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  • Kostya’s journey into Wing foiling
    I’ve been wing foiling for 8 months now and enjoy it immensely. So far it is the most exciting water sport I’ve tried. In this story I share what led me into foiling and how I’ve learned. I hope it will be of interest to anyone considering getting into foiling or those who are in early stages of learning.

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    • Specifications
    • Release date
      2020
    • AreaAs generalisation larger area foils would give more lift at lower speeds but also will be slower. Smaller area foils should generally be faster and easier to manoeuvre but will required higher speed through water to generate lift. Much depends however on overall foil shape, aspect ratio, chord and etc.
      1548 cm² / 239.9 in²
    • SpanWidth of the foil from tip to tip. Larger span gives more lateral stability (harder to roll) but easier to breach while shorter span is more manoeuvrable.
      80 cm / 2' 7"
    • Aspect ratioSpan squared divided by area. Higher aspect ratio is generally faster and has more glide (due to less drag) but less manoeuvrable than lower aspect ratio foil.
      4.13
    • Anhedral/Dihedral
      • Dihedral (upward angle) makes foil more laterally stable (less roll) so it better handles turbulent water. It increases drag and makes it harder to manoeuvre.
      • Anhedral (downward angle) makes foil less stable and more manoeuvrable.
      Anhedral with downward wingtips
    • Connection system
      Armstrong hex
    • Construction
      Carbon fibre
    • WeightLighter weight can lead to a more responsive feel but can require more skill to maintain control.
      1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs
    Experience level: Advanced / Intermediate
    • Specifications
    • Wingspan
      353 cm / 11' 7"
    • WindowsDoes product have windows to see through
      No
    • Canopy tensionLoose canopy would be less efficient when pumping and will flutter in stronger wind when de-powered. However, it can provide ample power and a more full sail when powered.
      Tight
    • Valve type
      Reactor valve.  One inflate/deflate high pressure inset valve that is popular in inflatable boats, SUPs, and increasingly popular in kiteboarding kites
    • Bladder connectionAre leading edge and middle strut bladders connected and if so how that connection is made. Ability to isolate bladders could be useful in case of bladder failure as the other one will stay inflated giving you some amount of buoyancy in the water. You generally won’t be able to use the wing until the bladder is repaired.
      Single connection
    • Wind range, min
      12 knots
    • Wind range, max
      25 knots
    • BattensRigid or semi-rigid inserts in the wing canopy to control its shape
      Yes
    • Leech cordLine through the trailing edge (leech) of the wing to help with wing shape and canopy tension thus decreasing flutter
      No
    • Release date
      2021
    • Surface area
      5 m² / 53.8 ft²
    • Chord
      185 cm / 6' 1"
    • Aspect ratioSpan squared divided by area. Higher aspect ratio is generally faster and has less drag but has larger wing span making it big harder to manager.
      2.5
    • Weight
      2 kg / 4.4 lbs
    • HandlesThere are a wide range of approaches but almost all wings have a leading edge handle for riding depowered. Handle number, length, material, or a boom are all viable alternatives and it comedown to personal preference.
      2 on boom 1 on leading edge
    • Front profile
      • Flat – less stable but faster wing shape compared to middle V or V.
      • Middle V – dihedral (upright angle) wing shape has more stability so it better handles turbulent wind and gusts but has more drag thus reducing speed.
      • V – dihedral (upright angle) wing shape has more stability so it better handles turbulent wind and gusts but has more drag thus reducing speed.
      V
    Experience level: Advanced / Beginner / Intermediate
    Activity: Wing foil
    • Specifications
    • Release date
      2020
    • AreaAs generalisation larger area foils would give more lift at lower speeds but also will be slower. Smaller area foils should generally be faster and easier to manoeuvre but will required higher speed through water to generate lift. Much depends however on overall foil shape, aspect ratio, chord and etc.
      1850 cm² / 286.7 in²
    • SpanWidth of the foil from tip to tip. Larger span gives more lateral stability (harder to roll) but easier to breach while shorter span is more manoeuvrable.
      94 cm / 3' 1"
    • Aspect ratioSpan squared divided by area. Higher aspect ratio is generally faster and has more glide (due to less drag) but less manoeuvrable than lower aspect ratio foil.
      4.77
    • Anhedral/Dihedral
      • Dihedral (upward angle) makes foil more laterally stable (less roll) so it better handles turbulent water. It increases drag and makes it harder to manoeuvre.
      • Anhedral (downward angle) makes foil less stable and more manoeuvrable.
      Mostly flat with downward wingtips
    • Connection system
      Armstrong hex
    • Construction
      Carbon fibre
    • WeightLighter weight can lead to a more responsive feel but can require more skill to maintain control.
      1.35 kg / 3 lbs
    Experience level: Advanced / Beginner / Intermediate

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How do hydrofoils work?

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How to begin to hydrofoil

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Guide to assembling your own quiver of gear

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