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Old 04-27-2022, 11:33 AM
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Default Winging, an easier way ...

For best winging performance you need to use a hydrofoil. Many people need to commit a good deal of time and effort to mastering wingfoiling.
At the same time, there is an easier, quicker way to get up winging in good conditions. You might wing in minutes instead of what may be weeks
or longer with a hydrofoil. Some might consider doing this while working on hydrofoiling and for others, doing this in lieu of wingfoiling with the
tradeoffs that go with it. Here are some photos of a session last weekend off Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys.

Laura is about to launch in some nice side onshore wind around 20 mph with minimal waves in the shallows. She is using a 5 m Cabrinha Mantis
wing with an Imagine Surf BULA. The BULA has a ton of stability and flotation plus midboard and aft skeg's to aid tracking under sail. Plus it
has a pin mount for windsurfing if you would like to do that as well.

A look at the skegs with some wide angle camera distortion.

So, put your time in with the hydrofoil and/or go this route. If the wind was a bit lighter I was going to have my pre-teen kids give it a go
with the 5 m Mantis. The BULA is a family board after all.

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