GONG WING DROID V2

559,00759,00
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Freestyling at its pinnacle.

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  • Direct sale from shaper to surfer.
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Description

Program

The Droïd V2 is the ultimate wing for freestyle and progression at full speed!

Introduction

Freestyle is becoming a major trend in wing foiling. The absence of a mast foot allows for an absolutely insane number of tricks! We wanted a wing specialized for tricks and the specifications are simple: maximum compactness, acceleration, lightness, extreme handling and ON/OFF power.

In hand, the Droïd V2 seems tiny, a real toy. It’s so compact that you can see the water between the board and the tip 😉. You can easily imagine how it rotates all over the place with such a small wingspan.

The evolution of this V2 is mainly about dynamism. The rotations and the piloting of the wing during maneuvers are even more lively. The sequence of rotations is intuitive and will make your head spin.

The Droïd V2 offers an unprecedented mix of nervousness and handling. It is powerful without having a disproportionately large wing. In the high range, it’s more physical, but nothing prevents you from putting on a harness or downsizing. The goal of freestyle is to have the smallest wing possible so that you can send moves in all directions. No need to be overpowered with a big size.

The qualities of the Droïd V2 do not limit it to doing tricks on flat water, on the contrary. Its qualities which allow freestylers to link together moves are also assets for beginner users and also for a wave riding program. A super compact shape to avoid touching the water with the tips  which is very common when you start wing foiling. A formidable power in a contained format: you can pump easily and generate incredible power, just what it takes to take off when you lack a bit of technique. A light wing in hand that pivots very easily to simplify the sequence of maneuvers. Torque to take advantage of each gust with a mastered top speed to accelerate without being overwhelmed. And in waves, it goes neutral as soon as you shock.

The icing on the cake, the dimensions of the Droïd V2 make it the ideal wing for wingskating or mountainboarding. A great way to work through your transitions or have fun in the dry when the winter conditions get too extreme.

You want to send rotations, link maneuvers and navigate with a small wing in your hands, that’s 100% Droïd V2.

Shape

The ears are at 90°. So they are further from the water. It is an easy to pump and less tricky wing, which maximizes your success in tricks, even when in contact with water.

Its shape combines a minimal ratio for extreme maneuverability, a reduced wingspan and a pronounced hollow for strong acceleration and power on relaunch. In particular, the negative of the drop circle has been reduced, to maximize the surface area over a given span.

With the Droid we aim for top speed and therefore a certain finesse! But its hyper nervous architecture makes it take off in three pumping strokes. The Wing Droïd offers a huge high range while remaining light in hand.

Seen from the front, the accentuation of the dihedral on the Droïd V2 energizes the profile of the wing, increases its handling and speeds up the rotations.

Our engineers have added more tension to the V2, especially on the trailing edge, so that this preset constraint that appears when inflated absorbs the deformations on the water and maintains the shape in all situations. Thus the Droïd V2 develops more traction in low range and for heading upwind. The de-segmentation of the leading edge in its central portion is a key to this shape. The hollow faces a long, seamless section on the leading edge which makes the Droïd V2 super stiff: ideal for jumps, it doesn’t bend. Feature doubled by our double layer reinforcement in this section.

 

Equipments

  • The handles of the V2 are thin and rigid. The gain in comfort is sensational and is noticeable from the get go. The piloting is even more precise. The V2 is built with 3 handles on the central strut and one on the leading edge.
  • Four micro fiberglass battens to stabilize the trailing edge when you shock hard. It’s super light and strong.
  • The windows considerably reduce the risk of collision. For us this is fundamental. At the beginning you will surely be too busy trying to control everything and not using them, but very soon it will be the safety ally of your jibes. And our window PVC is super strong, no stress.
  • The new inflation / deflation valves are used directly with the end of the hose. No more incompatible or lost nozzles !
  • The large inflation/deflation valve on the leading edge is doubled on the central strut for immediate deflation and storage. Still in one pump mode, you inflate through the leading edge in seconds. Then open the two large valves to deflate everything instantly.
  • 3 harness fixing points are placed on the central strut of the V2 wings (1 single point on the front and 2 positions to choose from on the rear). Everyone will find their balance for endless sessions with a performant and powerful wing.

