Welcome to a whole new sport. SUP Foiling, hydro foiling or Foil Boarding is about to explode. Whether you Surf, SUP, Kite, Windsurf or Wakeboard, Foiling will transport you to a while new universe of fun!
Foil boarding is a drug. It is the closest feeling you will get to flying over the water. It is effortless and silent and feels like you are floating on powder snow. AND – it is easy to do!
We teach Foil Boarding at Balmoral Beach. We have boats, boards and Foils specifically designed for learning and progressing. Get your flying skills honed behind a boat before you enter the ocean and save hours of frustration.
As one legend of the sport, Dave Kalama so eloquently puts it: “Foil surfing is like learning to surf a Uni Cycle. You are trying to learn to surf and fly the foil at the same time. Getting behind a boat break it down and allows you to learn to fly first. Besides being safer, it will catapult your learning experience.”
1.5 hour Foil Boarding Lesson $180.
Bring a mate – $150 each.1.5 Hours 3-UP. $450. Three people – 2 hours.
We teach from 7am weekdays and Weekends. We supply everything including safety gear. Email or call Andrew Allen to book your lesson – 0414 542 225
WHY IS FOIL BOARDING JUST TAKING OFF NOW? Hydro foils have been around for decades. Only recently has the design and technology come together to enable you get going unassisted. Low speed foils can now be paddled into ocean swells or waves.
IS FOIL BOARDING EASY? It can be if you learn the right way. Foiling is counter intuitive with more mephitis on controlling the board with your front door. It is best to spend time learning to ‘hover’ or ‘fly’ behind a boat before venturing into the ocean on your own.
IS FOIL BOARDING SAFE? Yes, if you break it down and learn to Foil first, before venturing onto the ocean. The best way to learn to fly or ‘hover’ on a foil board is to learn and practice behind a boat. You need to train your body to ‘hold the hover’. A helmet and an impact vest are standard safety equipment for learning. There are plenty of horror stories of people getting injured by not learning the basics before heading out into the waves.
WHICH BRAND OF HYDRO FOIL SHOULD I BUY? We stock Naish Thrust, Slingshot and GoFoil foils. Each has there own unique characteristics depending on what you want to use them for. Talk to us and we can help you navigate through the mine-field of choice to hone in onthe right Hydro Foil for you.
WHAT SIZE HYDRO FOIL SHOULD I BUY? This depends on a number of factors including your weight, your experience and where you want to go with your Foil boarding. Most brands stock at least 4 sizes to cover al the different end uses.
1. SMALL: Best for light riders or big surf, Wake foiling, Kite foiling. (high speed foiling)
2. MEDIUM: Best for average weight riders in average surf. Also light wind foiling – Kite and Windsurf
3. LARGE: Average weight riders in small weak waves or riders 90kg plus
4. XL: (low speed foiling) All riders who want to chase ocean swells or go down winding.
WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT FOIL MAST HEIGHTS? Basically the longer the Foil mast, the more chop it can handle and the more tolerance you have when carving or turning the board. Kite and Windsurf Foil masts are the longest so they can handle bigger chop and swell generated by the wind. Surf Foils are generally shorter as you go out in light wind/low chop. It is best to start out on a shorter mast as it is easier to learn. As you progress you will want to lengthen the mast to aid carving the board.
WHICH FOIL MOUNTING SYSTEM? If it wasn’t complicated enough! There are basically two systems to mount Hydrofoils to boards – TUTTLEBOX or TWIN PLATE (two x 10″ boxes). Each system has it’s Pros and Cons but more importantly each foil brand uses one or the other so when buying a foil you must consider what boards are available for that system. NAISH Foilboards use Twin Plates. SLINGSHOT Foilboards use Twin plates. Most other brands use TUTTLE BOX. This is one reason why we recommend the SUNOVA ECO Foilboard RR$1799) as it offer both Tuttle and Twin box mounting to take ANY Foil.
