Foil Drive

So whether you're dubious about this concept or you really see it working for you ...its innovative !
E-foils are great ...but the whole unit is heavy and after your battery is run flat ...you cant exactly use the board for anything else ....Drum role .....!

Enter the Foil Assist concept of Foil Drive

A retro-fit electric paddle assistance kit for your existing hydrofoil surf board gear! Foil Drive Assist is designed specifically for SUP Foil Surfing, Down winding, and light condition Wing Dinging!

Available soon in the UK early bird orders £2489 

Available soon in the UK early bird orders £2489 

 

 

 


Axis Wing review

Reviewing the HPS 980, BSC 890 & BSC 970 from Axis

 

Big Thanks to Dom again for these reviews !


Takuma wings

What wing size should I take?
Wing size guide
 
Our wing sizes range from 2.6 to 6 meters but how do you know which is the right size for you?
 

Having the right wing size is crucial for your wing riding progression no matter your level. Going out with a wing that is too small or too big for the conditions can cause more frustration than enjoyment.

 
We only want you to have fun on the water (or land depending on where you choose to take your wing) so we have put together this quick guide to help you choose the wing size best suited for you.
 

Takuma wings
The larger wing sizes are best suited for lighter wind conditions, as their larger surface area can catch more wind. 

 

The smaller wing sizes can be used in heavier wind conditions, they are more manageable and easier to hold, while at the same time generate adequate power to gain speed.
 
Takuma wingfoil
Your weight, riding level and wind conditions are key to determining the right wing size choice. It is important to have sufficient power for a steady start, it is much harder to learn or progress if you are too under or over powered. 

Our WR Modell III wings have been designed with a high level of canopy tension meaning they deliver a lot of power, allowing you to take a smaller size to cover a larger wind range. The taught anti-slip handles along the central strut make for comfortable hand positioning and intuitive maneuvering. 

Introducing our newest size to the Wing Ride range; 4.5m
 

New size 4.5m
 
Beginners
 
Beginners
As a beginner, you'll most likely want to start with just one wing as you are less likely to venture out in very light or very strong conditions.
 

In general, a good starting wing size is to learn with is a 4m for anyone around the 70kg (155lbs) weight range or a 4.5m wing for anyone over that weight.
 
 

The WR Model III is very easy to learn on, its high stability gives you the confidence needed to make your first hesitant maneuvers. It depowers very effectively, therefore allowing you to quickly regain a comfortable speed.  
 
Intermediate / Advanced
 
Intermediate to advanced
Once you have mastered the effective pump technique, your level of potential frustration reduces dramatically, and you can find yourself being able to cover a much larger wind range with just one or two wing sizes.
 

Based on a proficient 70-80kg rider with substantial experience in all conditions, a 4.5m is usually the ideal size.
 

Having developed the skills required to maintain power in light wind or hold your own in gnarly conditions you’ll be able to prolong your water time. For a full quiver, we recommend a 3m, 4.5m, and for those really light days a 6m.
 
We have created a guide based specifically for our WR model III to help you pick the best-suited sizes:

 


Takuma Kujira 1210

 

I been asked to post my thoughts about the Kujira 1210 once I'd had a chance to use it. Only used it 3 times to date but WOW!!!!!! This is now my favourite foil of this size by a long way!!!! Other foils of comparable size/performance I've used are the Lift HA 170, GoFoil NL160, Axis HPS 980 & BSC 890 - the 1210 is my favourite out of all of them. Why? There's no one foil that is perfect, they all have their pro's and con's, but the 1210 definitely has the edge over the others for me, my riding style, skill level and the conditions I ride in - I'm well aware that others may have different opinions based on their preferences. This is a summary of why I like the 1210 so much: EFFICIENCY - it's lift to glide ratio is amazing!!!!!!! SPEED - although its not the fastest of the foils I've listed above, there wasn't much in it (you definitely can't call it slow by any means), but it's speed seemed to match whatever I was doing at the time so it never felt like it was an issue. PITCH control is awesome, so intuitive, almost like it's on autopilot - I wasn't having to focus on this as much as I have to with the other foils. CARVING this foil is awesome - it makes everything I do feel smooooth!!!!!!!!! Speed of response when changing direction is soooo good, but not overly loose so that it feels squirrely. CONTROL - It almost self-corrects any (small) mistakes you make - I'm sure on other foils I would have wiped out but somehow on the 1210 I would somehow correct and keep going, even mid maneuver. You can push it as much as you want and it still behaves. LIFT - gentle and predictive at takeoff and good for it's size, but where it's lift excels over the other foils is while you are on foil - its lift isn't excessive or overpowering, (ie it doesn't want to cause you to breech) but it allows you to keep flying uninterrupted whereas the other foils would need a few pumps to regain speed and hight on the mast. I'm sure this is also due to its efficiency of glide, but whatever factors are in play the 1210 just seems to keep you up on the sweet spot of the mast for longer than the other foils. PUMPS - LIKE A BEAST!!!!!! Seriously the easiest and most efficient to pump out of all the foils I've listed above. LOW END - best of the bunch! TURBULENCE - The 1210 deals with turbulent water with ease. Yes you feel a bit of turbulence when going through white water or prop wash, but in choppy or disturbed water it literally cuts through it like it was perfect glass. No other foil I've used deals with messy water like the 1210. If you're after the fastest foil of this size the 1210 isn't it. The HPS range from Axis are super fast, and although the NL160 doesn't feel as fast it actually clocked a few of the fastest times on my GPS watch ending up with a similar average as the Axis foils. If you want the loosest foil this isn't it - the Lift HA 170 has the loosest roll of them all, followed by the NL160. If you want the foil with the most efficient glide & lift, pump performance and overall smoothest riding characteristics then the 1210 is IMO the best of the bunch. It never felt like any aspect of its performance was too much or too little, it seems to do everything exceptionally well - there's something very special about this foil.

