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Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby TBBUK » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:48 am

Just about to make the leap into wingfoiling and have narrowed my board options. The F-One is 110L, 5'10" x 29". By contrast the slightly cheaper Aztron is 6'6" x 25.5", 115L.

Now in your collective wisdom, for a beginner wingboard which is better? Short & fat or long & thin? And why this makes a difference in a beginners foiling journey.

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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby handy » Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:53 am

the 6'6'' is to long to narrow. the 5'10'' will be way more stable.
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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby Flag53 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:40 pm

I bought and learnt on the F-one 5’10”.

The width gives stability when water starting and getting the wing off the water and above your head .

The shorter length is an advantage once you are up on the foil and your putting in the turns as there’s less length to throw around .
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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby slingshotucf » Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:40 pm

Shorter, wider, thicker is best. The longer the board is, the more negative force against the lift of the foil and swing weight. Width and thickness has very little to no effect on the swing weight and pump but with less board out in front will let you pop up quickly in less wind.
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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby fluidity » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:22 pm

I agree with the above posts. I have a 7'6 168 litre F-One inflatable and the length is overkill. A wider board is easier to gybe off the foil. Once you are up on the foil most of the board is wasted!
Do consider the inflatable boards with footstrap options too though. Fanatic Isup, Indianna, Naish rocket air, Gong(front footstraps only)
Once pumped up to pressure they are pretty close to a hard board when out of the water. I 3D printed release strips for mine to disrupt the Coanda effect and turn the F-one inflatable into a better planing hull, worked a treat. I think the Gong and Indianna have a simple single release strip built in. 29' is not wide for a wing board. The Aztron will be very slightly easier to get up to speed but much harder to gybe when off the foil. My F-one doesn't take foot straps.
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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby Frankieboy » Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:44 pm

I ride a 5'1 board 108L similar shape to the Takoon SW and the added volume in the nose gives a lot of stability.
On the foil it feels very small.

So my advise is to go as short as possible, not too much bevels and stuff that makes the board not stable on the water.

But short means also less glide, so you will have to pump to get going in lighter wind
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Re: Short/Fat or Long/Thin?!

Postby Peter_Frank » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:27 am

Agree with short and volume.

But for the very first steps, learning to balance things, and to get up foiling, I found a longer board was a lot easier.

So if you got one, use it.

And buy a short one later, so you can carve with less swing weight, when experienced.

One thing though, in really low wind, in order to hump ashore, the longer ones are a lot easier.

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