by: Jimmy Lewis
Vitor Marcal, a North Shore lifeguard and one of the first guys who was foiling around 18 years ago when Laird and a few others were first doing it, was the first guy who asked me to use my expertise in design to make him a foil board with low drag when the board would come down off the foil.
The first thing I thought of that landed on water well was a seaplane. So I did a little research and shaped him a board with a similar bottom shape as a seaplane and that did the trick for him. Now, almost 20 years later I’ve resurrected that shape on the wing board models.
Not only do these boards re-direct the rider back up onto the foil with little or no drag when they touch down but they take off much easier and faster too. This unique bottom shape, along with the correct angle beveled rails, make for very low drag and extra lift as soon as the board has a little bit of forward motion.
I don’t do gimmicks on my shapes. All of my designs and shapes are proven, hydrodynamic wonders.
Sizes and Volume:
The Flying V is Jimmy’s latest foil SUP. Featuring max volume and blocky rails for maximum stability and paddling, the Flying V allows the rider to ride a much shorter board than usual for the ultimate in foiling performance. The beveled chine rails provide easy lift-off and touch-down, and the tail lift keeps the tail clear when pumping.
These short lengths allow for much better performance, maneuverability, and glide once on foil and the extra width through the full outline of the board, especially the tail, gives you incredible stability, paddling and tracking for these short boards.
The rocker line was also designed with stability, tracking, and paddle speed in mind but also to not “stick” in the nose when coming down from the foil. The tail rocker is also very important in giving you that initial “pop” and water release to effortlessly get up on foil. We were very lucky to work with Alex Aguera from Go Foil who helped us with the testing/development of these boards and gave us expert knowledge on optimum Tuttle box placement as well as ideal stance and foot placement.
Generally a lighter board will allow you to glide longer on foil which makes our Signature Sandwich constructions the perfect match for these boards to keep them very light weight while giving maximum strength and reinforcement for the Tuttle box. The deck pad has a center line as well as two horizontal lines for riders to get an accurate and quick visual reference for foot placement for riding without straps. Board has 5 different insert options for foot strap location and comes with foot straps.
The boards feature both a Tuttle box and a plate attachment for maximum flexibility.
Sizes and Volume:
With 363 liters, the Searcher is our largest SUP and is incredibly versatile. It’s perfect for heavier riders and will float virtually anyone…and their dog. The displacement bow cuts through chop and boat wakes. The round rails and performance rocker line make it perform much like a race board, but much more stable. Going on an expedition? The Searcher has 4 sets of tie-down inserts in the tail and 3 sets in the nose so you can take everything with you. Also for 2016 we’ve strategically placed 5 RAM mount inserts to give you the option to turn the searcher into the ultimate fish catching platform.
Comes with 8″ JL tracker fin.
The flawless rocker line and shape characteristics translates into effortless downwind runs. The 28″ width makes this board very forgiving for any size rider and allows the rider to get on a glide easier and to stay on a glide longer. Flat bottom from front through the center is a very low drag bottom shape that blends into a “V” in the tail for effortless rail to rail responsiveness.
Comes with 8″ JL Tracker fin.
The Mission was originally designed as a downwind board and it’s a great at that, plus a lot more. It’s fast on flat water, and is much more stable than the 29 1/4″ width would make you think. Hard edges in the tail lock it in when you’re dealing with nasty chop and there are no conditions where this board is out of place. It does it all!
Comes with 9.5″ JL Swept Fin.