Why the Foildrive Gen 2 Will Revolutionise Surfing and Hydrofoiling


Hydrofoiling and surfing have always stood at the nexus of innovation and tradition, perpetually evolving yet deeply rooted in their core essence. However, a groundbreaking product is set to redefine what we know about both sports: The foil drive Generation 2 "Assist max & Assist slim "

In this piece, we will delve into the remarkable features of this innovative product and explore why it promises to be a game-changer in the realms of surfing and hydrofoiling.


The Dock-Start Dilemma: A Barrier to Entry

One of the most pressing challenges that hydrofoilers face, particularly those using non-powered boards, is the "Dock-Start Dilemma." Traditional hydrofoil boards, despite offering sublime manoeuvrability and carving abilities, require a dock or towing for initial launch. This limitation has often confined hydrofoiling to specific locations and conditions. 

The "Dock-Start Dilemma" refers to the challenge that riders face when using lighter, non-powered hydrofoil pump boards that typically require a dock or similar structure for initial take-off. Unlike heavier, powered foil boards that can start in open water, these lighter boards often need a dock for launching or must be towed into the swell to catch waves and generate lift. This necessity limits the locations where one can hydrofoil, as not all water bodies have docks or are conducive for towing.

The dilemma exists because while lighter hydrofoil boards offer superior manoeuvrability and a more authentic surf experience, their limitations in terms of starting conditions make them less accessible for everyday use. Powered foil boards solve this issue by providing the needed thrust for open-water take-offs but often compromise on the natural surf feel due to their added weight.

Therefore, a powered foil board that offers the agility and surf-like experience of a non-powered board while also allowing for open-water starts addresses the Dock-Start Dilemma, giving riders the best of both worlds. The new Foil Drive Gen 2 ingeniously navigates this dilemma, providing the ease of open-water starts without the need for external aid.

The choices for this new product exist in how much battery you choose to require -  Max or Slim batteries at product launch and then a further 2 batteries in early 2024 .

What board and foil you ride is down to you. You could be picking up a complete setup which weighs less than 10kg !

Weighs of the new Foil Drive Gen2 Batteries are as follows

Foil Drive Gen2 Max Battery weighs - 2.7kg

Foil Drive Gen2 Sport Battery weighs - 1.9kg

Foil Drive Gen2  Endurance  Battery weighs - 1.46kg

Foil Drive Gen2 Performance  Battery weighs -1.07kg

A Perfect Fusion of Power and Finesse

Until now, surfers and hydrofoilers had to make a choice: opt for the natural, surf-like experience of a non-powered board or embrace the convenience of an e-foil's motorised thrust. The powered foildrive unit with its slim Fully IP68 Waterproof batteries removes this trade-off by placing the unit under the riders feet, offering a perfect amalgamation of agility and power. Riders can now "chip" into even the smallest swell, transitioning smoothly to unassisted pumping and carving, all without losing or feeling any additional weight so the authentic surf feel is retained.


Unlocking Uncharted Territories

Traditional hydrofoil boards and even some e-foils have their limitations when it comes to the range of conditions they can handle. However, the new foildrive Assist models with Max or slim give unique capabilities allowing riders to access swells and waves previously deemed unrideable or non-breaking. It's not just a board; it's a passport to uncharted territories and limitless possibilities in wave riding.

The Democratisation of Hydrofoiling

The arrival of this product not only addresses the needs of experienced riders but also lowers the entry barriers for newcomers. Its intuitive design and powered assist make it easier to learn hydrofoiling, thus democratising access to this exhilarating sport.


Sustainability and Long-Term Viability

An added layer to this narrative is the potential for increased sustainability. As technology advances, the efficiency of the motors and battery life in powered foil boards will likely improve, offering a more eco-friendly option to traditional power boats or jet skis used for towing. 

If you already own a jetski and have a tow buddy …great , but what if the conditions are all time and you have the time to go , but your tow partner is busy or away.

This FoilDrive gen 2 positions itself at the forefront of a sustainable future for water sports.




