I've ridden many (okay, not many, around 10) different hydrofoils, and masts from 80 to 100cm on these.
What is the experience out there, from those of you having ridden the SAME board and foil, with the mast length as the only difference ?
I am not so much for hearing theoretical views on this one, but practical experiences ?
Totally impossible to compare if not the VERY exact same setup, only with the mast length as difference.
There are the obvious differences that can be felt easily of course, even on different foils:
1. Short can be ridden further into the impact zone in waves on shallower water, and you can start a bit earlier when walking out on say sand banks or similar.
2. Long can be ridden much better/safer when heeled and with power, upwind when chop/waves.
3. Short is easier, and good for beginners as the board can touch down without nosediving so to speak.
4. Long can be better for waves if choppy, and to avoid ventilation on the drop down the waveface if you dont get it perfect.
These are the direct easy differences, felt when riding different lengths, but on different foils.
But what do those of you having ridden the very same foil, different mast only, think about the feel and handling about f.ex
5. Carving tighter, as in waveriding ? Huge advantages of the short one ? Or almost the same when experienced ? Or advantages of the longer as can be heeled more without ventilating ?
6. Other input/differences you have noticed ?