What Ocean Rodeo has to say about the Glide A-series wing-
Ocean Rodeo is proud to bring the new lighter weight Aluula material to winging. The Glide's extreme light weight helps create a balanced feeling whether you're surfing windswell or creating insane speed to take to the air and jump. Ocean Rodeo has been dedicated to improving the wind and water experience for the last 20 years and this wing is no exception. Ocean Rodeo is dedicated to producing high level gear that is a step above its predecessors and has never been known to rush things to market simply to tout a product as the latest and greatest. Rather a high level of research and design goes into each product until it has that polished feeling.
All Ocean rodeo wings feature some level of the Aluula technology. The ultra light and strong Aluula material is a vision of the future that will continue to deliver the ultimate ride. The Glide A-series is 40% lighter than the industry standard dacron. This means more power, more float and more fun!
- The entire Wing is 50% lighter than competing Dacron framed Wings
- The airframe tear resistance is 2x stronger than Dacron
The Glide A-series can handle higher PSI than the industry standard Dacron. This gives you a lighter and much stiffer wing with improved handling in all situations.
2021 Ocean Rodeo Glide Aluula A-Series Wing
Ryan's Ocean Rodeo Aluula Glide Wing Review -
The Ocean Rodeo Glide Aluula wings have revolutionized the world of wingfoiling. Ok, maybe not quite that dramatic, but pretty darn close! Currently, this wing is number one in my quiver and here is why. Lightweight: this is one of the lightest wings on the market. Handles: it has some of the most comfortable, easy to grip handles I've used. I'd rate the handles in the top 3 right now. Canopy tension: very tight canopy tension allows this wing to pump up on foil very efficiently. Drive: this wing has a lot of forward drive, meaning once up on foil it is efficient and sometimes this allows you to ride one size smaller wing than before. The windows are small, making the wing easy to pack up. Overall, this wing is great for everything you want out of a wing. It gets you up on foil quickly and surfs like a dream.
The second generation wing is here!
Ocean Rodeo is made up of passionate surfers, kiters, foilers and, most recently, wing surfers. They recognized immediately after their first wing surf runs that a lighter, stiffer wing would increase all aspects of wing performance and ultimately make the sport easier and allow for improved performance for all levels and styles of riding. Cutting the weight of a wing in half vs. traditional Darcon air frame construction improves every aspect of a wing's performance.
In collaboration with ALUULA, Ocean Rodeo is pleased to bring the composite materials revolution to wing foiling. Whether you're generating insane speed and drive to take to the air or forgetting your wing as it flags out behind you on a wave, the Glide's extreme low weight, smooth handling, and balanced design delivers the highest levels of performance.
Ocean Rodeo's mission has always been to deliver the ultimate wind and water experience. With the recent explosion in the new sport of Wing Surfing their devotion to superior design and quality remains as laser sharp today as it was for the last 20 years. They have not rushed to enter the wing market with "me too" materials and designs. They are addicted to this new sport and, as always, have approached it as innovators who want to push the sport forward. The 2021 Ocean Rodeo Wing design brings 20 years of hard-earned manufacturing experience together with the revolution of ultra light and strong composite materials.
Developed in collaboration with ALUULA Composites, all Ocean Rodeo wings feature some level of this technology in their DNA. With these new composite technologies the sport of wing surfing has arrived at a very exciting time in the evolution of all things powered by wind. Their proven 20 year legacy combined with an "ultra light and strong" vision of the future remains committed to delivering the ultimate ride.
Featuring a complete ALUULA composite airframe, the Glide A-Series is 40% lighter than industry standard Dacron framed wings!
A quick flex response air frame brings this wing alive in all conditions. Next level performance for all levels of rider delivering supreme bliss while riding wind chop, swell or breaking surf.
- The entire Wing is 50% lighter than competing Dacron framed Wings
- The airframe tear resistance is 2x stronger than Dacron
The A-Series Glide is already many years ahead of the status quo in the fledgling sport of Wing Surfing. The entire airframe is built with revolutionary ALUULA composite assembled using the very latest in composite seam technology.
The combination of the ALUULA composites and new seaming technology delivers an ultra light and stiff airframe that can handle higher PSI than Darcon air frames. This combination is undoubtedly the future of Wing construction.
Built entirely of ultralight and super strong ALUULA 82gsm composite material. The leading edge and boom are 50% lighter and up to 50% stiffer than traditional Dacron airframe wings.
The new composite technology combined with higher inflation pressure delivers the most responsive wing on the market.
All maneuvers become easier with the A Series Glide Wing. Focus your attention on the water and this wing will be exactly where you want it, when you want it. No wrestling with the wing on transitions! This is truly next level wing performance!
FULL ALUULA LEADING EDGE
Built entirely with ALUULA. Half the weight and many times more resistant to flex, abrasion and puncture than dacron; the ALUULA leading edge delivers a next level handling in all wind conditions.
INDEPENDENT INFLATION VALVES
Precision controlled inflation pressures for both the boom and leading edge independent of each other.
TEIJIN RIPSTOP CANOPY
Teijin 54 gsm polyester ripstop canopy time test and proven.
Ultra light, the ALUULA anti flutter strips & abrasion panels support the canopy ripstop to stop flutter and increase abrasion resistance at critical wear points.
