Just received my Naish XXL (1954 sq cm) hope to get my first ride on her tomorrow....will give my thoughts and insights comparing it to my Naish XL (1572 sq cm).
So I've had two days on the XXL. I'm 6'2" and 185 lbs/84 kilo's. One day on my Naish Hover 142 and the other on my JP 7' Foil Board. Both days I sailed a 5.3 Ezzy Elite as the wind was anywhere from 7-22 kts and very up and down. The first day I played in some very onshore wind and about waist high chop waves. The second was in the Bay.
I'd have to say it pops up sooner than the XL, but not by much. The biggest difference I feel is that it can maintain a slower speed and stay on foil longer than the XL, which should be expected. It's also smoother, very stable and more user friendly as one might expect. On the first day with the 142 Hover I pushed the petal down as I had the front straps on "Normally I go strapless" and it held at around 17/18 kts just fine. Where this foil excels is when you get upright and on top of it, much like a SUP foil stance. What a joy. The second day on the JP 7' Foil I went straight into an upright SUP stance and got my WWF on with a 5.3 again and no straps. It free-sailed like butter. After I got comfortable on her, I really let the power off, barely holding the boom with the back hand and went into pump and glide mode on some down wind shin to knee high chop. She flew just fine. She also can bank quite the turn. I was impressed how long she stayed on foil when I let all the power off. Obviously I haven't pushed it yet....but I was impressed. Actually...I think I fell in love with her. ;) The profile and rake is very much in the spirt of the GO foils....whereas the XL has a lot of flat in the center and then the aggressive wing tips.
I hope this makes sense, but on the XL you can coax her up with a modified windsurfing pump. That wasn't working on the XXL. She really like more of SUP pump. The XXL comes up on foil smoothly and the XL jumps up quickly. The XXL almost glides down coming off foil and the XL can sometimes come down quickly. I love the XL too, but for what I'm trying to do, the XXL really shines. Yesterday was also the first day on my JP 7' Foil Board. I fell in love with her as well. I'm not sponsored and I've only been foiling a few months, but that board was made for this. Great job Naish on the long overdue XXL. So when's the XXXL coming out? ;)
In a few days we'll have some sides-shore wind and small swell and I'm frothing at the bit.
Shlogger... thanks a million. I've been wrestling with my Naish XL with my Naish Hover 122 for a while now... I will now try and source an XXL foil in the hope than I can finally nail this bloody foiling!Keep up the posts!
Great info again Shlogger - thanks!
I would love to hear about your low wind impressions of the xxl (when you get some low wind days!)
I was just thinking the other day I need to put the XXL on the Hover w a bigger sail and see where the bottom is. So far all my sessions lately have been on the JP 7' and it really likes a 5.3 or smaller. A sailed it once with a 6.1 but it felt slightly out of balance. I'll rig for the low end on my 6.8 with the Hover 142 and see what happens.