The Falcon Max is a new breed of wing low aspect ratio and compact power. The wing has been designed to Push the limits on flat water and freestyle. The Bar offers ultimate control in all transitions and situations. The Frame is extremely stiff but still possesses a good feeling and feedback. When sheeting the bar in on feels the direct and the stable frame. Leading-edge twist or distortion is limited by our patented Bow Reflex Technology. The stability comes to play when pushing the profile while jumping, pumping, or simply riding in strong wind.
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The flaka is where it all started, the first big maneuver. From there, we have seen a long list of new maneuvers. For this, we created a light and responsive wing for maximum recoverability and called it the Max.
The compact frame is the first thing you notice followed by a direct balanced feeling between the back and front hand. Once you are up you immediately feel the playful but stable profile driving you forward. Gradually speeding you forward looking for the first opportunity of lift. Even a novice will want to start searching for his first launch.
The Progression Bar provides the ultimate platform of control. During the transition the ease of the bar lets you control the airfoil with lightness and precision. No need to find or look for handles, just concentrate on the maneuver.
The Max offers big power and lifts in the upper wind range of each size, which is still manageable due to the stiff stable frame and fine-tuned canopy tension. The counter is also true in the light wind when you just want to get going. The compact shape and stiff frame give you the necessary bottom-end grunt to get going with a relatively small front wing.
Doing most of our R&D in Cape Town, we made sure the wing excels in the waves too. Meaning it is a versatile wing for flat water riders who want to venture into the waves to do a downwinder or simply Cruz. The power of the wing is considerable, allowing one to ride a relatively small wing and push the boundaries.
At first glance, the Max can be defined as having a clear rectangular outline with a low aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is adjusted for each wing size. This means that the smaller wings have a higher aspect ratio than the big ones.
The shaped rectangular outline is a natural consequence of the lower aspect ratio, which forces the design to draw the leading edge back and straighten out the first part of the leading edge. This naturally would result in very square corners, close to a “door shape”. We learned through our R&D that we need to increase the radius of the corner and gradually transition from the leading edge to the wingtip. The result was a very stiff frame, which you feel when pushing the wing to its MAX when jumping and in high wind. The rigid frame does not only aid the performance but also improves the better arm and shoulder positions, for a more comfortable ride and less fatigue.
The wingtip finishes at around 80% of the center chord length. The trailing edge has a clear negative scallop. The negative scallop keeps the trailing edge clean and only has a small claw development in the under-high load. This “trailing edge claw” can be clearly observed on America Cup boat sails, especially during high load time when getting onto a foil. The claw will disappear once riding or when the wing has less load. This movement makes the airfoil active and dynamic.
During our R&D phase, we found that the opening or closing dihedral angles play a very big role in wing design. The MAX is the wing in our range with the lowest dihedral angle. This gives the wing a general power with a relatively wide leading edge in the center of the wing.
The leading edge in the center allowed us to compromise on the canopy profile depth and improve overall canopy tension. Canopy tension is key, especially on the entry of the profile. There is a marginal slack in the back quarter of the wing when in a neutral position. The slack tightens out once the wing is loaded.
All of the above measures are supported by our “patent pending” Control Flex Tech (CFT). CFT is a Leading edge internal load frame. Edumax is 11 times stronger than steel at only 6 g/m2 making it function like a leave spring in this application. This process reduces the demand for multiple layers of Dacron in the leading edge, saving weight.
With the aid of the CFT, we have added an additional method to our design arsenal. When developing the 2022 range we have reduced the number of panels and unnecessary reinforcements
All wings are designed individually and are not scaled from large to small. We pay specific attention to the different riding conditions in terms of wind and water conditions and the specific conditions demands of those conditions. Throughout the last 12 months, we have observed the trend of smaller hydrofoils. This results in faster riding but also better carving and jumping. This has got an influence on how wings are designed and how the profiles morph while under load and/or pumping.
We use a light, two-piece carbon bar which allows for one bar to be used on all wing sizes. Providing the perfect control platform. Soft battens supported by the trailing edge and inserted Ultra PE yarn load line reduce wear and tear on the trailing edge and reduce the demand for battens. Inflation:
We made use of two separate chambers, one for the leading edge and one for the strut. The strut always needs to be inflated to 8PSI. Whereas the leading edge can be inflated to 8 PSI or 7,5 PSI. 8 PSI if you are above 80kg and 7,5 PSI if you are below 80kg.