Best foil setup 2023?

ShiverMeTimbers

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I've been watching my friends in Hood River SUP, kite, and wing foil for 6+ years now, I'm finally ready to give it a go. With that, what does the great ErBB mind recommend for a beginner wing foil setup? I'm 6'2" 90kg in my skivvies, just turned 50, live in the PNW and will mostly be flat water winging on Puget Sound and Hood River to start.

Thanks in advance,

SMT
 

Hdip

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WINGS:

https://www.mackiteboarding.com/takuma-wing-ride-iii/ Both the 4m and the 6m.

Or 3 of these. 4m, 5m and 6m. https://www.mackiteboarding.com/cabrinha-3-x3-wing-package/

With package deals making wings so cheap, no reason to go used for wings to learn.

BOARD:

Your weight in KG +20. So you're looking in the 110-120 liter range. (wetsuits are heavy) I would go 110. But the 125 will let you learn a bit faster and then you sell it and move to a 85 liter board.


That's just one option. I'm sure there are plenty. Used is fine for the big learning board. The orange F-one Rocket wing ASC boards seem to let people learn easily.

FOIL:

Lots of options here. Since you primarily want to wing. 85cm mast. Or 90cm is fine too. 75cm is what you would use for surf foil when the water depth is an issue. Winging you want a little extra room though.

I'm going big on the front foil size. This will get you up in lighter wind, be more stable and let you progress quicker.

https://www.mackiteboarding.com/takuma-kujira-1440-foil/ Proven foil that you can learn to downwind on.

https://www.mackiteboarding.com/2021-north-sonar-foil-edition-ha1250-ha1450-front-wing-package/ The 1450. I don't know much about this and it's slightly smaller than the other options, but it's cheaper too.

https://www.onofoil.com/foils/07gskhqvw10nevlqvyg88njbj2qzxl-ftf5r-XUlBj The price fluctuates on this option a bit. I've seen it as low as $1300. I think it's the best deal in foiling. I ride the 75cm mast with the m800 for surf foil and the swift 230 for lightwind winging. I wish I had the 90cm mast for winging, but I make due.

The used market is crazy good now. Gotta look around a bit, but deals to be had. This is on my local whatsapp in LA, but more of a surf foil setup.
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If you're up by hood river I'm sure there is lots of good beginner wing gear.
 
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Hdip

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