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SHQ Team Reviews - Wing Foiling



This page gives an insight into what gear the SHQ team like to ride on a daily basis. They were asked to write short reviews on their favourite pieces of gear - equipment that they couldn't live without.
If you want more information on any of the gear give SHQ a ring on 03 9598 2867, but prepare for a long conversation, they love talking about gear they are passionate for!

 

 

Name:  Nick P

Weight:  93kg

Riding Style: Wave

Foil:  Armstrong 1550 with 85cm mast

The armstrong 1550 suits me perfectly for the type of riding I want to do. Its awesome for carving in the waves and still has the lower end and low stall speed to keep going when the wind drops out. Moving to the full carbon foil from an alloy is something i will never regret, the stiffness, response and pumping ability is unmatched. The 85cm mast is best for handling choppy conditions and gives a large margin of error in trimming, it only falls down when trying to ride shallow reef or beach break waves. I ride this foil from 15-40kts with a range of hand wings.

Hand wing: Duotone unit

 

 

I have a 5m and 3.3m unit these cover me from 15-40 knots comfortably. This wing suits me well for wave riding, it luffs out great when on the wave and develops power as required to get back up wind. The handles are one of the best aspects of the wing, covered in soft EVA they are comfortable for extended use even in cold conditions.

Board:  JP X-Winger 5'0" 95l

The X-Winger apealed to me as it packs so much volume into such a small outline. As I am 93kg the 95l board gives me enough positive bouyancy to waterstart even in light winds, while the length (5'0") makes this board super agile for turning and its an amazing pumping machine when on the foil due to the minimal swing weight. The foot strap positions work for my style of riding and im very happy with the long foil track giving a whole load of positioning options.

 

 

 

Name: Alan 

Weight: 75KG

Riding Style: Free Ride / Wave / Chasing Bumps 

Foil: Armstrong, 1250 / 1850

The Armstrong build quality & attention to detail is fantastic. The equipment comes packed in well thought out protective carry bags & also includes spare screws & hardware. The foils themselves are beautifully designed & include a titanium core in the fuselage, everything fits together perfectly, first time! I use the 1250 for high wind Wing-Foiling & Prone Surf-Foiling then switch to the 1850 for lighter wind Winging & SUP-Foiling.

Hand wing: Cabrinha V2 CrossWing 5m

I enjoy the solid feel & power delivery of the Cabrinha V2 CrossWing, the double strut design keeps the wing stiff without the need for a boom & the extra weight that comes with it. Cabrinha has excellent quality control & a fantastic build & "feel".  

Board:  Armstrong WingSUP, 99ltr, 5'11"  

The Armstrong 5'11" has plenty of volume to enable me to SUP or Wingfoil without constantly falling in when the chop gets a little rough. The super light construction makes up for the slightly larger volume & length that a rider of my weight & experience may otherwise like. As with all Armstrong equipment, the build quality is second to none & supplying the board with a well-fitting bag is a cherry on top. 

 

 

Name:  Tom Saunders

Weight: 88kg

Riding Style:  Surf/wave

Foil: Armstrong 1850HS and 1250 HS 85cm mast

Hand wing: NORTH NOVA 3.5M

Board:  AXIS FROTH 5'2" x 26.5", 90 litres