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.

Foiling Portugal

 

A great Autumnal trip to Portugal travelling with the full carbon Takuma LOL 1600 ...this wing can take some serious size and power and does not overfoil !

Board - trying the 2019 ZK mini 5'6 - 100 Litres 


Takuma LOL foil update

In answer to some questions I was asked by a customer about the new Takuma LOL foil 
I have tried the 1600 LOL ...I love it ... its an amazing foil !
Yes its a different design which needs some consideration , but I haven't had an issue, but then again I don't ride my foils into rocks - never have!  If you do hit the bottom with your Takuma foil maybe they are not made the same way as Go foils are ....but its not the same price point .
The Full carbon models are not in Europe yet ...Its expensive shipping by air unless you want to pay this and therefore high import duties ?
In my opinion the new Takuma Lol foils are accessible and they can be used in the regular conditions you have gotten used to using your current foils in (whichever brand that is )
However
The Lol foils give you a definite progression in riding potential but are not any more difficult to use , the speed gain on other foils I have ridden is noticeable. I'm a convert regardless of the pointy bits on the wings !
Armstrong, Signature and Go foil to an extent are brand market leaders ...but this foil is a market leader ...No it's a 'Game changer' !

Takuma Wing Ride - Wing Surfing Tips

UPDATE - Wing surfing

So having had a very busy August period, welcomed by 2nd child into the world, been on the water teaching and in the shop 6 days out of 7 , I cant say I've had a lot of time with the Takuma Wind Ride wing or the whole wingsurfing phenomenon.

During the short sessions I have had, I have not ended in the smooth foiling experience I anticipated would occur !

Here are my tips to make you own wing foiling sessions as successful as possible !

ROLL ON WINDY SEPTEMBER!

  1. Use appropriate board - don't get steered into getting a tiny board especially if it's your first time 'winging or foiling'. Board volume 20+litres above your weight in Kg.
  2. Use / purchase the biggest front foil wing for greater lift at slower speed- additional smaller wings can be purchased later.
  3. Avoid gusty conditions.
  4. Don't get 'suckered in' too much on wing size a 4m will do the job if you have thought about point 1 & 2 comprehensively and you are under 85kg, over 90kg go 5 metre.
  5. Try a session  with the wing on an ordinary SUP first.
  6. Know your chosen spot !
  7. Fly the WING ...like a wing , not like a windsurf sail
  8. Top/forward arm straight - back hand use as a pump ...Technique.

If you need any advise on foils or wings please get in touch !

 


Go Foil Glide series - GL

The Go foil GLIDE or GL series is a new design with a narrower and faster profile.

This is better for foilers who are looking to go faster in downwind or in small waves, or flat water pump onto bumps and lumps.The High aspect wide width nature of these wings means the wings pump easier through the water column as the chord of the foils wing is thinner - however they are a little harder to get up on foil so the GL wings are probably not for beginners. Most of our customers today are super happy with the actual main Go foil range KAI/IWA/M200/M280.

  • The GL series comes in Three main sizes 180 / 210 / 240
  • Pedestal
  • Rear stabilizer - Narrow or wide

The new wings can be retro fitted to V1 GF masts with a little sanding and making good - Videos of this can be found on Gofoil - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6BWBE9pFrc

If you would like to pre order the GL complete or Wings only please email us  [email protected] 

Pricing is as follows GO TO PURCHASE  https://standuppaddleboarding.co.uk/hydrofoils/hydrofoil-surf-foils/go-foil-hydrofoil-surf-foils

GL 180 wing only £809

GL 210  wing only £869

GL 240  wing only £899

Pedestal  £119

Narrow or wide tail stab £179

 



Wing surfing

Whatever you choose to call it ...this new version of windsurfing or kitesurfing is set to explode onto the watersports scene.

In simple terms these are hand held wings capable of pulling you on your chosen craft be it a surfboard, SUP or foilboard in the wind.

Inflated via a hand pump these wings of varying sizes (between 2-5m2) depending on which brand you choose, enable the rider to accessibly utililise their existing craft and gain easy entry into the world of windsports. see below a rider using a Stand up paddle board and a inflated 'wind wing'

SIMPLE, SAFE, FUNCTIONAl & FUN

The utilization of a foil board which is a board be it a STAND UP PADDLE board or surfboard with a Hydrofoil attached to the underside allows the rider to use the wind with less resistance on the waters surface as the hydrofoil is far more efficient.

How does it all work ?

The hydrofoil essentially is a aeroplane attached to the bottom of a board allows the board to lift from the waters surface once a certain level of speed has been achieved. Think of a heavy aeroplane as it speeds down the runway buliding momentum before its wings create lift and it leaves the ground. The hydofoil works in the same manor!

 

Why use a wing rather than a sail ?

Freedom of movement and simplicity mean that once you have inflated the wing you can hold the wing into the wind and start to move. Rigging windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment takes time and bigger areas are needed to aid safe set up and launching. The wing wings allow the rider to simply inflate and off they go.

no rigging !

no lines !

no boom !

no bar !

Is it physically demanding ?

