Passed out early and my local homies had started a long chat about beginning winging and what board to use so I hopped on to get this started.
Yugi called it in my opinion, the bigger the better. If you have a foil SUP, use that to start.
If not, yeah it’s lame to only get a couple of months out of a board so try to borrow one. (those that know me, I have a 7’4" converted SUP that I loan out.) Or buy a cheap one and sell it off after. You won’t lose much bread on it. Winging is deceptively hard at first and physically demanding enough with a big easy board. (So tiring!)
I’m on a 6’4" x 28" at 5’8" and 63kg (138lbs) and I’m almost (almost) to where I want to go smaller after maybe 9 sessions but honestly I’ll likely wait.
Pitch in your thoughts and then here’s what I’ve heard for longer term gear.
For a floater board anywhere from your weight in kg in litres (I’m 63 so 63 litres) to weight plus 20. (83 litres for me) is the range for more advanced riders. I’m being conservative so I’ll nice to the higher end for my next board. Planning a 5’x24" or 26" next. 4-5" thick.
For sinkers, once you can water start with the board under you. (think about crouching on your board with it balanced under you under water) you can ride a big prone board. I hope to get to this next summer but remember that if you’re offshore or in an area with bigger fish it can be nice to have a nice place to sit when in a lull with your body out of the water. Hawaiians say this, at least I’ve heard that.
Also while a SUP is good to learn on, wing boards are turning out to be simpler. Minimal or no bevels on rails. Little tail bevel, more hard edges on bottom. No concave, flat bottoms. It’s all about a short acceleration to planning speed which gets you onto foil fast. While not all may agree, several of the big companies and best shapers recommend this now. They are starting to look like big thick Boogie boards.
You don’t need to paddle straight, nothing. Just get on foil as fast as you can and then sort of not get in the way. Ok let’s hear what you guys think and post up questions.