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biggins

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Non inflatable wing?
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:14:02 AM »
I was thinking about the ice wingers. They obviously dont use inflatable wings. And it seems to me that youd get better performance from a stiffer wing. I wonder why the industry doesnt come up with a wing like a windsurf wing and add a bit of floatation???

No pumping/popped bladders, possibly better performance, longer lasting....Hmmm

Maybe throw a pool noodle on an ice wing and see how it goes eh? Lol

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Re: Non inflatable wing?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 09:19:38 AM »
There are a few people using them in Maui. The big problem I see with them is getting going. The floating bladder is a big help in many ways. Pool noodles work sort of, but not as well. The wings are fairly light, but quite a bit heavier than lightweights like the F-one. I haven't seen anything from the experiments that would make me want to get one.
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Re: Non inflatable wing?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2020, 07:28:02 AM »
Interesting to hear folks are using them in Maui...

My prediction is that they will become more popular for racing and for lightning/flatwater. The performance upwind should be much better, likely 20 degrees. But for waves Im thinking that the lightweight inflatable that can just shut off wind power by carrying it is best.

Well see, but Id bet the industry ends up with both, like lei vs foils for racing.

Thanks

 


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