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Windsurf Wave Foiling (WWF) vs Wind Foiling

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What’s the difference between WWF and normal foiling? Isn’t it the same thing?”      This is the question asked to me a million times it seems and probably deservedly so, since I started the WWF craze 2 years ago.  My answer is sort of yes but No not really. To explain it the easiest way, normal wind foiling is more like slalom sailing and WWF is more like wave sailing and surfing.

Normal wind foiling is all about getting in the straps, locking in with  the back foot and going as fast as you can with as much power as you can handle.  A very “locked in” exciting  ride is great for flat water blasting.  It feels like you’re flying a jet (super cool feeling).  It’s the future of going fast in light winds and racing.

WWF is all about using big (slower, but only by a little bit) surf wing foils and tiny sails, which allows you to glide through the lulls, along with the ability to carve and turn like crazy.  Plus that combo gets you going in very little wind. The riding style is more of a upright stance with more front foot pressure that allows you to ride on top of the board and foil. Along with being strapless, this gives it a very similar feeling to riding a surf board. Now because you are using a Surf foil they are designed to gain speed on surf, swell and even large chop making for the coolest and most exciting moments where you dont even need any sail power.  Just surf the wave,  it’s all about surfy surfy.

What type of foiling is for you?   If you do most of your sailing in super flat water or just like to go fast then “Wind foiling” is the way to go.  If you like to play in swell, waves and carve it up in bump & Jump conditions  “WWF” will be your addiction.  I am really amazed at the board spectrum of styles, from surfers, sup, sup downwind, kite surfers and even windsurfers who haven’t windsurfed in 15 yrs,  all are wanting and getting into WWF. It’s pretty cool to see!

Foiling gear is a hot topic these days and a very complex one.  pretty much 99% of the gear being sold is for Wind foiling.  The only setup that has some similarities to WWF is the Naish Wind foil setup and maybe the slingshot kit with one of there bigger front wings, but even those kits are kind of of a hybrid version I would call it.  Naish, starboard and some others have crossover sup boards that would work and have the foil mount moved forward which is what ya need for WWF. The big problem with them is they have full blown out rocker because they are made to be a wave board and that makes for a horrible foil board. Hopefully in the next few years there will be more true and better WWF  kits and options available.

Hopefully that helps to answer that most frequently asked question, or it confused you even more (hahaha)!  One thing is for sure, Foiling is a revolution for all wind sports along with surfing and that makes for super exciting times!

 

WWF (Windsurf wave foiling)

Windfoiling

 

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WWF (Windsurf wave Foiling) “What I Ride”

Casey’s Blog:

I have had sooo many Questions on the topic of WWF lately its crazy.  so I thought I would do some posts talking about this awesome new sport.  First up is the gear I am currently riding.  If anyone knows anything about me,  they know I only ride the highest quality and performing gear available on this planet. Its sort of a obsessive passion of mine.   OK so here is my Windsurf Wave Foiling kit (WWF).

Board:   6′ x 31″ 112L  (14LB) Strapless Reef Warrior Foil Board (aka”TOP GUN”), I will get into more with my foil boards in another post. but this baby is the “Pro” version, mostly for the very very experienced foiler.  This is the “Porsche” of Foil Boards.  For the majority the 7′ version of this board is perfect and is my recommendation to all levels.

Foil:    Go Foil these foils rock, and are the best for WWF and any other kind of wave foiling. (sup,kite,downwind,ect)  I have tried a few other brands and they work pretty good as surf foils, but not so good for WWF.   That’s what so unique about these foils is the range of use, from 6 knots to 25,  from flat water, to overhead waves with or with out a sail they absolutely rip, but yet are very easy to ride. The Iwa/Maliko200 wing kit is the best choice for most. I just got my hands on the 29.5″ mast and so far I am really liking it.

Sail: Naish Lift (Check out) is the best foil sail.  See Review here .  Just got the new 3.7 , its now my new fav size.

Mast: Naish 370 & 400 RDM 100% carbon. hey I only use the best.😉

Boom: Chinook RDG Carbon (Click Here) I also use the Goya RDG Carbon. both booms are super light weight and have the skinny grip, which makes for less arm fatigue and more fun.

Naish “Lift Foil Sail” Review.

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I have been riding the naish “Lift” Foil specific sail for over a year now and it really seems to be the perfect foil sail, especially for WWF(Windsurf Wave Foiling).  I can definitely recommend this sail to anyone looking to step up their windsurfing foiling fun factor.

Is a foil-specific sail worth it?. When you’re learning no, but once you start to get better at foiling, it’s soooooo worth it. For all types of wind foiling (other then racing) you want lots of low end sail power to get you on foil then once you’re on a foil all you need is like  20% sail power to keep ya going. If you have too much sail power when foiling it gets very hard to control the foil. That is why when WWF I am usually using 2m less sail size then a normal windsurfing kit.

