Why the Foildrive Gen 2 Will Revolutionise Surfing and Hydrofoiling

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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 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.

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Takuma Helium 1200

Takuma Helium 1200


Maximum fun on and off the waves

Large range of use
from light to strong wind, small to big waves, flat to waves.

Incredibly predictable lift
that allows for easy take-off and low stall speed.

Extremely agile and playful
perfect for fun carving and playing in waves.

Impressive acceleration
and plenty of glide make this wing great fun to ride on.

Full set comes with: 175 back wing and HD mast 80cm

 

 

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SUP or Surf foil

So an interesting question came in from a customer and I thought it was worth writing up my response for others to see.

I am considering looking at prone foiling as a new challenge. I haven’t prone surfed since I took up SUP surfing, so probably good beginner for prone surfing, whereas relatively advanced sup surfer. Would you say it is advisable to look at prone rather than SUP foiling? Prone foiling looks like there is such a bigger range of possibilities...

 

I would personally say stick to what you have developed in your water sports game .

For instance ...i used to surf shortboards to a high level (went to north shore twice late 90's to test myself...and managed to return unscathed ....albeit a few boards snapped and "reef inspector" as a new nick name!

Then along came kitesurfing ..which strung me along ...then SUP which i adopted at the start .

I haven't surfed much....since really ....as like you said SUP surfing has its advantages .

Then along comes 'foil surfing' even though there are advantages in prone foiling (smaller kit , lighter etc) it's the hardest to master .. SUP foil the easiest.

 

So I took up the paddle with the foil and i can tell you paddling back out hundreds of metres after a speedy swell ride ..having a paddle in my hands has never been easier.

The SUP foil can also catch waves that don't break whereas the prone foil set up means you turn to alternatives ...such as tow in or the rock hop pump ..Flat water pumping has its own distinct learning curve away from the ocean ...and into the dock , river or lake .

I try and do both ...i want to develop my prone foil game ...but it's time ...which slips by fast ...so I'm a far better SUP surf foiler than prone surf foiler in my opinion.


SUNS new foil line

 

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Featuring the amazing construction accompanied by Sunova product and featuring foot strap inserts.

 

 

 

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To Pump - Ramblings by Dom Hoskyns

The Elusive flat water Pump - Ramblings  by Dom Hoskyns

Landing with both feet on the board at the same time is essential, or at least NOT landing with your front foot first. If this happens you instantly cause the nose to dive and its game over in a split second. It might be different if you're doing a running start, but for cold starts from a boat or rock its essential not to land on the board on your front foot.

Landing with both feet facing to the side rather than my front foot pointing forwards seems to help with stability, especially with turns, but this is still early days in my testing 😉

COMPRESSION IS VITAL - bending forward/pivoting at your hips as you bring your front knee up to meet your chest. This allows you to have your weight forward enough to drive your front foot FORWARD as you drive the foil down. This is something that sounds easier to do than it actually is. Keeping the front wing of the foil as close to the surface as possible is the desired goal . I've been trying to do this action from the start but am only just beginning to get anywhere near the amount of compression i need. This particular movement is totally alien to me and as such it's taking time to get used to the action. Slowly, very slowly it's getting better. A really good example of someone who does this well is Beryl from the French surf company 'Gong'. Check him out in the first 2 videos. The first one is from 2017 when he was using their low aspect ratio wing, and the second video is 2019 and he's using their new HA wing - although it's not as High Aspect as the Go foil GL wings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRiBV4DZrKw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCigsNXwTzs

You'll notice that he doesn't have to compress anywhere near as much for each pump on the new HA wing. I'm sure there's other factors at play as well - like in the first video he's probably on a much smaller wing for surfing, but if you check out the next video, you'll see just how little compression the rider Kane de wilde does for each pump, and he is on a very HA foil wing - Signature 210 I believe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRGiYCWyXkc

From what I've seen (and I think I've watched just about every flat water start or foil pumping video on the internet by now) the new high aspect wings (like the GoFoil GL series) don't need anywhere near the amount of compression with each pump - as long as you have the speed that is.

