SUNS new foil line

 

So  SUNOVA who need no Introduction , Have come out with a very interesting line of SUNS foiling boards.

Featuring the amazing construction accompanied by Sunova product and featuring foot strap inserts.

This new line also has a very appealing price point for the European market , so if any of these boards catches your eye please get in touch by

contacting us  - by email [email protected] 

 


To Pump - Ramblings by Dom Hoskyns

The Elusive flat water Pump - Ramblings  by Dom Hoskyns

Landing with both feet on the board at the same time is essential, or at least NOT landing with your front foot first. If this happens you instantly cause the nose to dive and its game over in a split second. It might be different if you're doing a running start, but for cold starts from a boat or rock its essential not to land on the board on your front foot.

Landing with both feet facing to the side rather than my front foot pointing forwards seems to help with stability, especially with turns, but this is still early days in my testing 😉

COMPRESSION IS VITAL - bending forward/pivoting at your hips as you bring your front knee up to meet your chest. This allows you to have your weight forward enough to drive your front foot FORWARD as you drive the foil down. This is something that sounds easier to do than it actually is. Keeping the front wing of the foil as close to the surface as possible is the desired goal . I've been trying to do this action from the start but am only just beginning to get anywhere near the amount of compression i need. This particular movement is totally alien to me and as such it's taking time to get used to the action. Slowly, very slowly it's getting better. A really good example of someone who does this well is Beryl from the French surf company 'Gong'. Check him out in the first 2 videos. The first one is from 2017 when he was using their low aspect ratio wing, and the second video is 2019 and he's using their new HA wing - although it's not as High Aspect as the Go foil GL wings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRiBV4DZrKw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCigsNXwTzs

You'll notice that he doesn't have to compress anywhere near as much for each pump on the new HA wing. I'm sure there's other factors at play as well - like in the first video he's probably on a much smaller wing for surfing, but if you check out the next video, you'll see just how little compression the rider Kane de wilde does for each pump, and he is on a very HA foil wing - Signature 210 I believe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRGiYCWyXkc

From what I've seen (and I think I've watched just about every flat water start or foil pumping video on the internet by now) the new high aspect wings (like the GoFoil GL series) don't need anywhere near the amount of compression with each pump - as long as you have the speed that is.

You may have noticed, I'm determined to crack this flat water hydrofoil pumping skill. My thoughts are that I have to keep on working on increasing the amount of compression on each pump, leaning forward so I can drive forward as well as down each time. So far in nearly every attempt I'm riding with my board almost touching the water, but in a couple of my latest attempts I actually got reasonably high on the foil, and that came about from raising my knee to meet my chest which helped me to drive my foot forward as much as down. I think this is really important as being higher on the mast means you can decrease your cadence and therefore last longer - it's bloody tiring pumping at a high rate for any length of time!

Anyway all - Keep on Pumping - Loyaltothefoil 


Go foil Wings review

 

So a customer of ours Dom, is very fond of his Go foil wings and he very kindly put together a Go foil wing overview explaining in his own words how and why he likes each individual wing.

Over to you Dom !

Just done a whole day of wake foiling using all 3 wings extensively so thought you might like a comparative review for your blog.

GO FOIL MALIKO 280

The 280 is so chilled and stable, can keep going on the smallest of wakes with minimal effort, just needing a few gentle pumps every now and again to keep it in the wake's power zone. It's an impressive wing with a 41" span able to catch all but the smallest of ocean running bumps of energy and also a go to beginners foil for wind wing foiling. 

GO FOIL IWA 170

The IWA is much more lively, you can tell instantly how it has to be kept at a higher speed, and how much more reactive and responsive it is. What I really love about it though is the extra speed you can generate from pumping. Shifting your weight forwards slightly so you can drive your front foot FORWARD and down is the key to generating speed with the IWA. When I feel myself falling behind the wake I know that I've got a good chance of speeding up and moving myself forward back onto the wake again by revving up the pumping.

Although If I had to choose a favourite at this particular time it would have to be the Maliko 200.

GO FOIL MALIKO 200

To say it's a happy medium between the 280 & the IWA wouldn't be giving it its due. It has hybrid vigour! It's not just half way between the two - it's closer to the 280 in terms of stability, and closer to the IWA in terms of speed and performance. When wake foiling it's as lively as your want it to be but reassuring with it. Pumping the 200 is awesome, you can choose your style, chilled or frantic, it can handle both with ease. Sometimes it's a case of increasing your cadence with lots of short quick pumps to get your speed up again or to get you back higher up on the mast.

