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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.

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

 


Efoil experience

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

We are proud to announce we will be offering a  90 minute introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, including board set up, and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

 

Hydrofoiling or ‘Foiling’ as its now known is all about the basic skill of balance albeit in 3 different ways !

However foil stance is also very important, you cannot just simply adopt the same stance you would on a surfboard for instance.

By watching videos you'll also become familiar with the classic variations of the foil stance. Practice this forward weighted foil surf stance by taking a few minutes to program it into your muscle memory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine slicing the board in two nose-to-tail and then glue back together, that cut line is where you need to position each foot . Being able to balance and rise above the water is about centering your weight directly in the middle of the board. 

When learning on the Efoil board you also have throttle control and balance as the surface of the water changes, meaning you balance needs to adjust and also your speed  - a bit like flying an aeroplane in calm conditions versus in turbulence.

To learn to 'read water' focus on the surface, If there's a choppy texture on the water then it's important to be aware of your balance more and read the surface like surfers do or how a skier or  snowboarder looks ahead of their current path as they hurtle down the mountain!

When you're ready for a lesson Click Here to book your foiling experience.

Location - Mumbles - Swansea

We DO NOT rent the units

Who can try it ?

People who have had experience surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and/or foiling will quickly be able to master the Foil.

For those with no experience, yes you can join, you just may not have the acquired balance skills to stand. Foiling on the board lying or kneeling down is still great fun !

Terms & Conditions

  • Pay & display parking is available on site
  • All equipment is provided -  (wetsuit , helmet and buoyancy vest )
  • You must be able to swim
  • Price is per person per 90 minute session
  • Max weight requirement of 95kg (board factory recommendation) We will weigh you before we start .
  • Price includes VAT

For Efoil purchasing from us BUY ELECTRIC FOIL BOARD


Downwind Tips

TOP- TIP  Try and develop your SUP sprinting technique to fully optimize you downwind foiling starting procedure.

TOP CHEAT - Using a wind wing will allow you to get out to a good wind line out to sea , then deflate and start your run , or just blast it downwind with the wing !


Foil Footstraps

The compromise is using one front foot strap as getting both feet into two straps is quite a challenge. The front foot is more essential in my opinion than the rear.

What straps to use ? you can get away with using kitesurf footstraps if you have an old one lying around , we sell single foot straps from ION here .

What is important is selecting the correct screw to fix the strap - ideally stainless and usually 20mm in length

"Typically with surfboards, you only have the option to push down on the board to create pressure or control, with the strap you can actually lift and pull against the strap and that it’s extremely helpful when you’re trying to get going. You can pull that board up, on the first pump you can be much more extreme which is going to help you get up on foil much quicker. when I’m riding the waves with straps I feel much more in control, because I’ve got that level of leverage by using a straps. but I also come from a background of Windsurfing, so I’m very comfortable using it, a lot of people think that when they use straps you can get caught in them, and that’s true, you can ! But with just the slightest bit of kicking them away or pulling your feet out, you eliminate that risk, so It’s almost become second nature, something you don’t even have to think about. But your first couple times using them it can be scary until you get used to them and then it’s not even a thought anymore kicking out of them is quite easy. I recommend them but no, they’re not necessary. "

Dave Kalama


WSA Foil Workshops

WSA Symposium 19th 20th October on Gower

So on the weekend of 19/ 20th we hosted the first WSA hydrofoil workshop based from Port Eynon along side the WSA trainer meeting and Symposium

Coaching and knowledge is key with Foiling as it's a technical skill and expensive, so relatively niche although some would say its growing rapidly!
However we had a full boat of participants on both our planned clinics.
We were based off a rib , we gave basic land based instruction and safety briefing and then straight into it , starting participants off towing on their knees on a SUP foilboard and then trying standing.
We used a AXIS 92 'S series foil,  running the boat at no more than 12 knots to achieve lift.
The feedback we received was amazing, lots of enthusiasm and commitment to the foil.
Thanks to Matt Barker-smith of Foilsurf UK and Duncan Wallace of Newquay Watersports centre for support and Instruction. Ceri from Swansea Watersports for his boat skills and handling.
We have already been looking for next years venue, a tough choice to encompass so many great workshops that are in demand.