Dwight wrote: ↑Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:40 pmThis all gets tricky because some big wings are thin, and from a surfers point of view, they suck pumping into waves compared to other thicker wings. That’s part of the reason no two people agree here.
In general, I think the Naish L, Cloud IX P27, NP Medium, GoFoil Kia, are the largest anyone needs kiting in waves to get the full, easy, wave riding experience.
Super large wings, like Takuma V900, NP Large, Naish XL, GoFoil IWA, Maliko 200 are not needed. They work, but don’t spend money on them unless you also need them for SUP or prone surfing
Interesting your experience. I used to love my stringy wings until I got used to riding the bigger wings. Now I still enjoy it, but it's a different style, and I have to say I find it really difficult to ride in comparison.juandesooka wrote: I came into some slingshot gear, so I've been experimenting with the H2 and H4 wings. Had a fun session last weekend in some decent size wind swells, was sure noticable when the H4 caught a wave, as it would accelerate downwind towards the kite to point of wondering if it could drift fast enough to keep up or if I was going to overfly it. Tottering along on my tiptoes, just barely holding it together. I expect with more practice I'd get used to it and learn to make it work -- but have to admit it was a relief to get back onto my stringy wing and rip around laying out full speed carves. Felt like going from my SUP to a shortboard surfing......rocket powered skateboard, mmm.
It's not just about the surface area, the profile is important too. Here's the kenalu wing from the front. It's profile is quite a bit thinner and sleeker than the gofoil for example, and the leading edge is sharper. The lift is not as aggressive. I don't find it too slow and draggy, it holds speed quite well without feeling like it's about to explode under you.
Depends from setup , the gong wings are pretty fat with more than 3 cm of thickness. Tried the 70 cm two times with and two without stabi. Once in a maybe much to big wave (think 1,4 m) it felt much to slow and blocked to react on the wave and to escape, but another time in much smaller waves it felt pretty nice and as the stabi is pretty flat it felt as free as such a big wing may feel. But as expected and bought for, the best feeling was after the mod. Not just upwind, but also here, at least I wouldn't call nearly 30° to the wind "lousy"
We may have similar experiences just in reverse. I am so used to my stringy wings that they feel like an extension of my body – after spending countless hours this summer zipping back and forth, practicing and training, I’ve just come up over the ridge to one of those plateaus where I feel like I can really push the wings to their limits. Really fun and I want MORE.
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