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Review of the Slingshot Infinity 76 and the Moses Onda 633

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Created by DukeSilver A week ago, 9 Oct 2018
DukeSilver
WA, 217 posts
9 Oct 2018 7:35PM
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Given the interest in, and growing popularity of, larger surf wings for kite foiling over the last 12 months or so, I've been really keen to try out one of these behemoths to see what all the fuss is about. I currently ride one of the original Slingshot NF2 Hover Glide foils which is what I learnt on about 18 months ago. I would say I'm an intermediate foiler. I'm solid on my foiling gybes and rarely breach my foil anymore. Haven't attempted any tacks yet - that's next.

Thanks to the kind folks at Action Sports (thanks Darren and Todd) I was able to demo a couple of the larger "surf" wings over the weekend. Namely the Slingshot Infinity 76 - a 1536cm2 monster designed for prone and SUP surfing and the Moses Onda 633 - a slightly smaller but still significant 1200cm2 + wing. The former was attached to my 78cm Slingshot NF2 mast and the latter on the 71cm Fluente mast.

My mate Alverstone was also keen to demo these large wings and I met him at the river at Applecross on Sunday afternoon. The wind was a light to moderate southerly sitting between 10 - 15 kts for the duration of our session. I put up my 6m Ozone Catalyst and Jon went with his 7m Drifter. I was using a Dwarfcraft 54 which I ride strapless while Jon was atop his North Pro Foil board with gybe straps on the front and no rear strap.

I decided to head out with the Infinity 76 first while Jon took out the Moses 633. The wind felt about 12-14kts and with my 6m Cat it took a few dives to get my 81kgs out of the water and onto the board. A few more dives, and the board and I were effortlessly lifted off the water and under way. I immediately felt comfortable on this foil. Very pitch stable, my initial concerns about this big wing wanting to rise up and breach with any speed were soon put to rest. It didn't require any more front foot pressure than my smaller H5 wing. I did have the mast positioned all the way back in the tracks though.

I tried to do a few slalom type carves from side to side on the Infinity 76, and while it could be done, it took a bit more effort than on the H5 wing, but this was to be expected given the extra 20cm of span. Carving gybes was a pleasant surprise. I could do a fairly wide arc turn comfortably but given the light wind and 6m kite, I mostly had to rip as tight a turn as possible to keep my lines tensioned and my kite powered. This wing loves a tight turn. I could almost pivot turn and still stay up on the foil. I would say it can do a tighter arc than my much smaller H5.

Cruising around in light wind on a small kite was an absolute joy. I was pulling off flying foot swaps with ease on this thing, and being able to foil at what felt like a jogging pace was fairly surreal for me. There were a number of other foilers out with us and were mostly on 9 and 10m kites, which is understandable given the wind speed. I would think this wing allows you to drop 2 or 3m in kite size compared to the normal sized race and freeride wings most of us have. This wing has an alleged speed range of 8 - 22kts and when I headed off on a broad reach, I could believe this top speed was accurate. It was actually pretty quick when pushed, and still, it was well mannered and pitch stable.

My verdict - I want this wing. It will be mine......oh yes, it will be mine.

I had a quick go on the Moses Onda 633. Jon had turned his bar and lines into a spaghetti dinner so I took the chance for a 20min blast on this Italian beauty. Lovely looking setup and light. This was the first carbon mast and wing set I have ever tried. Once again, like the Infinity 76, it popped up easily and at low speed and once flying, felt very slippery. What I will say is that it's not as roll stable as the Infinity wing. It felt quite twitchy in comparison, but certainly still very easy to fly. If you wanted a one wing quiver, the Moses would probably be the setup you'd choose. Surfy and loose feeling but still quick enough to keep all but racers happy. Both these wings would be good for a beginner due to their ability to go at low speed and good pitch stability. I was surprised that once Jon was ready to head out again, I wasn't in the least bit sorry to be jumping back on the Infinity.

If you're at all interested in the big wing foiling experience and want to know what the hype is all about, I'd suggest organising a demo to see what you think. It's an eye opener.

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horey69
QLD, 236 posts
10 Oct 2018 7:10AM
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Great review Duke.
I too have been thinking of kiting both of these wings.
Grant

DukeSilver
WA, 217 posts
10 Oct 2018 5:47AM
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Cheers Grant. I'd highly recommend trying either of these. Maybe try to use a smaller kite than you normally would for the given wind when you demo one.

horey69
QLD, 236 posts
Thursday , 11 Oct 2018 10:20AM
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I've ridden the infinity as a surf foil towed by a jetski(Darren was there) at a slingshot demo day. Thought the width made toe side turns very different more of a flat turn. Ok good to know he kite size just ordered a 5 to with my 7 & 9 sst's

West Oz Kite
WA, 212 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 2:29PM
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We also have the Infinity 76 on demo and i would strongly recommend trying the new Axis range if you get the chance as well

West Oz Kite
WA, 212 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 2:34PM
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We also have the Infinity 76 on demo and i would strongly recommend trying the new Axis range if you get the chance as well

bigtone667
NSW, 953 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 6:31PM
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Just wait till catch a ripple on your monster wing. It is just super fun.

GlideFish
NSW, 9 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 10:37PM
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The axis stuff rides ok, ridden a friends surf wing. Lacked the speed and carving ability of the slingshot gear I normally use in my opinion.

I imagine it'll work for just running a straight line Kiting or surfing. Axis foil just felt one dimensional (But I imagine people with cloud kites love that ) .

DukeSilver
WA, 217 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 9:39PM
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West Oz Kite said..
We also have the Infinity 76 on demo and i would strongly recommend trying the new Axis range if you get the chance as well


I'd love to try the Axis stuff as well. I've read good things about their big wings. I actually thought West Oz had stopped doing foils as I hadn't seen any foiling gear on the shop website for a while. I just had a look then and saw it was back.

DukeSilver
WA, 217 posts
Friday , 12 Oct 2018 9:41PM
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bigtone667 said..
Just wait till catch a ripple on your monster wing. It is just super fun.


I hear you. I haven't caught any waves on a foil yet but it's definitely one of my goals with foiling.



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