You may have noticed, I'm determined to crack this flat water hydrofoil pumping skill. My thoughts are that I have to keep on working on increasing the amount of compression on each pump, leaning forward so I can drive forward as well as down each time. So far in nearly every attempt I'm riding with my board almost touching the water, but in a couple of my latest attempts I actually got reasonably high on the foil, and that came about from raising my knee to meet my chest which helped me to drive my foot forward as much as down. I think this is really important as being higher on the mast means you can decrease your cadence and therefore last longer - it's bloody tiring pumping at a high rate for any length of time!

Anyway all - Keep on Pumping - Loyaltothefoil 


THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF FOILING

FOILING

So firstly if you're reading this..it’s because you have 'foil brain' or soon to have it ! Having personally tread the foil path for 2 years I've noticed many changes to my outlook on the ocean , equipment and also my body’s limitations. The latter has made me question and challenge my body more than ever before in search of consistency and progression in a body 40 plus years old. So get training..! 

Foiling is starting to create niche players in new ocean realms and because we've never done this before and the sensation is so addictive ...sometimes we all need a new endeavour

The demands of foiling are different to other board sports, some even say that foiling is the most physically demanding of all the board sports! You can spend a lot longer in an engaged riding stance when foiling compared to surfing or SUPing, and as well as the usual left to right control and balance needed for other boarding, foiling has the added dimension of the front-to-back balance and control for your muscles to deal with. Also, once you’ve finished riding a wave, you can pump your way out back again, without having a break! So, having these extra demands, and requiring them for longer, means you can certainly expect your body to be aware of these demands during and after surf foiling sessions… Feel the burn!

 

The riding stance

Pic credit - Glennel Jordan - IG ocean_baby

Winging it

Getting out foiling with a wind wing and learning to ride in switch stance will completely change the loading and could also help even you out a bit in terms of left/right biases. That and the brilliant brain training of having to relearn things backwards!

(WARNING; May involve some entertaining crashes.)

 

THE RIDING STANCE

The foil board rider controls height and turning with weight shifts, upper body movements and balance through their riding stance.  This riding stance involves a specific foot position, which is required right from the starting moment of riding.

The riding stance 

Jonathan at ClubBluePearl 

Involves having your chest up facing the oncoming horizon (Imagine you're iron man with that circular ring facing forward) , front knee bent and loaded, and rear ankle and knee bent and loaded. This rear foot position (knee and ankle bent) is something we do in prone surfing when riding, but the limited amount of time we spend in this position, and the absence of the vertical force demands involved in surfing mean it rarely causes problems.

In hydrofoiling, you are essentially hovering above the water, thanks to the wing ‘flying’ beneath the surface of the water.

As such foil-boarding uses the same terminology as that used in the aviation industry;

 

  • PITCH is the front to back vertical rotation of the board. This, as well as your speed, controls the board height above the water
  • YAW is the left to right horizontal rotation of the board. 
  • ROLL is the left to right vertical rotation of the board.

YAW and ROLL can control board direction, but you also have to take into consideration your PITCH when changes of direction come into play- which in itself is a delicate balance between your speed and your front/back weight distribution!

THE BIOMECHANICS

There are certain positions that your body needs to be able to deal with to foil well. You need to be able to keep your chest up which requires a lot of upper back opening (or ‘thoracic extension’), else your lower back will compensate which could lead to a sore lower back. You need to be able to achieve deep squat positions, which requires good ankle and hip flexibility (‘ankle dorsiflexion’ and ‘hip flexion’). You need to be able to turn your knees in and out to control direction (‘Internal and external rotation’ at the hip). What’s more, you need to be able to do this in deeper squat positions. Internally rotating at the hip with your foot planted leads to what look like a ‘knock-knee position’ (Also known as valgus, see below). This isn’t the most natural of positions for the body, but also happens a lot in skiing. For you body to manage these positions well it’s important to have good flexibility, strength, and control at the ankle and hip.

If you want to understand the demands of foiling as a non foiler

Try going upstairs with your foot at right angles and pelvis facing forward….  actually don’t !

 

The valgus knee position, also seen in skiing

SO, WHAT CAN WE DO!?

It’s important to have good movement mechanics, strength and control, especially around squatting, lunging and rotating, due to their clear relevance to foiling. Muscles shorten to deliver power but lengthen to give control and to help absorb and then re-deliver force. Having strong muscles, particularly quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves, which are good at this helps avoid overloading forces getting concentrated in tendons, joints and ligaments, where problems can tend to ache and niggle. It might be worth seeing a Strength & Conditioning coach to improve in these realms. If you have any pain or old injuries that might interfere with what’s required of foiling it would be worth seeing a physiotherapist of course!

