foilfun wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:15 am
Tandem monofoiling--4 legs, one wing.
. Just wonder, that not just the stance of your escort is pretty narrow. Maybe worth to try a wider one for you, as my experience is that on a mono a close to race style wide stance gives you more control.
Tested a new wing: GONG Surf Pro M 1100 cm² 69 cm
First of all, I am happy with it as it closes a small hole inbetween my Levitaz Cruizer 990 cm² and the GONG Classic M 1400 cm² and also the price to value is good for sure, but on the other hand you feel the difference to wings developed with more effort, sold for higher prices as Moses and Levitaz.
There has been another test (with stabi in another topic) saying Pro M is better than Moses Onda, which I would not agree with, epecially if talking about mono, but maybe even extrapolating to stabi foils. As also discussed in the other topic, the problem when comparing wings with stabi is always to compare systems but never pure wings and the influence of bad stabi selection or trim can be much bigger than of different front wings. According to this, even for stabi foils I would always try to test them first as mono and recommend that, knowing most testers wont do this. The Pro M is pretty much what you would expect from its shape in comparison with the older "M" especially if higlighting its higher AR adding its lower surface and thickness. It needs significant higher speeds and has already a pretty much high AR behaviour to have less the problem to rise uncontrolled out of the water but more likely to lose lift and fall back if not fast enough during start (maybe try to sand it even if not sure it will help). So for me monofoiling with a wing it was significantly harder and needed more wind in the flat to come up. On the other hand with a wing the significant higher speed and glide was pretty nice just needed more care to not touch down to avoid a difficult new start. On the kite and instead of the wing not on a iWingboard but a kite hard board at higher speeds as said it showed that it is much less harmonic than Moses Onda, Levitaz Cruizer or also the big duotone foils. In the feel that with rising speed it sometimes changes flow and lift in a unharmonic abrupt way it is not necessarily worse than the bigger old GONG wings but at the higher speed you will feel it more having less time to correct. Low start point of speed range will be between Onda and Cruizer, glide quite sure better than Onda; Top end, hard to say, for sure not reaching Cruizer and for Onda depending how much you get used to the lower harmonic.
Still not yet tried with my shown small board but interested to see as the board should have an optimum for best low wind foil sizes, which could be around M pro and would be a nice small travel pack, cutting strut to board length.
Another small hint I maybe haven't given yet, possible for GONG but also similar Alu foils especially in the combination with monos and with straight board deck with no inclination or even a negativ one as on some inflatable wing foil boards it can happen:
To get the nose up and having the pressure point of a mono again a bit more foreward to fit the strap position of a normal foil, it can make sense to shim on the base of the strut, as I do with my inflatable and GONG foils. For the shown small red board shown on the other hand I had to take the shim out as it alread has a quite high inclination with its step tail and is also limited with the strut position, as shown already completely to the back.