Wingfoiling Waves, Matauri Bay, NZ, Axis Foils, Flysurfer Mojo
Axis Foils 999 ART, 374/64 Progressive Rear, Axis Froth 90L 5’1″ x 25’5″, Flysurfer Mojo 4.5m. Fun swell riding in 15-17 knots of onshore breeze at Matauri Bay, 40 minutes north of Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand. I love the Axis Foils ART 999 front wing. So fast and so much glide. Whilst not designed as a surf wing it turns great. Still very stable. The only negative due to its high aspect and foil section is that it will require more power (wind) to get up onto the foil, however, once up, it simply wants to stay on the foil because it is so efficient. It needs to reach a certain speed to get foiling, you can’t “pump it up” like you can with the lower aspect foils. The new Axis Froth boards (V3 “the red ones”) are better in this regard. They are faster than the “silver Axis Froths” (V1 and V2) therefore make it easier to get the higher aspect wings up onto the foil. This extra speed of the red Axis Froths comes at the cost of slightly less stability than the silver Axis Froths. The red boards also feel fast through the air. I decided to ride the 90L instead of my 75L (red) or 70L (silver) simply for the ease and speed of getting up onto the foil. Getting smashed by constant whitewater trying to get going on a semi sinker (I am 80 kgs/176 lbs) can make for a tiring and frustrating day. It was my first go on the new Axis Progressive rear wing 375/64 – really nice to turn, stable, fast and lots of control. I am riding an ultrashort fuselage and 90cm alloy mast (19mm) which is way stiffer than most carbon masts and way cheaper. I really like the Flysurfer Mojo hand wings. So stable and powerful. Matauri Bay is a picturesque spot to ride, best when the wind is from the East and the swell is not too big, which if too big can make launching and landing risky. The Cavalli Islands are a couple of miles offshore and is where the Rainbow Warrior is sunk as a dive attraction. In 1985 French secret service agents planted two bombs on the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior, in the Auckland harbour, sinking it and killing one crew member, Fernando Pereira.
Wingfoiling Bay of Islands NZ, 99.69km Session
Mike Ward Wingfoils “The Brothers” in the Bay of Islands, NZ
Axis ART 999, Axis Froth 75L, Ensis Score 3.5m, Wind 20 knots
Wingfoiling NZ – Light Wind Tacks & Gybes – Patrik Foilboard – XO Atlas Wing – Axis Foils
Wingfoiling 8-12 knots in the Bay of Islands, NZ, first go on the Patrik AIO foilboard (95L) and 6m XO Atlas hand wing. Paired with the awesome Axis 1050 HPS (High Performance Speed) front wing and brand new 475/68 Progressive Rear. Ultrashort black series fuselage and 90cm alloy mast. Mastering tacks and gybes in light wind can be challenging, which makes for an interesting session. I was keen to try the Patrik AIO (All In One) foil board. Beautifully built, full carbon/PVC construction, very light weight. Cut-outs in the rails and steps in the tail. Covers all the foil mast bases, offering twin boxes as well as a deep Tuttle box. My 95L is 5’2” (157cm) and 26.5” (67cm) wide. Strangely there is no “recessed” (cut out) grab handle, but instead, “Patrik offers a Grab-Handle-Fin to carry the board which is fixed with the “FCS-System” on the bottom of the board”. My board did not come with the “carry fin” so I cannot comment on the pros and cons of this system. Either way, a foil board needs a carry handle. Riding this Patrik board was simply a joy, its light weight was such a feature. 95L is a relatively big board for me, but I simply did not notice this given its light weight. With the more common high aspect front wings I think more foam behind the mast (rather that the Patrik’s step downs and cut outs) is preferable to get more speed to get up onto the foil, however, with the Axis 1050 HPS (relatively high aspect but not extreme like the Axis 1099), it got onto the foil very quickly, notwithstanding the light breeze of 8-12 knots. First go on the 6m XO Atlas hand wing. Generates good power, given the light breeze. Handle position fine. Nice and balanced. Instructions on the wing say to inflate to 6psi, however, I think it needs at least 7.5 psi if not 8 in it. As an entry level hand wing at a lower price point than some other brands the Atlas represents fair value. Patrik and XO are French brands, available in New Zealand, as well as Axis Foils, from NZsailing.com in Silverdale, Auckland. If you are coming to the Bay of Islands, “Waterski Lane”, 20 minutes north east of Kerikeri is a great spot in either an easterly or westerly direction. Mostly smooth water, so it is great for learning. Take the road towards Opito Bay, but before you get there, turn right into Doves Bay Road, drive to the end and walk down the bush track from the grass reserve to get to the water.
