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Quick review - 2019 Slingshot Hover Glide FWIND - Infinity 76 Big Wing

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Created by azymuth 7 months ago, 29 Sep 2018
azymuth
WA, 604 posts
29 Sep 2018 6:47PM
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2019 Slingshot Hover Glide FWIND - Infinity 76

Quick review of this awesome big wing foil - picked it up from Jesper at simmerstyle.com.au

Quality of the product is impressive, the carbon wings are lighter than last year. It's a great looking piece of kit.
Setup is super easy and it flies without any shimming or adjustments necessary.

The inverted gull wing shape Infinity 76cm 1534 cm2 front wing is huge - it has great lift as you would expect, so super early foiling.

Awesome stability and predictability at low speed make it a perfect choice for learning to foil.
A mate was getting stable relaxed 200m+ flights with no bad crashes in his first hour of windfoiling - and that was with a pretty full-on 20 knot breeze and big chop.

The big wing is also amazing for more advanced riders for freeriding big chop, downwinding ocean swells and riding small waves - you can really pump the swells and feel the energy in the water. It's super maneuverable and turns in a flash.

Cranks upwind at crazy angles even with a wave sail - to counter the lift from the big wing you throw your weight over your front leg which settles the foil to a predictable stable height - flying over big ocean chop is effortless.

Carving swells back downwind is for me the most fun of all, pumping the foil with my feet while luffing the sail, feeling every boost from even small waves. This is where the big wing really shines as it maintains height even when you lose wind power.
I've done 21 knots which is respectable for such a big wing - handy to have decent speed to fly upwind but downwind there's actually no point going fast - the fun is staying on the swells not out-running them.

The foil is so predictable the wind range is huge - I've used it with a 5.3 wave sail in a single ocean session where the wind increased from 10 knots to about 24 knots.

Big wings with small sails make all those choppy waters that were a pain to sail with conventional slalom/freeride gear awesome fun and when the waves are too small for conventional wavesailing I'm still having a blast.




ratz
WA, 336 posts
29 Sep 2018 7:06PM
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I think you have convinced me j.j
does jesper have any in stock ?
and do you reckon I would be better off with the shorter mast as a beginner.
will be putting it in a starboard formula 162 ltr

azymuth
WA, 604 posts
30 Sep 2018 8:40AM
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Rob - go for it, the big wing is awesome. I would get the 90cm mast.

If Jesper doesn't have any foils in stock I'm pretty sure he can get them in a couple of days.
And he should be able to lend you the 30cm and 60 cm training masts.

My mate had about 15 minutes on the 38cm mast then swapped to the 61 cm mast for the rest of his first session.
He reckons he's going straight to the 90cm mast next session - the wing is that stable.

He also had a formula board - he couldn't get into the front strap as it was too far out on the rail and you ride these wings with an upright stance.
So either move the straps inboard (i just use 18mm plywood squares and treated timber wood screws to fix the straps ) or take the straps off completely.
That's what my mate did - but he's a surfer...
I find it weird without straps.

Anyway - let me know how you go

1 Oct 2018 8:44AM
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Hi Ratz

The original 2019 package comes with the 61cm mast.
I have been swapping the 61cm to the 90cm mast, if sailors wanted this instead as the start package.

Also I got some very handy Flight School Masts in different lengths, that I lent out for free and this really accelerate your learning curve and takes the 'edge off' the first days of practice. As mentioned the progress is very fast as the Slingshot foils as are so stable and you will be using the longer masts in no time.

To get an extra mast in a different length, is not to much $ by the way

ratz
WA, 336 posts
1 Oct 2018 5:14PM
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Cheers for that jesper
looking forward to my first flight.

WindsurfGreg
WA, 1 posts
1 Oct 2018 5:18PM
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Hi Azymuth

Which board have you been using when you go out foiling ?
Looks a little like a JP ?

Im thinking of buying a second and JP Slalom 78 2015 , I'm wondering if the board would work for foiling ?

azymuth
WA, 604 posts
1 Oct 2018 11:13PM
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WindsurfGreg said..
Hi Azymuth

Which board have you been using when you go out foiling ?
Looks a little like a JP ?

Im thinking of buying a second and JP Slalom 78 2015 , I'm wondering if the board would work for foiling ?



