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I struggled with this when learning to kitefoil. And dealt with it in early winging. Big lifty foils get supercharged by the smallest of waves when you get them on the face of wave where energy is, often during a gybe. My guess is that your normal kit that is an evolved foil doesn't react to this energy bump as much as this 2000cm wing does and its f-ing with your learned muscle memory. As you turn into the wave, get low on the mast and anticipate the burst of lift that is coming. Also, make your gybe quickly and move along. Or better yet, flag out the wing and turn into it and just surf it. I like to flag out and focus on the pure foiling without the pull of the wing.  The big lifty foils are super fun to go as slow as you can and tap all of the energy available. I ride higher AR foils lately and find myself blasting through alot of the energy available that I used to milk a lot more on my big low AR wings. I'm not suffering on my ART 999 though. I do think that riding a bunch of different gear can radically improve your overall foiling skills. The ability to adapt is huge.

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I had a convertible naish kite in 2000ish and then a Hokua SUP. They were a major force in kiting, suping and I'm guessing pole-boarding. They were always there, innovating, leading. Now the only time I ever hear about them is in Chuck Patterson insta and that Aussie downwinder guy, JB. When Kai was riding for them, I saw a lot more Naish posts. I think there's one guy at my beach who has an ancient beginner naish set up. I never really hear anyone frothing about the newest Naish gear. What happened?

Can anyone speak to what happened to this global powerhouse brand that is represented by a legendary waterman? My thoughts are that Kai leaving was a huge setback. Robby aging isn't helping appeal to the younger audience. Have they lost they're mojo? Or is this just my micro world view?

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Drysuit anyone?
« on: November 25, 2021, 06:44:27 PM »
I wear a drysuit that is called a paddling "semi-dry" from NRS on the colder days. It is much easier to don and remove than my 5/4 wetsuit. What makes it a semi dry is the neoprene neck instead of rubber gasket. Its hars rubber wrists and full cloth feet. I last a lot longer in this than a wetsuit. When I get out, I just have slightly damp undergarmets from water intruding throught the neck, mostly from big wrecks. They are around $700 new. similar to this one https://www.nrs.com/kokatat-mens-supernova-semi-dry-suit/pnkq

I had it already for whitewater boating. I would recommend this path to those trying to wing in ridiculously cold winter environs. I couple it with oneil lobster 5m gloves and a 4m wetsuit hood if needed. The harness is key for me when wearing thick gloves because I just hook in and can let my forearms relax from the grip fatigue caused by thick gloves.
One thing I notice is that I feel like it is a bit more of a sail than a wetsuit and slightly reduces my upwindability. This is not a real big issue compared to being cold.

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Retitle the thread. I found some info.

Thefoilingcollective.com/product/axis-black-art-front-wing/

870mm 837cm^2
999mm 1038cm^2
1160mm 1385cm^2

All around 9+ AR

I just ordered a progressive 375 tail for my 999, hopefully itís good for a smaller ART as well. The 837 is the size Iíve been after, should glide amazing but also turn well.

Axis please add me to the research team ;)

Nice research Johnny. I'm actually intrigued with the 1160. I parted ways with my trusty 1150 a few months ago and have missed it now that we are into crap ass november light wind. I have been flailing a bit on the 999 in 10-12mph wind. I can confirm that the 375 progressive does pair nicely with the 999. Its way looser on the roll than my 380. Takes some getting used to. I have it all on the crazyshort which I may swap out for the ultrashort next time. I am also dealing with booties in straps which always bothers me. I have to disagree with Asylum saying that the 899 will be most popular. There are not that many wingers out there riding 800cm wings on a regular basis. I  Most venues are lighter wind and more suited to liftier front wings.
 I think I will spend a lot of days on the 1160. Imagine the glide of a large ART wing.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: November 12, 2021, 05:38:42 PM »
the 380 is faster than the 375

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: November 06, 2021, 06:59:47 AM »
I was really enjoying the KDMaui 13.5" and its just about the same size, so I guess when I get the angle dialed in it will be sweet.

The Progressives are the thinnest and lowest volume tails you can probably buy right now. Hard to compare to anything else. My calipers found it to be quite a bit thinner than my KDMaui tail.

I haven't put a caliper on it but my 380 appears to be thinner and lower volume than my 375. I have had 2 sessions on the 375 now with crazyshort and 999. My first thought is that the 375 is a touch more drag than the 380. It does want to roll into turns more easily. I'm not sure if I like this aspect or not, at least with this setup. I am interested in trying it with the 890. It seems like it will pair better with the 890 than the 999. Pitch control was a little more squirrely than with the 380. My two sessions have been in shitty winter wind so, this probably plays a role in my opinion. I am going to try the +1 shim like Jondrums says. The whole kit needs a solid gust to get going when I know I would have been up a lot more on the 1050. It does carve quite dreamily once up. It will be super fun in the surf. These are just first, early impressions. I will report back after more.

Probably the 375 would be a better low end match.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: October 28, 2021, 05:55:23 PM »
We finally reached the point where we can openly talk about the Progressive tails...

Great! I initially had the 400 on pre-order to use with the 999 but changed it to the 375 having used the 380 and wanting more manoeuvrability. Can you comment on whether I'll feel a big difference between the 380 and 375?

