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After the release of our ‘First Look’ video of the JP Australia foil board Starboard share with the world their take on the dedicated SUP foil board. Just like the JP the Starboard Hyper Foil board is set up for foiling straight out of the box.

Hyper foil

Starboard have definitely added everything on to the foil board. Including a recessed deck that lowers your centre of gravity for extra stability, a full EVA centre ridge making it easy to feel and identify the middle of the board, to massive channels down the length of the board to give a clean release of water until on the foil. And the list of features does go on! Read more about the Starboard Hyper foil on their website here :

The Starboard Hyper Foil board is available in 4 sizes from 6’4” to 7’7” so it certainly has a wide range of paddlers in mind. And it looks pretty impressive and well designed.

As always if you have seen or used the Starboard Foil board please let us know. Its always good to hear what you all think.

There are now a number of specific foil boards on the market including the one from Naish. Which foil board is best? Well if only it was that easy! But one thing is for sure… we will do our best to find out! So watch this space…

There’s a lot of gear arriving at the SUPboarder studio at the moment, which means plenty of ‘First Look’ videos before we get all the gear on the water. This times it’s the Naish Hover 120L crossover board and Thrust Foil that we take a quick look at. SUP surfing, SUP foil surfing and windsurf foiling… this board does it all.

Length 7’6”
Width 30”
Volume 120L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

We have a ‘First Look’ at the JP Australia Foil board. This is one of the most radical shaped production foil boards on the market. We know that this type of board won’t be for the majority of paddlers around the world but it’s always good to see what the more cutting edge side of the sport has to offer.

Length 6’9”
Width 26”
Volume 96L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

A Malolo is the Hawaiian name for Flying Fish. And that’s what Kai Lenny has been turning into over the past 2 years with the new generation of SUP and surf foiling! Almost all the footage we see of Kai at the moment is on a foil. Foils have certainly got better, more efficient and easier to use over the past year. No doubt thanks to riders like Kai Lenny helping that. Just check out the SUP board shapes Kai is riding now. Relatively high volume boards for their size with big beveled rails and probably very light in weight.

Its been an amazing journey with Kai and his foils over the last few years, but this latest inter-island journey could just be the beginning!

A trans-ocean journey will be attempted in the future by foil for sure. But the question is… who by? when? and where?

The young Finn Spencer is not new to the world in the sense of an up and coming young waterman. At the age of 17 he’s really growing his board skills in most surf disciplines. And it’s going to be interesting watching guys like Finn take the newer SUP disciplines such as foiling into the future and to the next level. He reminds us of another young grom that 10 years ago was doing the same… Kai Lenny have you heard of him?!

Getting a SUP on the foil on flatwater without any craft pulling you or wave to help you is going to take a lot of energy and the perfect technique. This short video of world champion SUP surfer and Starboard board designer Sean Poynter shows just how hard flatwater SUP foiling is to do. Check out some of Sean’s first glides on flatwater.

It’s also worth noting out how short Sean’s paddle is. He always paddles in the surf with shorter paddle lengths than most. But this is one of the reasons he has such a compact and powerful style on the waves, as it forces him to get low. Maybe not the best paddle length when you are up on the foil though!

We’ve also added this shot of Sean below to show his back foot… it’s not touching the board! This demonstrated just how much pressure you have to place on your front leg to force the foil back down to generate speed over the foil. Quad workouts a must for successful flatwater SUP foiling!

The new JP Australia SUP foil board has really caught our eye this year. This board has had some real input and shaping design from top waterman Keahi de Aboitiz. This brand new board really looks to be a great board to learn to foil on, as well as keep the more advanced foilers happy too.
Things like having the ability to add foot straps really helps new foilers find the right foot placement on the board. And its large EVA tail pad at the back of the board provides extra grip and back foot confidence by letting you know you are in the right place on the board. The bottom shape of the board is something like you would find on some of the worlds best custom foil board shapes… bevelled rails, good nose rocker and tail kick.

At a quick glance, overall we are very impressed and we can’t wait to give it a go!  

What JP Australia say…

For 2019 Werner has developed the dedicated Foil shapes with great input from Keahi. The boards are short for reduced swing weight during pumping and maneuvers. The extremely beveled rails help reduce the wetted surface at take-off and prevent the board from catching the water in the turns. The cut-out tail section on the bottom surface has the same purpose. The flat deck ensures stability. The pad features an increased arch line along the center so that you can feel the center of the board without even looking down. The pad tail kick is positioned perfectly for optimized foiling stance. The boards come with 2 foot-straps and foot-strap plugs.

The 2 track boxes for the plate mounted foils have a generous length of 33cm so you can also use the board for light wind windsurf foiling at the back position.

Foil Length
cm / inch
cm / inch
PRO 6’8” x 26” 203
96 11.2
t. b. a.
PRO 7’0” x 28” 213
115 11.2
t. b. a.
WE 6’8” x 26” 203
96 11.2
t. b. a.
WE 7’0” x 28” 213
115 11.2
t. b. a.

Read more on the JP Australia website

Featured image : T Indra

This action was all filmed by Go Foil master Alex Aguera of the 2018 China Uemura Surf Contest at Waikiki. It’s not the first surf contest that has had a SUP foiling division but the level of the riders was definitely up with the worlds highest. Riders like Austin and Dave Kalama, Leleo Kinimaka, Nick Bennett, Derek Hamasaki are leading the charge for sure. And it looks like the board shapes are starting to push into certain directions too… shorter, thicker boards packed with volume seem to be most riders choice. But we’re sure there’s a lot more still to come from both the riders and the development of the foils and boards.

