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jjdub

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Wing Drifter Pro?
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:56:17 PM »
Hey Guys,
Trying to get into foiling, prone and sup and looking for a board that will sup and wing well.  The new quatro wing drifter pro looks like it could be a great wing board that sups okay.  Not sure if anyone has any sup experience with this board or type of board - short, fat and quad concave.  I'd be looking to foil smaller surf with the 5'8 @ 115L which is about the volume I normally sup surf.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2020, 10:52:51 PM »
Sorry, I haven't had experience with the Quatros but hear good things. You might also look at something like the Sunova Casey Aviator line as an all-rounder. I own the 6.4" Aviator and have learned to foil SUP and wing on it. So, longer than the Quatros for a given volume, but paddle well for SUP and don't feel too much like flying pigs on the wing. I'm hoping to try a Quatro this weekend for comparison..
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 04:04:27 AM »
There’s a guy in our surf spot that uses that 5’8” quatro for sup foiling.
It works quite well for him! I think it’s a good choice if you don’t mind struggling with the initial learning curve. He seemed to get the hang of it really quickly though.

I’m on a quatro 5’4” for winging & love it. The 5’8” should be fine.

You should get it in my opinion...but it’s too bad we can’t demo stuff 1st before we buy it.
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2020, 01:13:58 PM »
Hey winddoctor, great suggestion thanks.  I'd love to hear feedback on the wing drifter if you get a chance to check it out.

NJkiter, thanks for the data point.  That's the analysis I'm trying to run through my head.  Slightly bigger board will be easier to learn but how soon until I want something smaller vs, how much struggle to learn on smaller board.

I'd definitely be looking forward to any extra glide I could get but that 6.0 looks quite a bit larger than the 5.8.

Any feedback on the strap placements for sup would be interesting too as they seem offset for winging and maybe not ideal for sup foiling?

Thanks again!
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2020, 03:19:39 PM »
I love the look of that board, and it seems like at the right volume it will be fine as a SUP.  I think the windsurf board guys really know how to make super light yet durable constructions which is valuable. 

I have to mention that I will never purchase another hollow deck board for SUPfoil.  Taking off on a wave with a hollow deck is really really annoying.  It takes a couple of pumps to get all the water off, and I'd rather be focused on the take-off and drop.  A lot of times I pull off the back of a wave and start to pump back out and water is still sloshing off the deck.  Never again.

Can't speak to how hollow decks do winging or downwinding - maybe its fine because you're up a lot longer so the initial water clearing isn't such a big impact.

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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2020, 03:25:36 PM »
Wing Drifter owners, what do you guys think of the construction? I saw a Facebook winging group discussion where a few folks were claiming very light and fragile skin. Basically a drop of a screwdriver resulting in punctured board.
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2020, 06:27:27 PM »
In my humble opinion, you will not outgrow this 5’8” board. It’s really a good size & a good design. For SUP foiling it will be tough in the beginning than if you were on a bigger board. It will be alittle unstable in chop and paddling straight but definitely doable. Once you figure it out you will progress quickly. I personally like a bigger board for sup foiling but that’s me. For winging this board is perfect for learning. marginal conditions & beyond. You can’t beat the fact that you will have 1 board for 2 sports.

I wasn’t happy with the footstrap insert locations on my 5’4”, but its ok and works.

As far as quatro construction, I haven’t noticed any issues so far, Knock wood-(& it has taken a pounding in shore break and I accidentally bounced it once). It sure looks great, I hope it holds up.

I also haven’t noticed any water puddling on the deck of my buddies 5’8” quatro.
I am looking forward to trying the 5’8” out soon.
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2020, 09:24:21 PM »
I was looking at that board for SUP foiling in the 5.6 before I decided to have my new one shaped locally. The only thing that made me go the direction I did, was the Quatro's bottom after having read all of Dwight's thoughts wrt bottom configurations. But other than that, I thought the board had everything else I was looking for...and the price was right.
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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
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jjdub

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Re: Wing Drifter Pro?
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2020, 06:21:48 PM »
Great info Dave, thanks! I'm definitely seeing how a flatter bottom or even a single like the Armstrong could be a better design than the quad.  I don't know how noticeable these differences would be.  Can't beat the price, that's for sure.

Thanks DJ! Know anyone supping them? I suppose you're flying the s25 hover wing sup?
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