How to choose your Wing Foil Pack

 


How to choose your Wing Foil Pack: our advices and explanations

That’s it, Wing Foil is everywhere and everyone is talking about it. After reading our article on “How to get started in Wing Foil“, you realize that it is the easiest way to learn Foil, and one of the most fun ways to have fun on the water compared to other water sports. You then find yourself in front of an abundance of equipment and packsdedicated to Wing Foil at very different prices. Do you dream of flyingon the water and surfing the swell without finding yourself fighting over crowded waves? So you need to invest in your pack, now is the time. You still need to know how to choose your Wing Foil Pack. It is to answer the recurring questions of our customers, but also of the practitioners who see our ambassadors evolve on the spots that we propose this article.

At Sroka Company, we are passionate about what we do. Our goal is to share this passion with you, thanks to equipment that we enjoy developing, building and using ourselves and that we are proud of, without being overpriced. So with us, no marketing innovations, no false promises and no desire to “convert” you like other less well-intentioned brands do. In this article, we will limit ourselves to giving you food for thought based on concrete technical elements and our experience. We will illustrate this with our equipment,to help you choose the type of equipment (wing, board and foil) that suits you. Finally, we will present our Wing Foil range and explain our development choices.

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How do you design a Wing?

 

Simply put, there are two types of wing shapes, those that are stocky and those with more wingspan. If you like to spin freely, we advise you to use a a stocky wing that will have the advantage of being compact and easy to handle.. If you’re looking for the thrill of exhilarating, controlled top speed, while having a very good stability insurf and waves, opt rather for a longer wing.

A Sroka wing being designed

 


Wishbone or central inflatable bladder?

 

The construction of a wing with a wishbone is very rare. So rare, in fact, that only one brand offers it. Of course, you can freely place your hands on it, but it is non-foldable, bulky and heavier. Your travel comfort will suffer, especially if you are going on a trip. It is also more dangerous in case of a fall if you hit the boom or hit your board deck with it.

If you’ve taken up wing foil in part to get rid of the old world of heavy and complicated equipment to rig, and you’re looking for a wing that can make forget itself both in a trunk and your hands, then the inflatable center bladder is the right option. Before making your choice, imagine that you are going to sail with your arms over your head for the whole session. After two hours, we are absolutely convinced that you will greatly appreciate having one kilo less to carry,lightness and ease of use.

 

What’s more, you can’t imagine a simpler setup. One pump and it’s done. In less than two minutes, your wing is inflated and all that’s left between you and flying pleasure is the launch. And once the session is over, or if you have a sudden urge to travel, transportation is all the easier. All you need is a bag to fit the wing in any luggage or car trunk.

It’s up to you to choose the best option, the one that suits your sailing style and your desires the best, but we sincerely believe that the choice of inflatable is the one that best fits the spirit of Wing Foil, with its simplicity, the freedom it allows and its user-friendly aspect never seen before in water sports.

 


How many handles?

 

Some brands keep covering the central bladder with handles. Others opt for sobriety, with a front handle and a back handle. There are as many options as there are wings on the market. So, the right question to ask in order to make a decision is: what do I
really
need? If you want to fly gracefully in the light wind, have fun for hours in big conditions without being physically destroyed or have total freedom in surfing, you’ll need a
light wing.
The lighter the kite is, the less it needs your help to support itself, and the more freedom of movement you have.

 

Experience has also shown us that we always place our hands in the same places, regardless of the number of handles. So why clutter up with weight, brittle points and confusing unnecessary handles?

For all these reasons we choose to have only what isreally necessary on the wing: three comfortable handles, wide and perfectly maintaining the wing. One for the front hand, one for the back hand and one for the leading edge surfer. Part of this weight gained is reinvested in carefully placed reinforcements, so that it is really useful and not just a selling point.

 

Why should I choose a spinnaker stretched over the trailing edge of the Wing, and which curve for my wing ?

If you want a wing that is nervous, responsive, better performing and capable of picking up the slightest gust and transforming it into power, a tauttrailing edge is essential. For those for whom intense sailing at high speed is the norm, we advise you to leave some slack in it to facilitate the flow, as you would do on a board sail.

The distribution of the panelsis crucial for the maintenance of the wing’s profile while sailing. If they are placed carefully, the drag will be considerably reduced and the wing much less physical. You will feel as if you are one with your wing, which will increase your feeling of pleasure tenfold.

 

To choose your curve, it all depends on what you need on your favorite spot. If it’s a super-powered kite capable of getting you off to a great start, go for a big dip instead. On the other hand, it will saturate relatively quickly, lose stability at high rpm and become very physical on the high beach. If you are looking for a higher top speed, choose a flatter trough. Your kite will generate a little less power at low rpm, but will accelerate endlessly as in a dream, while giving a much more pleasant feeling of stability and control in the high range.

 


Windows or not?

