Things to know about Moses Hydrofoils - Foil Fridays EP 24
Moses foils have skyrocketed in popularity this year. They are widely known as the best race hydrofoils available, but that does not exactly translate for everyday rider use. The versatility and accessible performance of the Moses Onda 633 hydrofoil has opened everyday riders' eyes to the brand. If you are someone who is interested in or perhaps already own a Moses foil, these are things you should know about their hydrofoils.
Moses has a few fuselages in their lineup. They offer Surf, Kite, and Windsurf fuselages in various lengths. As far as wing compatibility is concerned, each sport’s front wing needs to be mounted with the correct type of fuselage due to their differing front wing recess and bolt pattern. For instance, a Moses 633 surf front wing must be mounted on a Moses 749 surf fuselage, while a Moses 590 kite front wing must be mounted on one of the Moses kite 647 or 680 kite fuselages. The 680 kite fuselage is primarily reserved for their race wings but can add some pitch stability to your foil if you desire.
- Moses Surf front wings
- Moses Kite front wings
Foilmount Slingshot Mast adapter
One nifty innovation that has recently surfaced is the Moses fuselage to Slingshot mast adapter. It allows you to use Slingshot’s alloy mast options with your Moses hydrofoil wing-set and fuselage. While not quite as lightweight or sleek as the Moses masts, they are very durable and available in a number of sizes for a nominal cost. For instance, you could have a 3 Slingshot mast sizes and a Slingshot mast collar for only $247 if you do not already own them. Compared to the $800+ per mast that the high-quality Moses carbon masts command, I’d call that a money-saver, especially for those new riders looking to briefly use the shorter masts or for a rider simply looking to try out some of the Moses wings while already owning a Slingshot hydrofoil.
Moses stabilizers or “rear wings” are compatible with all of their fuselage options. If you find that you wish to alter the stance placement or maneuverability of your Moses foil, the rear wing is a great place to start. Most commonly, this is applied to wings that feel too “lifty”, meaning you need to apply a lot of front foot pressure to balance it. This is a common issue for riders of the increasingly popular Moses Onda 91 with 633/483 wingset, especially lighter riders or riders pushing the limit of its speed range.
Moses 483, 330, 325mm rear wings
This foil’s balance is quite a bit forward when compared to other foils. Since it has such a vast speed range, it is increasingly problematic when it accelerates well beyond comparable foils, producing additional lift. Even at 200 lbs, I find my back foot as much as 10” in front of the mast when riding near the top of its range. If you can mount it near the tail, you will probably be quite happy as long as you are free to move your feet about the board. If your board does not allow that or you lock your feet down with straps, you may consider a smaller Moses 330 or 325 rear wing. Either will help tame that “lifty” feeling and balance your stance in speedier circumstances so you can take full advantage of its incredible range.
Written and produced by Tucker Vantol, Ryan (Rygo) Goloversic
Mackite's resident surf and "Hydrofoil junkie." You can either catch him on the phones or on the water at dawn testing new gear. He is proficient at myriad sports, a shaper, and passionate about getting his water time. When he discovered kiteboarding it took over as his predominate sport. The same could be said about hydrofoiling.