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- lowering the minimum wind speed I can have fun in, not only in absolute terms, but could an Aluula 5m make my 34L board more of an every day board and mean I won't feel a need to get a bigger board so much.
From what I have read about their A series kites, there is not really any increase in low end.

I don't think the comparison with kites hold here. Pumping wings is inherently different to kite dynamics. The increase in stiffness of a wing which is unsupported vs a kite which is supported via it's lines should mean the increase in wing stiffness plus lighter weight should make much more effective pumping. My dealer has confirmed as much, but I'm not blindly following that indication. It might not be true. But a very stiff, very light wing for sinker board starts can only help I reckon.

Also, thinner leading edges will be less drag once flying so should ghost through lulls more easily.

I hope you are correct. That would be f'ng incredible if there was an increase in low end power along with what should be more high end.

I agree that pumping should be a breeze and better glide through lulls would be amazing! .

Trying to temper my expectations! Ha ha! I'm a big fan of OR. Been kiting exclusively with their kites and for over 10 years.

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I think light weight in a wing matters a lot.

In lulls when slogging because you dont have to hold it up ,in pumping because it will allow quicker rate with less effort, in maneuvers & downwind because it will flag nicely even in wind drops and the low inertia will make it easier to throw around out of the way or back into hands,in getting in and out of the water,in keeping it high and safe in the shorebreak...

And Aluula does not absorb water like Dacron,so the weight difference will be even more noticeable unless you never fall :)

All excellent points! Especially the last one!

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But the weight is just one aspect. It's up to you how much performance you're looking for, but I'm on the waiting list and super excited because it potentially offer the following benefits to me:
- lowering the minimum wind speed I can have fun in, not only in absolute terms, but could an Aluula 5m make my 34L board more of an every day board and mean I won't feel a need to get a bigger board so much.
From what I have read about their A series kites, there is not really any increase in low end.
- boosting power. Holding onto a 5m boosting airs when I'd normally be on a 4m on a wing than handles similar to a 4m sounds pretty awesome to me!
I have read that the high end stability of their A series kites is exceptional and many people feel like they boost better for their size.
- really cranking it upwind in a harness using the best upwind performing wing on the market (stiffest with smallest diameter leading edge) sounds great for where I wing
- turning the corner and coming downwind using a wing that feels over a size smaller than the power it offers will also feel awesome
Praise is almost universal in regards to the exceptional drift of the A series kites. I imagine this should translate well
- easier transitions, especially in large sizes when winds are light so consequences of dropping off the foil are high, yes please!
Again universal praise for the kites in terms of the amazing light and playful handling of the A series kites.
- much more robust inflatable sections means I'll be less anxious about going far from home in case anything goes pop.
Don't get me wrong, this is still all to be proven, but the basic physics that this new material offers all work towards making it a reality. There are limits to Dacron that just cannot be overcome through design. I'm just wrestling with justifying the price of the A series over the HL. Does it change the game? Perhaps not, but for me it does offer some tangible benefits that I can afford to pay for, even just on expectation.
I have pre-ordered as well.

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Foil SUP / Re: This is why we're doing this:
« on: October 30, 2020, 05:45:44 PM »
Amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

The woman pumping is incredible. That seems like it would take ungodly strength, endurance and absolutely unreal skill to be able to ride swell with no other source of power other than your legs. Does she paddle in or is she towed in?

Also how much are those boards?

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wingfoil Videos
« on: September 17, 2020, 03:03:36 PM »
Awesome content and edit as usual DJ! All your stuff has been inspiring me ever since I joined the Zone several years ago - from the downwinders, to your mellow break, and now your wing videos. Thanks very much.

Anxiously awaiting a downwind wing video from you!

What's your opinion on the boom?

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Foil SUP / Re: Progressing from wake foiling to downwind and winging
« on: September 12, 2020, 08:08:06 AM »
You are doing awesome on the foil. I too learned by towing. However behind a jet ski so I didn't get to ride a wake, so envious of your experience.

Dropping down from a 14' to a 6' board would be nearly impossible to stand on your first go in bumpy water. Practice on glassy water. You may fall off a hundred times, but I bet you will be able to stand on it in a day or two.

I predict once you have enough wind and are able to stand up on the board with the wing, you will get up on foil and get rides your first day. Looking forward to that report!

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Foil SUP / Re: Progressing from wake foiling to downwind and winging
« on: September 11, 2020, 05:09:15 PM »

Board is too small to sup. Can't standup and paddle. For wing I'm expecting it to be good for beginner. If I could do over would have gotten 125L so I could sup foil in surf also. I decided against it because it's 6" longer for only more 15L which didn't sound like a good tradeoff.

You are not able to stand on it in flat water? What size board do you SUP with?

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Foil SUP / Re: Progressing from wake foiling to downwind and winging
« on: September 11, 2020, 12:40:55 PM »
Wow, awesome wake foiling video! I'd do that all day long too! If you haven't done it already, make sure you try foiling on your opposite stance. That will be important for wing foiling. If you really want a challenge, try switching back and forth your stance while on foil. That will give you a big head start when you attempt transitions (jibe, tack).

As far as your progress goes, you just need wind! If you have the luxury, take the advice from an earlier post and go to Rio for a few days. You might need to add a smaller wing though.

You say your board is too small to stand on? Do you mean while trying your wing? I'd say you need at least 10-12 mph to help you stand up.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Wingfoil Videos
« on: September 10, 2020, 12:30:43 AM »
Is there already a thread for wingfoil videos? If not we can start with a bang or a Balz!

https://youtu.be/oAYkB5DrtPA

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: August 31, 2020, 07:21:45 AM »
Sorry, that does get confusing.  Yes, I meant that I would have been getting bucked around on a bigger hydrofoil.

I've been confused by this before. I would propose that we stop using "wing" for the foil and just call it the "foil".

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Foil SUP / Re: The gorge / hood river area
« on: August 21, 2020, 06:33:01 PM »
I need to either wear more rubber or wear some kind of windproof shell.

ProMotion ExoSkin top works pretty well for me.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wing harness?
« on: July 27, 2020, 05:28:39 AM »
Taken from the kite forum thread on the same subject.

https://www.flycolibri.com/hammock/http://

Whoa, just received the pricing of 290! Even if you get to deduct 20% for the VAT that's damn steep. They did not give me a shipping quote.

Italian hand made blah blah blah. Are they making it out of Corinthian leather?

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wing harness?
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:57:45 PM »
Taken from the kite forum thread on the same subject.

https://www.flycolibri.com/hammock/http://

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Classifieds / Re: 3 Axis Wings, 4 Stabilizers
« on: July 24, 2020, 12:19:34 PM »
Dang,

Can't sleep on the zone. Perfect pricing too with the second stimulus check coming up. Ha ha!

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