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Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby Lamilu » Sat Jun 18, 2022 8:35 pm

From what people say, big boards suffer a lot with wind interferance...
In a sport where everyone thrives to get "smaller"...
It seems there are diminishing returns as you go big...
Is wingfoil viable and fun for old 250+ pounds?
Or just stick to kitefoil...
(I can only speak theoretically for now...trying to learn)

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby BOEMIX » Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:46 pm

Don''t worry about that, If you need a big board, pick a big board, if you neef a big wing, pick a big wing, and enjoy it wathever others say.

From my point of view, wingfoiling is dangerously taking the same path as windsurfing, which means pick the smaller board you can get and waste every surfing day waiting for more wind...

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby Lamilu » Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:37 am

Exactly, windsurf wave…
Cork board in my case…
Got a 5m wing…
Now lets wait for 25 kn.
Even so…windsurf waterstart looks easier than wing start on a sinker board.

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby jakemoore » Sun Jun 19, 2022 2:01 am

The uphaul on a floater board is so much easier with the wing than windsurf. Everything else comes with time.

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby windmaker » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:59 am

BOEMIX wrote:
Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:46 pm
Don''t worry about that, If you need a big board, pick a big board, if you neef a big wing, pick a big wing, and enjoy it wathever others say.

From my point of view, wingfoiling is dangerously taking the same path as windsurfing, which means pick the smaller board you can get and waste every surfing day waiting for more wind...
For sure ! It happens almost every time a new sport emerges, equipment goes to extremes before reverting to more reasonable dimensions. More so with wingfoiling where progress is relatively fast.

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby Frankieboy » Sun Jun 19, 2022 10:08 am

We heavy guys have the same problem windsurfing, kitesurfing, kitefoiling and now wingfoiling.
We need more wind and/or larger stuff.
I learned wingfoiling @120kg (265lbs) and have a blast @250lbs now using a 85l board and a variety of foils from 1700 to 1100cm2
Important is using a rigid wing as we put a lot of constraints and can't get going on a wing that folds...
Also for me wingfoiling is for windy days. I don't bother going in less then 17knots anymore and only look at riding swell/waves.
Other conditions I kitefoil with a 94cm pocketboard
51years (age is also a problem as winging is heavier on the body)
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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby Lamilu » Sun Jun 19, 2022 2:33 pm

It is encoraging for a big man to dream to eventually going down to a 90 liters board…

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby kwhilden » Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:12 am

I'm 51yo 250lbs and about to start my own journey wingfoiling. As soon as my shaper finishes my board... He is only a month late.

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby sflinux » Mon Jun 20, 2022 3:33 pm

No. Just like weight, wind is relative. Match the size of the hydrofoil to the rider. Match the boards volume to a riders skill level. Match the wing to the wind speed.
If you thrive to go smaller, try eliminating sugar & alcohol from your diet.

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Re: Too Heavy to Wingfoil

Postby StellaBlu » Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:09 pm

Listen to the "Gwen and Damo" podcast interview with Rob Douglas. Hes a big dude and gives some big dude tips.

My advice is basically as everyone else has said - big board, big foil, big wing, stiff mast (Axis Aluminum, Cedrus, etc..., avoid Takuma or Armstrong), m8 hardware (avoid any major M6 connections). Get the right sized gear and have fun.
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