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.


Foil Downwinding

Which style of foil is best for downwinding?

(Ramblings from a self-confessed foil frother)

 

Downwinding is one of the most exhilarating disciplines within foiling - if you’re already doing it successfully you are undoubtedly nodding your head in agreement, if you are in the process of learning or about to learn, imagine being able to ride the ocean swell like an endless series waves, but I’m sure by now you’ve already watched a number of videos of foilers downwinding and have a good idea of what it’s all about.

Foiling has progressed to the point where downwinding can be done with a wind-wing or without, and when done without you also have the choice of doing it on a prone or a SUP foil board. Whatever your preferred method of downwinding it helps to have the best equipment to use, and the most important part of that equipment is the foil, as that’s the part that has by far the biggest impact on each downwind ride. Ok, the board is essential for getting you up onto the foil, but it’s the foil that you are almost entirely reliant on for the duration you are flying.

Having extensively used pretty much every foil that GoFoil has ever produced (and a few others from various different brands) has given me the opportunity to compare various different foil designs for downwind performance. This has led me to the following conclusion - speed is king!!!!! However that’s going straight to the end of the story, so let's start at the beginning:

Yes, you can downwind with a low aspect foil - I started off my downwinding journey in very light wind conditions with the Maliko 280 (and 200) and a 7m wind wing, and I have to say it was a great platform to learn with - slow and forgiving, super stable, but most important of all it taught me how to read the ocean swell - learning how to stay in the power zone of the swell, knowing which direction to turn in order to keep on the swell, and knowing when to pump the foil to generate speed and when to bring the wind wing back into play. I then progressed to the GL range, using the GL240 in light wind conditions and the GL180 when the wind and swell picked up to a decent level. The GL’s are faster and much more maneuverable than the Maliko’s, and have MUCH better glide - a game changer for downwinding! The GL240 not only allowed me to downwind in conditions as light as the Maliko 280, but it allowed me to have so much more fun - for a big wing the GL240 can be thrown around so much more than the Maliko’s. When conditions were 15 knots and over the GL180 just blew me away. With its extra speed and glide, for the first time I could move forward to the next swell using it’s glide alone, or by pumping the foil while luffing the wing. I could also turn on the swell like surfing a wave, well almost! Then came the NL’s - the 190 is arguably the most versatile, but I went for the 220 and the 160 to extend the range of conditions I could foil in. It’s true that the NL’s have less initial lift than the GL’s, but only slightly, and that’s all part of their riding style - it’s all about speed, and with that speed comes insane levels of glide! When I first started using the NL’s I thought they were harder work than the GL’s. They have a much higher stall speed than the GL’s, and if you don’t keep their speed up they require lots of effort to keep them going, BUT, once you dial into the slightly different technique they need to get the best out of them, you can see why GoFoil chose to call them ‘Next Level’. Focus on keeping their speed going and you’ll unlock their potential - they don’t become effortless, no foil does, but they do allow you to glide faster and for longer than any other foil I’ve ever ridden, and for downwinding this is the key.

Whether I’m downwinding with a wind wing or on a prone board (having been towed up onto the foil behind a boat) the NL’s allow me to move from one bump to the next so much easier than any other foil, as well as allowing me to carve around to link different bumps. In tests I’ve done (all in 12-15 knots) using the GL240, GL180, P180, NL220, the Axis 1150 and the Lift 250, (all foils with great glide), the NL220 was the best by a mile. [When the wind picks up the NL160 is just insane, for the same reasons, but that wasn’t part of this test so no more on that for now.] In my opinion this is because of the superior glide and speed you get from the NL’s. When downwinding it’s so easy to keep their speed up with minimal pumping, it’s like they don’t want to slow down. Despite requiring more effort to pump in other disciplines (flat water pumping, wake foiling transitions, and when pumping to connect multiple waves), I found the NL’s are actually much easier to pump than ALL those other foils when downwinding. The other foils slow down too easily and seem to be affected by the inconsistent nature of the swell forming and reforming, but the NL’s are affected by this much less and as such they keep on gliding. My theory on why the NL’s do this so well is because when downwinding the foil is constantly given lots of little pushes as you connect from swell to swell, thus maintaining the speed that the NL’s need to keep within their optimum range of speed, whereas the other foils require a more consistent power delivery to keep going.

