Hi Justkite......I'm a dealer, but get a chance to ride and evaluate a lot of foils.
In all my years of being in business, making a recommendation for a foil to start is one of the easiest recommendations.
Kites? Tons of choices. Hard to choose sometimes.
Foils? Slingshot is killing it. Easy choice and here's why.
A lot of beginner foils have a lower aspect wing set up which make them easier to get up on the foils at slower speeds, but these foils can often bottom out for progressing.
When you get better, it can feel like you are trying to go 65mph on the highway but the car can only go 45. They will limit some of your progression.
The cool thing about the Hoverglide foil is that it's really stable and easy to foil at slower speeds and it WILL go faster which is hard to find in foils.
It's not a racing foil at all which can be very demanding and twitchy to ride, but a really good combo of a beginner foil that rips.
Add the shorter masts with a choice of 3 or 4 really good boards and it's an awesome set up.
Remember, I'm a dealer, so I am biased, but for good reason.
I do carry other brands, but the SS foils are by far the most popular.
I'd be glad to help out, but if you have a good local dealer, I'm sure they'd appreciate the support.
If not, I'd be glad to help.
I just got restocked with my foils and boards.
I hope this helps,