In preparation for a test we have coming up soon we have short rundown on the Horue brand. A brand totally focused on providing the best, lightest and fastest hydrofoils in the world. Here is their story and and stay tuned to see how the test pans out.
Created in January 2014 by Philippe Caneri, Horue was founded around the hydrofoiling generation. Philippe and his brother Valère initially built hydrofoils for wakefoiling up until 2007. The first generation foils were all made of steel then a carbon steel composite and finally 100% carbon hydrofoil.
25 year old Philippe, who is a material engineer, launched the brand with 2 models: the H13 and the GP, for windfoil, kitefoil and wakefoil. Valere, 28 years old, an aeronautical engineer, is still involved in the development of the new products. We also have a third engineer: Florent Roque, 24 years old, who is the real key of our amazing product, assisting in the process, the development of the new product and projects.
Our three engineers work hard and with passion to develop the best product ever! We mainly work on the computer with CAD, then CNC milled board or mould. This method allows us to be sure to have the right profile, the right precision on each product. We truly consider that the R&D of hydrofoil can’t be properly done by a shaper or someone without strong theoretical knowledge.
We did magnify the product range and we now have the lightest kitefoil board on the market: the “Caneri Pro Model” which weighs in at less than 2kg, the lightest hydrofoil for kitesurfing on the market: the H13 which is less than 1.4kg, and also a full range of windsurf/windfoil boards with the shortest windsurf board ever: the Horue Tiny. Available in 4 sizes, the Horue Tiny comes in 85l, 95l, 110l and 120l volumes, in full carbon construction and made in Europe. The 85; model is just 191cm long, all the models fit with both a standard fin and our hydrofoil. The Vini is our latest windfoil, available since early January, this model gives the most amazing flight experience when combined with the Tiny, a really impressive speed, upwind ability and maneuverability. Must be tested!
Our brand is very focused on efficient lightweight products. As a result, all our products are 100% carbon and we stay in France and Europe for the production, this is to be sure that we won’t have any surprises on the production process. Even with this European production, we really want our product to be as affordable as possible. We are one of the cheapest brands for 100% carbon made product! The Tiny board starts from 1900€ with 20% VAT, the Vini windfoil starts from 1685€, and the combo Tiny + Vini + straps and fin starts from 2990€ (incl VAT)!
We are now working on how to lighten the H13, and on a new model dedicated to windfoil speed. Our prototypes are close to 30 knots top speed and we are going to increase the limit, we aim to become the fastest windfoil on the market.