 

Construction

It benefits from the strongest construction on the market with its double thickness leading edge center segments, triple Ripstop spinnaker, trailing edge reinforcements, 100 microns thick TPU struts, Dacron DP175LL skeleton, handle reinforcement straps, and reinforced seams.

This is the opposite of the basic wing technology of low cost brands. Our low prices can only be explained by the absence of intermediaries. Our wings are built according to the rules of the art, to last and accept the normal constraints of this new sport.

At GONG our wings are the highest quality and if you should have the misfortune to break them, they can be repaired from A to Z with the components we keep in stock for your favourite repairer.

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Your benefits are clear:

  • An efficient shape created by one of the leaders in the world of wings.
  • A design at the forefront of R&D and ahead of its time.
  • A construction proven on thousands of wings.
  • The “Full Options” finish of inflatable wings.
  • A light, strong wing with the best rigidity on the market!!!
  • An incredible price that can only be explained by our direct relationship with you.
  • Simple maintenance and easy repairs because we have all components in stock.

 

Shape

The ears are at 90°. So they are further from the water. It is an easy to pump and less tricky wing, which maximizes your success in tricks, even when in contact with water.

Its shape combines a minimal ratio for extreme maneuverability, a reduced wingspan and a pronounced hollow for strong acceleration and power on relaunch. In particular, the negative of the drop circle has been reduced, to maximize the surface area over a given span.

With the Droid we aim for top speed and therefore a certain finesse! But its hyper nervous architecture makes it take off in three pumping strokes. The Wing Droïd offers a huge high range while remaining light in hand.

Seen from the front, the accentuation of the dihedral on the Droïd V2 energizes the profile of the wing, increases its handling and speeds up the rotations.

Our engineers have added more tension to the V2, especially on the trailing edge, so that this preset constraint that appears when inflated absorbs the deformations on the water and maintains the shape in all situations. Thus the Droïd V2 develops more traction in low range and for heading upwind. The de-segmentation of the leading edge in its central portion is a key to this shape. The hollow faces a long, seamless section on the leading edge which makes the Droïd V2 super stiff: ideal for jumps, it doesn’t bend. Feature doubled by our double layer reinforcement in this section.

Instructions

Innovation is at the core of our products

It benefits from the strongest construction on the market with its double thickness leading edge center segments, triple Ripstop spinnaker, trailing edge reinforcements, 100 microns thick TPU struts, Dacron DP175LL skeleton, handle reinforcement straps, and reinforced seams.

This is the opposite of the basic wing technology of low cost brands. Our low prices can only be explained by the absence of intermediaries. Our wings are built according to the rules of the art, to last and accept the normal constraints of this new sport.

At GONG our wings are the highest quality and if you should have the misfortune to break them, they can be repaired from A to Z with the components we keep in stock for your favourite repairer.

Your benefits are clear:

  • An efficient shape created by one of the leaders in the world of Wings.
  • A design at the forefront of R&D and ahead of its time.
  • A construction proven on thousands of Wings.
  • The “Full Options” finish of the inflatable.
  • A light, strong Wing with the best rigidity on the market!!!
  • An incredible price that can only be explained by our direct relationship with you.
  • Simple maintenance and easy repairs because we have all components in stock.

Buying guide

For whom?

Whatever your level, the Droid is accessible. It allows the most technical maneuvers but it is not technical. It’s all the magic of this wing that will suit a beginner as well as a pro.

For what?

This is the first wing in the world that performs 100% Freestyle: what more can we say!

You like to go for tricks, take off in the blink of an eye, and have a tiny wing in your hands: go for a Droïd!

