by: Cloud 9
Cloud 9 appreciates its supporters staying loyal to the foil and has been hard at work for 2019 hyper focused on creating and riding the best gear. Cloud 9's goal has always been to produce the highest quality surf foils that perform in the surf, turn smoothly, remain stable, and have a comfortable lift . . . resulting in the X Series.
The X Series Carbon foil package includes a travel case, 30” Solid carbon mast with integral baseplate, 29” carbon fuselage, carbon construction 14” tail wing and your choice of carbon construction front wing. All required hardware setup, instruction sheet and warranty card.
The X Series Hybrid foil package includes a travel case, 27” aluminium mast and baseplate, 29” carbon fuselage, hybrid construction 14” tail wing and your choice of hybrid construction front wing. All required hardware setup, instruction sheet, and warranty card.
The X Series includes four newly designed wings in two different constructions, all carbon and a carbon/fiberglass hybrid, each with reduced drag profiles and increased lift. The X Series Surf Wings have all been designed to be exceptional carving wings in surf. Both constructions work great, and we have yet to notice a perceivable difference when riding. They both have a polyurethane core with wrapped prepreg glass and/or carbon fiber. Cloud 9 chose to use a prepreg material in order to decrease weight and increase strength. The X Series wings are made in a mold and heated in a pressured curing oven (autoclave), which preserves the integrity, shape and strength as resins can behave differently with respect to temperature and humidity. The Carbon construction is stronger, stiffer, lighter and more impact resistant than the hybrid series. The Hybrid construction uses less carbon, is slightly heavier, and is more cost effective to produce. The X Series hydrofoils all come with the same 14” tail wing designed specifically for carving turns in the waves. The construction process is the same as the front wings, but without the foam core. These are 100% solid carbon.
In order to use one tail wing, Cloud 9 has designed performance tail wing shims to balance and/or counter the forces created by the front wing travelling through the water. We recommend the shims as outlined below. For the advanced rider, adding or subtracting a shim depending on surf conditions will change the lift dynamics of the front wing.
Cloud 9 has created two new fuselages - one for our carbon mast and one for our aluminium mast. Their main goal was to create a stronger and stiffer fuselage with less drag, no interior voids, and a wider, flatter connection to the wings. These new carbon fuselages are sleek in design and have 50% less drag than last year’s model. A stiffer connection between the board and the wings creates a much more positive feel, allowing the rider to feel the wing and to ride with more finesse and precision. Both these fuselages feature 3 tail wing positions. Simply by moving the tail wing forward or backward you can change the performance characteristics of the foil. When the tail wing is set furthest back it will provide
increased pitch stability and less maneuverability (this is the ideal setting for beginners).
The Carbon X Series has a 30” solid carbon tapered mast, weighing in at five pounds (same weight as the current 27” aluminium mast) and is made up of 78+ layers of high quality unidirectional prepreg carbon fiber, with 2 layers of twill carbon to keep it looking pretty on the outside. It is certainly one of, if not the stiffest mast on the market. This allows for direct input and with a very positive feel.
Each Hybrid foil set includes an aluminium mast. Our anodized black military grade aluminium 27" (68cm) mast includes 8" Solid 6061 insert at top of mast. This mast can also be ordered in 20” and 32” lengths.
This chart is a rough estimation, based on our testing, of what size wing our beginner foilers should ride. Experienced riders may want to ride bigger or smaller wings depending on what they are trying to achieve.
Thinking of riding some waves of consequence? These three boards will get you out and into whatever size waves you’d like to challenge yourself with. Semi-gun and gun outlines/rockers taken from tried and true big wave surfboard designs have been applied to these stand up designs. Flat bottom going to “V” in the tail. These are the boards Keali’i Mamala uses in XXL waves and has been riding these PRODUCTION boards at Jaws, Mavericks and Nazare.
4+1 fin box set up.
Comes with quad fin set – Front 4 3/4″ Back 4″.
This board has the classic 60’s rocker which is a lower, straighter entry rocker that allows the nose to plane up rather than getting sucked down and pearling. A smooth rocker curve going into a pronounced tail kick which holds the tail down in the wave, coupled with the 50/50 rails which also holds the board in the face of the wave to allow sustained nose rides. The outline is a classic 60’s style parallel railed template with some hips in the tail for those smooth rolling turns and cutbacks. The board comes in a flat bottom nose for more speedy nose rides or a concave nose for “lifting” nose rides.
Single fin box set up.
Comes with John’s 11″ B&B fin.
Lift is proud to introduce their new one-piece wing designs that offer superior strength and performance. The wing serves as a critical component in the stability of the foil at any speed. Each lightweight wing is specifically engineered, made of high-performance carbon fiber, and is a modular one-piece designed to fit all Lift Foils Struts. Each wing includes a custom Lift wing bag, 1 Lift Sticker, 1 hex key and 2 screws.
150 - The 150 offers a strong and stiff design for staying in the "energy pockets" and carving sharp turns, clean, fast and with efficient glide.
170 - The 170 wing maximizes speed, and minimizes drag to move faster through the water to connect multiple waves and carve sharper turns.
170 Fish - Maximizes lift at lower speeds, wing tips drown down and smaller back wing takes stability from the wing but adds maneuverability for sharper turns.
200 Glide - Our 200 wing maximizes lift and stability at lower speeds, making this wing much more forgiving and ideal for connecting waves or pumping back out.
When ordering specify which strut size:
24 - The "24-inch" strut is great for beginners or riders looking to
throw down aerials and tricks.
28 - The "28-inch" strut is our most popular strut size which gives you room
to elevate and carve sharper turns.
Struts are also available in 32", 36" and 40" but are generally used for kitesurfing and a smaller 110 wing.
With a foil under your board, kiting or surfing becomes extraordinary. On any given day, you can fly with the smooth sensation only found on the best days. In the world of surfing smooth glassy days are rare, not to mention the foil increases the ride three times the distance so you get three times the surf.
Lift offers a variety of foil wings and masts for Kite, Surf and SUP for different conditions and difficulty levels. The Lift foil line is continuously growing so you can easily update your wing as we release new designs. Lift's latest design offers a strong, light and simple one piece wing and fuselage set with several mast height options.