E- Takuma - almost here !

Eagerly awaited Takuma E foil

We'll soon have our hands on the UK's first Takuma Efoil - here are some details

Board size : 6’4 x 30 : 150 Litres 
Max weight : Around 95kg be to comfortable 
Max speed : about 30km/h 
Weight : 28k (battery is 11kg)
Battery - 1.512Kw.
Time charge : 3 hours
Foil type - Takuma LOL foil 1600cm2
Available to pre order for £599 More information Here 

TAKUMA CONCEPT 5'9 ZK MINI

Takuma ZK Mini 5’9 review

It’s scary considering going this small , but safe to say if you’re are eager to get up on foil as soon as possible and want a board you can truly whip around in the surf, pump easily but also retain stability,

The Takuma 5’9 mini board feels more like flying than ever before!

 

  • Buoyant enough to paddle into most sized waves and compact enough to remain agile and playful once you are foiling
  • High volume "Flow-Rail" paddles like a board twice its length.
  • Pumps like a breast feeding Mother!
  • Flat deck gives lively heel-toe leverage for responsive turning and carving.
  • Compact, easy to travel with and transport. UK - Sri Lanka tested!

FEATURES - Takuma Concept ZK Mini 5’9

ADJUSTABLE US TRACK

Move your foil forward or back to find your sweet spot depending on size, weight, conditions foil choice.

ROCKER

Board slightly tapers in the nose and tail to thick in the middle for easier paddling and more buoyancy where you need it. Flat through the bottom for paddle speed planing.

FLAT DECK

An important design feature for stability, reactive turning and heel-toe agility.

CHINED  Flow - RAILS

Beveled on the underside give the board earlier release from the water and prevents setting an edge once you’re on-foil.

EARLY TAKEOFF TAIL

Contoured tail release shape helps break water tension and release sooner for a quicker, easier push to get on-foil.

WIDE NOSE

Thick voluminous nose prevents pearling and helps you bounce off the water and ride it out instead of crashing.

CARBON REINFORCEMENTS

Provides additional support and durability on strategic areas of the board.

DUAL LEASH ATTACHMENT

A secondary connection point helps spread from leash load on crashes.

DIAMOND DECKPAD AND INSERTS

LIGHTWEIGHT

The 5'9"x26 3/4''x 4 7/8  Weight TBC  5.5kg

The diamond deck pad is grippy and comfortable and if you choose to foil with or without foot straps the 5’9 ZK has the options, with a straight set of multiple  foot strap inserts all the way down the boards deck pad.

I decided to take this board on holiday with me without really getting to grips with it at home and I admit it did take a few sessions to get the foil placement figured out.

It paddles well , although being so short it doesn’t accelerate quickly so you need to factor that into your spot , steep waves were a challenge but managable ! The Takuma 5’9 really comes into its own if you want to get up on foil as quickly as possible on the shoulder , it’s so light and responsive to pop up and turn , just turn your head and its rotated you, I love it puts a big smile on your face for foiling.

Im 84kg I did try and flat water pump foil the board in a pool and for my weight even using a Go foil Maliko 280 was too demanding of me. The 6’2 ZK mini would be better or the ZK 6’10 has a longer waterline .Takuma Concept are due 2 foil downwind models later in 2019. If you are interested in the 5’9 Takuma ZK Mini - Get in touch we have stock.

Also available in below models

MINI ZK  5'9"x26 3/4''x 4 7/8 : 112L

MINI ZK  6'2''x27 1/2''x 5'' : 130L

MINI ZK  6'6''x29 1/2''x 5''7/16 - 145 litres 


Foil Mount - Plate adapter universal

So you've bought a Tuttle mount foil and now you realise your board only has US track mounts.

Lots of options on the market but by far the cheapest option and most practical is the GoFoil Deep Tuttle to a 4-bolt adapter plate system.

Made from anodized and CNC high strength aluminIum, 2 retaining bolts hold your tuttle foil securely in the adapter plate. It's also is just under 1.5lbs /700 grams weight empty and uses counter sunk holes for the 4-bolt system so you won't have any bolt walking on you.

Standard 90 mm measurement which is a side to side measurement of the holes.

The front and back holes are 160mm apart, front to back.

ALUMINIUM GoFoil Adapter plate made by Foilmount - BUY HERE 

 

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Axis 92 & 82

Wave review on Axis S series

Coming soon


Foiling Sri Lanka part 2 - Dickwella

1.Dickwella Beach.

The second part of our foiling article on foilsurfing in Sri lanka, for our first part detailing Welligama area click here 

Myself and my family had a great trip there in November with plenty of swell and unridden wave / foiling spots to explore.This article features spots I SUP foiled in and around the Dickwella , Nilwella and Tangalle regions.If your'e staying in Dickwella area, Tangalle is around a 20 minutes tuk tuk ride away.We chose to stay in Hiriketiya beach at a lovely place called Jasper house.
Hiriketiya beach is not a suitable foilsurf location , due to its small size , number of surf beginners and shallow rocks beneath the surface. After watching it for 20 minutes I didn't even entertain the thought of foiling there. However around 5 minutes away there is a superb foil spot.

