From my own experience, I'd tend to agree with Hawaiis.Peter_Frank wrote:You might be right - but are you sure ?Hawaiis wrote:To foil in lightest wind possible, one needs both a big kite and big fins, the race style wings require more speed to plane, they are designed for high speed. Not for light wind.
The race wings go much faster, which equals more apparent wind, which equals much better low wind performance.
I have tried the Zeeko Makaira race wing and the freeride wing back to back one day last week. My initial impression is that the freeride wing has so much lift that it got the board out of the water easier. Once the board is out of the water, tacking upwind and gaining some speed is all you need for happiness and a good ride. At those low (say, 15 knots and less) riding speed, the additional drag of the freeride wing does not seem to be an issue at all. It is the lift of the wing that got me going.
When on the race wing, I needed more power from the kite to get to the speed to get the board out of the water. And my 175x55 board is not exactly small. If the minimum required power and speed is not attained, it will not be possible to foil.
So far, I clocked about 15 hours on the Zeeko Makaira foil. About 2/3rd of the time was spent on the freeride wing and 1/3rd on the race wing. Yes the race wing has certainly less drag than the freeride wing but it is my current opinion that the additional lift of the freeride wing makes it a light wind champion.
Future experience will tell more.