Flyfoil wing surf boards – Video

Hello welcome, today we’re going to do a little unveiling of our new flyfoil wing surfboard. This is the smaller of the boards this is a 4’10” by 55 liters so the specs can all be seen here at the back of the board okay 4’10” by 25.2 wide, three inches thick so it’s a little thinner than your average wing board but this is a high-performance model. This year we have handles in the bottom as well as in the deck so that’s convenient no matter which way you’re carrying it but especially if you’re carrying it with the foil attached, as they can get very unwieldy. It’s a full carbon foam sandwich construction 100% all the way around with a lot of extra reinforcement. We have five special added patches here in the box area and connecting the boxes and the handles which have fit into blocks of high density pvc foam, so the pvc foam actually joins the deck to the bottom, so you have the monocoque construction, plus the interior blocks create a support through the entire board. So a lot less flexing of the deck and less of the boxes rocking forward and back so a lot of boards out there you’ll see after a while they get beat up around this area. This board is designed for hard use and extreme performance it should hold up very good. Another thing you’ll see in our design classic to our line of boards is you’ll have a concave deck the entire way. If you’ve ever used a concave deck you’ll know what i’m talking about. Very comfortable to ride, very natural underneath your feet, gives your board a great alignment, and you really kind of have a feel for where your board is at, and it tends to make you a lower center of gravity. In the middle of the board, it’s not a dome deck okay, it’s not like riding your grandpa’s, you know, cigar-shaped windsurfer board. It is more like your flat wake-style boards that you’ll ride. Lower center of gravity, which is great. Also a lot of rocker, nose rocker and tail rocker. So what you notice about these boards is even though they’re shorter than previous years, they’re even shorter still with the amount of flat area on the rocker line underneath the board. So you have all of this area under the nose with rocker and a tail rocker as well and what’s that good for that’s good for pumping. So when you’re trying to get up on the plane you’re pumping the board and trying to get up on the foil, so very good for that. But is the board less stable? Well of course when you shorten the water-line length, and you put a lot of tail rocker and a lot of nose rocker, you’re going to pay for that with a little bit of instability. This board is wide and very boxy. Square wide tail, wide nose, and that gives your board like that “four-points-of-contact” stability as you’re initially getting going. So this is a board that the light people can just do a dead start with, but the heavier guys you’re going to be sinking the board and doing more of a water-start semi-submerged. Okay, 55 liters is like the magic amount of volume, so you might be submerged. Sometimes submerged under your knees so you’re going to get your balance and do a semi-deep-water start on this board. Okay, fly foils, all Flyfoils wing-surf boards have footstraps options, so you can accommodate inline straps here, and you can have the v-straps, or the y-straps, so you can have a single strap on the front, you can have a couple of these, you can have a single offset, a lot of people will just ride one-way goofy or regular style you can set it up like that, and the back strap optional for a lot of people. What we’ve done this year it’s given you basically about 14 inches total connected inserts, so that means you can start way up here if you’re light or you’re small. So the kids and the ladies if they’re riding this board because you know, smaller people like smaller boards. You can have the back strap up here to keep the weight forward and centered. And for the bigger guys who are using it as a high-performance board, like me later today, i’ll have this back strap further back and quite balanced. You can see the straps also very centered on the board, they’re not up here on the tail okay. They’re right here in the middle and why is that? Well we want to maximize our utilization of the volume that we’re left with. Only 55 liters, but those liters and that buoyancy is going to be right under your stance, so when you drop off the foil you come down, you touch down in between gusts, or maybe when you’re learning how to transition, that volume stays right underneath you. The tail is not going to sink, the nose is not going to sink, it’s going to be right under you, so you’re going to do just basically a vertical, nice trim angle, touchdown, even if you go underwater. Okay, at times you’ll be burying the board under the water, maybe six inches if you’re a heavy guy. The board’s center of lift and buoyancy will be right underneath you, so you don’t have a big cork on the nose, or a cork on the tail, so you don’t have to shift your weight radically from your natural standing position to try and balance it when it comes off the foil. Okay so we’ve got an easy-riding board, that has plenty of options. When you first get your board, I recommend take it out strapless and get used to how you feel on a strapless board. You attach your foil in the middle. If you don’t know any better, just put it right in the middle of the tracks, and you don’t know exactly where you’re going to stand, because every board balances differently, and you’re going to get used to where your feet go. Look down, count off the inserts, and figure out where you’re going to want your straps, or if you’re going to want straps, it’s up to you. Okay you have a leash position back here. Okay most of you will be using a surfboard leash back there. A coiled leash is good so we’re gonna attach that back there. All right and what else is there to say, okay here’s the leash. So this is the kind of leash that we’re going to be recommending you use. And there are other leash styles available, you can do a waist leash or something like that. The beauty of this kind of leash though, why we use them, in case you don’t know is, they don’t drag in the water. So when you have all the benefits of being on a foil and you’re planing along and you’ve got low-drag, the last thing you want is your leash slapping in the water. It’s just like someone throwing an anchor out the back of your board, so get a nice little coiled leash, this is about a five-footer, and that’ll give you, you know, plenty of room to get away from the board when you have a wipeout, but not so much so it’s gonna drag in the water. So that’s the leash. So the big brother to this one is the 5-0 84 liter and we’ll take a look at that one. All right, now the first thing you may notice about this board is the thickness. So the “zeitgeist” or the “trend” for the wing boards right now is for a very thick board. A little bullet-shaped board, boom. And we call this one “the white stallion”. Okay now, this board very compact shape, a lot of volume. Our five-foot board has more volume than last year’s five-foot-six board. So we went six inches shorter, but we went up from 66 to 84 liters, so that’s 18 extra liters. So where did the liters come in? You might be surprised to learn that this board is only one inch thicker than the little brother. The 55-liter version. This is four inches thick, but again we still have the concave deck so you’ve got that lower center of gravity, that nice secure feeling. It’s not topsy-turvy, it’s a low center of gravity. We’ve got two handles, the same foot strap arrangements, a little bit of a higher volume board. So you’ll see boards like this have our pressure-compensating valve. You don’t touch that. That is set to do its own thing, it has a little gore-tex membrane in there that’s going to do its own thing that’s good for if you’re flying or if you’re driving to high altitudes up and down the mountain I don’t know and then so the pressure is compensated in the board so you don’t get any bubbling or blowouts. okay other than that the shape is a little bit very similar. Okay, we have a chine-edge tucked-under rail which is very good for when you’re touching down. okay so if you look at the end of the board okay the rails are very high center with a big cutout underway so that means you’re not going to grab rail as you’re heeling the board over and going hard upwind or in choppy conditions. It’s got a lot of nose rocker, but a thick nose so you’re not going to be sinking the nose for lack of volume. The tail too has got a lot of kick to the tail. The tail kick is good for pumping the board to generate those early leg pumps to get up and going on the foil. Alright now a little subtle difference in the two shapes is we added a quad-concave into triplane for the smaller model, and this is a single-concave to tri-plane on the larger one, the same as last year, the shape works really good, it’s a classic shape, it’s excellent. Both of these boards have flat zone where we attach the foils so you can move the foil back and forth, you don’t have any high points creating stress on the structure of the board or anything that limits your ability to utilize the entire track. so that’s our offerings for this year, and of course, we have other sizes available, but these are our most popular two sizes, okay 55 liter 84 liter are our best sellers. Thanks for joining us come online to flyfoils.com and we can show you all the specs there, or check this out online. Take care and aloha.