Advanced Packs Wing Foil

This range of foils packs meets all the advanced riders’ needs.

Find below all our packs for the wing, followed by our advice to equip you.

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For what?

The GONG PACK WING PRO TRAVEL is perfect to travel with peace of mind !

The GONG PACK WING ALLOUND is the must allround pack !

The GONG PACK WING FREESTYLE is freestyle at pinnacle.

The GONG PACK WING FREEWAVE  is the must in wave riding without concession.

The GONG PACK WING FREERACE/SLALOM is dedicated to high performance in race and slalom.

What size for the wing?

Soon you will see that one wing is not enough. You will want to fly all the time so you will complete your 5m² with a bigger one.

We recommend 2m² maximum distance between your wings. Ideally 1m², and this is even more true in the smaller sizes because when you go from 4m² to 2m² because the wind has risen, you divide the surface area by two, while the wind has certainly not doubled. On the other hand, going from 7m² to 5m² when the wind rises is quite fluid because it is proportional to the extra force of the wind.

Pulse

  • The 3m² is dedicated to strong wind (35 knots), and/or ideal for land (skate).
  • The 4m² is top from 20 to 35 knots. Ultra maneuverable, a must.
  • The 5m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. It’s the key size that is used all the time.
  • The 6m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. This is the key size for heavier people.
  • The 7m² is great from 10kt to 18kt. The constant power is delectable in the light.

Droid

  • The 3m² is dedicated to strong wind (35 knots), and/or ideal for land (skate).
  • The 4m² is top from 20 to 35 knots. Ultra maneuverable, a must.
  • The 5m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. It’s the key size that is used all the time.
  • The 6m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. This is the key size for heavier people.
  • The 7m² is great from 10kt to 18kt. The constant power is delectable in the light.

Neutra

  • The 2m² is dedicated to very strong wind (45 knots), and/or ideal for land (skate).
  • The 3m² is dedicated to strong wind (35 knots), and/or ideal for land (skate).
  • The 4m² is top from 20 to 35 knots. Ultra maneuverable, a must.
  • The 5m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. It’s the key size that is used all the time.
  • The 6m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. This is the key size for heavier people.

What wing board size?

In wing, we identify three main types of relationship to volume:

  • Comfort

You can go for a volume sufficient to float : about your weight + 10 = volume.

Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float. Which means that with 90L and more I will be easy, provided I have a good level in wing.

  • Sport

You can also sub liter it because the Lemon is wide enough to be stable. So if you have a great level and want maximum responsiveness, you can switch to negative volumes. Up to your weight – 10 = volume you can go on your knees by leaning on the wing on the water.

Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float. Which means that with 70L my board will sink a little and I should be precise and sporty every time I start.

  • Sinker

Below your weight – 10 = volume, at – 30 for example, you will have to do waterstarts by sinking the board: it’s technical, very physical,and you lose part of the low wind range. The performance gain is debatable depending on your level, but the sensation and responsiveness gain is considerable.

Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float. Which means that with 50L and less, my board will totally sink and I should do a real wakeboard type waterstart. In this case, less volume often makes things easier because we sink the board without worry to put it under our feet and climb on it. A small board will float less, therefore easier to get on but less quick to take off. Its surface stability qualities remain the same underwater.

Choosing the board that suits you perfectly can turn out to be a real challenge given the many parameters that define its qualities. In order to better understand all these parameters of length, width, volume, hull, technology and shape of a board, we explain all of their purposes in this How To : Choose your wing board.

What Technology?

FSP PRO techno

Its PVC sandwich covered with a hyper dynamic full carbon coat.

It’s game over: this is the ultimate techno that adds up the best of all constructions for crazy performances.
It enjoys our full sandwich in PVC (Airex) 80kg / m2 FSP, which is completely covered with carbon fiber.
The performance gain is crazy: the board is solid, rigid, ultra light and responsive!

