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, 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
This 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...
Berkeley 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…
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.
Treasure 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.
The other day I test rode a mid aspect foil, a higher aspect foil, and a true high aspect foil wing back to back to back. I made videos contrasting the different feels and my experience and take away on the three different aspect ratios.