Takuma 2021 Board Lineup

 

 

All words Copyright - Cor Watersports Ltd 2020

So another year of progression and great to see Takuma really pushing the boundaries now with their KUJIRA foil designs and now the board lineup for 2021.
Cyril and Laurent have certainly been busy !

The 2021 Takuma or TK line is quite comprehensive , combining prone/wing and SUP foilboards together in a range of boards designed to aid in increased balance and synergy between the foil and rider.

A lower recessed  standing area the Takuma 'G' Deck: the Gravity deck gives the rider a better connection to the foil allowing greater glide and comfort in flight with more control and balance through manoeuvres. This design has meant riders depending on their chosen foil discipline can choose to ride boards with lower volume - hence the range which steps up in 10 litre increments per board size . The range has changed from previous foil boards from Takuma in that there is more rocker and nose volume. These concepts will work great with any brand of Hydrofoil mounted to the boards , but will work even better with the LOL and KUJIRA line of foils.

This is mainy as these characteristics (increased volume in the nose section/ rocker) work very well with the front footed "surfy feeling" of the foils offered by Takuma. 

The 2021 Takuma range reveals a revolutionary design in board shapes that are without
comparison in the market. Our team has been working to improve all facets of
your riding experience from ease of take-off to reactivity, stability, control and
comfort in flight.
The balanced distribution of volume makes an astonishing difference in this
new range giving much more stability on the board.
You’ll be able to reduce volume and size significantly compared to your what
you’re used to riding.
We’ve made boards that can be used for all types of foiling depending on your
level, your weight/size and of course the conditions.

 

The Key features for the Takuma 2021 board range :
· Additional volume in the nose assists paddling and allows faster take-offs
· Double concave bottom: Shaped through the entire length of the board giving extremely
dynamic water flow allowing for faster take-offs, minimizing drag on touchdowns and
assisting rebound on water contact.
· Takuma G-Deck: Our Gravity Deck is an evolution in board deck contour.
· The front foot position being (1 cm) lower than the back foot gives the rider better
connection to the foil allowing greater glide and more control through manoeuvres
· Break 90 degrees.
How to choose your Takuma board ? :

TK Carbon 40 : 4'4"x 19 5/16 x 4 1/16 40 L RED 

TK Carbon 45 : 4'6"x 20 1/4 x 4 1/4 45 L RED

These boards excels in surf, wing, and wake foiling.
The new volumes’ distribution on the board promotes much faster take-off and
enhance stability. Even underwater you will find a better balance.
The specificity of the double concave creates a channel that increase the water
flow and give a better take-off.
The curved deck lowered at front to lower your front foot (comfort in riding) ,
curved in all the way to the back, creates an integrated natural kick for your
back foot. This fitment insures to lower your front foot for control, acceleration
and balance. The front part of this curved deck also allows to positioned your
chest and to push as you paddle in the waves.

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TK Carbon 55 : 4'10"x 22 5/16 x 4 3/4 55 L RED

This board is designed for riders who need a versatile all round model.
· For riders under 65 kg it is the perfect board for Wing foiling.
· Riders over 85 kg will find this board is perfectly adapted for prone.
· If you’re an expert rider you’ll find this board ideal for Wing Foiling no
matter what your size.

TK Carbon 65 : 5'2"x 23 1/2 x 4 15/16 65 L RED

65/75/85/95/110/125/140L These boards are designed for riders who want to excel in winging, SUP foiling
and downwinding. The new revolutionary shape and construction is designed
to fit all levels from beginners to the most advanced riders.
Choose your board depending on your level, weight and expectations.

TK Carbon 75 : 5'4"x 24 5/16 x 5 1/4 75 L RED

TK Carbon 85 : 5'6"x 25 3/8 x 5 1/2 85 L RED - WEIGHT 5.5KG

TK Carbon 95 : 5'8"x 25 7/8 x 5 13/16 95 L RED

TK Carbon 110 : 6'0"x 27 5/16 x 6 110 L RED

TK Carbon 125 : 6'2"x 28 1/2 x 6 5/16 125 L RED

TK Carbon 140 : 6'4"x 30 x 6 7/16 140 L RED

 

The Fibreglass range comprises of the below 

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TK Classic 40 : 4'4"x 19 5/16 x 4 1/16 40 L - fading colour

TK Classic 45 : 4'6"x 20 1/4 x 4 1/4 45 L - fading colour

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TK Classic 85 : 5'6"x 25 3/8 x 5 1/2 85 L creme colour

TK Classic 110 : 6'0"x 27 5/16 x 6 110 L  creme colour

TK Classic 125 : 6'2"x 28 1/2 x 6 5/16 125 L creme colour

Pictures of the 85 Litre


GoFoil HA foil review comparison

GoFoil HA foil review/comparison

GL240, GL180, P180, NL220, NL160

GO FOIL GL 240:

 Very good lift for a HA wing (even at low speed), and the lift/pitch is easy to

control. It doesn’t ‘overlift’ like LA foils do.

