The rest of the equipment: 105 evolution fuselage (instead of 95 recommended for free ride setups), a huge back wing of 550 cm (standard for a free ride), and an IQ 95 carbon mast. The board: SB Freeride 150 lit.
Since 1500 is a new addition (2023), I didn’t hear many opinions about it. More experienced foilers expressed concerns about the size of the wing. Not necessary, they would say. Too much drag, too slow. Improve your technique, and you will be able to ride very small foils no matter the weight. Sure, I believe all that, but there is a matter of coming there. And also a matter of focus: comfort and enjoyment, or the performance.
I have come to the phase when I don’t care about what others say – just about what my experience on the water tells me. And it told me that with my 103 kilos (sometimes even more) with 195 cm of height, I am struggling with small foils. Ok, this year, I am a little bit lighter. 😊 Well, not just a little – around 10 kilos lighter, so that should help. And I am not afraid to try all kinds of equipment to find what suits me the best.
So, how was my day on the water?
Perfect! One of the best ever! I enjoyed immensely in every second. Starting and lifting up was easy and quick. Flying is stable and without unpleasant swinging left and right. Of course, because 1500 is around 100 cm wide.
The most impressive process was jibing. I was quite good at planning jibes on the fin, so I thought flying jibes on foil should be a breeze. But they weren’t! Actually, jibes on foil were a disaster and a disappointment in my abilities. 1500 changed this terrible situation. On the very first try, the jibe turns out to be perfect without touching the water. So I continued going up and down, turning in the fly, collecting around half an hour foiling without a touchdown! That was amazing!