And if you just want a super compact wing, this is perfect.

What size ?

  • The 3m² is dedicated to strong wind (35 knots), and/or ideal for land (skate).
  • The 4m² is top from 20 to 35 knots. Ultra maneuverable, a must.
  • The 5m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. It’s the key size that is used all the time.
  • The 6m² is great from 15nds to 25nds. This is the key size for heavier people.
  • The 7m² is great from 10kt to 18kt. The constant power is delectable in the light.

Don’t overestimate the power of wings. The ambient blah blah consists in making you believe that you will have fun with a 4m² in 12nds, even 8nds… It is really just BS that aims to make you crack on a cheaper wing and make you believe that this sport is magic.

The reality is that for a winger of 85kg, you need 20 knots with a 5m² to fly at the beginning. 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. All this can be learned and requires practice.

Best quiver choices?

The Droïd works with everything but especially with a compact and light board. Obviously, it will be more in phase with a foil dedicated to performance, in 85cm for example.

You can (should) add to this combo a SUP for windless days, and surely a board dedicated to surfing. But if you’re heading towards wing foiling, you may already have these toys in the garage 😉

Which Leash?

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.

Harness or harness free?

Riding without a harness is sexy because it makes you feel free and it’s stylish. You can move in all directions, it’s really nice.

On the other hand, you have to use smaller wing sizes in order to keep up for a full session. You would have to pump often to take off.

All our wings 2021 have harness line fixing points. So, you have the choice.

So, if on the other hand you like to ride with more power, the use of a harness is almost mandatory if you don’t want to do sessions limited to one hour. In this case, the installation of a harness line is super simple (see our tutorials on the forum). We advise you to use a harness that is as comfy and as light as possible, with a windsurfing type hook.

Lines of 24 to 28cm of distance between the central strut and your harness hook will be perfect. Use a small diameter rope and a thin sheath because such a rope is heavy and rigid, and therefore dangerous in tacks and other tricks.

So, it’s up to you to see if sensation and aesthetics prevail over performance. But it is a safe bet that soon all riders will have harnesses because the evolution will go towards more powerful wings and more performance.

Boom or handles?

We have tried everything, in every conceivable combination. A boom is great but is not at all suitable for a beginner public who needs a light wing.

With a boom, he’ll hit the board and damage it, or damage his shoulders. And it’s as hard to transport as it is to install.

In 2021 we reduced the number of handles to a minimum and saved almost a kilogram per wing.

The choice is therefore four ideally placed handles :

  • One for handling and surfing on the leading edge.
  • One front handle on the central strut.
  • A space to put a harness line between the front and rear handles.
  • A rear handle for low power and tricks on the central strut.
  • A second rear handle for full power on the central strut.

Windows or only canopy?

Wings without windows are cheaper, 200 grams lighter and easier to store.

Wings with windows are safer, stiffer and more responsive.

For beginners, a wing with windows is a must because safety comes before the few grams you could gain. The point is not to admire the landscape: windows will allow you to see if there’s someone or something on the other side of your wing when jibing and therefore prevent a potential collision.

With or without battens?

For freestyling you need light wings. So the Droïd V2 does not have full fiber battens. Only  4 small anti flap battens.

Included equipments

  • The handles of the V2 are thin and rigid. The gain in comfort is sensational and is noticeable from the get go. The piloting is even more precise. The V2 is built with 3 handles on the central strut and one on the leading edge.
  • Four micro fiberglass battens to stabilize the trailing edge when you shock hard. It’s super light and strong.
  • The windows considerably reduce the risk of collision. For us this is fundamental. At the beginning you will surely be too busy trying to control everything and not using them, but very soon it will be the safety ally of your jibes. And our window PVC is super strong, no stress.
  • The new inflation / deflation valves are used directly with the end of the hose. No more incompatible or lost nozzles !
  • The large inflation/deflation valve on the leading edge is doubled on the central strut for immediate deflation and storage. Still in one pump mode, you inflate through the leading edge in seconds. Then open the two large valves to deflate everything instantly.
  • 3 harness fixing points are placed on the central strut of the V2 wings (1 single point on the front and 2 positions to choose from on the rear). Everyone will find their balance for endless sessions with a performant and powerful wing.
  • High quality wing bag, with thick foam padding and large U shaped opening for no-hassle packing.
  • Repair kit.

