Takuma LOL FOIL

Takuma has a new foil !

Cyril Coste owner of 'Takuma' has has been busy working alongside foil genius Laurent Borgna.

The foil was tested extensively in New Caledonia in all conditions from 'surf' to 'downwind' and is quite unique to the foil market.

The foil is super efficient and has been described by testers as  a 'magic foil ' with an unreal feeling giving long flight and incredible speed in turns.

The fuselage has been re -worked from previous models and features a hexagonal fitment to the wing spigot and tail shims 1 & 1.5mm shims are provided for tuning. Hardware provided is M6 Torx.

Primarily designed for use with their Efoil  Electric Hydrofoil board) allowing a smaller motor to be used . It is super efficient even though it looks unlike any other foil on the market.

Available in Alloy mast and fuselage with carbon wings (pictured below) and a full carbon fused mast and fuselage version Pro foil version.

1300/ 1600 and 1900cm2 wing sizes to suit all conditions.

Review on the Takuma Profoil 1600 coming soon !

 

 

If you are interested please get in touch for ordering [email protected] or 01792 446511

Prices - Alloy / carbon

£1,019 /1300 Foil
£1,089 /1600 Foil
£1,299 /1900 Foil

 

Full Carbon

£1,330 /1300 Foil
£1,399 /1600 Foil
£1,699 /1900 Foil

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 


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.


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 !