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Common point on all our technos for the foil box

The two US foil boxes have become the standard. But at GONG they are installed in a thick block of high density and waterproof PVC (Airex) of 80 kg / m3; and supported by a skeleton in high density PVC (Airex) foam and laminated in fiberglass, crossing the EPS foam blank from the bottom to the top part of the sandwich to transmit the forces to the deck, and therefore to your feet. The whole is reinforced on the hull with multiple layers of carbon. No risk of water intake in the EPS foam blank or crushing the foam blank, the cohesion of the whole is durable and total for an immediate response of the foil underfoot. It is not the foam blank that takes in the efforts between the foil and your feet: you are in direct contact! And if you hit a rock at full speed and damage a box, the board remains waterproof. Repair is simple and durable thanks to this PVC base.

We invite you to analyze in detail your future board on the new 3D module of our product sheets.

Buy as an informed consumer!

How to place and adjust your straps?

FOOTSTRAPS POSITION AND SETTINGS ON GONG WING FOIL BOARD FSP PRO

What sizes of foil wings?

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In the light wind, we tend to think that the bigger the better. With moderation though, but yes, it’s often the rule.

Here is a view of the ideal weight of the rider for each wing and each use:

The M-T has a 73cm wingspan, 1150cm², 2.0cm thick for a volume of 1.14L.

  • In wing: less than 70kg or very good level and steady wind.

The L has a 77cm wingspan, 1350cm², 2.4cm thick for a volume of 1.6L.

  • In wing: less than 75kg or good level and steady wind.

 The L-T has a 85cm wingspan, 1450cm², 2.3cm thick for a volume of 1.66L.

  • In wing: less than 90kg or good level and established wind.

The XLS has a 89cm wingspan, 1500 cm², 2.5 cm thick for a volume of 1.89L.

  • In wing: 70kg and more or good level

The XL has a 92cm wingspan, 1900 cm², 2.7 cm thick for a volume of 2.55L.

  • In wing: 75kg and more, or light beginners.

The XL-T has a 102cm wingspan, 2100 cm², 2.7 cm thick for a volume of 2.80L.

  • In Surf Foil: more than 90kg in normal waves.
  • In Wing: 85kg and more for light and irregular wind.
  • In Kite Foil: forget.

You’ll use a bigger foil in lower ranges, softer conditions. And conversely a smaller foil in those recommended for stronger conditions. The important thing to remember is that the choice of your front wing depends on your size, which requires lift, and your average speed, which generates lift.

Which foil mast?

Contrary to kite foil, in wing, you don’t have much opposition to the wing because it pulls gently. So, you don’t put a lot of upwind angle to the mast. So, mastering a big mast in Wing is not a problem.

And as the boards used are much bigger than in kitesurfing, the inertia is more important. So, your foil is less wacky. Everything is calmer. So, don’t be afraid of a long mast.

In other words, everything will be played out between 85cm and 100cm. You can find all our advice on choosing between these two lengths by clicking here.

Foil positioning?

For the GONG foils, place the top plate on the back third of the US rails.

The more you move it forward, the more it lifts the board. The more you move it backwards, the more the nose of the board dives.

Be careful not to move it too far forward. We often tend not to let the rear foot work, especially when we come from a kitefoil background. However, moving the foil back a little forces you to put more weight in the back foot and gives a more harmonious attitude and reduces the effort.

Which leash?

Take a 5′5 to 6′ Leash in light wind and a 10′ Leash in strong wind. Preferably a model dedicated to the wing and of the coiled type.

Check its condition before each session and change it every year. This is your lifejacket.

Don’t let your wing flap in the wind at the end of the leash, it is not unbreakable! Ditto in the waves, do not hold your wing by the leash, it will explode or you will hurt yourself.

Harness or Harnessless?

Riding without a Harness is sexy because it makes you feel free and it’s styley. You can move in all directions, it’s really pleasant.

On the other hand, you don’t have to use a lot of fabric to avoid having your arms stretched out. This means having to pump often to take off.

All our Wings 2021 have Harness line attachments. So, you have the choice.

So, if on the other hand you like to ride with a lot of canvas, the use of a Harness is almost mandatory if you don’t want to do sessions bridled at one o’clock. In this case, the installation of Harness lines is super simple, (see our tutorials on the Forum). We advise you to use a Harness that is as stiff and as soft as possible, with a windsurfing type hook.

