It is confusing and we have done the hard work for you. We stock Naish, Slingshot, GoFoil and AXIS 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 and get you on the right foil.
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.
This is a great Foil for getting started. Excellent value with really good glide. Stable for getting started and loose enough to carve as you get better. What we really like about the Naish Thrust Foil is that fact that you can upgrade the parts easily as you progress through the sport.
This is the original full carbon foil that started the new wave of Foil surfing. Excellent weight and performance with 5 foils to choose from.
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$1899) as it offer both Tuttle and Twin box mounting to take ANY Foil.