How to choose your Wing Foil Pack

 


How to choose your Wing Foil Pack: our advice 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 are then faced with an abundance of equipment and packages dedicated to Wingfoil at very different prices. Do you dream of flyingon the water and surfingthe swell without finding yourself fighting for crowded waves? Now is the time to invest in a pack. You still need to know how to choose your Pack Wing. It is to answer the recurrent questions of our customers, but also to 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 material that we enjoy developing and using ourselves, without being overpriced. We want to democratize high-performance, durable and scalable equipment at an affordable priceIn this article, we’ll just give you some food for thought. All these tips are based on concrete technical elements, such as the way we develop our foil front wings or boards and our experience. We illustrate all this with our equipment, to help you choose the type of equipment (wing, board and foil) that suits you best, and that is capable of evolving with you without confining you to beginner or unsaleable equipment later on. Finally, we will present our Wing Foilrange and explain our development choices.

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How do you design a Wing?

 

To put it simply, there are two types of shapes, those that are presenting a strong delta form and those with a wider span. If you like to twirl freely, we recommend a ‘stocky’ shapewhich will have the advantage of being compact and manageable. 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?

 

Boomconstruction 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 wingsurfing partly to get rid of the old world of heavy and complicated rigging, and you’re looking for a kite that’s as forgettable when sailing as it is in a trunk, then the inflatable centre 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 style of sailing and your desires, but we sincerely believe that the choice of the inflatable is the one that corresponds most to the spirit of the Wingsurf 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. The right question to ask in order to decide is: what do I have
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, wide and solid handles. 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 a taut spinnaker on the trailing edge,and what trough?

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 very high speeds is the norm, we advise you to give it a little slack to ease the flow, as you would on a windsurfer.
The distribution of the panels is crucial for maintaining the navigation profile. If they are carefully placed, the drag will be considerably reduced and the wing much less physical. You will feel as if you are at one with your material, which will increase your 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. It is therefore up to you to choose according to your needs.

 

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 constructions of foil boards

We advise you to read our article on the subject,just here concerning the materials. On the technical side, we have chosen a light rocker to get through the chop, combined with a double concave hull that allows you to get away easily if you hit the water. At the back, the cut out also makes it easy to get back into your surfing. The outline of the board is chunky to ensure stability and a very fast start in flight, without being too wide, which would prevent you from manoeuvring. The wide tail also promotes stability.

The development of a Sroka foilboard
double concave on a Sky Rider foil board
An example of a double concave on the hull of a Sroka 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. We invite you to pay particular attention to the choice of 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!

 


What type of board for intermediate level?

You already practice foil on another support (wind foil, surf foil, kite foil…) or wingfoil. 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: In simple terms, there are three families of front wing, Low Aspect, Mid Aspect and High Aspect. The Low Aspect has a longer rope and a smaller span. With their fighter-like shape, they are very manoeuvrable but their lateral stability, especially on small surfaces, sometimes leaves something to be desired. The High Aspect has a smaller rope and a wider span. They are more technical and less easy to handle, but it’s worth the effort. High Aspect flies with the stability of an albatross. Your pumping will be effortless and their flying speed is impressive. They offer an excellent gliding sensation, but they are relatively technical front wings.

The Mid Aspect is forgiving, manoeuvrable and generates very good lift (we recommend the 1750 for beginners). They are a good compromise between the two worlds, especially if you can’t afford to buy one foil per spot. If you are more resourceful, you can reduce the surface area of your wing (1250 for example) to maneuver on command without ever stalling in turns and waves.

 

 

 

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

Able to make a beginnerfly 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.

 

 

 


The different Foil constructions

Full carbon foil is expensive and fragile. However, it is slightly lighter and more responsive, and requires slightly less maintenance than an aluminium foil. Aluminum foil is often cheaper, stronger and more rigid if it is well constructed. It has the advantage of being more modular with easily interchangeable parts. 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.

To go further

We make sure that our packs are as versatile as possible, aware that the investment is substantial. Our goal is not to make you buy a foil every year and to accompany your evolution on the very long term, we made sure that our foil is entirely modular, with parts at a reasonable price. Here are all the possible customisations of your Wingfoil pack, depending on your needs;

The different pieces of foil :

The Boards and the Wings:

We also support you with various articles and tutorials! Find out how to learn how to ride a Wingfoil, how a surf foil works or how to choose your spotin the News and Tutorials section of our website!

 

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