Sometimes you might prefer to do long, drawn out pumps to maintain your position on the wake if there isn't as much power. There's enough stability to make corrections on the go but at the same time, there's enough in terms of performance to keep you on your toes.If you can only have one, the 200 is clearly the one to go for, but they all excel in the conditions they were designed for. The 280 is a dedicated downwind machine.

The IWA is the go-to SUP surf foil.

The 200 does it all with minimal compromises. I know the trend at the moment is towards the high aspect ratio GL wings, but they aren't for beginners. The 280, 200 & IWA wings are still right up there with the best to learn and progress on, and for those who aren't in this for the speed the new wings give, they won't hold you back for a long time yet.

We hope if you're reading this , you find it useful and informative - please take a look at the selection of Go foils we have .

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THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF FOILING

FOILING

So firstly if you're reading this..it’s because you have 'foil brain' or soon to have it ! Having personally tread the foil path for 2 years I've noticed many changes to my outlook on the ocean , equipment and also my body’s limitations. The latter has made me question and challenge my body more than ever before in search of consistency and progression in a body 40 plus years old. So get training..! 

Foiling is starting to create niche players in new ocean realms and because we've never done this before and the sensation is so addictive ...sometimes we all need a new endeavour

The demands of foiling are different to other board sports, some even say that foiling is the most physically demanding of all the board sports! You can spend a lot longer in an engaged riding stance when foiling compared to surfing or SUPing, and as well as the usual left to right control and balance needed for other boarding, foiling has the added dimension of the front-to-back balance and control for your muscles to deal with. Also, once you’ve finished riding a wave, you can pump your way out back again, without having a break! So, having these extra demands, and requiring them for longer, means you can certainly expect your body to be aware of these demands during and after surf foiling sessions… Feel the burn!

 

The riding stance

Pic credit - Glennel Jordan - IG ocean_baby

Winging it

Getting out foiling with a wind wing and learning to ride in switch stance will completely change the loading and could also help even you out a bit in terms of left/right biases. That and the brilliant brain training of having to relearn things backwards!

(WARNING; May involve some entertaining crashes.)

 

THE RIDING STANCE

The foil board rider controls height and turning with weight shifts, upper body movements and balance through their riding stance.  This riding stance involves a specific foot position, which is required right from the starting moment of riding.

The riding stance 

Jonathan at ClubBluePearl 

Involves having your chest up facing the oncoming horizon (Imagine you're iron man with that circular ring facing forward) , front knee bent and loaded, and rear ankle and knee bent and loaded. This rear foot position (knee and ankle bent) is something we do in prone surfing when riding, but the limited amount of time we spend in this position, and the absence of the vertical force demands involved in surfing mean it rarely causes problems.

In hydrofoiling, you are essentially hovering above the water, thanks to the wing ‘flying’ beneath the surface of the water.

As such foil-boarding uses the same terminology as that used in the aviation industry;

 

  • PITCH is the front to back vertical rotation of the board. This, as well as your speed, controls the board height above the water
  • YAW is the left to right horizontal rotation of the board. 
  • ROLL is the left to right vertical rotation of the board.

YAW and ROLL can control board direction, but you also have to take into consideration your PITCH when changes of direction come into play- which in itself is a delicate balance between your speed and your front/back weight distribution!

THE BIOMECHANICS

There are certain positions that your body needs to be able to deal with to foil well. You need to be able to keep your chest up which requires a lot of upper back opening (or ‘thoracic extension’), else your lower back will compensate which could lead to a sore lower back. You need to be able to achieve deep squat positions, which requires good ankle and hip flexibility (‘ankle dorsiflexion’ and ‘hip flexion’). You need to be able to turn your knees in and out to control direction (‘Internal and external rotation’ at the hip). What’s more, you need to be able to do this in deeper squat positions. Internally rotating at the hip with your foot planted leads to what look like a ‘knock-knee position’ (Also known as valgus, see below). This isn’t the most natural of positions for the body, but also happens a lot in skiing. For you body to manage these positions well it’s important to have good flexibility, strength, and control at the ankle and hip.

If you want to understand the demands of foiling as a non foiler

Try going upstairs with your foot at right angles and pelvis facing forward….  actually don’t !

 

The valgus knee position, also seen in skiing

SO, WHAT CAN WE DO!?

It’s important to have good movement mechanics, strength and control, especially around squatting, lunging and rotating, due to their clear relevance to foiling. Muscles shorten to deliver power but lengthen to give control and to help absorb and then re-deliver force. Having strong muscles, particularly quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves, which are good at this helps avoid overloading forces getting concentrated in tendons, joints and ligaments, where problems can tend to ache and niggle. It might be worth seeing a Strength & Conditioning coach to improve in these realms. If you have any pain or old injuries that might interfere with what’s required of foiling it would be worth seeing a physiotherapist of course!

