A few months ago, we introduced the revolutionary SACS system to the Hydrofoil Community. This sacrificial anode has been tested during all this season long in seawater and works perfectly!
Thanks to this great result, we are now sure that this system must absolutely equip the whole range of kitefoils and windfoils. AlpineFoil is the only hydrofoil maker able to provide a sacrificial anode that increases drastically the durability of foils and guarantees the ultimate performances for years. Our goal is to provide the best product to our customer and that's why we innovate continuously.
For this reason, AlpineFoil is proud to equip all the new kitefoils and windfoils 2019 with the sacrificial anode. These foils are already available on the web store or in our partners' stores.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Meeting with the AlpineFoil Team, they tell us all the useful information about the new WindFoil product range with the presentation of the A1 aluminum and A1 Carbon as well as the new AWF2 windfoil convertible windsurf board.
Damien, Hugo and Steeve explain their vision of windfoil and their feelings in navigation. You will know everything on the different technologies used on these new products such as the sacrificial anode, the different carbon finishes, the materials used as well as the recovery plates.
This year again, the alpinefoil team has been working on the kitetour gear for the sixth year in a row.
But what is the Alpinefoil team?
(Following the report definition of the team seen by Hugo;))
Report from Marseille:
Magnificent end of the kitetour engie in Marseille on the beach of Prado with 13 races run in foil in varied conditions, light wind on the first day and a tonic south-east on Saturday.
the Alpinefoil team occupies the first two places in men's masters on stage after great battles on the water (Jean Francois Blachon 2nd, Damien Chaboud 1st).
In girls, we note the progression of Caroline Prince and Lauriane Nolot who occupy the third and second steps of the podium behind Alexia Fancelli. In the female master category, 1st place remains faithful to Fleur Chalot on the french cup and the stage.
For the overall classification of the french cup, a big congratulations to Emmanuel Deronzier who wins at the end of the three stages. The podium is completed by Benjamin Rade in third place who has shown its potential this season.
Congratulations also to Hugo Chaboud who finishes 5th overall and 4th in senior, to Benoit Billet who slams some very good races at the top of the list with his supersonic speed and his position on the foil always relaxed , to Fabrice Delegue for his acceleration (on wish him good luck for the championship of France F41), Nicolas Siaud for his beautiful 6th place in senior general on three stages.
Congratulations to Jean Pascal Isabello for his good humor and his fights on the water, Jean Bellon the "almost local" stage, Jean Yves Fievet for his first participation and Christopher Lano for his smile on the water .
I hope I have not forgotten anyone.
Finally thanks to the organization of cities and local associations, engie and ffvl without whom these adventures would not exist.
Definiton team alpinefoil: (seen by Hugo:))
This team of competitors a little atypical, is above all a family, a group of friends where everyone often combines, family life, professional life and passions to find the weekend around a good session of foil but not only;)
This team is above all the good excuse to spend time together:
on a bike, on skis, under a paraglider or even around a nice cold beer after the session.
It is characterized by different personalities but which complement each other to enrich the whole team.
The races are individual but the team is welded, always there to re-motivate, help each other, give the little advice that advances and manage the shots worse.
Where there is a problem, there is a solution and the toolbox of the Alpinefoil team is full of resources:)
Finally, the team understood this well: it is by supporting each other that we go further together.
It is also thanks to them if Alpinefoil is where it is today.
Running a hydrofoil business is not an easy task, but it is with this desire to improve every day a little more all the products, to satisfy every driver and all the friends around the world, that Alpinefoil likes to develop a whole range of products accessible to all and efficient.
The goal is that an Alpinefoil pilot can, with the same foil, by simply changing the front wing, to test all the disciplines related to the foil (wave, speed, freeride, adventure, ..) and why not join us on an event .
It is always a great pleasure to share, with the users, without whom none of this would be possible.
The AlpineFoil's family is growing fast and here is the new baby ! The Origin combined with the board VR3 convertible into surfkite is THE combo of this summer 2018 !
Small introduction with some images....
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
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
An amazing test of our products in the french Kiteboarder Magazine !
They say that the Access V3 is the best aluminium foil on the current market, the ultimate has been called "Jewel", and the VR5 has got an amazing rate of 19/20...
For those who have some knowledge in french, here is the article !
After some images by the new windfoil Alpinefoil aluminum and carbon, here is a first video to discover these new windfoil there action were shot during the last weekends on the lake of Monteynard, Steave Lyne and louvet Anne honored us with making out a will our products, in sometimes whimsical conditions (10 / 30 knots), the stability and the accessibility of the new windfoil alpinefoil allowed nevertheless to realize beautiful images. On the other hand of very beautiful condition of lake allowed steave to navigate in little air the last weekend