- This is the one foil to rule them all.
- Designed by Adam Bennetts & Clifford Coetzer in search of the ultimate all-around surf foil.
- A cross between the Vortex and the Hyper.
- The carve and ease of turning of the Vortex.
- The ease of pump and efficiency of the Hyper.
What do you get when you mix a Hyper with a Vortex?
Introducing the Vyper Designed by Adam Bennetts & Clifford Coetzer in search of the ultimate all-around surf foil, the Vyper was born. A cross between the Vortex and the Hyper. We took the best attributes of each model. The carve and ease of turning of the Vortex, and the ease of pump and efficiency of the Hyper.
This is the one foil to rule them all.
After many prototypes, and many hours of testing various aspects of the foil by our top team riders Adam Bennetts and Dylan Wichmann, everything from the wingspan to the thickness of the foil was experimented with, until the best setup for speed, glide, and performance was chosen.
A span that is wide enough to create enough lift, but not too wide to make turning difficult. Just enough down-sweep on the tips to loosen the foil up, but not lose efficiency. Just enough thickness in the profile to generate lift, but not create too much drag.
If you love to rip on the wave and want to take your foiling to the next level, from high-speed carves to ping down the face and hitting hard G forces, the Vyper will be sure to bite.
If there is only one model you need to own, it’s the Vyper.
Rider: James Robertson. 6’1” 95kg
Setup: 4’8” x 17” 33l Supermodel, Amundson Customs, 830mm mast, 14” tail Shunt 1mm shim, short and medium fuses tried
Conditions: 1-2 foot outgoing tide, offshore wind
What surprised me most about the Ultra 140 (U140) was the amount of front foot pressure. I’m not sure if this was down to the reflex on the tail or something different in the front wing but it was not at all like the Hyper 150. This is a front-footed wing for sure.
I tried a range of takeoffs to see how it handled. It did not like vertical drops going straight or in whitewater. The Vyper is the only wing that can handle these sort of takeoffs. Steep drops on clean faces were totally do-able as were whitewater roll-ins where there was a ramp to roll-in to (i.e. not flat).
Needs a decent takeoff with plenty of speed to get on foil. But once on your feet it generates speed immediately. I was able to take off on smaller sets and pump back out to a connection easily. The foil felt very stiff. Input from feet pumping translated directly into forward momentum.
Speed. This is an incredibly fast wing.
Down-the-line. Yaw control, side-to-side, was very direct like the pumping. It felt easy to move up and down the face of the wave using the mast to get around sections and generate speed. The 830mm mast felt very stiff and responsive.
Roll. On connection turns it was easy to roll the foil around into a carving turn. However, because of the front foot pressure it required more commitment to the turn than the Hyper. You really need to get low and drive hard on the front foot like you do with the Vyper. I was able to lean the mast right over on some turns and get a lot of tip out of the water.
For pumping around in small waves (the goal of the Project E wing) this was the perfect wing for me. I could keep it going until my legs burnt out. Would like to try next time at a point or bar where there’d be a long run off. Somewhere like Raglan or Whangamata would be perfect. Feels like the wing would keep going as long there was a swell to ride.
Co-designer Adam Bennetts Comments:
Whether you’re brand new to foiling, or a seasoned veteran, this stable, lightning-fast, manoeuvrable wing, will elevate your performance in the surf rapidly. It really is the best of both worlds, pumping like a HYPER, but carving like a VORTEX –
Welcome to the future of foiling, the VYPER is here! “
Shank/Shiv/Shunt 3 pack
Vyper sizing suggestion guide
Here is our suggestion guide for the Vyper.
Please note: These suggestions will differ for those riders who are professional or towing in.