Summer is approaching and the novelty is really present at F-ONE! The FOIL shows its facets and becomes a separate discipline in which we are invested.
Raphael Salles speaks a little bit in a few lines of the history of FOIL within the brand to explain everything. All the answers to your questions and technical information of our products to read below!
“We had seen the shots of Lair Hamilton foiling on a tow-in with snowboard boots a long time ago now and more recently the SUPFOIL videos of Bruno André surfing waves. One could wonder why these new sports sometimes take so much time to get off the ground?
But there is a difference between a professional surfer using high tech gear and general public practice. On another side, we have seen several main “cycles” which can be classified in three main categories: Windsurf, Kitesurf and Stand Up Paddle. It seems that these cycles feed on one another and can only hatch out when some of the leaders switch from a cycle to a new one. Clearly, the pro-riders and we, the brands, can only develop one sport at a time.
For a few years now, riding and sailing on foils has literally been bursting out in watersports, foiling over the water becomes a sport of its own and I think that a “fourth cycle” is taking shape and taking off.
Foiling is exceptional due to the sensations and performances it has to offer, but also due to another reason that we couldn’t yet picture not so long ago: foiling is possible in all three sports: Kitesurf, SUP and Windsurf.
For the first time, the riders of three different watersports can share the same feelings and the same language! Even more surprising, they can also share the same foils or boards.
We have been involved in kitefoiling for the past 4 years during which we have gained a lot of competences in this very technical sport. But we are also a SUP brand and used to be windsurfers originally. This is why our expertise can very naturally be developed on all three types of gear.” SUPFOILING has two different aspects: surfing and downwind racing.
But it’s always better to try for yourself and make your own conclusions to understand properly.
On my first session, the feelings were amazing straight away. Bear in mind that I foil very regularly with a kite and I have also foiled towed behind a boat, but the feeling on the wave was different. To get an idea of these sensations, I think it’s close to what surfing or kiting can be in the waves. No kite, no traction to deal with, everything becomes so pure.
But there is also a new dimension into this: it’s the energy of the waves below the surface of the water. When surfing on a foil, it becomes possible to grasp and play with the new kind of energy together with the slope of the wave. Forgetting the old reflex actions and focusing on this new information can be puzzling.
Now, once this new feeling has been experienced comes another question: where can or should we go supfoiling?
Choppy waves, even exposed to the wind can be ridden with a Supfoil, meaning that poor and unexploited surf conditions become accessible. This is the second strong aspect, after the feelings offered, which has convinced me that this could become a new surfing sport. We all know that on our planet there is a lot more of poor and average wave conditions than good ones.
This is also a unique opportunity to surf the outside reefs which are usually deserted.
The range of supfoil boards that we have on offer has been entirely developed based on this analysis and can classified in three sub-ranges:
1) The convertible: PAPENOO convertible
Its planning hull is ideal to take speed and facilitates the transition between the surfing phase and flying phase. Its compact shape also naturally provides the right balance over the foil and makes it more maneuverable in flight.
The PAPENOO Foil is ideal for waves around 1m as it requires a little bit of power to lift out.
It is also a fantastic board to learn how to foil towed behind a boat. It just needs standing up with your feet in the correct position without needing to water-start. Just let the boat reach the required speed and you can trigger the flight!
Weight is important to facilitate lift off. The PAPENOO SUP-Foil convertible is therefore available in full carbon construction only to make it as light as possible. The area around the foil box insert has been specifically reinforced to endure the high loads.
This board is available in 7’7’’ x 29’’ – 110L and 7’11’’ x 30.5’’ – 123L
2) Surfing SUPFOIL boards – MAGIC
This was a golden opportunity to start from a blank page and make no compromises. We wanted to achieve take-off as early as possible and then gain enough speed on the wave to lift off and foil.
On the two MAGIC sizes, 8’6 and 9’6, the entire shape has been thought towards foiling. Outline, rocker, volume distribution, box locations and feet positions, everything is made to get you up on the foil. This is something totally new.
These boards are quite long and narrow to allow for a better take-off on outside reef waves which are less powerful.
Being slightly longer, the 9’6 will allow easier take-offs.
Important note: it is possible to surf less powerful waves with a foil with an amazing feeling but the foil does not enable an earlier take-off. It is therefore important to choose correctly the size of the board depending on the wave to be surfed.
3) Downwind Racing SUPFoil boards – OCEAN
The aim here is to surf the ocean swell downwind to lift off with a race supfoil and glide off as far as possible. This type of practice is a little more restrictive as it requires the right logistics and weather forecast, but what a feeling it is to glide above the swell with nothing more than a SUP and a paddle.
The shape of the OCEAN 10’ is not only restricted to downwind racing but is also suited to surfing outside reefs. It becomes possible to catch and surf the waves that rise further offshore and then paddle back to the peak after a long surf, even if that’s going upwind.
Race SUPFoiling becomes a mix of navigating and flying.
What kind of board is required to take-off on a downwinder and what kind of board is required to maintain flight as long as possible?
We have opted for a length of 10’ to get enough speed to catch the swell and bumps, while remaining light and compact enough for the behavior in flight. Here again, starting from such a blank page, we were able to unleash our design experience and get out of the beaten tracks.
