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  • Damien Chaboud's interview by WindFoil Zone

    Interview with Damien Chaboud of AlpineFoil

    AlpineFoil is a renowned French kitefoiling brand based out of the Alps who is known for specializing in the design and manufacture of carbon, aluminium and titanium kitefoils for kitesurfing and foil windsurfing. For this upcoming season, AlpineFoil has been innovating yet again and finally launches its first range devoted to windfoil the Windfoil A1 Aluminium and the Windfoil A1 Carbon!

    Windfoil Zone will test and review AlpineFoil A1 soon, but in the meantime, we have asked the founder, Damien Chaboud, to answer a few questions to know a little bit more about the brand, its vision and its products.

    Name: Damien Chaboud      
    Age: 46
    Citizenship: French
    Home spot: Monteynard Lake, France (Lac de Monteynard)
    Profession: AlpineFoil’s founder and CEO

    Windfoil Zone: Damien, thanks for answering our questions! Could you give us a little glimpse into your personal life?
    I have a strong passion for everything which glides and flies! In the past, I have had the opportunity to try paragliding, then windsurfing, followed by all kinds of foiling activities since 2005.
    I come from the industrial world and have an engineering background, which allowed me to acquire knowledge on composite materials and the necessary rigor in industrial processes to develop products.
    This experience enabled me to master all aspects of product manufacturing and design in order to reach a high-quality level, which also meets my own standards and requirements.

    WZ: Tell us about the AlpineFoil adventure? How did it start and where are you today?
    Like many industrial success stories, everything started out one evening after work in a garage, where I used to make my own gear to sail so that I could get out and sail with my friends on the weekends. After that, I was asked to make some foils for my friends and then that progressed to making them for friends of friends…, and that is how it all got started.

    We finally started our company in 2013, with a new building site and a production team to meet the growing demand. In 2017, we produced about 500 hydrofoils in our production plant. We are still a small company with a family culture, which makes premium hydrofoils made in France.
    AlpineFoil’s development follows the sales evolution and our way of working is improving at the same time. This year, we integrated two new robots into our production in order to make the sanding of the foils easier for our employees. The goal is to free them from this tedious task so that they can focus on having a flawless finish on the products.

    In 2018, AlpineFoil built the first factory in the world 100% dedicated to foil manufacturing. This is a new step in the company’s development, as this will allow us to increase our production capacity and continue to develop the technology aspect of our hydrofoils.

    WZ: Kitefoiling has been around for a few years already, and like several other kite brands, AlpineFoil is now developing into windfoiling. Tell us why you’re moving in this direction and how your brand vision differs from others.
    As I mentioned before, I have been windsurfing for many years before moving to kitesurfing, and I have always loved the unique sensations windsurfing gives. When I saw the possibility to build a performant windfoil, it just made logical sense to get involved with the development of this amazing sport. We could use our many years of experience in the hydrofoil world to offer a high-quality range of windfoils for windsurfers. Our windfoils benefit from the expertise of the company and all the patented technology developed by AlpineFoil, such as the “sacrificial anode”. (Aluminium is unfortunately susceptible to corrosion in the saline marine environment. After intense research, AlpineFoil has found a cure that completely revolutionizes aluminium windfoil: SACS-technology (Sacrificial Anode anti-Corrosion System), developed and patented by AlpineFoil, an ultra-efficient anti-corrosion system.)

    Since the early days of AlpineFoil in my garage 13 years ago, my motto has always been to achieve excellence both for the glide and for the design of our products. We realise that mostly all foils are working, but rare are those that allow you to fly with real comfort, stability, and high performance in terms of speed. To do this, nothing can be left to chance. At AlpineFoil, we seek perfection in every detail, on the choice of materials, in our manufacturing techniques, and in the final finishing of our products, no matter the product range. Our company tries to combine the high-level precision of industrial technologies with the flexibility of a craft company at best. This is what differentiates us from the large companies on the market.

    WZ: You have recently launched the A1 windfoil concept, with both alloy and carbon construction. Would you tell us a bit more about the foil and its modular concept?
    The windfoil A1’s concept is clear: design a modular and scalable windfoil, as efficient as possible in order to give the rider a regular progression. The idea is to start from a foil at the top of the range and then make a more affordable version with an aluminium mast, while keeping the features of the premium version.
    With this modularity concept, we wanted to offer the aluminium foil with 4 different types of foil heads: Tuttle, Deep Tuttle, Powerbox, and Plate, so that it can be adapted to wide variety of boards. AlpineFoil has established a reputation as a quality supplier in the kitefoil industry thanks to our advanced technologies, and we want to continue in the same direction when it comes to windfoiling.

     

    WZ: Windfoiling is still very young. How do you see the future of windfoiling? Just a trend or a true revolution in modern windsurfing?