So there you have it, when it comes to downwind performance, speed is king. And glide. Ok, the perfect blend of the two, but you get my point - speed helps to keep you gliding to the next bump...and the next...and the next…

The video clip is me downwinding with the NL220 in 12 knots and very small swell - hopefully it demonstrates what I’ve been trying to explain:


 

I’d like to thank Matt Barker-Smith of ‘Foil Surfing UK’ for his support in sending endless quantities of foil equipment to me to test where I live in Oman - dealing with all the paperwork needed to ship the kit here took the patience of a saint - Thanks Matt. I can strongly recommend anyone checking out his website for a huge amount of foil related information and a big selection of equipment: https://foilsurfing.co.uk/


GoFoil L vs GL vs NL foils

GoFoil L vs GL vs NL foils
 
The easiest way to look at the 3 main foil series from GoFoil are that :
the 'L' series is the beginner range,
the GL's are the intermediate range and the NL's are the expert range, and for the most basic overview that's fine - HOWEVER, the closer you look into them (the more you use them and the better you get), the more you realise that there's a whole lot more to it than that. There's no doubt that the 'L' series will allow you to make the fastest progress through the beginner stages of all foiling disciplines. The low aspect nature of these wings are definitely the best to learn with - I wouldn't advise anyone to start foiling on a high aspect wing, unless maybe they have LOTS of experience with kite foiling or windfoiling. How long you need to stick with the 'L' foils is down to the individual and the amount of time they have on the water, but for most people, as soon as they are ready to progress onto the high aspect foils they will make the transition very quickly and easily, and once dialled in would never dream of going back to a low aspect foil. Beyond the 'L' series it gets a bit more complicated. In theory the natural progression would be to go to the GL series.
They are faster, have awesome glide and are more responsive in turns. In all respects they are up a level in performance from the 'L' series, but they are still very user friendly - mostly because their lift is so easy to control. Again, in terms of progression, the NL's are faster, have more glide and turn tighter than the GL's. They are very well named as 'Next Level'. Sounds easy - happy days! However, the NL's are so user friendly that you don't have to be an expert to use them, and the GL's won't hold you back as you progress. They both have very specific characteristics that means you might prefer one over the other, or one range might be better for the conditions you are riding in. The NL's are all about speed - from this point of view, the 'L' series are the slowest, the GL's are medium speed, and the NL's are the fastest - super fast, but with this speed comes a price - because they have a relatively high stall speed compared to the other wings they have to be kept flying fast or they will stall. They also need more speed to get them up on foil as they have slightly less initial lift. These are the main reasons why they are considered the 'expert' range, not because they are difficult to handle when they are flying, oh no... when they are flying they are phenomenal - speed, glide, super responsive, yet very easy to control. The reality is that you don't have to be an 'expert' to get them up on foil or to prevent them from stalling, this isn't the issue, it's just a matter of preference - does this higher-octane style of foiling suit you? Pumping the NL's is also a very different experience to pumping the GL's. You absolutely must keep high on the mast and keep their speed up or they will quickly stall, and it takes more effort to pump them compared to the GL's, but because you are travelling faster you can cover the same distance or more in the same time - as long as you have the leg power. And let's not forget those wingtips - they are sharp! I've cut myself more on the NL wingtips than all other parts of foil equipment combined. 
 
The GL's shouldn't be dismissed just because the NL's have arrived. These are the true all rounders. They can be ridden hard or chilled, they are super smooth, user friendly, and looking at the entire range they have so much to give. The GL240 has awesome lift at slow speed and is one of the easiest foils to pump. It will fly on the smallest waves with ease, and when paired with a smaller tail can be very playful for a big wing. It may be slow but that's the point - in being slow it can deal with the conditions that other foils can't, and it deals with them extremely well. The GL210 is also awesome to pump and is considerably faster and more responsive than the 240. The GL180 is, in my opinion, the best all-round performing foil on the market. It does everything really well and can be used in the biggest range of conditions and in all foiling disciplines. There's a reason why it's GoFoil's best-selling foil. The GL140 is reputed to be one of the best surf-orientated foils out there, and pumps well for its size. The smaller GL's are used in ever increasingly extreme conditions that I've not experienced but from what I've seen they seem to perform very well!
So if you're thinking about GL vs NL, try to decide if you want that extra performance edge or whether you want an all-round performer - they both rock, just in different ways. I'm really pleased that Matt asked me to write a comparison of the GoFoil wings as it made me re-evaluate my opinions of them all. Having recently been storming on the NL220 & 160 I realised that, as much as I love them, the GL's are just as awesome in their own right. I still use the GL240 for flat water pumping and super light wind winging, and if I could only have one wing it would be the GL180 for sure. Yes I would miss the NL's, but if I ever feel the need to have a chilled session it's nice to know they are there. After all, if every session is extreme, none of them are!
 
Words by Dominic Hoskyns

Takuma TK 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 45 : 4'6"x 20 1/4 x 4 1/4 45 L BLUE/PURPLE IN STOCK NOW

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.

 

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

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 IN STOCK NOW

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 IN STOCK NOW

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Fibreglass range comprises of the below 

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

 

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
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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 

 

Check it out here wind wing foiling


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.