Compared to its predecessor, the Freeride, the new Freeride Plus swaps the shorter 75 Standard fuselage for the new 95 Plus fuselage.
This new fuselage is longer for more pitch stability while the Plus concept shifts the front wing forwards. This allows for a reduced tail wing angle that makes it more aligned with the front wing, creating what we call a High Efficiency Foil Geometry (NZ Pat. App. No. 751177). With both wings flying through the water at more parallel angles, you release more speed, you get quicker acceleration and more control.
"It's like someone released the handbrake" Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, PWA Foil Champion.
HIGH EFFICIENCY FOIL GEOMETRY - HOW DOES IT WORK?
In the diagram above, the weight of sailor and sail is producing an anti-clockwise moment. The foil creates an equal and opposite clockwise moment to maintain flight. Since the front wing position is closer to the mast, it has less clockwise leverage.
The tail wing therefore needs more angle compared to the front wing for the foil to generate enough total clockwise moment. More tail wing angle = more drag.
High Efficiency Foil Geometry
The front wing position is further forward so it has more clockwise leverage. The tail wing doesn't need to work as hard so it can be set at a lower angle.
When the front wing and tail wing are closely aligned, there is less drag. You fly with more efficiency, more speed and more stability.
The Freeride Plus Aluminium is supplied with a full-carbon Freeride 1100 front wing and full-carbon 500 tail wing.
The 1100 front wing is a medium-aspect wing with a raked back wing tips. A medium aspect ratio means that it will offer more lift than racing wings, providing earlier take off and better stability at both lower and higher speeds. The swept-back wing tips make it a joy to jibe. With all that extra lift and coupled with the large tail wing, the Freeride Plus is a superb foil to learn fast, fully flying foil jibes with.
The Tom Speer-designed wing section is thin and relatively symmetrical, delivering speed with consistency. It has enough shape to provide constant lift and traction at various speeds. This is critical for negotiating low wind lulls, handling high wind gusts and making a wing you can trust in all conditions.
The 500 tail wing was chosen to add some extra power, extra stability and make foil jibes easier through the mid-jibe sail and feet transitions.
FRONT WING FITTING:
The Freeride Plus foil uses the saddle system for maximum connection stiffness. The front wing sits on a wide flat surface and locks in place via four countersunk M6 Torx bolts. The threads are anodized and reinforced with stainless steel helicoils for strength and corrosion resistance.
Will this fuselage work with other wings and masts?
Yes. This fuselage is compatible with all masts and compatible with all wings that use the saddle system. However, they won't work with wings designed for the Quick Lock system or the SuperCruiser wing.
TRIMMING YOUR TAIL WING
The 95 Plus fuselage is supplied with six angle spacers ranging from -2 degrees to +1 degree. By default, we recommend starting with the Tail Wing Angle Spacer of -1.5 degrees or -1 degrees for the Freeride Plus
|Wind Speed||Recommended Angle|
These suggested tail wing angles are based on the 500 tail wing and Freeride 1100 front wing. Your optimum tail wing angle may differ depending on your tail wing size, your body weight, sail size, sailing style, personal preferences and front wing size.
AVAILABLE IN ALUMINIUM
The Freeride Plus Aluminium is supplied with the Aluminium V5 85cm mast. It is built from an extrusion of 6061 aluminium, a grade of aluminium that we selected for its strength, weight and superior corrosion resistance. The V5 is extra-strong and extra stiff, making it suitable for windsurf foiling. Three oversized I beam stringers and five 12mm stainless steel bolts carry the vertical loads. It is even stronger and stiffer than the Aluminium V7 masts used for wing and wave foils.
The Freeride Plus is a the newest freeride foil that delivers fast, stable jibes, smooth takeoffs and maximum stability, all in a high performance upgradeable package.
Available only in the Aluminium version.
What's in the Freeride Plus Foil Box?
|Front Wing:||Freeride 1100|
|Mast:||Aluminium V5 85cm Deep Tuttle|
|Other items:||1x Torx Key and a set of bolts to assemble the foil. The Freeride Plus Aluminium is supplied without bag.|
|Wing Foiling:||Yes (for experienced riders only)|
For upgrade items and suggestions, see the Custom Shop section below.
For additional protection, Starboard Foils Wing Covers and the Starboard Foils Team Bags are available to purchase separately.
Recommended Team Bag size:
M - 102cm x 21cm x 21cm
Recommended Wing Cover set: Freeride Plus Set
What mast upgrades are available?
- Carbon 110
- Carbon 95
- iQFoil Carbon 95
- Carbon 85
- Aluminium V5 95
- Aluminium V5 85
A longer mast allows you to fly higher, giving you more room to handle conditions with bigger waves.
