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Surf Hydrofoil

Choosing a Surf Hydrofoil

Choosing a surfboard foil can be a difficult decision. Luckily, we have the gear and knowledge to help anyone choose gear that will expedite their progression. Some of the variables that may influence your choice of foils are weight, wave height, board choice, ability, and riding style. This can be a complicated choice, and as a result we encourage new foilers to reach out to us for a personal recommendation.

If you have some foil knowledge already, you may find the charts below helpful in making a decision. However, nothing compares with talking to one of our brilliant staff members who have experienced the benefits and pitfalls of each design firsthand.

As always, feel free to email, live chat, or call us at 800.622.4655.

Let's Chat: Learning How to Hydrofoil Surf.

So you want to learn to hydrofoil surf? Congratulations! We too have caught the foil bug for all of our boardsports. Surf foiling is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that makes even the most marginal days into magical sessions. Aside from the silent, smooth, and effortless glide, surf hydrofoils tap into the most powerful part of the wave just beneath the surface. Read more...

Here are some common foils for people 160-190 lbs with intermediate skills:

Downwind SUP - Wing surface area 180-300 square inches

  • GoFoil Maliko 200
  • GoFoil Maliko 280
  • Delta Mega surf
  • Cloud 9 P27

Small waves - Wing surface area 140-230 square inches

  • Cloud 9 P27
  • Delta Surf
  • Delta Mega surf
  • GoFoil Iwa
  • LIft 170
  • Lift 200
  • Naish Thrust Surf L
  • Slingshot Fsurf H2
  • Ride Engine Futura

Good waves - Wing surface area 120-170 square inches

  • Cloud 9 S24
  • GoFoil Kai
  • Lift 150
  • Liquid Force Impulse
  • Naish Thrust Surf M
  • Slingshot Fsurf H4
  • Ride Engine Bat wing

Huge waves/tow in - up to 130 square inches surface area

  • GoFoil Nalu
  • Lift 110
  • Delta Freeride
  • Slingshot Fsurf H3


 This chart will help you understand the differences in Surfing Hydrofoils that we offer at MACkite.  Cloud 9, Delta, Gofoil, Lift, Liquid Force, Naish, Ride Engine, and Slingshot hydrofoils with price, weight, use, board connection, and intended uses.



At MACkite we carry every major foil brand. This chart will help to shed light on the differences in the rider experience between them.  Cloud 9, Delta, Gofoil, Lift, Liquid Force, Naish, Ride Engine, and Slingshot Hydrofoils are addressed in beginning speed, max maneuverable speed, and foil stability values.