Pricing

GONG WING DROID V2: from 559€ 

  • We make quality products. We are not “low cost”.
  • We sell simply without an intermediary thanks to the internet: direct from shaper to surfer.
  • If we sold this Wing in a surfshop, it would cost 769€ (taking into account traditional margins that we should offer to distributers and stores).

 

Shipping

Availability:

The dates of availability of all our products are written on each product page, in the size and colour of the product concerned.

These dates are valid at the moment you consult the site and/or place an order. It is possible that this product may be ordered a few seconds after your consultation. It then becomes unavailable. If you have placed an order, this change does not concern you: the product you order is still available on the date indicated at the time of your order.

We sell several thousand products per week. The stocks are therefore very evolutionary. But our management always shows you the real availability live.

If it’s available online: it’s available 😉

 

Pre-order:

Some articles are proposed in pre-order during their routing to our premises. You can buy this article which will arrive at our place in a few weeks. This method avoids the fair to grab upon receipt of the lot and the disappointed ones who would not order within the hour.

Upon receipt, we will ship it to you as a regular order.

The times indicated on the pre-orders are 95% reliable. First of all, because we only pre-sell finished products that are arriving to us after Customs, and therefore shipped right after. And also, because we add decent margins with concern to the dates announced by the shipping companies or railways.

However, a Worker Strike, a breakdown, an overbooking, can unfortunately happen. In the case of a delay, you will be notified by email (check your spam). It is generally less than a week and totally independent of our good will.

As soon as we receive the container in La Baule, we ship your order within three working days. Then the carrier takes over: delivery time and tracking numbers are under their responsibility.

It is possible that the date displayed on the online for the pre-order of the item you have ordered and paid for may change for two reasons:

  1. All quantities of the batch are sold (most common reason). In this case, orders placed for the first container will be delivered as scheduled.
  2. The container is late and we have to shift the date by a few days. (Strikes, breakdowns, overbooking, can unfortunately happen). You will be notified by email.

We never change the delivery dates of a container without notifying customers.

 

Delays:

The dates that we announce are shipping deadlines, which GONG has in stock and available here physically.

We usually give a shipping time within 3 days, but in most cases, we ship within 24/48 hours. Normally morning orders leave in the afternoon for example.

Then the transport service takes over. The variables are then important between the customer being delivered to France (very fast) or Bulgaria (a good week) or to a forwarding agent or to Asia or the USA… You understand that each location has its own type of delay.

We work with serious and well-known carriers. They do their utmost to make you happy even if a snafu can happen. In any case, we are there to make things easier and to arrange our customers.

 

Shipping Fees: 

Contrary to others, we do not hide shipping costs in the price of our products. At GONG everyone knows exactly what he pays. The transport is charged at its strictest value, and the person who comes to pick up his products does not pay hidden transport fees.

Shipping costs are calculated according to the weight and volume of each package, and your delivery address. To this is added a labour time of order preparation.

The invoicing of the shipping costs is identical in continental France and in the bordering European countries. A surcharge is automatically invoiced for deliveries to the most distant European countries and all European islands.

For a shipment in French overseas departments and territories or outside Europe, our logistics department will contact you before the payment stage to give you an estimate of the shipping costs. You will be able to accept this estimate and pay your order, or refuse it and cancel your order.

 

Any questions:

We answer you within 24 hours by email. But 95% of your questions are answered on the site. Try to use our contact form which will guide you to all these answers.

Don’t forget to read the Forum, where thousands of users exchange information and experiences.

