Every single foil we produce has to be identical, we’re talking tenths of millimetres in profile thicknesses from one foil to another, you can only be 1/10th of mm away, if you are looking at the cross section of the foil for example.
This is something that is fairly difficult to do, you need a manufacturer that is really precise, luckily we have that and we were able to pass that requirement. Every single foil has to be measured using a special jig built for your foil. The glider for example is bolted to that special jig, which has specific points where you can come with your calliper and do really precise measurements. Everything is recorded, if any of these measurements are off, you can’t put the IKA sticker on it. So this was probably the hardest perimeter to meet.
Did you have multiple riders testing the new Daytona Dos and did the Covid-19 pandemic affect the testing process?
It's mainly been myself doing all the testing for this foil, so currently we don’t have an official hydrofoil race team at Duotone, so given the time we had, we didn’t have a lot of time to send parts all around the world, it was quicker to send them to me for feedback. I have a few friends who are really good local riders, so we are able to share feedback on the water swapping from board to board. We compared the Daytona Dos against the old Daytona and against other brands. We did all the development by shipping the prototypes directly to me for fine tuning.
For sure Covid-19 has been a big impact on the development, first of all the factory delays, they had to close the factory for weeks, then there were delays in deliveries due to limited flights arriving into Mauritius. So it's been quite painful, it also meant we could only do so many rounds of prototypes, and of course I would have liked to be able to do more rounds of prototypes, but I am still very happy with the end result. It's unfortunate we had the pandemic in the middle of the registration period, that was not ideal, but it was the same for everyone I guess!
Thanks for your time Jerome, we look forward to see how it performs in the next few races!
Thanks for taking the time to get this info from me and the team, let's keep in touch and reflect back once we get the first results from the team!