Outline, volume, rocker, hull and nose shape are all previously unseen on a racing SUP board. Box location and feet position have been optimized for an early lift off to maximize your enjoyment and the distance with your trailing competitors.
Those boards are therefore fully supports adapted to different practices proposed by the SUPFOIL. Two packs are available in SUPFOIL:
-The SUPFOIL SURF HYBRID (Aluminium & Carbon)
-The SUPFOIL RACE HYBRID (Aluminium & Carbon)
Composition of the SUPFOIL SURF HYBRID: ( to associate to the MAGIC or PAPENOO convertible)
-75cm aluminium mast
-1000 Freeride wing
Composition of the SUPFOIL RACE HYBRID: ( to associate to the OCEAN)
-75cm aluminium mast
-900 Race wing
We have developed two types of front wing blades for Supfoiling and both of them are made to work with the same stabilizer and fuselage.
1000 Freeride Wing:
Designed for SUP surfing, the generous surface area and compact aspect ratio of this wing offers easy and immediate lift, even at very low speed. From the moment you lift off, the wing lets you follow the wave without excessive speed and remain very user friendly.
Maneuverable and very intuitive to enter the curves and bends, it is ideal for surfing or for learning how to foil behind a boat.
This wing is perfect with our MAGIC 8’6 and 9’6 boards, as well as with the PAPENOO convertible, but can be adapted on any surfing Supfoil board.
900 Race Wing:
As indicated by its name, this wing is designed to be used for downwind racing. Its unique and innovative design features a surface area of 900 cm² and an extended span, giving this wing a great performance potential.
It was designed to achieve lift off at the lowest possible speed and thanks to its efficiency it will glide for long and far, following the slope of the swell. It is also quite maneuverable given its size, making it easier to change direction and stay at the right place on the swell.
This wing is perfectly suited to our OCEAN 10’ board, but can be setup on any racing Supfoil board.
75cm Aluminum mast:
The F-ONE 75cm Aluminum mast is based on the same profile as the proven and user-friendly 90cm foil mast, which offers both ease of use and performance.
Using a specific aluminum extruded profile and a medium chord length of 11cm, its light weight makes the foil easy to carry and move around both on shore and in the water. The profile is 1.5 cm thick and uses a low-drag section for a perfect glide. The length of 75cm matches the need of SUP foiling to offer maximum control.
Equipped with the patented FAST CONNECTION DEVICE constructed from Forged and Pre-preg carbon, this mast comes with great modularity and ease of use as one single screw is all that’s needed to assemble the main parts together. Compatible with all F-ONE wings and foil parts, it is also completely watertight and corrosion free. This mast is recommended with the Surf/Freeride 1000 and Race 900 wings to depending on the targeted use: foil surfing or downwind foiling.
This mast is equipped with a Deep KF-Box and fits on all F-ONE SUPfoil boards.
Can I setup my foil on any SUP board ?
Any SUP board might not be fit for supfoiling since it requires good aptitudes for take-off and the right box location. The longer the board, the trickier it gets to lift off and to place the box in the right location.
Can I setup my foil on any Windsurf board?
Yes, but the box needs to be located in the right place to achieve the right balance.
Are your foils available with other box standards such as Tuttle for example?
Yes, it is available on demand.
Can you supply Deep KF Box inserts to fit into the boards?
Are all the blades, fuselages, masts of the range SUPFOIL – KITEFOIL – WINDFOIL all compatible with each others?
Yes, thanks to our patented FCD connection system, everything is compatible.
How is it possible to use the same front wing for supfoiling and windfoiling?
From a design point of view, the brief is quite similar: the foil needs to lift out of the water a rider and his/her board with more or less performances or accessibility. The driving force either comes from paddling together with the energy of the wave or from the sail force of the windsurf rig.
On the other side, kitefoiling is different since the kite pulls upwards and carries some of the rider and board weight. But some kitefoil wings can be used in windfoil or supfoil, such as the Freeride 800 by example. And the 900 and 1000 supfoil wings can also be used for kitefoiling.
Why do the Supfoil and Windfoil masts have different lengths?
When supfoiling, it is all about keeping your balance at the top of the foil. The longer the mast, the more difficult it is to maintain the balance. The foil also doesn’t run across a high chop or waves during flight.
When windfoiling, the rig provides more support and more stability. The foil can be used on the open sea and will come across higher chops and waves around 1m or more. More length is therefore required to fly over these.
Is it easier to learn how to foil behind a boat?
Yes! The shorter mast of a supfoil and the Freeride 1000 wing are the ideal combo to learn how to fly. A beginner doesn’t even need to waterstart. All that is required is to stand up on the SUP, feet located in the right place with the rope in hand.
The boat can set the pace accurately to reach the ideal speed for the rider to feel the lift from the foil. He will thereby learn easily how to fly by focusing solely on the foil.
Is it possible to windfoil with a 75cm supfoil mast?
Yes, of course, but doing the opposite (supfoiling with 90cm windfoil mast) is more difficult.
Is there a way to practice sup, supfoil and windfoil with the same foil and board?
Absolutely! Thanks to our convertible Papenoo board which can be used as a normal wave SUP but can also be used for supfoiling and windfoiling if a rig is added.