the board a bit sticky on takeoffs onto the foil compared to boards with more pronounced chamfered rails especially in the rear/tail section of the board. 

The raised Eva deckpad section (red area) over foil placement does aid in two functions :rotation of the shoulders when initiating a sweeping cutback and helping keep weight over the front foot without straining the lower back too much (your back does take a beating with all the bouncing onto the foil )

The ridge bar down the centre of the board does help in aiding whether you are off centre when paddling onto a wave  

 

Starboard are a little behind the the curve on foiling in my opinion even though they have pro riders who have been 'foiling' from the start of its latest conception. The boards albeit great quality don't seem to have functional performance benefits which Foiling is generating from other brands. I suppose what i'm trying to get at is : considering the might of Starboard in the Paddle surfing world they have been late to the table with this offering, that is not to say the boards don't work, they work very well but anything can work as long as you stand on it. I just feel as hydro foiling trickles into the mainstream water sports world, Starboards shapes have been signed off a little late and don't offer the foiling finesse we've seen from other 'foil only' or fully committed brands. Maybe we can expect more from Starboard as foiling evolves?

That said it is still a comprehensive offering from Starboard ...showing 'foiling' is most definitely here to stay. 

along with two new surf hydrofoils - reviewed soon 

Prone boards - Starboard are due to release some prone foil boards in 2019  but nothing is set in stone on these - sizes considered are as follows 

4'8 x 19"1/4

5'2 x 20"1/2

5'6 x 21" 1/2

6'0 x 21" 1/2

All thoughts and opinions are my own

 


Takuma V100

One of the most popular and reviewed surf foils on the market today.

The Takuma Concept V100 came onto the scene not long after Kai Lenny blew the internet up with his foiling antics. We sold a few Naish Malolo foils and boards off the back of that but it was not long before the penny dropped and people started to ask why they were not flying above the water like Lenny was !

Wing surface area and skill has a lot to do with hydro foiling in waves or ocean swell as we've all since discovered.

The V100 has built it's reputation as an easy and very progressive all-round foil, One foil that does it all...Surf, SUP and wind-watersports ! 

The V100 has a surface area of 1245cm2 which is not huge but its thick leading edge and good wingspan gives people a taste of what getting up on foil is like at slow speed in mushy waves. Its weight: an impressive 6.5kg is nothing to be shunned at, it gets you up on foil in most conditions and the weight actually gives it tonnes of stability and therefore control. The V1 fuselage is pretty basic and where a lot of the V100 foils weight comes from , the front wing slides into the fuselage and rear wing attaches via a shim , all hardware is Torx on the new Access models which really does stand the time better than hex bolts. Being a alloy/ composite foil it does need regular maintenance (takings the foil apart and washing) to avoid bolts  and hardware sticking.

Takuma adopted the plate mount early and this makes mounting the foil fiddly but gives great adjustability on your chosen board.

Up and riding at low speeds eve if yout 95kg +

Movie In French 

 

The v100 sold as standard with a 60cm mast, this gives the foil a great pump range. What we mean by pump range is - when you slow down and want additional speed or maybe you start to loose the swell your riding on - the height of the mast allows you to pump the wing freely in the water without the boards nose hitting the surface -  a shorter mast can limit this range.

The rear stabiliser being relatively large in surface area gives good inertia to every ounce of energy the rider puts through the foil.

Takuma concept unfortunately had to combat lots of copy cat versions which forced them to release the v100 predecessor the ' Takuma Access'.

The Access is a great starting foil with the benefits of the v100 but at a lower price point...Bonus ! so if you are looking for a budget first time surf foil and you're not convinced you want to spend lots of cash ... The Takuma Access is a great consideration especially as you can purchase additional front or rear wings for your Takuma foil at a later date  such as the v400 or v900 wing sets or even buy the updated V2 Fuselage which is lighter.

so if you are in the market for a throughly tested and acclaimed 'surfing' or Paddlesurf foiling hydrofoil then look no further than the V100/ Takuma Access 

Available to order HERE  TAKUMA CONCEPT ACCESS 


Takuma Concept 2019

Here is a sneak peak at the some of the 2019 Takuma Concept product line.

Takuma Concept 2019 foil products 


Learning to Foilsurf

Learning to Foilsurf - Here are a few answers to questions we get asked !