    It will become a new standard, for sure. We have already seen this in the kitesurf industry. Windsurfing was a revolution in the 80’s, then kitesurfing in the 2000’s, kitefoiling became a commercial success in 2010, and now it is windfoiling’s turn to create its revolution!
    Many former windsurfers, as myself, will come back to the sport to try and experience the foiling advantages. This is definitely a true revolution in which we are proud to be a part of!

    WZ: Damien, thank you for answering our questions. The last word is yours. Do you have anything to add to finish off this interview?

    My grandfather often said to me “why settle for ‘just ok’ when perfection is at hand?”
    Today, this is the vision which guides our company.

    Thanks to Windfoil Zone for all the work you do!

    NB! Stocks of AlpineFoil A1 are limited due to a high demand.

    Please check the amazing website of WindFoil Zone which is the bible of WindFoil : https://www.windfoilzone.com

  • Consecration: AlpineFoil, winner of the French Cup 2017

            After winning the 2016 French Championship, the Team AlpineFoil does it again by winning the 2017 Engie Kite Tour French Cup. We warmly thank the entire Team for the numerous podiums obtained during these 4 stages.  

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            This consecration is due to a team ultra welded, friendly, always motivated and ready to take up all the challenges, but also to an outcome of the development of AlpineFoil products.

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  • Alpinefoil Factory - Kitefoil & Windfoil carbon - Made in France

    The Alpinefoil factory, the French know-how in the manufacturing of kitefoil Carbon aluminum and Titanium, for a unique quality choose the made in France.

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  • Last stage of the Championship Speed Crossing at Almanarre - October 2016

    The team came Alpinefoil enjoy the last stage of the Speed Crossing of France championship in Almanarre.

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    A final step is rich in performance with the bonus of a double title of France Speed Crossing #champion for Team Alpinefoil thanks to our two sports, Fleur Chalot and Benoit Billet in master class
    Congratulations to both of them for this performance. Not only our two champions eventually won the final stage of Almanarre but all of them end up champion France on four stages in their respective categories on new #kitefoil #Alpinefoil 5.0 Ultimate. Congratulations to both !!!

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    1 st place - man - master class : Benoit Billet

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    1 st place - women - master class : Fleur Chalot

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    Note also a beautiful performance of Hugo Chaboud that ends at the 5 place in junior class
    The entire team wishes to thank all participants, volunteers and organizers for the work and investment provided throughout the year on the championship of France, thank you to you :)

  • Alpinefoil sur la 3ème Etape du Championnat de Speed Crossing à Wimereux

    The 3rd stage of the France championship speed crossing in Wimereux has held all its promises. 8 rounds traveled, wind sustained over two days with a beautiful participation of national riders, including Team Alpinefoil present on the event rewarding us two new podium.

    Congratulations to Fleur CHALOT that ends in women directional.

    We wish to congratulate Benoit BILLET  for his perseverance who finishes 1st veteran directional

    Our two other riders, Nicolas WOJNACKI and Manu DERONZIER ends at the podium veteran of the door but nothing let go at the last stage of the speed crossing in 2016 to be held in early October Almanarre. Congratulations to the team Alpinefoil who has represented this event. 

     

     

     

  • Conviviale 2016 au Lac de Serre Ponçon

    Back on friendly foil 2016 Serre Ponçon that just took place this Weekend of June 25 to 26

    Power Kite Club Hautes Alpes has made every effort to welcome us to have a great weekend,

    A very nice program, foil ballad, discovered the lake, small breed shared understanding and good for a drink,


    A little friendly race allowed the riders to confront it and to take all the flock together.


    France 3 report was also present on the Sunday early afternoon event, you can find it on replay: http://m.pluzz.francetv.fr/videos/jt_1920_provence_alpes.html  (Reporting at 21 min 50 )

  • Outdoormix Festival May 13 to 16, 2016

    L'outdoormix festival took place from 13 to 16 May 2016 at Lake Serre-Ponçon and the Embrun water. Many present on the event discipline with a great atmosphere, 4 days of madness punctuated by lively evenings.

    Power Kite club Hautes-Alpes received like royalty with a kitefoil race competition on the bottom of the lake to discover the Mont St Michel chapel. Discovery and sportiness to go for a totally successful event.

    The final podium is the following, the riders were equipped with the new breed of wing Alpinefoil

    1: Benoit Billet - Alpinefoil 5.0 Carbon + New wing racefoil
    2nd: Damien Chaboud: Alpinefoil Titanium + New wing racefoil

    3rd: Emmanuelle Centelles: Spotz
    4th: Jean Francois Blachon: Alpinefoil Ultimate + Racefoil Wing

    A great performance for the team Alpinefoil with 3 riders in the top of the table, we also note the very fine second place on Romain Mandier funny race.

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