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- Beginner without experience: The best way to start without breaking the bank.
PACK WING PLUS ZUMA WOOD 2X
- Athletic beginner: The best way to start.
PACK WING PLUS ZUMA FSP 2X
- Beginner in Wing looking for versatility: SUP, SUPfoil, wingfoil in 1 pack.
PACK WING PLUS MOB 2TASTE FSP 2X
- Experienced: your level allows you to choose your equipment in detail in order to optimize your quiver.
The WING PLUS ZUMA WOOD 2X PACK is ideal for learning the Wing and progressing to a good level with a light wing on a very solid board. The most accessible package technically and economically with its record price.
The WING PLUS ZUMA FSP 2X PACK is the best way to progress in Wing. Easy and very evolutive, it is a light combo that will take you to a very good level.
The WING PLUS MOB 2TASTE FSP 2X PACK allows you to do everything with only one board, whatever the conditions, you will have everything you need to have fun. Paddle on the flat for cool rides, SUPfoil small waves, SUP the bigger waves, and Wing!!!
What size for the Wing?
Starting off, we recommend a 5m2. This is the most versatile size. You will have enough power to fly in mild conditions, and a wingspan that remains reasonable.
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.
Here is the recommended wind range for each wing:
What Wing Board size?
Ideally you should have a positive volume balance. Your weight plus the Board’s weight should be less than the Board’s volume. Don’t hesitate to take some volume and width if you are not sure of your support and equilibrium.
You can gain enough volume to float, in the order of your weight + 10 = necessary volume.
Example: I weigh 80kg + 10 = 90L to float provided I’m not a beginner. And if I want greater comfort I will have to switch up to 110L.
With a Wing, you can also do waterstarts with tiny Boards if you have a seriously high level and want maximum agility. 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. Below this volume you will have to do waterstarts while sinking the Board: it’s very technical, very physical, and you lose the lower half of your wind range. With each fall, you have to start all over again… Not very fun, and a very questionable performance gain. But some people love it and it’s beautiful when taking pictures.
At GONG, we only make top of the range Boards. Our low prices can only be explained by our choice of exclusively Direct Sales and distribution.
You have the choice between:
The FSP 2X which is both light and super strong. It is the best-selling technology because it mixes the most advantages and at a very reasonable price.
The Wood 2X which is much cheaper, but not as light.
The FSP Pro which has its PVC Sandwich that’s enveloped with hyper dynamic Full Carbon.
What sizes of foil wings?
Beginners will have the fastest progression with an XL front wing (any rider between 50kg and 100kg) and a 45cm stab Surf.
In the Rise range: very easy and efficient wings at low speed:
- XL for everyone and all wind speeds.
- XXL for very large riders and unstable winds below 15 knots.
The size of the front wing determines the speed/lift ratio. The smaller the wing, the faster you will go but will be uncomfortable at low speed.
The stabs have 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 kite stabs, but have way more lift, and are therefore effective at low speeds. Veloce boards are an excellent compromise between speed and lift.
Which foil mast?
Except when launching, you will have everything to gain with a long mast.
More length = more margin = easier = more performance.
In the chop, in the transitions, in wind holes, a long mast will be ten times more pleasant.
For beginners: Aluminium 65cm at the beginning and then 80cm.
For the experienced: Alu 80cm or 90cm at the beginning and Monobloc 100 carbon as soon as possible.
For the Pros: Monobloc 100 carbon.
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.
Take a 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. You can move in all directions, it’s really nice. On the other hand, you don’t have to wear a lot of canvas to avoid getting your arms pulled out. This means having to pump often to take off.
The Wing Plus is the softest, and therefore the easiest without a Harness.
The Wing Pulse is the most nervous, and therefore not the easiest without a Harness.
The Wing Superpower is the most powerful, and therefore not the easiest without a Harness.
On the other hand, if you like to ride with a canvas, the use of a Harness is almost mandatory if you don’t want to do a one-hour restricted session. 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 soft and as wrapping as possible, with a windsurfing type hook. Tips from 24 to 28cm.
Then it’s up to you to see if the feeling prevails over the 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 to facilitate the 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 handles at full power.
- Logos on each Handle to make it clear 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…
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.
Good to Know:
Wings are very light inflatable structures. This is the reason for their efficiency. You must therefore take great care of them.
The classic mistake is to pierce the Wing with the Foil. You won’t escape it. But it’s very easy to repair. Our fabrics limit the tear and contain it at the point of impact.
The more serious mistake is to get the Wing hooked in the water and clinging to it when you bend it. Crushing will increase the pressure and cause the Wing to explode. Repairs are then consequent. The same happens if you inflate too much.
The inflation pressure of your Wing will affect its power and its ability to hold on to the water. If a pressure higher than 10PSI endangers your Wing, you can also cheat if the wind is very strong by inflating it a little less. It will be less stable but much less powerful.
Everybody wants a Wing. So, don’t take a Wing that is too complicated at first. 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. Just think about it.
Usually, we recommend the same assembly as in surf foil but with a longer mast. This will give you more margin and make all your evolutions easier. We advise you to do the first five Wing sessions with a 65cm short mast, and then switch to 90cm or more from the sixth session, usually the one where you fly correctly.