WINNER OF THE CATEGORY : PERFORMANCE FREERIDE
K – FOIL SROKA
Indeed, the K-FOIL SROKA was chosen as the winner by the famous magazine “The KITE mag”. In the “the ultimate test guide 2019” edition of The KITE mag magazine, the foil has been tested and approved by the team.
Comments ensuring the perfection of the product: “a surprise foil whose test team was very impressed. Very wide range of use, excellent top speed, and a perfectly balanced placement. The foil is fun and rewarding.”
The KITE Mag team released the “The Ultimate Test Guide 2019” edition on February 21, 2019. In this edition, 26 brands were represented and 15 foils competed for the title of best foil in the category PERFORMANCE FREERIDE.
Currently we are talking about the largest kitesurf test in history in terms of quantity of kitesurf tested on the water but also in the analysis of each product with well defined criteria.
The team of The KITE Mag tested the different products on two internships, the first one is on the famous Moroccan spot : DAKHLA. While the second internship took place on Portuguese soil, in Obidos precisely.
Each product was analysed with well-defined criteria for each category and as far as our foil, the SROKA K-FOIL was in competition with 15 other foils from different brands such as :
- Levitaz Bionic + Raze
- Liquid Force Impulse + Galaxy
- Liquid Force Thruster
- Slingshot Ghost Whisper 2.0 + Hypermiler
- Levitaz Cruizer + MatchZeeko Alloy Blaster + Scrambler
- Zeeko Bullet + Scrambler
- F-One Escape 510 + 51 TS
- F-One IC6 850 + 51 TS
- Alpinefoil + VR3
- Naish Thrust + Naish Hover
- Axis Freeride Aluminium Foil + Ride MV
- Cabrinha HI : Rise Speed + Double agent
Foil test criteria :
- Usable speed range : use of GPS to measure the speed on each board. This reflects the speed at which the board was comfortable sliding, so it does not necessarily correspond to the absolute speed or ground speed of a foil.
- Top speed: Measurement of the maximum speed of the foil and how the product reacts to this speed.
- Pitch stability: What is the level of comfort of the foil on its front and rear axis? That is, the higher the score, the more stable it is when it rises and the easier it is to stay in a perfect position to ride.
- Yaw stability: At what level is the comfort of the foil on its side to side axes. The higher the score, the more stable the foil is when sliding at an angle or when moving from one transition to another.
- Carving : The score shows a foil that moves comfortably into turns at slower speed. So, to move from heel to toe navigation.
- Overall Stability: an overall assessment of the balance and stability you feel when riding the foil. A low score does not necessarily mean a bad foil, but a high score will be a better option if you start in practice.
- Low Speed Tack Stability: How the foil reacts to tacking. If the foil needs to decelerate to change gears or if at a good speed it accepts the edge change. A high score indicates a more forgiving foil and allows you to tack at a slower speed.
- Upwind: What is the quality of the upwind angles on the foils? Obviously, all foils will surpass your twintip, but this score shows whether the foil was able to achieve very high wind angles.
- Tracking: An assessment of the ease and comfort of the foil to get in a straight line, maintain this angle and increase speed. A high score indicates a foil that you can easily lock.
- Noise/ Whistle: Was there a hiss or buzzing in the foil or was it completely silent? A score of 10 indicates that there was no noise at all from the foil.
- Ease of assembly: The ease of assembling the foil in its entirety. A high score proves that there is not much need for many tools to set up the foil and that assembly is quick and easy.
A complete and reasoned commentary from “The KITE Mag” about the SROKA K – FOIL :
“The K-Foil Carbon is a premium offering from SROKA although at a competitive price point. It is the third version of this foil and has undergone some significant changes from the previous incarnation, with the focus being on reducing drag and increasing efficiency. The curved winglets on the front wing reflect where foil design seems to be heading in terms of improving carving and stability, and for the latest version the stabilizer has been redesigned to improve lateral stability. The K foil has a carbon mast and carbon wings with an aluminium fuselage. Overall, the build quality of this foil is excellent and the test team felt that is was probably the best constructed ‘mid-price” set up in the test. The pocket board offers a good compromise between high and low volume boards, with enough float to get you up and going easily if you’re riding strapless, but then light and rigid under your feet providing a solid and comfortable platform for cruising around. This was the only board like that we had on the test and we agreed that it was well conceived. The K Foil comes up easily at around nine knots, but with a little pump you can bring it up sooner. Immediately it is clear that this is a nicely balanced foiled. At low speeds it is very stable and then when you turn some power on it has very smooth and reactive handling. For intermediate testers it was a firm favorite as it was so predictable and a real confidence booster. For more advanced riders it provided plenty of performance, some great upwind angles and a forgiving ride that really let you push yourself without worrying that you might come unstuck.”