Firstly I would like to thank you for all your reports. It makes me think we are on the right way.
I developped the spitfire 2-3years ago. It took time to make it works and it is the main reason other could not make one. The knowledge to design a spitfire foil need to be deeper and wider than a traditional foil. All trimmings (profile choice, angle of attack etc...) need to be defined more accurately.
And business is countdown clock, and for some, why design something different than the main stream?
For me the reason is clear because this is the next mainstream
For my personnel ride I ride only spitfire ( I do not compete anymore). Why? Because I LOVE CARVINGS and turns and the ability of the spitfire is unbeatable. More than the turning ability (a traditional foil can turn also on a dime: example take our new bullet foil with a carver wing it turns super short) it is because of the feeling created during turns: the back foot pressure like a surfboard. Only spitfire can do it.
The other feature I love: I FEEL SAFE. With the spitfire the foil never take off when I crash or try new tricks due to the main wing is backward. I feel very confident as the foil will never try to hit your head during crash (and I know this...). It makes me I try powered bottom turns without any fear or hesitation. Even if the front wing is partly in the air and not in the water I achieve to bottom turn, no crash and I immediately think about the roller I will do next
This safety feeling make I ride it also on flat water, improving my ride confidently.
This safety feeling is good for good riders but ALSO FOR BEGINNERS. How many people try to hydrofoil and was scared by it due to the foil flying like hell during crashes??? With spitfire this scary scene never appears
For carbon lovers, please note that we are finalizing a fuselage dedicated for our carbon mast fitting the spitfire wings. More news soon
To summarize we will see more and more spitfire concept hydrofoil in the future for sure. We are not like planes, we are riders looking for a surfboard feeling.
I am working on this kind of foil for other uses than kitefoiling and first results are awesome.
Stay tuned and ride hard
I'm curious to see carbon fuse for spitfire, as now it's a bit heavy to use it for jumping, especially with hook straps it goes off your feet quite often during jump. Not so often with carbon fuse/wings as below
Spitfire is a marvelous toy to play in waves anyway.
Wonder what will be possible on waves in 3 years from now if you are doing downturns already?
I'm a bit scared to go into steeper parts of wave, as the speed increase enlarge my eyes to much . Have you got any tip against this?