DUOTONE Spirit Surf 1250
Sizes Available: Front Wing 1250cm2, Back Wing 215cm2, Mast 75cm
Sizes Tested: Front Wing 1250cm2, Back Wing 215cm2, Mast 75cm
The low aspect ratio profile has a huge amount of lift and opens up a new realm of possibilities for slack line tricks and carves where no kite power is needed. The wing provides the feeling that you can surf the wing rather than only be pulled around by the kite all the time. Due to its profile, shape and size, the wing can also be used for prone surfing on no wind days. The wing provides an incredible stability in white water which makes it easy to surf in small waves. It is for those looking for a pure surf feeling in a kite foil. When you like to use a small kite as often as possible, even in lighter wind conditions and you are looking for the same set up to surf on no wind days, the Spirit Surf is your weapon of choice.
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The Duotone foil lineup offers up five different performance packages; two of them are all-out speed demons and the other three cover the spectrum from freeride (700, 950, 1250) to surf. The Spirt 1250 sits on the surf side of that range, offering the slowest foil-up speed and best low-speed carving to surf every piece of chop. The 1250 comes with a 75 cm aluminum mast that has a slotted key that slips into an aerodynamic fuselage for a really solid and efficient design. The front carbon wings attach to the fuselage via hex Allen head screws and the stabilizer comes with four additional mounting shims for those that want to change the lift angle of the stabilizer.
The 1250 falls on the surf side of the Duotone range which is perfectly suited for kite-based foilsurfing. The foil-up speed is the slowest of Duotone’s three freeride foils and offers riders a very easy waterstart that requires significantly less power from the kite and begins lifting earlier on. There’s a bit of debate on what is the easiest foil-up speed for learning is and the answer seems to lie somewhere between Duotone’s 1250 and 950 wings, where the wing begins to lift in a dependable manner at a speed that allows mistakes to happen a bit slower and crashes to be significantly less spectacular. The axes’ inputs on the 1250 area all very balanced with the yaw access feeling a little bit more reactive than the pitch and roll axes, which requires a little less side to side front foot input to steer the wing through carves. The 1250 feels really stable at slow to medium speed and users will find that the 1250 tops out when you try to load up the kite and really push the speed. The 1250 doesn’t feel slow by carving standards, it just doesn’t have the adrenaline pumping straight-line speed that the smaller wings in the lineup offer. The bigger front wing really allows you to slow down, take a second, maybe stall and setup the perfect line in any size swell. The 1250 is fun milking every ounce of energy out of knee-high wind slop and it’s also fun on bigger sloping swells. It draws out long, laid-out carve as you like, but it also handles tight pivoty cutbacks that are easy to control. In the broader context, the 1250 isn’t quite as low aspect and high-lift as a dedicated prone or SUP foilsurfing wing, yet it seems to have just the right low-end for carving waves with a kite and that lift profile will also certainly work for paddle foilsurfing. When it comes to tacks and transitions, the slower speed will help you stay afloat while perfecting your footwork and the slower speed can help you stay on foil as your pass through the eye of the wind on tacks. The 1250 is a great choice for beginner foilboarders with an eye for smooth reliable lower-speed foiling and open-ended carving potential that is both fun and active for advanced level riders as well with reliable and intuitive inputs that encourage you to push limits.
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