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Slingshot Freestyle 87L with Infinity 65cm wing

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Created by azymuth A week ago, 28 Nov 2019
azymuth
WA, 862 posts
28 Nov 2019 5:31PM
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Yeewww
Freestyle 87 and Infinity 65 combo is next-level fun - rockets down the swells and turns almost too fast

A tad more difficult to gybe on a swell than the bigger wings - need good speed through the arc to maintain lift, which can mean crazy acceleration coming out of the turn while switchfoot - and the narrow wing doesn't have much side-side stability. Still easier to gybe than a wave board and awesome fun.
Flew upwind at 18 knots with crazy angles and cranking carves downwind was relatively easy even in today's extreme conditions.
If there's a better ocean foiling setup I haven't seen it

SSW 25-28 knots, 1.5 -2m swells, Simmer Blacktip 3.7m, Infinity 65 high aspect thin-section wing (841cm2)

The downwind run

Tracks till battery ran out

Jesper turned up frothing with his new 87

My setup

Grantmac
94 posts
29 Nov 2019 2:20AM
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I've heard this is "the" Slingshot wing and board combo for jumping.

azymuth
WA, 862 posts
29 Nov 2019 10:50AM
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Grantmac said..
I've heard this is "the" Slingshot wing and board combo for jumping.


Makes sense but I'll leave it to the "youngsters" to find out - locally I think Jonah will be first to properly jump when he gets his 65

2 Dec 2019 6:51AM
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I just had one go on this board, the same day as JJ in the 25+ kts seabreeze, with gusts up towards the 30 kts

I didn't expect 1 year ago that I would do any foiling in 20+ kts or so. But just thought I would have foiling as 'the light wind option'.
Also I didn't expect to use any boards under 125/ 105L.
Well things changed :)

That was actually a lot of fun with a 3.7 fully powered up + the new Freestyle 87L
I used the 76cm front wing, that could be seen as pretty powerfull set up, - but I just love the 76cm for every condition.
JJ used the new 65cm front wing, and this is probably the more fitting choice for those conditions ( I will get on this next time)

I was skeptical before going out with the ability to go back upwind, as the Wizard 125 and 105 is so efficient at it, I thought I might be disappointed. Also I questioned the 'touch down', as the board is so short, so it looks like you would go straight over the front.

Well I was wrong!

As JJ pointed out the upwind was no problem at all, - it was flying really well into the wind with ease.
The touchdowns was smooth, and it seamed to 'bounce' back efficient and at no time did it catch on the nose section.

The down wind was crazy fun, even with the powerfull 76cm front wing. Quite long glides and carving with zero power in the sail.

I cant wait to improve and get better on this combo :),

Unless you live in a place with steady 18+ kts all the time and all ready having good foiling skills (you also need to water start this board), then it looks like a 2'nd option for a board for stronger conditions.

The Wizard 125/105L and Freestyle 115L, is still the better choice for 1 board option for most foilers.








dejavu
24 posts
3 Dec 2019 3:10AM
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I'm curious about the Infinity 65 wing. Is it a viable option as a high wind wing? I have the 76 and find it a handful in 20 knots plus with my SS Wizard 125.

I'm around 71 or 72 kilos in weight and I'm looking for a high wind wing with my 3.6 to 4.5 meter sails.

azymuth
WA, 862 posts
3 Dec 2019 8:54AM
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dejavu said..
I'm curious about the Infinity 65 wing. Is it a viable option as a high wind wing? I have the 76 and find it a handful in 20 knots plus with my SS Wizard 125.

I'm around 71 or 72 kilos in weight and I'm looking for a high wind wing with my 3.6 to 4.5 meter sails.


I reckon the Infinity 65 is a perfect freeride wing for 18-35 knots for foilers with some experience.

It's leading-edge is quite sharp so when you're moving quickly it's super-efficient - seems to have about 80% of the lift of the Infinity 76 (at speed) with about half the surface area.

In big winds, big chop/swells I'd say it's not really a beginner wing because it accelerates so quickly and has quite a loose feeling.
The Time Code 68 is more forgiving.
But the Infinity 65 is A1 for max fun

thedoor
77 posts
3 Dec 2019 2:00PM
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I have found the 76 unmanageable at times in very heavy air, immediately trying to foil at times when I did not want it to. The 65 on the other hand needs a little pop to foil or the board needs to get up to speed so I felt more in control when OP'd.

The 65 is more maneuverable which makes gybing more challenging for me

azymuth
WA, 862 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 6:34PM
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Slingshot Freestyle 87L - awesome fun in 12-16 knots

Super-surprised how easily it flys in light winds. I was expecting it would need about 18 knots.
My waterstart threshold with a 5m is about 12 knots - enough wind to get the board flying with the Infinity 76 wing.

The board is nicely balanced - to get foiling, feet out and forward of the straps to avoid sinking the tail, a few feet and sail pumps in 12 knots and I'm up. Once flying step back and easily put both feet in the straps.

Love the tiny board feel when flying

I'm 82 kgs, for lightweights say 70kgs or less this could even be a 1 board solution if you live in a windy spot - although the Wizard 105 is hard to beat

SSW 12-16 knots

lao shi
WA, 1200 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 4:54AM
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And not just for experts. I had my first go on Azymuth's set up yesterday. I have foiled intermittently over the last year with some big time gaps maybe 25 sessions.
Water starting is about the same as a wave board.
The board is a bit more technical to get going on in the bottom end of the wind range as you have to trim to keep the nose on the surface as there is so little volume in the nose. When the wind picked up it lifted easily. Once flying the main difference is how hard it carves with your feet closer to the foil centre line. As stable as the wizard in a straight line but definitely looser feel. I can see the potential for a heap of fun.
surprised at getting it going when I wouldn't have been planing on my big wave gear combo of 6.1 /92l @ 70kg



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