2023 Naish Hover DW Foil Board
HOVER DOWNWIND / DOWNWIND SUP FOILING / LIGHT WIND WINGING
Sizes: 105L / 125L
Introducing the new Hover Downwind models, designed and developed in partnership with Austin Kalama and our team on Maui. These SUP foiling boards are the perfect choice for both seasoned professionals and aspiring riders looking to experience the thrill of downwind paddling. Crafted with the utmost precision, the Hover DW is available in 105 and 125-liter board volumes, offering a well-balanced design in length, width, rocker, and hull shape. This combination ensures accessibility without ever compromising on performance and speed. With exceptional attention to detail, the Hover DW has been designed and developed to revolutionize the world of downwind SUP foiling. The maximized waterline and beveled rails facilitate the generation and optimization of momentum with each paddle stroke, allowing riders to achieve directional stability and lift-off onto the foil with maximum ease. Furthermore, the beveled bottom ensures lateral stability during acceleration and facilitates quick lift-off, enabling riders to glide and ride swiftly across the waves. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or an aspiring rider, the Hover DW is the top choice for your next downwind adventure.
High-Density PVC Foil Track System with (2) 10” US Boxes
The carbon reinforced high-density PVC blocks reach from the deck to the bottom laminate providing the strongest, most direct foil connection to the board
Provides a premium feel and control while adding stability
Creates additional rail clearance in turns while minimizing the affected wetted surface during involuntary touchdowns
Creates additional glide making take-offs as easy as possible even in light wind conditions with minimal chop or during flatwater pop-ups
I have about 70 sessions under my belt in wing foiling and coming from a surfing background, it was a struggle to ride switch. I got good at foiling on my knees instead when going that direction. Bad habit. First time on this board and I rode switch 10X more than I ever could before...and that was on extremely marginal winds (8-10 knots). I have not even tried to foil on my knees again. If I had had this board from the start, I would have probably been 3X better than I am today and would have saved over $3.5K buying a typical 110 wing board and then a 90L (both of which are +2 lbs heavier than this board). Every board has it's trade-offs, and in my second session in severe chop and gusty conditions, it was a bit of a mess to quickly find where I like my feet to be. I'll probably mark up my front deck pad to help with that. But once the board is moving, it becomes much more stable. I might try to prone with this board (I am not much of a SUPr), but mostly I bought it to wing in light winds and it is AMAZING for that. It feels sturdy from a construction standpoint and works entirely better with my Armstrong foils than both of my other two boards. If you come from a surfing background and are struggling as a beginermediate, this is your board.
I got the 105L. It’s light and has incredible hull speed for early lift. Makes life incredibly easy and it tracks like a beast while riding swell with the wing flagged out. Great job Naish. Don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a little board.