HYPERION 178

Competition Slalom Foil

Brand new for 2020, this downwind slalom foil discipline is at the leading edge of the sport.

The Hyperion 178 is a highly technical all new design that requires a very different performance platform than the race foil boards. The design mandate was to maintain a firm focus on crosswind speed, stability at the absolute limit and blistering acceleration (especially off the start line and away from the gybes).

Now with the lower slalom racing wind limit of 5-knots (very light), a delicate balance between power and a slippery ‘glisse’ feeling was key to finding the right slalom foil board to perform at a high level in a wide variety of conditions.

R&D Result

At the conclusion of the slalom foil development the 178 master was the clear choice of the team as the best ‘all-around’ performer from the thoroughly tested and sizeable proto program.

An ‘extra’ ultra compact short outline combined with super boxy rails the entire length of the rail helped greatly to steady the board in the air. 

The end result is a cutting edge design that is both fast and easy, a big key to modern performance foiling.

Features &
Benefits

•  Ultra compact and reduced nose/tail width for reduced power (compared to the upwind designs) for higher crosswind top speeds combined with a very solid feeling of stability under the feet to gain those extra meters of advantage at full tilt. Excellent glide and acceleration in the air. 

•  All-new dedicated slalom foil scoop-rocker line for easier handling, explosive acceleration and top-speed in both flat water and choppy slalom foiling conditions.

•  ‘Multi Strap Inserts’ –  Loads of front and back strap insert options to really fine tune your racing stance in a wide variety of wind strengths and water conditions. 

•  Reverse Vee bottom shape – Generous vee and double concave configuration in the nose to clear the chop and create a smooth ride especially when touching the nose coming off the foil, transitioning to less vee and dc in the tail for easier tilting of the board angled to the side for earlier planing alongside better glide when touching.

•  ‘V4 Vector Cuts  – All-new curved and straight line cutout design that facilitates clean and effortless water release for ultra fast planing onto the foil and easy re-launching after touching down. 

•  ‘Gorilla Backfoot Pad’ – Fitted with a one piece 6mm deck pad from rail to rail on the back foot to facilitate comfort and grip during high speed gybe maneuvers.

•  FOIL Tuttle Strong Box – Double the carbon content, double the wall strength and stiffness, double the width compared to a normal tuttle box, and built with a 100% high-density PVC sandwich body. The result – foils stay tight and the box holds the direct feeling performance even after prolonged use.

Summary

Dedicated slalom foil racing machine that is dialled in and ready to excel.

Specifications

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INVICTUS
74
INVICTUS
88
INVICTUS
98
INVICTUS
108
INVICTUS
118
INVICTUS
128
INVICTUS
138
HYPERION
178
HYPERION
184
HYPERION
204
Technology Pro Elite
Carbon
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Carbon
Length 229 cm 235 cm 235 cm 235 cm 235 cm 228 cm 228 cm 218 cm 220 cm 220 cm
Width 52 cm 61 cm 63 cm 70 cm 72 cm</td 81 cm 85 cm 91 cm 91 cm 100 cm
Volume 74 L 88 L 98 L 108 L 118 L 128 L 138 L 178 L 184 L 204 L
Bottom Shape DC Reverse Vee DC Reverse Vee DC Reverse Vee DC Vee to Inverse Vee DC Vee to Inverse Vee DC Vee to Inverse Vee DC Vee to Inverse Vee DC Reverse Vee DC Reverse Vee DC Reverse Vee
Footstrap Rows 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2.4 2 1.2
Fin Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied Not supplied
Finbox Short Tuttle Short Tuttle Short Tuttle Short Tuttle Short Tuttle Deep Tuttle Deep Tuttle Foil Deep Tuttle Foil Deep Tuttle Foil Deep Tuttle
Fin Range 23-29 cm 29-33 cm 30-34 cm 35-39 cm 36-40 cm 40-46 cm 42-48 cm All Foil Settings All Foil Settings All Foil Settings
Sail Range 4.7 – 7.0 m2 4.7 – 7.0 m2 5.4 – 7.0 m2 7.0 – 8.6 m2 7.0 – 8.6 m2 7.8 – 9.2 m2 7.8 – 9.6 m2 7.0 – 10 m2 7.8 – 10 m2 7.8 – 10 m2
Weight 5.0 kg 5.8 kg 5.9 kg 6.5 kg 6.7 kg 7.2 kg 7.6 kg 8.8 kg 8.8 kg 9.4 kg

Notes

• Weight tolerance is +/- 6%
• Hull weight does not include adjustable cutout plates
• Hull weight includes 12 extra single footstrap plugs (8 for straps, 4 for cutouts). This adds 100g so keep this in mind when comparing weights.

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