Wingfoiling Light Wind – Flysurfer Mojo 6.2m Wing – Axis Foils 1300 in 6-10 Knots – New Zealand
First time on the new Flysurfer Mojo 6.2m hand wing with the Axis 1300 front wing on a 90L Axis Froth foilboard.
Light wind wingfoiling is very challenging and technical, but also a lot of fun.
The Mojo 6.2m is a very powerful and high performance hand wing.
Any big light wind gear will always be a handful and never feel as nice as the smaller sizes.
But, if it gets you on the water foiling it has got to be good for you.
Gybes and tacks are especially difficult when the wind is this light with a hand wing this big.
When the breeze is this light pumping up onto the foil is best done on your “good side” depending on whether you are a natural or goofy foot.
However, nailing transitions in light wind with big gear means you will rip when you are riding your smaller gear.
Even in light breeze you can still find a bump to ride, that allows you to drop the wing and hunt the wave’s energy to stay on the foil.
Although the 6.2m Mojo is a big wing it floats magnificently when witching.
Once you get used to the size and feel of the 1300 Axis front wing it turns ok and is awesome for pumping and gliding.
The large 1300 front wing means you need a very stiff mast, which is why the only option is the Axis 19mm alloy mast. Carbon masts have too much flex to cope with a wing this big.
The Axis Froth 90L foil board is very stable for my weight of 80kgs, and the ideal choice for light wind.
Axis Foils are designed in NZ by guru windsurfers from back in the day, Adrian Roper and Kevin Trotter.
Flysurfer is a German company that has been making kites and paragliders for 20 years, the Mojo is their first hand wing.
Mojos are now available in New Zealand, imported exclusively by Luke “56 knots on a kiteboard” Wigglesworth at Flysurfer.NZ
Thanks to Chris Kennedy at geoinfo.co.nz for the drone footage.
Flysurfer Mojo 4.5m + Axis Foils 830 HPS + Axis Froth 4’9” 70L – Wingfoiling New Zealand
Nice swell riding in 17+ knots of wind at Tapuaetahi Beach, just north of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. My first go on the Flysurfer Mojo 4.5m. A very powerful and nice hand wing to use. A different shape and feel to the Ensis 4.5m, but probably the same size and wind range. I think the Ensis 4.5m and Mojo 4.5m are “big” and similar to the other leading brands’ 5m size. The Axis 830 High Performance Series wing is simply magnificent. So nice to turn, fast, and relatively easy to get going for me at 80kgs (176 lbs). The 830 seems to pump and glide well for a small wing. I got this 830 specifically for the very windy days. My 980 could get too lifty and hard to control when the wind was too strong with a decent swell. But because the 830 is so efficient and nice on a wave, if there is 15+ knots I will try and get away with riding it. Here is the data; wingspan 830mm (32.7in) / chord 145mm (5.8in) / actual area 1014cm² (157.2in²) / projected area 984cm² (152in²) / volume 979cm³ (59.7in³) / aspect ratio 7.00. My rear wing is the Axis 380 / 60 chord – so stable, fast and turns really well. Recently I have tried a few different rear wings, but when there is moderate to strong breeze the 380 is my favourite. The Axis Froth 4’9” @ 70L is my limit (at this stage) as far as a low volume board goes for my weight at 80kgs (176 lbs). Anything smaller is too much of a compromise and too hard to get going on. In surf it can be energy sapping trying to get going on boards that are too small, which results in having to end the session early, because you are so knackered. I need my “two board quiver”, a 90L and 70L. If the surf is big and I need to get going (get out of trouble) quickly I will use my 90L. The minor downside of wave riding with the bigger board is much better than the bad language that flows when I struggle to get going on the 70L (semi sinker) when it is too unstable due to chop and/or not enough breeze. For a semi-sinker board it is essential that you have a lot of power from the hand wing, so if it is a bit gusty often I will ride my bigger board to avoid any hassle. Likewise if there is a lot of seaweed, which can be a big problem for us in Northland. So much so, it can end your session. The weed will cause me to fall way more than my own riding mistakes. If weed induced crashes are expected then I will ride my bigger board so I can get going again much easier. The 830 / 380 / 70L combo is just so nice for wave riding, however, I think the “surfing feel” can be improved with a carbon mast, which has more flex and spring, which will make carving turns feel nicer. I do ride bigger front wings and I think the carbon mast is too flexible for these, however, I am sure it will feel sweet with the 830 HPS. The Axis 19mm alloy mast is really stiff so can handle big wings (like my Axis 1300). I have always ridden the 