The new Generation2 foil drive assist stands poised to disrupt the status quo, promising to be the catalyst for a new era in surfing and hydrofoiling. 

By addressing long-standing limitations and seamlessly merging the advantages of both powered and non-powered boards, it offers an unparalleled riding experience. For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, this isn't just a step forward; it's a quantum leap. Prepare to redefine your boundaries and expand your horizons, for the future of surfing and hydrofoiling has arrived.






words by Matt barker smith

Axis spitfire

Imagine a dedicated surf foiling wing, tailored specifically for those passionate about surfing and looking to take their wave riding to the next level. If you're like us, you've spent countless hours envisioning a wing that effortlessly navigates turns, instills confidence as you drop in, and offers a smooth and predictable lift onto the foil. Not only should it handle breaches with ease, but it should encourage and enhance your wave-riding experience. Each wave presents a unique challenge - sometimes requiring a burst of speed, while other times demanding a slow and controlled approach to stay on the foil. What if there was a wing that allowed you to forget about technicalities and focus solely on the sheer joy of riding? Well, the wait is finally over. Allow us to introduce the AXIS Spitfire.

This remarkable wing stands out with its distinctive elliptical outline, straight median line, and a noticeable absence of aggressive turndown through the tips. Its moderate chord lengths smoothly taper from the center to the tips, facilitating precise and predictable turning maneuvers. Furthermore, the reduced foil thickness enhances its top-end performance, perfectly complementing the increased chord lengths that provide effortless low-end lift.

It's worth noting that many of these exceptional qualities are shared by the renowned ARTPRO Range of wings. In fact, the knowledge gained during the development of that line greatly influenced the creation of the Spitfire, making it a truly remarkable product.

Throughout the rigorous development process, the Axis Spitfire has been put to the test. The smaller sizes offer explosive speed and exhilarating turning capabilities, while the larger sizes are perfect for smaller wave spots and accommodate larger riders. The versatility of the Spitfire front wings allows for seamless transitions between various disciplines, including prone foiling, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), winging, wake foiling, downwind foiling, lake pumping, and kite foiling.

In essence, the AXIS Spitfire is designed to do it all. It's the ultimate companion for any water enthusiast seeking an unforgettable foiling experience, whether it's riding waves or exploring calm waters. So why wait? Get your hands on the AXIS Spitfire and unlock a new realm of foiling possibilities.


Get one today - BUY AXIS SPITFIRE 

Downwinding with Foil drive



Foil drive downwinding in the UK 

Little run from our Shop rider Kevin Riley who is based on the south coast near Bognor regis

On this day Kevin used the  F -ONE 1290 eagle 

How old are you and how fit would you say you are ? 48 years old Fairly fit but not a gym person fit

Conditions : Easterly about 15ish knots - Small swell about knee high

Location So this run was from Elmer beach to Bognor yacht club.

Finished this with 55% battery left, More throttle and pumping than normal but still loads of fun.

I was Feeling good after So I had another 45mins outside the club with my other 2 batteries

Have you done any shorter distances for DW ..or did you just send it ?

I’ve done plenty of blasts upwind 200m or so and just rode the swell back.

Equipment used 

Board setup is a 4.6 f-one 33 litre

1290 eagle xxs fues and 210dw - 1290 glides amazing but turns so well for that size foil. 


If you are interested in Foildrive in the UK please get in touch with us .

We are based in Swansea south wales and have Demo foil drives and great foil downwinding locations a stones throw from the shop .

Takuma Foil Assist


This week Takuma announced a new product...Takuma Foil Assist 

An interesting concept from Takuma who have really pushed hard into the Battery operated foiling arena with their Cruising and Carving

e foil boards and Recently the Takuma Etow .

Pitching the product against many e-foil and assist foil brands - we can only leave you with these pictures , it seems like a battery integrated into the fuselage with jet propulsion as the form of assist whereas others in this space favour propellors.


One thing to note is this concept favours Using Takuma own front foils. 

Until we get more detail about this new product we'll wait with excitement !



