"Ideal wing size for learning?"
A really good question, as it is not that simple.
A small wing does not pop up easily, when you push too much, which you WILL do as a beginner, so here the smaller wings are "safer" in order to remain on the surface so to speak, and learn the initial basics and control/handling of a hydrofoil in the water, which is essential and different to all other board types.
Once you got some control though, it is just the opposite, you can get up foiling at a slower speed on a bigger wing, and easy to keep it foiling even with mistakes.
In between, which is a long part of the learning period, one can not say which works the best IMO.
Thus no full consensus about what size to use, and many different answers.
If an average weight, I think wings in the size 8-900 cm2 will be the easiest, and also work the best all around later, by todays standards 2019-2020.
If she is really light, the 700 Carver wing should be spot on for learning I think.
If an average weight or more, the 1000 cm2 would be the choice of these two sizes IMO.
Regarding wing size in general as you asked:
Flyboy wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:24 pm
What I don't get, is if this is a 1000cm wing, what do you do with a 1200 or 1500cm wing that some people are using?
Well, I got 7 wings from 520 cm2 up to 1200 cm2 high and low AR, I am 77 kg.
The thing is, the bigger ones does not need more front foot pressure, nor pop up by themself.
IF you got one that does, it is a bad trim from the manufacturer - they should all be alike in terms of foot stance and trim, my wings are when only changing wings, so it is possible.
It is a misconception coming from the beginners who will experience this, no doubt, and maybe from badly trimmed hydrofoils also
The difference is, that when experienced, you can ride with a lot smaller kite on the bigger wings, and they dont pop out even when powered or bigger kites, simply because you have learned to foil, as the trim is the same (or you have to get the trim right or go strapless if it is not spot on)
When you are new, your muscle memory is rubbish, non existent in fact, and your brain tries to compensate, but too slow.
Meaning you will make kangaroo riding at first, and this gets a lot worse with bigger wings and powered like when learning
This is the reason it feels like it pops out of the water, which is does not, YOU pop it out of the water.
You will probably have these unintended erratic pitch control errors the first year when starting to foil.
When you have learned, you can ride a 2000 cm2 wing smoothly without standing further forward also at somewhat higher speeds, it wont pop out