The Naish Ultra Carbon Wing/ SUP board started off as a SUP board in previous years. However, it became far more popular with wing foilers. So, for 2021 Naish made some modifications to adapt to this new sport. Including new sizes from 40 liters to 140 liters!
I’ve been using the 85L myself. At 195 lbs this is the perfect do it all board for me on. This would be ideal for someone around my weight that wants an intermediate to advance do-it-all wingsurf board. It worlds well for me in a variety of conditions from light winds, high winds and even in the waves. I enjoy having one board that I can keep in my car and send it when the wind kicks up.
The build of the board is similar to last year. Starting from the top, it has a spade nose that helps smooth things out in the waves. It keeps the nose compact so you are not taping the nose while turning, riding in chop or dropping in on waves.
Moving down, they have improved the placement of the strap inserts. There are a lot of options from a center mount, you could do double or a single strap offset at an angle on the front foot. The back foot has a single line of inserts for your back foot. I typically never use this myself. I prefer to ride strapless as most of the time I am freeriding or chasing waves. If I plan on doing some jumps, I’ll set up two straps with the front offset at an angle. If light winds, just a front strap at an offset and angle.
Moving down further, The board also comes with a well balanced handle placement. Something else that really pops for the S21 Ultra Carbon is the design on the traction pad. There is a bit of practically behind the design. The graphics have some useful reference lines. I use the front hash for my strap or front foot placement and the back hash for my back foot placement. It really helps me get the correct leverage and performance. This won’t be as helpful if you are goofy foot but you can imagine the mirror image and work from there. I don’t think this was by design or they would have done something for goofy foot riders. It’s more so a nice coincidence that I’ve found helpful as a regular foot rider.
Moving on to the top of the backside, you will see that there is a smooth hull entry that peaks up on the nose transition into the rocker line. It's a subtle design but there is a lot of practicality here. I find that it helps smooth out the ride in choppy water. Most importantly, for new riders and light winders, this reduces suction when getting up on foil.
Along the sides you will see there is a chined rail. This goes from the nose to the tail. This will allow you to have a wider board, with stability. Yet once you are up on foil, the chine will allow you to make harder turns without catching your board on some chop or the water in general like a standard rail would. On the bottom centerline of the board is a second well balanced handle to allow you to carry your board and keep the foil away from your wing.
On the bottom of the board, there is a nice kicktail that will allow you to rock up on foil more easily. It will give you a place for your feet yet reduce drag when getting up on foil.
As far as a general review, This is one of my favorite boards. With the wide range of size choices, we have an offering for everyone. This is especially important for more advanced wing foilers who are moving into a smaller performance shape wile keeping some ease of use and light wind ability.
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 a myriad of 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.