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 

 

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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.


Axis Wing review

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

 

Big Thanks to Dom again for these reviews !


Foil comparison chart

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TAKUMA KUJIRA

The Kujira Hype

So with many keen worldwide riders managing to get their mitts on a kujira foil before the end of 2020 with outstanding appraise and applaud we thought we would give a frothing overview of the range and why its become the most sought after hydrofoil .period !

The New tubercle foil design is inspired by the humpback whales’ pectoral fins , the new foil also shares Takumas LOL profoil upturned winglets  (albeit smaller) giving much more efficient glide and lift with significantly less drag allowing the rider a more secure balanced feeling while foiling.

 

 

The Kujira foil and what it stands for bases its performance characteristics in the Tubercles on the leading edge of the front foil wing and also the rear. The tubercle effect is a phenomenon where tubercles or 'bumps' on the leading edge of an airfoil can improve its aerodynamics.

These small undulations on the leading edge help direct waterflow and therefore if air is pulled down from the surface - whereas a conventional foil may cavitate and drop, the turbercles channel and can spill air bubbles from holding onto the leading edge causing cavitation, so what is cavitation i hear you say 

Cavitation is a phenomenon in which the reduction of pressure to or below the liquid's vapour pressure leads to the formation of small vapor-filled cavities in the liquid. When subjected to higher pressure, these cavities, called "bubbles" or "voids", collapse and can generate shock waves that may cause the rider to fall . Credit Wikipedia

so quite a lot going on there I hear you say ! Yes definintely ...but worldwide foil riders report ...better high speed control and turning capabilities with incredible rider feedback , by that we mean you don't feel any drag what so ever.

The Kujira foil is offered currently in 4 sizes -750 - 980 -1210 -1440 and with the performance it currently has ...i would imagine any other foils to supercede the Kujira in the future will be bearing the trademark characteristics albeit with advancement in materials 

- Unmatched agility and acceleration while turning and carving in all conditions.

- Effortless low and high speed control.

Have a look at a review of the 980 kujira and first impressions by a shop rider Dominic Hoskyns 

 

Purchasing 

If you feel the Kujira is the hydrofoil for you take a look at options for purchasing  the Takuma Kujira foil here 


Axis 1300

So it's a Monster.

 

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

 

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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

GoFoil HA foil review comparison

GoFoil HA foil review/comparison

GL240, GL180, P180, NL220, NL160

GO FOIL GL 240:

 Very good lift for a HA wing (even at low speed), and the lift/pitch is easy to

control. It doesn’t ‘overlift’ like LA foils do.

 Very low stall speed.

 On the slow side but its speed is reasonable for its size – it’s definitely faster than

comparative sized LA foils. It does not feel like it will ‘trip up’ when at speed like

LA foils do.

 Awesome glide.

 VERY stable ride with a cruisy feel. Forgiving of mistakes.

 Turns well for its size, and can turn much tighter when used with a smaller tail.

 Really easy to pump – definitely the easiest HA wing from GoFoil to dock start.

 USES: perfect for light wind winging, downwinding, pumping to link small waves

and swell.

 

 

GO FOIL GL 180

 Perfect amount of lift for this size foil. Really easy to control the lift/pitch.

 Needs to be going faster than the GL240 to prevent from stalling, but not by

much.

 Really good speed – fast enough to provide an exhilarating ride, but not so fast

that it’s hectic.

 Awesome glide.

 Very stable at speed and during turns.

 Turns amazingly well – really easy to control. This improves even more when

using smaller tails.

 Pumps really well when you have a bit of speed - feels quite bouncy when

pumping.

 USES: Does everything well, in a wide range of conditions! A really versatile foil.

GO FOIL P 180

 Perfect amount of lift for this size foil. Really easy to control the lift/pitch.

 Needs to be going a reasonable speed to prevent from stalling, about the same

as the GL180.

 Really good speed – slightly faster top speed compared to the GL180.

 The glide is unreal. It has a lovely floaty feel to it. Even the smallest of waves will

keep it flying.

 Occasionally can get a bit of wingtip wobble if your balance isn’t precise enough.

 Turns are wider compared to the other GL’s, but it does carve very smoothly and

has very good grip during turns. With the right tail you can loosen it up and it will

turn quicker/tighter.

 

 As long as you keep your speed this foil is a pump machine. It still takes muscle

power & stamina, but it’s so efficient that you go so much further for the same

effort.

 USES: The P180 is an amazing foil when using it for its intended purpose

(pumping to link multiple small waves/swell and downwinding) but I didn’t like it at

all for winging as it tends to cavitate/wobble when it picks up speed.

 

GO FOIL  NL 220 & 160

 A bit less initial lift than the GL’s - they need to be going a bit faster than the GL’s

to get up on foil.

 Need to be going reasonably fast to prevent from stalling, but it’s easy to keep

them going fast as their glide is so good.

 The NL’s are all about speed - they like it, and because their glide is so good it’s

easy to keep their speed up. They are VERY fast and super stable at speed.

They don’t feel like they have top speed. They have so little drag it feels like

there’s nothing cutting through the water. 

 Their glide is second to none - seriously, they just keep going!!!!! 

 They turn amazingly well – it feels like you can push them as much as you like.

 As long as you have enough speed they pump really well and they maintain that

speed while you pump them. You can keep them pumping as long as your legs

hold out.

 All the sizes in the NL range have a very similar feel - the smaller they are the

faster and more maneuverable they are.

 They have a very different feel compared to the GL’s – I find that they are a bit

more pitch sensitive than the GL’s, and they need slightly more back foot

pressure than the GL’s when turning.

 A longer mast is advisable, especially if it’s choppy, as they go so fast it’s hard to

make pitch adjustments quickly enough to prevent breeching with a mast below

85cm, and wipeouts at that speed aren’t gentle!