 Very low stall speed.

 On the slow side but its speed is reasonable for its size – it’s definitely faster than

comparative sized LA foils. It does not feel like it will ‘trip up’ when at speed like

LA foils do.

 Awesome glide.

 VERY stable ride with a cruisy feel. Forgiving of mistakes.

 Turns well for its size, and can turn much tighter when used with a smaller tail.

 Really easy to pump – definitely the easiest HA wing from GoFoil to dock start.

 USES: perfect for light wind winging, downwinding, pumping to link small waves

and swell.

 

 

GO FOIL GL 180

 Perfect amount of lift for this size foil. Really easy to control the lift/pitch.

 Needs to be going faster than the GL240 to prevent from stalling, but not by

much.

 Really good speed – fast enough to provide an exhilarating ride, but not so fast

that it’s hectic.

 Awesome glide.

 Very stable at speed and during turns.

 Turns amazingly well – really easy to control. This improves even more when

using smaller tails.

 Pumps really well when you have a bit of speed - feels quite bouncy when

pumping.

 USES: Does everything well, in a wide range of conditions! A really versatile foil.

GO FOIL P 180

 Perfect amount of lift for this size foil. Really easy to control the lift/pitch.

 Needs to be going a reasonable speed to prevent from stalling, about the same

as the GL180.

 Really good speed – slightly faster top speed compared to the GL180.

 The glide is unreal. It has a lovely floaty feel to it. Even the smallest of waves will

keep it flying.

 Occasionally can get a bit of wingtip wobble if your balance isn’t precise enough.

 Turns are wider compared to the other GL’s, but it does carve very smoothly and

has very good grip during turns. With the right tail you can loosen it up and it will

turn quicker/tighter.

 

 As long as you keep your speed this foil is a pump machine. It still takes muscle

power & stamina, but it’s so efficient that you go so much further for the same

effort.

 USES: The P180 is an amazing foil when using it for its intended purpose

(pumping to link multiple small waves/swell and downwinding) but I didn’t like it at

all for winging as it tends to cavitate/wobble when it picks up speed.

 

GO FOIL  NL 220 & 160

 A bit less initial lift than the GL’s - they need to be going a bit faster than the GL’s

to get up on foil.

 Need to be going reasonably fast to prevent from stalling, but it’s easy to keep

them going fast as their glide is so good.

 The NL’s are all about speed - they like it, and because their glide is so good it’s

easy to keep their speed up. They are VERY fast and super stable at speed.

They don’t feel like they have top speed. They have so little drag it feels like

there’s nothing cutting through the water. 

 Their glide is second to none - seriously, they just keep going!!!!! 

 They turn amazingly well – it feels like you can push them as much as you like.

 As long as you have enough speed they pump really well and they maintain that

speed while you pump them. You can keep them pumping as long as your legs

hold out.

 All the sizes in the NL range have a very similar feel - the smaller they are the

faster and more maneuverable they are.

 They have a very different feel compared to the GL’s – I find that they are a bit

more pitch sensitive than the GL’s, and they need slightly more back foot

pressure than the GL’s when turning.

 A longer mast is advisable, especially if it’s choppy, as they go so fast it’s hard to

make pitch adjustments quickly enough to prevent breeching with a mast below

85cm, and wipeouts at that speed aren’t gentle!

 The NL’s give a full-on ride. 100% exhilaration! Don’t expect a chilled session ;-)

 USES: The ultimate winging and downwinding foil range. Awesome in the surf as

well, but a very different style to most ‘surf’ foils.

 