OK, now on to why the Naish Lift is so awesome for foiling and WWF.  First, it’s so freaken light and most of the time when I am uphauling in light winds that makes my back very happy. Second, it feels soo light in the hands with all that power down low and I feel like I am sailing nothing. I can sail this thing for hours without a harness which is pretty cool. Third, is the power you get when you pump the Lift. I mean you get Mega power out of this sail. With 2-3 pumps and I am flying in an instant and once on foil all that power disappears into a super easy handling/balanced lightweight rig=Perfect.

I have been using the 5.7 in 6-12knts and the 4.7 in 10-20knts.  Rigging is super easy. Set the downhaul to recommended settings with a tight leech. There is very little downhaul required. That’s one of the things that makes this sail special.  Also, you can use any manufacture mast on it and it should work pretty well because of this reason.  The outhaul is your “power setting” on this sail.  I will adjust this a lot depending on conditions anywhere from manufacture settings to -8cm of manufacture settings. For example, in 6-10knts the 5.7 manufacture setting is 194cm for the outhaul and I will set it at 186cm. What that does is it really bags the sail out and gives me uber low end pumping power to get going in light winds. It works amazingly well! That is why I don’t ever need a sail bigger then this 5.7 Naish Lift for WWF.

Who is this sail for?

  • Peeps into Freeride Wind Foiling.
  • Windsurf Wave Foilers
  • People who like ultra lightweight sails.
  • People who like ultra lightweight easy handling sails.
  • Sailors who don’t mind giving a couple sail pumps to get on foil.
  • Sailors who don’t want to buy a new mast
  • People who want to have more fun foiling.

Of course if anyone is looking to pull the trigger on a Naish Lift, Our fellow Reef Warrior friends at https://shop.wind-nc.com/ can get you one to your door Asap, with all the Reef Warrior discounts of course.!   Naish Lift Wind-NC Buy

 

 

Cam flying the Naish Lift like a Pro.

 

Some Movie action.

Windsurfing Wave Foiling

Casey’s Blog:

  Foiling is the very hot topic these days, especially after watching the Americas cup cats flying around Bermuda in 10 MPH wind. Luckily for me I have been racking up the air time foiling for 3 years now doing Kite and Windsurfing foiling. Even though both are fresh and exciting, it was kind of more of the same old for me. Ultimately my feeling on the whole foiling thing is I could take it or leave it. Now hear me out since that is just my opinion as an Uber Watermen. Foiling “is” the future and it will be very very popular. All racing will be going that way and kiting/sailing has already gone that way, as well as most flat water cruising for sure. It is a New Era.
Now here is the game changer for me when it comes to foiling. Recently I have gotten into “Surf foiling.” These foils are quite different in the way they ride because they are big and slow with lots of lift designed for riding waves under control. I started off SUP foiling in small waves with the Mystery Machine, which is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in the water, but so freaken fun. Then I got the idea to stick a sail on the sup/wavefoil and give it a try. That Day turned out to be the Game Changer: Everything worked amazingly perfect, I was gliding/flying on wave after wave(and not good waves either! The crappiest waves: The ones that don’t even break, super small waves, and even open water swell). What I found after switching to my high performance Red Barron foil board is you can catch a swell and completely flag the sail out by just hanging onto the mast or boom and ride the waves forever on the foil with zero sail power. The best part is you don’t need much wind either. Just 12-15mph and a 4.7-5.7 sail and you’re flying on these big surf foils heading up wind like crazy, looking for more swell to ride. I can even go out to open waters and ride downwind swell for crazy amounts of time with zero sail power. There are all sorts of new things to do I haven’t even thought of yet.
This new discipline is WWF (windsurf wave foiling) that’s what I am calling it anyways. I am not even sure if anyone else in the world is even doing this yet? It’s truly opening up my waterman mind to all kinds of new things. WWF already has been replacing other water activities for me like light wind sailing, wind Sup longboarding and kiting. I don’t do much of those anymore). It has shortened up my quiver also. The biggest sail I ever need for WWF is a 5.7 or maybe even a 4.7 with the right designed sail. There is so little sail power required I will be out for a 3 hour WWF session and not use the harness once since there is no need to. WWF is not replacing everything though. When the waves and wind are up, its business as usual with all the normal toys, but for crappy conditions, non-breaking waves, and light winds, it’s crazy fun. I have new board designs dancing in my head and even some foil mods. Hmmmm. I am so very stoked on this newly discovered discipline and I can’t wait to score more sessions. I am really looking forward for WWF to evolve over the next 3-5 years. It’s going to be an exciting ride. Bring it on!

 

1ft wave perfect!

Just flag the sail out and ride the wave!
Heading up-wind for another ride in very little wind.

“The Red Barron” Windsurf Foil, A Board Room Project.

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Say hello to “The Red Barron” this is my latest creation out of the board room. It is a performance Windsurfing Foil board.  Specs are 6’6″ x 29 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ @ 16lb.   This board is made to fly like a jet, with everything designed just for foiling in mind. Check it out!

 

The Red Barron
Looking sharp
Much respect for the Red Barron!
Don’t mess with this Reef warrior, he will shoot you down!
Snoppy In the house! On the machine Guns! Look out!
Tiny at only 6’6″
Paired up with the XL Naish Chopper (5.3-5.7) the perfect foiling set-up!
I am very Happy with this one!
Just awesome!