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Re: Interested to hear what wind people use a 3m Wing in.. :)
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2021, 08:15:35 AM »
Def all about you weight, skills and conditions. I ride my 3.5m in 15+ if thatís real 15mph with gusts.

I ride easily yesterday on a 5m in conditions that iKite said were 10mph with gusts to 15. Never had a moment I couldnít get powered. By the time the foil drive is gen 2 or 3 Iíll bet we all have tiny wings.

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Re: Interested to hear what wind people use a 3m Wing in.. :)
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2021, 08:01:05 AM »
Oh boy, this will be long winded:

70kg rider

3.5 Strike & 5-7" 90l board: 16 knots steady w/1850&232stab 17knots steady with 1550-flying V
add one to two knots of wind if using a shorter length board (4-10" 89l)

Add a few more pounds of weight to the board and that's another knot required to fly.  If I had pizza and beer the night before, add one more knot to get going. 

4.0 Duotone Slick is about the same as the 3.5 strike.

5.0 Strike is around 11 knots steady with the bigger board and foil - 12 knots with the smaller combo.

Long gusts with less steady winds are about the same as above, but if the gusts are too short to get up on foil with two or three pumps, then it just becomes an exhausting game of flappy bird.

Sometimes in low wind I can get flying against the current but not with it at a knot less than stated above, but  then you have to be really careful to not fall off foil when going with the current.

I really appreciate the idea of trying to use a small wing as much as possible because even though I thought of getting one of those big 'ol CWC Strikes to see if I could get going in 8 knots, I realized, at some point you end up with diminishing returns and a big, heavy sheet of cloth in front of you and it might be time better spend fishing or practicing wing handling on a skateboard.

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Re: Interested to hear what wind people use a 3m Wing in.. :)
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2021, 10:26:24 AM »
Oh boy, this will be long winded:

70kg rider

3.5 Strike & 5-7" 90l board: 16 knots steady w/1850&232stab 17knots steady with 1550-flying V
add one to two knots of wind if using a shorter length board (4-10" 89l)

Add a few more pounds of weight to the board and that's another knot required to fly.  If I had pizza and beer the night before, add one more knot to get going. 

4.0 Duotone Slick is about the same as the 3.5 strike.

5.0 Strike is around 11 knots steady with the bigger board and foil - 12 knots with the smaller combo.

Long gusts with less steady winds are about the same as above, but if the gusts are too short to get up on foil with two or three pumps, then it just becomes an exhausting game of flappy bird.

Sometimes in low wind I can get flying against the current but not with it at a knot less than stated above, but  then you have to be really careful to not fall off foil when going with the current.

I really appreciate the idea of trying to use a small wing as much as possible because even though I thought of getting one of those big 'ol CWC Strikes to see if I could get going in 8 knots, I realized, at some point you end up with diminishing returns and a big, heavy sheet of cloth in front of you and it might be time better spend fishing or practicing wing handling on a skateboard.

My experience is very similar to yours.
75kg suited up, 5.2/85l straight tail board ,Kujira1210 foil.Takoon 3.5m.

The Takoon is not specially grunty but in 15kt steady it is  fine.

If the wind is gusty (as it usually is) and the 15kt or more gusts are shorter than 3-4 pumps as you say  then i am better off with the worn out Starboard Freewing V1 4m.Pulls like a truck.

Sea state is a big factor too,flat and protected water makes me feel like a pumping  superhero.

Worst sea state scenario is  xchop  due to gusty/shifty wind or reflecting shore ,it  drives me nuts, better to carry more surface even if it means being a bit overwinged once up.

Compensating light winds with bigger wings gives diminishing results IMO,  my biggest is 5m and i very often wish it was a grunty 4.5m.

 


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