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A mate has the 5 mtr Glide Hybrid, itís his only wing so about 5 months of fairly hard use. The dacron looks just fine on the canopy and leading edge. But the Aluula, it has bulges in places, white lines appearing, almost as if the gold coating is splitting.
Looks like too much pressure in the strut but his pump wonít do 12 psi.
Heís not happy and will be asking for warranty. Longevity of Aluula may be an issue.

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4 ft webbing ankle leash for me, no tangles with the wing leash or the foil. Yes, it does drag slightly in the water when the foot it is attached to is at the back of the board, but a tiny thing compared to having it attached to your waist.


I like the idea of webbing because you might be less likely to notice it when you step on it but doesn't it generate a lot of pull on your leg?

I use an ankle leash when SUP surfing, heaps of pull from one of those, no problem.
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4 ft webbing ankle leash for me, no tangles with the wing leash or the foil. Yes, it does drag slightly in the water when the foot it is attached to is at the back of the board, but a tiny thing compared to having it attached to your waist.

Tried the reel leash, didnít like the board auto returning to me, I kept kicking the foil.

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Iím 80 kg and Iíve just changed from the Naish 95 to a 78 ltr board. I let the custom manufacturer, Carbonco, have his head, the board I received is 22 1/2 wide and 4í10 long. It has a flat bottom with no kick.

Got up on it first go, wow, such an improvement. The board gets up to speed a lot quicker and during touch downs it just skips across the surface, no drag at all.

One thing that surprised me, in sub flying conditions I could easily get back to my starting point, even upwind a little if on my knees. I think it is the narrow width allowing the rails to bite more and point higher. Thatís a comfort knowing I can always get back even if the wind drops, no walk of shame.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Duotone Slick
« on: December 15, 2021, 03:29:55 AM »
The stock boom is 1285mm, but any wing below 4 mtr can use a much shorter boom. The 2.5mtr takes a 1030mm boom and the 3.0mtr takes a 1075mm boom. A mate had his stock length boom pop out on his 4mtr, seems some 4mtrs need a longer than 1285mm boom.

Same mate made a mould of the front end as the 3D printed ones were heavy, now they are foam filled carbon.

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Ok I get it if your planning lomng distance stuff, resting the arms on long upswing legs is a bonus. But for bump riding, yes you can be fully powered getting back upwind for the next bump, but why not just use a smaller wing. Smaller wings have less drag and are more efficient plus are lighter for the downwind run. And once on the bump you don't need the power of the larger wing, eg +3mtr.

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I can easily wing for 2 hours with out a harness and not come in tired, why would I need a harness?

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: What makes a quiver?
« on: December 09, 2021, 12:11:01 PM »
My high use wing is a 4 mtr Unit, probably 50% of the days, then a 3.3 Unit followed by a 5.5 Slick and now a 2.5 Slick. Many people like to be constantly powered, I don't, I like to have just enough to get upwind for the next swell then the smallest wing possible for the downwind run. The 2.5 Slick is a dream to use in anything over 20knots. I'm 80kg on a 78 Ltd board.

Quiver size and increments really depends on your location and chosen disciplines. The freestyle guys at our local will be on 5mtr wings when I'm on a 3.3.

It's always good to have plenty of overlap in sizes, means that if the wind drops slightly or you have a fail on pump up your not screwed. If your 5 fails on pump up, and you only have a 3, your stuffed, but a 4 will probably get you going, and if your 4 fails, the 3 or 5 can be used.

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All my foils are Naish now, as I wingfoil and kitefoil all the parts are interchangeable. It's great to turn up to the beach with just one foil and two boards to do either.
Probably the most cost effective high performance foils currently available. A foil bag, wing covers, tool and all hardware including mast mounting plates are included in the kit.
I'm using the HA wings for winging and 810 for kitefoil all mounted on the 95 or 85cm composite masts.

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We have been flying leading edge inflatable kites for years, very little has changed to the leading edge to canopy design. Double surface has been tried but of little benefit.
Now itís all about weight saving, further relegating any thoughts of double surface and battens to the scrap heap.

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Itís a really common problem when kitefoiling due to the higher speeds. Yes, some masts are more prone to it than others. Att higher speeds the condition of the foil parts is critical, no nicks or damage that could interrupt smooth waterflow across the surfaces.

Clean your foil before going out if your planning to push some speed.  I use window cleaner to remove fingerprints etc to get it perfectly clean then not let anyone touch it. Watch kitefoil racers clean their kit before a race to help prevent ventilation.

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I use my 3.3 Unit in anything above 16 knots. Iím 80 kg on a Naish HA1240 wing.

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Small foils for sure.

My 2 meter wing is too big above 35 kts

And there lies the problem, many manufacturers stop at the 3 mtr size. When the wind is howling with great swell lines to ride my 3.3 Unit is too big.

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I only wing in above 15 knots, 4 mtr is my biggest wing at 80kg, Iím currently on a 95ltr Naish. Having never tried a straight tail board, just wondering if there is much of an advantage for high wind swell riding as that is all I do.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Duotone Unit D/Lab
« on: August 13, 2021, 12:42:42 PM »
I had an iffy the other day with my 4 mtr Unit, a gust hit and the board went sharply to windward and the wing was taken out of my hands. All good but I thought but a hissing sound told me different, the wing had contacted the front HA foil, sliced the canopy, leading edge and a small hole in the bladder.
I doubt I could justify the large extra cost of the Aluula wing, knowing how easy a wing can be damaged. In a kite, yes, a long way from shape pointy bits, donít think Iíd risk the extra cost for a wing.

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