Hey everybody, welcome back to MACkiteboarding.com Foil Fridays. I'm Tucker and today I'm going to talk to you about some exciting new products from GoFoil.
So what we have here are some new releases from GoFoil. We've got some new tail wings, we've got a whole new lineup of wings here... exciting stuff from GoFoil, and today I'm going to walk you through what's going on with these and my impressions of them after riding them for a little over a month now.
Next we have the GT wing here. I have the 1400 here in my hands right now; that is kind of the middle of the range here between the EZ and the RS. I think this is the wing that most people should be most interested in. It's that kind of mid-high aspect: very efficient, very fast design, but also very easy to ride. Even on the 1400 the wingspan is still fairly manageable. They've really done a lot of work on this wing to sort of blend the previous GL and NL series wings, and what that does is you get a lot of speed, you get a lot of efficiency, but also ease-of-use and low speed lift with this foil. I'd say it's the best pumping GoFoil I've tried. In a little bit slower speed it's pretty happy. If you're a little sloppy in your technique, it's pretty good still, and if you know what you're doing you can really go crazy with this foil.
The foil profile, I've been told, has been improved to help with pumping, so I think that has been a big key in that, but also they've just kind of found that magic aspect ratio, I think, where you get a high-performing but still very accessible, easy-to-ride foil. It's not a foil that you feel held back by just because of the wingspan or the design. You can definitely rip some hard turns and continue with speed; you can ride a little slower, a little faster and still have a lot of fun. So for your average rider, even up to intermediate-advanced level rider, I think the GT is going to be a staple in most riders' lineup.
For me, the GT 1400 and GT 1250 have been two of my favorite big wings. They're very fast and they've got great low speed lift. The 1400 is definitely a light wind kind of a wing for me, and the 1250 is just a shredder. As soon as you have any amount of okay power, it's ready to go; it gets up and goes really good for a wing its size and the wingspan on that one makes it real maneuverable and fun. You can still rip hard turns without worrying too much and the wingtips, with that stepped profile... you can really get a lot of wingtip out of the water and it just keeps going like nothing happened. So that's really cool.
Compared to the RS, for winging and surfing I like the GT series in the bigger sizes better than the RS 1300. Now, the reason for that has more to do with the wingspan. The 1300 really gets massive with the RS 1300 wingspan; it's more wingspan than I like in a hard turn. I feel like I've got to go with longer masts because of it and it's just not what I want to ride. On the bigger wings I tend to go the GT 1400, 1250, and then as soon as I get down below that I step down to the RS 1150 and 1000.
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