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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: April 15, 2021, 01:31:39 PM »
Great review Wingingtanuki.   

I just received the new FlyingV FV200 tail wing.  This thing looks nuts!   I hear it pairs super well with the 1125, so I will try and get some water time so I can provide my experience.

I tried proning the 1125 w/ 85CM mast and both the 70cm fuse and 50cm fuse (KDmaui 13" tail w/ +1 shim).  It was super stable on takeoff and wanted to go fast right away.  70cm fuse wouldn't turn and the 50 fuse was tough to pump!  I felt like a newbie snowboarder going straight and not knowing to to keep an edge, waiving my arms around.  Can't wait to get the 60 fuse and FV200 in the water for a proper dial in session.  I'll just say my first session didn't go as well as I had planned (pumping laps everywhere).

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: April 11, 2021, 12:37:33 PM »

   Initial though is yes, one size wing larger.  I really want to try the 50 fuse, as the 70 fuse could have been throwing my pump game outta whack a bit.  Also want to try with a bit more angle of attack in the tail. 

   I proned the 1150 with the 85cm Mast and 70 and 50 fuse yesterday.  I had the KD maui 13" tail and +1 shim, which makes it very pitch neutral out of the tail I believe.  I didn't have time to mess with base plate positioning so left in one spot for both fuses.  Initial thoughts:

1. Foil is fast. 
2. Super stable on take-offs.
3. 70 fuse sucks for 3' at 10 seconds.  Couldn't turn it.
4. 50 Fuse is technical on the pump with that tail combo. (lack of pitch in the tail let it wander quite a bit and didn't seem to jump up super fast on de-weight).   First time pumping a HA wing, but seen plenty of footage of the quick pump technique.  Super fun.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: April 08, 2021, 05:35:28 PM »
I gave the 1125 itís maiden voyage today! 100cm mast / 70 cm fuse / 13Ē kdmaui tail / +1 shim   4M wing in 14-20mph wing with flat water transitioning to thigh high river bumps in 80 feet of water.

My new 60 fuse didnít arrive and my 50 fuse wouldnít fit at the beach, but luckily I had packed my 70.  I hadnít ridden the 70 fuse in over a year.

This foil is awesome. Finally seeing the light when de-powering into a wind bump and not feeling like I was on the verge of loosing speed quickly if I didnít take the perfect line. Even with the mega-mast burying the foil deep, I was connecting my longest downwind glides yet. I hated the 70 fuse though.

Made probably 80% of gybes compared to 98% on the 1250. Made my two toeside tack attempts (touched down on one).  The stall speed looks around 7-9 mph. Launch speed is very similar in the 6-7 mph range. Definitely pumped more than I have in a long while and I certainly  worked out the soreness from yesterdayís COVID vaccine!  Really needed a strong gust while moving forward to get up.  My mast positioning, strap location, and tail shim choice were probably not helping. Will need some dialing in.

I will check back in after I get out on the 60 or 50 fuse with the new tail wing.

Initial thoughts: this will be my go-to river bump riding foil and down-winger foil, as well as summer flat surf pump wing. It also felt like it wanted to jump as it flew upwind!

Iím 140 lbs as well and I have 2-6M BRMs. My go to in the 20-30 range is definitely the 3M. If it is in the upper 20s I will try for the 2.2M. The smaller size will allow you really big powerful pumps without catching the water.  Damien Leroys YouTube video on pumping has helped me tons, as I previously thought his technique didnít work, but I was wrong. (Although the 5m swing (which I had previously) pumps very differently to my BRMs)

Classifieds / Re: Armstrong 60CM Fuse FS
« on: April 01, 2021, 12:07:11 PM »
Sold.  May have a 50CM available if anyone's interested.

Classifieds / Re: Armstrong CF1200 and HS1550 v1
« on: April 01, 2021, 12:04:42 PM »
I can vouch for this guy.   8)

Cnski - I had a thought when I was trying the stinkbug. When laying prone and getting to your knees, do you think it would be beneficial to try adding a short pigtail to the rear handle with a few knots it (maybe 16Ē long and elastic)? This would allow you to have some power in the wing and allow for even quicker rear handle grab?  I may give it a go next time out.

At my 65kgs, I tried my bigger 37 liter prone for the first time.  Wind starting dropping of course and the sea state was very choppy.  The Stinkbug was the only method that got me to my feet, but just not enough wind to get going. 

Funny enough, after 20-30 minutes of practicing, knowing there wasn't enough wind,  I looked to the shore and there was a full array of first responders, including a full on fire truck, ambulance, park police, city police and who else knows.  I realized they were there for me when I saw them all lined up looking at me with binoculars.  I gave them the pat on the head and thumbs up and they all shrugged and left.  When I came in, this lady came up and apologized.  Said she had seen me out before and I 'was never struggling in the water so much' so she called 911 to report 'a windsurfer in distress'.   ;D

Classifieds / Armstrong 60CM Fuse FS
« on: March 18, 2021, 12:49:50 PM »
Selling my used 60CM Fuse.  Great shape, no issues.  Will wet sand minor scratches before shipping on round section between mast and tail wing.

$245 w/ Free Shipping to lower 48.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:11:31 PM »
HA1125 reaching 50 knots!  ;D

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:56:50 AM »
8:00 Mark on Gunnar's W1000 review talks about the geometry of the wing and it's preferred mast positioning.  Not sure how this would work with the referenced adapter plate.

I hope the HA1125 doesn't need to go further forward than the HS1250 or I'll be in the market for a new wingboard.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: March 14, 2021, 05:59:27 PM »
Iím primarily psyched on the 1125 for winging. If it truly is similar to the W1000, then check out Gunnarís review to see why Iím psyching. He basically says itís is favorite wing to date for winging in waves. Enough said. Too bad Moses seems to have some compatibility issues with the W1000 where you need a kite fuse or something.

The new launch seems to include a few extra bolts into the titanium fuse to latch everything down to the nth degree.

Arnie is hamming up the Americaís cup angle and I for one think it is dope. The Mariners museum a few miles from my house has the cat on display that won in San Fran two cups ago. You can basically fondle the foils that are over 6í tall.

Classifieds / Re: Armstrong HS1550 Wing FS $550
« on: March 14, 2021, 05:41:01 PM »

Classifieds / Re: Armstrong HS1550 Wing FS $550
« on: March 09, 2021, 03:45:27 PM »

For those who want to dry their wing post session, but are always too gassed to bother pumping up once more, get yourself a ryobi high volume inflator.  It fits right on to the hose and allows you to quickly pump up the wing to a very low psi.  If you have other ryobi tools and batteries, its only a $20 or so purchase.  Also doubles as a mini blower to help get sand out of crevasses.

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