slowboat wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:20 am
It seems like the current popular wave wings are in the 1100 to 1200 cm2 range. For riding small waves, when you are trying to maximize time on wave with depowered kite, wouldn't a larger wing be better? Anyone tried a really big wing in the 1400 to 2000 cm2 range for waves? They won't work well if you are trying to do a bunch of tight top and bottom turns but what about for "longboard" style of just trying to ride the wave energy?
Agree, even bigger wings can ride with even less wavepower yes, BUT, they are dogs in terms of turning fast.
And they can not accelerate nor go fast without needing kitepower, and this is a major turnoff for some (me t.ex).
Many describe above as "too locked in"
A 1200 cm2 typical wing, I can ride slower than even the really slow waves thus bigger wings than say 1500 cm2 would probably never do it for me @average weight - often I find a tad smaller wing than 1200 more fun actually.
Only for longboard SUP foils the really big ones seem to work, as you dont really need agility here like on shortboard foils, and you also need to paddle up to foil on almost no waves.
It is all a tradeoff between things and a personal choice, apart from choosing for the given conditions