The first time I flew, it was a revelation. A mind-blowing, magical, memorable moment on par with those early planing days. Don’t we all remember the first time we got planing? Who would have thought that there was another hidden level in windsurfing. We windsurfers savor those memories and here we are, with an opportunity to relive those feelings once more.
Flying over the sea without a sound, zipping along silently close to thirty knots. What could be more fun? The foil adventure begins.
Starboard Foil 147: the foil board and lightwind windsurf board in one.
It is based on the UltraSonic 147 and adds a reinforced foil box, a reinforced construction and extra footstrap inserts for additional tuning options to match any foil you choose to fit.
The 95 cm wide outline coupled with a wide tail gives you a super-efficient shape that planes up early and gives you a high degree of control and leverage over the foil. The 241 cm length makes the board forgiving when dropping off the foil and helps the board take off.
Like the UltraSonic 147 it is based on, the Foil 147 is efficient and fast in the lightest winds. The footstrap positions are less far outboard compared to pure racing boards, making them more comfortable and easier to handle. The extra length allows us to use a longer, smooth rockerline profile, helping the board glide easily on to the plane.
The Foil 147 is fitted with two rows of 5 inserts for each footstrap.
For foils with their front wings placed further forward, we recommend the forward positions. For foils with their front wings placed further back, we recommend the back positions.
The Foil 147 is delivered with the new UltraLight Mk IV footstraps. They neither stretch nor twist thanks to a new internal Kevlar X-Ply layer and an additional poly-carbonate reinforcement.
“With the Foil 147 we’ve made a great board not only perfect for your first steady flights but also to push your limits of speed. Its generous rocker and length will absorb any chop or wave, keeping you up smoothly on a steady foil flight!”
– Gonzalo Costa Hoevel
The Foil 147 construction includes extra stringers and longitudinal reinforcements to strengthen the board against repetitive landings.
The Foil box is larger to distribute loads over a larger area and heavily reinforced. It is built using solid sheets of 20 mm thick high-density PVC with 5-8 mm thick carbon fibre walls.
The Foil box is 67 mm deep with a flat, parallel bottom. This allows the board to take both types of foil bases: tapered ‘Tuttle-style’ base and rectangular foil bases.
In either case, it is strongly recommended for the front of the foil’s base to reach the bottom of the box. This ensures that the vertical lifting load from the foil will be carried by both the front wall of the box and the bottom wall of the box.
“The first time I used a foil, I had an awesome feeling that was like my first time in funboard, when I had my first planing! I love windfoil because I can use it like a Formula board to go upwind and downwind, or like a Slalom board. With the Starboard Team Set, you get two front wings, two tail wings, two fuselages and one mast: you can set yourself to do everything with these parts!”
– Antoine Questel
Visit Starboardfoils.com to pick your foil.