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If you haven't taken off the middle handle and repositioned the front and back handle (to the newly vacated spots), stop what you are doing and take care of that immediately - I did this today and the wing woke up and realized its full potential...

Stock out of the bag, my 5.0 was great when there were whitecaps.  I could not pump the wing because the handles were pretty loosey goosey.  I had used it for a handful of sessions and started looking forward to when OR was going to release the boom that could be retrofitted to the Glide.

After thinking about how I loved the Ensis V2 handles, and looking at the handles on the Glide, I undid the center handle and took the slack out of the front and rear handle by using those connection points - this is a totally different wing now - huge range, awesome "power" (forward drive, not grunty lift), and can pump super easy now.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: The ART 999 Thread
« on: October 20, 2021, 02:19:35 AM »
Are these backordered on the Axis website?  I placed an order for one last week and I haven't heard a peep - I'm guessing it is backordered, but there is nothing on the site to indicate that as the current state.

And while I'm at it - what rear stabilizers is everyone using (previous posts have the 380, the 420 and the 400HA being the favorites.

Any new feedback on the A-series Glide?

Classifieds / Re: Armstrong Equipment
« on: October 09, 2021, 10:45:06 AM »
I'm down to the following:
- HS1050 (new - ridden once)
- HA1125 (ridden three times)
- Flying V stabilizer (new)
- 232 stabilizer
- Chopped 300 stabilizer
- 300 stabilizer (new)

Classifieds / Armstrong Equipment
« on: September 30, 2021, 12:03:16 AM »
I love this stuff, but moving on to try out different systems (you stagnate if you don't continuously change right?).  DM if you want pictures of any of the listed equipment.  I'm on Oahu - buyer to pay shipping (but if you buy multiple items, I'll work with you). 

CF800                   Excellent      $200       Tow or Kite
CF800                   Excellent      $200       Tow or Kite
CF1200                   Excellent      $250       Chest high + surf; kiting
HS1050                   Essentially New   $550       Chest high + surf; kiting
HS1250                   Essentially New   $600       Waist high + surf; high wind winging; kiting
HS1550V1                   Excellent      $575       Thigh high + surf; Winging in surf
Chopped HS1550V1   Good              $550       Thigh high + surf; carving in surf like a short board
HS1850                   Excellent      $650       Light Wind Winging; small wave surf; SUP
Chopped HS1850   Good              $550       Light Wind Winging; small wave surf; SUP
HA925                   Excellent      $800       High speed winging; high speed surfing
HA1125                   Excellent      $700       Winging; medium surf
Chopped 300           Good              $160       looser, but good lift
Chopped 300           Good              $160       looser, but good lift
300V1                   New              $180       good hold and lift
300V2                   New              $220       faster than the 300V1
232V1                   Excellent      $200       faster than the 300V1
232V1                   Excellent      $200       faster than the 300V1
232V2                   New              $220       faster than the 232V1
Nico 15"                   New              $230       Really fast tail with a surprising amount of lift for its size
KD 13"                   New              $230       Used once
Flying V                   New              $230       Used once
70 cm V1                   Good              $250       0, +1 Shims included in price
60 cm V1                   Excellent      $300       0, +1 Shims included in price
60 cm V2                   Excellent      $400       
72 cm V1 (A+ mod)   Good              $600       Prone surf foiling; winging in shallower water
95 cm with Base Plate Excellent      $600       Wing! Generation before the integrated base (stronger if you ask

Thanks for looking!

I wing foiled the 925 yesterday at Hickam Harbor.  This is the fastest foil I've been on.  I had a 5.2 Ensis pumped up.  I was purposely in testing mode so I did not go out to Firsts and just mowed the lawn. 

Based on this limited time on the 925, I would say the HS series foils are more user friendly for those situations where you don't want to spend time concentrating on your foil (riding head high + waves) - but if you want to explore the upper end of the speed realm, this is the one to go to.  That said I have not winged with the HS1050 (but based on prone surfing it, but for me there is only a slight difference between the HS1050/HS1250/CF1200), so I still can't comment on that comparison.  And the wind is shutting down for the next week....

Time to prone!

