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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


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 

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 


Hydrofoil FAQ

So you’ve been doing a little research and now you’re utterly confused as to what might be a suitable foil for your entry into this new incarnation of ‘I must now fly on water’

Getting the right foil might be a simple decision such as ‘how much you can afford’ but making sure the foil you do decide on reflects what you want to do with it.

If you are a heavier rider  90kg+ wanting small wave performance you’ll want to look at hydrofoils with bigger front wings , have a look at the pictures below.

These detail a Particular brands biggest wing of the previous year to its biggest production model of 2018 (quite a difference )

In fact if downwind swell catching/riding are your thing …the bigger the better so you can literally soar like the Albatross.

Size 

Wingtips

hydrofoil which mimics the classic aeroplane wing will generate the most speed and lift, however lots of foils have downturned wingtips in the front wing.

Downturned wingtips mean the foil loses a little lift and speed but aids the wings turning radius without risk of breaching the surface or ‘ventilating’ (nerdy technical term) like a flat wing can do. Therefore most of the guys you will see surfing on foils will tend to favour downturned wingtips but this is not always the case.

You may note how thick some foils are , this aids in smooth lift at low speeds (ie you paddling into a wave)

This is why you will see lots of brands using similar designs in the front wing (wide depth and curved down wingtips). Some wings will have more depth (low aspect ratio) and this will characteristically mean very good lift at lower speeds, however the turning will effect pitch and roll. A mid aspect ratio wing delivers stability in both pitch and roll, which is vital for confident wave riding but a little harder to get going at lower speeds if the wing is not thick.

Tail stabilizer wing

Most people think that the front wing is the most important and you may disregard the rear stabilizer as not being particularly important however it is what most brands are working on the most.
Its a 50% – 50% mix with the right balance
Depending on the stabilizer profile, shape, angle, size, your foil can react completely differently with : speed, pumping, accessibility, manoeuvrability and stability.
The surface area and volume of the front wing changes massively from brand to brand. These variables mean The tail stabilizer has to work perfectly with the front wing and clean up any turbulent flow from the mast and fuselage to minimize disruption of stability.
 
Anhedral wings  i.e wingtips which are downturned like the red tail wing above resist yaw better than flat wings, making them more stable.

We hope you found this post informative and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you’re thinking seriously about joining the SUP /surf  foiling crew in your area and maybe blazing your own path !

We have foils and boards available and install boxes if you choose to retro fit to an existing board which your local shaper can help you with .


Foiling wing sizes explained

I thought I would take the opportunity to start to build a library of front wing sizes for quick reference. As foiling advances forward riders are wanting different performance characteristics and therefore most brands now offer a selection of wing sizes.

The first foil you buy is important as it has to be suitable for your use...like deciding on the right size surfboard.  

Quick guide – remember this is based on a starting wing size for the appropriate weight in kg being pulled by a boat at 7 knots minimum – 10 knots maximum or surfing waves in the 2-3ft size range. As you progress and want to venture into bigger or even smaller conditions the wing size can change dramatically.The bigger the wing size, the more lift is generally achieved but a bigger wing has more drag than a smaller wing so bigger is not always better . There will be times when you could feel ‘over winged’ and the foil generates too much speed and lift and vice versa – foiling therefore requires careful riding and trimming to avoid wing breaches and wipeouts !

Bigger waves/ speed = smaller foils

Smaller waves/ speed = larger foils

This is a general size guide for those looking to get into surf or SUP foiling

Rider size 50kg -  1000cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 70-80 kg -  1200cm2 + average wing size

Rider size 90-100 kg -  1400cm2 - 1800cm2 average wing size

Rider size 100-110kg +  1600cm2 - 2000cm2 +average wing size

 

Naish Thrust M : 1032cm2 Naish Thrust L : 1235cm2 Naish Thrust XL : 1572cm2

KENALU 580 : 1084cm2 KENALU 775 : 1496cm2 KENALU 970 : 1994cm2

GOFOIL : 1200cm2 Kai GOFOIL : 1600cm2 Maliko GOFOIL : 1800cm2 IWA GOFOIL : 2000cm2 Maliko GOFOIL : 2800cm2 Maliko

Takuma V50 : 1004 cm2 Takuma V100 : 1245cm2 Takuma V400 : 1389cm2 Takuma V900 : 1968 cm2

AXIS 102 - 2051cm2 actual area / projected 2013cm2

AXIS 92 - 1852cm2 actual area / projected 1816cm2

AXIS 82 - 1528 cm2 actual area / projected 1443cm2

Cloud 9 P27 : 1406cm2

Cloud 9 S24: 1126cm2

Fanatic S1 1024cm2

Fanatic Aero 1500cm2

For Downwinding in ocean swell and depending on your experience the bigger the better for beginners, whereas as yo progress you can get up and foiling with a smaller wing.

Happy foilers taking a coffee break on one of our foiling clinics

MAST SIZE

For beginners a shorter mast is advisable and a wider board also more stable especially if learning behind a boat in choppy conditions , for slower speeds learning on bigger wing of 2000cm2 + will generally get a 95kg rider up in 5-7knots …perfect for learning the basics.

#Loyal2thefoil

Thanks – Matt

If you are interested in Foiling I would highly recommend getting in contact with us as specialist Foil suppliers. Give us a call on 01792 446511