How To Improve Controller Signal Connectivity | Foil Drive Masterclass Series

How To Improve Controller Signal Connectivity | Foil Drive Masterclass Series

Majority of "Connectivity Issues" can be improved by simply understanding how the controller and the electronics talk to each other. This video takes you through different board constructions and volumes and different techniques you can try to improve your connectivity.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand your board's material: Recognize that different materials and constructions affect signal reception.
  • Proper controller placement: Place the controller on the board's surface to maintain signal. Avoid submerging the board too deeply during initial setup.
  • Effective paddling technique: Paddle quickly and ensure the nose is out of the water to maintain signal.
  • Use of foam in tracks: Insert foam in the board tracks to enhance signal reception.
  • Patch antenna for carbon tracks: Use the patch antenna for boards with carbon tracks to ensure reliable signal.

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Hello, fellow water enthusiasts! Paul from FoilDrive here, bringing you a masterclass on understanding your remote and maximizing the performance of your board. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a newcomer, our goal is to help you get up on foil as effortlessly as possible. So, let's dive in!

A Range of Boards: Pros, Cons, and Signal Compatibility

We have a diverse range of boards here, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. I'm 96 kilos (about 211 pounds) and 6'2", so I frequently test different boards to find the best setup. Here's a quick rundown of the boards we'll discuss:

  • FoilDrive Inspired AXIS Board: Full carbon construction. Large plastic board tracks. Excellent signal reception. Dimensions: 60L, 54cm by 192cm.
  • Starboard Blue Carbon Series: Lightweight, but signal can be temperamental if not used correctly. Dimensions: 50L, 52cm.
  • Unifoil Quiver Killer: Versatile and aptly named. Full carbon with plastic tracks. Dimensions: 45L, 52cm by 19cm.
  • Apple Tree Board: Smaller, full carbon board. Challenges for heavier riders due to its buoyancy. Dimensions: 35L, 46cm.
  • Tuma Board – Rising Sun: Full carbon with carbon tracks. Previously unusable without a patch antenna due to signal blockage. Dimensions: 30L, 42cm by 182cm.

Understanding Signal and Board Materials

Not all carbon boards are created equal. Variations in construction, material usage, and track placement can significantly affect signal reception. For instance, some boards have carbon boxes with plastic tracks, while others have full carbon tracks. This inconsistency explains why some users experience signal issues while others do not.

Essential Techniques for Optimal Performance

To make the most out of your FoilDrive system, it's crucial to master a few key techniques. These include proper paddling, controller placement, and board adjustment. Let's break down these techniques to ensure you're getting the best performance.

Paddling and Controller Placement

When using a small board like the Apple Tree (35L), signal reception is paramount. Here's how to ensure a smooth connection and successful takeoff:

  • Initial Setup: Position the controller on the board's surface to maintain a strong signal. Avoid submerging the board too deeply, as this can disrupt the signal.
  • Getting Started: Place the controller flat on the board, allowing it to establish a connection. Gradually build speed before attempting to stand up.
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes: Don’t mash the controller continuously. Allow it to establish a connection. If the board is submerged, lift the nose slightly to regain signal.
  • Paddling Technique: Paddle quickly to maintain signal continuity. If the signal cuts out, increase your paddling speed and ensure the nose is out of the water.

Mastering the Takeoff

The takeoff process can be tricky, especially with smaller boards. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get up on foil efficiently:

  • Body Positioning: Keep your body over the nose of the board to maintain a flat position. Avoid leaning too far back, as this can create drag and slow you down.
  • Throttle Control: Start with moderate throttle and increase gradually. Use the boost feature only once you're moving steadily.
  • Building Speed: Allow the board to gain speed before attempting to stand. Maintain a flat board to reduce water resistance.

Overcoming Signal Challenges

Different boards and conditions can present unique signal challenges. Here are some strategies to address common issues:

  • Foam in Tracks: Insert foam in the board tracks to improve signal reception. Focus on placing foam in front of, behind, and around the bolts.
  • Using the Patch Antenna: For boards with carbon tracks, the patch antenna is essential. Position the patch antenna on the board's surface to ensure reliable signal reception.
  • Adjusting for Different Boards: Experiment with controller placement to find the optimal position for each board. Note that some boards may require the controller to be closer to the patch antenna.

Demonstration: The Tuma Board with Patch Antenna

The Tuma Rising Sun board, with its full carbon construction, presents a significant signal challenge without the patch antenna. Let's walk through how to use this board effectively with the patch antenna:

  • Without the Patch Antenna: Signal reception is almost impossible due to the carbon tracks. Any attempt to connect results in frustration and signal loss.
  • With the Patch Antenna: Place the patch antenna on the board's surface. Ensure the controller is within proximity to the antenna for optimal signal.
  • Practical Application: The patch antenna provides reliable signal even when the board is submerged. Allows for smooth and continuous operation, making the board usable again.


With the right techniques and understanding of your equipment, you can optimize your FoilDrive system for an incredible experience on the water. Whether you're using a full carbon board or one with plastic tracks, mastering these key points will help you get up on foil effortlessly.

Remember, if you have any further questions or need assistance, our support team is always here to help. Now, get out there and enjoy the water!

Until next time, happy foiling!

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3rd Jun 2024 Foil Drive

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