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

 



Wing surfing

Whatever you choose to call it ...this new version of windsurfing or kitesurfing is set to explode onto the watersports scene.

In simple terms these are hand held wings capable of pulling you on your chosen craft be it a surfboard, SUP or foilboard in the wind.

Inflated via a hand pump these wings of varying sizes (between 2-5m2) depending on which brand you choose, enable the rider to accessibly utililise their existing craft and gain easy entry into the world of windsports. see below a rider using a Stand up paddle board and a inflated 'wind wing'

SIMPLE, SAFE, FUNCTIONAl & FUN

The utilization of a foil board which is a board be it a STAND UP PADDLE board or surfboard with a Hydrofoil attached to the underside allows the rider to use the wind with less resistance on the waters surface as the hydrofoil is far more efficient.

How does it all work ?

The hydrofoil essentially is a aeroplane attached to the bottom of a board allows the board to lift from the waters surface once a certain level of speed has been achieved. Think of a heavy aeroplane as it speeds down the runway buliding momentum before its wings create lift and it leaves the ground. The hydofoil works in the same manor!

 

Why use a wing rather than a sail ?

Freedom of movement and simplicity mean that once you have inflated the wing you can hold the wing into the wind and start to move. Rigging windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment takes time and bigger areas are needed to aid safe set up and launching. The wing wings allow the rider to simply inflate and off they go.

no rigging !

no lines !

no boom !

no bar !

Is it physically demanding ?

These inflated wind wings support themselves in the wind and are very lightweight. The wing is only attached via a simple wrist leash so they can be easily dropped and picked back up.

Some knowledge is wind sports will help and we recommend getting introduced by your local windsurfing or kiteboarding school.

Sound like fun ...We are ready to help you get into WIND WING surfing having plentiful knowledge and experience running a Kitesurfing and foiling school for many years.

I think in essence we're all wanting to feel the power of the wind in our hands regardless of which wing brand we choose ....so i don't see much difference.
The use with a hydrofoil is the main difference and the area which i feel will bring most reward to those that choose to venture into the dark art.

Get in touch for a demo - [email protected] / 07799062447

or Pre book your WING SURFER with us here WIND WING RIDE .

Other brands available via Naish or Duotone - pricing may differ.

Read a recent interview with Ken Winner designer of the Duotone foil wing


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

Axis 92 & 82

Wave review on Axis S series

Coming soon


Go Foil Maliko 200

GO FOIL MALIKO 200 –  200cm2 Projected surface Area – Actual area 1922cm2

Wingspan of 36" / 91cm

Designed as our primary downwind wing for endless glides on open ocean bumps and stiff offering smooth turning capabilities. The larger surface area of the Maliko 200 makes it the primary choice of those riders looking to take downwinders to the next level or needing maximum lift in the surf.

We've used this wing a lot in smaller wave conditions and it feels very solid and not twitchy at all. A very floaty wing with tonnes of glide however it sucks up any wave power very quickly so can catch you off guard and over foil easily if you are not tuned into it with your board set up. For downwinding the float in the wing really helps catch any ocean power so as an allrounder for small surf and down winding its a real ACE up your sleeve, but the ultimate lump and bump catcher is the Maliko 280. 

What do you get ? - Go foils are now supplied with wing and mast covers to keep your wings pristine and protected, Mallet, screw driver and screws are also provided and depending on the package purchased a wing suitcase for triple packs. As Go foils are primarily Tuttle mounted masts in 24.5" or 29.5" unless ordered otherwise (plate mount is available in a 28.5" mast ) you will need to purchase a plate mount if the board you are using only has track mounts.(Two US boxes)

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: Downwind wing for advanced riders or when you just need the most maximum lift possible.
  • 65-80kg: Downwind wing for advanced riders in windy conditions. *
  • 80-95kg+: Downwind wing for advanced riders in windy conditions and / or small wave conditions. *

 

Find the best Go foil for you - Uses:

  • Surfboard: 80-95kg+ kg riders in small waves. *
  • Kiteboarding: Not recommended.
  • SUP: 65-95kg riders in small waves *
  • Wake: 65-95kg riders wake surfing
  • Windsurf: 65-95kg riders for light wind riding.
  • Downwind: Experienced riders.