Axis DW foil boards


The AXIS Downwind boards are high-performance boards designed for experienced downwind paddlers. These boards are inspired by Hawaiian-style downwind boards and feature a sleek, narrow design with proven rocker lines. The prominent chines on the boards allow the tail to sink easily and work in combination with the straight, elongated outline to keep the board tracking in a straight line. This unique design makes paddling up onto foil far easier, even in choppy waters.

The AXIS Downwind carbon foilboards are specifically designed for dedicated downwind enthusiasts, making it perfect for overcoming the biggest challenge of downwinding: getting up on the foil. The long, skinny design of these boards provides a distinct advantage. If you ever touch down, getting back up is a breeze thanks to the reduced drag resistance of the narrow outline. Additionally, the takeoff is unparalleled due to the unique shape and rocker design.

Constructed with EPS core, full carbon, and a tough PVC sandwich layer on the EVA deck area only, these boards are built to be incredibly light, ensuring optimized performance. The AXIS Downwind carbon foilboards are the ultimate dedicated DW boards for AXIS in 2023, providing a smooth and thrilling ride for downwind enthusiasts.

Limited Availability here https://hydrofoilstore.co.uk/Boards/Downwind-Boards

Takuma Kujira 2

More info to come

Come a demo the 1100 / 1250 / 1400 Kujira 2 in south Wales


Foiling the froth T shirts

Check out our new T-shirts now available through our store https://hydrofoilstore.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=111_138

So whether your looking for a gift for a hydrofoil addict of fancy some new threads we have you covered.

Pump Foiling FAQ

Pump Foiling Frequent Asked Questions

what is the best pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup for a 80kg person

There are many different pump foiling boards and hydrofoil setups available on the market, so it's difficult to say which one is the best without knowing more about your specific needs and preferences. In general, when choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup, you should consider factors such as your skill level, weight, and intended use. A good starting point would be to research different options and read reviews from other users who have similar characteristics to you. It's also a good idea to talk to a knowledgeable salesperson at a reputable watersports shop who can help you choose a setup that is well-suited to your needs.

What is the cheapest option 

When it comes to choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup, it's generally not a good idea to focus solely on price. Instead, you should focus on finding a setup that is well-suited to your needs and preferences, and that will provide you with a good experience on the water. While it's true that some pump foiling boards and hydrofoil setups can be quite expensive, there are also many options available at more affordable prices. It's a good idea to do some research and compare different options to find the one that is the best fit for you. Additionally, keep in mind that buying a cheaper setup now may not be the most cost-effective option in the long run, as lower-quality equipment may need to be replaced more frequently.

I want to foil for as long as possible

If you want to foil for as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to maximize your time on the water. First, make sure you choose a high-quality pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup that is well-suited to your weight, skill level, and intended use. This will help you get the most out of your equipment and ensure that you have a good experience on the water. Second, practice regularly to improve your skills and learn how to maximize your time on the foil. This will help you become more efficient and confident in the water, allowing you to foil for longer periods of time. Finally, take care of your equipment by storing it properly and performing regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. This will help ensure that your setup remains in good working order and allows you to foil for as long as possible.

whats more important the board or the foil

When it comes to pump foiling, both the board and the foil are important. The board provides the platform from which you will pump and ride, while the foil is what lifts you out of the water and allows you to glide across the surface. The board and the foil work together to provide the pumping and foiling experience, so it's important to choose both components carefully.

How many hours will it take for me to be proficient at pump foiling

The amount of time it takes to become proficient at pump foiling will vary depending on factors such as your prior experience with watersports, your natural ability, and the amount of time you are able to devote to practice. In general, however, it can take several hours of practice to become proficient at pump foiling. Some people may be able to pick up the basics relatively quickly, while others may need more time to develop the necessary skills and confidence. On average be prepared for 15-30 hours to become proficient.

It's important to approach pump foiling with patience and persistence, and to practice regularly in order to improve your skills and become proficient.

are there any other things i should consider?

