Friday, December 1, 2023


Slingshot has added some exciting new models to their extensive lineup of foils. The Hover Glide series has been a leader in the foil revolution over the past few years. They pioneered the modular set ups with the aluminum constructed mast and fuselage system that can be equipped with a series of different shaped front foil wings designed with different hovering and handling characteristics. Many of the different wing shapes can cross over into different foil disciplines from kite to wake, to surf and windsurf. The front and rear wings have a new carbon construction for 2019 that has a higher quality finish. These larger surf and progression wings also have down turned winglets on the wingtips to reduce the chance of rider injury. The test team was set up with the Hover Glide Fkite on the Slingshot’s Converter deck in this round of testing and this turned out to provide a unique feel and set up. The FKite Space Skate wing is the most responsive wing from edge-to-edge, with more reactive heel-to-toe carving. It can really initiate turns and skate out of them with quick and tighter cornering at any speed. The tighter turn radius make it easier to learn tacks and gybes as the Space Skate lets you turn and complete the pivot faster than some of the larger surf wings. The Space Skate also jumps up on a foil very early, although the narrow Converter board is more difficult for strapless take offs. The Slingshot foot hooks are a great option for this set up. The nice thing about the Fkite wing is that it doesn’t feel overpowered when you get up to speed like some surf foils. Back and front foot pressure remain more constant even as the speed and power in the foil increase. The easy side-to-side carving and tighter turn radius let you practice transitions more easily and at slower speeds. Great set up for anyone looking to get into foil at low speeds with a focus on easy carving and skatey feel. 

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