Takuma Kujira 980 Foil
Mast Options: 75cm Aluminum, 85cm Aluminum, 75cm Full Carbon
What Takuma has to say about the Kujira 980
Takuma introduces the new Kujira foil, inspired by humpback whales. The name Kujira is Japanese for whale. There is an element of biomimicry in the innovation and engineering process of the Kujira foil, as it is fully inspired by humpback whales.
The design: The Kujira foil was designed by Laurent Borgna, well known for having already shaken things up in the foiling world with his work on the LOL Profoils range, and Cyril Coste, the founder of Takuma.
The revolutionary tubercle design is inspired by the pectoral fin of humpback whales who are known for their agility, power and efficiency. Takuma wanted to implement this anomaly into the Kujira foil, and managed to do it by reproducing and adding whalelike bumps to the design. After a numerous prototypes, modifications and adjustments to the shape and profile of the bumps, computer simulations, and hours of testing in all conditions, there was a clear, distinct and enormous improvement in terms of lift, glide, stability and comfort in the new foils. This remarkable extra lift allows the rider to use a smaller wing with better performance creating exceptionally smooth flight and glide even at low speed.
The signature LOL upturned winglets are also found on the Kujira. Retaining the winglets on our hydrofoils give them much more efficient glide and lift with significantly less drag allowing the rider a feeling of extra comfort while foiling.
All riders can immediately feel the benefits of the Kujira foil, even non professional foilers. The Kujira is an extremely well rounded foil for surf and wing foiling, but is also perfectly adapted for more advanced level open ocean downwind foiling.
Takuma introduces the new Kujira foil, inspired by humpback whales.
The Kujira front wing 980 is designed for riders who need a foil that offers excellent performance in almost all ocean conditions you will encounter.
The Kujira 980 wing is the ultimate choice for wingfoiling, prone and downwind foiling in mild to heavy conditions.
- New tubercle design inspired by the humpback whales’ pectoral fin.
- Takumas LOL designed upturned winglets give them much more efficient glide and lift with significantly less drag allowing the rider a more secure balanced feeling while foiling.
- Unmatched agility and acceleration while turning and carving in all conditions.
- Effortless low and high speed control.
- Full carbon construction
- Aluminum anodized
- Exceptionally maneuverable
- Smooth and stable on take off
- Extraordinarily reactive
- Remarkably stable at a low speed
- Wing Span: 800 mm
- Chord: 155 mm
- Project area: 980 cm2
- Wing Span: 390 mm
- Chord: 68 mm
- Project area: 220 cm2
When I pulled it out of the carrying case, I was not really that impressed. But once on the water—WOW! I’ve been kite foiling for several years and wing foiling for about seven months. This foil works great in bad water. Absent pointing it straight up out of the water, it won’t cavitate, not even with six inches of the wing sticking out on a turn. The gliding and pumping are amazing. I now own the 1440, 1210, and 980. Even the 980 pumps surprisingly well. It’s also fun with a kite, and jumps pretty well, for a big wing. For typical lake winging, the 1210 is my favorite on my 4’8” 55L Fanatic board. Of course, the 1440 gets up sooner and glides longer in the lighter winds. The top end on all of these wings is great. They never feel out of control or do any weird pitching when riding overpowered. Of course, given the wingspan of the 1440 and 1210 and the long fuselage, they aren’t snappy turners, but they are great for hard, driving carves. While the bumps appear like some kind of sales gimmick, and everyone online is looking for other reasons why this foil works so well, I think they must do something because this foil is amazing. While the wings appear fragile, they will take a little bouncing off the bottom without damage. My board sinks very easily, so occasionally I hit the bottom waiting on wind to get going. I have zero regrets on buying this foil. And, so far, everyone who rides mine buys one.