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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Light Wind Equipment
« on: October 26, 2021, 09:41:57 PM »
I have learned a lot through this forum so thank you for the posts and tips. Being inland in the Spokane, Washington area as well as being confined to sports as a weekend warrior and after about a year on the water winging I think I’ve dialed in a great light wind set up.
1) 6 m F one strike. Went from 6 m Ozone and 9 m Gong. The 6 m f one CWC has great low end power and can handle winds in the mid 20’s.
2) Harness. I use an NSI and there are several out there to use. Even having come from zero wind background, I used it on my first attempts both strong and weak side. It saves my shoulders and allows a better angle upwind. Last weekend I learned to use it in the twisted or toeside stance. Love it!
3) Axis 1150/460 (many other can work) with a short fuselage and went from a 75 cm mast to 90 cm mast (love the 90 cm for higher winds).
4) Board. I went for a 5’6” to a 5’3” HIPE to a custom 6’2” Kings Paddle Sports flat back, steep rails, and smooth bottom. The board is balanced so well it carves better than the other boards which I found as a bonus! I was also able to sup foil surf SanO picking it up in San Diego a week ago and was able to get into waves out front, fence line, sunrise, and even Nukes.

Have others found the harness allows the rider to use a larger wing because it can handle the gusts and power better as well? Last weekend was a break through weekend with winds at 17-18 mph gusting to the low 30’s and I was loving it with the 6 m CWC and harness…

Wow, a break through day in the inland northwest!! My current set up is an Axis 1150/460 75 mast and short fuselage on a Gong HIPE 5’3”. I’m roughly 185 lbs. current wings are 6 m Ozone and 9 m Gong. We have lower winds up here so need the horsepower.
Bought the 6 m F one Cwc and rode it today. Hit multiple jibes and worked on switching my feet weak side to strong side. Winds ranged from 15-30 plus with gusts. I rode with a harness for save my shoulders. With this wing I barely used the harness and my shoulders are fine. It is weird how much low end it has and yet does not rip you out of your shorts in gusts. It seems like this wing has a super wide range. So awesome!!

Disclaimer- I am a total newbie to wing foiling. Can now get up strong and weak side and do strong side turns to twisted stance every now and then. I am 6’1” 185 and am on a 6 m ozone and 9 m aging with a a 5’3” HIPE. I have ZERO wind experience. In fact, I used to despise it.

My experience in winging has been awesome and I have had several shoulder and hip surgeries from my previous life sit down hydrofoilling. I went to look for a relief for my shoulders and ran across a great company out of Bend, Oregon called North Shore Inc. called and placed an order for a wing harness and hook. I also ordered a harness strap.

Hooked it up to the ozone 6 m and used it on my first flight today both strong and weak side. Even used it in the twisted stance. Went for almost 2 hours and could still drive home. This IS the answer for people with bad shoulders. If I can do it then about anyone could. NSI FTW!!

I’ve wing foiled about 15-20 times. I am pretty proficient heelside (strong) using an Ozone 6 or Gong 9. Flew low aspect wings (Gong XXL rise and Kings 36”) and went to the MFC 1600 on a 25” mast. Again, heel side (strong can fly).

My weak side can only sail and gain upwind advantage. When I gain flight weak side  I end up getting the wing dipping forward and I fall into it. Haven’t really tried toe side all that much but get ruined and go downwind.

Any tips before I put the gear up for sale?

Ben (Darthfern)

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Gorge Question
« on: November 14, 2020, 07:02:00 AM »

So we are getting into winging and live in Spokane, Wa. We just drove to the Oregon Coast and passed Arlington on the way. It is about an hour closer to Spokane than Hood River and looked like a great place to wing. Any thoughts on winging in spots further east on the Columbia?


Foil SUP / Tri and Bi Rear Wing Configurations
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:42:04 PM »
This was done for the river foiling today and worked wonderful! The flow is tiny and barely surfable but I was able to fly on the 10” mast. The wing in the middle towards the mast is key. At higher flows won’t need this... time to play with different set ups! It turned really well and was not sluggish.

