So you’ve been into foiling for a year or two and you want to up your game ….chase some swells down and pump like you have bionic legs …

They give us the High Aspect wings ….

So Whats with High aspect wings i hear you ask …well if you have come from either windsurfing or Kitesurfing you will know what Aspect ratio means “the proportional relationship between its width and its height/depth ” quote wikipedia.

A high aspect wing for foiling means it will give the rider a faster top end speed and be easier to pump although not as user friendly as a lower or medium aspect ratio wing which will generate lift at lower speed and be more stable.

I would call low-medium aspect ratio front foil wings more accessible and high aspect a little more tricky to master , this is all in the name of efficiency and where some people are finding limitations in the equipment they are using , some will never feel the need !  

Benefits – Why do I need one !

If you are into the new craze of wing dinging / wing surfing and using the power of the wind in you hand held wing it will enable you to manage this speed without fear or breaching the wing so much – like some more beginner orientated foils can suffer from.

The other benefit would be down winding – where ocean energy is literally blasting you downwind and if for instance you find it hard to pump between sets …the higher speed of these front wings can help to cruze through ocean troughs of energy and onto the next crest.

 

The athletes who competed in the downwind Molokai to Oahu 30 mile ocean race would have all been using high aspect front foils to enable them to ride at 20mph plus speed – not achievable on some foils

Most of the main foil brands are developing faster wings – in the pic below we have Go foil GL series (blue wings)

Naish (yellow and black)

Axis (black and white stripes)

Takuma have also developed a wing -LOL foil’ which is very efficient but gives a more accessible feeling for the rider , the upturned front wingtips clear up turbulence and the rear stabilizer also does the same job …its a fantastic foil !

If you would like more info on High aspect foil wings please don’t hesitate to get in touch