OzBungy wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:28 am
Yes wing foiling is a harder workout. When I started wing foiling my GPS watch rated a session as 5 - Over reaching. Now I am fairly competent is rates them at 3.9 Advancing. My kite foiling sessions are rate 2 - Maintaining. If I choose to do a foil jumping session or some high power tacks I can push the session up to 3.
Thing is, I get to kite foil almost every day. The wind range and versatility is so great that I can do pretty much what I want, when I want, where I want. I have been choosing to sacrifice kite foiling days to try and take my wing foiling skills to the next level. My skills are building, but it's still a pretty pedestrian activity.
Personally I think hard exercise is the enemy of maintaining long term health and fitness. The wear and tear and injuries build up. You lose sessions because you're getting wrecked. It's much better to pace yourself and have lots of sessions with a few moments of high intensity to keep things interesting. That has worked for me with 60 years of surfing/windsurfing/kitesurfing/kitefoiling/wingfoiling as well as 30 years of paragliding (including 9 seasons in the Indian Himalayas).
The "hate" comes partially from the "kook" factor, and partially from the limitations of the equipment. There are quite a few people (often older people) who won't try new things because they're good at something and they don't want to be beginners again. I quite like acquiring new skills, but it's still annoying being a kook again. Worse is being stuck with all the negative things that come with the wing and the fat board and huge foil and a couple of leash ropes which creates problems that simply don't exist with a kite and foil.
I've been fully ready to be the kook learning to get the benefits later. Starting to feel the payoff as newbies and wanna-be newbies alike are now asking me questions and I can ease the road of others wanting to try a new sport.
I don't think I do "Hard exercise.". I do short burst and long bursts of differing intensities. If I can't hack it I simply fall off foil. That said, after a 5 hour session I sleep better than usual
So far my injuries have been very minor. I always wear a helmet. Had a few minor bumps and some abrasions knelling on the board in early stages learning in nuking wind where I wasn't confident standing. Wetsuit neck rash which has practically dissappeared my last couple of sessions, I think because I spend a lot more time dry now.
It sounds like you are at a more advanced level than me but I really think you need to get a smaller foil for those average and windy days! It will be less draggy and that means less stress holding on to the wing as well. And you will regain some of the speed you lost switching out the kitefoiling for the wing foiling. I make my own foils so I made a first one that was too small to easily learn on, then a big one to learn on and now I'm back to my first one. 2650 sq cm for learning, 1800 for regular use and at some stage I'll drop to one around 1300 sq cm.