As Omen’s first foil, we wanted the Operator to exceed expectations in the widest range of applications. Extensive testing, iterative design, and feedback from all levels of rider increased our understanding of the interaction between various aspects of the design, and how they create the sensations felt while riding. This open mindset enabled us to optimize performance while mitigating compromises.
Stall speed and angle, minimum power requirement, cruising speed, and top speed stability were focal points of the airfoil design. Everything from light wind ocean swell on a downwind SUP to well overhead waves are well within the Operator’s comfort zone. Choosing what foil to ride is easier than ever.
Another central design goal was to maximize glide without compromising roll response. Pushing the wingspan out to 90cm for efficiency, it was clear that a unique design would be required to keep turning feeling natural. Through many iterations, the variables contributing to roll response have been teased out and incorporated into the profile of the Operator. The 1050 strikes a natural feeling balance between unreactive and over-tuned.
The next problem with the higher aspect design was wingtip breaches in hard carves or sailing upwind through waves. Investigation of this phenomena led to the discovery that the combination of upturned wingtips and certain airfoil pressure distributions mitigate unpredictable loss of control during breaching. Adjusting these factors led to the ventilation resistance and minimal control change characteristic of the final variation of the Operator design. This is a wing you can push to your limit with confidence.
Omen worked alongside NoLimitz to design an incredibly stiff, efficient, responsive, and light mast. The foil section has been refined to minimize drag across all AoAs while resisting ventilation during aggressive turns and upwind tacks. The subtle rake reduces yaw stability change at different ride-heights, increasing the sweet spot in the water column.
Built at the ICE aerospace facility by skilled technicians, the mast represents a union of precision manufacturing technology, materials engineering, and years of foiling experience.
Foils fly at a positive angle of attack at low speed and transition through neutral to a negative angle at high speed. Because of this, the fuselage has a much greater impact on drag than conventionally thought. Since the primary goal of the operator series was to achieve the greatest possible efficiency over the widest possible range, the shape and size of the fuselage is as streamlined and small as possible.
Using 316 stainless steel for the highest load areas and forged carbon fiber for the stiffness critical extension, the Operator maintains an ultra low profile and glides further across an unprecedented range of speeds.
This efficiency combined with the low drag connections and fairings created a positive feedback loop. Since the tail doesn’t need to provide as much stabilizing downforce, more efficient designs can be used. This further reduces the system’s overall drag and stabilization requirement. The end result is greater glide, easier takeoff, and less effort in pumping without sacrificing control at high speed.
I rode the 1050 first in 25kt -30kt in 1m to 1.5m wind swell. My all around board is the Omen 60l and I'm 6'2" and 90k (plus required wardrobe for Pacific NW ocean in January). Second sesh, same spot in slightly less wind but more range through the rise then late in the day wind drop to about 12kt. So, first impression was all the slippery, smooth and fast I was expecting along with good glide and takeoff. I was surprised a little by the pump. It liked more speed than I am used to (mostly Lift 120 and 150HAx and 26 carve tail) but with a slower cadence I could put more power into it (limited skill here) so once I adjusted, the speed really changed what I could chase. A bonus surprise was how the takeoff and low end allowed me to continue riding a small hand wing in the dropping wind. Very pleased with the ride and the overall quality of the build. Good packaging and design details. I'm looking forward to the 850!
Having spent last season moving back and forth between high-aspect wings and MA surf style wings to try and dial in an ideal set up for the day, I was looking for a foil with good wind range, fun in the swells, but still solid glide and upwind performance. The Operator 1050 nails it!
What really impressed me is how much I can really feel the foil as I push hard into a carve or tack. The feedback is excellent.
This is a smooth, fun, exceptionally well-designed foil. I'm winging on this with the 87 mast and using a Flux 72L board. at 83Kg, this is a killer set up for me. Highly recommended!
While working in the industry, I have ridden most of the performance wing/surf foils out there today. I have never ridden a foil as intuitive and fun as Omen’s. The low end lift allows for recovery pumps at low speed without stalling, and the foil stays balanced on both feet throughout the entire range. I am now riding waves faster while also carving harder than I have been able to in the past. Every session on this foil leaves me in awe of how well it deals in small and big days. This is now the only foil I ride and I am keen to hop on the 850 soon!
The Operator has made me a better foiler. I am able to access a new level of connection that I haven't been able to on other foiling systems. On hard carving, high speed maneuvers in a massive range of conditions, the Operator simply... disappears. I am able to just do what i want without overfoiling, ventilation, mast wobble or any other actions from the gear that lead to wipeout. Usually something of this caliber seems to have some prose to be paid in another area, but this foil setup doesn't seem to have a downfall. the performance is consistent across all the foiling components(pumpability, turning, etc) and conditions-amazing.
The thing that really sets it apart from other high performance foils is its ease of use however. Usually a foil of this performance level has price to pay such as low speed stalling, pitch sensitivity, or turnability not here though. I picked up both foil-850 and 1050, and while my pocketbook is a bit emptier, I finally have a foil that offers to me everything I want (and more)out of a system.
Operator patch me through to foil bliss please!
I made the decision to move to Omen Foils this summer and was lucky enough to be an early adopter of this system. I have spent the majority of my time on the Operator 1050 paired with the large Ahi tail on the 87 cm Stiffy mast, and my review will focus on this experience from a winging perspective on a 60L board. My time riding this set-up has been enlightening with respect to the range, user friendliness, pump/glide, and riding stability that is capable with a higher aspect modern foil system. From my own riding journey, it always feels that there is compromise in at least one of these areas with any particular system. With Omen, I was constantly surprised how easy and early it was to get on foil, even in light wind conditions with a negatively buoyant board. This was matched with a low stall speed that I didn’t think was possible with such a small front wing, buying me forgiveness as I attempted new wing free ride maneuvers. Having said this, stability is remarkably true at a huge velocity range. From planted and secure at low speed to smooth and non-turbulent at high speed, the foil feels unwavering across a massive range. The mast is incredibly stiff, and whereas I typically run into ventilation issues when rolling hard on other products, this system held true for me every time when cranking the board over at speed! Pump and glide are not sacrificed for this enhanced stability. Even small mushy lake swell is fun and ridable thanks to the smooth glide of the Operator/Ahi combo. I found that the foil responds intimately with user input, but doesn’t have any of the over reactive/twitchy characteristics of other systems I’ve ridden. All of this translates into a ride that is predictable, dynamic, and progressive for any level of rider. I’ve had sooooooo much fun on my Omen set-up, and I’m frothing to get more days in! It feels like my progression is going to go to the next level with this system….STOKED!!!!