Hey Greg

I use a modified Isonic 121 and a modified 95l wave board.
The JP Slalom 78 looks fine - has a deep Tuttle box.
Good width for up-hauling and getting up on the foil in light winds - great size for free-ride foils.
You might want to add inboard foot-straps as you progress.

I don't race foil - but if you want to go that way you might need a wider board.

slugger68
WA, 17 posts
4 Oct 2018 8:54PM
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Hi JJ,
Slugger here was great to read your review and as such visited Jesper to check out the foil, very impressed with the build quality and overall design / features so bought and had my first ride at Majestic point today and loved it. The lift is amazing I've been using the NP Ali and was just too heavy for it.
Looking forward to my next flight.??

azymuth
WA, 604 posts
5 Oct 2018 9:09AM
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^^^
Hey Simon - awesome you got a Slingshot Infinity 76 and had a great session. Big wings with small sails are too much fun

And I reckon the fun goes up another level carving swells downwind, flying back upwind and repeating...

2keen
WA, 37 posts
7 Oct 2018 8:06PM
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Sailed Jurien Bay today was a gusty 12 to 20 knots inside the bay. Slingshot infinity 76 and a 4.5.
So much fun so much to learn!!
Simon

azymuth
WA, 604 posts
7 Oct 2018 9:07PM
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^^^^^ Super relaxed glide Simon - amazing for only your second session.


The Slingshot 76 big wings are just superb at light wind downwinding, silently gliding down the swells - flying along with the downwinder sups and surf skis
I'd be amazed if there aren't heaps of windfoilers out there sharing the stoke by the end of summer.

SSW 8-14 knots - 1m swell - 5m wave sail

slugger68
WA, 17 posts
8 Oct 2018 11:23PM
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azymuth said..
^^^^^ Super relaxed glide Simon - amazing for only your second session.


The Slingshot 76 big wings are just superb at light wind downwinding, silently gliding down the swells - flying along with the downwinder sups and surf skis
I'd be amazed if there aren't heaps of windfoilers out there sharing the stoke by the end of summer.

SSW 8-14 knots - 1m swell - 5m wave sail



Looking good Simon, what size starboard are you using?
I've noticed As Jj said I'm needing to bring my back foot in board more as your pic depicts.
I need to get some ocean practice in as I've only been on the estuary so far,
Happy foiling fellas

2keen
WA, 37 posts
9 Oct 2018 8:53AM
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Hi Slugger, board is a Formula 136. I took all the straps off as they were way to outboard. Makes the board difficult to carry at 1meter wide

azymuth
WA, 604 posts
9 Oct 2018 12:50PM
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The Slingshot Hoverglide Infinity 76 flies upwind effortlessly and carves back downwind superbly

ENE 10-15 knots, Simmer 2XC 6m, Isonic 121


jaume
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29 Mar 2019 5:29PM
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Sail Repair WA said..
Hi Ratz

The original 2019 package comes with the 61cm mast.
I have been swapping the 61cm to the 90cm mast, if sailors wanted this instead as the start package.

Also I got some very handy Flight School Masts in different lengths, that I lent out for free and this really accelerate your learning curve and takes the 'edge off' the first days of practice. As mentioned the progress is very fast as the Slingshot foils as are so stable and you will be using the longer masts in no time.

To get an extra mast in a different length, is not to much $ by the way


Hi,

I have the 90cm mast .. tried just once and I get too much lift and can't control de foil .. can you tell me on what position of the fuse ( B or C ) you put de mast ?

I have the Naish Hover 122 board.

Thanks.

2keen
WA, 37 posts
29 Mar 2019 7:55PM
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Hi Jaume,

We sail with the Infinity 76 in the B position. It is important to remember though that we are also sailing Slingshot Wizard boards which are obviously going to be balanced with a Slingshot Foil.

It is possible that you are simply sailing too back foot heavy which would explain your complaint of "too much lift"

You could try moving the mast back if the Naish has track mounts, or possibly try the Infinity 76 in the A Position.

Alternatively use your front strap but place your rear foot infront of the rear straps, this has the effect of moving your weight forward allowing you better control of the lift.

Check out Slingshots Foil Acadamy for professional advice

And practice practice practice



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