I had pre planned to look here, as on google maps it looked like a good spot There are lots of options to foil here and I was the only one out on all occasions I chose to foilsurf. The wave options break far from shore so it can get a bit spooky at Spot L .We also had shelter in form of a beach tent which proved very handy, although the palms at the high water line do offer some shelter.

There is a cool place called Verse collective recently featured in the Times and Sunday Times ! which you can get food and a great coffee from just over the road which I can highly recommend.The beach and the shallows are great for the kids to splash around in too.

Dickwella beach - foilsurfing options

SPOT L

This right hand wave breaks around 300m from shore over some flattish rock slabs. The wave however jacks up pretty quickly and then immediately breaks into deeper water so it took me a while to get it wired. As the wave has a lot of power on take off its also better to consider going out slightly under winged to handle the drop as I discovered. You can ride left on take off but the swell is directed better right.

SPOT P 

The best thing about Dickwella beach for foiling is you can paddle to other foilable waves pretty easily .

Spot P is a short paddle over a deep channel from Spot L. It's technically a left hand point break which fizzles out very quickly and can break wide when bigger sets come through. From take off it jacks up and then pushes a foamball into deeper water straight away. This means positioning is key, if you can stick the take off, the wave / swell then bends around the point meaning you right angle your ride next to the point and follow the swell towards the shore . It's awesome riding over shoals of fish who dart beneath you . They seem to like the protection the point gives them from the sun and waves.

People in the water - Very Quiet 

2.Kudawella Beach.

Not a great wave but swell does seem to be pushed into this beach and directed by the Harbour wall.

Lefts and rights over sand

People in the water - Very Quiet 

3.Unakuruwa - Break point in Tangalle

A lovely spot! Basically a right hand point break which breaks into deeper water into the middle of the bay .The take off is relatively shallow best surfed on a longboard or mal .For a foil its doable if you're experienced but there are some shallow coral heads, it's just lucky the water is so clear so you can see. Friendly locals who have the spot wired ,although 5-6 people on the peak and it's busy, there are no other options for wave riding in this bay.

Mainly rocky bottom next to the point but sand filled in middle of the bay.

People in the water - Moderate – busy

Please respect locals and any others in the Water – you have a responsibility to show Foiling in a good light. 


Takuma ZK Mini 5'9 SUP Review

Takuma ZK Mini 5'9 SUP Review...Coming soon

Dimensions : Size : 5'9" x 26 3/4" x 4 7/8"Vol. : 112L Construction : EPS

Foam with Full Carbon sandwich construction.


Just Keep at it - Foilsurfing

Confessions of a North Cornwall Foil club member - aka Ollypop

I have been kept up to date with a goods friends foil surfing progress or lack of as he calls it ... Just keep at it Olly !

  1. Most important - keep your trunk twisted so you're facing forward. If you do all your natural corrections will be front to back. If your ass is sticking out you won't have pitch control and all your automatic movements will make you weight one side of the wing or the other--meaning you'll tip and fall, and potentially jackknife.
  2. Start off just trying to catch small reform white water waves to get the board up off the water.
  3. A little and push over the foil (back foot) and then bring it  back down (front foot)
  4. Once you are TOTALLY comfortable and a little bored with above, start lifting it higher. As you go higher you'll have less drag so the board will accelerate and come higher on it's own. Be ready for that with a little more front foot weight.


Go Foil Maliko 200

GO FOIL MALIKO 200 –  200cm2 Projected surface Area – Actual area 1922cm2

Wingspan of 36" / 91cm

Designed as our primary downwind wing for endless glides on open ocean bumps and stiff offering smooth turning capabilities. The larger surface area of the Maliko 200 makes it the primary choice of those riders looking to take downwinders to the next level or needing maximum lift in the surf.

We've used this wing a lot in smaller wave conditions and it feels very solid and not twitchy at all. A very floaty wing with tonnes of glide however it sucks up any wave power very quickly so can catch you off guard and over foil easily if you are not tuned into it with your board set up. For downwinding the float in the wing really helps catch any ocean power so as an allrounder for small surf and down winding its a real ACE up your sleeve, but the ultimate lump and bump catcher is the Maliko 280. 

