Maybe not so much in front, but I was very happy with the first test with the strut half way (8 cm) more forward. As shown here:
Yes, absolutely right. The bigger the wing the longer the travel distance inbetween stabi and monofoil setups. For the gong surf M wing the travel of effectiv 6 cm you have in your Exo can be to small as you could need about 8-10 cm for this foil. But the gong has extra holes in the strut plate so you can exceed both limits by about 2 cm and so should have enough travel space. But know, that my old Exo died also due to tracks becoming soft, so if you go to the tracks limits or over it this my accelerate the wear of the laminate around the tracks.borist wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 2:17 amTried riding mono couple times and would appreciate some pointers. The setup I'm using is Gong surf wing medium size (I think it is the same as the one in picture above). The board is Levitaz Exo first gen. When I setup foil with the stab, mast position worked out to be all the way back. After removing stab I moved the mast forward few times until I reached position all the way forward in the tracks. Does that sound right?
Yes, I have the same problem, but it is more about experience and board size (Exo is already small for most). If you use a big board for the first sessions as recommended you can reach more easy higher speeds before take off with much lower pitch, so starting procedure will be more fluently with much less effort. The longer the strut and the shorter the board is, the worse it is. Even with a big wing the start consumes some force if board is small. Worst it is when additionaly the wing is very small/fast, the kite lines are short, the wind is low …borist wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 2:17 amI did not measure it unfortunately to provide an accurate number. In this position I was able to ride and make some turns, but it still required a bit too much back foot pressure IMO. The biggest issue though was the water start. The wind was light and puffy so getting going was tricky. When I rolled onto the board and pointed the nose just a bit upward (higher AA), the lift was too much to control and foil just shot up from under me.
The problem is that a there is not just feet or strut in front or back topic but also the pitch angle inbetween wing and foot. Big low AR wings have huge possible angle of attack but you have just one flat board, thats why my board has a steptail. The problem is the same for stabi foils but on mono foils you will feel it a lot more when one of your leg is bend to much to compensate different angle of attack. As you do much more movements to controll your pitch, a bend knie will consume much more force. That's why for a monofoil it is Very important to find your personal most favorite Speed window and then Setup the foil by shimming inbetween foil and board to the angle which allows you to have both legs straight at that Speed.borist wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 2:17 amThis should be easier to control with mast further back, but as soon as I gained a little more speed, wing settled down and I started to feel soft nose dive with increasing speed indicating mast still too far back. So it was extreme front foot pressure at very low speed (I'm guessing related to increasing AA as the speed was dropping) to shifting to back foot bias at higher speed. I felt comfortably balanced only in a narrow band of speed,
Yes it is , terrible, just good for beginners or if you plan to have a picknick sitting on the deck.
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