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 

 

 

 


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 .

 

AXIS 1300 COMPLETE Purchasing 

AXIS 1150 COMPLETE Purchasing 

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/