Words by Dominic Hoskyns 


Go Foil Tail stabilisers

Tails, tail stabs, stabilisers, tail wings, rear wing... Hydro Foiling has a language of it's own, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Most people know that both front and rear wings (or foils) fit onto the fuselage, and the rear wing is known by most as a tail wing or rear stabiliser.
So what do tail wings do? They counter the lifting force of the front wing in order to stabilise your flight. They also influence the speed and riding characteristics of your front wing. Changing your tail wing can dramatically change the performance, and to a degree, can alter the characteristics of a front wing. The easiest way of doing this is to change the size of your existing tail. Generally speaking using a smaller tail will increase your speed and allow you to turn more easily, but the payback is that it reduces your stability. Conversely, using a bigger tail will do the opposite.
HOWEVER, the design of your tail is every bit as important as it's size, perhaps even more so. There are many tail designs available: flat, curved down, curved up, swept back, winglets (up & down), deep chord, narrow chord, high aspect, low aspect, anhedral, dihedral, etc etc.
Thankfully GoFoil have done all the R&D to narrow this rather confusing array down to 2 designs that they feel suit their front wings best. A flat tail (18" either wide or narrow chord) and a design that has upturned winglets - what they call the flip-tip tail (17.5", 14.5" & 12.5"). Essentially, the flat tail is slightly faster, has great lift, and although it turns very well, it can have a skatey feel as there it provides less yaw control - whether this is good or bad depends entirely on the rider. The flip tip tail is still plenty fast and also has good lift, but is much more stable - both directionally and when turning. To me the flip tip feels much more grippy when carving (similar to the feeling when using the rails of a surfboard to turn), but I also love the feeling of efficiency and speed you get with the flat tail. Obviously the size of your tail matters.
Bigger tails give more lift, but produce more drag due to the increase in surface area cutting through the water. Most people would be best advised to match the size of your tail wing to the size of your front wing - big goes with big, small goes with small, BUT, here's where anyone can buck the trend. As you get more experienced a lot of people are finding that they prefer a smaller tail - it certainly loosens up a front foil and improves its turning capability, but the trade-off of course is a lack of stability. The good news here is that once you learn to deal with this (and anyone can given enough practice) it's not such an issue. If you are after speed, design is more important than size - a wide, thin, flat tail (high aspect) is best for speed.
My go-to tail wing is the 14.5" flip tip - it does everything well and is super predictable which means I can relax and enjoy my time on the water. If I want more speed I'll use a flat tail (I cut my 18W down to 14.5" and love it) and am thinking about getting the 12.5" flip-tip just to see what that brings to my game.

Essentially tail size and design is down to the individual, AND the conditions you are foiling in. Mix and match - chop and change - there's a world of possibilities out there 😉

A quick note regarding the fuselage:
In order to change the length of your fuselage most companies require you to change the whole fuselage, but GoFoil have their own (very effective) way of doing this by using what they call a 'pedestal', which slots onto the end of the fuselage. The tail wing screws directly onto the pedestal. At the moment GoFoil have 2 pedestals, a long (9.5") and a short (6.5") version, which allow you to lengthen and shorten your fuselage very quickly and easily. Generally speaking a long pedestal is best for use with a wind wing as they are much more pitch stable when at speed, and a short fuselage is best for surfing as they turn much better, are more reactive to rider input, and require a faster pump frequency which helps when pumping back out to connect multiple waves.
Words by Dominic Hoskyns - resides in Oman
Check out our selection of Go foil Hydrofoils here

TAKUMA LOL USER GUIDE

Takuma LOL Hydrofoil - user guide - Get the best performance by following these instructions

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Wing foiling

Big thanks to foiling magazine for the free beginners guide for wing foiling 

 

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WIND WING REVIEWS

 WIND WING REVIEWS

Words by Dominic Hoskyns

DIMENSIONS:

Gong Wing Plus 7m Width: 4m approx Depth: 2.3m approx
Duotone Echo 7m Width: 4.1m Depth: 2.2m
Duotone Unit 5m Width: 3.5m Depth 2.03m
Naish s25 5.3m Width: 3.1m Depth: 1.97m
Takuma Wing Ride v1 4m Width: 2.9m Depth: 1.71m