I've prone surf foiled it at WPB.  It is not plug and play like the HS1250 or 1050.  It may be me, but it is twitchy in pitch and roll. 

I've prone surf foiled and wing foiled the HA1125.  That foil is a bit more stable (funny because lined up there really isn't that much difference in span, chord, thickness, etc between the 1125 and the 925 - it is just a slightly smaller version of the 1125), and it handles the lulls.

I need to spend more time on it prone foiling and get it out on the wing.  If you don't have an HA1125, definitely get this - using the HA foils helps expand your skill set - just don't expect your first sessions to be game changers right away.  You'll have to learn to fly these as they aren't the same as what you are using now.

For reference I weigh 185 and I change up my wing size depending on the wind speed (5.2 most days, down to a 3.6 when it is nuking).  Also, the front foil I use the most is the HS1550 with a chopped 300 stab.  Prone foiling I use the HS1250 and the CF1200 (and a chopped HS1550).

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Mast length
« on: July 13, 2021, 12:24:41 AM »
On Armstrong:

I prone foil with a 72cm mast - even in bigger surf I don't breach.

I wing foil with the 85cm mast.  I normally ride with the foil close to the surface (its more exhilarating) and every now and then I would lose it (I believe its the rear stabilizer breaching through chop and not the front foil).  I found a 95cm mast on Craigslist and got a good deal on it.  Wing foiling with this 95cm mast allows me to ride at the same height above the surface I was with the 85cm - but the foil is another 4" underwater/chop.  I have never breached with this setup and I'm riding in waves and wind on Oahu.  I don't have a problem pumping any of these setup.

On Go Foil:

I prone the 24.5" mast + 3" track adaptor (for a total of 27.5").  In waves over chest high have breached this - and at times it has been frustrating. 

I wing with the 29.5" mast + 3" track adaptor (32.5") - and again I occasionally breach this setup (usually in choppier conditions).  I just got one of those aluminum 5" tuttle extensions, but haven't tried it out yet.  That would get me to 37.5" of mast.

One of the riders at my local break uses the 40" Go Foil mast - and he is still trying to get more height (he is a sponsored Go Foil rider).

Everyone has their own comfort zone - but if you are pushing your limits and find yourself  breaching - I would say get a taller mast.

When I was figuring out the HA1125, the first place I had it mount produced that dolphin up and down effect.  I pushed the mast all the way forward and that cured it.  I also used a bigger rear stabilizer (uncut 232) with one 1 degree red shim (fuselage is 60 A+) on a 95cm mast and it came together for me.

I'd start with pushing the mast all the way forward.

Don't give up on the 1125 - once you figure it out it is really fun.  I will say if I'm going to be out in waves, I'll gravitate more to the HS foils - they just takeoff a little easier and helps me get out of sticky situations that much easier.

Classifieds / Re: F One 4.2 Swing (V1)
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:08:13 PM »

Classifieds / F One 4.2 Swing (V1)
« on: February 15, 2021, 08:45:33 PM »
Excellent condition - no issues with anything - no pukas, no repairs, seams intact.  $375

Buyer pays shipping (from Oahu).  If on island, I can meet you.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / New Duotone Wings
« on: January 26, 2021, 11:33:39 PM »
Anybody have some intel on when the new Duotone boom-strut hybrid wing is going to be available?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Ensis strut valve
« on: December 20, 2020, 11:02:47 PM »
My strut bladder on my 5.2 Ensis popped today.  It blew in front of the two flow through valves towards the top of the strut.  I patched the hole, but there is still a very small leak.  I think it would be better piece of mind just to drop in a new bladder with two new valves.

Anybody know what one pump L valve Ensis uses?  They kinda look like Ozone L valves.   

Foil SUP / NL Wingtips
« on: November 11, 2020, 12:25:04 PM »
I haven't had a chance to see one in person up close yet, but can one of you guys that owns one tell me if the NL wingtips are double (foil shape on both sides) or single foiled (flat on one side)?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: New JL wing board
« on: October 19, 2020, 10:07:41 PM »
I recall reading he made a board a long time ago for someone who had asked for a "seaplane float" nose.  The thought being that is another object that wants to break surface tension and leave the water.

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