Ultra light, stiff and 100% ALUULA high pressure boom. With superior puncture and abrasion resistance, this is the stiffest inflatable boom on the market... And only half the weight of competing inflatable booms.
Recommended Inflation 12 To 15 Psi.
MATRIX HANDLE SYSTEM
Quick change handles. Mix and match to your riding style.
UNITY WRIST LEASH
Incredibly comfortable, this the Unity Wrist Leash features a fold back Velcro closure for secure connection and one handed donning and doffing and Amsteel spectra shock cord loaded line. 110 Cm relaxed to 170 cm stretched.
NO HULA HARNESS LOOP
Quick loop to loop attachment, the no hula loop swings side to side for easy hook in and out. Quick length adjustment via larks head to knot.
Rugged yet lightweight, the Wing Bag is designed to handle sandy wet wings. Featuring a large mesh side and bottom panels to assist with moisture and sand management. Rugged pack cloth with salt water resistant, #10 main entry coil zipper, adjustable shoulder straps, and a quick secure bungee system to hold your pump.
I’ve had about ten sessions on the 4 and 5 in varying conditions. Things that this wing is better at than other wings I’ve owned or tried: 1) stability in gusty wind – the glide somehow seems to smooth out the gusts with less need for constant adjustments 2) stability with a harness going upwind – you can pretty much just relax and sail one-handed while going upwind 3) handling overpowered – even when totally maxed out, you can put the wing overhead and tap into small amounts or forward power while the wing stays in pretty much the same place. Things this wing is bad at: pretty much nothing – everything works and it makes winging even more fun. Minor annoyance – the diameter of the valves is just slightly too small for standard pump attachments so that it would come off frequently while pumping. Small amount of sail repair tape around the valve and pre-twisting the hose mostly fixed this. Overall really, really happy with these wings so far.
So I took the middle handle off and moved the back of the front handle to the vacated middle handle positions and did the same to the rear handle (moved it up). The handles now have a more direct feel and I was able to power up. This is now the best wing I've ever used!!!! I don't need the handle or boom options anymore (but might try the boom anyways) - just get rid of the middle handle and prepare to be amazed at the full potential of this wing (the 5.0 - I weigh 185# and am an intermediate to advanced foiler/winger). I can't even ride my other wings anymore now that I've gotten used to the foward pull of this wing - and the hype is true about this wing being able to build up apparent wind - I totally out run the guys I wing with consistently now (where we all were even before) - wings with grunty, upward lift are not as refined as this OR Glide. Yes it is expensive, but it is totally worth it.
I was hesitant to get this because of the price, but after Tucker answer every one of my questions, I felt like I needed to give the wing a try. The Great: Ridiculously light - incredibly efficient (pulls upwind higher than any other wing I've flown). Luffs/drifts like it isn't there. Super stiff frame and no leach flutter at all. Transitions effortlessly. Not so great: The handles are a great idea - especially if you've seen what happens to the Ensis V2 - but they don't have the same sense of "direct" connection. If the handles were more "connected", I could pump the heck out of this wing taking full advantage of the stiff frame and tight canopy. This is my only issue with this wing. I get around that by looking for gusts and it has forced me to be more efficient with my front foil (sliding on to starts). I'm looking forward to the bar/handles that is supposed to be coming out - I think that will resolve the loose connection issue.
A few sessions in on my 5m, and I'm stoked. My comparison point is the F-one Strike, which I also love, in a different way. I'm a 75 kg rider exclusively riding a 75L flat-tail board and Kujira 1210 in gusty lake conditions. < 10 knots: Everything Tucker said in the review video is spot-on regarding getting up in light stuff. The pumping technique is different compared to the Strike, which wants a circular motion. I think this relates to the Strike's relatively deeper draft and more pronounced dihedral. With the Glide you have to commit to making the board plane at a faster clip before rotating onto the foil. In this sense, it pairs well with thinner, higher-aspect wings and boards with flatter bottoms & clean release (no bevel) at the tail. Don't under-inflate the leading edge, otherwise pumping yields noticeably less drive. Overall, while the technique is different, I think I can get on foil in about the same minimal conditions compared to the Strike. In both cases the lowest end is light enough where the real challenge is staying on foil rather than getting on foil. 10-20 knots: On a beam reach or broad reach the Glide feels much more like a windsurfing sail when you are flying it more or less vertically, with the lower tip close to the water/board. Instead of the shape of the wing deforming in gusts, it feels like just the wingtips twist to spill extra power while the draft remains stable. What this means is that it's really fast, but more important it's more comfortable at speed because you are less often forced to move the wing upward to shed gusts and and alter your center of gravity. I feel like jibing is pretty similar to the Strike. Tacking is much easier on the Glide because it is easier to shift onto the other tack, where the Strike requires reasonable yawing force with the back hand to push the strut through the wind. Flagging downwind holding the leading edge handle feels similar between the wings. General: On land, the Glide needs to be secured when flipped over with some weight on the leading edge. Otherwise it's eager to fly upside down when merely leashed to your board. The Strike is much more stable in this position. In the water, the Glide is is easier to flip over from belly up. I can also pretty readily hold it in self-rescue position (facing downwind with feet on leading edge while leaning from the middle handle). This is a pose the Strike doesn't like. Biggest gripe with the Glide is the wrist leash velcro, which for me sits in a way that annoyingly catches the leash line during jibes.