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The 8 Best Wakefoils of 2023

By: Jack Mace: Watersports Buyer | February 8, 2023

 

The last decade or so has seen an absurd amount of innovation regarding watercraft you can play on behind a wake boat. First, wakeboarding and wakeskating brought the playfulness of snowboarding to a medium that had typically been rife with slalom skiers. And then innovations in boat design and ballast brought wake surfing into the mainstream. Now, wake foils take that experience and elevate it, literally. The best wake foils are systems, designed around a combination of a board, a mast, and a foil. That means you can swap components around to adapt to changing conditions or rider styles.

New This Year:

Wing foiling is a rapidly growing variety of wake foiling, where the rider harnesses the wind's power with an inflatable wing. Wings open the door for more participants in the activity, as you no longer need to be pulled on the water by something engine powered. Of course, everyone is looking for a slightly different ride experience from their wakefoil, so there’s no one “best” wakefoil. Instead, it’s essential to think about your experience level and expectations and then shop for a foil setup optimized for them. So if you like playing around on boards all summer, it’s time to grab a wakefoil and elevate your experience!

Slingshot WF-2 ​+ Hover Glide FSurf Foil Package 2023

Slingshot WF-2 ​+ Hover Glide FSurf Foil Package

The Slingshot WF-2 V5 Foil Board was made for everyone. Seriously. Beginners to pros will love this rockered board that doubles as a wake surfer on the off times. The aggressive nose rocker was designed to be forgiving when touching the water as you learn to maneuver, while the shorter length makes it easy for advanced riders to pump the wake to their hearts' content. Compatible with fins or the mast of your choice, the Slingshot WF-2 V5 Foil Board really has it all.

The Slingshot Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Set is an excellent choice for foilers seeking the perfect blend of performance, speed, and pumpability. A 71cm mast increases responsiveness and delivers more bang for your buck when pumping between waves. At the same time, the Shift Fuselage allows you to set your mast in different locations for different performance characteristics. As a result, it's stable and forgiving enough for entry-level riders without compromising agility and playfulness for more advanced freeriding.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
28"Foam, EVA$1774.98

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Slingshot WF-1 ​+ Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Package 2023

Slingshot WF-1 ​+ Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Package

High performance is the name of the game when you hop on the Slingshot WF-1 V4 Foil Board. Built with lightweight XR carbon-reinforced surf construction, this puppy has carbon stringers and bamboo that reduce the swing weight and adds liveliness to your ride. Thanks to its small size, you'll be as efficient as ever on the water. Pop, pump, and pull out all the stops the next time you hit the wake.

The Slingshot Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Set is an awesome choice for foilers seeking the perfect blend of performance, speed, and pumpability. A 71cm mast increases responsiveness and delivers more bang for your buck when pumping between waves, while the Shift Fuselage allows you to set your mast in different locations for different performance characteristics. It's stable and forgiving enough for entry-level riders without compromising on agility and playfulness for more advanced freeriding.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
28"Bamboo, Carbon Fiber$1849.98

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Slingshot WF-T V2 Foil Board 2023

Slingshot WF-T V2 Foil Board

Prepare for takeoff. The Slingshot WF-T V2 Foil Board is your ticket to the insanely fun world of foiling, with design and construction aimed at beginners. Compression molding (like traditional wakeboards) lets you concentrate on working the foil instead of fighting float. The nose rocker acts as a do-over button for nosedives, helping you redirect skyward and keeping the progression alive. These features not only help beginners, but they also make the WF-T V2 great for foilers looking to start jumping!

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
N/ACompression Molded, Foam Core, EVA$449.99

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Slingshot Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Set

Slingshot Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Set

The Slingshot Hover Glide FSurf V4 Foil Set is an awesome choice for foilers seeking the perfect blend of performance, speed, and pumpability. A 71cm mast increases responsiveness and delivers more bang for your buck when pumping between waves, while the Shift Fuselage allows you to set your mast in different locations for different performance characteristics. It's stable and forgiving enough for entry-level riders without compromising on agility and playfulness for more advanced freeriding.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
28"N/A$999.99

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Slingshot Hover Glide FWing V2 Foil Set 2023

Slingshot Hover Glide FWing V2 Foil Set

With a huge, progression-friendly design, the Slingshot Hover Glide FWing V2 Foil Set gets you from zero to shred. The massive Infinity 99 Front Wing has an impressive 2371 cm² surface area, providing you with the lowest takeoff and stall speed in the Slingshot lineup. Paired with a 42cm rear stabilizer and a 72cm aluminum mast, the Hover Glide FWing V2 Foil will have you pumping and gliding with the best.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
28"N/A$1149.99

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Slingshot WF-1 Foil Board 2022

Slingshot WF-1 Foil Board

Stop being so humble. When your board hits the water, you turn into a monster shredder. The Slingshot WF-1 Foil Board is made for the best of the best. With a premium lightweight construction made with minimal material - bamboo and reinforcing carbon strings - you'll find yourself riding longer, going further, and pumping more than ever before without having to reserve energy like you would on a heavier board. Take on surfy agile turns, get tricky with it, and throw on the foil to make light work of choppy waters.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
N/ABamboo, Carbon Fiber$831.99

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Slingshot WF-T V1 Foil Board 2022

Slingshot WF-T V1 Foil Board

Everybody has to start somewhere, and Slingshot has your back. For those looking to take their first turns on a foil, there's the all-new Slingshot WF-T V1 Foil Board. The WF-T V1 is compression molded, which increases overall durability and decreases buoyancy, so riders don’t have to fight against the board's float starting out. In addition, ample nose rocker allows the board to take off and touchdown repeatedly without nosediving.

Mast LengthBoard Core MaterialOriginal Price
N/AFoam, EVA$609.99

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best wakefoils of 2022

Liquid Force Launch Wakefoil Package

For beginner foilers who are intrigued by the sport but don't know where to start, explore the water with the Liquid Force Launch Wake Foil Board. Its large surface area and thin cross-section make it a breeze to get up and out of the water, and a flat tail, extra tip rocker, and chine rails help you learn how the foil reacts while riding at a slower speed. Included foot straps with multiple positions provide easy stance alignment, so you aren't too far forward or back when the boat starts to rumble. Flying high on a carbon fin may seem intimidating at first, but the Liquid Force Launch Wake Foil Board makes things easy. The Launch is a perfect introductory wakefoil. It’s forgiving and easy to get along with.

First-time foilers need to check out the Launch 120 Foil, which has a shorter 24" mast and injection molded stabilizer wing to keep things slow and balanced when you're just learning to get up. A Flite 120 front wing allows you to "feel" the foil before you start to zoom, so you can get in all the practice you need before showing off to your friends.

Mast LengthBoard MaterialsOriginal Price
24"Foam$1499.98

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The Selection Process:

Our wake buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things watersports stemming from years of experience in the watersports industry in tandem with their countless hours out in the water catching waves behind the boat or ripping at the cable park. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jack Mace

I grew up on the north end of Lake Washington and was surrounded by watersports enthusiasts who all had an immense passion for any activity done on the water. My dad has also worked in the boating industry my whole life, so those two factors were the main building blocks that shaped my love for the industry from a young age.

After attending Western Washington University, I moved back to the Seattle area and worked as a sailing instructor for a number of years at my cousin’s rental shop on Lake Union before joining the evo family in 2012.

At evo, I started out on the customer service team and worked my way onto the merchandising team which gave me the opportunity to integrate my passion and love for the water into a career as the Watersports Buyer. I still reside in the Seattle area with my wife Katie and two sons, Wes and Carter.