NAISH Freemove Foil Jet 1050
Sizes Available: Front Wing 1050cm2, Back Wing 320cm2, Mast 75cm
Sizes Tested: Front Wing 1050cm2, Back Wing 320cm2, Mast 75cm

Naish Says:

Bridging the gap for all foiling disciplines, the Freemove Foil offers a multitude of new features and sets a new performance standard across disciplines. This is the perfect foil package for kiters who want great lightwind performance with a more playful ride while still offering versatility that reaches towards surf, SUP, wake and even windsurf foiling.

For 2020, Naish introduces an entirely new line of surf foils—reimagined, redesigned, and fine-tuned over months of testing to improve performance on every level. Further developing our delta wing concept, we’ve focused on better pumping and improving our already excellent agility. The new wings feature new proprietary foil sections that deliver more lift while reducing drag, smoothed frontal geometry that makes turning more intuitive while maintaining the ‘surf’ feel that makes our wings so popular, and refined wingtips that provide excellent grip during turns and are also safer. These new wings are matched by new stabilizers (back wings) that connect seamlessly to our new fuselage design, and deliver improved performance across the board.

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Tkb Says:

The Jet 1050 is new for this year with its lower aspect higher lifting surf style wing that is fun for all-around freeride carving. The 1050 comes with carbon wings that attach to an aluminum fuselage with three torque head bolts, a stabilizer with a simplified mounting with two torque head bolts and a 75cm aluminum mast. Our Jet 1050 came with the Abracadabra mounting base that allows for an easy connect/disconnect from your board. We loved the Abracadabra mounting plate because we were testing a few different boards and this made swapping out the various models effortless with one screw detachment which yielded less fuss and more water time.

The Jet 1050 has a little bit higher of a foil-up speed than a true surf foil but for kitesurfing it had a nice medium foil-up speed that didn’t require a ton of board speed to begin creating lift. Right off the bat, we could feel the 1050’s nice balance between all three axes, which is to say that the yaw, roll and pitch all worked well together with the pitch and yaw being a bit more stable while the roll felt a little more reactive — once we had a few minutes on this foil our control seemed intuitive, leading to a ride that was both stable but sufficiently quick to act and playful. The foil felt smooth through the water with no whistling or turbulent sounds. We really enjoyed carving windswell on the 1050; its foil-down speed was sufficiently slow that we could carve and stall on waves and pump to get the next chunk of energy. The top speed of this wing was actually pretty fast for a surf-oriented wing, so it didn’t seem to hit a speed wall like some dedicated surf foils, but it did seem to create extra lift at high speeds that required extra front foot pressure during high-end accelerations, and that’s fine because the 1050’s sweet spot is really in carving medium and slower fun turns and hunting down swell energy. The 75cm mast length seemed perfect for this foil on a kite with good stiffness and tight response to inputs. The few times we breached the wing, we actually recovered quite easily; it didn’t seem to completely aerate and stall for a total loss of lift, rather we were able to reengage and ride away. In summation, the 1050 does an excellent job of bridging the gap between a super low aspect dedicated surf foil and a medium aspect kite foil, giving the rider a lower foil-up speed that is user-friendly and works great for freeride carving and cruising with intuitive control.

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