This is an interesting video of Trevor Tunnington SUP foiling the Dead Sea. With the Dead Sea water being more buoyant because of the high salt content the SUP foiling should be easier right?!!

Hear what Trevor had to say:
“The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth, and 9 times saltier than the ocean. Taking the Hydrofoil out was a lot harder than I expected as the Salt caused drag for the foil!”

If that’s the case, getting onto the foil with no wave to ride must take a-lot of skill and tonnes of energy. Both of which this top Starboard SUP racer has plenty of!

Zane Schweitzer has just won the inaugural SUP Foil division race of the 27 mile Pailolo Channel crossing from Maui to Moloka’i at the 2018 M2M Crossing, setting a new channel crossing record time and winning the overall classification – beating all other crafts including traditional outriggers, surf skis and unlimited SUPs!
The 15 x World Champion and 2 x Ultimate Waterman, Zane Schweitzer  has always been pushing the boundaries in the multitude of ocean sports he persues including windsurfing and paddleboarding surfing. “InZane” has been at the forefront of the SUP foiling phenomenon and is now, once again, pushing the boundaries of this new frontier.
The Maui based waterman raced with the Starboard 6’9″ x 23″ Hyper Nut Carbon with a GoFoil Iwa just beneath the surface. Zane didn’t accomplish this feat alone but gives credit to family and friends for their support in helping him realize this dream. He was also pushed hard all the way to the finish line by mentor and friend Dave Kalama.
Here’s Zane’ account of winning the 2018 M2M Crossing on a SUP Hydrofoil ~
“From the water start outside of Fleming’s Bay, on West Maui, I look over my shoulder at the braze crew of Hydrofoilers taking on one of the first ever major SUP foil events. Lined up beside me was Austin and Dave Kalama, Mark Rapahorss and Alen Kadiz.
40 minutes after the SUP start the blast of the start horn for the foil classification sounded. I gave it 3 hard sprint strokes and quickly popped to my feet – and felt like I had already made it to the flying position. Besides one quick fall, I felt a nice flying rhythm and soon developed a good lead ahead of the other foilers. Near the most exciting part of the race with the biggest, fastest-moving swell, Dave Kalama had a line that seemed to be faster than mine and so he was gaining ground on me. I moved away from my dad who was my escort boat to feel the water further South towards the line Dave was following, but I soon realized that I made a bad choice and was just getting psyched-out by my competitor and not just following my own line – and the great course my very knowledgeable father had me on! My dad noticed what was happening and so quickly came over to me and reminded me to get back on course. Once back on course, I was able to catch back up to Dave, then eventually we were neck and neck just as we had an unexpected change of conditions – conditions that presented us with an extra challenge.
The wind started to die and the swell dropped too as we neared our finish at Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai, and I knew this was a good time for me to take advantage of the hard sprint, interval and pump training Larry Cain (Paddle Monster) has had me on for the past 3 months. Shortly after the wind and swell died off, we then felt the wind in our face – with almost 4 miles still to go!
I felt some raging cramps coming on as I was sprinting and pumping so hard to get to the end before the headwind intensified – just did my best to mentally block the pain out. I was relieved to see Dave Kalama on my side – land to the water – as I knew it would be very hard for both of us to once again get the foil back up and flying after touching down in these flat waters. I kept sprinting and pumping and flying for short burst as much as I could, through my cramps and exhaustion until finally, my board touched down for the last time and I was unable to get airborne again, to paddle home the last 2 miles or so on my 6’9” Hyper Nut and Iwa GoFoil both fully submerged. Dave was on an even shorter board than mine so I just had to keep going, padding and grinding, knowing that uncle Dave was also pushing water and pulling a foil.
I was stoked to break the new record time across the channel and win overall between all crafts! My time was 2:24 with the help of the 25 knot winds and big swell- although the last 2 or 3 miles were into the wind and flat. If the wind was its normal NE Trades I believe I could have crossed the finish line foiling being near the 2 hour mark!
It was a tough paddle when landing in those last roughly 2 miles of flats, leaving me to drag the foil on only a 6’9” SUP after pumping hard for 23 miles, but man, was it a fun session and run filled with countless epic full-speed drops and rides I couldn’t even time they were so long!!
Big mahalo to my team for the support, firstly to my Dad and his crew on the escort boat, Uncle Joe and uncle Scott Shoemaker, my coaches Larry Cain (Paddle Monster), Uncle Braddah Kamansi (Native Action) and my brother Matty Schweitzer! Also mahalo to my supporters and sponsors for the best equipment, Starboard with the 6’9” HyperNut, GoFoil Iwa, 5’ Revolwe BioLeash, VestPak Hydration, and as well Kim Yap and Donica Shouse for the meal prep and race fuel!
It was an epic run!”  
Words Zane Schweitzer
Video of the finishing stretch and the final pass that led to my win and record breaking Pailolo Channel Crossing Time at the Moloka’i Holokai- 27 mile Open Ocean Sup, Canoe, Paddleboard and Hydrofoil Championship from Fleming’s on West Maui to Kaunakakai, Moloka’i. Video and edit by @mat5o Matty Schweitzer.