In any case, don’t panic. If you don’t get an answer during the weekend, it’s normal: the team is resting 😉

We are passionate and professional in our job. Our only goal is to make you happy, as much as possible 😉

 

Eco-responsible packaging:

Preserving the environment is a top priority. That’s why we are doing everything possible to reduce our environmental footprint.

The first thing is to sell quality products that will last, be repairable and will please you for a long time.

The second thing is to sell for less. Most of the pollution coming from a Board is in its use (the km driven to use it) and in the countless environmental damages you have to do to pay for it. Each euro spent is a sum of damage related to your life quite simply: eating, working hard etc… By reducing the price of our products, we significantly reduce your ecological footprint on this item.

For our shipments we use:

  • Flexi-Hex: ecological packaging of very high resistance.
  • Paper Craft Scotch Tape.
  • Final packaging made of high-end cardboard.

All this for:

  • Reusable and recyclable packaging.
  • An almost total reduction of single-use plastic.
  • Maximum protection and impact resistance thanks to the innovative design of Flexi-Hex honeycomb (35mm thick).

 

Tracking of your parcels :

The tracking of deliveries is directly ensured by the carriers to whom we have entrusted your parcels. They will contact you by email or SMS to allow you to choose the delivery methods and to follow the route of your package.

If you ask us for this tracking, we will have to do as you do: we will go see on the carrier’s app because they are the ones who manage and are responsible for this job.

 

Delivery:

We collaborate with the best transport providers to deliver you everywhere in Europe and in the world in very short delays.

We have chosen them for their quality of service and their respect of deadlines. 80% of your orders reach their destination in less than 48 hours of processing in metropolitan and continental France.

For Europe, the delays vary from 3 to 6 days depending on the country of destination.

For the rest of the world, delays can be up to 15 days.

Please note that the transport time is added to the preparation/shipping time. Two companies work on your order (GONG and the carrier). Each one controls its activity and commits itself to optimize its delays so that you are delivered as soon as possible, in good condition and at a reasonable price.

 

Reception of your Board:

Upon delivery, simply open and inspect the condition of your Board in the presence of the carrier. A complete email explaining the procedure to follow will be sent to you when your order is shipped.

In spite of our requirements and all the care we take in packaging and protecting your Board, transportation hazards may occur. Even if it concerns less than 2% of everything we ship around the world, a Board can suffer a more or less important transportation shock.

But in any case, don’t worry, just refuse it, and a new Board will be shipped back to you.

 

Returns:

You can choose to return your products if:

  • You are not satisfied (14 days right of retraction).
  • You want to change an item.
  • You have refused your package.

 

For each situation, contact us by our contact form to help you.

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Warning

You must read the detailed user manual completely before using your Wing for the first time.

Be sure to have a full understanding of it. Wings can be dangerous depending on their size and the strength of the wind. You have to check the wind range of your wing so that it corresponds with conditions and your actual skill level.

For the first few sessions, never use your new Wing in its high wind range. Use your Wing in a secure environment. Take the necessary time to learn how to handle the equipment under optimum safety conditions. Never underestimate the traction power of your Wing. Even a beginner’s Wing can develop a pulling force of several hundred kilos depending on its size and the strength of the wind. Do not overestimate your abilities. Misuse can cause serious injury or death to the practitioner or others. Do not use your Wing at sea in offshore winds. Use your Wing equipped with a leash. Be careful to avoid any collision. Be extremely careful if you sail with your Wing and a board equipped with a foil. The manufacturer declines all responsibility for damage or damage caused by improper use of the Wing or carelessness of the user.

Dry your wing ?

Unless you end your session with a long ride in the sun and land on a pontoon, it’s rather rare to get out of the water with a completely dry wing. 😉 Note that there is no need to dry your wing if it is to be used regularly in salt water, as the salt protects the materials from mold.

