For several years now I have been searching for a foil that can do high speed tight carves without crashing while feeling in control. This week I found such a foil. I have been testing several foils in this size and style, all good and all with at least one caveat. So here is a quick write up of what foil I am in love with and why.
This is a video ride report on my first half dozen sessions surfing a high aspect foil wing. I talk about the benefits and challenges of riding a high aspect foil wing, and the similarities and differences with a low aspect wing of similar surface area. For me the focus is on the shape or ride feeling of the wing regardless of brand or who designs the wing. I find this most useful when deciding what wing to buy or what conditions are a good match for which wing. In this video I am riding Axis 900 and 1000 foil wings with the 420 tail (YouTube preview).
Video 1 = 8:37
Life is Good.
First swell we have scored The Beach this season, clear blue water, light offshore winds, fun swell, and good friends.
Sun, pelicans, dolphins, surfers, all enjoying a day at the beach.
Here is the video from these 2 days of swell (YouTube preview):
Video Length - 2:34
Really fun swell and conditions made for a foil party.
Some of the best foilers I know were out.
I grabbed my long lens camera and captured some of the best foiling I have seen.
Here is the YouTube video from that day:
I have been re-discovering well known beaches as foil spots and I am having a blast! Surf foiling is so fun, and even if I get bored a simple change to my foil changes everything and I am excited again! Fall swell has been sparse to non existent so far, and I am so glad I have a foil to help me make lemonade out of these lemon conditions.
I have also been seeing foil spots with wing foil eyes, imagining how to wing at a spot and having my mind blown by the possibilities that will be here with the next storm swell!
In this video I score a couple of really fun peaks that are great foil waves and very different in their shape and rideability. Length of Video – 1:47 (YouTube preview):
The first summer of winging, in a year of deep sorrow, brought me great joy. Uncertainty, chaos, fear, AND super super stoked! Riding the wind has been around forever, and yet this is the first year I really dedicated myself to learning how, or winging is so appealing the only choice for me, was YES! Seeing all my friends either join me in wing foiling or show a palpable curiosity in this new winging adventure, is proof for me that this is special. Who says "no thanks" to endless waves?
Length of Video - 8:12 (YouTube preview):