Sizes Available: 4m
Sizes Tested: 4m
You are looking at a 4m performance wing with a dihedral shape (V-shape) a form similar to the wing design of fighter jets. This shape ensures that the tips don’t touch the water during the ride, slowing you down. It also improves the aerodynamics, which is further enhanced by the high volume leading edge that supplies a stiff frame and deep profile.
The whole construction is extremely light and ultra-durable, thanks to the renowned X4 Ripstop cloth made by Teijin Techno Forceâ„¢ as well as XT canopy for the leading edge. To ensure an unobstructed view, we equipped the wing with window panels. Stiff grab handles along the leading edge and the single strut allows you to hold the WFS comfortably in any position, offering full control.
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This year Eleveight releases its first wingsurfing product starting with the WFS which comes available in a single size and features a hard boom and soft handle hybrid system. The WFS features solid dihedral built into the wingtips with a medium-plus diameter leading edge. The wingtips are fairly compact and the canopy features two sight windows for seeing your winged friends before you smack into them. The leading edge hover handle is a nice thick loop that is fairly big and easy to grab for quick hand transitions and the front handhold gets a rigid boom to grip, while your back hand gets two generously sized loops to find the sweet spot. The WFS comes with a bungee leash that features a ratchet style Velcro wristleash that overlaps upon itself and makes putting it on with one hand incredibly easy.
The boom has a dense EVA wrapping it that gives you a little cushion and good grip while the two looped handles at the end of the boom are nice and wide with sufficient softness that will break in over time. Picking the WFS up on the beach, we really liked its lightweight build, contributing to its maneuverability and ease of use. At first, it was hard for us to know where to place our front hand on the boom, but with a bit of use we became tuned to the general area our front hand liked to land. It would be worth marking the boom with a visual indicator for quick reference. Early on we noticed the compact wingspan that keeps your tips away from the water and helps to avoid dragging wingtips and triggering crashes. The leading edge thickness and airframe feel fairly stiff and do a good job of transferring your pumps directly into lift and therefore the 4m gives you a really solid amount of range both on its low-end and high-end. The WFS screams upwind; the wing has minimal draft and a fairly slim luff strut which means the wing is extremely efficient at higher angles of attacks. This also translates to less pressure on your arms which makes the riding experience a bit more comfortable. Like many of the low-draft wings out there, the WFS is capable of back-winding if you depower too quickly, but that’s the tradeoff you get for easy upwind ability. The WFS gives you neutral lift while in hover position, not quite as positive as some other wings, so it did have decent hover for chasing swells but at lower angles of travel you might be supporting the wing a little more. After big wipeouts, the boom was really easy to find by reaching under the leading edge and helped us get back up quicker, a nice feature in waves, or if you are like us, live in the warden’s red triangle. The combination of dihedral, leading-edge size and low draft work together to create a stable wing that is fairly stiff and generates a good amount of power that begs to scream upwind. Overall, the WFS is a great freeride option for those that want to mix a boom with handles and like effortless upwind ability. Its lightweight setup and quality materials give it great handling and a solid appeal to wingers of all skill levels.