If, however, for transport or storage reasons you want to dry them, you must absolutely avoid hanging the deflated wing by the handle on the leading edge. It’s however very practical but it is the best way to obtain a hernia on the central strut at the junction with the leading edge following the collapse of the bladder inside. The bladders are movable in the strut and the leading edge. So if you hang it up deflated to dry, the bladder can slip, or even crumple, in the strut sleeve.

So ideally, you dry your inflated wing in the shade, and at worst flat or at least with just the inflated central strut.

Find all our How to : Dry your wing

How to inflate your wing?

Inflating your wing while it is still rolled can cause movements and twists of the bladder which will have the effect of deforming the inflated wing or causing hernias. It is therefore essential to fully unfold your wing before inflating it using the inflation valve on the leading edge.

Generalities about the Wing

The Wing is a machine with an inflatable structure directly in the rider’s hands. Handgrips are used to control its flight and the power delivered.

The Wing’s number one advantage is the absence of a mast rig. This allows you to switch from a horizontal windsurf-type traction to a vertical kite-type traction. The best of both worlds can be combined in total freedom.

Much less complicated than a kite and much lighter than a windsurfing sail, the Wing lightens you to the zenith and accelerates in front of you.

The Wing combines the advantages and moves of these two sports, and it gives even more with all the possibilities linked to neutrality in surfing, and the rotations under the Wing and other offsets… the potential of moves is endless.

Ideal when combined with a Foil, it is much more reassuring than a kite and much more manoeuvrable than a windsurf sail.

The Wing is by far the simplest support to learn how to Foil, far ahead of all other sports. A great way to learn to Foil afterwards in other sports.

It is the perfect machine:

  • Compact, it fits in a car and is easy to fly.
  • Lightweight, you can ride your Quiver without having a hard time.
  • You can go in the water anywhere, except in the shorebreak.
  • Very little sensitive to the quality of the wind. If it falls we return quietly.
  • A potential in surfing and tricks almost infinite without a mast rig.
  • High performance for a minimum of constraints.
  • The attraction of novelty, it’s good to change sometimes.
  • No major danger.
  • Smile, smile and smile.

With its glide, you don’t have to overcast to have fun. In gusts of wind, its structure naturally absorbs excess power. The pros will be able to put on a harness to size up and boost performance. But amateurs will also find real relief in the harness. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the Wing that carries your arms, not the other way around. But after two hours without a harness, you have to admit that fatigue is there. Everyone is free to hold on with bare hands or to relieve themselves.

Ideal with a Foil, it requires more air than a kite which will always have the advantage of pulling a lot from 4/5 knots. The Wing will require between 10 and 15 knots to express itself on a Foil and will remain super easy even in 35 knots, even 50 knots, where the kite often rhymes with big risks.

 

It is great with a pure Wing Board, but also with multiple supports such as :

  • SUPfoil
  • Surfoil
  • Stand Up Paddle “SUP” (rigid or inflatable)
  • Skate
  • Rollerblade
  • Mountain board
  • Anything that slides on snow
  • Etc.

The advantages of the Wing are clearly identified: simplicity, compactness and lightness provide unequalled freedom of movement and ease of use. The Wing is ready to fly in 1min chrono: no line to unroll, just two flexible slats to insert in their sheath, a few strokes and off you go.

The technology used to make the Wings is very similar to that of our kitesurfing wings, but much stronger. Multiple reinforcements are present on the stress zones according to the different uses.

The shape of the Wing is “self-stabilizing”. Don’t imagine orienting it by the force of your wrists like on a boom: it doesn’t work like that. You put your back hand down: the Wing will lay flat above your head. You put it up and the Wing goes vertical. Easy! This is called umbrella or screen piloting. It is often said that the beginnings of the Wing are more like pole dancing than windsurfing. Indeed, you almost have to have the back hand vertically under the front hand when you are not flying, to keep the Wing as an umbrella. This way you keep it away from the water, and you use its traction with the same angle as a kite to lighten up. So, think pole dance ;-))))))

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