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Taken from the Naish S26 web site

Finally, new internal reinforcements and advancements have been made in seam construction, especially in high load areas such as strut to leading edge connection and strut to canopy stress points ó all contributing to a stronger and longer-lasting wing

Harness users exposed the issue first. A harness puts higher loads on the wing. Gong, Ozone, Fone, Naish all had a few issues.

....... center bladder on the wrong side of the lake one day..

Did I over inflate it? Maybe.. Did it just fail.. Most likely.

Depends on what popped, the inner bladder or the outer casing.

The inner bladder can fall away inside the carcass. This happens at the front usually. Some brands have a little string with knot coming through a hole up front. This is to tie inner bladder to the front. Preventing it from falling away. If it falls away, it could fail to walk itself back into the front cavity during inflation. Thatís when it pops. Gong wrote a piece on how people putting away wet wings and wadding them up, can lead to inner bladders becoming misplaced inside and then failing to re-seat properly during inflation. Popped wing. Always roll your wing up nice and neat.

If the outer casing failed, it was likely from a design error seen in several wings last season. Brands underestimated the stress on the top seam of the center strut. Lots of failures on that seam with many brands.

My experience shows the fastest foil, on the tallest mast, with a long fuselage wins the upwind angle race. Tall mast is very important. You must lean it to windward more. Tails, I never noticed.

The pressure gauges on pumps are famous for giving bad readings. Use instinct.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Big Echos
« on: April 17, 2021, 03:31:52 AM »
I would if I could. The line for the first big slicks is stupid long.

Keep a watch on these guys. Last season they had them, when others did not. They show real inventory on the site. Being in Florida, they prebook big sizes.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Big Echos
« on: April 16, 2021, 03:48:57 PM »
Iím with Beasho. The problem of the sinking clew goes away after 10 sessions.

I always felt the bigger sizes were the best ones. 6m being the best one. Only tried the 7m once.

The smaller you go, the less I loved them. As you go down in size, they get harsher in gusty wind. I felt like they added to my shoulder issues. Some give can be good.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Jumping!!!!
« on: April 16, 2021, 07:21:49 AM »
I jump mine with a combination of windsurfer technique and kite technique.

I load up to the max by heading upwind a touch. Off the wind would unload. I trying for max speed, with legs and foil highly loaded. I push down with rear foot to help the foil wheelie and launch on take off. Always with help from a wave or piece of chop.

Once airborne, I bare off the wind for the landing. Pulling the wing overhead, like we do on a windsurfer jump.

Iím no expert though. I never kite foiled with straps, so I never jumped a foil before.

I can see little dents in my pad where I crawled up and dragged the hook.

We used to get deck pad scars. A simple technique change fixed it. When you crawl up on the board, use your forearm/elbows to lift yourself a little higher so the hook doesnít drag across the pad.

Without a hook, we tend to drag our fat bellies across the deck. Lift up a little higher, then throw the leg up. Never touch my deck pad. Donít worry about the rail. Nobody has ever dinged a rail with a harness on my boards.


DW: This was more like what I was trying to do.  I had the fleeting thought of just mastering regular foot surf foiling.

Yes, but where this plan falls down, is then you need to get comfortable toe side regular foot. You always want to be able to make cutbacks. That requires toe side regular foot skill. I can ride toe side either tack, but still only want to ride toe side on my good tack, because it can get sketchy real quick if the wave goes vertical.

Obviously none of us have waves that big, but I can tell you how I handle wave riding.

Even though I can ride comfortable heel side, wrong foot forward, all day in flat water. I still do not ride waves that way. Once on the wave I want to ride, I stay in my natural stance and feel totally at home never switching my feet. Iím 100% confident toe side surfing.

So I only ride wrong foot forward to rest my legs or beat upwind to the peak. Iím pretty sure most people do the same. All my buddies do it like I do.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: April 13, 2021, 02:29:44 AM »
Never happened to me or Jacky. We have carbon masts.

Did I hear noise coming from his foil? Ours are silent.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Swing V2
« on: April 12, 2021, 12:35:37 PM »
..... perhaps a more introductory rather than performance model?

Thatís what I heard from a dealer.

Did you see this one? 3 struts is an interesting way to make a big wing with less span.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Footstraps
« on: April 12, 2021, 08:54:14 AM »

These NSI v-straps look good , they are less then 90 degrees I hope?

Nope, they are industry standard of 90 degrees.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Footstraps
« on: April 11, 2021, 09:19:10 AM »
...... I almost wander if there should be a different strap for booty riding and barefoot riding.

There is. Many windsurf brands supply extra big straps on their boards, because most of their customer base is in cold climate countries.

Back in the day, weíd have to switch straps out from stock, to Dakine, because Dakine being Hawaiian based, had straps sized for bare feet.

Wander around some windsurf shops. MFC straps are big.


Without ever trying one I am guessing that the freedom to put your hands anywhere on the bar is great. 


You nailed it. It sets you free.

Thatís why, even with handles, Iím only interested in wings with long handles. No more small loop handles that make you do the finger walk from handle to handle.

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