Tips of 24 to 28cm of distance between the batten and the V-shaped hollow section will be perfect. Use a small diameter rope and a thin sheath because the ends of the rope are heavy and rigid, and therefore dangerous for turns and other tricks.

So, it’s up to you to see if sensation and aesthetics prevail over performance. But it is a safe bet that soon all riders will have Harnesses because the evolution will go towards more powerful Wings and more performance.

Wishbone or handles?

Both are fine. You have to understand that a Wing is not steered by forcing on the hands to steer it. You only need to raise the front hand to put the Wing flat and raise the back hand to put it upright. We call this umbrella Vs folding screen.

The advantage of the wish is its rigidity. You can move your hands easily but in use it can be tricky. The big plus is to have firmness. On the other hand, it is heavier, less easy to transport and install, and much more dangerous for you and your Board.

The advantages of the handles are weight, storage, speed, strength and safety for you and your Board. On the other hand, they are on an inflatable bladder which will necessarily be flexible compared to a wish, causing profile deformations.

How many Handles?

The minimalist look with very few handles is very sexy. It’s also cheaper to make 😉

At GONG we made the choice in 2020 to make it easier to practice with :

  • A sufficient number of handles to get the Wing out of the water, turn it over easily, take it in hand at low power, then put your hands on the full power handles.
  • Logos on each handle to clearly indicate what they are for.
  • Transition handles, for example to duck it is much easier with a handle behind your back hand, to ride with one hand you need a full power handle in between etc…

This choice was criticized because it is not the lightest. And the practice has evolved since then.

In 2021 we reduced the number of handles to a minimum and gained nearly one kilogram per Wing.

The choice is thus of four handles ideally placed:

  • One for handling and surfing on the leading edge.
  • One front hand grip on the batten.
  • A space to put a piece of harness between the front and rear handles.
  • A low power rear handshake and tricks on the batten.
  • A full power rear handshake on the batten.

Window or full canopy?

Wings without windows are cheaper, lighter and easier to store.

Wings with windows are safer, stiffer and more nervous.

With battens or without?

The particularity of inflatable Wings is their relative flexibility. This is not necessarily a disadvantage if the profile keeps its shape.

For this, the use of Battens is an indisputable advantage. But it is more expensive and less light.

At GONG, you have the choice to use them or not. According to your taste.

Dry your wing?

Unless you end your session with a long ride in the sun and land on a pontoon, it’s rather rare to get out of the water with a completely dry wing.  Note that there is no need to dry your wing if it is to be used regularly in salt water, as the salt protects the materials from mold.

If, however, for transport or storage reasons you want to dry them, you must absolutely avoid hanging the deflated wing by the handle on the leading edge. It’s however very practical but it is the best way to obtain a hernia on the central strut at the junction with the leading edge following the collapse of the bladder inside. The bladders are movable in the strut and the leading edge. So if you hang it up deflated to dry, the bladder can slip, or even crumple, in the strut sleeve.

So ideally, you dry your inflated wing in the shade, and at worst flat or at least with just the inflated central strut (thanks to the “clamp” of the One-Pump system).

Find all our HOW TO : Dry your wing

Good to Know:

Wings are very light inflatable structures. This is the reason of their efficiency. You must therefore take the greatest care of them.

The classic mistake is to pierce the wing with the foil. You won’t escape it. But it is very easy to repair. Our fabrics limit the tear and contain it instead of the impact.

The more serious mistake is to get the wing hooked in the water and have it stuck in the water causing you to kink it. Kinking will increase the pressure rapidly and cause the wing to explode. Repairs are then the logical consequent. The same happens if you inflate too much.

The inflation pressure of your wing will affect its power and handling in high water. If high pressure puts your wing at risk, you can also cheat if the wind is very strong by inflating it a little less to make it easier to hold. It will be less stable but less powerful.

Note that inflating your wing too much gives a heavy feeling and does not improve performance. It is a very bad reflex.

Everybody wants a wing. So, don’t take a wing that is too complicated at the beginning. Take a Wing that is really made for your beginner needs and you will sell it to a friend in a few months without any worries. The low prices that GONG offers will boost your progress without breaking your budget. Food for thought.

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