The carbon mast is an essential element of a carbon foil, which influences the stability, control, maneuverability and speed of your wingfoil. It’s different characteristics are determined by the thickness, the chord of the mast, the hydrodynamic profile of the mast, the quantity of carbon and the quality of the carbon fibers. Therefore, choosing the right Carbon Foil will determine the general performance of your foil. Based on this observation, SROKA offers you two types of carbon masts: 14mm and 16mm. What are the differences between these two carbon masts and how to choose the carbon foil that suits you best?
What are the criteria we look for in a Foil carbon mast?
The stiffness of a mast is determined by different parameters such as its thickness, its chord (distance between the leading board and the trailing edge), the hydrodynamic profile and the quantity and quality of carbon applied in the mast .
- To go fast and have crazy glide, you need a very thin mast with very little rope.
- To have a rigid mast, you need a thick mast, with a lot of rope, and a lot of quantity of carbon.
- To have a light mast you need to use less carbon.
However, if we invest in a carbon mast which is very expensive it is to obtain a real gain in performance. So why pay the price of a carbon foil to have the same performance as an aluminum mat? it does not make sense!
Consequently, if you are interested in a Carbon foil, you might as well invest in an excellent carbon mast with the best compromise between glide, stiffness and lightness and control.
Two opposing visions clash.
For maintain a rigid mast at a slightly more attractive price, we increase the rope of the mast and/or we increase its thickness and we reduce the quantity of carbon and/or the quality of carbon in the mast. In our case we chose to increase the thickness to 16mm and reduce the quantity of high module M40J fiber. This compromise allowed us to be as stiff as the Elite carbon mast in 14 mm but with only 60% M40J (high modulus carbon)
To seek maximum performance, you have to reduce the rope to the
maximum, reduce the thickness as much as possible and to do this you have to increase the amount of carbon (140 layers of carbon in our 14mm Elite mast) and increase the quality of carbon fibers using high modulus carbon. (So the mast is 100% High Modulus M40 J).
The consequences of a thicker mast:
- less speed
- less glide
- may be less rigidity (it depends on the quality of the fibers put in the mast)
- less maneuverability (due to increased rope)
- less performance in general.
- The only gain will be a lighter foil weight
- a more attractive price
The consequences of a thinner and stiffer mast:
- more glide and speed
- more glide
- more responsiveness of the foil
- more control
- more solidity
- can be used for racing, freestyle, waves or cruising.
- more maneuverability especially in curves
- a slightly greater mast weight as well as its price
The mast of the Elite range in 14 mm is one of the most efficient on the market thanks to its 100% high modulus M40J construction and its 140 layers of carbon. It combines increased performance, optimal strength and appreciable finesse. Investing in this quality mast guarantees you lasting satisfaction, without having to change it to follow marketing trends. Buying a well-built mast for 2000 euros will be more profitable than buying 2 masts for 1700 euros which promise you more stiffness than the previous model.
If on the contrary the absolute performance is not your objective, the 16 mm 60% high modulus carbon mast will do the job very well. It will give you rigidity, strength and durability with a little less glide and speed compared to the 14mm Elite carbon mast.
For whom and for what use?
The 14mm carbon mast is ideal for experienced riders looking for maximum performance and speed control and maneuverability. More particularly, the 14mm carbon mast is suitable for all foiling disciplines, but it particularly stands out in surfing, jumping, pumping, winging and downwinding where gliding and strength are the most important elements. It is made with 100% M40J high modulus carbon. It therefore offers greater rigidity than the 16mm whether in bending or torsion. It is therefore recommended for freestyle, freesurfing, pumping, racing and freeride.
It is ideal for riders looking for versatility and ease of use. The 16mm carbon mast is built with 60% high modulus M40J and is therefore suitable for freeride, freesurf, surffoil, pumping, supfoil… You will feel a clear difference with the S-foil Alu, in terms of gliding, start and precision at a more affordable price. In comparison, you will gain 15% less drag compared to the Aluminum S-foil.
In summary, The two SROKA carbon masts are quality products, which guarantee you a new wingfoil experience. The choice between 14mm and 16mm depends on your style and your preferences.
If you prefer slide and speed, opt for the Elite 14mm.
If you prefer lightness and versatility, choose the 16mm.
Whatever your choice, you will not be disappointed by the sensations your SROKA carbon mast will give you.
How to choose your fuselage?
Aluminum Fuselage: Enjoy the Carbon Glide at Soft Prices
“Do you dream of the glide of carbon masts but your budget is limited? Opt for our aluminum fuselage, solid and reliable. It is the ideal choice for discovering carbon foils without breaking the bank.
Our aluminum fuselage is versatile: it adapts to our carbon masts and all our SROKA fins and stabilizers. It has the same shape as the Elite Carbon fuselage and it even offers better glide than the aluminum fuselage of the S-foil range, thanks to a 10% reduction in drag at the mast/fuselage junction. It is suitable for all levels of practice.
In short, The aluminum fuselage allows you to:
- Glide with the fluidity of carbon masts, without breaking your budget.
- Enjoy a robust and durable construction for use versatile.
- Combine our carbon masts, fins and SROKA stabilizers according to your desires.
- Benefit from an improved profile for optimal performance, adapted to all levels of practice.”
Elite Carbon Fuselage: Excellence in Carbon Performance
On the other hand, if you are an experienced ski enthusiast, looking for maximum performance and intense sensations and lightness, our Elite Carbon fuselage is the ideal choice. Boasting high-end quality (built in 100% High modulus for the Elite range), it is therefore designed for experienced riders who demand exceptional responsiveness and handling.
The Elite Carbon fuselage, compatible with our carbon masts as well as with all our SROKA fins and stabilizers, stands out for its rigidity and lightness, which reduces inertia in movements. Able to offer you an unprecedented sliding experience, it weighs only 700 grams, making it a light and dynamic option.
Choose the Elite Carbon fuselage means opting for:
- Cutting-edge performance thanks to the reactivity and handling offered by carbon .
- A lighter and more rigid construction for exceptional sliding sensations.
- Total compatibility with our carbon masts, fins and SROKA stabilizers.
- An option that does not require rinsing after each session.
In the end, you choose the aluminum fuselage for its quality ratio -price or the Elite Carbon fuselage for its performance, you benefit in both cases from the same exceptional gliding sensation.
Make your choice according to your needs, your level of practice and your desires , and make the most of your sliding experience with SROKA.