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AXIS 2022 - Choose Your Sport

Choose your foil sport, discover the range.

Welcome to AXIS Foils. Here we will share with you the key models and sizes for the various foil sports. It is a guide only – based on both our own testing and the main themes in the customer feedback we’ve received. There will always be exceptions due to rider weight, skill and wind and water conditions, so take to the water, try new combinations and tell us what you’ve learned!

Please note, our model numbers relate to wing span, not foil area like many other brands fixate on. In our view, foil area is not as important as other design variables such as span, chord and camber in influencing the lift and speed qualities of a foil.

WINGFOIL

Getting started

Our retail partners and schools tell us their perfect combination for an 80kg/176lbs rider is the 1060 BSC (Broad Spectrum Carve) front foil, the Freeride 440/90 rear foil, the Short fuselage and the 75 aluminium mast. This combination is stable, easy to lift and very forgiving, but still a rewarding performer.

Pimping your ride

Once you’re foiling confidently, you may want to transition to a longer Aluminium (82, 90, 105) or Carbon (860, 960) mast to minimise the foils breaching the surface in rougher water or swells, and a smaller rear wing from the Freeride Small range. Alternatively, you may choose to blast straight into the new world that is HPS, ART and Progressive and Speed rear wings.

Maximising performance with HPS and ART wings

If you feel the need for speed, you’ll want to upgrade to our HPS (High Performance Speed) front wings as soon as you’re foiling confidently. Fast, yet still easy to ride, these foils are addictive. They will take a solid pumping technique to get foiling (or a couple of extra knots of wind) but once up, you’ll stay foiling through lulls, tacks and gybes. Such is their exceptional glide. Match the speed of these front foils with a low drag rear wing from either the Progressive or Speed range. Note that the reduced chord and lower camber of the HPS foils require a switch to the Black fuselage. You could stay on the short length, or more advanced riders looking for a looser turning (but less pitch stable) feel can go to the Ultrashort fuselage.


Please note this a guide only. Experienced windsurfers, kite foilers or uber athletes may choose to jump straight to our HPS foils after taking lessons or using hire gear for their first half dozen sessions.

Need some extra advice?
Email your question, plus ability, body weight and normal wind conditions to thefoilguru@AXISfoils.com

PRONE FOIL

We’ve loved receiving feedback from every corner of the world about which of our foils are working best for prone riders. And with such huge variances in wave intensity – from North Sea wind swells to Tahitian reef breaks – it’s not surprising our riders’ favourite foils vary too.

Our PNG (Pump and Glide) wings, as the name suggests, are superb for pumping back out to get on the next swell, and are ideal for smaller, weaker wave conditions. BSC (Broad Spectrum Carve) wings are faster, so suit waves of moderate intensity, but require a little more pumping effort. Pair these with our Speed or Progressive rear wings.

The HPS (High Performance Speed) wings are also making their mark in prone surfing.Their extra speed is well suited to more powerful and hollow surf, but even in average conditions riders are finding their low stall speed allows them to come out of a tight turn and keep on the foil. Pumpability is somewhere between the PNG and BSC foils.

SP (Surf Performance) wings remain a favourite for weak or barely breaking surf, with their v-shape providing surfboard like carving. However pumping is not as easy as the models above.
Finally, our new high aspect ART range. The low drag, long glide of these wings is seeing advanced riders with thighs of steel continuously linking waves together for over 30 minutes!

SUP FOIL

Like the prone foiling guide, selecting your foil style will depend on the intensity of the waves you surf, but with bigger wing sizing to support the increased weight of the boards. How you prioritise turning over speed and pumpability may also influence your choice.

A number of our front wings work beautifully for SUP. Pump and Glide (PNG) front wings provide the ultimate pumpability and glide for linking together multiple waves. Broad Spectrum Carve (BSC) provide more speed while still being easy lifting, while HPS wings provide all the speed you need for bigger waves.


Freeride 400/90 and the Speed 420/60 are the most popular choices for rear wings, and the new Progressive 400/65 is sure to be a hit too. To really loosen things up for tighter turning on small slow waves, try the Freeride Small 370/80.


Starting out we recommend the Short fuselage, then progress to the Crazyshort to really spice up your turns.

Evan’s (Axis CEO) dream set up for SUP. PNG850, Crazyshort fuselage, Progressive 400/65 rear wing and the 860 carbon mast.

Need some extra advice?
Email your question, plus ability, body weight and normal wind conditions to thefoilguru@AXISfoils.com

TOW FOIL

Our ‘whip-in’ community loves the strength and stiffness of their AXIS foil kit for its solid, dependable ride in critical situations. Our HPS (High Performance Speed) wings are the popular choice for waves of consequence. Their low camber and thinner foil keep them turning freely yet predictably at high speed, while providing the pace to make (or outrun) fast, heavy sections. For smaller or weaker waves, SP (Surf Performance) or the smaller BSC (Broad Spectrum Carve) foils are the go-to.

Check out the preferred sizes for each range in this table. Because you’re already up and foiling behind a boat or ski, wing size will mostly depend on wave size. The bigger the wave, the smaller the foil, to control lift and maximise your carving.

KITE FOIL

With so much power in your hands, kite foilers can use much smaller wings. For solid breeze HPS (High Performance Speed) wings are preferred for speed and control. For lighter breezes, you may choose to have an SP (Surf Performance) or the smaller BSC (Broad Spectrum Carve) wing in your quiver. Bigger riders prefer the larger of the options in this table.

Need some extra advice?
Email your question, plus ability, body weight and normal wind conditions to thefoilguru@AXISfoils.com

WINDSURF FOIL

Windsurf foilers go FAST, so not surprisingly since their release, our HPS (High Performance Speed) wings are the most popular choice. Size your HPS wing larger if you’re a heavier rider or have a larger, heavier board. For light wind riding our larger PNG (Pump and Glide) wings are popular.

For rear wings, beginner to intermediate riders choose the 500A/90, while advanced riders typically opt for the 420/60 for less drag and tighter turning.

PUMP & WAKE

Foiling is the new way to enjoy lakes and inland waterways and it’s taking the world by storm. Whether you’re dock launching  or letting go of the rope behind a ski boat, AXIS will help you maximise your fun.

Re-known US foiler Devon @WakeThief tried more than 30 different hydrofoils before declaring the  AXIS PNG 1150 front wing the ultimate pump and wake wing. Its large area and unique high camber foil shape allows  a rider to take off at low speeds, while the high aspect, low drag shape allows it to glide great  distances, even for larger riders. Pump time of over five minutes has been recorded with this wing!

Following hours of testing Devon has settled on the 750mm x 19mm mast, short fuselage and 460/60 Pump range rear wing as the perfect compliments to his PNG 1150.

This combination allows Devon  to dock start and pump around the lake connecting multiple boat wakes to create an endless lake surfing experience.

When you pair this set up with a shorter, low volume board, the energy needed to pump the foil is reduced because the shorter, lighter boards experience less inertia (“swing weight”) while pumping.

Need some extra advice?
Email your question, plus ability, body weight and normal wind conditions to thefoilguru@AXISfoils.com