Axis Wing review

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

 

Big Thanks to Dom again for these reviews !


Takuma wings

What wing size should I take?
Wing size guide
 
Our wing sizes range from 2.6 to 6 meters but how do you know which is the right size for you?
 

Having the right wing size is crucial for your wing riding progression no matter your level. Going out with a wing that is too small or too big for the conditions can cause more frustration than enjoyment.

 
We only want you to have fun on the water (or land depending on where you choose to take your wing) so we have put together this quick guide to help you choose the wing size best suited for you.
 

Takuma wings
The larger wing sizes are best suited for lighter wind conditions, as their larger surface area can catch more wind. 

 

The smaller wing sizes can be used in heavier wind conditions, they are more manageable and easier to hold, while at the same time generate adequate power to gain speed.
 
Takuma wingfoil
Your weight, riding level and wind conditions are key to determining the right wing size choice. It is important to have sufficient power for a steady start, it is much harder to learn or progress if you are too under or over powered. 

Our WR Modell III wings have been designed with a high level of canopy tension meaning they deliver a lot of power, allowing you to take a smaller size to cover a larger wind range. The taught anti-slip handles along the central strut make for comfortable hand positioning and intuitive maneuvering. 

Introducing our newest size to the Wing Ride range; 4.5m
 

New size 4.5m
 
Beginners
 
Beginners
As a beginner, you'll most likely want to start with just one wing as you are less likely to venture out in very light or very strong conditions.
 

In general, a good starting wing size is to learn with is a 4m for anyone around the 70kg (155lbs) weight range or a 4.5m wing for anyone over that weight.
 
 

The WR Model III is very easy to learn on, its high stability gives you the confidence needed to make your first hesitant maneuvers. It depowers very effectively, therefore allowing you to quickly regain a comfortable speed.  
 
Intermediate / Advanced
 
Intermediate to advanced
Once you have mastered the effective pump technique, your level of potential frustration reduces dramatically, and you can find yourself being able to cover a much larger wind range with just one or two wing sizes.
 

Based on a proficient 70-80kg rider with substantial experience in all conditions, a 4.5m is usually the ideal size.
 

Having developed the skills required to maintain power in light wind or hold your own in gnarly conditions you’ll be able to prolong your water time. For a full quiver, we recommend a 3m, 4.5m, and for those really light days a 6m.
 
We have created a guide based specifically for our WR model III to help you pick the best-suited sizes:

 


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 !