Several of us got to try the new North hydrofoil and boards this week. It is quite an easy foil to ride and gets up flying early. It feels stable but is responsive in tacks and jibes. This is not a fast foil and probably has a max speed in the low 20 knot range but this is what a lot of entry and intermediate riders want. I found it fun to ride.
I was very impressed with the solid construction. The wings and fuselage are carbon composite which appears very durable. The mast is aluminum and has its top plate welded on. Stainless inserts are used in the aluminum parts to minimize corrosion issues.
The thin board is their economy model but I liked it. The deck is covered with a cork layer that is very nice on bare feet. The thicker board may be worth the extra money because of the extra floatation. It has soft deck pads and feels very nice. Both boards come with 3 footstraps but you can use 2 or 1 or 0 of course.
Everyone here who tried it had good things to say. I believe that it will be popularly priced and will be a big seller for North. Unfortunately it will not be available on store shelves for several weeks.
Right now there are no options but I am told there will be other wing choices in the future and a short mast for school use.
I recall they said 1599 us dollars for the complete setup with the thin board. That may not be exact.
It includes a nice bag for the foil part and covers for the wings and fuselage. It also includes 3 nice north footstraps.
And I forgot to mention that it is noticeably lighter than comparable aluminium mast foils..
Nobody can give exact availability dates but probably September.