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Wing foiling remains the headline grabbing hydrofoil discipline of the moment. Everywhere you look within watersports it’s wings, wings, wings. The brands and their team riders are doing a great job of ‘selling the dream’s but there’re a few things to consider before buying your own wing foiling equipment.
Wing foiling is a low power sport that needs more wind than you’d think.
If you’re looking to fly in light breeze then you need the engine to make this happen, to begin with. Seeing idyllic images and vids of riders flying in super light airs is certainly attractive.
With the best will in the world, however, an average to heavy weight foiler won’t be up and flying with a 5m wing in less than 15 knots. Go bigger! You might even need larger than initially thought. If it’s a 7m wing you require, to get that taste of light wind wing foiling – and allow you to develop the necessary technique to eventually ride smaller wings in lighter breeze – then do it.
Hyde Sails Blast wing foil wing surfing wing 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m.
The Hyde Sails Blast range of wing foiling wings are a brand new ‘machine’ poised to elevate (literally) your wing foiling experience considerably.
Uber powerful, with serious bottom end grunt, the Blast wing reacts impressively to pumping and rider input yet remains a neutral, transition orientated weapon for those who love going round corners or shredding waves.
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For all the so called diminishing returns of using a bigger wing foil wing the fact remains: when you’re flying you’re learning. Bogging about is about as frustrating as it gets!
A big foil is slow and unexciting, isn’t it?
Current trends lean towards high aspect foils which offer less drag, faster speeds, better pumping and generally more efficiency over their lower aspect cousins. But high aspect foils (generally) need more power and rider input (think technique).
Once you’ve dialled this in then fill ya boots: start running high aspect foil wings. But initially, you’ll have an easier time on something bigger with tons of lift. And actually, when it comes down to it, the feel of being on foil mitigates any negative thoughts you might have about speed. The feel of foiling is so unique, and the fact you’re flying in low wind strengths, is so addictive that’ll be all that matters. More speed can come later.
Axis Foils S-Series Glide 910mm, 1010mm, 1150mm carbon foil wings – get in touch to build your perfect Axis foil!
We fully get there are a myriad of Axis Foil combinations which can be confusing if you’re going it alone and trying to choose which S-Series Glide combo will suit you best. Fear not, however, as here at Foilshop UK we know our Axis Foils onions.
As such we can help you build your ideal foil, across all Axis products. Whether you’re after the ideal winging foil, or perhaps you want a top shelf…
Note: You can quite happily learn on a high aspect foil. Some do a good job of lifting incredibly early. But you need to know which foils do this. The Axis S-Series Glide range (particularly the bigger foil wings in the line up) do a good job of impersonating big lift, low aspect wings (sort of).
If you’re not aux fair with certain foils, and haven’t been given the correct advice, then you should limit buying mistakes from the get go and stick to the proven: ‘ a low aspect foil wing is your friend in theory.’ You can swap it out or add to your foil quiver later.
Fly McConks Go Fly wing foil wing 1.5m, 4m, 5m, 6m.
Fly McConks are a small family SUP brand from the Cotswolds, UK. With the explosion of wing foiling, and family McConks history of windsurfing, it was only a matter of time before the elements combined and the brand got involved with winging.
Comparable to other, more widely used wings from top watersports brands, the Fly McConks Go Fly range holds its own. How do we know this? Because we had a hand in its development!
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All pics courtesy Oli Lane-Peirce.
Gusty wind, chop, current and strong tide further hinders wing foil progression.
Not all of us are lucky to live in idyllic wing foiling locations. Mostly, our venues are strewn with chop, current, strong tides and gusty winds. That applies to inland wing foiling locations as well (minus the tide, obviously).
There’s nothing worse than to be faced with light gusty breeze, considerable chop and have gear that won’t make best use of these conditions. Choppy water states, especially, can feel like you’re riding uphill – forwards momentum severely hampered. A good rider will be able to pump their wing and foil to lift above the flotsam early. Those beginning their wing foil journey, however, won’t have developed this skill so need to rely on power (see above comments).
FusionX custom Nitro Pro carbon foil board: wing, SUP, surf.
Paige Moore’s FusionX brand is a boutique company that specializes in custom carbon pre-preg foil boards for wing, SUP and surf (among other things). Advanced hull contours and progressive shaping put these boards at the forefront of foil board design and technology.
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A slightly longer board will help also (6′-7′ ish). Whilst super compact wing foil boards are great, they don’t glide or track well. Something that does will see you accelerate much more efficiently, riding over chop better, before lifting progressively on foil. As you advance a more compact sled can be considered.
Board float (volume) is your friend – at least to begin with.
Keeping the above points in mind wing foil boards with ample volume will help. Side on chop will only make getting to your knees, and eventually your feet, all the more tricky.
Zeeko Ypsilon wing foiling wing V2: 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m.
We’ve spent a lot of time with Zeeko products in general, the French brand’s Ypsilon wing foiling wing range being no different. Featuring a unique Y-shape middle strut, that integrates with the leading edge, the unique design is both eye catching and functional.
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There’s argument a lower volume sinks below the water line and therefore isn’t affected as much but chop/tide/current is all well and good. But there’s technique to using such a board. It’s easier to have something that actually floats you! And this is as much about safety as it advancing your wing foiling.
Axis Foils Froth SUP foil/wing foil board 5’5, 5’7, 5’9, 6’0, 6’6.
New for 2021 Axis Foils’ Froth range of SUP and wing foil boards utilise a whole bunch of modern design characteristic (bevelled rails, pronounced tail kick, compact lengths and packed volumes) to serve up progressive wing and SUP flight machines.
Add foil, add water, add wing and/or paddle and off you fly!
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If you want to wing foil often then a quiver if wings is a must.
Wing foiling wings have huge wind ranges. There’s certainly no need to own excessive amounts of wings as you would with windsurfing sails of kites for instance. That said every wing has its limit – both at the bottom end and top. If you want to wing across as wide a section of wind strengths as possible then a quiver (two would suffice) is a must. The focus should be on your lighter wind wing first (you’ll be using this most often), with your second made to complement this. For instance: a 6m and a 4m can work well together, depending on the brand and so on.
There are plenty of other factors to consider when starting out on your wing foiling journey – it doesn’t stop here. As you progress equipment choices you make will fluctuate. You may end up with multiple bits of gear – especially if you develop a real taste for winging. Or, alternatively, you may discover how specifically you want winging to fit your watersports routine and narrow kit down accordingly.
Unifoil Wind Wing wing foiling wing 4m, 5m, 6m.
Already an established, premium carbon hydrofoil brand Unifoil deliver the same attention to detail and quality performance with their three size range wind foiling Wind Wings.
Distinct looks, ease of use and simple on water traits lend Unifoil’s Wind Wings a desirable edge.
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