Takuma Kujira 2

More info to come

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

 


Foiling the froth T shirts

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

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


Takuma Kujira 1440 Foil

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

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

Front Wing   Surface: 1440 cm²

Wingspan: 108,5cm

Chord: 17cm 

Aspect Ratio: 8,2

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

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

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

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

We highly recommend the KD maui tail stabs 

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

 

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

BUY your Takuma 1440 here 

 


James Casey - downwind footage

So it seems Downwind foiling has evolved from being a niche specialist endeavor to now emerging into the mainstream market with more than a few brands developing boards.

 

We have been keeping an eye on these developments and just received a batch of SUNOVA CASEY AVIATOR SUP BOARDS 

James Casey has been developing these alongside Marcus Tardrew with Sunova , and after achieving 213km in 11.18 hours these boards have more than been proven they work .

Watch about this outstanding James Casey Downwind adventure here .

 

Anyway more about The boards - These are available in Two models - The Pro range and the Elite range

which technically is a more accessible and then narrow type of board depending how extreme you want to go for paddling speed and ease of getting up on foil. 

Board pictured is a 6'6 x 19.5 - 84 litre custom model - which can be ordered for a 10% additional charge 

WE have stock - Check out which Sunova Aviator downwind SUP foil board models we have Here 

 

Check out this recent movie of James Casey riding in Australia 


AXIS ADVANCE FUSELAGES

AXIS ADVANCE FUSELAGES -

First Impressions :

Options

AXIS B-Series - Advance Fuselage - Ultra Short Length - 640mm

AXIS B-Series - Advance Fuselage - Silly Short Length - 560mm

AXIS B-Series - Advance Fuselage - Crazy Short Length - 600mm

NOW AVAILABLE - RED SERIES !

AXIS s-Series - Advance Fuselage - Ultra Short Length - 640mm

AXIS s-Series - Advance Fuselage - Short Length - 675mm

AXIS s-Series - Advance Fuselage - Crazy Short Length - 600mm

Buy Red series Axis Advance fuselage here 


I usually use the ultrashort on both red and black fuses but recently used all three advance fuses. I'll be doing a video to review them all properly on my YouTube channel as soon as I can but at the moment my impressions of the advance fuses are as follows:
I immediately loved them. They transform the maneuverability and feel of all the foils I've used with them so far, which includes the HPS 1050 & 980, BSC 890, ART 1099 & 899. Before i go any further i want to refer to the pictures I included where I have placed the normal black ultrashort fuse next to the advance fuses. I have highlighted the position of the mast slot and the stabiliser bolt holes in yellow for the advance fuses and in blue for the standard ultrashort fuse so you can see clearly how they differ. As I'm sure you all know, the mast slot is 40cm further forward in the advance fuses. What this means is that the length of the fuse behind the mast is longer in the advance fuses compared to their equivalent sizes of ultra and crazy short. As a result this gives added stability - IMO the advance ultrashort is no harder to use for anything (pumping, getting on foil, pitch control, upwind performance, etc) compared to the normal ultrashort fuse, but what you do get is a lovely surfy feel - it loosens up each foil you use it with by increasing how quickly and easily it moves from rail to rail AND how tight you can turn, but without any issues of feeling squirrely at the back end.

I never felt like there was a loss of control at all. As you go progressively shorter in the advance range from ultra to crazy to silly short you gain more of that loose feeling at the back (which really does translate into a lovely surfy feel) but slightly, and I emphasise only VERY slightly - the smaller you go it becomes slightly harder to get on foil for winging, (but at the same time this slightly gentler lift actually helps catching bigger, faster waves when prone foiling). You might lose a tiny bit of upwind ability, but tbh I'm undecided on this - because there are so many variables each session i need to do more testing to be sure if this is correct. I don't think you lose any pump power either, it's just a different feel that you have to get used to and dial in, atm i can only describe the difference as needing a slightly faster frequency of pump, and maybe slightly shallower, or a less deep pump, but bear in mind these are my first impressions as I haven't had time to dial them in completely yet.

Pitch control becomes slightly more sensitive as you go shorter, but after three sessions of winging with the sillyshort advance fuse on the ART 899 & P300 stab now i rarely notice it, in fact I think it's helped my foiling. This is my favourite setup now and I can't see myself going back to the standard black fuses.
I'm going to disagree with a few people's opinions on high speed stability because i think they are MORE stable when riding fast down the line and carving on the wave face. Maybe they are less stable when winging in a straight line on flat water, but that's not my bag so I don't know - I'm usually recovering when i hack upwind (hooked into a harness) after a long stretch of downwinding so I'm not trying to break any speed records.😂


Who are the Axis advance fuses for?
I would describe myself as an intermediate level foiler (I'm not at the level of a pro rider by a million miles) but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the advance fuses are to use, and how much enjoyment they added to what was already an amazing foiling experience. I wouldn't advise a total beginner to get one as part of their first setup, and I totally get that some people will still prefer the more user friendly and controlled feel of the standard fuses, but if you want a looser feel then the advance fuses will unlock a new level of reactivity and response from your existing foils. For me i definitely feel they have improved the performance of every foil I've used them with, most notably turning the ARTs into my favourite downwinding foils to my favourite foils for EVERYTHING, bar none!!!!!

