JP Hydrofoil 135 2018
You can chuck your windsurf foil in any old board with a bit of width and a deep tuttle box. It’s a huge factor in why foiling is taking the windsurfing world by storm. Reducing the financial risk means more riders are willing to give foiling a go – before becoming inevitably seduced by the advantages and sensations of foiling.
So why buy a dedicated foil board when an old formula board will work?
- They are the easiest boards to learn on, bar none. – The first challenge in achieving sustained flight is adapting your stance to shift your body weight forward and keep the windward rail down. On a hydrofoil board the footstrap and mast track position encourages you into the correct stance. Up on the foil the Hydrofoil 135 flies balanced and neutral. You are not forced to compensate for an outline and volume distribution that was never designed for the job.
– The most common crash while you’re learning happens when you lean too far back, the foil comes out of the water, losing all lift and bringing you crashing back down to the water. The JP Hydrofoil 135 ES has a specially designed nose and underwater profile that kisses the water and lifts you back up in the foil. In comparison traditional windsurf boards tend to stick to the water, sending you catapulting over the front
- They maximise your windrange. – Width is the key here, particularly in the tail. Most traditional windsurf boards, especially slalom boards, are pulled in aggressively at the tail.
– In light winds the volume and width in the tail of the JP Hydrofoil allows you stand back in the straps and pump up onto the foil. The entire underwater profile is dedicated to early planing and lift as the designers don’t have to compromise for high wind control.
– In high winds you need the width in the tail to give you leverage to control the foil. The aerodynamic design stops the board producing too much lift in strong winds – keeping everything in control.
- They push the performance envelope. – If you want to race or push the performance boundaries, forget about traditional windsurf boards. Combined with the RS:Flight F4 Carbon the JP Hydrofoil is dominating the PWA slalom courses and the Formula class. For speed freaks 30++ knots is on offer if you have the balls!