Whoever designed the KFA Mako V2 wing and mast...I think they should double their pay. That thing is the most phenomenal piece of technology created for pure pleasure. I freeken love it! Words cannot describe the sheer exhilaration it gives me. Downwind free foiling on open undulating swell in the ocean is an epically sensational experience like nothing else.
The sense of union and harmony that comes at the point when the apparent wind becomes nil, the combination of speed and silence, is pure Zen...paradise...nirvana. Call it what you will, it is magic!
Downside...not something to learn foiling on...it is an unforgiving piece of equipment! It requires a certain respect, a careful mindset. Akin to a Lamborghini, it is dangerous to get into without any prior knowledge or experience of high performance. The trailing edges of the Mako V2 wing and mast are super sharp. Initially when learning to manoeuvre any foil, the learners legs have a tendency to sustain multiple injuries from contact with the foils edges under water. Other than that one cannot see any downsides. The positives far outweigh any negatives, if there are any at all.
It is remarkable robust, having come into contact with sand banks numerous times, sometimes with speed and force.
More than once has the thought of...'oh crap now I have certainly broken something'...entered my mind after a high speed collision only to ride away with... 'crap that was lucky'. Pretty sure that once it collided with a hard object like a turtle and left a solid scratch on the front left wing. It continues to ride true and stable at speed from the beginning to now. Not only is it stable at speed it is remarkable responsive at take off flight. As yet one has not noticed any wobble or vibration, probably due to the fact it has not been pushed to its limit of acceleration by me.
Hi mate,stoked to read the joy the KFA Mako2 (Kitefoil Australia) gives you.Its is up to date still the foil with the least drag on market. Mast thickness of 12mm and slippery design. We are continue sly trying to improve and progress the KFA with our team working worldwide. We have come a long way since the Mk1 back in 2013 and we are still learning heaps thanks especially to our team and foilers in Australia.In regards to the Mako not being a good foil to learn on i have to say that we have had about 10 people in Townsville and lots of others around world that learnt on that foil. The wingtips are quite sharp so are the trailing edges. The tips can be sanded blunt with 800grit Sandpaper which will not make performance or feel of foil worst. It will not cause any dramas with flow separating either since the stab of our tips is quite big and they are designed to be anti-ventilating tips.Stasy safe when learning and always wear:Full face helmet- Gath, impact vest ,wettie ( at least 2mm)Be mindful when carrying your hydrofoil and swimming with it.Let me know if you have any questions or need help Happy foiling faces!