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- Wing Surfing
Wing surfing is combination of a wing surfer which is like a small kite, a short surfboard that has a hydrofoil bolted to the bottom of it.
Wing surfers are made by various manufacturers like Ozone, Duotone, Naish and F-one
The short surfboards are manufacturered by many companies like Naish, Fanatic, Nahskwell, JP, and Starboard
There are many types of hydrofoils from brands like AFS, Starboard, Moses, Neil Pryde and Fanatic.
The hydrofoils are made up of 4 parts, the mast, fuselage, front wing and rear stabilizer.
The mast is generally between 60cm and 90cm - the shorter the mast the closer you can get get on a wave near the beach. The longer the mast the easier it is to hydrofoil on choppy waters without the board continually hitting the water. Masts can be made of carbon or aluminium, carbon masts are stiffer, lighter and more reactive but come with a higher price tag. Aluminium masts are more flexible but enable hydrofoiling to happen at a cheaper price, with the downside of being heavier. At the top of the mast will either be a plate head (fixed to the board by 4 screws) or a deep tuttle head (approx 72mm) which is fixed to the board by two screws. There are some brands that have middi tuttle heads (approx 60cm or tuttle heads which are about 50cm. Deep tuttle heads are fixed in one place on the board whereas plate heads have anything from 10cm to 15cm forward or backwards in the board. Moving the plate forward in the board gives earlier lift, moving it back gives the least lift and the most speed.
Fuselage's are fixed to the bottom of the mast and are made from generally aluminium or carbon. Fuselage's are designed to hold the front wing and rear stabilizer.
A front wing is the part that give the hydrofoil lift. They are generally measured in square cm's which range from 1000cm area up to 3000cm area. The smaller wings are great if there is a lot of wave energy or smaller riders, whereas the bigger wings work for flat water and or heavier riders. Smaller wings turn faster and are faster whereas bigger wings have a larger turning circle, are slower but will keep you hydrofoiling longer above the water.
Rear stabilizers stabilize the hydrofoil by preventing it lifting too much. Rear stabilizers can be adjusted with small thin packers tilting the rear stabilizer to help with too much lift or too little. Sizes range between 300cm and 500cm.
Most hydrofoils are fully dismantleable and can be packed away in a small bag approx 100 x 30 x 15cm which is great for travelling with. Always use grease on the bolts as this helps stop the parts of the hydrofoil ceasing together.