What board ?

You will want plenty of foam under your feet whether you choose to prone or SUP foil. Why? ...well you are pushing the potential of surfing waves which you can't catch on a conventional surfboard so you need all the paddle power to gain momentum and speed. For SUP Its the same, the volume and shape of the board will dictate how stable the board is. The parallel shapes work well for retrofitting. If you choose to retro fit a board make sure you get a dedicated US foil box. Look at what dedicated foil boards offer that your old surf or SUP board does not, a wider tail with thick blocky rails allow for early take offs and chamfered rails for flow and retention of speed on touch downs with the surface.

See our selection of SURF foilboards here or SUP foilboards

How Good a surfer/ SUPer do I need to be ?

We would say you need to be a competent intermediate to advanced stand up paddler or surfer, by this we mean you should feel completely natural in a range of conditions.There is a level of risk that goes with foiling so time should be taken to protect yourself with at least a helmet , impact/ buoyancy vest and leash.

know the spot you're starting at too !

Learning to Hydrofoil 

What Foil is best for you?

Firstly as you progress with foiling you may want to change your mast or wing sizes to suit different conditions and surfing/ foiling spots. Therefore research if your chosen foil is modular and that parts can be interchanged or replaced.For prone paddle in surfing you are generally paddling and taking off on the shoulder, so a smaller wing is better to start off with, as you progress and want more lift in weaker conditions you can then look to get a bigger wing which will flow and glide better in weaker areas.

Mast size is something you get to grips with, We wouldn't worry too much about shorter masts unless the spots you want to foil are shallow . You will carry more momentum and speed if the mast is taller allowing you to pump the wing. On average most surf foiling masts are 60cm tall

This is our general foilsurfing wing size chart but as you progress you can adapt and learn to use bigger or smaller wings. 

Rider size 50kg -  1000cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 70-85 kg -  1200cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 90-100 kg -  1400cm2 - 1800cm2 average wing size

Rider size 100-110kg +  1600cm2 - 2000cm2 +average wing size

Have a browse at our great selection of surfing foils 

Why do some foils work better than others 

There is a noticeable difference between kite surf foils and surfing foils. Wings with volume ( thicker in profile) will get going at slower speeds than thinner profile wings which tend to need more power, speed or larger waves.This is why it's hard to foil surf using kitesurf foils and these should be avoided unless you're an advanced foiler. 

Foot placement?

You should aim to be planted in a crouched position with weight over your front foot with chest facing forward like you are IRON MAN with a light beacon in your chest. This will help you adapt to the 3 axis of balance ( pitch, roll & yaw) if you pop up and lean back too quickly the foil and board will jump out from underneath you. Understanding the sensitivity of the foil will take some time to adjust your balance to but keeping the foil down is the hardest thing to master.Some boards have foot strap inserts , some people will choose to use them to their advantage and other will not. For Foil downwinding and surfing bigger conditions they can be beneficial. There is one pro footstrap argument which leans towards their use - that being the board and foil not being able to fall out from under you if the wing breaches the surface, as you can push the board away with your feet . We do like using footstraps and find them beneficial in getting feet in the correct position and providing great leverage but lots of the new foil specific boards coming onto the market have a ridge deckpads down the centre line of the board.

Alternatives are arched tailpads   

What is it actually like to foil ?

Its fast, silent and smooth and it will change your perception of what is ridable . Its not like your learning a new sport its adapting how you look at the water .New spots will appear before your very eyes after years of avoiding them and you'll be frothing for more.

What sort of conditions can you Hydrofoil surf in ?

Pretty much any , your foils are the limit , but to start with small waves and little to no wind. learning on a cable or boat will get you adjusted to what is achievable then try and hire or get some equipment  

Should you wear safety gear ?

Helmet, impact vest and leash 

Getting in and out of the water ?

If its a shallow spot, walk out with your board upside down with foil in the air until its deep enough to drop the foil and paddle. If you are SUP foiling you can use your paddle to check the depth of water. Another indicator is how the wave breaks  

Know you chosen spot 

The spot you choose to learn to foil at should not have steep breaking waves or be a busy spot with too many people.

We hope you found this informative and we look forward to getting you started in foilsurfing !


Spills before Thrills

Learn to foil they said its Fun ! ...It's great but not without it's spills before Thrills !