The windows in the sail would be practical on saturated spots… which is still far from being the case for the moment. It is also necessary to be aware that windows make the wings heavier and depending on the quality of the materials used can be a point of fragility.

In case you opt for a wing without a window, it will force you to raise the wing to look downwind.

Choosing your wing : to sum up

 

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Choose your board

All our answers to the questions you ask yourself to choose your board!

The different Wing Foil board constructions

We recommend ourarticle on the subject, right here!

The development of a Wing Foil board

 


What type of board to start with?

Imagine yourself flying above the water, surfing the infinite swell of the wind, far from the crowd, finally alone, playing with the elements. For this dream to take off, we advise you not to overestimate yourself, by choosing the board adapted to your level to take full advantage of the experience. Therefore, we invite you to pay particular attention to the choice of the board: its volume, its length/width ratio, its construction, and its hull, so that it becomes one with you. These key elements will give body to your sensations of pleasure, they are essential for your experience to be as sensational as possible. So, to fully enjoy the happy moments of your first flights, avoid the frustration of a board that is too small or too technical.

With new technologies, inflatable wingfoil boards are becoming an interesting alternative to hard boards. They offer a surprisingfeeling of comfort and safety on the water (falling on the board won’t hurt you anymore) by being forgotten under your feet, to leave room for all the sensations of gliding. They achieve the feat of combining good performancewith the advantage of simple transportation at an affordable price. Everything you’ve been waiting for, in short!

 


Quel type de conseil pour le niveau intermédiaire ?

You already practice foil on another support (wind foil, surf foil, kite foil…) or wing foil. It’s time to invest in an intermediate level Wing Foil package. With these packs, you’ll start to get out of your comfort zone to discover new sensations. By reducing the dimensions of your board, your pumping will be more efficient, your shift holds will be more radical. Welcome to a new world. You will start to look differently at the waves you didn’t dare to surf before with your first-access equipment. For all that, the idea is not to deny all the comfort that makes your sessions a moment of pleasure. The equipment we offer in this category does not require a water-start or a hallucinating technical level to allow you to have fun.

 


Which board to perform on?

You master the subject of Wing Foil, you navigate whatever the level of the spot. You want to push your limits, play with the elements, fly over swell trains. You know that you will need smaller and therefore more efficient equipment to discover these sensations.

To surpass yourself, we advise you:

 

Choosing your board: to sum up

 

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Choose your Foil

All our answers to the questions you ask yourself to choose your board!

 


Parameters that influence the functioning of a Foil

 

The front wing: To make it simple, we have two families of front wings, the Low Aspect and theHigh Aspect. The Low Aspect has a longer rope and a smaller span.If you are a beginner, the Low Aspect ropes are forgiving, easy to handle and generate very good lift(we recommend the 1750 for beginners). If you are more resourceful, you can reduce the surface area of your fin (1250for example) to maneuver on command without ever stalling in turns and waves.

The High Aspect have a smaller rope and a larger span. They are more technical and less easy to handle, but it’s worth the effort. High Aspect flies with thestability of an albatross. Your pumping will be effortless and theirflying speed is impressive. They offer an excellent gliding sensation, and their variety of profiles means that you’re sure to find the fin you need.

Those who want to take advantage of unparalleled control at high rpm to break their speed records will choose a front wing like the HA 1190 S. Those who want to endlessly reconnect low-powered waves or fly easily in the light wind will fall under the spell of an HA 1190 L.

 

 

 

The mast: For those who are just starting out or navigating in shallow waters, we recommend the following 70cm masts. They are the safety choice and the falls will be less impressive than with longer masts.

Able to make a beginner fly as well as to make a more resourceful practitioner evolve with very good sensations, the80cmmast offers an excellent versatility.

For those who really want to perform or who navigate on a very agitated body of water, we recommend a 90 mast. You will be able to take an angle at the water’s edge to get as close to the wind as possible.

 

 

 

Carbon or aluminium foil ?

Full carbon foil is expensive and fragile. On the other hand, it is lighter and more responsive, and requires slightly less maintenance than aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is often cheaper, stronger and more rigid if it is well constructed. It is also a little heavier.

 

Choosing your foil : to summarize

 

 

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The choice of your Wing Foil pack

In a pack, each element has a fundamental importance. Get the best board in the world with a low end foil and you’ll never take off. Choosing the right pack will help you avoid the frustration of equipment that is completely inaccessible from a technical point of view, or, on the contrary, too soft.

At Sroka Company, we are first and foremost a team of enthusiasts and practitioners. Our goal is to share this passion with you. We are proud to use ourselves the material we offer you here. So there’s no question of making you sail with materials that will let you go after 10 sessions, or of making you pay for marketing and so-called revolutionary innovations that aren’t revolutionary at all. We want to offer you top-of-the-range products at an affordable price, making sure that each practitioner finds a pack that perfectly meets his or her expectations. All our equipment is plug-and-play and versatile, delivered with aleash and a carrying case for the foil.

 

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