 

This is the video I took of the really light wind winging session with the Takuma Kujira 1210.
Too small to see what's going on on a phone screen - best watched on a laptop/computer screen.

Its a fluid foil so smooth 

 

 

Words Dom Hoskyns 


KD MAUI Tails

So Ive been using a KD maui tail stab with my Takuma Kujira 1210 now for around 2 months .

specifically the 13.5"

Wow.....what a difference to stability . I liked the 220 Kujira tail, but its roll stability was twitchy , so i had heard good things about the KD tails. Im now getting heaps more glide and pump speed enabling easier 2-4-1 connections .

The KD is much more slippery and gives you much improved speed and projection out of pumps - but, it does have less hold in turns whereas the Kujira tips give grip.

In short if you serious about foiling you have to get one !

Available to order direct from Kane himself on Maui - delivered in a nice little envelope -choose from the bolt hole connections to all the leading brands  !

 


Foil comparison chart

Take a look and compare foil sizes across many brands

click Here FOIL COMPARISON CHART


Axis 1300 & 1150 review

Lots of hype on these two new foils . The 1300 being the newest of the GL series , whereas the 1150 has already made its debut and iss firmly in the hearts of many a wing/ sup and prone foiler !

The 1300 GL is the biggest wing of its kind on the market. There is nothing like it - The absolute Glider. A super light wind version of the 1000 wing.  The axis 1300 makes choppy conditions actually feel smooth . It our opinion best for the foiler who is not particularly active in their pumping nature but enjoys the feeling of foiling , hence riders who are chilled and possibly heavier in the 90kg + weight bracket. It soaks up speed and just gives the smoothest ride .

Dominic is a shop rider of ours based in Oman ...being that its winter in the UK - we thought we'd ship the 1300 out to him to review in the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman .

 

AXIS 1300 COMPLETE Purchasing 

AXIS 1150 COMPLETE Purchasing 

We hope you enjoy !

 

 


TAKUMA KUJIRA

The Kujira Hype

So with many keen worldwide riders managing to get their mitts on a kujira foil before the end of 2020 with outstanding appraise and applaud we thought we would give a frothing overview of the range and why its become the most sought after hydrofoil .period !

The New tubercle foil design is inspired by the humpback whales’ pectoral fins , the new foil also shares Takumas LOL profoil upturned winglets  (albeit smaller) giving much more efficient glide and lift with significantly less drag allowing the rider a more secure balanced feeling while foiling.

 

 

The Kujira foil and what it stands for bases its performance characteristics in the Tubercles on the leading edge of the front foil wing and also the rear. The tubercle effect is a phenomenon where tubercles or 'bumps' on the leading edge of an airfoil can improve its aerodynamics.

These small undulations on the leading edge help direct waterflow and therefore if air is pulled down from the surface - whereas a conventional foil may cavitate and drop, the turbercles channel and can spill air bubbles from holding onto the leading edge causing cavitation, so what is cavitation i hear you say 

Cavitation is a phenomenon in which the reduction of pressure to or below the liquid's vapour pressure leads to the formation of small vapor-filled cavities in the liquid. When subjected to higher pressure, these cavities, called "bubbles" or "voids", collapse and can generate shock waves that may cause the rider to fall . Credit Wikipedia

so quite a lot going on there I hear you say ! Yes definintely ...but worldwide foil riders report ...better high speed control and turning capabilities with incredible rider feedback , by that we mean you don't feel any drag what so ever.

The Kujira foil is offered currently in 4 sizes -750 - 980 -1210 -1440 and with the performance it currently has ...i would imagine any other foils to supercede the Kujira in the future will be bearing the trademark characteristics albeit with advancement in materials 

- Unmatched agility and acceleration while turning and carving in all conditions.

- Effortless low and high speed control.

Have a look at a review of the 980 kujira and first impressions by a shop rider Dominic Hoskyns 

 

Purchasing 

If you feel the Kujira is the hydrofoil for you take a look at options for purchasing  the Takuma Kujira foil here 


Axis 1300

So it's a Monster.

 

Due for release in March Test review - See here https://youtu.be/iVwq9gZFYVg

 

Pre order yours here AXIS 1300 S SERIES 


SUP or Surf foil

So an interesting question came in from a customer and I thought it was worth writing up my response for others to see.

I am considering looking at prone foiling as a new challenge. I haven’t prone surfed since I took up SUP surfing, so probably good beginner for prone surfing, whereas relatively advanced sup surfer. Would you say it is advisable to look at prone rather than SUP foiling? Prone foiling looks like there is such a bigger range of possibilities...

 

I would personally say stick to what you have developed in your water sports game .

For instance ...i used to surf shortboards to a high level (went to north shore twice late 90's to test myself...and managed to return unscathed ....albeit a few boards snapped and "reef inspector" as a new nick name!

Then along came kitesurfing ..which strung me along ...then SUP which i adopted at the start .

I haven't surfed much....since really ....as like you said SUP surfing has its advantages .

Then along comes 'foil surfing' even though there are advantages in prone foiling (smaller kit , lighter etc) it's the hardest to master .. SUP foil the easiest.

 

So I took up the paddle with the foil and i can tell you paddling back out hundreds of metres after a speedy swell ride ..having a paddle in my hands has never been easier.

The SUP foil can also catch waves that don't break whereas the prone foil set up means you turn to alternatives ...such as tow in or the rock hop pump ..Flat water pumping has its own distinct learning curve away from the ocean ...and into the dock , river or lake .

I try and do both ...i want to develop my prone foil game ...but it's time ...which slips by fast ...so I'm a far better SUP surf foiler than prone surf foiler in my opinion.