|Goya's Reinforced Box|
|RRD's Box Treatment|
- The best thing, if you can afford it, would be to buy a new foil with dedicated foiling board. The Pryde/JP stuff seems to be as cutting edge as you can get right now.
- Second, you could use an old formula board or big slalom which may be gathering dust in your rafters as the board, and simply buy a foil.
- Thirdly, if you are looking to upgrade your big slalom board, ensure that you buy a really fast, modern slalom model with a strengthened box. This will ensure that you can smoke with a normal slalom set-up but are also able to foil if the urge takes you.
- Goya seem to have the widest tail width in the 233/84/136l board size (Proton pure slalom).
- If you buy a learning set-up, will you be happy with the learning equipment once you are proficient? I think not. As soon as you are fast and comfortable, you will want the fastest, lightest kit available. Because of this, if I was in the market for all new, complete kit, I would lean towards the Pryde system which gives you two wing sets, one for light wind and one for speed. Both wing sets fit onto the same mast and fuselage. Learn on the long, stable wings and progress to the faster set-up.
- Slingshot offers a set of masts ranging from short (to learn on) – to standard length (for advanced riding). All of these are in heavy aluminium – good for learning.
- I heard Antoine Albeau say that he learned to foil on quite a narrow board and never considered trying anything else. He says that the moment he tried a wide board he felt such an improvement in control that he changed immediately to a wide shape and will not go back. This convinces me that wide (foiling will be a light-wind option I imagine) is the way to go. You also need to be able to uphaul with no problem I would think.
- Levering the board, rig and sailor out of the water must involve a titanic front-to-back bending moment concentrated by the mast on the fin box. This is why an ordinary windsurfing box needs to be strengthened of course. What Slingshot does is to equip their masts with a flange which butts up firmly against the underside of the board when you tighten the fin bolts. In use, this dissipates the force from the bending moment, spreading it along the underside of the board. Genius!
If you go onto Slingshot’s site you will notice that they run an academy to train foilers. I’m not sure whether this is simply an online thing or if you can go to a spot, be provided with equipment and learn on their stuff.
- If you can afford it and have the transport/loading space – buy the Pryde/JP set-up.
- If you are budget conscious, use an existing old formula/ large slalom board and buy foil and spare parts from Slingshot.
- Go wide on the board
- Get lessons if you are able
- If you plan on replacing a big slalom board, buy one with a reinforced fin box.