In addition to the factors mentioned above, there are a few other things you should consider when choosing a pump foiling board and hydrofoil setup. These include the type of conditions you will be foiling in (such as choppy or calm water), your budget, and the type of riding you are interested in (such as freeride or racing). It's also a good idea to consider the brand and reputation of the equipment you are considering, as well as any warranties or return policies that may be available. Finally, if you are a beginner, you may want to consider purchasing a - click below 

complete pump foiling package

that includes everything you need to get started, rather than buying each component separately.

Reach out to us ...for more help advice - sales-Clinics-Hire 


Takuma Kujira 1440 Foil

The Takuma 1440 foil is one of the best downwind foils for all abilities due to its versatile design and high-performance capabilities. This foil is designed to be stable and easy to ride, making it a great option for beginners and intermediate riders.

Not only suitable for downwind the Takuma 1440 is simply epic in the surf for prone foiling

Front Wing   Surface: 1440 cm²

Wingspan: 108,5cm

Chord: 17cm 

Aspect Ratio: 8,2

One of the standout features of the Takuma 1440 foil is its large wing size 108.5cm, which provides a high level of lift and stability. This makes it easy to ride in choppy waters and allows riders to glide effortlessly over the waves. The wing also has a concave design from tip to tip with small downturned wingtips , which helps to reduce drag and improve overall performance.

In addition to its stability, the Takuma 1440 foil also offers impressive speed and agility. The foil's design allows it to cut through the water with ease, allowing riders to reach high speeds and make sharp turns even in conditions where you might think the foil would over-foil and breach. This makes it an ideal option for riders looking to compete in downwind races or for those who simply want to have a fun and exhilarating ride in a wide variety of conditions.

The Takuma 1440 foil is also built to last, with high-quality materials and a durable construction. The foil's carbon fiber construction is strong and lightweight, making it easy to maneuver and control.Mast choices can be the 75 or 85cm alloy or the T bar 70cm ...the new High modulus carbon 75 and 85cm masts will however bring out more performance.

Tail stabilisers can vary - we feel the 178cm Kujira tail gives the foil really good top end speed and ability to pump well . the 220 Kujira stab opens up its low end range better for pumping but is'nt as good as good top speed . The 30mm holes spacing in the fuselage make use with (Uni, Takuma, Foilparts, SPG, Go Foil pedestal , Cabrinha, F-one or Reedin) to customise your feeling .

We highly recommend the KD maui tail stabs 

The foil also comes with a padded carrying case, which makes it easy to transport and store.


Overall, the Takuma 1440 foil is an excellent option for riders of all abilities who are looking for a high-performance downwind foil. Its stable design, impressive speed, and durability make it one of the best options on the market.

BUY your Takuma 1440 here 


The 'Dockstar' Foil Pump ladder

So you've found this page either by accident or you've be intrigued by watching someone throw themselves onto a small board above the surface of the water, off a ladder and onto a floating surfboard !

The rider is propelled forward by the lifting force of a hydrofoil, the ladder is just the means used to gain speed and height above the water, and some more advanced at this task will use a pontoon , a rock or even a log.

Enter British ladder expert company - CHASE LADDERS who after some prompting decided to take a design brief and design a ladder platform to help those crazy enough to want to jump off a ladder onto a  'bladed' floating surfboard.

It's an addictive pastime, making you want to win the game even though you don't see the finish for weeks.

We reckon on your own, you need to give foil pumping 15-30 hours of your time before you start to gain momentum and start achieving longer runs by part pumping - part hovering above the surface of the water for up to a minute .

The record is over an hour , and a US advocate of the sport Wake Thief aka Devon offers a free hat to those who achieve over a minute !

Why ?

Why indeed , Hydro foiling is the newest water sport on the scene and has many guises. The simplest is body, board and hydrofoil using rhythm and speed in the athlete to achieve flight until the imminent splash. Learning to pump foil is best suited to those who may have friends to help the process seem enjoyable, as after spending over a thousand pounds on the kit the hard earned rewards are made more euphoric when shared with a wingman.

Foil surf UK offers a 60 minute introduction to the Dockstar ladder , the board , the foil and the technique in Swansea , south wales .

You may leave with a ladder which doubles as an epic painting platform or the exhilaration of learning to skim the waves like a bird

For Details - email [email protected]