Lightweight Waterproof Foil Boards – A Step Towards Sustainability

We built waterproof boards.  Mine came in 4 pounds lighter than my eps board of similar size and volume.  The swing weight is night and day difference, felt way more maneuverable, turns felt much quicker especially rail to rail.  With waterproof foam dings aren't a problem, as in they don't suck up water and get heavy and cause the boxes to delaminate and fail, this has been the issue with many of my eps foil boards.  Ding free means less material and resin to seal the board.  Water ingress isn't an issue, pin holes don't matter.  Jeff Clark made a prototype 2 years ago, and even with many dings it has not gained weight.  I tested it for several months and was very impressed with the potential.

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Foil Reviews – Honest Feedback on Hydrofoils from Popular Brands

Foil ReviewsI 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


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What’s New – Short Reports of New, Different, Unique

What's NewThis page is dedicated to whatever new stuff we happen to be testing and working on.

When I have something to report I will post here and update the posting date, kind of a preview before a tutorial is ready.

I added 4 videos of the F-one Seven Seas 1200, reviewing this wing both surf and wing foiling. Available on the foil reviews page.

Jeff Clark's larger wing foil boards came in and I have 2 sessions on the 118L (5'10").  I am stoked to report that the extra volume is well placed and right away I noticed the improved stability over my 95L.  I am only 2 sessions on the Jeff Clark board, and yet schlogging was a pleasure, and touching down a non issue.  It's been so long since I have ridden higher volume boards that I forgot how nice it is to be able to touch down or even plane along the surface with no issues or pearling or sinking.  He only had 2 boards made and with the good feedback is working on having more boards made.  I am not a jumper so I don't know if this construction can stand that type of abuse, for my everyday surf style they are great.  Going into the light wind season I am so stoked to have a short stable board in my quiver.

One of the reasons this matters to me is that the 110-140L size board is what a lot of beginners and intermediate riders end up buying, and it's a huge benefit if these boards are stable to stand and schlog on.  In my opinion stability is priority one for a higher volume board, for me this was the single biggest factor that made wing foiling easier to learn.

I added 2 videos of no pump acceleration take offs, these are helpful with small high aspect foils, and when one cannot pump.  Can find the videos at the bottom of the small board knee start page.

Also added an update to weak side or switch foiling, 1 video on small body weight board and no pump take off.

I also added a video on how to flip over an 8 meter wing while sitting on a body weight board at the bottom of the wing handling page.

I demoed a full 2022 Cabrinha wing foil setup: wing, foil, and board.  The camera died before I got on foil so no foiling, I did make a video review of my short test on this gear on the foil reviews page.

Also I added some more videos on foot hooks and a mod a made to more securely attach a foot hook...

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Berkeley Wing Foiling in the San Francisco Bay

Berkeley Wing FoilingBerkeley has direct line of sight to the Golden Gate Bridge and the opening to the Pacific Ocean.  Powerful wind and swell enter the mouth of the bay and make their way all the way to Berkeley.  Spring and summer winds are the most consistent and best time to wing foil in Berkeley.  The best way to access and learn about Berkeley wing foiling is to visit the…

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Treasure Island Wing Foiling in The San Francisco Bay

Treasure IslandTreasure Island often has great swell and consistent wind, also the launch is small and the current can be strong so I recommend advanced skills, the buddy system, and a radio.  Treasure Island has a pretty wild history including use of radioactive toxins, explosives, and other dangerous materials (Business Insider, Reuters, SFGate, SFBayview), and it seems toxic nuclear radiation still exits on the island.

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