Starting to finally enjoy foiling after being a bit more consistent with time on the water. I've been going earlier to the beach to catch the lower wind and I've really improved, to the point that I'm looking to change a few things on my setup now that I know better about foiling. My target is not to race or be at the bleeding edge, just be able to go out in lower winds and cruise the bay. My current level is I'm able to cruise upwind and downwind quite stable without touching down, and manage to nail a few touchdown gybes, which I find much easier strapless, since I ride my surfboard without straps and my fish foil board only has the center strap, and I keep stepping on it.
I have the original LF foil fish 'orange' setup (2015?) which I bought used, with the original shovel wing. After my first few sessions I upgraded the fuselage to the longer one, carbon fiber and instantly starting progressing faster. I'm thinking of two upgrades I want, but I'm unsure if it's the way to go and/or if to make them at the same time.
- Change the board to a happy foil board, with rails. The reasoning for this is the rails and the fact that I can have two front straps, which I think will make it easier for me to change feet on the board as I don't have a strap on the center of the board.
- Get the medium aspect wings. I believe these are compatible with my fuselage and will allow me to get a bit more stability at speed and a bit better upwind (the low aspect wings seem to slow down easily if you push them too hard.
So... my dilemma is, after looking at this, it looks like it'd be cheaper to just buy the happy foil with the new version of the mast, fuselage and wings, and maybe just keep the carbon fuselage, and sell all my old setup, since at the end I'd just be using the mast :/ If I end up changing all, I could also get a happy foil and hoverglide for just US$ 1,500, but I'm unsure of which foil is better for my skill and future progression.
Too many choices! Any recommendations from the guys that have already went through this?