Why the Foildrive Gen 2 Will Revolutionise Surfing and Hydrofoiling

PRE ORDER FOIL DRIVE MAX here 

 

PRE ORDER FOIL DRIVE Slim here 

 

 

Introduction

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.

 

 

Conclusion

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.

 

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words by Matt barker smith


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 !

 

 


Takuma-e-Tow

 

Takuma - First self-controlled electric towing watercraft

A totally new way to experience infinite freedom, with the eTow you are in complete control of where you ride. This must-have electric pod will tow you anywhere you want to go.

MORE DETAILS HERE - https://takuma.com/en/content/12-etow?mc_cid=e22e893245&mc_eid=35738da1c9

 

 

Pre order Takuma-e-tow

Extend your playground

Explore unknown spots and discover new sensations. The eTow allows you to go out on your own in any conditions. If you are riding a wave, you can direct the eTow with your remote to come and pick you up.  

Seaworthy

From flat water to open ocean swell. Riding in all types of conditions and bodies of water is no problem with the eTow, as it's designed with optimized proportions to self-right automatically in case of capsizing.  

Smooth and consistent pull

Works as an extension of your arm and allows for easy maneuverability. Riding, controlling and progressing have never been easier. The eTow is very intuitive to maneuver and although equipped with a powerful engine it offers a very soft and consistent pull.  

Minimum effort

Minimum maintenance required and easy to operate. Compared to a jetski and similar watercraft the eTow requires very low maintenance, is easy to launch in water and very simple to operate.  

Safe and easy to use

Operating the eTow is very intuitive and allows for anybody to have fun with it.  

Double battery

The eTow is using 2x 5,5 Kw batteries which are compatible with your Takuma Efoil.  

Twin jet propulsion

The eTow is powered by two jet propulsions unified in a V jet system. The powerful V jet system delivers an extremely smooth and consistent pull even at high speed. This, coupled with an innovative aquadynamic shape it, the eTow delivers the best progressive and efficient foil take-off.  

Autonomy & Speed

The eTow is designed to give you full autonomy from 60 to 85 minutes And up to 45km/h.  

Rider remote

A completely new way to ride, it can be directly controlled by the rider using a small handheld remote and can also be controlled by an instructor with a more heavy duty coach remote* , making it the best way to learn foiling, give lessons and progress with. *With generic compatible remotes, you can control the eTow in a distance of up to 1,5km.


60 to 85 minutes

Autonomy

Up to 45km/h

Speed

Twin jet propulsion

Power 2x5,5kw

Up to 600m

Rider remote control*

Takuma V2 Cruiser 2022

Updated for 2022

PRICE £6199

The Efoil Cruising 2 is the most accessible Efoil on the market.

The short mast and large wing surface facilitate an easy, stable take-off and effortless glide for all riders. With an innovative board shape and voluminous size, it is suitable for nearly all body types. Strategically placed handles to aid carrying alone or with help and to make it easier to get on the board once in the water.
Hull inserts are specifically designed to attach a handle when used with a trolley for ease of transport to and from the beach.
The Efoil Cruising 2 is designed to make this exhilarating sport as accessible as possible.
It is quick and easy to set up and intuitive to control via the new minimalistic remote.

Completely new remote control design with a built-in secure waterproof housing.

The 1900cm2 front wing offers excellent stability and a lift perfectly suited for first-time riders. With its smooth powerful lift, this foil is developed for calm water riding. 
It is quick to connect and intuitive to use, helping you feel in control from your very first ride. It has an integrated security system that shuts off the remote when it comes in contact with water.


We have radically reduced the size and weight of our ESC making the overall weight of the Efoil much lighter and more efficient, which in turn reduces the battery consumption allowing for longer sessions.The new internal antenna allows for a more consistent Bluetooth connection.

The new sleek and compact propulsion is discreet yet powerful, allowing you to gain speeds of up to 30km/h. With thinner and lighter components it eliminates drag and delivers an ultra-smooth hydrodynamic performance.
In short: - Easy to use and accessible to everyone (even without any prior water sports experience) - A unique board design with a volume and shape suitable for beginners and experts - Improved stability and earlier take-off (gains flight more quickly even at low speed)

- A much more ”reactive” efoil with increased comfort during flight - An ultra-intuitive remote control - You will directly feel the improvements from first use Efoiling is fast, quiet, and emission-free, giving you the exhilarating experience of flying above water with the freedom to ride anywhere at any time, without the need for wind or waves.
Extremely engaging for even the most experienced watersports athletes and simply breathtaking for complete beginners, prepare yourself for an adrenaline-filled new hobby!

