CORE Spectrum 1250 2023 Wing Foiling, SUP and Surf Review

CORE Spectrum 1250 2023

Reviews / Hydrofoils


Dive into our overview below, and be sure to return for the complete review soon.

At A Glance

CORE is a brand that has been around for a long time, and they are renowned for producing high-quality products that deliver on performance. The Spectrum is no exception. It utilises a high-quality carbon construction to ensure a lightweight and stiff design. The mast is made from 6063 aircraft aluminium, and the fuselage is CNC machined for a precise fit and exceptional strength.

The Spectrum is compatible with the now ubiquitous twin-track system and has a hydrodynamic profile that enhances its connection to the board. The mast socket is deep and provides a secure, stiff connection, while the low profile and slick form minimise resistance during touchdowns. Assembly is quick and easy, and the finish is of a very high standard.

The set comes complete with the mast, front wing, stabiliser, fuselage, mast base, screws, and all the tools you need, including anti-corrosion paste and a screwdriver.

On The Water

The Spectrum features a medium aspect-ratio front wing that provides a great balance between performance and control. The wings are constructed using a multi-layer carbon laminate, resulting in a lightweight and highly durable design. The unique wing shape narrows in thickness from the middle to the tip, creating a negative angle of attack towards the end. This design technique, borrowed from aviation, helps to reduce drag and improve speed.

The Spectrum delivers a smooth and predictable flight, making takeoffs easy and steady. It offers excellent stability and control. Whether you are riding in choppy waters, waves, or flat conditions, this foil will deliver a consistent and enjoyable experience. I enjoyed how easy it was to jump on the Spectrum and have fun. Usually, foils take a bit of getting used to, but on the Spectrum, the lift was predictable, and I felt right at home straight away.

The larger size of the front wing contributes to a more balanced flight at all speeds, while the dihedral curvature enables the foil to tilt into turns for a smooth and controlled experience. Gybes, tacks, 360s, and transitions are made easier, as the rider can feel the back wing and use it to pivot the foil.

It’s a foil that can help you to look good on the water; forgiving, easy and fast, it shouldn’t be overlooked. I’d happily ride this as my go-to in lighter winds, and I’d love to try the smaller sizes and see if they share the same easy-to-ride characteristics.


The CORE Spectrum is a well-designed and versatile foil that offers a great balance between performance and control. The lightweight and durable construction ensures that it will stand the test of time, and the hydrodynamic profile enhances its connection to the board. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, this foil will provide a smooth and predictable flight in a wide range of conditions.


This review was in Issue 18 of Tonic Mag.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater has been kitesurfing for over twenty years, paddleboarding for the last six years, and was there testing the first wingsurfer from Naish in Tarifa when it arrived on the continent. He is passionate about riding waves and exploring new places. As the publishing editor, he oversees everything at Tonic but also our sister magazines IKSURFMAG and IMB. He's been on the water since he was born and has never looked back, in the winter you'll find him chasing swells in the Caribbean and during the summer he can be found all over Europe at various SUP, Kitesurf and Mountain Bike events getting features for the magazines.

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