Front Wing Construction:

  • 100% carbon pre-preg skins with epoxy polymer hybrid core, integral cone connection for maximum strength, all cured at 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.

Features Include:

  • Significant reinforcements: solid carbon at the wing tips, leading edge and trailing edge for robust durability when handling on the beach and installing the wings.
  • High strength / weight ratio which means the wings float!
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing.

Rear Wing Construction

The Maliko uses the same rear Stabilizer wing as the IWA (Blue in colour)

Some people prefer using the red Kai wing with the Maliko 200 wing as it loosens up the foil for flat water pumping - Tail wings can be ordered separately, but fitting them may void warranty 

 

  • 100% pre-preg carbon fiber laid up in a solid monolithic structure, cured to 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing and also less faffing with multiple screws 

*This wing is not warrantied in the surf

BUY THE GO FOIL MALIKO 200 HERE


Go Foil Maliko 280

GO FOIL MALIKO 2800 –  2800cm2 Projected surface Area – Actual area 2400cm2

Wingspan of 41" / 104cm

The largest wing in the collection! The larger surface area of the Maliko 280 makes it best suited for slower speeds which translates to added confidence and safety. It is the ideal choice for learning to foil using slow speeds and riders wanting to learn to downwind foil.

The Maliko 280 is NOW only offered in 29.5"Tuttle masts (it used to be offered in 24.5 mast length) which is thicker in chord length , meaning less flex in the mast with a wing as big as this. 

Its an incredibly huge wing and getting it up onto foil in flat or very small swell is easy to an extent. It has a large sweet spot and lots of buoyancy which makes the board it's mounted onto rise up out of the water when you are not on it! However as the sweet spot is so big its easy to feel you are up on the wing easily when SUP paddling it . It can throw you off, if you are off centre on the board which is easy to do when there is so much lift from the floatation beneath you.

Here is a session I had surf foiling on the Maliko 280 with a 24.5 mast

Check out another Go foil Maliko 280 Ride

What do you get ? - Go foils are now supplied with wing and mast covers to keep your wings pristine and protected, Mallet, screw driver and screws are also provided and depending on the package purchased a wing suitcase for triple packs. As Go foils are primarily Tuttle mounted masts in 24.5" or 29.5" unless ordered otherwise (plate mount is available in a 28.5" mast ) you will need to purchase a plate mount if the board you are using only has track mounts.(Two US boxes)

Rider Profile

  • Under 65kg: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind.
  • 65-85kg: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind, downwind riding in light conditions.**
  • 85-95kg+: Learning to foil behind a boat or downwind, downwind riding for advanced riders.**

 

Find the best Go foil for you - Uses:

  • Surfboard: Heavier rider or super small surf conditions.
  • Kiteboarding: Not recommended.
  • SUP: Small wave wing for light weight riders, Go To wing for heavy weight riders in good surf.
  • Wake: Beginning riders or heavier weight riders.
  • Windsurf: Easy to ride wing for most riders in light wind.
  • Downwind: Experienced smaller riders.

Front Wing Construction:

  • 100% carbon pre-preg skins with epoxy polymer hybrid core, integral cone connection for maximum strength, all cured at 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.

Features Include:

  • Significant reinforcements: solid carbon at the wing tips, leading edge and trailing edge for robust durability when handling on the beach and installing the wings.
  • High strength / weight ratio which means the wings float!
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing.

