Hi,Jeroensurf wrote: ↑Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:12 pm Update
I tried today with my buddy who has a shop the Skywing 5.8x28x110l, the Starboard Wingboard 6.7x28x115l and the Skywing 6.0x30x130l on a gusty lake. Mind you that i,m 95kg, that I have only a couple of Wing-sessions and are really learning it so this is rather a beginners view as an intermediate.
The Fanatic Skywing 5.8x28110l with the Go foil Maliko200 feels very tippy to climb on when you wanna go from kneeling to standing, but once you do its just fine. With it sizes you can,t call it stable when floating, but it was okay and once flying it is a really fun board with lots of control.
The only down-trade: lots of swearing when getting standing in the chop.
The big surprise: if you aren,t quick enough standing on up, you are foiling on your knees and that is actually pretty funny
Because the Skywing 5.8 feels tippy I tried the Starboard 6.7x28x115l.
Sitting on it and tanding up it felt immediately a lot more stable. the extra foot length makes where you sit less critical and standing up easier.
Once standing the deck felt less comfy as the Flywing and I was looking where to stand all the time as small adjustments didn't had any effect.
The draining channel makes sense on paper but in reality it seems to be a problem for a problem that doesnt exsists, the Fanatic doesnt has them but didnt hold water either.
The Starboard fe;lt a lot longer (duh!) when flying, but somehow I almost stepped of the back of the pad, also due the lack of a kickpad.
Overall I was not impressed/almost a bit disapointed as it looked a really nice board!
The guy who owns a shop and and is an good winger noticed the same. Both found the Starboard more stable when not planing, but as soon as you are flying the Fanatic was a lot better and more comfy.
Skywing 6.0x30x130l...simply too chunky. It isnt the weight because the difference between them in rather small but the extra width and volume does ad float but no stability for my weight. I was literally floating ABOVE the water making it less stable.
In the end I bought the skywing 5.8 and think/hope I grow in to it and didnt wanna buy a board that I outgrow within a couple of weeks Rather a bit harder work at the start as needing it to replace at spring, and the hard work is only at getting balancing to get standing in a nasty short period chop from any direction!. I sup boards with this volume so I think it is just a matter of putting some hours in it and getting used to it.
Wings: On advice from my pall the Echo 6.0+4.0m without trying the others. He tried a lot and knows me very well from surfing, sup and windsurfing and how I ride and in his opinion this wing suits me best. He could order an Ensis to demo, but overall most of the times he is right and I really liked the Echo so why bother
Overall very happy with my new quiver.
Some crappy phone pics
I'm a bit surprised that you found the larger Skywing was less stable or the same. I guess one possibility was that the wave size was such that the bigger board width was a better match for half the distance between waves? So it maybe got tilted more?
At 69kg I tend to find SUP paddling (for exercise) my JP 105 Foil 204x70 is slightly more stable versus my JP SUP Foil 115 214x71 (with fins) but I put that down to the big chamfers on the SUP.
I'm currently favouring getting the 115L 2021 JP Freefoil 204x70 versus the 125L Star-Board X Wing Foil 190x67cm. I don't think I need the extra volume and I prefer the extra options to balance the pitch of the JP for sail and wing. The X Wing does seem more geared towards Wing than sail.