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

ConstructionEPS Foam with Full Carbon sandwich construction.


 


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


Soloshot3 Foiling test video

Now I had the opportunity to borrow a friends Soloshot3

This is fantastic if you haven't got a wife or friend ready to follow you at any opportunity for film session.

Ok I admit I was a little worried about leaving it on the beach , but as long as you're savvy about where to place the camera this particular model has the x65 Optical zoom which helps at this particular spot as its a good 250-300m out from the shoreline.

Im a little sceptical about the company behind the soloshot as you'll read pro and against reviews on their customer service , but as far as the product goes - Its a robotic cameraman that follows your surfing  (most of the time )

Roll on more sessions , Sweet !

 

 


downwind-foils

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

Check back soon for the full edit 

 


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 

Check out here to Purchase


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

First 'Go' Surfing Review coming soon ..Please subscribe to our Youtube channel !

 


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

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 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