I often feel frustrated seeing the reports on the internet of popular foils, they seem biased or sponsored and leave out any problems. I am reluctant to say in public what I don't like about a foil, especially if a friend is making or selling that foil. So here in this post behind the paywall I will do my best to be completely honest and unbiased and say what I like and don't like about the foils I have ridden. In this post I give video and text reviews of these foils:
F-One Eagle 1090 and 990, Seven Seas 1200 and 1000, Strike V2 5.5m, Phantom 940, 1080 & 1280, 95cm HM mast.
Cabrinha Mantis 4.5m wing, H Series 1200, Code Board 5'4" 98L
Takuma Kujira 980
Axis Black ART 999, BSC 810, PNG 1150, red 900, 1000, 910
Armstrong 2400 low aspect
Naish Jet 2450 low aspect
F4 1250 & 1700, and 1325 low aspect
Slingshot / Ride Engine Infinity 76 & 84, Timecode / Arc 68 low aspect
Foil Science 1116, and 1600 low aspect
Slow motion close detail video of foil surfers paddling for and catching waves. Both Prone board and SUP board foil surfers. This video series focuses on the sequence of hand and foot placement that foil surfers do to catch a wave and get up on foil, both real time and slow motion so we can see the detailed techniques. The first 3 videos are of SUP foil surfing, and the next 2 are prone foil surfing.
What wing or surf foil gear should I buy? Or rent or demo? I get asked this question a lot and I see posts online asking similar questions. Below is a beginner guide for foil gear.
Also please post any questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page and I will answer.
Harnesses are a great way to point further upwind and rest the arms and prolong a fun session. Being attached to a powerful wing up high on a tall foil can also be intimidating and lead to a scary fall. In this video tutorial series I show and explain various harnesses and hooks, both metal spreader bars and hooks, and the ding free hooks. I also show how to hook in and hook out in various wind strengths, and on bigger 6 and 8 meter wings. I also go over what can go wrong and how to protect oneself and stay safe.
Flagging out the wing and riding the bumps downwind is the focus of this video series. Covering what to look for and reading the water, techniques to keep riding, and gear selection. These video tutorials were filmed in the San Francisco Bay and Delta. 12 videos.
Folks often ask me who in the San Francisco Bay Area offers lessons, repairs, where to get boards, foils, wings and who has boats or electric foils.
So this page is a list of resources that I know of in the San Francisco Bay Area.