Flexibility around hips and ankles is really important.

(MobilityWOD on youtube has good ideas for flexibility and the positions mentioned above in biomechanics!). 

Steadily building up your foiling time, being diligent with warm-ups, recovery, stretching, rollers, even massage will help.

Core strength and endurance is, of course, also important.

These are all things that would be included in the regimes of the world class athletes who are foiling.

If you are starting something new always remember to start slow/small /low impact and build really steadily!

By far the easiest form to learn with limited stress on the body and joints is using the adapted electric motorised hydrofoil - known as the Efoil board

If you are interested in trying hydrofoiling and learning to foilride book on one of our Efoil Intro Experience

Co Written by the following - Thanks for your input both 

Alec MacHenry MCSP- Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Matt Barker Smith- Foil specialist 

Chris Chucas- Strength Coach


Foil Podcasts

If you haven't listened to them --- take a trip ...plug and play

FOIL PODCAST


Takuma Electric Hydrofoil

The E takuma pack includes : £5999

  • 1 board1 Hydrofoil LOL 1600 wingset
  • 1 e-mast 50cm
  • 1 handheld Bluetooth remote with a charger lead
  • 1 IONSamsung 43.2v/35a battery with charger
  • 1 board carrying bag
  • 1 foil wing/ e-mast bag

More details ...Try before you buy with a cost of £150 for 1.5 hours - We'll deduct this from your total bill. You can book your session here: efoil.foilsurfing.co.uk

We are based in Swansea South Wales. 


High Aspect Foil wing lineup

So you've been into foiling for a year or two and you want to up your game ....chase some swells down and pump like you have bionic legs ...

They give us the High Aspect wings ....

So Whats with High aspect wings i hear you ask ...well if you have come from either windsurfing or Kitesurfing you will know what Aspect ratio means "the proportional relationship between its width and its height/depth " quote wikipedia.

A high aspect wing for foiling means it will give the rider a faster top end speed and be easier to pump although not as user friendly as a lower or medium aspect ratio wing which will generate lift at lower speed and be more stable.

I would call low-medium aspect ratio front foil wings more accessible and high aspect a little more tricky to master , this is all in the name of efficiency and where some people are finding limitations in the equipment they are using , some will never feel the need !  

Benefits - Why do I need one !

If you are into the new craze of wing dinging / wing surfing and using the power of the wind in you hand held wing it will enable you to manage this speed without fear or breaching the wing so much - like some more beginner orientated foils can suffer from.

The other benefit would be down winding - where ocean energy is literally blasting you downwind and if for instance you find it hard to pump between sets ...the higher speed of these front wings can help to cruze through ocean troughs of energy and onto the next crest.

 

The athletes who competed in the downwind Molokai to Oahu 30 mile ocean race would have all been using high aspect front foils to enable them to ride at 20mph plus speed - not achievable on some foils

Most of the main foil brands are developing faster wings - in the pic below we have Go foil GL series (blue wings)

Naish (yellow and black)

Axis (black and white stripes)

Takuma have also developed a wing -LOL foil' which is very efficient but gives a more accessible feeling for the rider , the upturned front wingtips clear up turbulence and the rear stabilizer also does the same job ...its a fantastic foil !

If you would like more info on High aspect foil wings please don't hesitate to get in touch 


Takuma 2020 Foil Collection

TAKUMA FOIL 2020

The eagerly awaited Product PDF from Takuma has been released.

If you want to get into Foiling in 2020 this is the brand to Watch !

Take a look at the range - Please email us for a link which we'll share with you - [email protected]

For UK pricing please get in touch we have some product already 

TAKUMA-2020-COLLECTION

 

 

 


E foil Experience Vouchers

Learn to Electric hydrofoil - ready to Purchase here 

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

This 90 minute course includes introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, set up and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

You will be guided by our instructors into Swansea Bay.

Location - Mumbles - Swansea

 


SUNOVA FOIL BOARDS

So excited to show these great Foil products to you all

Opening of the wee little 5'4" x 27 1/2" x 3 15/16 -83.5 Litre Sunova SUP FOILBOARD.

Obviously for the smaller person with such low litreage , but the wind wing surfer looking for a small but relatively accessible board , the dimensions on this board make it look favourable to the wind orientated riders looking to wind wing.

A wide template with accessible width at 27.5"  to allow speed generation in the pumping and stability to get onto foil if wing surfing.

Available to purchase - buy this Sunova 5'4 SUP FOILBOARD