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The 6 Best Wakefoils for 2021

What in the world is wakefoiling you ask? Well, that’s actually a very fair question, considering it’s still in the early stages of its rise to dominance of behind-the-boat fun. Wakefoiling combines all the best attributes of ocean surfing, wake sports, and even deep powder turns in the mountains. Foils allow the rider to float high above the waterline for effortless turns and flow – keeping the stoke high and the abuse on your body low. We also love the fact that you can ride in any type of water condition, which keeps you out on the lake long after the chop picks up and the wakeboarders all go home for lunch - or to ice their knees. Wakefoils are also extremely efficient, allowing you to grab a tow from just about any watercraft out there.

Being so new, it might seem tough to figure out what to look for in a wakefoil. Luckily for you, the tech has been around for quite some time. Between the classic air chair, foil surfing, and kiteboarding, foil designs have come a long way and they now have something for everyone. Our goal here is to break down some of the main features and recommend our favorite setups for every type of riding style. With this in mind, we broke down some of our favorite wakefoil packages to give you a rundown of the best wakefoils of 2021.

Liquid Force POD Wakefoil Package

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Ride the Liquid Force POD as a snappy and responsive quad-fin wakesurf board until the water stops cooperating. From there, you can use the included transition plate to mount your foil and glide above the chop. The POD foil package uses a 27” mast length and Liquid Force’s Glider 125 Carbon wing for riders that like a larger surface area for greater stability and the ability to pump when you need it. With its flat stabilizer, the wing sets turn with ease and efficiency. Take a look at the POD if you’re looking for a foil with a ton of lift that can perform on the 1st or 2nd wake and need the ability to remove the foil for a quick wakesurf set

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Intermediate-Advanced27"No$1749.98

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Phase Five Gizmo Wakefoil Package

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Specifically designed for smaller wakes and waves, the Phase Five Gizmo proves fun for everyone, even on the 2nd or 3rd wake behind the boat. As a foil-specific board, the Gizmo is strong, light, and stiff and includes optional foot straps to help seasoned riders turn up the progression when riding aggressively, but also helps first-time foilers stabilize themselves when dipping their toes into the sport. Using the Phase Five Nova Foil with the 760 front wing gives the rider plenty of surface area for stability, while a 24” mast offers a ton of room to pump and cruise high out of the water.

Advanced riders will appreciate Phase Five’s Foil Track Mount System which allows you to swap out any foil you choose, and micro-adjust for your own preferences. We recommend this board for anyone that wants a foil-specific board design and puts a premium on stiffness and top-tier responsiveness – especially riders that have the experience to use that responsiveness to their advantage.

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Advanced-Expert24"Yes$1989.00

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Slingshot Hover Glide Wakesurf V3 Foil Package

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This is a beginner friendly board that doesn’t slack on tech that will keep a smile on advanced riders’ faces as well. Its soft top design and tons of volume help get the rider up and riding behind anything with a motor strong enough to tow. The Slingshot Hover Glide was specifically designed to ease riders into the sport and we certainly think they did an exceptional job. This package is extremely versatile and feels equally at home cruising with a long line or surfing without a rope. The Gamma 68cm front wing keeps the confidence and stability high while still allowing enough performance and response to please even the most seasoned rider on the boat. To add to the versatility, we really appreciate the included protective foil bag and the fact that you can easily skip the foil and take the board for a wakesurf set.

With its fast rocker line, it’s no slouch when set up as a wakesurf board either! We’d recommend the Slingshot Hover Glide package to anyone that wants to get into the sport, or has multiple riders of different skill levels out on the water at any given time. With its proven versatility, it’s a win for anyone that hops on one.

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Beginner-Intermediate24"Front Half Strap Included$1648.00

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Liquid Force Nebula + Carbon Horizon 160 Wakefoil Package

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Liquid Force’s most progressive and highest end package – the Nebula Carbon Horizon 160 Foil package certainly won’t leave you needing more tech in your setup. This board uses a super durable foil-specific design that features a chine rail and double concave to flat hull out the back. These features are there for two very simple reasons – to reduce contact points with the water to aid in getting you up out of the water and gliding with ease. The board also features a concave deck design to give you a locked-in feel with tons of response and control. The 27” mast allows for a low-drag ride while cruising straight behind the boat or carving the wake. The large surface area and wide wingspan give tons of lift and allow for a powerful ride on any wake size.

We also love the fact that this package comes with your choice of 3 angled shims to dial things to your preference. So if you’re a rider that has some experience behind the boat, grab this board, dial in your preferences, and enjoy riding any wave you can find – even the one 3 wakes back. Love the design but can’t justify the investment? Check out the Nebula with the aluminum Horizon 160 foil to get the same ride with less shock on your bank account.

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Intermediate-Advanced27"No$2799.98

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Phase Five Gadget Wakefoil Package

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The Swiss Army knife of foil setups, this skim-style hybrid board design helps riders keep control when getting up out of the water and while riding on any size wake. The thin overall profile and low weight make this shape feel extremely nimble and easy to carve. The included big-winged Nova foil allows for tons of pump-power to keep you moving, even if you fall back on the wave a bit. Throw on the optional foot straps to make the most out of the hard carving feel, or even to help first-timers get up for their first ride. The fine-tunable track foil mount system allows for micro-adjustments to get your setup just right. You can even remove the foil altogether and ride the board as a twin-fin wakesurfer – tricky huh?

Whichever way you slice it, the Phase Five Gadget has something for just about everyone. It’s definitely worth a look if you haven’t quite figured out your riding style yet, or you have multiple foilers on the boat to please.

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Advanced-Expert24"Yes$1899.00

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Phase Five Chip Wakefoil Package

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Providing a new and unique experience on the water, the Phase Five Chip uses a short overall foil-specific deck design for experienced riders. One of the newest trends in foiling is to ride a smaller board since the overall surface area of the board doesn’t matter once you’re up out of the water. This truly gives you the feeling of flying since you can’t see the nose of your board when gliding over the water. Don’t be worried about diving the nose though, the foil design team shaped a Chip-specific turned down rail to keep the board out of the water and riding high up on the foil. Complete with the large and stable Nova 760 foil, you’ll have plenty of power and lift. Match that with the super-adjustable foil track mount system, and you have a board that you can rest assured you won’t outgrow anytime soon.

 Ability Level Mast Length Foot Straps Included?Original Price 
Advanced-Expert24"Yes$1989.00

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