Wing Foil boards

Our range of eleven boards covers all your needs, from the Beginners to the Pros!

Find below all our shapes for the Wing, followed by our advice on how to equip yourself.

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For Whom?

  • Beginners without experience: Inflatable Hipe, or Zuma in large size.
  • Sporty beginner: Lance or Zuma in your size.
  • Beginner in Wing but already foiler: Lance, or small Zuma and Flint for versatility.
  • Experienced looking for the Swiss Army Knife: Mob 2taste, or Zuma and Flint.
  • Experienced looking for a SUPfoil / Wing high performances combo:
  • Anyone who wants high performance in Wing: Mint, Kube, Lemon, Lethal.
  • Those who want sinker boards: Mint, Kube, Lemon, Lethal and the Catch kitefoil, Matata and Lethal Surf Foil FSP.
  • Travellers: Inflatable Hipe, or micro board like Lemon / Mint / Kube

For What?

We can sum up very simply the concepts of each board in our range:

  • Hipe: the inflatable with 95% of the performance of the stiff. Ideal for beginners and much more!
  • Mob 2taste: three sports in one board: SUP, SUPfoil and Wing.
  • Zuma: the easy rigid board in SUPfoil and Wing, and with good performances.
  • Lance: the compact Zuma, very stable sideways, ideal for Wing.
  • Flint: high performances in SUPfoil, top in Wing because it is simple and efficient in light wind.
  • Kube: pure Wing freestyle board. Minimum length for maximum rotation.
  • Mint: compact without the difficulty with its round nose, but excellent performances.
  • Lemon: maximum reactivity and liveliness, while maintaining lateral stability.
  • Lethal: Absolute radicality among volume boards.

Some will go for even more extreme low volume boards like:

  • Catch Foil: it works as well in Kite as in Wing with a bigger Wing to have power.
  • Lethal Surf Foil: asymmetrical straps and minimum width to dare everything.

Which board per program?

All boards have a versatility that opens up to several programs, but here’s a little guide to choose from according to your level and the conditions of the day, with the optimum being placed first:

  • Multisports: Mob, Zuma, Flint.
  • Allround: Hipe, Lance, Zuma.
  • Light wind: Hipe, Flint, Mint, and of course Lance and Zuma.
  • Freeride / Freerace: Lance, Mint, Lemon, Lethal.
  • Freestyle: Kube and Mint.
  • Waveriding: Lethal, Lemon, Mint.

Which Wing board size?

Beginners in Wing must absolutely have a positive volume balance.

Your weight plus the Board’s weight must be less than the Board’s volume.

Don’t hesitate to take some volume and width if you’re not sure of your supports.

We advise you to take a volume in the order of your weight + 30 = volume.

Regarding the Hipe and the Zuma, the length will help beginners to take off easily, and in all phases of rides on the water.

Examples for a 7kg board and different sizes:

1/ I weigh 70kg + 30 = 100L to be easy. This means that with a 5’7 of 120L I would be very comfortable but without excess. The minimum to float is: 70kg + 7kg = 77L.

2/ I weigh 85kg + 30 = 115L to be easy. This means that with a 5’8 of 130L I would be very comfortable but without excess. The minimum to float is: 85kg + 7kg = 92L.

3/ I weigh 100kg + 30 = 130L to be easy. This means that with a 5’9 of 140L I would be comfortable but without excess. The minimum to float is: 100kg + 7kg = 107L.

In Wing, we identify three main types of reports based on volume:

Confort:
You can take enough volume to float, in the order of your weight + 10 = volume.

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

Sport:
You can also sub-liter it because the Kube 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 while leaning the wing on the water.

Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float. This means that with 70L my board will sink slightly and I should make it precise and sporty at each start.

Sinker:
Under 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 gain in performance is questionable depending on your level, but the gain in feeling and reactivity is considerable.

Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float. This 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 worrying to put it under our feet and get on top of it. A small board will have less buoyancy, so it will be easier to put on and slower to take off. Its qualities of stability on the surface remain the same underwater.

Which technology? 

At GONG we only make high-end boards. Our low prices can only be explained by our choice of exclusively direct distribution.

You can choose between:

  • The simple, solid and very close to rigid inflatable thanks to our revolutionary Hipe.
  • The Wood 2X which is economical, but less light.
  • The FSP 2X which is both light and very strong. This is the best-selling technology because it mixes the most advantages in a very reasonable price.
  • The FSP Pro with its PVC sandwich covered with a hyper dynamic full carbon coat.

Which quiver?

You don’t need many Wing boards, because often you’ll do everything with the one you love the most.

But as you progress, you can be tempted by two complementary volumes. Possibly by completing a generous light wind board with a more radical board.

The choice will be led more and more towards complementary programs. For example having a 100% waveriding board and a Freerace or Freestyle board will make up a luxurious quiver. This is the big trend of 2021: a board and a wing for each style of session.

You can of course complete your quiver Wing with a range of stand up paddleboards without foil. And surfboards for windless days, so you never stay out of the water.

Which foil wings?

In general, we recommend the same assembly as for surf foil.

Beginners will have the fastest progression with a XL front wing (whatever their size between 65kg and 100kg) and a 45cm stab Surf.

If you are not confident, start with an XL Rise front wing.

If you’re good, start with an XL Curve front wing.

For the experienced:

In the Rise range: very easy and efficient wings at low speed:

  • M for the 50kg -> 65kg and all wind forces.
  • L for 65kg -> 75kg and all wind forces.
  • XL for 75kg -> 100kg and all wind forces.
  • XXL for 100kg -> 120kg and wind less than 15 knots.

For the Pros:

In the Curve or Veloce range: high performance wings and 5 knots faster than the Rise:

  • M for the 50kg -> 75kg and wind over 15 knots.
  • MT for the 50kg -> 75kg and wind over 15 knots.
  • L for 65kg -> 75kg and wind over 15 knots.
  • LT for 65kg -> 85kg and wind over 15 knots.
  • XL for 75kg -> 100kg and all wind forces, or for light riders in light wind.
  • XLT for 100kg -> 120kg and wind less than 15 knots.

The size of the front wing conditions the speed/lift ratio. The smaller the front wing, the faster you will go but the more uncomfortable you will be at low speed.

The stabs play a major role. They determine the stability of the foil and help the lift, but at the expense of the maximum speed of the foil.

Surf stabs are slower than Veloce or Kite stabs but are much more buoyant and therefore effective at low speeds.

Which foil mast?

Contrary to kitefoil, 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.

Positioning of the foil?

For GONG foils, place the plate between the rear third and the centre of the US rails.

The more you move it forward, the more it will lift the board. The more you move it backwards, the more the nose of the board pearls.

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

Which leash?

Take a 6′ of 7mm minimum diameter or a 7’ on biggest boards.

Check its condition before each session and change it every year. It is your lifejacket and the life insurance of the people in front of you.

Strap or Strapless?

Riding strapless is sexy because it makes you feel free. But quite honestly, it’s not the best for performance…

So, it’s up to you to see if sensation prevails over performance. In Wing, we’re clearly going to miss 90% of its potential without the straps.

With straps, you’ll have much more control and much less risk of getting the Foil flipping under your feet. In the waves, it’s obvious, you gain a lot with straps. You can recuperate from crazy situations just by pulling up on your feet. And in jumps, of course.

Put your straps in a central position (3rd hole) for the front, and the same goes for the back strap if you still ride with the back.

If you want to be able to get the back foot out for transitions and surfing, put the back strap on the first hole.

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