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.

Model X available now - Takuma model X 4'4

 

Takuma Downwind MODEL X : 6'8x27''x 5'' : 125L

 

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 !

 

 


Axis Foil Downwind

 

We love this lil video from Axis foils ...great drone downwind footage and great foot tapping electro tune, the footage of the guy riding the yellow board is using a Axis foil, the other guy is using a Go foil Maliko 280 by the looks of things !

We have the 92 and 102 available in store and a Demo 92 for you to try amongst other great downwind foils...book onto one of our 2 hour UK based foil clinics 

Buy from us here  AXIS FOILS


Fanatic SKY SUP foil

Fanatic SKY SUP foil

Excited to open the NEW  2019 fanatic Sky SUP foil board up last week ...and ready for testing !

The shape is specifically designed to give stability for paddling and manoeuvrability when foiling. Capitalising on the board’s awesome small wave performance, the shorter length keeps the Sky SUP agile on even the smallest of waves and controllable underfoot on bigger, faster surf.

The unique concaved deck shape and bevelled rail provide powerful, hard turns without fear of catching a rail, whilst the track mounted foil allows fine tuning for lift and different styles of wing.

The Sky SUP has been designed to bring a refreshing new dimension to your boarding. Gliding on ocean swells, harnessing new sources of power in the surf and transforming tiny onshore conditions into awesome days. No matter what conditions you wake up to, every day is a waveriding day with the Sky SUP! 

The 7'0 x 31.5"  on test will suit the heaviest of riders - having 145 Litres 

0% FINANCE AVAILABLE is available - or order the Fanatic Sky surf foil board here 


Available sizes - 7'0 x 31.5" 145 litres

Or pre order below

6'4 x 27" 96 litres ​

6'6 x 30" 115 litres

6'10 x 31" 132 litres

 


Foil Clinics

Some recent shots of customers of our foil clinics 

UK LEARN TO FOIL CLINICS

 

Here are some reviews from our customers 

Steve Williams on 04/10/2018
3 reviews
Thanks very much to you both for the foiling lesson this afternoon. Great kit, great tuition. We had a huge amount of fun! Steve and Laura
Alec on 11/09/2018
3 reviews
Just back from a foil clinic with Matt. The tuition, encouragement and opportunity to try things out was fantastic. To get some experience of getting up and riding the foil, building some muscle memory and finding out that this requires reprogramming my surfing brain was invaluable. The equivalent of allot of water time, so well worth it. I was crap but still got up for some short flights. Humbling, in a good way and a great way to start.
Alex Wheeler on 28/08/2018
3 reviews
Had my first proper foil session today (taken a while to get my board sorted...). It was awesome, got some good (albeit short) flights and the tips you gave me on that course really seemed to help as I could register what I was doing wrong and try to fix it. Thanks for all your help learning to fly!

Takuma Efoil

Takuma concept dropped a big fish recently so to speak, at the SURF EXPO in Florida by announcing their latest product into the line of evolving Hydrofoil products.

Already founding an extensive range of hydrofoils and boards into the surf, sup and kite market, this is an exciting product from Takuma concept

The Takuma E foil Electric Foil board is hand controlled by a remote which allows the user to control the speed of the motor, the rider then adjusts their weight to stay in pitch and glide effortlessly across the surface ..no matter what the surface conditions are 

We cant wait to have a go at this electric foil boarding 

TAKUMA // FILM SITE from ORES Group on Vimeo.

The eTakuma concept has a modular design which means the board can be changed for use for various forms of foiling.

 

  • E-FOIL - using the motor for propulsion
  • SURF FOIL - use the wave for propulsion
  • SUP FOIL - use the wave/ paddle  for propulsion
  • WAKE FOIL - use the boat/ wake  for propulsion
  • KITE FOIL -use the kite for propulsion

Some really innovative features include the following

 

Speed ranges from 8km - 30km/h which is max speed of 18mph !

 

COOLING SYSTEM WATER / AIR COOL

Takuma's team have developed a unique innovation around the E-foil cooling system.Our “WATAIR COOL” system in Anodized Aluminium is specifically designed and patented with BB Talkin who specialize in waterproof Bluetooth connectivity devices.

The Water/air cool system will cool down the ESC both on water and in the air, allowing for an optimal management of the electric system temperatures. 

What this means... Batteries get really hot and they have looked to manage this by designing this functioning feature

Learn more about this in this image here  - http://etakuma.com/pdf/E-TAKUMA_WATAIR_COOL.pdf

ADAPTED AUTONOMY

On water, battery autonomy is between 45 and 75 minutes, depending on surface water conditions and your experience level. Our product has built-in Samsung Lithium  batteries, the same system used by TESLA cars, the SAMSUNG 48V/35A

So we'll keep you updated as this new efoil comes to market...if your are interested in ordering one this is possible  

 

Reserve yours today ... £5999 GBP - email us at [email protected]


Fanatic SKY surf foil board

So we have our hands on the new 5'6 Fanatic Sky surf foil board !

Here is what Fanatic have to say... 

The Sky Surf brings foiling to the wave face in its purest form! Our new dedicated foil surfboard lets you catch waves earlier, glide on ocean swells and carve powerful turns on the smallest of waves.

With its compact shape and relatively high volume the Sky Surf is designed to be super easy to paddle and an absolute ripper on the wave. Offered in three sizes, both with stacks of volume, they are the perfect platform for all levels of foil surfing.

By keeping the board short, wide and light the Sky Surf is extremely responsive underfoot and offers a huge amount of performance on the wave. Its reduced length allows it to fit easily on the wave face and gives scope for radical turns on even the smallest of waves.

Unique features such as the double concave deck, adjustable foil mount and channel bottom give this dedicated foil surfboard the necessary magic to boost performance and stand out from the competition.

Official dims of this range

4'10 x 20 - 33 litres

5'2 x 21 - 42 litres

5'6 x 22 - 51 litres (on test and in photos) 

We'll be testing this board on the cable and in the waves.... so check back soon !

Buy this board here Fanatic Sky surf foil board