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

 


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.

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.


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