I normally kite on a Shinn Jackson 145 and the P foil which I really like. The last few days the wind has been really light and so I thought I would try my SUP foil the Slingshot H4 wing on my Jackson board. I noticed it was quite a bit heavier in feel carrying it into the water. Once in the water I never noticed the weight. I am not a great hydrofoil kiter although I can go in relatively light wind and have no trouble with level flight and going up and downwind. Where I kite the water is quite shallow out a long way and when the wind is 11 knots or less it tends to come and go so I use the 60 cm. mast that way I do not have to head far out into deep water and if the wind dies completely like today it is a short swim and then long walk back to shore. I was using a Conceptair Pulsion 12 meter in standard cloth. If I can drift launch it (we have no beach) then I can usually kite on the P foil. I was just barley able to drift launch it and had to wave the kite back and forth to keep the strapless board on my feet. Once I dove the kite I was amazed how easily I came up on the foil and how stable it was. I was able do all kinds direction changes effortlessly that I would normally have trouble doing in such light wind. At one point I was riding along and noticed the kite was no longer keeping up as the wind had dropped and I had to start fly the kite up and down and heading upwind to tension the lines again. Once I had found the balance point for my feet it was effortless to keep level flight and a really great sensation. I have no idea whether the foil is slow or not as I rarely go very fast anyway. I have no tried it in stronger wind but I will use it all the time for the lightest of wind now. I will have to try it in stronger wind next time.
Glad you liked. Used one once, nice and stable while going slow, and it is kinda slow in general. It didn’t completely click for me as it was on a short mast and I’m not used to that. My friend who owns it digs it though, I would like to try with the 30” mast myself.
I use the H2 wing now. It comes up on foil at around
6 mph. I’ve had it up to 17 mph on my gps. Not sure how much more I could push it either.
This is great to know, thanks for mentioning it. On Slingshot's website there it is conspicuous in it's absence for kitefoiling. I have one for windfoiling that I'm planning to have serve double duty for kitefoiling, but haven't had the chance to try it yet. It's replacing a more nimble kite foil of mine but I'm okay with any performance tradeoff if it gets me going in both sports. I also like the early 6mph takeoff you speak of. Cheers!