Well, I got a steller deal I couldn't pass up on a new Slingshot Dialer 130L Foil board. I haven't got a foil yet, but I will before end of winter. I will learn to foil next year. Just gathering the gear needed when on sale so I will be ready to learn next year. Super excited!! I wonder how many sessions will be needed to learn?
get the ss 84 infinity foil and progression is reasonably rapid.
or the 76.
don't go too short on the mast I tried a short one but was much happier on the 90 mast.
had a sweet little session this arvo on my ss 76 love it......
The 2019 Slingshot Infinity 76 comes with a 60 cm mast. That's fine to get you started. You can get the longer mast for about $150 after you've gone through the first few sessions.
There are quite significant improvement in the foils going on. Typically, getting a newer foil will give you a significantly better foil - but last year's foils can often be had for half the price. If you go with an older foil, you'll pay with a slower progression. But pretty much everyone who's an experienced foiler now learned on older foils .
I have seen maybe 10-20 windsurfers foil for the first time. Almost everyone got up onto the foil during the first 30 minutes when the conditions were ok; some got up during the first one or two runs. Learning to control the flight takes a few more sessions. I'm a slow learner, and it took me perhaps 8 sessions to stay up for 1000 or 2000 feet. Faster learners get there sooner, slower learners (or someone on unbalanced gear) may need longer. But you'll probably have the feeling that you made decent progress after most of your early sessions.
We just got our Infinity 76, and I went for a session where the wind dropped in the middle. I just got a couple of flights at the start, and a few more after slogging for 45 minutes before it got dark. I probably could have been planing the entire time on my large slalom gear, but I had rigged small (5.0) thinking the wind would stay up or increase. Still, I found myself driving home with a huge grin on face - much bigger than after most windsurfing sessions.
I think the most difficult part for me is going to be gybing. Shifting my weight around through out the gybe looks challenging.
Foilworks is a newer brand in the Gorge that builds foils similar shape to slingshot from what I understand. They call it a carbon fiber, aluminum, hybrid setup. Around $750/foil.
You'll find out when you start to foil.
Hardest for me was choosing sail size.
Of course, sustained level foiling without breaching or touching down.
I tried a foiling jibe 1st day out last year, foiled out downwind, wobble crashed, and decide to just set the board down, then normal jibe board down.
This year, my friends who foil, jibe really well by April.
I watched for a month while windsurfing everyday, have foiled 5 days in May/June, and all 3 attempts failed, all foiling to the new side sail flipped and caught, but losing balance on the footswitch.
So I started windsurfing on a Naish 8'6" Freeride to work on a quick, balanced footswitch on planing jibes.
We'll see next few foiling days, but all my windsurfing the past month is with 5.2 or smaller sails and sub 92 liter boards.
Is it doable to gybe and keep the same stance through the gybe, then you'd be riding toe side on the next tack back, then sheet out depower to a shlog, change to normal windsurf stance and get foiling again, gybe again, keep same stance, then you'd be riding toe side again, depower to shlog again and so on until gybes become stable then change stance every gybe like normal through gybes?