- Key features
- A rocker line that gives a very smooth ride with maximum control, and a very balanced feel on the water.
- A width that facilitates early and easy planing.
- Thin rails facilitate easy gybing despite the board’s width. Volume and width ensure that the board powers out of gybes.
- Balanced feel makes the board very easy to power upwind.
- Softened rails refined for Foil use, also ensure that the board has a very smooth ride over choppier conditions.
- Wide wind range from 15-25 knots, ideal with sail sizes from 7m² to 8.5m², perfect when the wind is too strong for comfortable wind foiling.
- Max GPS Speeds of 31-33 knots achieved in testing confirm a very sporty ride, fast and comfortable to sail.
Key features with foil:
-Maximum stability to uphaul the sail and get started in light-wind conditions.
- With a maximum width of 81.5cm, and a width carried through to 1-ft from the tail, the board takes-off early and easily.
- Comfortable and even drive through the legs once flying. Sailing position balanced with the Foil.
- Softened rails in the front 1/3 of the board so that the board sails through touch downs and flies again quickly, with maximum control and safety.
- Refined board shape that flies efficiently through the wind, ideal for driving upwind or blasting across the wind.
- Full deck pad at the rear of the board for maximum comfort during take-off and foiling.
- Include Product
Fin : S1 Select 43cm
4 footstraps + screws set and washers
- Technical Data
Length 230 cm Width 81.5 cm Weight 8 kg Volume 130 L Shaper Jean-Marie Guiriec Fins supplied Select S1 43cm Fin box Deep Tuttle windsurf_ideal_sails_sizes 6.5 > 8.5
An SUP champion, an excellent windsurfer, and a foil specialist on all kinds of craft, Eric Terrien gives us the benefit of his accumulated knowledge and plenty of advice for how to get the best performance from the Techno Foil 130 and 160 boards with the foil fitted.
What sail size, best board trim, basic errors to avoid…
I’d advise everyone to use a sail that you know well and a rig that you totally understand, how to adjust the height of the wishbone and harness loops. Avoid sails with multiple cambers or a seriously locked profile.
Don’t start with an over-sized sail – not more than 7 m2. Go for a sail size smaller than you would use for riding with a fin in the same conditions. You can use 1.5 – 2 m2 less sail area than for freeride. As for adjustment, I usually prefer to have a leech/trailing that’s quite taught and a sail without too much billow.
When I’m riding the foil, I move the foot straps further to the rear and set the mast foot as I would for slalom. And I usually move my harness loops backwards along the boom.
The key thing is to go gently, don’t go for too big a sail. When you’re learning you shouldn’t try to brutalise the foil or pump your sail like mad. It’s a simple question of building up your speed progressively and understanding that it’s the forward speed that builds the foil’s lift power bit by bit until you reach take-off.
It’s really important to put your feet in the foot straps as soon as your forward speed allows, even if you’re not planing yet. Once you reach lift off it’s really difficult to move your feet.
Given that you’re looking to get into the foot straps at low speed, you need to make sure you keep your weight well forwards to avoid the nose pitching. As the board gradually picks up speed, play around with your balance, gently transferring the forward weight/pressure towards the rear to help the foil lift off. And if you keep the board nice and flat it will take off all on its own.
During your first flights, try to limit the height of your ride, which will help keep more control. Afterwards, bit by bit, you will learn how to modify your foot pressure and sail handling to get the most out of your equipment and start flying higher and higher above the water.
During the take-off phase, you need to keep your rig vertical so as to not interfere with the board’s balance. As soon as the board lifts off, the wind pressure in the sail drops and sail control becomes much more sensitive. On your first runs it will be quite normal to find it impossible to ride hooked into your harness, as you would riding with a fin. With a foil you need to concentrate on your leg and foot pressure to keep the board as flat as possible. You should be always thinking to stay as upright as possible, just like your board, and keeping your rig close to you for better control. After a few sessions you’ll be able to start hooking in as you start building your speed and control.
What not to do
The biggest mistake is to have your first go with a sail too big, and on rough water! Whatever your windsurf skill level, for your first foil session you need to get right back to basics, like a beginner! So, you’re looking for stretch of flat water, a steady wind, and to have lots of doubts and questions as you feel your way into the new activity.
Second big mistake: trying to waterstart. You’re on your way to the beach with lacerations to your feet without a doubt. New-school foil boarding has put old-school up-hauling back in fashion!... With 130 litres of volume the Techno Foil 130 is perfect for that!
Finally, if you find you’ve lost control of the foil, don’t try forcing the foil as a way of recovering. And don’t try to get off the board either, you’ll end up with a nasty fall. Preferably you should stay on your board and try to go with it in the direction it is taking you. Even if that means not flying any more or falling off normally. With experience you’ll lose control less and less frequently because you’ll be riding with more and more finesse.
Happy sailing, happy flying, happy landings!