FLandOBX wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:51 pm
Inspiring video. Thanks for that one, juandesooka.
I understand why a wingfoiler would want to use a small nimble board (same as kitefoiling), but a small nimble board doesn't always mean less volume. I am not a wingfoiler but if I was, I think I'd want to use a small nimble board with a combination of rocker, volume and "foil" (i.e., placement of foam) that makes it easy to waterstart, but doesn't impede the flight characteristics of the hydrofoil. Maybe wingfoil boards aren't there yet? What am I missing?
That is the new generation of wingboards. EG the fanatic one is 5x24x4.5, 75L. So knee starting supposed to be mildly challenging, tippy, but doable.
My surf foil is half that volume, so a knee start is iffy for regular folks, and water starts are only for high winds. And that's on the bigger side for surf foils, lots of people riding down to 4'x20", 30L.
I haven't yet used a dedicated wing foil, but I think I'm going to build a copy of the fanatic board, see how it feels. My hope is that it is a happy medium, lose some of the nimble feel of the surf foil in pumping in turning, but small enough to feel fairly agile, and able to get it going reliably, even in fairly light wind.