espana23 wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:00 pm
I'm happy someone started this subject because not having a standardized method of explaining wings bothers me as well.
It almost seemed like Gong was ahead of the other manufacturers in the terminology and like that Axis wing just write everything.
And even though the Rise M wing says 1500cm right on it it would technically be 1250cm from any other manufacturer.
Now it seems like the standard is just the projected surface area from above with nothing else accounted for. I agree that's not the only factor since the thicknesses and chord depth as well as the curvature of the wing all make drastic differences.
BUT to answer your actual question of if the Gong wing is good I would answer ABSOLUTELY. I have the Rise M for learning and it could not have been easier. I got it as the SURF foil which comes with the surf rear wing and not the kite rear wing. I did actually order a 45cm surf rear stabilizer afterwards as well. It took me all of about ten minutes to learn how to foil, I got the larger stabilizer just to try plus for future riding as a prone surf foil with other front wings.
I am 240 lbs and need nothing bigger then a 9M to foil with. If the kite can stay in the sky then i can ride easily. I can say it is slow, whether that's what your interested in or not. I'm way more then happy with my foil and am actually looking at other front wings for next season, maybe a Curve Large or Fluid Large (leaning towards the Curve right now)