Our Wing foil boards

Our range of twelve 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?

For What?

The concept of each board of the range can be summed up very simply:

  • 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!

  • MOB 2TASTE: three sports in one board: SUP, SUP foiling and wing foiling.
  • ZUMA: the easy rigid board for SUP foiling and wing foiling, and with good performance.
  • LANCE: the compact Zuma, with great lateral stability, ideal for beginnings in wing foiling.

  • CRUZADER: fantastic in SUP downwinders, pumping on the flat, but also in light wind conditions in wing foiling.
  • FLINT: high performance in SUP foiling, great in wing foiling because it is simple and efficient in light wind.
  • KUBE: pure freestyle board. Minimum length for maximum rotation.

  • MINT: compact without being too technical thanks to a perfect length and its round nose. Great performance in strapless too.
  • LEMON: maximum reactivity and liveliness, while maintaining stability.
  • LETHAL: Absolute radicality among volume boards.

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

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 2taste, Zuma, Flint, Cruzader.
  • Allround: HIPE Perf, Lance, Zuma, Mint.
  • Light wind: HIPE Perf, Flint, Cruzader, Mint, and of course Lance and Zuma.
  • Freeride / Freerace: Lance, Mint, Lemon, Lethal.
  • Freestyle: HIPE Pro, Kube, Lemon et Lethal.
  • Waveriding: HIPE Free Fly, Lethal, Lemon, Mint.

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 and Zuma, 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 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

At your weight – 30 = volume, you will have to start by sinking the board: it’s technical, very physical, and you lose part of the low wind range. And above all: you need depth, which can be annoying. The performance gain is debatable depending on your level, but the gain in sensations and responsiveness is interesting for some. It is also the best way to have light equipment, which is essential for the pros and especially for the biggest riders.

  • Example: I weigh 75kg – 30 = 45L to use my board as a Sinker. Which means that with 65L and less, my board will completely sink and I will have to start with the help of the wing to get out of the water. In this case, less volume often makes things easier because we sink the board with ease. This makes it easier to place our feet on the deck or in the straps and climb on it. A small board won’t pop out as a cork, therefore easier to make it sink but not as quick to take off. Its stability qualities when on the surface remain the same underwater.

Finally, the most unstable volume is often the one between 10L and 20L less than your weight.

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.

Which technology? 

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.

Inflatable techno

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.

WOOD 2X techno

Economical, but less light.

Our entry-level construction is without blushing, comparable (if not better) than most of the high-end boards on the market sold at high prices …
The board is fully reinforced with a fiberglass lamination with a vacuum bonded wood sandwich and a super strong laminated biaxial fiberglass. Fully, that is to say the deck, the bottom but also the rails, unlike many “prestige” brands.
And the deck benefits from an additional reinforcement in a 3mm high density PVC (Airex) sandwich which limits all impacts, a guarantee of durability.
It is the perfect techno for first-time wing buyers, who are looking for an unbeatable price / solidity combo.

FSP 2X techno

Both light and very strong. This is the best-selling technology because it mixes the most advantages in a very reasonable price.

The FSP (Full Sandwich PVC): the techno that positions GONG boards in another world.
An exclusivity on the wing boards market, which comes directly to us from high-end construction techniques.
Unlike other wing board constructions on the market, our FSP boards are fully vacuum “shelled” with an extremely strong PVC (Airex) foam sandwich with a density of 80kg / m2. This density is 3 times greater than that of our competitors’ EPS foam blanks! Here again, we cover the top, the bottom but also the rails with a super strong 3mm shell! It’s 5 to 10 times thicker than the competition !!! Knees, paddles, harness hooks, the heart of your board is fully protected by a resistant and waterproof sandwich.
In FSP 2X, this sandwich is covered with a layer of biaxial fiberglass, much stronger than conventional fibers with its large fibers with a “reinforced concrete” effect.
The whole is of unparalleled durability and dynamism. It is the ultra solid techno that allows you to progress serenely on our Lance, Zuma and MOB 2taste.
Yet our FSP 2X boards remain at record weights.
First, because they are handmade using our French high-end manufacturing methods for custom boards.
Then because this super strong “shell” allows us to lighten the core of our boards to give them all the liveliness you need.

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!

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

Buy as an informed consumer!

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 Paddle without foil. And surf boards 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.

For the intermediate riders or the one’s in the process of learning manoeuvers

In the X-Over range: super easy and efficient foils at low speed:

  • M for the under 65kg and all wind conditions
  • L for the under 75kg and all wind conditions.
  • XL for the under 85kg and all wind conditions.
  • XXL for the riders above 85kg and wind under 15 knots.

For the experienced riders

In the Curve range: high performance and easy foils that love curves:

  • M for the under 65kg and wind above 15 knots.
  • M-T for the under 70kg and wind above 12 knots.
  • L for the under 75kg and wind above 10 knots.
  • L-T for the under 90kg and wind above 15 knots.
  • XLS for riders above 70kg and wind above 12 knots.
  • XL for riders above 75kg and all wind conditions, or for light riders in light wind.
  • XL-T for riders above 85kg and wind below 15 knots.
  • XXL for riders over 95kg in light wind.

In the Fluid or Veloce range: very high performance and fast foils:

  • M for the under 65kg and wind above 15 knots.
  • Fluid LS and Veloce M-T for the under 70kg and wind above 12 knots.
  • L for the under 75kg and wind above 10 knots.
  • Fluid XLS and Veloce L-T for the under 90kg and wind above 15 knots.
  • XL for riders above 75kg and all wind conditions, or for light riders in light wind.
  • Fluid XXLS and Veloce XL-T for riders above 85kg and wind below 15 knots.
  • XXL for riders above 95kg in the light wind.

For the pros

In the Fluid H, Veloce H or Ypra range: very high performance and fast wings:

At this level, everyone will be able to adapt their gear to their needs. Just remember that the wingspan is a point to take into consideration when riding high aspect ratio foils. The glide is fabulous, but be careful not to sacrifice maneuverability and rail-to-rail precision by using large sizes if you are looking for a very reactive drive.

The size of the front wing and in particular its surface and its volume condition the speed/lift ratio. The smaller the wing, the faster you will go but the more uncomfortable you will be at low speeds. The bigger the wing, the earlier you will fly but with a loss in maneuverability and top speed.

The stabs have a major role. They determine the stability of the foil and help with its lift, but to the detriment of the maximum speed of the foil and its maneuverability if they are too large. The role of the stabilizer is to stabilize the foil but also to compensate for the natural tendency of the front wing to dive. So you must have a good balance of surfaces between your stab and your front wing. A 38 cm stab with an XXL wing will give a catastrophic result at high speed: the foil will dive because the stab will no longer be able to lift enough to counteract the nosediving torque of the front wing.

Remember that the stab must be proportional to the front wing. Creating an imbalance brings no benefit except the illusion of a better glide.
For instance, the X-Over Stabs are slower than the Fluid Stabs or the Veloce Stabs, but are much more buoyant, and therefore effective at low speed or with a large front wing (for beginners for example). Conversely, the Pro Stabs are very thin and not very buoyant, therefore delicate with large thick wings which have an important nosediving torque.

Which foil 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.

In summary, for waves and freestyle, but also for beginners and progressing, an 85 mast is ideal. Simple to put in the water, an easy rail to rail, it’s perfect. A 90 cm mast and above is great for Racing by offering more margin at high speed, namely in choppy conditions, but isn’t as maneuverable. All our masts : 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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