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    How to choose a Surf Foil Board ?

    What's different about a Surf Foil Board?

    Surf foilboards are smaller than your regular surfboards. They typically range between 3” and 6” foot. A foil specific SUP board may also have chimed rails to help you 'bounce' back up when you hit the water.   

    surf foilboard

    The main function of the board is just to glide you into the waves. As soon as you get some speed, the foil will do it’s magic and lift you out of the water. That’s when you start flying. 

    With recent improvements, the Surf foil boards have become even easier to use. Often you just need a small wave to get some speed and then you'll be up and gliding. 

    How does the Foil work?

    The foil is made up of the mast and the foil or wings. The mast connects the board and foil. A short mast is easier to control and is the better choice in your early days. Once you got the hang of it, you can switch to a longer mast. Longer masts can handle more chop and offer more tolerance when carving and turning your board.

    The Foil has two wings. The front wing provides the uplift necessary to elevate you out of the water, while the back wing stabilizes your ride. The wing size varies by rider weight, surf height and conditions.

     

     Choosing a Surf Hydrofoil Choosing a surfboard foil can be a difficult decision. Luckily, we have the gear and knowledge to help anyone choose the gear that will expedite their progression. Some of the variables that may influence your choice of foils are weight, wave height, board choice, ability, and riding style. The path to choosing the best foil can be a convoluted one; as a result, we encourage new foilers to reach out to us for a personal recommendation.

    Slingshot makes 4 types of Surf Foilboards at the moment and can be defined easily by your skill level in the water and your weight. Bigger guys are going to need bigger boards. Whereas advanced surfers who already have a good paddle in fitness may be able to get away with a smaller volume board. 

    1. Slingshot Converter Surf Foilboard 5'4" - 26L - Advanced / Tow In

    2. Slingshot Simulator Surf Foilboard 5'6" - 36L - Intermediate

    3. Slingshot SkyWalker Surf Foilboard 5'11" - 51L - Beginner to Intermediate

    4. Slingshot Dwarf Craft Foilboard 3'6" - 19.3L - Tow In 

    FOILBOARDING AND WAKE SURF FOILING EXPLAINED

    FOILBOARDING AND WAKE SURF FOILING EXPLAINED

    Wake Foil Behind Any Boat

    Last year we launched foilboarding into the towable market, on the back of the curious people that make up the Slingshot tribe.  The foil eliminated the need for perfect water, the perfect boat or the perfect wake.  We noticed foiling opened up a new surfing experience never felt before.  It works behind pontoon boats, jet skis, I/O and V-drive boats. All you need is a rope and 10mph.

    Rope or No Rope

    We’re doubling down on that experience for 2018.  That means two riding options and unlimited accessibility with a rope or no rope.  Check this out.

     

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    The 2018 Hover Glide Foil Wake Package is a complete package designed for use with a traditional wakeboard rope, and can be used behind any boat.  It’s a little faster which makes all conditions a thrill.

    Wake Foil on the 2nd Wake Back

    The second story is our addition of our new H2 surf wing.  That’s right  anyone can switch out the smaller standard H5 wing, and add the NEW H2 Surf Wing (sold separately)  Get up, get on the wave, drop the rope.

    Our H2 surf wing is a  little bigger and slower so it naturally wants to surf at the same speed of the wake. The H2 wing creates more lift at slower speeds and has more glide compared to the standard H5 wing

    If you own a V drive, you can surf it right behind the boat, or second and third wave back! We have got up to 4th wave back and we’re sure the curious will do more!

    So think about that…If you own a I/O you’re now invited to the wake surf party, as long as you’re riding the second wake back.  That is unheard of until now.   Your welcome.

    Slingshot Wake foiling gear box:

     

    HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR FOIL AND MAKE IT LAST.

    If you’ve clicked through to this blog, we’ve got a pretty good idea that you know what’s coming. In short: FOIL MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT.

    That’s it! Just like a bike chain needs lube and your skis need a regular tune, your foil needs some lovin’. Though many treat it as a set-it-and-forget component, the nature of the materials in your foil leave them prone to nasty chemical reactions—and your hardware can get crusty. Nobody has time for that.

    For those interested in the cold, hard science of the thing (geeks unite!), read on below. For those itching to get back to foiling freedom, the main takeaway here:

    1. Loosen your bolts frequently—we’re talking after every ride if you’re sessioning in salt water. A simple turn or two and a light rinse with fresh water before re-tightening and storing will do the trick.
    2. A good coating of lanolin oil or marine grease on all areas of your foil and all hardware is a key detail and something that you should do after every few rides. Finally, wrapping your bolts with a layer of teflon tape helps prevent them from corrosion.
    3. Bonus points awarded if you stay completely away from sand and dirt while cleaning and maintaining your foil. That will radically prolong its life.

    Foil fuselage lube:

    Teflon tape the bolts

     

     

    Here is a one-page, step-by-step Foil Maintenance Guide.

    And a quick video tip from our chief designer, Tony Logosz:

     

    WHY DOES YOUR FOIL CORRODE IN THE SALT WATER? THE SCIENCE OF GALVANIC AND ELECTROLYTIC CORROSION

    It’s not simply the saltwater-meets-metal aspect that triggers the detrimental reaction in your foil. True, your problems are exponentially less pressing if you’re a freshwater foiler, but the two starring archenemies in this story: carbon and aluminum.

    Slingshot Foils are built with a combination of four main material components: an aluminum mast, carbon front and rear wings, fiberglass, and titanium screws. In our case, aluminum is one of the lightest, strongest materials possible and ideal to serve as masts for our foils for both optimal durability and price point.

    However, it’s also the instigator in the adverse reactions that screw up your getup. Saltwater acts as an electrolytic bridge between the wet, ignoble aluminum, thereby coaxing it into reacting with its neighboring carbon. Though we’ve thoroughly separated the two with a generous layer of “peacemaking” fiberglass, saltwater invariably travels up the threads in the titanium bolts (this is especially true if even the smallest grains of sand get stuck in the threads) and the crust begins to build. Once the aluminum and carbon are wedded, they don’t like to come apart. Over time, what you’re left with is a bolt that refuses to budge. And a prompt call to our customer service line.

    The good news: frequent loosening and flushing with freshwater slows this process nearly to a halt. If you keep up with it, chances are good that your foil will last for years of euphoric ocean sessions.

    For all things Foil, follow our Slingshot Foil Facebook page.

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