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    I really think it helps when you are starting out. Like learning where those handles are to grab without looking during transitions. Great for really cold days when the wind chill is just too brutal in the water. Used my carver on asphalt (duct tape on windtips). It’s a lot of fun in and of itself. Think you got it backwards- the gybe is the downwind move and the tack is the upwind one. On foil the gybe is the easier one- make most of my foiling gybes but have yet to make (or try) a tack. Winging really exponentially increases your foil time and now there aren’t many days that I can’t get my fix either winging or surffoiling. Got a new A-wing last week and it’s a quantum leap forward from my old original slingwing. Stoked!

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    I’m on the Armstrong 99litre wingsup board and the original slingwing 4.2. Solid and lightweight Armstrong construction. I know that seems like a lot of volume, but I don’t mind as it is nice in light wind and sketchy launches. HS 1550 and 1850 foils working great for winging. Looking forward to winging my 33litre prone board with straps. But need right conditions and deep water. Need to upgrade that slingwing this spring with new model. My heart is still in pronefoiling (the physical and mental challenge, freedom, less equipment) but damn that winging is fun! Hours of foil time, your body being the “mast” connecting an air wing with a water wing, the feeling of nailing a smooth transition….

    rippitgood
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    Thanks, interesting and well done video. That bungee he has rigged up for his dock is a neat idea. We have strong tides here, wonder if you could tie a rope to a piling or tree in a little tidal creek and use that to get up on foil…

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    I’ve been surfoiling a couple years and am still finding the dock start very challenging, but I really want to get it. Thinking about a bigger wing, specifically the Armstrong cf2400 (since I’m already on Armstrong). It seems like a ridiculously huge wing, but hey I can use all the help I can get. And it’s an older lower aspect design than the newer hs wings. Would this be a good choice for low speed dock starting? Anybody know of any good deals on a used one?

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    I noticed KD lifting his back foot completely up while coasting between pumps, I suppose to get the leash out from under his foot (I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched his clips for technique and inspiration. “Even the dog can’t believe his eyes” is the classic that got me totally foilbrained). As I improve I am realizing that mid flight foot adjustments, though risky and difficult, can be critical to finding that sweet spot. My foot position on takeoff is seldom perfect.

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    Thanks for your input, don’t think I’ll stress about babying my foil so much. Two incredible sessions yesterday in clean waist high waves, with a few of those dry-docked-on-the-sand no paddle chip-ins. This foiling thing ain’t no flash in the pan!

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    Haven’t found a favorite yet, seems like an unsolved problem for prone foiling, just waiting for some clever person to come up with a leash that won’t get in your feet on pop up and doesn’t drag in the water when riding. I’d be first in line to plop my money down. So frustrating to often spend those precious first few seconds extricating my back foot from the leash…

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    I’m currently riding the HS1550, which i love, and am planning to get the HS 1850 soon (for pumping ability). Also trying to decide between the Armstrong 4’11” and the 4’5.5″ for my next board. Happy with your 4’11”, or do you ever wish it was smaller? I’ll probably get the 4’11” since i think i could wing it.

    Cheers, David

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