900mm mast, so will choose a 960 carbon mast rather than the 860. When the swell is big the longer mast saves me from many crashes. At times I get so high I must only have 2mm of water covering my front foil wing. I am finding hand wings a matter of personal preference and the conditions in which each of us usually ride in. The power and feel of the Flysurfer Mojo 4.5 is so nice, better than my Ensis (which I have done many hours on and really like), however, when wave riding, I prefer the Ensis. I think this preference can be partly explained by the fact that the Ensis’s leading edge “witching” handle is tighter than the Mojo’s. The tighter handle allows me to place my thumb firmly on the front of the wing to stabilise and assist in controlling the wing when wave riding. I am testing this theory by butchering the Mojo’s front handle and using string to tighten it up. The Mojo wing is good enough to justify me trying to make it perfect. Also, I removed the two extra handles from the Mojo’s leading edge – I have no idea what they were for. It may be that the faster, gruntier feel of the Mojo is due to other design features, which is why it may not ever wave ride as well as an Ensis. If you do not wing in waves, then my issues with the Mojo will not be a problem for you. I like the Mojo so much that I have a 5.2m and 6.2m also. My Ensis were V1, so the gear is evolving rapidly. I do like the F-One Strikes and Ozone Wasp V2 as well. However, it comes down to the rider and time on the water. Thanks to fellow wingfoiler, Chris Kennedy at geoinfo.co.nz for the drone footage. Song: SVRRIC & ruindkid – Fall To My Grave ft. Silent Child [NCS Release] Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds Free Download/Stream: http://NCS.io/FallToMyGrave Watch: http://youtu.be/11R9Hmzxg-k
Sarah Wingfoils NZ – Axis 700 HPS + Amos Shapes Tomahawk 50L + Ensis 2.5m in 20+ knots
20 knots plus of breeze and some nice bumps at Tapuaetahi, north of the Bay of Islands, NZ. Sarah is light at 55kgs (121 lbs) so is nicely powered up on an Ensis 2.5m hand wing, Axis 700 HPS foil, 380 high aspect (narrow 60 chord) rear, 860 Axis carbon mast, black series ultrashort (643mm) fuselage, and a new 50L Amos Shapes Tomahawk foil board from Australia. Mike at 80kgs (176 lbs) is riding an Axis 980 HPS & 380 HA rear, Axis Froth 4’9″ 70L, Ensis 3.5m, black series ultrashort fuselage and a 900mm alloy mast.
Riding Small Swell – Axis 70L Froth & 1050 HPS – Ensis 5.2m – 12 knots
Foiling onshore bumps with the handwing depowered is so much fun. Wingfoiling swell, dragging the wing, hunting the wave’s energy to stay on the foil offers the same stoke factor as an epic surf session. 12 knots of breeze at Tapuaetahi, a beach north of Kerikeri in New Zealand. Axis Froth Board 4’9″ 70L, 1050mm Axis High Performance Series Front Wing, Black Series Fuselage, Ensis Wing 5.2m. Wingfoiling opens up so many wave and swell riding sessions on the foil. Downwinding on swell, chop or bumps, with the hand wing depowered, dragging it behind, beside, or in front of you, depending on the wind and swell angle, is so technical, challenging and stimulating. Thanks to Chris Kennedy at geoinfo.co.nz for the drone footage.
Riding Small Chop at Tapuaetahi, Northland
15-18 knots of breeze at Tapuaetahi, a beach north of Kerikeri in New Zealand. Axis Froth Board 5’2″ 90L, 101cm Axis Glide Front Wing, F-One Swing Wing 4.2m.
Winging in Very Light Wind
Wingfoiling in light breeze is possible with a 6m F-One wing and the Axis 1150 front wing. 80kg rider. The new Axis Froth 5’2″ 90L board is magnificent. 900 mast, 370 rear wing, ultra short fuselage. Thanks to Chris Kennedy at geoinfo.co.nz for the drone footage, Glenn Bright at assault.co.nz for the F-One wing and Adrian Roper at Axis for the board and foil. 20 minutes north of Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, is Tapuaetahi Beach, which is such a nice place to be.
How to Gybe Your Wingfoil
Tips to help you master gybing your wing foil. Learn how to turn the wing and board without foiling first. You will have a good side and bad side depending on if you are a goofy or natural foot. Switch your feet before you turn on your bad side. On your good side switch your feet after you have completed your turn. Turn your wing early by letting go of your back hand and swapping your front hand.
Jake’s First Time Wing Foiling in October 2019
12 yr old Jake Ward does well first time wing foiling at Rangiputa, Northland, NZ. Axis 98L sup foil board, Axis 102 cm wing, 5m Duotone Foil Wing. Great start, each session will get better.
Learning to Wing Foil on a Kerikeri lake in October 2019
Axis sup foil board (98L), Axis big main wing (102 cm), 90 cm mast and 5m Duotone Foil Wing. Gusty Lake Manuwai 8 to 18 knots. 5th session out, great fun notwithstanding underpowered. The good old days back in October 2019.