Oh yeah, when using the advance fuses you'll need to move your mast about 3 - 4 cm further forward in the tracks from the position you normally have each foil.

Written by Dominic Hoskyns


Takuma Helium

 

ONE FOIL FITS ALL BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE TO FREERIDE EXPERT
The Kujira Helium is a real game-changer for new foilers, seasoned riders and anyone who’s looking for that one foil that does it all;
wing riding in all conditions, prone foiling, SUP foiling, and downwind riding.
With a carbon composite construction and lightweight helium foam core, the Kujira Helium is the most cost-effective/user-friendly performance foil currently on the market.The new smooth-edged winglets have been designed to be more efficient and less aggressive. The Kujira Helium’s medium size and medium aspect ratio fit the full range of riders, from lightweight to heavyweight, it is suited for everyone no matter your size and level.
Delivering an impressive early take-off and huge glide potential, the Kujira Helium is stable and intuitive to control. It is capable of maintaining altitude even at super low speed. You will experience smooth, controlled manoeuvres, consistent even as you increase your velocity. The Kujira Helium has a really natural power control that delivers a feeling of auto-stability making it extremely easy to learn new manoeuvres such as jibes and tacks.

Kujira Helium 1500 - BUY HERE
- Lightweight, versatile and robust
- Impressive early take-off and huge glide
- Stable and intuitive to control
- Capable of maintaining altitude at super low speed
- Smooth, controlled maneuvers, consistent even as you increase your velocity
- Really natural power control
- Feeling of auto-stability makes it extremely easy to learn new maneuvers

Set includes:
Front Wing 1750 or 1500 front wing 
Back Wing 218
Mast 75cm
Fuselage 70cm
Screw set
Travel case

Kujira Helium 1750- BUY HERE 
- Performance in light wind
- Great power control, playful and fun
- Easy progressive takeoff
- Fast in the turns
- Good acceleration without too much lift
- Perfect for beginners and progressing
- Very easy to handle and tolerant
- Excellent performance in light wind, a real session saver in under 15kts conditions


NEW 2022 GO Foils are In!

Froth on ...

The new Go foil line has arrived and been received very very well.

The RS range is acclaimed by those who want to push their speed and carving limits.

The GTs are more accessible and very playful with less wingspan, and the EZs are great for anyone who wants to fly early and well while maintaining great carving.

here are some pictures for some comparisons of the old range 

CHECK OUT WHAT we have https://standuppaddleboarding.co.uk/hydrofoils/hydrofoil-surf-foils/go-foil-hydrofoil-surf-foils

 

 

GREAT insider views on some of the new wings

Good paring options - GT 2200 with 20" tail  


Go Foil New wings

GOFOIL NEWS
New Front Wings
We have incorporated “Steps” into the new 3 lines of front wings we have coming out late this fall.
The Steps are a new concept that helps with the same benefits of the winglets but on steroids! They resist overfilling more than the winglets, help steady the ride in the up and down movements (pitch control) , and also turn better. The 3 new lines of front wings will be named in reference to their projected Square Centimeters (cm2) for less confusion when comparing to other foil brands.

Now let’s get into the 3 new lines:

The EZ foil line is what the name implies, they are easy to ride.
The EZ foil line rides at a more constant speed especially when turning so they will not accelerate as much and they will keep a steady pace. This makes it easier to do transitions when winging and/or help you stay in the pocket when prone surfing and not accelerate away from the wave.
The EZ foils are fairly thin but have a slightly slower draft forward type of foil section . This type of Foil design helps you control your speed a little bit easier than our faster models.
What we have noticed with the EZ foils is that you can handle a bigger size wing than what the square centimeters lead you to believe. For instance the EZ 1600 sound like a huge wing but you can handle it pretty easily still in a lot of wind!

The GT Foil line
The “GT” stands for “Go To” . These are the same outlines and sizes as our very popular NL series.
The GT’s have similar traits to the NL’s but with many upgrades in performance .
First thing you will notice is that they are easier to control the pitch or up and down movement. This helps you to go fast with more confidence over the NL.
Second thing is that they turn better.
Third thing is that they resist overfilling better!  You can get the wing tips out of the water and recover more easily and you might have seen many of the riders turning with the tips out in recent testing.
The 4th thing they do better than an NL is the pumping. The GT’s pump much better than the NL’s and get up on foil slightly easier and quicker.  This gives the GT a better low-end per size than the NL’s. What we have noticed is that you can now use a smaller wing to get the same amount of low end. For instance Dave Kalama uses the GT 1250 downwind paddling more than he used to use the NL160.
Both the GT1250 and NL160 are the same size and outline.
He says the GT1250 now almost replaces the need for his NL190 downwind, which is 1400 cm2.

