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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby junebug » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:07 pm

If you just want to surf foil, I think you’d be better off learning behind a boat. No kite to worry about and once you get the hang of it you can wake foil.

That said, if it were me, I would learn to kite foil. You might find you like it. I took it up for light wind only but I like it so much I haven’t ridden another board more than a handful of times in the past year.

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby FLandOBX » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:19 pm

I finally crossed over to the Dark Side and started foiling. I am using the Hoverglide NF2 with the Slingshot Simulator board. I've only been out 2 sessions so far, but they were loads of fun. My initial impressions are that the equipment combination will be perfect for me. The board is larger, but I'm tall and, as a beginner, I really like the extra volume and size. The NF2 seems easy to ride. I'm getting long rides on the foil in both directions and will begin working on basic transitions next session.

I delayed taking the plunge primarily because I kept hearing about how hard it is to learn to foil. So far, I haven't had that experience. I've been kiting 12 years, have advanced twintip skills, and beginner level skills on a directional. From what I'd been told, I honestly expected to get beat up badly in my first foil session. After 30 minutes of surface riding, I was able to lift up on the foil and get some nice long rides. I'm using a 24" mast, and wouldn't want to start with a shorter mast.

My advice to anyone thinking about foiling is similar to junebug's. Give it a try. You may find that the first session is a lot easier than you expect. If you do try it, my (beginner's perspective) advice for the initial sessions is:

1. Stay relaxed.
2. Stay focused on your front foot. I don't need a lot of front foot pressure with my setup, but I do need to focus on my front foot to avoid reverting to twin-tip muscle memory.
3. Go out in moderate wind 13-15 knots with a large enough kite to make it easy to pop up on your board.
4. Use a short mast (24") and, when on foil, try to ride roughly 12" over the water.
5. Stay relaxed.

So far, I'm pretty excited about this new toy. If I can learn to transition, I expect it will become addictive quickly. :thumb:
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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby adamj2281 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:32 pm

FLandOBX wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:19 pm
I finally crossed over to the Dark Side and started foiling. I am using the Hoverglide NF2 with the Slingshot Simulator board. I've only been out 2 sessions so far, but they were loads of fun. My initial impressions are that the equipment combination will be perfect for me. The board is larger, but I'm tall and, as a beginner, I really like the extra volume and size. The NF2 seems easy to ride. I'm getting long rides on the foil in both directions and will begin working on basic transitions next session.

I delayed taking the plunge primarily because I kept hearing about how hard it is to learn to foil. So far, I haven't had that experience. I've been kiting 12 years, have advanced twintip skills, and beginner level skills on a directional. From what I'd been told, I honestly expected to get beat up badly in my first foil session. After 30 minutes of surface riding, I was able to lift up on the foil and get some nice long rides. I'm using a 24" mast, and wouldn't want to start with a shorter mast.

My advice to anyone thinking about foiling is similar to junebug's. Give it a try. You may find that the first session is a lot easier than you expect. If you do try it, my (beginner's perspective) advice for the initial sessions is:

1. Stay relaxed.
2. Stay focused on your front foot. I don't need a lot of front foot pressure with my setup, but I do need to focus on my front foot to avoid reverting to twin-tip muscle memory.
3. Go out in moderate wind 13-15 knots with a large enough kite to make it easy to pop up on your board.
4. Use a short mast (24") and, when on foil, try to ride roughly 12" over the water.
5. Stay relaxed.

So far, I'm pretty excited about this new toy. If I can learn to transition, I expect it will become addictive quickly. :thumb:
This is good advice, I think I'm going to circle back around and try it on a kite, just have to find a deal on one at this point. I've been kiting as long as you, but would probably characterize myself as pretty confident on a surfboard, and ride it 95% of the time. The main thing is it's something new, a new challenge, and that is the intriguing part. Thanks for this post, very helpful.

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby cwood » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:27 pm

FLandOBX wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:19 pm
I finally crossed over to the Dark Side and started foiling. I am using the Hoverglide NF2 with the Slingshot Simulator board. I've only been out 2 sessions so far, but they were loads of fun. My initial impressions are that the equipment combination will be perfect for me. The board is larger, but I'm tall and, as a beginner, I really like the extra volume and size. The NF2 seems easy to ride. I'm getting long rides on the foil in both directions and will begin working on basic transitions next session.

I delayed taking the plunge primarily because I kept hearing about how hard it is to learn to foil. So far, I haven't had that experience. I've been kiting 12 years, have advanced twintip skills, and beginner level skills on a directional. From what I'd been told, I honestly expected to get beat up badly in my first foil session. After 30 minutes of surface riding, I was able to lift up on the foil and get some nice long rides. I'm using a 24" mast, and wouldn't want to start with a shorter mast.

My advice to anyone thinking about foiling is similar to junebug's. Give it a try. You may find that the first session is a lot easier than you expect. If you do try it, my (beginner's perspective) advice for the initial sessions is:

1. Stay relaxed.
2. Stay focused on your front foot. I don't need a lot of front foot pressure with my setup, but I do need to focus on my front foot to avoid reverting to twin-tip muscle memory.
3. Go out in moderate wind 13-15 knots with a large enough kite to make it easy to pop up on your board.
4. Use a short mast (24") and, when on foil, try to ride roughly 12" over the water.
5. Stay relaxed.

So far, I'm pretty excited about this new toy. If I can learn to transition, I expect it will become addictive quickly. :thumb:
I believe this combo you have is the ultimate learning rig. I have had multiple people foil first time out with it. The long board and mast to the rear of the tracks makes for a very forgiving setup.

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby GTC » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:47 pm

Hi there,
I am behind a good deal of a NF2 Foil and Dwarfcraft board.
Do you know what is the top speed of this foil?
Thanks in advance

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby Alysum » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:00 am

GTC wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:47 pm
Hi there,
I am behind a good deal of a NF2 Foil and Dwarfcraft board.
Do you know what is the top speed of this foil?
Thanks in advance
Get it... why do you need to know the top speed ? Surely that's not a deal breaker :o


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