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From The Mag2018 Naish Hover 130 Naish Thrust KS1 Review

2018 Naish Hover 130 Naish Thrust KS1 Review

DECK PERFORMANCE 

The Hover 130 foil board is a short and thin design that can be used by the aggressive beginner but is designed for the more intermediate to advanced levels of riding. Naish has five different sizes of Hover so you can dial in your perfect set up. The nice thing about these boards is they are very durable with Paulownia wood cores and glass reinforcements, they are basically made the same way that twintip boards are made. The Hover 130 is thin but still has some shaping in the deck for enhanced stability and they are really easy to tip on the rail to start off with or without straps. You can set up the strap configuration with three straps or the inline, two strap set up. The foil mounts on a track system with inserts that stay locked in the track so it’s harder to lose them. Great all around foil board for the aggressive beginner or rider that wants to take their foil experience to the next level. 

Naish Thrust KS1

FOIL PERFORMANCE 

The Naish Thrust is the kite specific foil in the new Naish range of foils that include two surf foils and a windsurf foil. The Thrust foil features a flat, medium aspect wing design that offers a great balance between speed and steady flight. The mast fuselage has an aluminum construction and the wings are made of a fiberglass composite with an optimum stiffness to weight ratio. Similar to a lot of the brands, Naish’s foil series are all modular allowing interchanging different sized masts, front and rear wings, so you can have foils ready for surf, SUP or kite or any combination you desire with a quick swap of the wing set up. The rear foil on the Thrust can also be easily adjusted at the tail to pitch the wing forward or back which will change lift efficiency of the front wing. The Kitesurfing Magazine test riders found the Thrust Foil was one of the most stable foils at higher speeds. It also planes up early but requires a bit of power and rider finesse to reach its sweet spot. Once upon a foil and moving with some speed the Thrust tracks easily and smoothy into turns and can be pushed to the limits. It’s a fun foil to carve around at higher speeds. Overall, the Thrust KS 1 is a foil that you can learn with and not outgrow anytime soon. It has control and adaptability that will keep you stoked well into your foiling career. 

MAST LENGTH: 55, 90 CENTIMETERS / BOARD MODEL: HOVER 130 

BOARD LENGTH: 130 CENTIMETERS / BOARD WIDTH: 56 CENTIMETERS / VOLUME: 19 LITERS 

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