The Right Board.
Now that I’ve progressed I do occasionally go back and forth between the sinker (Rocket Surf 5’0” 35L) and the rocket wing (Rocket Wing 5’4” 60L). But ultimately the Rocket Wing wins for the simple fact that gains in performance aren’t enough to outweigh ease of use. Ease of use being defined as getting on foil with the least amount of effort or energy exerted. Being able to get up on foil and not struggle with getting to your feet is super important. Your sessions become much more enjoyable when your spending most of your time on foil and not laboring over getting to your feet. Unless the conditions are really good it takes a lot of energy to get going on an undersized board which reduces your overall session time and often leaves you falling more because your tired. It’s also a disadvantage to be riding an oversized board with more surface area than necessary. The result can mean the bottom of the board sticking to the water when trying to get up on foil or having a “wheely” affect where the weight of the board is counter balancing the foil underneath you so you’re struggling to keep it on foil as the case with many of the larger sup style boards. Also, as you progress things like swing weight and surface area come into play when tacking for example where you want to minimize your outline as you are going directly into the wind during transitions. The Rocket Wing boards were designed specifically to address the need for volume and performance for our wingsurfing sport. They are extremely well balanced, buoyant and stable given their size and very forgiving once on foil. My experience was that once on foil, the Rocket Wing board allowed me to get away with many errors in foot placement after switching stance compared to smaller boards. It also allowed for much more ease in getting up than a lower volume board and provides far superior maneuverability compared to larger boards. Using the right size boar