Taaroa iUP, surf/sup foil with GBS, IA driven - Info for the DiYer

Taaroa, a serious French brand, has been present on the hydrofoil market for nearly 10 years.
They hey will soon launch the iUP foil: https://www.taaroa-hydrofoil.com/up-product powered by artificial intelligence. See also https://www.facebook.com/Taaroa.hydrofoil/ where they say: “designed to be cost effective as we use off the shelf electronics. Pricing will be announced when we officially launch”

With the actuated rod moving in the mast, not sure whether there is enough room left for three phase wires + a cooling PU tube :upside_down_face:

The iUP foil is designed to reduce the learning curve of foiling to zero, while increasing safety, power and control.
Its onboard computer, control software, embedded sensors and wing flaps enable an active control of the balance of the foil and height above water.
Therefore, it creates a smooth and easy navigation - even for first-time users - that riders can customize through a smartphone App.

If that moving flap works it is really cool invention, however if you know hot to foil, keeping the height above water is very easy and kind of what the sport makes interesting…I don´t really need an “Auto Pilot” for doing the job, which is actually the passion on this sport!


I think that’s exactly what those who were against automatic transmissions said about cars in the 1960s… :yum: Then more and more 1st timers try the system, adopt it and can’t live without it… :wink:
Maybe the truth is in between: above a preset speed, 15kmh say, the system fades away…

Beyond this for/against position, for @seamoty and his foil motor bike where the rider’s CG cannot move due to his/her sitting position, this system not only compensates the plane center of lift moving back as lift increases but with a joystick, you don’t need to shift your weight left or right to turn, you need a flap up and the other down for applications that need a foil but where riders cannot move their weight (Moths, Dinghies, …)

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No, what you might be able to compare it to is traction control…
For a novice, it helps out.
For someone with skills they will almost always turn if off so that the car is more responsive…
I see the exact same thing with the foils… Sure an automated foil has a place, but its also just something extra to go wrong or break. For those that can already foil its an unnecessary extra…

Time will tell. This system being self-learning, I would see an interest at high speed (an area not yet explored in efoil) where the “Fly by wire” delays the fall and avoids you to buy a new set of cervical vertebrae …

Comparing that to traction control is funny …
Without traction control, there is often a moment of shock that often overwhelms beginners. With traction control or gyro on the foil, you are definitely faster.
I already had some thoughts about it, especially since it can be implemented quickly. Gyros from the RC Heli are inexpensive and reliable, plus a couple of waterproof servos and you could laminate them with the next wing;)

Greeting Frank

Does it control the height of the foil or just dampens the pitch?

I think to hold high, not to steer.
greetings Frank

Optimum height at the moment I presume. For pitch control on an efoil and the anti-fall system, we could imagine a system like a “Segway” on the road that speeds up or slows down the prop faster than the hips (CoG) displacement of the rider…

FlyoFoils from Poland have chosen to actuate the stabiliser to control height and pitch:


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