As part of a Freeride / Freerace program, it can arrive very early in your Quiver because it is the least technical navigation format compared to Freestyle and Waveriding.
It is not particularly technical to use, much less than the 2020. So, all levels from a decent level will be fulfilled.
It’s the fastest wing in the world : what more can you say!
Do you like to tack, be full speed, go upwind, ride, launch, surf from time to time? It does it all wonderfully.
- The 2m² is dedicated to very strong wind (45 knots and more), and/or ideal for children and land (skateboarding).
- The 3m² is dedicated to strong wind (35 knots), and/or ideal for children and land (skate).
- The 4m² is top of 20 to 35 knots. Fast and docile, 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. It’s the key size for the strong ones.
- The 7m² is great from 10kt to 18kt. The power background is delectable in the light.
Don’t overestimate the power of the Wing. 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 an 85kg wing needs 20 knots in 5m² to fly at the beginning. After about 15 sessions, it will fly at 15 knots in 5m². And if it is sporty it will pump hard and take off at 12 knots in 5m² to go from soft to 8 knots. All this can be learned and requires water time.
Best Quiver choices?
The Wing Pulse works with everything. Obviously, it will be more in phase with equipment dedicated to performance.
You will be able (will have to) add to this combo a SUP for windless days, and surely a Board dedicated to surfing. But if you’re heading towards the wing, you may already have these toys in the garage 😉
Take a 5′ to 6′ 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 stlyin’. You can move in all directions, it’s really nice.
On the other hand, it is necessary to use less canvas to avoid having your arms extended. This means having to pump often to take off.
All our wings 2021 have harness line attachments. So, you have the choice.
So, if on the other hand you like to ride with more canvas, the use of a harness is almost mandatory if you don’t want to do sessions bridled at one o’clock. 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 stiff and as soft as possible, with a windsurfing type hook.
Tips of 24 to 28cm of distance between the batten and the V-shaped hollow will be perfect. Use a small diameter rope and a thin sheath because the ends of the rope are heavy and rigid, and therefore dangerous for turns 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.
Wishbone or Handles?
We have tried everything, in every conceivable combination. The Wish is great but is not at all suitable for a beginner public who needs a light wing.
With a Wish, he’ll hit the Board and damage it, as well as hit themselves in the shoulders for nothing. 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 hand grip on the batten.
- A space to put a piece of harness between the front and rear handles.
- A low power rear handle and tricks on the center strut.
- A full power rear handle on the center strut.
Full Window or Canopy?
Wings without windows are cheaper, lighter and easier to store.
Wings with windows are safer, stiffer and more responsive.
For committed jibes, a wing with a window is a must because safety comes before the few grams you could gain. It is not used to admire the landscape: it is used to see a silhouette to abort a dangerous curve that would cause a collision.
With Battens or without?
In the light wind, light wings are more pleasant. Then it is without slats that you can use your Wing Pulse 2021. But as soon as it goes up or you speed, the Pulse’s integral battens are a real plus. Two in one 😉
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.
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