Pics: Oli Lane-Peirce/james Jagger/Foilshop UK.
You’ve heard the saying: ‘Jack of all trades master of none’. This could be applied to some multi-discipline foil boards… As foiling evolves there’s a growing trend from brands (particularly those that inhabit the windsurfing/stand up paddle boarding space) to produce Swiss Army Knife bits of equipment that do more than one job.
Axis Foils Froth SUP foil/wing foil board 5’5, 5’7, 5’9, 6’0, 6’6.
New for 2021 Axis Foils’ Froth range of SUP and wing foil boards utilise a whole bunch of modern design characteristic (bevelled rails, pronounced tail kick, compact lengths and packed volumes) to serve up progressive wing and SUP flight machines.
Add foil, add water, add wing and/or paddle and off you fly!
Scroll down for more info on the Axis Foth range of wing and SUP foil boards.
We heard a cynical insider industry comment recently that by combining wing foiling with windsurf foiling (and SUP to some degree if you remember windSUP is a thing) that this gear us a rouse to keep windsurfing numbers up…somehow. But that aside you can’t fail to recognise – especially if you subscribe to any combo of these activities – that convertible foiling boards, that allow different styles of flying, are attractive.
We should also acknowledge there are a bunch of boards available that aim at foiling but also cover stuck to water elements as well. Having tested a few similar designs a few years back we can say they did work fine. But it’s tricky to come up with an efficient shape that serves flying AND on water riding. The two parts are wildly different relying on contrasting hydrodynamics (and aerodynamics to some degree). So for this article we’re sticking with the evolved convertible boards that focus entirely on foiling.
Zeeko Ypsilon wing foiling wing V2: 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m.
We’ve spent a lot of time with Zeeko products in general, the French brand’s Ypsilon wing foiling wing range being no different. Featuring a unique Y-shape middle strut, that integrates with the leading edge, the unique design is both eye catching and functional.
Scroll down for further Zeeko Ypsilon wing foiling wing info.
So do they work? I’m a nutshell: yes! And pretty well. We’ve had opportunity to test and ride a bunch of multi-foil board designs from a different manufacturers. These include Slingshot’s Shred Sled, Gong’s Zuma, JP Australia’s Foil Slate and the brand new 2021 i99 (NoveNove) Volare.
Note: A couple of others are in the mix but we haven’t quite finished testing yet. Stay tuned on those!
All the aforementioned foil boards allow flying of different styles. Depending on which design you’re looking at depends on which discipline the boards err slightly towards. It’s subtle and incremental and to be honest most real world riders possibly wouldn’t pick up these nuances until a few sessions in. And even then it’s not that any area is falling flat it’s more about marginal optimisation. Basically they’re all fun to use and will suit riders who mix and match their foil riding depending on conditions and/or mood.
We will add that as yet fewer multi-foil boards have option for windsurf foiling. This is mostly because with only SUP and wing foil in the mix the brand’s board range in question can be shrunk right down in terms of volumes and widths. As soon as you add a mast track, whereby the power source is attached to the board (i.e. your windsurf sail), you add weight. This requires more volume and float for starting in lighter winds. As such convertible foil boards including windsurfing hold their size around the 130L mark roughly.
Unifoil Wind Wing wing foiling wing 4m, 5m, 6m.
Already an established, premium carbon hydrofoil brand Unifoil deliver the same attention to detail and quality performance with their three size range wind foiling Wind Wings.
Distinct looks, ease of use and simple on water traits lend Unifoil’s Wind Wings a desirable edge.
Scroll down for more info regarding Unifoil’s Wind Wing range.
If you’re looking to drop board sizing for wing or SUP foiling then you’ll eventually lose the windsurf foil element. You could, of course, store a quiver if you wish but riders in the market for a ‘one does all’ solution probably don’t want to go this route.
Having ability to swap out foiling styles across wing foil, SUP foil and windfoil is something we like at Foilshop. Typical riding venues – such as FS’s UK HQ – requires adaptability to maximise all weathers. No two sessions are ever the same conditions wise. In fact, no two hours are! Such is the inconsistent and changeable climate we experience. Having a one board solution is therefore welcome as it narrows down one of the variables. If board design and technical know how hadn’t evolved to the point it currently has this kind of sled may have ended up a ‘dog’. Fortunately this isn’t the case.
Convertible foil boards aren’t for everyone. But if you’re a cross-foiler who switches about disciplines regularly then perhaps one of these babies would be a good bet for you. Check ’em out if you can…
Witchcraft Windsurfing five batten windfoil/windsurf sail 3.7m, 4.2m, 4.7m, 5.3m, 5.9m, 6.2m.
Here at Foilshop UK we know Witchcraft Windsurfing’s windsurf/windfoil sails inside and out. Having used both the five batten Karma and four batten Slayer extensively (across all sizes) we’re extremely confident that not only are these sails absolutely bombproof they’re also amazingly good for windfoiling. (And of course, standard windsurfing when you don’t fancy flying).
Scroll down for more info and Witchcraft Windsurfing’s five batten Karma sail range.
Pics courtesy: Oli Lane-Peirce, James Jagger, Nick Kingston.
If you have any more questions about convertible foil boards, wing foiling, SUP foiling, windsurf foiling it any other part of foiling then just holla. And be sure to check out the following articles over on a our Foiling Knowledge page –