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 masts in 24.5" or 29.5" 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.(Two US boxes)

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: Downwind wing for advanced riders or when you just need the most maximum lift possible.
  • 65-80kg: Downwind wing for advanced riders in windy conditions. *
  • 80-95kg+: Downwind wing for advanced riders in windy conditions and / or small wave conditions. *

 

Find the best Go foil for you - Uses:

  • Surfboard: 80-95kg+ kg riders in small waves. *
  • Kiteboarding: Not recommended.
  • SUP: 65-95kg riders in small waves *
  • Wake: 65-95kg riders wake surfing
  • Windsurf: 65-95kg riders for light wind riding.
  • Downwind: Experienced 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 Maliko uses the same rear Stabilizer wing as the IWA (Blue in colour)

Some people prefer using the red Kai wing with the Maliko 200 wing as it loosens up the foil for flat water pumping - Tail wings can be ordered separately, but fitting them may void warranty 

 

  • 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 

*This wing is not warrantied in the surf

BUY THE GO FOIL MALIKO 200 HERE


Go Foil Maliko 280

GO FOIL MALIKO 2800 –  2800cm2 Projected surface Area – Actual area 2400cm2

Wingspan of 41" / 104cm

The largest wing in the collection! The larger surface area of the Maliko 280 makes it best suited for slower speeds which translates to added confidence and safety. It is the ideal choice for learning to foil using slow speeds and riders wanting to learn to downwind foil.

The Maliko 280 is NOW only offered in 29.5"Tuttle masts (it used to be offered in 24.5 mast length) which is thicker in chord length , meaning less flex in the mast with a wing as big as this. 

Its an incredibly huge wing and getting it up onto foil in flat or very small swell is easy to an extent. It has a large sweet spot and lots of buoyancy which makes the board it's mounted onto rise up out of the water when you are not on it! However as the sweet spot is so big its easy to feel you are up on the wing easily when SUP paddling it . It can throw you off, if you are off centre on the board which is easy to do when there is so much lift from the floatation beneath you.

Here is a session I had surf foiling on the Maliko 280 with a 24.5 mast

Check out another Go foil Maliko 280 Ride

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 masts in 24.5" or 29.5" 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.(Two US boxes)

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind.
  • 65-85kg: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind, downwind riding in light conditions.**
  • 85-95kg+: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind, downwind riding for advanced riders.**

 

Find the best Go foil for you - Uses:

  • Surfboard: Heavier rider or super small surf conditions.
  • Kiteboarding: Not recommended.
  • SUP: Small wave wing for light weight riders, Go To wing for heavy 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 Maliko 280 uses the same rear Stabilizer wing as the IWA (Blue in colour)

Some people prefer using the red Kai wing stab with the Maliko 280 wing as it loosens up the foil for flat water pumping - Tail wings can be ordered separately, but fitting them may void warranty 

 

  • 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 

*This wing is not warrantied in the surf

BUY THE GO FOIL MALIKO 280 HERE


Foiling Sri Lanka - around Welligama

Please respect locals and any others in the Water - you have a responsibility to show Foiling in a good light.

1. Coconut point - There are a few spots around here which offer good foiling waves rights and lefts.Head to 'Papa mango' restaurant and take a look.

People in the water - Quiet to moderate

2. Pier reef - Inside the main reef around 200 metres off the concrete pier where the boats are moored up, there is a deep reef which will often come up and hardly break -This wave then backs off into deep water offers right and left shoulder swells. If using a big wing you can get 100-150 metre rides if your legs can retain the pump towards the boats.

Its situated across from the main peak at Fishermans so you will have to watch for 5-10 minutes to see it break / feather to know exactly where it is.

People in the water - Very Quiet

3. Fisherman point - There are multiple scattered take off spots which depending on the size of the swell break further out to the end of the point. The first spot which is closest from shore should be avoided for foiling it is shallow and full of beginners to intermediate surfers.

If you paddle past this spot you will see multiple take off spots ( rights)  which usually have little to no other people surfing.Water depth is deep.

People in the water - Quiet to moderate

4. Jungle beach - Offers a great set up for right hand foiling waves. It is better on low tide but can be foiled through to high . The take off spots are close to big rocks which are shallow but deep enough . The right wave breaks far out next to a rock outcrop and swings wide into the channel.Sometimes if a wide set comes you can foil on swell all the way to the beach. The inside towards the shore can get shallow so watch the coral heads.

There is a left peak straight out from the beach which is prone surfed more - this is a little more shallow so should be foiled with caution.

People in the water - Very quiet

5. Easy right - Midigama is more exposed and picks up more swell. It's an easy reef to surf and can get very popular but has multiple take off spots as the swell hits the reef. If it is busy you can take off wide on the shoulder. Its a deep wave which can offer foil rides all the way to the beach.

Its easily affected by wind and there are some Jellyfish which will sting

People in the water - Moderate - busy

I took both SUP & Prone foil boards, some waves break along way from shore so the SUP has a big benefit of getting you there. Also I foiled waves which would not be steep enough to prone paddle into.

For SUP foil in November onwards I used Go foil IWA wing predominantly , with Maliko 200 on small days. For prone foil i used Kai wing.

Click on this link for more foiling spots further east towards Dikwella foiling areas .

Please observe you own spot risk assessment and make sure conditions are suitable for your level .The water is clear so you should investigate the bottom depth and hazards on your paddle out .Remember a steeply breaking wave will mean it is shallow underneath , Look for slow spilling waves.