Versatility of the Hydrofoil Outline.

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Ive been preaching for some time now that i beleive the foil ( the aerofoil/Hydrofoil curve) is the fastest, most efficient outline through the water. The challenge has been to correctly balance the overal volume, rocker, rail length and tail configurations to maximimise control and maneuverabilty. The Hydrofoil range has been a great success, opening peoples eyes to the possibilities of straighter foil orientated outlines. Normally the straight rail line through the tail will result in an excessively wide tail, which is fast but difficult to control. But when you reduce the wide point of the plain shape, you will increase the angle of attack of the foil which will
result in a narrow tail pod. After continued experimentation with this concept, i have reduced the lengths, widths and volume of my design to the point that i decided i could close the split tail formula to allow the design to be setup as a tri-fin. The boards performed great, retaining both the speed and transition feel of the dual fin and the 'on the button' controled turning of the thruster.it was major contribtor in my finals performance in the Japan qs' back in september when i shaped it. Hopefully it will help people understand that these outline should be veiwed (imo) as a modern performance outline that will eventualy replace the traditional thruster curve as the highest performace board category.
Models displayed are the Raptor V1 dual fin and the new Hydrofoil 3x Diamond.

Freestyle performance 5'2 @ Rocky Right.

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5'2" x 17 1/2" x 2" round nose/ squash tail. Hydrodynamic planning hull formula (ultra parrallel outline, deep single concave and hard edge running forward of the front foot. This board is radical! easily the most high performace small to med wave board i have ever rode, im actually just getting used to it after a few weeks riding it. You can do pretty much anything you can imagine on this board, it is stupidly fast, it projects clean, powerfull drawn out turns and the tri-fin gives you the control to jam the board in places on a wave that seem near impossible. This reverse at Rocky point the other day is a perfect example of what im talking about, the board felt like it wanted to do this turn on its own, all i had to do hold on and keep my mind flexible. Enjoy.

Hawaii guns

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Knocked up a couple of big wave dual fin planing foils for Hawaii. 5'11" x 17 3/4" x 2 1/4" Raptor V2 for (Med OTW/Pipe). widepoint/thickpoint 3.5" forward of centre mild single into deep vee double con. 6'6" x 18" x 2 1/4" twin rounded pin fish tail (SUNSET/ LARGE PIPE) mild tri-plane to mild single con falling into vee double con through the tail.



Best of Show At Sacred!

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Fantasic response to my new models including wining the "Best of Show" award for my new 5'3" freestyle planning hull. Thanks for the support!

Tsurigasaki

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Entered 4star qs and placed fith. I was very stoked on the performance of my equipment.

Japan 09 take 3

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Back on deck in Japan again for the third time this year. More sushi and asahi superdry and good time. Typhoon season so should be plenty of waves, bit of shaping promotion and a wqs event appearance on the way. Stay tuned.


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Nasi bangkus Kuramas

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Sakae Otsuka rips into one on his V2 during his maden adventure in Bali.

Customer Feedback.

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" Your board is EXCELLENT. The dimensions were perfect for me as it> floated me well without compromising the performance aspect (at my own> level of surfing). Good job. It is exactly how you advertised it on your> website: there is simply no equivalent that I know of (and I have around> 30 boards in my garage). It is a sort of cross-over between a fish and a> shortboard which is retaining only the best features of both. The thing> goes really really fast but still can turn on a dime. What surprised me> the most was how well it handles at the bottom of the wave considering> how wide the tail is. No fish squirting here just a good clean line. You> came out with a very special and efficient design which should have a> bright future."

"Pierre Kirscher " - ST Barths, Carrabbean.

HYDRO_HULLS !!

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5'2" x 17 3/4" x 2 1/8"
Expose' of my vision for future performance Hydrodynamic Planning Hull surfboards at Sacred Craft expo Del Mar CA. OCT 10 -11 2009.

New V1 Raptor Afterburner Pics

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5'8" x 18" x 2 1/8"
Ultra high performance dual fin design. Low volume. Single to vee double con quad channel planning hull. Max Thrust / Min drag flexy hachet fins. 100% handshaped and designed.

Introducing the "HYDRO-HULL"

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For the past 6months i have been quietly developing a new range of ultra high performance micro-planning hulls. Incorporating Bernoulli's principle of dynamic lift (L=CL P/2 SV2) as a theroy for creating planning lift to supprt the riders weight and using ultra -refined, minimal lengths and volumes with straighter parallel outlines to create a unique and very exciting design. Here is a sneak peak at a custom 5'4" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/8" For local pro and good mate Jock Barnes. Jock is 6ft 2" and 80+kg (180lbs) and generally rides 6'3" x 18 5/8"x 2 3/8" Thrusters. You Do The math !!


AXXE CLASSIC WETSUITS

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Axxe Classic wetsuits set a world standard for all other wetsuits to be measured by. They are the warmest, stretchiest and most durable suits ive ever worn. Thanks for the continued support!


FA-16 Afterburner

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The FA-16 was a real breakthrough design for me when i built my first one back in 2007. It was a culmination of lots of ideas i had about low drag planning at the time. The whole design came together much better than i had initially expected with all the channels falling cleanly into place, feeding the water-flow into the 6 release points around the Jet-Tail and flyer's. The channels also give the dual fin design great directional control and unlike most thruster channel bottom designs performs surprisingly well in small junky conditions due to pockets of air that flow through the channels, giving the board less wetted surface area through the tail and a loose yet controled rail-to-rail transition.

FA-15 JET TAIL

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Small South Swell

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Small south swell a couple of weeks ago riding 5'7" 17 3/4" 2 1/8" Quad power-drive V2 Quadrafoil. Im really enjoying this board, smooth transitions and the power is always on tap. The quad models are a good transitional boards stepping off from a thruster, Noticeably faster yet control remains very predicable in contrast to the squirty and more sensitive dual power-drive keels. I liken the performance feel to 4wd performance cars in contrast to rear wheel drive. Enjoy. Tomo.

Happy Campers !!

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Great reports from Customers in Califorinia. This is Ian Riggs launching his 5'8"Raptor at Seaside (San Diego) Yeah Ian !!!

Inspiration...........

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When in pursuit for design innovation you have to look beyond what is current. I look for inspiration in many places however never losing sight of the goal, higher-performance. I have been intrigued by the designs of the Lockheed-Martin fighter Jets, especially the F-15 and F-22. The profile of the tail wings which primarily control the maneouvering, allowing the craft to pull radical controled turns at high speeds, a trait that obviously would benifit a planning hull that also finds its design roots in aerodynamics. It is a fact that Air and Water both behave with the same mechanics in regards to fluid-dynamics, so why not look to the sky for knowledge and inspiration especially when thats exactly where i design my surfboards to perform.





Fun Little South Swell.......

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Winter weather has finally arrived, clear skys and crisp offshores. Some fun size south lines rolled through on the weekend. Heres a little taste of a day sessh at the point clip im currently putting together featuring V1 Afterburner and New Quadrafoil. Tomo.