Gong Wing Plus 7m:
The measurements of the Gong are approximate because the leading edge exploded which
meant I couldn’t measure it inflated like the other wings.
Fairly flat profile – only a very slight dihedral shape to the leading edge.
PRO’S:
 Quality materials but a question mark over build quality compared to other brands.
 Windows.
 Good quality handles - medium sized, oval shaped, webbing covered and fairly stiff.
 3 handles on the leading edge makes it easier to turn over on the water.
 Easy to handle, well balanced, smooth power delivery, good power range, especially it’s
low end.
CON’S:
 Windows present but visibility is impaired due to split window panels on each side and
the large diameter centre strut.
 Thick window material prone to creasing & damage when folded (esp. in cold climates).
 The wing feels heavy even in flight – drops during transitions and needs to be
consciously held up or risk wingtips touching the water.
 Does not move as easily into position through transitions as the Duotone wings.
Duotone Echo 7m:
The Echo has a VERY pronounced dihedral shape. Very wide diameter leading edge. Boom in
place of an inflatable centre strut.
PRO’S:
 Excellent build quality. Quality materials and construction.
 Padded section under the leading edge handle – prevents knuckles from being scuffed
when luffing the wing.
 The boom is comfortable and allows for infinite hand positions – makes transitions
super easy, even without looking.
 Easy to fly one handed due to the boom.
 Moves through transitions really smoothly – moves into position effortlessly.
 Pumping is very effective due to the boom, and no centre strut means no scraped
knuckles.
 Very easy to handle in all conditions, very smooth power delivery (absorbs gusts really
well), goes upwind really well, excellent power range, both high and low end.
 Windows give excellent visibility due to there being no inflatable centre strut to get in
the way.
 When holding the front handle to luff the wing, the 7m is very stable.
 Dump valve makes deflating really fast.
CON’S:
 No Kevlar reinforcements on the wingtips.
 Large wingspan (4.1m) might be a problem for those under a certain height.
 Wingtips touch-downs are difficult to recover from.
 Awkward to turn over when on the water – but hey, it’s a big wing!
 Some flapping of the trailing edge of the canopy when in flight.
Duotone Unit 5m:
The Unit has a medium dihedral shape – more than the Naish s25 but not as much as the
Duotone Echo. Fairly wide diameter leading edge. The centre strut is curved.
PRO’S:
 Excellent build quality. Quality materials and construction.
 Very light and very well balanced. Super stable when luffing/holding by the leading edge
handle.
 Padded section under the leading edge handle – prevents knuckles from being scuffed
when luffing the wing.
 Excellent handles – x4 large sized, round, made of a high density foam material (not
covered with webbing) that gives great grip and has excellent comfort – my favourite
handles!
 The handles are VERY well positioned and allow perfectly balanced flight. They feel very
intuitive for taking hold of the new handle in transitions. I never once thought it needed
more handles.
 Moves through transitions really smoothly – moves into position effortlessly.
 Pumps well, very easy to handle in all conditions, very smooth power delivery (absorbs
gusts really well), goes upwind really well, excellent power range - a decent amount of
‘grunt’ (low end) but also handles high power well. No flapping of the canopy
whatsoever when flying.
CON’S:
 No Kevlar reinforcements on the wingtips.
 Windows are fairly small and due to centre strut the visibility wasn’t great, but certainly
better than nothing.
 Because of the curve of the centre strut there is restricted space under the first handle.
 Holding the wing with one hand (by the 2 nd handle) is not easy to control.
 The wider wingspan was more noticeable than the Naish, but despite this, wingtip
touch-downs were not an issue.
Naish s25 5.3m:
The outline shape is a continual curve from wingtip to wingtip, so much so that the wingtips are
not the widest part of the wing. Fairly flat profile – very slight dihedral curve to the leading
edge.
PRO’S:
 Excellent build quality. Quality materials and construction. Excellent compromise of
Kevlar reinforcements vs weight.
 3 handles on the leading edge – makes turning over very easy.
 Large windows give reasonable visibility (but are partly blocked by the centre strut).
 Feels super light when flying.
 The wingtips NEVER felt like they were in danger of touching the water when in flight.
 Can generate decent power through pumping the wing.
 Good upwind flight and good power range. Excellent apparent wind – generates extra
speed when flying.
CON’S:
 Handles are really small (esp. awkward for large hands), flat and the webbing becomes
loose. They are NOT rigid enough to prevent your knuckles from rubbing against the
centre strut when pumping.
 Not the best low end power, although this could be made up for when starting with
vigorous pumping.
 Skittish – moves around a lot during gusts, therefore did not feel as stable as the
Duotone Unit.
 Moves easily into position through transitions, but having lots of small handles meant
that during transitions it was difficult to grab the new handle cleanly without looking.
 I did not feel comfortable flying the Naish with one hand at all.
 Reasonably stable when luffed (holding the handle on the leading edge), but not as
stable as the Duotone Unit.
 Window material prone to creasing & damage when folded (esp. in cold climates).
Takuma Wing Ride 4m (v1):
Takuma are on v3 of their Wing Ride now, so I realise this wing is quite old now, but I included it
as a comparison for the others.
Similar outline shape to the Naish 5.3m – more or less a continual curve from wingtip to
wingtip. Fairly flat profile – minimal dihedral shape. The leading edge does not taper down at
the wingtips as much as the other brands.
PRO’S:
 Quality materials and construction. Very sturdily built, lots of Kevlar reinforcements.
 Good quality handles - medium sized, oval shaped, webbing covered and fairly stiff.
 Easy to handle, smooth power delivery, reasonable power range - very good high end.
 Large windows give reasonable visibility.
CON’S:
 Window material prone to creasing & damage when folded (esp. in cold climates).
 Heavy for its size.
 Not as much power as newer models, especially in it’s low end.
 Does not move as easily into position through transitions as the Duotone wings.

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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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