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 

 

 

 


Axis Wing review

Reviewing the HPS 980, BSC 890 & BSC 970 from Axis

 

Big Thanks to Dom again for these reviews !


Takuma Kujira 1210

 

I been asked to post my thoughts about the Kujira 1210 once I'd had a chance to use it. Only used it 3 times to date but WOW!!!!!! This is now my favourite foil of this size by a long way!!!! Other foils of comparable size/performance I've used are the Lift HA 170, GoFoil NL160, Axis HPS 980 & BSC 890 - the 1210 is my favourite out of all of them. Why? There's no one foil that is perfect, they all have their pro's and con's, but the 1210 definitely has the edge over the others for me, my riding style, skill level and the conditions I ride in - I'm well aware that others may have different opinions based on their preferences. This is a summary of why I like the 1210 so much: EFFICIENCY - it's lift to glide ratio is amazing!!!!!!! SPEED - although its not the fastest of the foils I've listed above, there wasn't much in it (you definitely can't call it slow by any means), but it's speed seemed to match whatever I was doing at the time so it never felt like it was an issue. PITCH control is awesome, so intuitive, almost like it's on autopilot - I wasn't having to focus on this as much as I have to with the other foils. CARVING this foil is awesome - it makes everything I do feel smooooth!!!!!!!!! Speed of response when changing direction is soooo good, but not overly loose so that it feels squirrely. CONTROL - It almost self-corrects any (small) mistakes you make - I'm sure on other foils I would have wiped out but somehow on the 1210 I would somehow correct and keep going, even mid maneuver. You can push it as much as you want and it still behaves. LIFT - gentle and predictive at takeoff and good for it's size, but where it's lift excels over the other foils is while you are on foil - its lift isn't excessive or overpowering, (ie it doesn't want to cause you to breech) but it allows you to keep flying uninterrupted whereas the other foils would need a few pumps to regain speed and hight on the mast. I'm sure this is also due to its efficiency of glide, but whatever factors are in play the 1210 just seems to keep you up on the sweet spot of the mast for longer than the other foils. PUMPS - LIKE A BEAST!!!!!! Seriously the easiest and most efficient to pump out of all the foils I've listed above. LOW END - best of the bunch! TURBULENCE - The 1210 deals with turbulent water with ease. Yes you feel a bit of turbulence when going through white water or prop wash, but in choppy or disturbed water it literally cuts through it like it was perfect glass. No other foil I've used deals with messy water like the 1210. If you're after the fastest foil of this size the 1210 isn't it. The HPS range from Axis are super fast, and although the NL160 doesn't feel as fast it actually clocked a few of the fastest times on my GPS watch ending up with a similar average as the Axis foils. If you want the loosest foil this isn't it - the Lift HA 170 has the loosest roll of them all, followed by the NL160. If you want the foil with the most efficient glide & lift, pump performance and overall smoothest riding characteristics then the 1210 is IMO the best of the bunch. It never felt like any aspect of its performance was too much or too little, it seems to do everything exceptionally well - there's something very special about this foil.

 

This is the video I took of the really light wind winging session with the Takuma Kujira 1210.
Too small to see what's going on on a phone screen - best watched on a laptop/computer screen.

Its a fluid foil so smooth 

 

 

Words Dom Hoskyns 


Axis 1300 & 1150 review

Lots of hype on these two new foils . The 1300 being the newest of the GL series , whereas the 1150 has already made its debut and iss firmly in the hearts of many a wing/ sup and prone foiler !

The 1300 GL is the biggest wing of its kind on the market. There is nothing like it - The absolute Glider. A super light wind version of the 1000 wing.  The axis 1300 makes choppy conditions actually feel smooth . It our opinion best for the foiler who is not particularly active in their pumping nature but enjoys the feeling of foiling , hence riders who are chilled and possibly heavier in the 90kg + weight bracket. It soaks up speed and just gives the smoothest ride .

Dominic is a shop rider of ours based in Oman ...being that its winter in the UK - we thought we'd ship the 1300 out to him to review in the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman .

 

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We hope you enjoy !

 

 


Axis 1300

So it's a Monster.

 

Due for release in March Test review - See here https://youtu.be/iVwq9gZFYVg

 

Pre order yours here AXIS 1300 S SERIES 


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