SUP General / Fin Placement
« on: June 10, 2019, 06:35:07 PM »

I have a board with a quad fin set up and bought a set of twin fins to try out. Where should I place the larger twin fins, in the back closer to the tail or in the front ones further from the tail?

Thanks and sorry if this has already been posted or in the wrong thread.  ;)

Foil SUP / New Board!!
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:18:09 PM »
This is a King’s 5’2” board. It’s designed for the river but surfs amazing in the ocean!! We were at SanO and it was my 9th day on the ocean. Was able to catch a lot of waves once I figured it out. I’m no pro but the short light board is amazing. I also have a custom 36 inch front wing and it flies like a dream. I’m 6’2” and 180 lbs (no foot straps).

Classifieds / King's Foil Board 6'10" x 28" x 110L
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:02:35 PM »
I'll be in the San Diego area 12/7-12/10 and the board will be at King's Paddle Sports. Other than that, I'm in Spokane, Wa. $700



Classifieds / Go Foil Tuttle Adapter
« on: November 28, 2018, 06:58:51 PM »
Never been used. $75



Foil SUP / Smaller Volume Board
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:26:54 AM »
Had the opportunity to go surf at SanO for a week with Dave Daum and learned a ton! Some background, previously had spent 3 days foil surfing on the ocean and then hit it 6 days in a row (5 at SanO). I started on a 7’6” Kings Board with a 23 inch mast on a Liquid Force set up and King’s Wings (32 inch wide front wing and glide rear wing). After a day on that, went with a lower volume Dave board that is 6’10” x 28 (110 volume). I’m 6’2” 180 lb for reference. After taking that board that I affectionately named “Green Magic” caught waves WAY easier and flew them with more control. I used Dave’s wing and carbon mast and was flying!!Ended the last day surfing Nukes and riding waves all the way to the power plant!! Dave and I took the front straps off and really like how we could change our feet around. A few lessons learned for newbies:
1) Go low volume to catch waves. You might struggle standing on it but it makes catching and riding amazing!
2) Straps are good as well as being strapless. Catching waves was a bit easier without the strap on the low volume board.
3) There are lots of types of foils out there... keep trying different ones. I really prefer the glide rear wing to the v shaped.
4) 8 days on the water and the last day was catching waves that were missed (pretty big and fast!) 4 days earlier. Lesson learned- be patient and improve every time out.
Below I’ll try and post some pics taken from shore and a fisherman- complete strangers, how cool is that (Ben Nyguyen and Mike)!!

Came back home and caught the best river foil wave yet!! No Go Pro though 😕

Foil SUP / King’s Paddle Sports Wings
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:39:21 AM »
Dave Daum at King’s has just come out with a 32 inch front wing that is curved down along with a larger rear wing. He has surfed foot high waves for a 1/4 mile and I tried it on the river today (wave was really small) and had a blast!! They also attach to a Liquid Force set up.

I believe a set of wings, front and rear, run around $500.

Foil SUP / River Foil Surf
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:08:29 PM »
Triples (Derek) and I headed out to the Trailer Park wave that was flowing at 5,000 cfs this morning. The Flying Scud from Hydrus (Jason Zawadzki) was in flight. Got into a couple of waves and it's way harder than in looks!! Look for the fist/paddle pump after the second wave. lol
Can't wait for the new wing set-up from King's Foil to arrive later next week!! Keep charging!!

Foil SUP / King's Foils
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:17:13 AM »
Dave Daum at King's has a new 32 inch front wing coming out as well as their 28 inch front wing.

From Dave (pictures below):

The new foil flies with almost zero wave to push it. Both the 28" and 32" wing spans are amazing!

And it work amazing in faster waves...

Foil SUP / Wing Configuration
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:56:58 AM »
The Crazy Foil set up is very adjustable and have been testing different configurations. While not on the website, I tried a bi wing set up with two wings (22 inch by 5 inch) making 220 square inch total. Had some nice success with this set up and was able to take it to the river and foil SUP!! Next step will be to try the 28 inch and 22 inch wings up front (250 square inches) before going to the tri wing.

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