Funny! I did the exact thing. Ordered the 400 last night and then freaked out for 12 hours thinking I needed the 375. I requested to change and the nice folks at Axis sent me a $2 refund. Yes, $2 is the price difference in the 400 to the 375. Anyway, I am hoping for better sleep tonight. It is shipped and I am committed. I am a little sad because the shopping phase was short. I miss the shopping phase already. Its arguably just as fun as the foiling part. The reckless purchase of another foil part is exhilarating though....Anyone else suffer from this? Axis sells crack to us. The way they have my cc keyed in and its like 2 clicks and mine.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 07:13:40 AM »
The pic that Pono posted of tails needs more mentioning, specifically all those new "progressive " tails. I clicked on the catalogue link and the tails vanished??? When are these coming to market? Dwight probably has all of them already. Spill the beans! I wish they showed profile pics. The bird's eye only tells part of the story.

I am pretty stoked on the 380 with the 999. I think that tails could have a pronounced effect on the 999. I want a super thin, 500ish with a chord around 40 for ultimate glide and pump. I'm officially declaring myself part of the Axis Research Team. Boom

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: October 16, 2021, 07:47:02 AM »
I rode the 999 in marginal wind for on its maiden voyage and had trouble "getting it up". Its a strange and beautiful beast. It immediately got easier once I had decent wind and figured out how to get it up in lighter wind. I don't even really pump the hand wing much. I just know how much pull I need in the wing which translates to board speed which results in liftoff. Foilgeoff, it sounds to me like you are jumping the gun a bit by trying to fly the 999 in shitty wind before you have mastered the gybe. It certainly will not make your learning curve easier. I tell people to stay on slow and lifty foils until you can gybe both ways and ride toeside. I would stick with that 1010 until you have checked those boxes. You will then appreciate all the 999 has.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: October 07, 2021, 07:03:04 PM »
Just got my first legit ocean waves on the 999 towing in with the wingding. Holy chit! The glide that thing has makes surfing so sick. I now have a dozen sessions on it. I can't seem to go back to anything else. I am foiling in the future and anything else is history. I have no problem getting it up anymore. I am running it with the crazy short and ultra short and always the 380. I am in West Maui and this sport has completely renewed my view on this side of the island. I launched kites here for as long as I have been coming here and it was always an adventure with the off shore condo rotors and barrier reefs. No problem with the wing. just paddle out to the wind line and send it. The 999 is so damn efficient that it has opened up miles of terrain from the condo. I can jam up to the surf spot 2 miles away in about 7 minutes and tow into reef breaks. After that, its a beautiful downwind run to the condo with rolling ocean swell to luff in. I am FROTHING!!!! Small craft advisory for the next few days with long period swell coming tonight. Sending

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 09:32:19 PM »
more pics of the mast angles

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 09:28:56 PM »
I have only run mine with the 380/crazy short. It is kind of a PITA to get to foil in light wind but once up, I can stay up. I will try the chopped 400 next.  One thing I noticed as I was fondling my quiver in the garage was the angle of incidence of the 2 masts Carbon vs ALu was off by a fair bit. I would say 3 degrees. The ALU mast aims the foil more upwards than the carbon mast. See pic below. I am keen to try the 999 with ALU mast and see if there is easier lift off. Going back to the shim is intriguing too. It just seems like a a special foil that needs some tuning to get the most out of it. I am taking it to Maui for 10 days thursday and will get lots of 999 time. Oh Snap!

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Nice looking stuff. Are you formerly known as Chocoloterro from SPI?

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Nice 360's VB! Don't be afraid to pump the foil through that 360. I saw in Clay's Johnny H video that he was just holding the strut with his hand through the backwind instead of the handle. I listened to Damo's podcast with Joey Pasquale and he said most fast racers are on 600-800cm wings. Not sure that really applies to us though. But point being that the better we get at getting the foil on plane, the smaller we can go. My ART999(1010cm) is tricky to get up in lighter wind but once up creates mad amounts of apparent wind. I tell intermediates don't get off that big wing until you are hitting gybes consistently. Big slow wings can really help to learn to fly without leaning on the ding. As in during transitions when you are switching hands. This is probably the biggest problem for folks struggling with transitions.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / The ART 999 Thread
« on: September 17, 2021, 07:57:34 PM »
This wing needs its own thread. The first batch just shipped so bring on the reviews.
I just had first session on it with carbon 86 mast, crazy short and 380 decently powered on a 4.5 Dart with a 80L 5' moon buddy.
Everything you have heard is true. Its effing magical! My first thought was about how lively this wing rides. It wants to carve and go fast and go slow and glide for miles. It was a little challenging to get it unstuck and onto foil. My 1050 gets up in less wind. I will agree with DW that it is comparable to the 980 in take off. The technique is similar where it needed proper hull speed before anything was even ready for liftoff. It is a very subtle pump to engage the foil. I was doing too much pumping and it didn't work. I think I will try my chopped down 400 to see if that helps with lift off.  Anyway, once up it was amazing. The other big thing I noticed was how slippery it was through the water. Its was easier than ever on my body and arms because there was so little drag. The turning is very ankly and skateboardish. It felt loose on the yah and somewhat tight on the roll. Once I reigned in the pitch control, I was able to rip carves, slightly off wind like I never have before. Carves were solid and powerful. One thing that was a little freaky was that if I carved it really hard, it would get locked into that turn and it was reluctant to let me change sides. I will need a few more sessions to get it dialed. Wingtip breaches were not an issue. Jumping was good. I felt like it had a lot more pop than other HA wings. It came out of the water quick and easy. It re-enterd the water easily too. I luffed the wing out and could pump it as far as I wanted with 1/2 the effort or any other foils except for the 1150. I'm going to try the ultrashort with it and see if it smooths things out. Super stoked on it and will report more sessions as they come. Send it!!!!!!!

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