Foiling Sri Lanka part 2 - Dickwella

1.Dickwella Beach.

The second part of our foiling article on foilsurfing in Sri lanka .

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.


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 !

 

 


Go Foil - masts update

This isn't particularly new news from Go foil but if you didn't already know
18/19 Summary:

The 24.5” Tuttle mast remains in the line in limited combinations.  
This will continue to be the go-to product for entry level or riders that are conscious of the tide / water depth at their spot.

- The 29.5” Tuttle mast is the new go to foil mast, it is stiffer and has a wider cord. This will help reduce over foiling.
 
The Nalu in the 29.5” Tuttle is the go-to product for kite foiling.  Awesome!

- The 28.5" Plate mast is designed for the prone surf customer.  
This is why is comes with only the smaller wings combinations.
Check out what we have available GO FOIL UK 

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 

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 !


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 Foil surfing 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.

My preferred wing on test was the 200

For more info you can go to the Starboard foil website 


Go Foil IWA 170

GO FOIL IWA 1700cm2 Projected surface Area - Actual area 1548cm2

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.

This particular foil wing is very fast and its easy to create speed from turning it. However from take off it can catch you off guard very easily so personally I shim it  (I place two  2mm washers under the back of the Tuttle mount adapter) this raises the tail and lowers the angle of attack. This makes it a little harder to get on foil in smaller ( where i would normally use the Maliko 200 ) conditions but in 2-4ft gives enough effect to help control the speed well. 

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