With Spring most definitely upon we’re keen to keep you as informed as possible on the extremely comprehensive F-One Foil range.
F-One were really early reactors to what has been going on in the foil world and conversations with Raphael the main man point towards forecasts that foil and foil related products will make up close to 50% of F-One’s business in the coming few years. It’s certainly a buzz subject and we get daily questions.
Stepping back and looking at what’s currently on offer from F-One I can see that it can easily get very confusing when looking to guide riders to a best fit final selection. Hopefully this blog will answer a few questions for you –
The image below shows F-One’s current foil selection. It’s widely agreed that they have the most polished and well thought out system and certainly something for everyone regardless of foiling discipline chosen. It’s really worth taking note of the flexibility of the system with the component parts being widely interchangable to suit needs.
It looks a bit daunting at first but actually it’s pretty simple once you know about it. Also ‘foilers’ will love the choice – it’s a pretty techie discipline and it’s very apparent that people really like to research and discuss before committing.
Here’s the break down when it come to making a choice:
Wings – the front wing obviously. F Ones are all full carbon.
The size and shape dictates who it’s for. Large ones (1200, 1000cm2) will fly at lower speeds so good for learning to foil with a kite, using on a SUP board to SUP foil or using on a surfboard if you want to be Kai Lenny! The big ones fly early but hit max speed fast and stay there – they won’t be that quick through the water but offer great stability for the learning stages or for the slower disciplines.
Our 900cm2 is really designed for windsurf foiling – the wider span gives stability. We’re getting a lot of enquiries from windsurfers who are looking for windsurf specific options.
The 800 and 600cm2 are really kite foil wings and the ones we will all sell most of. 800cm2 to the less experienced or bigger riders or riders just looking for light wind fun, progressing, learning to gybe and tack etc. 600cm2 to people keen to go faster and point upwind a little higher but who don’t want a full race one. We also have a 600cm2 Carving which has a slightly more rounded plan shape from the other 600cm2 – this means it’s a little more manoeuver orientated.
The Race 540 and 510 are for exactly that – you need to be going quick to get these flying but there’s less drag so top end much higher.
First choice Hybrid (Blue aluminium one) or carbon.
The Hybrid much cheaper, carbon stiffer and looks amazing but pricey. Some will want it though. My suggestion is that the Hybrid is the way to go for most – perhaps the carbon one for those who want the best on offer, travelling or looking to race.
Mast length – The majority of the Hybrid masts that we sell will be the 90cm one for kitefoiling. 65 or 75cm for everything else including SUP foil, Surf Foil and Windsurf Foil. The really short ones are for learning, using behind a boat etc
Mast heads – you’ll see 3 options:
K-F Box: Kite Foil box. F-Ones design and the one we will sell most of.
Deep K-F Box: a bit deeper deigned for thicker boards and greater stress for SUP foiling (stress from big SUP boards) Windsurf Foiling and Race Kite foiling where the riders are super loaded up.
Deep Tuttle: To fit in Deep Tuttle boxes used by other brands.
F One really only sell the 42cm one, the 38cm one is for racing
Freeride 300cm2 for most! Race 210cm2 obviously more for the racing folk.
F One offers the boxes in the bottom right of the page which can be glassed into SUPs, surf and windsurf boards to add a foil. We also have the Top Plate coming into stock soon which allows you to fit an F-One foil to brands with a track system (eg Slingshot).
As an aside we now have World Big Wave champ Twiggy Baker on F-One who’s going to be using our foils – proof that foiling is going mainstream.
Kitefoil boards: 47cm, 49cm and 51cm – key sellers. Making the start of foiling as easy as possible. These boards are the same length they just vary in width. Come fitted with regular KF Boxes
Kitefoil boards Carbon: 45cm, 47cm and 49cm – lighter construction and the two smaller sizes come with the Deep KF Box to handle increased stresses from the likely longer mast and heavier forces experienced when used powered up on a race course.
Kitefoil Board 52 TS: TS stands for Top Sheet construction which results in this board being a little cheaper than the regular foil boards. IT comes fitted with a KF Box Base plate which can also be used on other manufacturer’s boards.
Mitu Convertible: The market leading Mitu surfboards fitted with a KF Box offering the user the best of both worlds. It’s a great way of foiling whist having a board that you can use in the waves too. I know that some places teach students to foil going upwind (the easiest way at first) then they meet them at the top of the beach with a van, detached the foils and teach them to waveride on their way back down to the starting point! These boards are available in the 5’6″, 5’8″ and 5’10” sizes.
This is becoming increasingly popular – especially as it has the possibility of bringing alive places here in the UK where the waves are often mushy and slack. By far the most asked about board is the Papenoo 7’11” which can be surfed in regular configuration or with a foil added
The Papenoo is available in other sizes and 2 constructions.
The next step on is our real Swiss Army board – the Papenoo Convertible SUP/Windfoil. This board allows you to SUP, SUP foil, windsurf and windsurf foil on the same board.