Flexibility around hips and ankles is really important.

(MobilityWOD on youtube has good ideas for flexibility and the positions mentioned above in biomechanics!). 

Steadily building up your foiling time, being diligent with warm-ups, recovery, stretching, rollers, even massage will help.

Core strength and endurance is, of course, also important.

These are all things that would be included in the regimes of the world class athletes who are foiling.

If you are starting something new always remember to start slow/small /low impact and build really steadily!

By far the easiest form to learn with limited stress on the body and joints is using the adapted electric motorised hydrofoil - known as the Efoil board

If you are interested in trying hydrofoiling and learning to foilride book on one of our Efoil Intro Experience

Co Written by the following - Thanks for your input both 

Alec MacHenry MCSP- Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Matt Barker Smith- Foil specialist 

Chris Chucas- Strength Coach


Foil Podcasts

If you haven't listened to them --- take a trip ...plug and play

FOIL PODCAST


Takuma LOL FOIL

Takuma has a new foil !

Cyril Coste owner of 'Takuma' has has been busy working alongside foil genius Laurent Borgna.

The foil was tested extensively in New Caledonia in all conditions from 'surf' to 'downwind' and is quite unique to the foil market.

The foil is super efficient and has been described by testers as  a 'magic foil ' with an unreal feeling giving long flight and incredible speed in turns.

The fuselage has been re -worked from previous models and features a hexagonal fitment to the wing spigot and tail shims 1 & 1.5mm shims are provided for tuning. Hardware provided is M6 Torx.

Primarily designed for use with their Efoil  Electric Hydrofoil board) allowing a smaller motor to be used . It is super efficient even though it looks unlike any other foil on the market.

Available in Alloy mast and fuselage with carbon wings (pictured below) and a full carbon fused mast and fuselage version Pro foil version.

1300/ 1600 and 1900cm2 wing sizes to suit all conditions.

Short Review  1600 LOL - I've been using this 1600 foil for over 2 months now and its game changing. Why ? Well a few key points

  • When I would normally need a 2000cm front wing - this wing catches the same slow swell with ease!
  • Pumps with so much more speed - so you can catch the bit of swell in front of you and drop in when foiling
  • Does not overfoil easily and holds true when you get those sudden surges of swell energy this foil has your back - it just soaks it up , no more wing breaches and nose rinses!!
  • massive range - I've used this in 1 ft to 4ft plus - the best allround foil.

 

Short Review  1900 LOL - I’ve been using the 1900 wing over the past week in strong-very strong winds in downwind foiling conditions. 

  • It catches steep blown swell well and carves nicely once up on foil.
  • The thing i’m mainly impressed with is:  it’s top speed , I dropped into some meaty wave troughs and it didn’t breach like other larger wings can do. 
  • The 1900 always makes you feel, you’re in control. 
  • Pumps well too when you scanning the horizon for the next bump to run with !

 

 

 

If you are interested please get in touch for ordering [email protected] or 01792 446511

Prices - Alloy / carbon

£1,039 /1300 Foil
£1,169 /1600 Foil
£1,349 /1900 Foil

 

Full Carbon

£1,330 /1300 Foil
£1,449 /1600 Foil
£1,699 /1900 Foil

Just Keep at it - Foilsurfing

Confessions of a North Cornwall Foil club member - aka Ollypop

I have been kept up to date with a goods friends foil surfing progress or lack of as he calls it ... Just keep at it Olly !

  1. Most important - keep your trunk twisted so you're facing forward. If you do all your natural corrections will be front to back. If your ass is sticking out you won't have pitch control and all your automatic movements will make you weight one side of the wing or the other--meaning you'll tip and fall, and potentially jackknife.
  2. Start off just trying to catch small reform white water waves to get the board up off the water.
  3. A little and push over the foil (back foot) and then bring it  back down (front foot)
  4. Once you are TOTALLY comfortable and a little bored with above, start lifting it higher. As you go higher you'll have less drag so the board will accelerate and come higher on it's own. Be ready for that with a little more front foot weight.