 The NL’s give a full-on ride. 100% exhilaration! Don’t expect a chilled session ;-)

 USES: The ultimate winging and downwinding foil range. Awesome in the surf as

well, but a very different style to most ‘surf’ foils.

 

Words by Dominic Hoskyns 


Go foil Wings review

 

So a customer of ours Dom, is very fond of his Go foil wings and he very kindly put together a Go foil wing overview explaining in his own words how and why he likes each individual wing.

Over to you Dom !

Just done a whole day of wake foiling using all 3 wings extensively so thought you might like a comparative review for your blog.

GO FOIL MALIKO 280

The 280 is so chilled and stable, can keep going on the smallest of wakes with minimal effort, just needing a few gentle pumps every now and again to keep it in the wake's power zone. It's an impressive wing with a 41" span able to catch all but the smallest of ocean running bumps of energy and also a go to beginners foil for wind wing foiling. 

GO FOIL IWA 170

The IWA is much more lively, you can tell instantly how it has to be kept at a higher speed, and how much more reactive and responsive it is. What I really love about it though is the extra speed you can generate from pumping. Shifting your weight forwards slightly so you can drive your front foot FORWARD and down is the key to generating speed with the IWA. When I feel myself falling behind the wake I know that I've got a good chance of speeding up and moving myself forward back onto the wake again by revving up the pumping.

Although If I had to choose a favourite at this particular time it would have to be the Maliko 200.

GO FOIL MALIKO 200

To say it's a happy medium between the 280 & the IWA wouldn't be giving it its due. It has hybrid vigour! It's not just half way between the two - it's closer to the 280 in terms of stability, and closer to the IWA in terms of speed and performance. When wake foiling it's as lively as your want it to be but reassuring with it. Pumping the 200 is awesome, you can choose your style, chilled or frantic, it can handle both with ease. Sometimes it's a case of increasing your cadence with lots of short quick pumps to get your speed up again or to get you back higher up on the mast.

Sometimes you might prefer to do long, drawn out pumps to maintain your position on the wake if there isn't as much power. There's enough stability to make corrections on the go but at the same time, there's enough in terms of performance to keep you on your toes.If you can only have one, the 200 is clearly the one to go for, but they all excel in the conditions they were designed for. The 280 is a dedicated downwind machine.

The IWA is the go-to SUP surf foil.

The 200 does it all with minimal compromises. I know the trend at the moment is towards the high aspect ratio GL wings, but they aren't for beginners. The 280, 200 & IWA wings are still right up there with the best to learn and progress on, and for those who aren't in this for the speed the new wings give, they won't hold you back for a long time yet.

We hope if you're reading this , you find it useful and informative - please take a look at the selection of Go foils we have .

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High Aspect Foil wing lineup

So you've been into foiling for a year or two and you want to up your game ....chase some swells down and pump like you have bionic legs ...

They give us the High Aspect wings ....

So Whats with High aspect wings i hear you ask ...well if you have come from either windsurfing or Kitesurfing you will know what Aspect ratio means "the proportional relationship between its width and its height/depth " quote wikipedia.

A high aspect wing for foiling means it will give the rider a faster top end speed and be easier to pump although not as user friendly as a lower or medium aspect ratio wing which will generate lift at lower speed and be more stable.

I would call low-medium aspect ratio front foil wings more accessible and high aspect a little more tricky to master , this is all in the name of efficiency and where some people are finding limitations in the equipment they are using , some will never feel the need !  

Benefits - Why do I need one !

If you are into the new craze of wing dinging / wing surfing and using the power of the wind in you hand held wing it will enable you to manage this speed without fear or breaching the wing so much - like some more beginner orientated foils can suffer from.

The other benefit would be down winding - where ocean energy is literally blasting you downwind and if for instance you find it hard to pump between sets ...the higher speed of these front wings can help to cruze through ocean troughs of energy and onto the next crest.

 

The athletes who competed in the downwind Molokai to Oahu 30 mile ocean race would have all been using high aspect front foils to enable them to ride at 20mph plus speed - not achievable on some foils

Most of the main foil brands are developing faster wings - in the pic below we have Go foil GL series (blue wings)

Naish (yellow and black)

Axis (black and white stripes)

Takuma have also developed a wing -LOL foil' which is very efficient but gives a more accessible feeling for the rider , the upturned front wingtips clear up turbulence and the rear stabilizer also does the same job ...its a fantastic foil !

If you would like more info on High aspect foil wings please don't hesitate to get in touch 


Go Foil Glide series - GL

The Go foil GLIDE or GL series is a new design with a narrower and faster profile.

This is better for foilers who are looking to go faster in downwind or in small waves, or flat water pump onto bumps and lumps.The High aspect wide width nature of these wings means the wings pump easier through the water column as the chord of the foils wing is thinner - however they are a little harder to get up on foil so the GL wings are probably not for beginners. Most of our customers today are super happy with the actual main Go foil range KAI/IWA/M200/M280.

  • The GL series comes in Three main sizes 100 / 140 / 180 / 210 / 240
  • Pedestal
  • Rear stabilizer - Narrow or wide

The new wings can be retro fitted to V1 GF masts with a little sanding and making good - Videos of this can be found on Gofoil - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6BWBE9pFrc

If you would like to pre order the GL complete or Wings only please email us  [email protected] 

Pricing is as follows GO TO PURCHASE  https://standuppaddleboarding.co.uk/hydrofoils/hydrofoil-surf-foils/go-foil-hydrofoil-surf-foils

GL 100  wing only £689

GL 140  wing only £729

GL 180 wing only £779

GL 210  wing only £799

GL 240  wing only £849

Pedestal  £119

Narrow or wide tail stab £179