How has the Duotone foil range evolved over the years?
Ken:When we first became interested in foiling, few people were doing it and lot of them were getting hurt. We thought that maybe there should be more emphasis on safety, so we made the safest foil on the market. As the sport has developed, there’s better information at the beach, in shops and online, so people are able to get into kite foiling without as much risk as before. In response to this change, we went for more conventional shapes and put greater emphasis on affordability and durability. That’s what the Carbon 30 wing material gave us. This year we have retained the emphasis on affordability and durability with a Carbon 30 wing set, but have gone to even higher performance levels with our full-on carbon wings.
Sky: Our foil range is much more diverse now and we are offering different types of foils for different conditions and riding styles. As foiling evolves we will continue to offer foils for all facets of kite foiling.
Max: This foil range is the best we’ve ever had at Duotone. Besides the optimised mast profile, our Carbon 30 wing material makes them more robust, leads to better performance and gives them the perfect look.
In your opinion, what makes the perfect foil?
Sky: Personally, I am looking for a pure surf feeling. For me there’s nothing better than laying into a turn on a surfboard and feeling the fins and rail engage, accelerating through the turn. I want my foil to translate that type of feeling so that I can achieve a similar sensation in tiny waves or even on flat water. I also know that other riders might say the perfect foil is one that goes 35 knots around a race course in 10 knots of wind. But there lies the beauty of foiling, it offers something different to each user and it’s up to you where you want to take it.
What makes foiling so exciting?
Max: Foiling offers new possibilities and challenges. There is no better feeling than flying over the water with little wind in your kite. Although foiling is challenging in the beginning, it allows you to enter a new world of kitesurfing and surfing.
What dictates performance trends in Foiling?
Sky: I have always believed that if something is fun and accessible, then people will want to do it. We are always finding new ways to have fun on foils and things are still evolving. It’s exciting that so many people are interested in foiling and that so many brands are putting effort into making it better, easier, more diverse. It’s all about where riders want to take it and it will only continue to improve.
Tell us about the manufacturing process.
Sky: All of our fuselages are CNC milled out of high grade aluminium, so the precision is perfect. Our aluminium mast is glued to the base plate in a process used by Formula One, that fuses aluminium parts and is additionally screwed with two M8 bolts for the most bombproof connection in the industry. Our wings are manufactured using high grade pre-preg uni-directional carbon with optimised fibre orientation for maximum stiffness and strength. We have done the hard work to source our own manufacturing rather than doing the one-stop-shop solution in Chinese factories of other brands. It shows in the quality of our foils.