A shorter mast makes it easier to foil, allows you to have more control and leverage over your foil but makes it easier to foil out.
Upgrading from Aluminium to Carbon allows you to improve your speed, reduce weight for earlier take-off and increase overall flight efficiency.
Upgrading from Carbon to the stiffer iQFoil Carbon gives you more control and maximum flight stability, unlocking the next gear with ability to push further and with more confidence.
What front wing upgrades are available?
- Freeride 1100
- Millennium 1000
- Wave 1700 (for SuperCruiser only)
The Millennium 1000, the 900 and 800 front wings are racing wings that you can add to your Freeride Plus to make your foil faster. The 1000 is ideal for lighter winds and the 800 is ideal for medium winds.
The 725, 650 and 550 are maximum performance slalom foil wings. They are also compatible with the Freeride Plus.
The Wave 1700 for SuperCruiser is not suitable and does not fit on the 95 Plus fuselage anyway.
What tail wing upgrades are available?
- 255 -2°
- 255 -2° Thin
- 200 -2° Thin
- 370 (for SuperCruiser only)
The 330 is a good alternative wing for the tail of a Freeride Plus. This will reduce some power and some low-speed stability and increase control and speed in stronger winds.
The 255 is a popular option for the 95 Plus fuselage in stronger winds to reduce power and increase speed further. On the downside, the foil will feel more technical to ride, particularly through foil jibes
The 255 -2° allows riders to reduce tail wing angle further. Combining it with the -2° spacer for example, gives you a total of -4°.
The 255 -2° Thin and 200 -2° Thin are recommended for slalom foiling and for speed foiling.
What fuselage upgrades are available?Available fuselages:
- 95 Plus
- 105 Plus
- 115 Plus
- 115 Plus Plus
- 87 (for SuperCruiser only)
The 105 Plus is our intermediate size between the 95 Plus and the 115 Plus. This will add more upwind power to the Freeride Plus, making it ideal for heavier riders or riders looking for more upwind performance.
The 115 is the original racing fuselage before the 115 Plus replaced it. It stays in the catalogue because some riders prefer the original wing placement that produces less power and gives more control in high winds. A classic set up that remains a reference point for all racing foils.
The 115 Plus is the fuselage of the Race Plus foil. Using this fuselage on your Freeride Plus instead of the 95 converts it to the full racing foil geometry although we'd also recommend downsizing the tail wing to 255.
The 115 Plus Plus is a secret weapon for maximum VMG. It shifts the front wing even further forward than the 115 Plus, allowing you to reduce tail wing angle even further. With the wing placed so far forward, we highly recommend pairing it with the iQFoil Carbon 95 mast that is stiffer and better able at handling the massive torsional forces generated by the 115 Plus Plus fuselage.
Spacers - what are they?
- Spacers for Tail Wing Angle - this is for all Plus fuselages. It is a set of six spacers for six possible tail wing angles.
- Spacer for Carbon Mast (Square Fuselage) - this fits between the carbon masts and square-shaped fuselages such as the 95, 95 Plus, 105 Plus, 115 and 115 Plus and 115 Plus Plus.
- Spacer for Aluminium Mast V5 (Square Fuselage) - this fits at the end of the aluminium mast to make the fit with the fuselage.
- Deep Tuttle Spacer for Aluminium Mast V5, V6, V7 - these spacers fit at the end of the Aluminium mast to make the fit with the board's Deep Tuttle Foil Box. Three angles are available: 0°, 0.75°, 1.5°
Spacers are plastic parts that fit between the various foil parts. Tail wing spacers and Deep Tuttle spacers also allow you to adjust certain angles while mast/fuselage spacers also help to prevent corrosive reaction between the carbon mast and the aluminium fuselage.
What other items are available?
- Foil Bag M - 102cm x 21cm x 21cm (Freeride Plus, GT Carbon, GT-R Plus)
- Foil Bag L - 122cm x 21cm x 21cm (iQFoil, Race, Race Plus, Race Pro)
- Foil Bag XXL - 107cm x 37cm x 16cm (SuperCruiser)
Wing and Mast Cover Sets:
- Wing and Mast Cover - iQFoil Set
- Wing and Mast Cover - Race Plus Set
- Wing and Mast Cover - GTR Plus Set
- Wing and Mast Cover - Freeride Plus Set
- Wing and Mast Cover - SuperCruiser Set
- Wing Cover - 1700 Wing Cover - 1100
- Wing Cover - 1000 Wing Cover - 900
- Wing Cover - 800 Wing Cover - 725
- Wing Cover - 650/500 Wing Cover - 550
- Wing Cover - 330/370
- Wing Cover - 220/250/255/270
- Mast Cover - Mast 85
- Mast Cover - Mast 95