Carbon Tracks & Foil Drive Gen2 Connectivity

An Update on Gen2 Connectivity with Carbon Track Boards
We wanted to provide an update on progress finding a solution for the very small number of boards with carbon foil tracks interfering with connectivity between Gen2 kits and the controller. We are please to advise we have a working a solution, more information below.

Information as of 12 January 2023 - This article will be updated as more information is available

The Identified Issue:
If you are not aware, a very small number of boards are experiencing connectivity issues with Gen2 systems caused by some boards having carbon construction combined with carbon fibre foil tracks. While the R&D team did extensive testing on a large range of boards prior to release of the Gen2 System, this connectivity issue was never encountered.

We have done further testing and while some boards with carbon tracks have no issues and note simply touching the controller to the deck of the board can provide solution.

It is worth noting that this connectivity issue is effecting less than 1% of riders currently using Gen2 systems and is as result of a very small selection of boards.

Boards that have been identified include:

Armstrong FG
Takuma Rising Sun 2023
Takoon
Core Kites (Unconfirmed)

The Solution:
The team have been working very hard on finding a solution for this small number of boards effected, to extend our compatibility.

We have a working prototype that is proving to be a stable solution moving forward and are continuing to test this. The next steps for us here are to continue developing this solution into something that can be commercially produced and used by all.

This solution will be a user fitted, non destructive, passive flat antenna patch that can be used by those with board experiencing connectivity loss and will be very easy to install.

We understand that some people want to use these specific boards / carbon tracks and we are working to have a solution to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this, something that was unforeseen despite extensive testing as so few boards relative to all board manufactured in this world have carbon tracks.

We will continue to update this post with more information as it becomes available and look forward to providing a sustainable solution to those effected as soon as we can!

The Foil Drive Team


Reason for Gen 2 Foil drive

 

So the hype is still lighting up the internet with many riders experience the thrills of Foil drive Gen 2 

Here we link to a few movies you may or may not have seen detailing the various uses for the product 

For Wing foil use - Foil drive Gen 2 

 

Downwind - For those keen to venture into the deep blue and use Gen 2 for Foil downwinding for More Conditions & Safety and Reliability 

 

 

Surf foiling - Hybrid foil your way out the lineup and pick off the bump you want ...ride it in to shore and then squeeze the trigger to power back out for another 

 

 

If you live  by a inland lake or by a estuary - Foil drive Wake Thieving on boat wakes is a hoot !

 

 

 

For information and ordering - call us on 07799 062447 

Alternatively , These videos got you keen enough you just want to Green light it ..!

Book your place in the queue ...

Pre order FOIL DRIVE MAX Gen 2 

Pre order FOIL DRIVE Slim Gen 2 


Why the Foildrive Gen 2 Will Revolutionise Surfing and Hydrofoiling

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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


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 !

 

 


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*

Foil Drive installation video

Hello Everyone ,
Hoping you may find these videos informative.
To be honest if spending 6k plus on a e-foil can be avoided ...this is the next best option.
Albeit a product not designed for speed cruising the flat water of you local coastline, more an aid to facilitate easier hydofoiling progression and giving a helping hand in a range of conditions be it in waves or wind.
Clip the remote onto a paddle or a wind wing .
We will have stock soon
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Video of Shop Rider Dominic using his in Oman