I met Rajko Zuzek yesterday. He visited us from Cape Town (where he is holidaying), and spent the day testing his latest foil. The wind was light for us, but OK for foiling.
Rajko is the owner of Bug Fins & Foils from where he produces windsurf foils and a wicked line of slalom fins.
He only works in carbon and every component has the stamp of a true craftsman. You could take any of his components and mount it as a piece of art. Very impressive.
Rajko the man is also impressive. He, like most of us, has been windsurfing forever and like most windsurfers, is easy going, approachable and willing to share stories. He is also very forthcoming with technical details and knowledge about his foils.
Rajko uses a dedicated foiling board from Flikka and he explained that the mast track on pure foiling boards is set further back than in normal windsurfing slalom boards. I had never heard this before.
You can still ride a normal slalom board with a foil but it is not as easy to balance. If you plan to use a normal board to foil, please start with the mast foot as far back as it will go in the track.
Anyway, Rajko spent much time gliding back and forth with slalom foil, 7.8 XO sail and the Flikka foil board. He recons that he has perfected the wing shaping and lay-ups on this latest foil and I have to say he was flying around effortlessly. The RRD team was also out but were struggling to go on their foils in the very light conditions.
Regular readers will know how keen I am about devices to spread fin box loading when using a foil. The Bug foil has side flanges to achieve this. Nice!
Chris from Jersey is here for the racing (being run this week) and was unboxing two of his new Patrik hollow boards (115 and 140) right next to where Rajko was setting up. If feather light is your thing, these are the boards for you! Why aren’t they on the Patrik website yet?
Anyway, it’s been a long time since I was among so much desirable stuff in one small space – hollow boards to the left of me, sublime foils and fins to the right - equipment overload!
Chris says that a mate of his in Jersey races with Bug slalom fins and swears by them.
Well there you have it – a quiet day which turned out nicely. The wind also picked up later and we had a great cruise on T-Rex and an old 7.0m sail.