Best Windfoil board? - Dialer - Wizard -Flyer - Slingshot Sports
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Best Windfoil board – Dialer or Wizard -Flyer – Which is best?

We often get asked what is the best windfoil board should I choose for me?   Here is the short answer.  If you’re just getting on board.  Look at the Dialer if you’re at all timid. You won’t regret it.   If your super aggressive and fearless look at the  Wizard.   After that pic your size on your body weight.   If you’re coming off an old board but have some foil experience, look at the Wizard. If your lake sailing and want to blow minds, look at the Flyer.  Check out the full details on each board listed below.

Dialer
The benefit of the Dialer is to increase confidence in the learning and process. Pearling quickly becomes one of the most common reasons for crashing. This makes it normal for everyone to start their windfoiling journey with a bit of uncertainty or fear. The Dialer’s traditional shape and longer nose make’s it best in class for learning to foil. The Dialer nose rebounds off the water when you touch down instead of nose diving.  Nose-diving typically puts you over the handlebars. The Dialer eliminates foiling fear. You will gain confidence while you’re in the touch and go phase. Confidence will make the learning experience more fun, faster and shorter. Once you are foiling, the Dialer will let you take your foil upwind, downwind and at all points of sail all while being balanced on your foil. And if the wind comes up, you can sail it like a freeride slalom board. Sailors should make their buying decision base on body weight.

Dialer 132 RIDER WEIGHT RECOMMENDATION: -Below 77 kg -170 lbs

Dialer 145 RIDER WEIGHT RECOMMENDATION: +77 kg – 170 lbs and up.

Wizard
The main benefit of the wizard is very low swing weight combined with good usability. After you get some time on a foil, you recognize pretty quick that extra nose length translates to more swing weight which can impede the overall feel of your ride.
The Wizard solves this because it is short and wide: At just 5’10”, the Slingshot Wizard 105L would have been the laughing stock of the beach before foiling. Wow… a fat, stubby shape in such vogue! The reason, foils change everything. Once you get the hang of foiling, all you need is a puff and you can pump yourself up to speed and on-foil. From there the short, agile shape of the Wizard (also in 6’8” 125L and 6’8” 150L sizes) If you are past the fear of nose diving during the learning stages, take a look at a Wizard.

First-time Wizard users with basic to intermediate skills and can throw windspeeds out the window. (sails now do all the work, so just pick the right one.) You can choose based on a volume metric alone. Easy up-hauling being an important attribute.

68K – 150lbs and below – go for a 5’10” 105L
90K – 200lbs and below for a 6’8” 125L
200 and above go for a 6’8” 150L
If you are currently ripping on your foil, take the leap and go for a 105L

Flyer
The FLYER is a double agent. You can paddle it or foil it. Pair it with the Hoverglide FWIND1 Foil and commune with nature in the lightest of winds. The days of “not enough wind to have fun” are over. No wind, spotty wind, light wind, No problem. Optimize poor conditions at your local lake. The hull design on this board is designed for sub planning conditions. If you get a puff or enough wind it will get on foil it will take off like nothing else your lake has ever seen. The board is made for adventuring. Foil around all day with the confidence that you will get back to where you started. Start enjoying the simplicity of low wind, lake cruising. What has died is now back because makes these conditions strategic, fun and a meditative journey. Peace, cruising and then puff hunting on your foil. Fly across the water silently, then drop back to cruising. The feeling is surreal and so are the possibilities.

 

Sign up for Foil-Academy today. It’s free. Or call us anytime. 509 427 4950. We’ve got experts from the leaders in foilboarding standing by to answer questions.

 

 

Bryan Trullinger
b.trullinger@7-nation.com