Rear Wing Construction

The Maliko 280 uses the same rear Stabilizer wing as the IWA (Blue in colour)

Some people prefer using the red Kai wing stab with the Maliko 280 wing as it loosens up the foil for flat water pumping - Tail wings can be ordered separately, but fitting them may void warranty 

 

  • 100% pre-preg carbon fiber laid up in a solid monolithic structure, cured to 250° F in an autoclave at very high pressure.
  • Cone system attachment allows the rider to have a stable reliable connection between fuselage and wing and also less faffing with multiple screws 

*This wing is not warrantied in the surf

BUY THE GO FOIL MALIKO 280 HERE


Starboard Wave Foils - First look

So at the SB dealer demo a week or so ago, we had a brief first look and got try two of the new surf orientated hydrofoils from Starboard. 

Construction ;  They are a Alloy / composite construction meaning the front and rear wings are composite carbon and mast and fuselage is aluminium.

Assembly 15 bolts to assemble the foil - Better get your Tefgel/ copper grease ready. 

Foil attachment - Offered in plate mount with handy cut outs to save fixing time 

Wing weights - They are not the lightest we've handled but not the heaviest either 

Overall foil weight - The foil weight is comparable to other alloy / composite construction foils 

Sizes offered from the Starboard Foil range 

Wave 1300 / 1700cm2 -  Consistent , Stable and Easy 

Wave Pro 1300 / 1500cm2 - speed , carving and Control 

Ocean Surf 2000 The Efficient Foil.

We got to try the Wave 1700 & the Ocean surf 2000

The 2000 is Designed for riding open-ocean swells, take-off as early as possible and ride with maximum speed and efficiency. The thin wing tips allow the foil to handle surface breach smoothly.

The below picture shows the 1700cm2 wing next to the 2000cm2

On Test 

We had a brief go on the 1700cm2 wing - this wing features a flatter wing profile which equals efficiency, bit hard to judge this efficiency but I had some good solid carves out of it before the conditions meant a change of wing was needed. I was surfing the Burgh island side of Bigbury so after a few short glides into shallow water we ran in quickly to change wings to see if i could get into the waves earlier. Heavy foils offer a little less lift at slow speed which is why we went in for the bigger wing. Like with most composite foils they can feel heavy under the board when paddling, but this gives stability and makes the board less tippy. The bigger 2000cm wing with more surface area picked up the swell a bit better and after paddling down the coast to a reef off Challaborough, I really started to get to grips with the starboard foil. On the plus side heavier foils albeit hard to get going in small conditions offer more control at higher speeds - whereas lighter foils can become twitchy at high speed.

We questioned the designer Tiesda concerning the number of bolts required on the new foils. Here's the reply:The mast can be disassembled which is a massive advantage over Go Foil. If you don't want to disassemble, you can leave the mast inside and that's zero bolts to set up. It's just a nice option to have right?For the tail wing, it's two bolts instead of one but the advantage there is that you can adjust the tail wing angle and switch wings.For the front wing, we have four bolts yes, but it's necessary for the interchangeability of the wings. Go foil doesn't have this option because they need a perfect fit which normally requires a hammer! So overall, we have only four bolts more than Go Foil if you don't disassemble the mast and then you benefit from the advantage of being able to swap out wings and adjust the tail wing angle without needing a hammer!Hopefully this will be turned into an advantage once they get our foils on the water! We at Foil surfing UK appreciated this response but didn't completely respect what was said ...the less bolts the better in our opinion !

I had some good flight time and took some decent waves, however as I foiled out on the shoulder the weight of the foil in my opinion started to slow me down and I found it hard to pump to retain my speed and therefore the swell marching away from me . 

The thickness of the front wing is not as chunky as others which i've used and I believe is what stopped me from being able to explore the shoulder of the wave I was foiling on. Thicker wings work better at slow speeds where by thinner wings (like the starboard) are hungry for more speed to give lift. 

 

So in essence the Starboard hydrofoils work great for foil surfing and i'm sure as the sport of foil surfing progresses we can expect to see much more from Starboard in this arena.

My preferred wing on test was the 200

For more info you can go to the Starboard foil website