how a quality rigid wingfoil board is built is essential when choosing your wing foil equipment

How are Wingfoil boards constructed?

Wingfoil board constructions vary greatly depending on the brand and where the boards are produced. The way your board is constructed will directly influence its quality, longevity and price. We believe that questioning the construction of Windfoil boards is the key to making the right choice.

Design can sometimes be an eye-catcher. However, we should not delude ourselves. The soul and quality of a board is its construction. It is in the water that the difference will become apparent: lack of rigidity, nervousness, fragility, breakage at the slightest impact… All this limits the life of the board, causes delamination of the deck or hull, etc. The list can be very long… and costly.

Some brands sell products made in Asia for a strong, durable construction at a very aggressive price. Unfortunately, either the boards are very heavy or the construction does not live up to the sales pitch. They are then quickly sent for repair, the original cost soars, in addition to the time and structural quality lost.

Understanding how Wingfoil boards are built will help you make the right choice when making your first purchase.

The board is often the most complete element of a foil/board/sail package. It is important that this element is also of high quality. The size of the Wingfoil board is also an important criterion to consider before making your choice.
Understanding how Wingfoil boards are constructed can help you choose your pack and avoid disappointment.

how wing foiling boards are constructed

FULL SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION (CARBON OR FIBREGLASS)

From a polystyrene block that has been previously machined, a sandwich lamination is made over the entire board as follows: polystyrene – fibreglass – PVC foam – fibreglass then a gel coat finish. By definition, a full sandwich construction consists of attaching two thin but rigid “fiberglass or carbon skins” to a light and very dense “core” (PVC or Airex foam). A PVC foam of 3 to 5 mm is used as standard, depending on the type of board being built.

As a rule, the inner skin in contact with the polystyrene cake is made of fibreglass.
On a rigid carbon board, the fibreglass is simply replaced by this component. This technique brings a weight saving, a better stiffness and reactivity of the board.

This type of construction is generally used in windsurfing. It is the most durable and solid production technique on the market. It is certainly more expensive, but brings an incomparable quality to the product. And that’s why we produce all our rigid foil boards in this way. Cherryon the cake is that they are all made in France, and more precisely in Morbihan, Brittany.

Our Sky rider boards, available in 5’2, 5’5, 5’8, 6’3 in carbon or fiberglass version, Made in France. You can also find the Sky rider 7’8 carbon version. These boards are among the only ones on the market with this design technique on the hull. They are also among the only ones that meet French standards for the protection of workers and oceans (no lead paint).

MONOLITHIC FIBREGLASS CONSTRUCTION: A COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION

Monolytic construction of wingfoil boards a lowcost solution

This technique consists of taking a slab of polystyrene, slightly denser than that needed for full sandwich construction. This polystyrene blank is covered with different layers of fiberglass.
This construction is less expensive as it requires little equipment to produce the boards. They have the advantage of a lower construction price, but for a lower quality.

As a result, Wingfoil’s low cost boards generally have two to three layers of fibreglass which tends to make them very brittle, and accelerates their deterioration.
Other brands, more concerned with the durability of their product, have more layers of fibreglass or carbon. However, this will result in a significantly heavier board, without the responsiveness and stiffness of a full sandwich board.

 

MONOLITHIC CONSTRUCTION WITH BAMBOO OR CARBON REINFORCEMENT

Monolytic Wingfoil manufacture with carbon or bamboo reinforcement

This model of board is built with a mixed fiberglass/bamboo or fibreglass/carbon. This technique is somewhat more efficient than the simple monolithic construction as it gives a little more rigidity to the whole. It consists of applying one or more layers of fibreglass to the polystyrene block, adding a layer of bamboo on top, then covering with resin.

However, it remains relatively fragile to impacts and is definitely less rigid and solid than the full sandwich version. As the bamboo layer is very thin, the rigidity is better, but not sufficient. Some brands talk about full bamboo or double sandwich bamboo construction.

This consists of covering the polystyrene block with a layer of fibreglass and then a layer of bamboo and then a layer of fibreglass. With this technique it is possible to increase the load weight slightly compared to the simple monolithic construction. However, this is far from comparable in terms of rigidity and ability to withstand violent shocks.

Therefore, only the full sandwich construction will guarantee rigidity, strength and longevity of the product while remaining lightweight.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF WING FOIL SROKA BOARDS

Since our inception, we have sought to develop, build and market quality products at an affordable price.
Since our first foil launch in 2014, we have chosen to produce all our rigid boards in France in order to guarantee the durability of our products, and above all to avoid any warranty issues as much as possible.
Eliminating production problems as much as possible by manufacturing Wingfoil boards in France, allows us to guarantee the best product at the best price. This objective is fundamental to us.

We could have operated like most of our competitors: produce our boards in Asia and order containers of boards, with potential manufacturing problems. By choosing to produce our rigid boards in France since the beginning of our company, our ecological footprint is smaller than most brands.

We made this choice for all these reasons:

  • To guarantee a top quality board.
  • To be sure that every board that leaves the factory is identical to the others, thanks to impeccable quality control.
  • Give a longer lifespan to our products. (Our first foil boards have been on the water for over 6 years!)
  • To guarantee the best quality/price ratio to our customers. Although we produce in France, we are lessexpensive than the big brands in the industry.
  • Reduce our environmental footprint by using bio-based resins and reducing the cost and time of transport.
  • Create working opportunities for the local industry.