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.