Flying time 65 to 90 min (subject to rider weight and level)

Charging time 2h50 (220Vt) 3h20 (110Vt)
Max speed (subject to your weight) 28km/h with the 1900 cm2
Board EPS/Fiberglass top sheet
Carbon wings
Aluminum fuselage + mast
Engine power 3 kw Battery
Li-Ion 43,2V - 25Ah
Aluminum 5 blade  propeller

TAKUMA V2 CRUISER available to BUY NOW

Board size: 6’3"x30"/150L
Front wing size:1900cm2
Mast size:50cm
Battery:25A/10,4kg
ESC:1,7kg
Mast & Propulsion :6,6kg
COMPLETE WEIGHT 35KG (+OR- 5%)


Takuma Carver 2

Takuma Carver 2

Get ready for a whole new E foil experience, the Carver 2 will be launching soon!

Stay tuned,  if you want to pre order they are due into stock in the UK for Mid November

Details on the new Carver 2 efoil CLICK HERE


Foil Drive

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

Enter the Foil Assist concept of Foil Drive

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

Available soon in the UK early bird orders £2489 - Purchase here 

Available soon in the UK early bird orders £2489 - Purchase here 

 

 

 


Takuma Electric Hydrofoil

The E takuma pack includes : from £6099

  • 1 board1 Hydrofoil LOL 1600 wingset
  • 1 e-mast 50cm
  • 1 handheld Bluetooth remote with a charger lead
  • 1 IONSamsung 43.2v/35a battery with charger
  • 1 board carrying bag
  • 1 foil wing/ e-mast bag

More details ...Try before you buy with a cost of £189 for 1.5 hours - We'll deduct this from your total bill. You can book your session here: efoil.foilsurfing.co.uk

We are based in Swansea South Wales. 


E foil Experience Vouchers

Our season officially opens in April 

Learn to Electric hydrofoil  GIFT VOUCHER- ready to Purchase here 

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

This 90 minute course includes introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, set up and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

You will be guided by our instructors into Swansea Bay.

Location - Mumbles - Swansea

Need any more info email us - [email protected]

 

 

 


Efoil experience

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

We are proud to announce we will be offering a  90 minute introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, including board set up, and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

 

Hydrofoiling or ‘e Foiling’ as its now known is all about the basic skill of balance albeit in 3 different ways , like controlling a plane ..adjusting Pitch , roll and yaw but over water.

However foil stance is also very important, you cannot just simply adopt the same stance you would on a surfboard for instance.

By watching videos you'll also become familiar with the classic variations of the foil stance. Practice this forward weighted foil surf stance by taking a few minutes to program it into your muscle memory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine slicing the board in two nose-to-tail and then glue back together, that cut line is where you need to position each foot . Being able to balance and rise above the water is about centering your weight directly in the middle of the board. 

When learning on the Efoil board you also have throttle control of your speed . If the surface of the water is flat it will be easier to adjust your balance and also your speed  - a bit like flying an aeroplane in calm conditions versus in turbulence, no one likes a bumpy ride.

To learn to 'read water' focus on the surface, If there's a choppy texture on the water then it's important to be aware of your balance more and read the surface like surfers do or how a skier or  snowboarder looks ahead of their current path as they hurtle down the mountain!

When you're ready for a lesson Click Here to book your foiling experience.

Location - Mumbles - Swansea

We DO NOT rent the units

Who can try it ?

People who have had experience surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and/or foiling will quickly be able to master the Foil.

For those with no experience, yes you can join, you just may not have the acquired balance skills to stand. Foiling on the board lying or kneeling down is still great fun !

There is lots to learn even if you are an experienced surfer or Waterman.

Do I need to be an Athlete to do this ?

You need to be physically fit and confident in your swimming ability .You will be required to swim during the session, you should be able to cover 75 metres if required.

What is included ?

Wetsuit and no changing facilities currently due to covid

This 90 minute Private 1-2-1 course includes introduction to the Electric Hydrofoil board from Takuma, set up and up to one hour of riding (one battery life)

You will be guided by our instructors into Swansea Bay riding your own efoil - whilst the instructor either rides theirs or instructs from a SUP board , we aim to be in bluetooth headset communication with each other.

Can others join ?

The session is per person , others may watch - Verdis cafe overlooks the water we play on in Mumbles.

Can I buy a efoil ?

Yes we can direct access to the unit in our store

 

Operated by Cor watersports .Our instructors are the most technically minded and have seats in the technical panels of the most prestigious teaching organisations such as British Canoeing and the Water Skills Academy.

Location - 

Mumbles - Swansea - SA34EE

A prerequisite of SUP paddling or surfing to an Intermediate standard is required to get the most out of this experience

 

Pay & display parking is available on site - SA34EE

All equipment is provided -  (wetsuit , helmet and buoyancy vest ) you must be able to swim

Price is per person per 90 minute session , or choose the 45 minute short blast and get a friend to book too!

Max weight requirement of 98kg - We will weigh you before we start .

Price includes VAT

Experiences start on April 1st and are available to be booked as Gift vouchers

Click Here to book your foiling experience.

We cannot rent the units without instruction - this voids our insurance

For Takuma Efoil purchasing from us  BUY ELECTRIC FOIL BOARD


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