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Re: Slingshot Slingwing
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2019, 01:04:06 PM »
I just came in from a great session. The wind sensor close by said 19 knots gusting to 31. 31 was a little testing. Bill your tip regarding pumping was great. It made a big difference, thanks. I can fly constantly without breaching on the 60 cm. mast. Waves were close together and only a little over 2 feet as I was in a bay. Should have pumped up the trailing edge more but the wind jumped a lot after I hit the water. Learned something key about going upwind when it is that windy. At first I tried to muscle my way upwind and exhausted myself soon. Then the brain kicked in as a last resort and and reduced the upwind angle and flew the wing more flat over my head with reduced speed and then it was much easier to head upwind. I will jump to the 75 cm. mast next time.  Thought I would be breaching more often but was not happening. So much easier to control the height than when windfoiling, especially in the gusts. I have not tried any foiling jibes yet as I was having so much fun did not want to waste time starting. I just drop the board on the water and pivot jibe. I really like the Takuma BX 7'10" board very stable and easy to pick up speed. I highly recommend it, although it is the only one I have tried.

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Re: Slingshot Slingwing
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2019, 07:16:48 AM »
I found additional benefits to wing foiling yesterday. Really gusty wind, 7 knots up to about 27, and really unstable. I would get one or two pumps as a gust hit and then there would be almost no wind. Once up on the Infinity 99 foil I almost never came off the foil until I had to turn. Still cannot foil through a jibe although I am getting close. The temperature was 7C. or 45F. Windsurf foiling I was never able to wear gloves as my forearms would give out quickly. No problem with gloves and a wing. Also up on the foil I could adjust the power so quickly that I was never in danger of over foiling. The large hydrofoil wing is just slow enough that speed did not get out of control in the really difficult and gusty wind conditions. Having a board I can stand on while waiting for wind to get me up on the foil in cold conditions was also a bonus. I had a great session that would have been really difficult windsurf foiling and almost impossible kiting, at least at my skill level. I will try mitts rather than gloves next time as after an hour my fingers started to get cold. I really like the Slingwing in difficult condition as it is so stable and sheds the gusts under complete control. I will want a larger wing for next season that will go in lighter wind. Just waiting to see what the manufactures bring out in larger sizes without going really big. I would like a two wing quiver.