100% carbon epoxy construction keeps weight to a minimum while providing the strongest stiffest platform.
Whether your downwinding, SUP surfing or light wind winging we are able to build a downwind foil board suit your application.
Design focused on efficiency, optimizing the length to width ratio to reduce the amount of effort required to get up on foil.
A key design focus was weight. As such the SWIFT //DW our downwind foil board range is built with 100% carbon fibre and epoxy laminate as standard. We use a vacuum epoxy construction to maximize the fibre to resin ratio further increasing the strength to weight ratio of the laminate .
Unlike the big brands, we do not use fillers and paint which can easily chip and scratch. We pigment the epoxy with your chosen colour and finish with a clear epoxy gloss coat. This creates the most durable finish possible.
Choose from a range of single, dual colour and fully custom multi colour styles.
Whatever your riding style or foil selection, 16” tracks gives more than enough adjustability to position your mast exactly where it suits you. With our internal board structure, we have created one of the strongest foil boxes on the market. This provides you, the rider, with that ultra rigid and connected feel.
All our downwind foil boards are built using an epoxy vacuum construction. Epoxies have superior strength compared to cheaper alternative polyester resins so it was an easy decision for us to make.
Vacuum bagging boards during lamination applies an even pressure over the surface which allows us to achieve a greater fibre density within the resin matrix, resulting in a stronger, lighter board.
Our downwind foil boards are laminated with 100% carbon fibre.
Carbon fibre has an excellent strength to weight ratio having a low density, high tensile strength and a high Young’s Modulus (stiffness). With prone boards being so thin the stiffness must be provided by the laminate and so 100% carbon construction is necessary to create a strong and rigid yet lightweight board.
We pigment the epoxy during construction rather than painting our boards. Unlike others, you can clearly see we are not using paint to cover up fillers! This also helps keep the weight down and gives a more durable finish that wont scratch off when you put the board down on the beach.
Each board is sanded by hand. This makes each board unique and one of a kind.
We then finish with a clear UV stabilised epoxy gloss coat polished to a shine.
All our downwind foil boards are designed on specialist computer aided design software. This defines the shape and allows us to understand the hydrodynamics including drag, centre of buoyancy and volume distribution. We can prototype new shapes quickly and adjust the design for the optimum board – we go from a concept to a test board within a week which gives us a fantastic feedback cycle to ensure we develop quickly. Using CNC machining we get great accuracy and repeatability of profiles that you could not get from hand shaping.
The foil Box is the most highly stressed point on the board and as such required us to design and engineer a solution to handle these loads.
We manufactured multiple inserts to transfer these high loads though the board and further strengthened this area with carbon.
We are proud to say we have never had a foil box rip out or fail and believe we have created one of the strongest on the market.
A ‘Gore’ self venting plug is fitted. This prevents the building of pressure within the board, caused by changes in core temperature or altitude when flying.
Downwind foiling has to be one of the most addictive and rewarding sports out there. However, paddling up onto foil is inherently difficult and so the focus for design has been hydrodynamic efficiency in an effort to make things that bit easier.
Increasing the length to width ratio of boards drastically reduces the amount of effort required to get up on foil. This is seen in the market trending towards the longer narrower downwind foil board.
In addition a subtle rocker profile and a pinned in tail both help to create a downwind foil board which paddles quickly and can catch even the smallest and flattest of swells. As always we have optimized the volume distribution to maximize stability and place the buoyancy exactly where it is needed.
The caveat is that going too narrow creates an unstable board. This won’t allow you to put all your power down when paddling and can be very tricky to stand on in a confused sea state. It’s definitely worth considering what you predominantly want to use the board for and what skill level you have when choosing your board.
With the big brands you are paying for cheap materials, freight from China, multiple reseller markups, and delivery miles. With SWIFT you are paying for quality materials - epoxy and carbon, producing solid builds that last. No markups - we sell direct to you.
With the big brands it can take up to a year for product innovations to appear on a mainstream board. Swift products are continuously developed and every board is current
When you buy direct, you deal with the people that design and build your board. If the wind is up, we are riding and testing every week of the year. We know what works.
Choose from the options to setup your new SWIFT // DW downwind foil board.
Our boards are built to order. The time for a standard board is currently 3 weeks from cleared payment.
We enjoy customising boards and will work with you to make yours unique and the best board on the beach! Customisation does add a little delay as we cannot start the build until we have confirmed any changes with you.