WHICH FOIL BOARD? Possibly the hardest decision when starting out is wether or not to buy a foilboard or convert and old board. Here is our advice:
1. FOIL MOUNT. The quickest and cheapest way to convert a board is with a FOIL MOUNT plate. It does not suit every board however as it is only as strong as the bottom laminate and can delaminate very easily due to the forces involved. Not recommended unless you are prepared to sacrifice your board. Cost: FOIL MOUNT – Ridge Mount $280.
2.RETRO FIT conversions. You can retro fit most boards with either a TUTTLE BOX or TWIN (10″) BOXES. The cost ranges from $400 – $450 depending on your board and how quickly you want it done. We recommend that if you go down this path, you retro fit a bad that you are most comfortable on. You need a bit of extra volume to carry both you and the foil and handle rough water.
For advice on FOIL MOUNT and Foil mount systems-call Andrew Allen 0414 542 225
Once you can Foil you will have an idea of which way you want to go-
This will determine the type of board you need. Talk to us about your needs and whether you already have a board that can be converted. SLINGSHOT, NAISH and SUNOVA all have a dedicated range of Foil boards.
There are many options on the market right now but these are the two stand outs for us for versatility and value.
The SUNOVA ECO Foilboard is two boards one – a 5 fin SUP board and a Foil board. This is a super versatile board that takes ANY Foil as it offers both a Twin box and Tuttle foil mount.
7’0 x 28″ 96L 7’4 x 29″ 111L 7’8 x 30″ 126L 8′ x 32″ 144L $1899
Check out the SUNOVA ECO FOILBOARD REVIEW HERE
The NAISH HOVER Foilboard is three boards in one – SUP surf, SUP Foil, Wind Foil. It is super versatile design that allows you to switch from SUP Surfing to Foil surfing to Wind foiling.
This board is super stablel as both a SUP board and a Foil board. Perfect for learning and progressing
HOVER 95 7′ x 27.5″ 95L $2999
HOVER 120 7’6′ x 30″ 120L $2999
HOVER 122 7’6′ x 29″ 122L $2999
If normal prone surfing is your thing this the best dedicated SURF Foil surfboard on the market. $1399
This board is designed specifically for the unique dynamics and forces of foiling will mean the difference between success and failure. Developed by Slingshot’s Hawaii Surf Division, the 2018 Slingshot Skywalker Surf Foilboard offers a BLOCK TAIL design. The board paddles fast, and is specifically designed to enhance early take off. The wave literally can push you onto the foil. The concave deck provides stability and control when paddling. The Sky Walker has reinforced key locations to handle the unique forces foiling has on your board, which is important if you want to avoid donating your expensive foil to the bottom of the ocean.
2018 Slingshot Skywalker Surf Foilboard DIMENSIONS:
We have boards that are already converted for foiling available:
|Naish 7’10 x 31” Raptor V116 with Track mods. Used||$1,800|
|Naish 7’10 x 31” Raptor V116 with Track Mods.Un-used||$2,399|
|Naish 7’10” X32 GT with Track mods in-used|
|Naish 7’10” X32 GT with Foil Mount used||$2,199|
|Naish 8’3” X32 GT with Track mod. Unused.|
|Naish 5’6” Raptor Soft Top with Foil Mount. Used|
|Naish 10’4 Malolo board and Foil Complete.||$2,500|
|SUNOVA 8’3 126L SHROOM with twin track mount mod. Used. Good condition.||$1999|
|SUNOVA 7’3 86L SHROOM with TUTTLE mount, Used. Excellent condition||$1999|
|SUNOVA 7’6 95LL SHROOM with twin track mount mod. New||$2399|
|SUNOVA 8’7 120L Flow with full carbon track mount. Used. Excellent condition||$2200|
|XXX Balsa Foilboards|
|7′ x25 x 3 7/8||76L||$2,099|
|7’4 x 27 1/16 x 4 1/4||97L||$2,099|
|7’8 x 29 5/16 x 4 1/2||117L||$2,099|
|8′ x 32 x 5||136L||$2,099|
|7’4 x 29″||111L||$1,799|
|7’8 x 30″||126L||$1,799|
|8′ x 32″||144L||$1,799|
WHETHER PADDLING OR TOWING INTO OCEAN SWELLS, YOU CAN SEE WHY IT IS SO ADDICTIVE!