Liquid Force Foil Board Full Review

Liquid Force Foil Board Summary

The Liquid Force Foil Board is the first mass produced aluminum hydrofoil kiteboard on the market. We spent a few days with it on the water and tested it in various conditions

Pros:

  • Relatively Inexpensive – About $1000 less than any other complete foil board on the market. It is also less than most light wind kites, which you won’t need again.
  • Durability – It has an aluminum mast and fuselage, compression molded deck, and fiberglass wings that give this foil board a very solid and durable feel.
  • Cheap Replacement Parts – This is important since foils are prone to damage.
  • Beginner Friendly – The low aspect front wing design allows for slower planing speed. This makes it less intimidating to get on the foil plane, as well as helps with confidence and progression.

Cons:

  • Weight and Density – The Liquid Force foil is heavier and more dense than carbon foil boards. The extra weight and less buoyancy make it a bit tougher to carry around and handle both on the beach and in the water. Putting a different deck with a foam core on this foil will help, but this may sacrifice durability. Also, Liquid Force has plans to develop other styles and types of boards to mount on this foil in the near future.
  • Slower and Less Agile – The same characteristics that make the Liquid Force Foil board beginner friendly, also slow it down and make it less maneuverable in comparison to some of the more performance oriented foil boards. Liquid Force plans to have high performance wings available soon for progression.
  • Nose Dives – Due to the high density of the compression mold construction of the Fish deck, as well as only a slight rocker in the front of the board, there is a tendency to catch the edge and nose dive. This happens often when learning to foil. Read on for some tips on how to avoid this.

We Would Recommend the Liquid Force Foil to:

  • Kiteboarders who are looking to learn how to ride a foil board.
  • Foilers looking for a very durable and/or budget option.
  • Heavier guys looking for a solid freeride/cruising foil board.

We Would Not Recommend the Liquid Force foil board to:

  • Kids or smaller riders due to it’s extra weight.
  • Anyone looking for a high performance or race foil board.

Order Liquid Force Foil BoardLiquid Force Foil construction and assembly

Check out our Liquid Force Foil board – First Impressions article for more details on construction and materials.

Liquid Force Foil AssemblyThe foil board assembly is very straightforward. We found it easiest to attach the wings to the fuselage first. Then, stand the mast up on it’s base and connect with the fuselage.

Attaching the foil/mast to the board is a little tricky. Here’s the method that worked best for us:

1. Stand the assembled foil up on the wings and put the plastic spacer on top of the mast base.
2. Put some weight on the back wing (kite bag, sand, etc.) or carefully step on it to keep it from tilting forward once the board goes on top.
3. Insert 2 back screws in the board.
4. Place the board on the mast base and match the screws with the screw holes on the mast.
5. Fasten the 2 rear nuts.
6. Insert 2 front screws and fasten the nuts.
7. Tighten all nuts with the provided 16mm wrench and 6mm Allen key.

Due to lots of forces exerted on the foil while riding, vibrations tend to loosen the screws. It’s a good idea to bring a 6mm Allen key to the beach and check/tighten them once in a while. To minimize this, we recommend  adding small amounts of Loctite (can be picked up at any hardware store) to the screw thread.

Riding Liquid Force Foil Board

The low aspect ratio of the front wing allows the Liquid Force foil board to stay on plane at lower speed than most other kite foil boards currently on the market.  This board will not win races, but you can count on it for being stable and easy to ride. Perfect for people learning!

Nose Dives

When learning to hydrofoil, it is common to suddenly get off the foil plane and hit the water with the nose of the deck. This has become known as doing the dolphin. Because the Liquid Force foil Fish deck is more dense than most other foil board decks and there isn’t a lot of rocker in the front, the nose tends to go under the water easier, instead of bouncing right up. This usually causes a wipe out. To avoid these wipe outs, it helps to lean more on your back foot as soon as the foil gets off the plane and the deck starts to go down. With a bit of practice, it stops being an issue.

Another option is to replace the Fish deck with a different board. However, it will probably be more costly and less durable.

Carving and Jumping with the Liquid Force foil

Liquid Force Foil JumpCarving is predictable and intuitive, but not very snappy. This is great for learning or just cruising around.

Unlike most carbon foils, we were not concerned about breaking the Liquid Force foil board  while jumping. However, you definitely feel the weight of this board during the take off and while in the air. Also, we found landing to be a bit tricky due to nose diving.

Liquid Force Foil Durability and Warranty

It’s hard to judge the long term durability of the Liquid Force Foil board at this point. However, it looks and feels solid. We’ve also tried hard to break it on the water by purposely running it into the ground (not recommended), putting extra stress on the wings during water starts, jumping, crashing, and just being mean.  So far, this board has been indestructible.

If however, anything does break, Liquid Force has a 1 year warranty policy on all manufacturing defects. And if it wasn’t due to a defect, parts are easy and relatively inexpensive to replace.

Liquid Force Foil Storage

For long term storage, we highly recommend to completely disassemble the board and foil. Rinse it with fresh water, dry, and store away in the nicely padded and well organized bag that is included with the Liquid Force foil purchase.

For short term storage, just place the board on the floor nose up so that the tail of the board and back of the fuselage is touching the floor. In this position, it’s stable and does not create heavy load on any of the more sensitive parts.

Tips on First Foil Rides

There is a lot to say about learning to foil board. It is one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences you will ever have with a kite. We will be putting together a more complete set of instructions/videos shortly. But, for now, here are some pointers:

Ideal conditions for learning to kite foil:

  • Cross to cross-on winds in low to upper teens. Rig kite one size down (for example: if you would fly a 12m on a twin tip, rig a 9m or 10m kite for learning to foil). You want to be slightly underpowered.
  • Water depth greater than 5ft.
  • Flat water to small chop (no waves).

Learning tips:

  • Practice handling the board in the water and putting it on your feet without a kite first.
  • Keep foot straps extra loose, do not tighten them like you would with a twin tip (this will help avoid potential injuries during falls).
  • Wear protective gear (helmet, impact vest, etc.).
  • When up on the board, shift most of your of weight to your front foot – this part is very tricky since it’s opposite of riding  all other boards (twin tip/surfboard).
  • Do not try to edge. Stand straight over the board and point it slightly downwind.
  • Can’t emphasize this enough – DO NOT LEAN BACK.
  • Learn to ride with the mast fully submerged for as long as you can first.
  • Once you feel comfortable riding with the mast fully submerged, slowly start shifting your weight to your back foot.
  • Have patience. There is a good chance that at times it will seem impossible. Just stick with it, it will be worth it.

We are very excited about the Liquid Force Foil board and how it will morph our sport in the near future. We hope you will give it a try!