downwind-foils

We are in the process of editing a movie all about Downwind foils - downwind dreams 

Check back soon for the full edit 

 


Sri Lanka

A edit featuring recent trip to Sri Lanka ...actually our second trip here . Plentiful spots for foiling with no others to bother you and friendly locals.

Massive thanks to my wife for filming whilst keeping our 3 year old occupied on the beach !

We'll be putting together a guide to the coastline we explored , but get in touch if you want any information. #loyaltothefoil


Go foil Maliko 280 in waves

 

So the Go foil Maliko is not designed for waves...its more of a downwind wing ...but take it into waves and it can work very well !

To check what Go foils we have in stock go to http://www.standuppaddleboarding.co.uk/stand-up-paddle-hydrofoil/hydrofoils

 


Takuma Foil board range - Overview

 

Available Now stock models (limited availability )

TAKUMA BX RANGE 7'1 x 26 HRS

7'6 Carbon Hybrid (windsurf track & inserts )
7'10  HRS (inserts or no inserts) & (windsurf track )
7'10 Carbon Hybrid (windsurf track & inserts )

TAKUMA ZK RANGE

6'10 HRS

6'10 Carbon

7'3 Carbon

7'5 HRS

7'5 Carbon

8'0 HRS

ZK Prone 

ZK 5'9 & 5'10

4'6 MINI 

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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.

We questioned the designer Tiesda concerning the number of bolts required on the new foils. Here's the reply:The mast can be disassembled which is a massive advantage over Go Foil. If you don't want to disassemble, you can leave the mast inside and that's zero bolts to set up. It's just a nice option to have right?For the tail wing, it's two bolts instead of one but the advantage there is that you can adjust the tail wing angle and switch wings.For the front wing, we have four bolts yes, but it's necessary for the interchangeability of the wings. Go foil doesn't have this option because they need a perfect fit which normally requires a hammer! So overall, we have only four bolts more than Go Foil if you don't disassemble the mast and then you benefit from the advantage of being able to swap out wings and adjust the tail wing angle without needing a hammer!Hopefully this will be turned into an advantage once they get our foils on the water! We at Foilsurfing UK appreciated this response but didn't completely respect what was said ...the less bolts the better in our opinion !

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.

For more info you can go to the Starboard foil website 

 


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