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 


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