I have heard similar claims to the 4 knots, especially a year or two ago when windfoiling was new. Robby Naish had a video where he was in hardly any wind on a tiny sail and was flying around like nobody's business, but he is after all the King. It does, however, make me question his low wind claims about his new wing-surfer. I run a 7.3m sail with a 2000cm surf wing when windfoiling and I still need at least 10kts for any hope of getting on the wing at 185lbs. No amount of sail pumping technique will ever get me going at 4 knots even with my prior skill. The ram air kitefoilers will always have the low-end advantage over the windfoils. I could never get excited about dropping $2500 on a ram air/foil kite despite the fact that nothing in windfoiling comes close to the power of a big kite loop to get up onto the foil.nothing2seehere wrote: ↑Fri May 24, 2019 4:19 pmSam light managed to get going on a windfoil fairly quickly:
Looks doable for competent person. Had a couple of the early adopter kitefoil people locally who have changed to windfoil and have never looked back. The claims here are that the low end is much better on a windfoil. I have heard the reps claiming as low as 4knots for the big wing models - though I suspect that may involve a lot of prior skill. I gather the big change is getting used to the extra roll balance.
Windfoiling certainly is doable for the competent person, far more so than kitefoiling, it's just easier. A competent kiter could certainly go straight ffrom kitefoiling to windfoiling far more easily than a windsurfer could go to kitefoiling.