These inflated wind wings support themselves in the wind and are very lightweight. The wing is only attached via a simple wrist leash so they can be easily dropped and picked back up.

Some knowledge is wind sports will help and we recommend getting introduced by your local windsurfing or kiteboarding school.

Sound like fun ...We are ready to help you get into WIND WING surfing having plentiful knowledge and experience running a Kitesurfing and foiling school for many years.

I think in essence we're all wanting to feel the power of the wind in our hands regardless of which wing brand we choose ....so i don't see much difference.
The use with a hydrofoil is the main difference and the area which i feel will bring most reward to those that choose to venture into the dark art.

Get in touch for a demo - [email protected] / 07799062447

or Pre book your WING SURFER with us here WIND WING RIDE .

Other brands available via Naish or Duotone - pricing may differ.

Read a recent interview with Ken Winner designer of the Duotone foil wing


Takuma LOL FOIL

Takuma has a new foil !

Cyril Coste owner of 'Takuma' has has been busy working alongside foil genius Laurent Borgna.

The foil was tested extensively in New Caledonia in all conditions from 'surf' to 'downwind' and is quite unique to the foil market.

The foil is super efficient and has been described by testers as  a 'magic foil ' with an unreal feeling giving long flight and incredible speed in turns.

The fuselage has been re -worked from previous models and features a hexagonal fitment to the wing spigot and tail shims 1 & 1.5mm shims are provided for tuning. Hardware provided is M6 Torx.

Primarily designed for use with their Efoil  Electric Hydrofoil board) allowing a smaller motor to be used . It is super efficient even though it looks unlike any other foil on the market.

Available in Alloy mast and fuselage with carbon wings (pictured below) and a full carbon fused mast and fuselage version Pro foil version.

1300/ 1600 and 1900cm2 wing sizes to suit all conditions.

Short Review  1600 LOL - I've been using this 1600 foil for over 2 months now and its game changing. Why ? Well a few key points

  • When I would normally need a 2000cm front wing - this wing catches the same slow swell with ease!
  • Pumps with so much more speed - so you can catch the bit of swell in front of you and drop in when foiling
  • Does not overfoil easily and holds true when you get those sudden surges of swell energy this foil has your back - it just soaks it up , no more wing breaches and nose rinses!!
  • massive range - I've used this in 1 ft to 4ft plus - the best allround foil.

 

Short Review  1900 LOL - I’ve been using the 1900 wing over the past week in strong-very strong winds in downwind foiling conditions. 

  • It catches steep blown swell well and carves nicely once up on foil.
  • The thing i’m mainly impressed with is:  it’s top speed , I dropped into some meaty wave troughs and it didn’t breach like other larger wings can do. 
  • The 1900 always makes you feel, you’re in control. 
  • Pumps well too when you scanning the horizon for the next bump to run with !

 

 

 

If you are interested please get in touch for ordering [email protected] or 01792 446511

Prices - Alloy / carbon

£1,039 /1300 Foil
£1,169 /1600 Foil
£1,349 /1900 Foil

 

Full Carbon

£1,330 /1300 Foil
£1,449 /1600 Foil
£1,699 /1900 Foil

E- Takuma - almost here !

Eagerly awaited Takuma E foil

We'll soon have our hands on the UK's first Takuma Efoil - here are some details

An e-foil is a board with a hydrofoil and an electric motor, which allows you to fly over the water and experience new gliding sensations. Until now, this market was dominated by a Puerto Rican manufacturer, Lift Foils, and an Australian brand, Flite, with boards sold for around 10,000 euros. A young company from Lille, Takuma, specialising in leisure hydrofoils, has been offering its own e-foil for the general public for a few days, at a more affordable price of 5999 Pounds. "It took us two years of R & D to develop a cheaper and easier to use board," says Cyril Coste, a sliding sports enthusiast who co-founded Takuma with Thomas Bevilacqua and Nicolas Guittard. We have worked a lot on the hydrodynamics of the foil: ours allows to fly with a smaller engine and therefore a less bulky battery. The design of the cooling system - by water or by air - of the battery and the computer which makes it possible, via a remote control, to manage the speed of the machine should be the subject of a patent application.

Mass production

"Another difference compared to our competitors who still make a lot of parts using 3D printers, we invested in moulds to produce mass and therefore cheaper," adds Thomas Bevilacqua. This graduate of Grenoble School of Management, passed by Decathlon, first created a communication agency, Ores, in 2013 with a childhood friend, Nicolas Guittard. This is where the duo met Cyril Coste, in 2014: he had created a company, Lokahi, specialized in stand-up paddles and surfs, became a customer of Ores.

The entire electrical part of Takuma e-foils is made in Taiwan, while the production of the board part is provided in France and Formosa. The targeted customers are the individuals but also the hirers, installed along the beaches or nautical bases.

 

Board size : 6’4 x 30 : 150 Litres

Max weight : Around 95kg be to comfortable

Max speed : about 30km/h

Weight : 28k (battery is 11kg)

Battery - 1.512Kw.

Time charge : 3 hours

Foil type - Takuma LOL foil 1600cm2

Available to pre order for £5999 More information Here