slowboat wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:32 pm
Since I have only foiled 4x, I am still using a 24 inch (60 cm) mast. Would a longer mast help with the wind chop? It seems I will just go up and down even more.
Yes, but also no, because it depends on what your technique is.
If you're still riding with the board mostly flat above the water, a longer mast will not help very much more, because the wing is still pretty deep underwater.
Where a longer mast really helps is when you progress to being able to lean back into your heelside edge. You can get much better angles upwind and hold onto more power and speed, but it brings your wingtip closer to the surface. When you go over chop, the wingtip is more likely to breach the surface and cause you to stall and/or fall. With the longer mast, it puts the wing deeper in the water so there is less chance of breaching.
I also learned in pretty choppy conditions and went out a few times in big chop (1 to 1.5m) while still a beginner, it's good practice to ride in a variety of conditions, it just makes you a better rider. Flat water is boring