The Surfbent Windsurf Board Nose Protector is a must-have piece of gear for any windsurfer or windfoiler.
In the event of a crash, your mast can violently hit your board, causing serious damage. This is especially true of windfoilers because when we’re flying above the water, the falls can be that much harder!
The Surfbent is a simple, affordable solution to an expensive problem. This device sits between your mast and your board, and in the event of a crash the Surfbent will absorb most (or all) of the impact, sparing your board’s nose or rails from the worst of it. Easy to install, lightweight, and no impact on your ability to sail – I never ride without it.
Here at Windfoil Zone we ship from both the United States and from Germany. No matter the destination, we’ll get it to you in a hurry.
New and Improved to Fit More Boards
The latest version of the Surfbent (Surfbent v2) is larger and fits all common mast bases up to 12.2 cm in diameter. You can use a mastfoot with 1 or 2 pins.
The Surfbent windsurf nose protector is also ideal for windfoil beginners as the most common mistake when learning how to windfoil is to “over-foil”: The foil gets too high and breaks the water’s surface, following an immediate loss of control as the nose of the board dives into the water. It often results in a catapult with physical consequences, breaking the nose of your board.
The Surfbent looks like a piece of plastic but is actually made of an “elastomer” material, which is a polymer with viscoelasticity. Such materials can be deformed when a load is applied, and then comes back to its original form. So, when you fall forward, the rig hits the Surfbent protector first, and the resulting energy is dissipated by the deformation of the Surfbent. Your nose is safe, and the contact and shock between the mast and the Surfbent are absorbed by the material, preserving your mast and mast track from breaking as well.
An optimized, geometric design and computer simulation of the design structure saved material, reduced weight and at the same time achieved the required strength and function.
– The round and low shape takes very little place on the deck, and doesn’t hamper manoeuvers when either tacking or freestyling.
– Its weight (340g) is not an issue either as it’s very light and placed at the center of gravity of the board (under the mast).
– At the mast foot, the friction disc is replaced by the protector and mounted as usual, and the complete trim area of the mast rail can be used.
– The water start is facilitated by the shape of the protector and the resulting lift-up effect (lifting the sail towards the start position). The handling in the water is hardly affected by the slim shape.
– The Surfbent has a neat and slim design, and comes in different colours to match your own equipment, which makes it discrete on your board.
– 2-pins mastfoot can be used with the 2020 version, as well as 1-pin varieties.
Other important info:
– The Surfbent does not fit boards with a concave/recessed deck, like some Starboard formula boards for example.
– Note from the manufacturer: The Surfbent is a good safety gear, but not a guarantee that you will not damage your board. In case of a very hard fall, there is still a possibility that the mast hits the nose of the board. But at least the shock will be obviously smaller than without the Surfbent.
It is also recommended to use a tendon mast foot (which is somehow stiffer than a boge mast foot) and replace the tendon once a year to keep maximum stiffness.