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Navis Boards “Foucan” 132×41 Review

Posted by kite2012 On August - 28 - 2012

Navis Boards is a small company in Sweden that has challenged the big dragons on the kiteboard market. The boards from Navis Boards stand out from the crowd in two ways that are obvious at the first glance. The boards alone are handmade and made purely from environmentally friendly materials which give them their nice woodish look. So what about the performance then? I have already been riding the board named “Bolt” for some time. An allround medium sized board that is suitable for the beginner as well as the intermediate rider, a compromise between a lightwind board and a freestyle board. “Foucan” on the other hand is a board aimed for the more advanced rider that prefer a smaller and stiffer board that allows him to perform tricks with ease. You might have you heard the name Foucan from the somewhat odd sport named Le-Parkour. In this field Foucan is the name of a guy that is known for his outstanding skills in Le-Parkour, hence “Foucan” is a board designed with this guy in mind, a board for the one that likes to have fun on the water while jumping around and performing tricks. Anyway, let´s take a closer look on the characteristics and performances of the “Foucan”!

Flexibility

The Foucan is a stiff board. Not super stiff, but stiff enough to make it easy to achieve good pop, great for unhooked tricks and all kind of tricks, such as the backroll, where you need to set yourself in a rotation. Foucan is designed with Navis Boards new unique “spring technology” which further improves the pop force. This technology can be seen as the black arcs on the board. These arcs are working both as reinforcement for the board while providing the board with extra spring effect.

Upwind abilities

The size of the Foucan is 132×41 (136×42 is also available). Shorter boards are not known to make it easier to go upwind, but the width of the board weigh up its shorter length and it can be compared to a 135×40 board if you just look at the area of the board. In other words, the upwind abilities are actually pretty good, especially in strong wind where you really can carve the board deep in the water and achieve a good amount of resistance.

Chop/Waves

The Foucan is designed to be used in flat and choppy water. The rocker of the board is slightly curved which comes handy once you hit choppy water. The Foucan also performs well in waves with fine comfort compared to some other boards. Ride in high speed and the board tends to spray some water in small waves. This is however not a major problem, just approach the waves in a sharper angle with more pressure on the back foot and you’ll more or less solve this little issue.

Jumping

To jump with the Foucan is a pleasure. The light weight (2.55kg for the 132×41 board) and short length of the board makes it easy to stay balanced in the air, so you can say goodbye to unwanted rotations in the air. The stiffness of the board also helps you to explode up from the water during the takeoff.

Stability & Grip

The width of the board improve the stability when you´re landing a trick or when you´re going downwind. The tips of the board are thinner than the center of the board which also makes them a bit more flexible which is nice when you land tricks and jumps since the tips act as shock absorbers. The “liquid super strong rails” are a bit rounded (this can be customized upon request), but sharp enough to deliver good grip during turns. The new dual concave rocker further increase the stability and board control.

Conclusion

“Foucan” is a board designed primarily for the intermediate to advanced freestyle rider. At the same time, the board characteristics such as the light weight, the small size and the flex make it an excellent board for old school tricks.  Ride the “Foucan” in medium to strong wind and flat water to fully take advantageous of its high performance characteristics. The price for the board with fins, pads and board handle included is €505.00. This equals approximately $630, about the same price level as the cheapest factory made boards on the market. Considering that “Foucan” is handmade with excellent board properties with a really nice finish make this board very affordable!

Click on this link for another small review about Navis Boards.

Flexifoil Hadlow ID

Posted by kite2012 On November - 21 - 2011

Flexifoil Hadlow ID is Flexifoils new flagship and considering that Aaron Hadlow himself rides with this kite should be proof enough to give this kite top marks! If you read on Flexifoils official site it says (not very surprisingly) that this more or less is a kite with top performances within all aspects. The problem with reviews written by the manufacturers themself is always that they highlight all the positive characteristics of their kite and don’t even mention the bad things and they never compare their own kites with their competitors kites.

So in an attempt to give you some objectively information about this kite we put together a list with reviews of the Hadlow kite from surfers with different background.

  1. Review from kitemovement
  2. Review Flexifoil Hadlow Pro 2009
  3. Discussion about the Hadlow ID at Kiteforum
  4. Flexifoil Hadlow ID by Kitemare
  5. Great review about Hadlow ID 12m from Pushkiting
  6. Testing new Flexifoil Hadlow ID
  7. Flexifoil Hadlow ID kite information from ATBShop

Finally we would like to share this awesome video with Aaron Hadlow!

Liquid Force Envy 2012

Posted by kite2012 On November - 16 - 2011

Reviews about Liquid Force’s new Envy has started to pop up on kitesurfing sites all around the world. We here at Kite 2012 haven’t tried it yet, so take this review with a pinch of salt.

Liquid Force Envy 2012

And feel free to add additonal info about the new Envy!

Cabrinha Drifter

Posted by kite2012 On November - 10 - 2011

Cabrinha has already launched its new surf kite, the Drifter.

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Naish Torch 2012

Posted by kite2012 On November - 10 - 2011

Naish Torch is a kite loved by many and it was expected that Naish would release a new version 2012. Here is a little teaser about the new Naish Torch.

2012 Torch: The World’s Premier C-Kite from Naish International on Vimeo.

For more info about Naish kites, check out Naish Kites