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Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby adamj2281 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:13 am

I've been kiting for 11 years, I'm fairly confident on a strapless surfboard, gybes, etc. no issues there. I've been debating jumping into foiling, but it's something new so that's the appeal. I've found a pretty good deal on a 4'8" Alien Air and 2018 SS NF2 foil with a 24" mast. I've read the H4 and H2 are a bit better for learning, would it be suitable to get up and learn on and then progress from there using the SS setup with new wings?

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby deniska » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:58 am

Alien Air and NF2 was my learning setup.. pretty easy to learn, imho, so you won't be disappointed.
I have no experience with H4/H2 wings but they look like they would be slower, than NF2, which for me sort of ruins the fun..
don't get fixated on 24'' mast, you'll need 35'' one in a few hours...
Once you spend a year with NF2, you'll probably want proper carbon rig.. one of the moses setups, re-branded by SS.
while you on NF2, make sure you lubricate all screws with tefgel religiously..

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby Foil » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:46 am

yep, good choice.
get a slightly longer mast as well as the 24inch, the next size up the 71cm would be a good choice as a step up, they are super good value as you only need the mast itself not the base plate, and then keep it for shallow water later on when you upgrade, the 24 inch is great to start on so keep hold of that to sell as a beginners package when you are ready for a upgrade, its the easiest and cheapest way into the foiling world.
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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby oregonkiter » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:43 pm

AlienAir and NF2 is a great setup for learning, through a year of foiling, or more. It's a nice wing. It's durable. It's plenty fast, and turns very well without being nervous. If you log onto SS site and find their Foil Academy lessons, simply follow the lessons verbatim. You will be foiling, drama free in no time. Even though you will only use a 15" mast for a few hours, I'd buy one used and use it: 15/24/35 ( you can skip the 30", though I didn't). Many folks buy the 15/24/30/ mast package, then sell it for $100. You can buy it for $100, and sell it for $95. The masts don't break, wear out, or degrade. I only foil in fresh water, and have had no issue with screws binding. If you foil in salt, keep those puppies lubricated, and rinsed--this goes for all brands of foils.

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby DukeSilver » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:20 pm

I learned on the NF2 and Dwarfcraft. The NF2 is a great foil to both learn and progress on. I still really like mine 2 years on.

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Re: Slingshot NF2 Foil - Beginner

Postby grigorib » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:56 pm

There are pros and cons for each of components of your setup.
Alien Air - board is large enough to learn on, it has a significant nose scoop to deal with chop and minor porpoising. Older Alien Airs (wooden finish) were too wide/thick - you couldn't conveniently carry it around. Also track placement will force you to position mast to rearmost setting, which doesn't give much freedom to use the tracks. You probably will outgrow this board in 1 year
H5 wing (part of Hoverglide NF2 set) is a decent wing, many have learnt and progressed on it. It can go both fast and slow but don't expect much of lowend riding out of it and it will stall at lower speeds. You would find 30% larger wings as H2/H1 (Gamma 68 / Time Code 68) to have much better lower end while they still deliver good speed. I't suggest Infinity 76 as a better option compared to H4 in means of absolute lowend wing.
24" mast is great to learn on (you don't even need to bother yourself about 15") and it will come handy riding hips-waist deep waters. Don't expect to be able to edge much on 24" nor will you be able to fly high above water surface.

It's a modular setup, so you can always upgrade to 3'6" Dwarfcraft, Time Code 68cm wing and 35.4" mast.
Overall very good for learning and will serve you well


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