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NOVAAN



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool video. Its going to make everyone want to ride a foil. I know I'm hooked.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using the Infinity 76 mounting in B position on the Wizard 125. I have my footstraps set with the widest possible spread, and my mast track is 3/4 of the way back. I weigh ~195lbs and typically try to use as small a sail as possible.

I find this setup really balanced for me. My go to sails lately have been S2 Maui Catalyst 4.2 & 4.6 (3-batten wave sails... super light). Previously I had been using S2 Maui Jesters (4-batten freestyle sails).

I use less downhaul on these sails when foiling and less outhaul too to increase pumpability. When actual windsurfing w/ my freestyle sails, I actually use a stiffer than spec mast. For foiling I go with the spec mast or even sometimes softer masts like the NoLimitz Original skinny.

I've also gone with a slightly higher boom and farther forward harness lines than my normal windsurfing setup.

With this setup in moderate conditions, I can really weight the front foot to get the most speed. Nice feeling when you have the sensation of going downhill or maybe a little nose down in both straps hooked in. Of course when it gets too windy, I have to head up to maintain control, or if reaching I'll take my back foot out of the strap. Having the rear straps all the way back give me a lot of room to place my rear foot to trim, and having my back foot all the way back seems to work well for me for pumping onto the wing. (I'm 6'1"... so wide footstrap spread maybe not practical for everybody else).

I use the Infinity 84 wing in the C position (wing furthest forward). I also seem to like to move my front straps back two positions on the Wizard with this wing. There's no neck extension on the 84, so the COE is further back on the fuselage. For curiosity's sake, I setup my normal 76 setup with the 84, so fuselage in B position and straps forward. It was terrible. Hard to control altitude, really slow and plodding... felt like I was back footing and riding nose high all the time. A good experiment, and now I don't think I have to do that again ever.

YMMV

This has to be the worst spring in memory for windsurfing. I've only sailed twice in 2019. Luckily, there have been a ton of foilable days, and I've gotten a ton of days on the water. Working on the downwind 360s now

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