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- Beginners: HIPE First
- Beginners at experienced: HIPE Perf
- Anyone who wants high performance in wing: HIPE Free Fly, HIPE Pro
We can sum up very simply the concepts of each board in our range:
- HIPE FIRST: the perfect inflatable board to learn wing foiling!
- HIPE FREE FLY: the best of strapless on an inflatable foil board.
- HIPE PERF: the inflatable foil board with 95% of the performance of a rigid board, in an easy and scalable shape.
- HIPE PRO: the inflatable board with 95% of the performance of a rigid one with a shape dedicated to advanced foilers who want fluidity and maximum responsiveness!
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:
- Multisport : HIPE First, HIPE Perf
- Allround : HIPE Perf, HIPE Pro.
- Light wind : HIPE First, HIPE Perf.
- Freestyle : HIPE Pro.
- Waveriding : HIPE Free Fly.
Which wing board size?
Beginners in wing absolutely must have a positive volume balance.
Your weight plus that of the board must be less than the volume of the board.
Do not hesitate to take a bit more volume and width if you are not comfortable with your stance or not athletic.
To be comfortable, we recommend that you take a volume of around your weight + 30 = volume.
Regarding the HIPE Perf the length will help beginners take off more easily, and when riding flat.
Examples for a 7kg board and different sizes:
- If I weigh 70kg, the minimum to float is: 70kg + 7kg = 77L. But with my 70kg + 30 = 100L, I would be very comfortable but without excess.
- If I weigh 85kg, the minimum to float is: 85kg + 7kg = 92L. But with 85kg + 30 = 115L, I would be very comfortable but without excess.
- If I weigh 100kg, the minimum to float is: 100kg + 7kg = 107L. But with 100kg + 30 = 130L, I would be comfortable but without excess.
In wing, we identify different main types of relationship to volume:
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.
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.
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.
On the techno side, 4 rooms, 4 atmospheres!
It is essential to understand the constructions offered when you buy a board.
Aesthetics and programs are important, but construction is key! And very often, it is the obstacle course to find this information in between the marketing twists and turns …
At GONG, we are committed to presenting to you in all transparency what lies beneath the final paint layer, without blah blah.
The simple, solid and very close to rigid inflatable thanks to our revolutionary HIPE.
The carbon plate is firmly glued under the inflatable structure. This piece, composed of 1.9 kg of pure prepreg carbon and two foam stringers, is a jewel of composite know-how. By its design, it mechanically provides precisely what it takes to be as rigid as a classic board, without increasing the total weight.
In wing foiling, this is the perfect board to get started and progress. The volume is super generous, allowing you to use short lengths. And we’ve created two large sizes in 6’5 and 7’5 with an “ADS” fin box cleverly placed in front of the front foot to allow you to ride on the water without going downwind. This fin combined with your foil gives you a real grip to go upwind without flying. You can start off gently, without the stress of having to fly imperatively. The small sizes offer the highest level of performance in inflatable boards. It’s incredibly efficient, to the point that it’s hard to tell the difference in performance compared to a rigid board, except a few hundred grams more.
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!
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.
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 Rise.
- If you are not confident, start with an XL Rise Front Wing.
- If you’re good, start with an XL X-Over Front Wing.
For the experienced
In the Curve range
- MT for under 70kg or very good level and steady wind
- L for under 75kg or good level and established wind
- LT for under 90kg or good level and steady wind
- XL for 75kg and over, or light beginners.
- XL-T for light and irregular wind.
For the Pros
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.
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.
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.
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.