Designed for beginners but also for experts, the Plus wing is really perfect to discover this sport and progress quickly.
But it is also suitable for the more experienced because its power to weight ratio is the best in the range. This is an incredible asset in a lot of situations, in freeride, freestyle, and also in the waves. And with its well placed hollow, it is game on in freerace.
Whether you’re a beginner or wanting something cooool, it’s a hassle-free board. It’s soft and easy, yet very efficient.
Its role is to make your life easier. So, a pro will surely prefer a board that’s more radical but it will make the happiness of thousands of practitioners in search of simplicity, security, without sacrificing performance.
- In wing, the HIPE Perf is the super accessible board for a beginner. Large sizes are magic for your beginnings: zero stress. In large volumes it is easy, but in small sizes you need to have a good physical condition or to be light.
You can start smoothly with this foil. Everything is simpler and safer. And in case of breakage you have all the spare parts for a ridiculous price.
Clearly its role is to facilitate your first year of wing foiling.
But it is also the most versatile wing offering a high level of performance in all registers:
- It takes off early.
- It holds far in the high end.
- It is super maneuverable, and so light.
- It sails upwind and flies downwind like a slalom sail!
Light, powerful, easy, it has all the qualities to bring you to a good level and even much further.
The HIPE is the ultimate board to progress without complicating your life, almost up to the best level. It is therefore limitless.
- With a wing, it’s really the easiest board in the world in its bigger sizes, without being an anvil. It’s great for boosting your progression. In small sizes we’re in the high level of performances for transitions, speed, course, curves and tricks.
This is the foil for beginners, but also for progression. It’s not just a school foil that will peak at your fifth semester.
Flat on the water, you pick up a bit of speed, you sheet in twice on the wing and you can fly. The Rise Foil settles quietly at 10 knots, it goes through all the slack and you can head upwind easily. But if you sheet in, it will go through the 20 knots, still smoothly.
In surfing it’s very simple, soft and easy to handle. Really easy to hook, hard to stall, it is a model of tolerance based on proven profiles in the world of military aviation.
When pumping, you have lift. It’s not a fast foil, but our many videos testify to its qualities. You will pump in a slow rhythm, more on the legs than on the cardio. And above all without error, because the most energy consuming part in pumping are errors.
When learning, in 99% of the cases you go for a 5m² . Its ideal range is from 15 knots to 25 knots. Once in flight with a 15 knots gust, you will easily hold the flight in 12 knots. A pro will keep flying in 8knts lulls when pumping, the wind range is absolutely huge :
Don’t overestimate the power of wings. The ambient blah blah would have you believe that you will have fun with a 4m² in 12 knots, even 8 knots… It is really just BS to make you get a cheaper wing and make you believe that this sport is magic.
The reality is that for a 85kg winger, you need 15/20 knots with a 5m² to fly to get flying the first times. After about 15 sessions, you will fly at 15 knots with a 5m². And if you’re athletic, pumping hard can make you take off at 12 knots in 5m² and hold the flight through 8 knots lulls. All this can be learned and requires practice.
In wing foiling, you can take it very generous if you are a beginner. And if you already have a good level, you will on the contrary go for a limited volume by following the same rule as in SUP foiling below.
Remember that your weight plus 40 gives the minimum total liters to start, and your weight plus 20 is ideal at a good level. Below, the performance gain is worth less in regards to the generated problems. You are going to swim more 😉
A small chart that sums it all up
In light wind, we tend to think that the bigger the more efficient. With some nuances, yes that is the rule.
In a steady wind:
- The L is for riders under 75kg.
- The XL is for riders over 75kg.
Remember to play on the stabs to have more or less ease and speed as you progress.
Understanding the GONG range?
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!
- HIPE PRO: the inflatable with 95% of the performance of a rigid board in a shape dedicated to experienced foilers that want maximum fluidity and reactivity.
- MOB 2TASTE: three sports in one board: SUP, SUP foil and wing.
- ZUMA: the easy rigid board in SUP foil and wing, and with good performances.
- LANCE: the compact Zuma, very stable sideways, ideal for wing.
- FLINT: high performances in SUP foil, 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:
Best Quiver choices?
The Wing Plus is the most versatile wing in the range so it matches perfectly with a HIPE, a Zuma, a Lance but also with a Mob 2Taste, a Flint, a Mint, a Kube, a Lemon or the Lethal according to your style and your desires. On the foil side, the Allvator Aluminum wing foils with the Rise, X-Over and Curve front wings will make the magic combo for easy beginnings and sessions.
Needless to say, the Plus 2023 is popular!
The HIPE Perf is really an easy and all-round foil board. So, it’s going to find a large place in your sessions and a small one in the back of your car.
You can of course complete it with a range of Stand-Up Paddleboards without a foil. And also, surf boards for those days when the waves are unsuitable for foiling.
The Rise wing foil is ideal for beginners. It will therefore marry wonderfully with a HIPE, a Lance or a Zuma.
Positioning of the foil ?
For GONG foils, place the plate in the center of the US rail box. The further you move it forward, the more it raises the board.
The further 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 the back foot work enough, especially when we come from kite foiling. However, moving the foil back a little, forces more weight on the back foot and gives a more harmonious attitude and reduces efforts.
Take a 5′5 to 8′ Wing Leash in light wind and a 10′ Leash in strong wind. Preferably a model dedicated to the Wing and of telephone type. A short leash allows you to resume the Wing quickly.
A long leash protects the Wing from the foil falling into the canvas by letting it go further.
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! Also in waves, do not hold your wing by the Leash, it will explode or you will hurt yourself.
Take a 6′ of 7mm minimum diameter.
Check its condition before each session and change it every year. It’s your life jacket.
Strap or Strapless? 2 or 3 straps?
When using the HIPE with a wing
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. On a HIPE, we’re clearly going to miss a big part of its potential without straps.
With straps, you’ll have much more control and much less risk of the foil flipping over under your feet. When you are getting into wing foiling, the V front straps are an essential benchmark to position your feet properly. You save a lot of time.
In the waves, it’s obvious, you gain a lot with straps, including the rear strap. You can recover from crazy situations just by pulling up on your feet. And what to say in the tricks: the catalog is multiplied tenfold with the straps. All jumps are possible, and the cushioning of the inflatable is magic for the knees ?
Take your first steps with just the V front straps. You can mount the rear strap because it will make a good mark to wedge your foot just in front, and a good grip. But don’t put it on at first. Once you are comfortable in flight, remember to move the foil back 2cm to get used to the rear strap.
Good to Know:
Never leave your board in the sun, even less an inflatable board, and even less a black carbon plate that will heat up very quickly. You might see it peeling off!!!
Don’t screw further than the bottom of the box, otherwise you’ll get into the skin of the inflatable. We deliver US squares with no opening, but be careful.
Never let your foil board get mistreated in the waves, especially close to the shore. You must protect it from major forces. A wave that carries your board away and rolls it away can do a lot of damages.
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