The RS Line
The “RS” stands for Race Series.
These are faster wings and even faster than the GT’s.
These wings are great for racing when Downwind Paddling or Winging. They are very Fast, Turn, and Pump very well too. They are slightly thinner than the GT’s which gives them the extra speed.
They also cross over to Waves with SUP and Prone riders.  The RS1000 now is a favorite for Kaden Pritchard and Max Moquin on their prone boards both surfing and prone downwind. They used it Dock starting as well.
Dave Kalama really likes the RS1150 for Downwind Paddling on the good days over here on Maui. He was clocked one day averaging 18.4 mph or 29.7 KPH for a nautical mile (1.85 km) !!
The smaller sizes RS 500 and 650 are what Alex rides when he is winging and trying to go over 30 + mph . He also uses these when racing downwind on the Wing.

 

BENEFITS OF THE NEW “STEPS”

The Steps give the hydrofoil a more positive  feeling through the water which leads to better  pitch control. “Pitch control“ means that you  have better control with the up and down  movement of the hydrofoil through the water.  Better pitch control helps you to go faster with  more confidence. 

The steps create less drag by disrupting the  Wing Vortices. 

The angled Steps help with being able to  initiate turns and redirect the hydrofoil. This  means you can turn easier and sharper! 

The Steps help to stop overfoiling. This is  accomplished by disrupting air travel across  the wing surface when you get close to the  surface of the water. The step helps to keep  the air from traveling straight across the wing  surface by disrupting the easy flow of air  across the wing by having an abrupt contour  change. You will notice that you can get  the wingtips out of the water on turns and  reconnect with the water flow more easily than  other wings. Twist in wing tips also can help  with this problem but the “Steps” are like Twist  or Winglets on steroids!

WINDWINGS GOFOIL
GO-this is the standard wing elliptical outline, meant for the everyday rider.  The elliptical style is easier to luff so they work great for higher wind conditions. Powerful with control, good all around wing.
Will come in 2.2, 2.7, 3.5, 4.5 for the Eliptical and 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5  for the Square Model.
 
GO S (S=squared)-this is a squared tip wing. Fantastic for pumping up to a foiling position in lighter winds. Lighter wind wing, tips make it easy to pump up to a foil, less drag from the tips, easy to flip and handle in the water when not foiling. (this is important compared to other wings while balancing on your board and try to flip the wing to correct postion)
Will come in  4.5, 5.5, 6.5.
The first thing you will notice about the Go Foil wings is that they have a solid, stiffer feeling.  These wings have large leading edges and middle struts which help maintain the shape of the wings and give you positive stiff feed back.
Features:
• Twin windows
• Mulitple handles plus two diaganal handles and perpindicular handle at the front of the middle strut
• Stiff leading edge
• Two valve system, one valve on leading edge one on the center strut
• Wrist leash
• Belt comes with the wings that you can double as a waist leash by attaching to your Wrist leash

 

TO PRE ORDER ANY OF THE NEW GO FOIL FOIL LINE - (first ordered, first served)

PLEASE EMAIL US AT [email protected]

 


Axis 999 review


AXIS ART 999 review

A newly released wing from Axis foils has got the foil world frothing once again .........

The AXIS Research Team ART 999 looks and feels like nothing else.
On the water this wing blows your mind! The ART999 sits at the forefront of wing design and development, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for a foil. The incredible speed and glide of this wing, coupled with effortless pump and efficiency, enables you to ride the smallest lump way further outside the surf zone than ever before. What separates this wing from the pack is how well it turns, rolling effortlessly between turns comparable to a surf wing. Despite these high-performance features of the AXIS ART999, it is a surprisingly user friendly wing. The stall speed is incomparably low, giving even advanced beginner to intermediate riders an accessible platform for learning to pump and rapid progression.

Thanks to Dominic for the review 

 

PRE ORDER YOURS TODAY PRE ORDER AXIS 999

The team here at AXIS are extremely excited to see how this very responsive, nimble yet confidently precise and planted wing takes the down-winding, winging, wind foiling and smaller surf markets by storm.

Thoroughly tested and approved after several rounds of refinement, these reduced chord, high aspect wings are the most advanced, hydrodynamically efficient foil design on the market today. When combined with an AXIS Carbon mast and your favorite AXIS rear wing, they provide the ultimate friction free ride.


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