Currently, I’m prone foil surfing Lift but I’m confused about if it is the right brand for me. Considering switching to Uni.
I’m a decade-long daily shortboarder. Been prone foiling for 6 months. Starting to make connections regularly: one or two per session. I live in Tofino, Canada where we have mushy beach breaks that are weaker and can be closeouty (similar to Florida!). I am 185lbs / 84kg & 5’10". My pump technique needs a lot of work and I know that is more important than the gear (working on it!).
Currently, I use the 200ha is for the tiny days. The 170ha has become my daily driver. And the 150haX - which I had hoped would become my daily driver - is now my wing for bigger / better days. All have been paired with the 32-glide tail.
The 150hax has been a bit of a disappointment. Yes, it does pump better than the 170ha and handles speed like the 120ha. But you have to carry a fair bit of speed with it, otherwise, it stalls (weak low end and smaller surface area) and it is touchier to turn. High aspect 10.1. On the better days, it does well but it still feels less user-friendly than the 170ha.
After a bunch of frustrating sessions on the 150haX, a few expert foiler friends suggested that more of a mid-aspect foil would be better for progressing with prone foiling. Something with a bit more low-end and a bit more forgiving with turns. They said that I could learn to make the 150haX work, but that would likely slow my progression down and I’d have less fun.
For now, my plan is to just keep riding the 170ha most of the time because it gets me the most time on foil without being a big pig like the 200ha. I’ve also been considering if another brand would help my progression more.
The main issue I have with Lift is that it seems like their new releases are going to follow the 150haX. Lift is about to release the 180haX and the 210haX and I imagine they’ll be similar: higher aspect, efficient but more advanced. This seems like more of a wing, downwind, e-foil direction than beginner / intermediate prone surf progression.
I looked closely at Armstrong. Lots of guys rip at prone-surfing on Armie gear, but the company seems more wing-focused.
The one brand that seems to be very prone-surf-focused is UniFoil. @Erik 's Progression series caught my eye because it seems to be developed for:
Primarily prone foiling
Weaker, smaller waves
Intermediate, average-guy progression - not just 120lb ripper pro surfers
A few UniFoil questions because I am 1000 miles away from the nearest Uni retailer:
Looking at the uniFoil wings - photo above - I noticed the Uni Progression 170 has a very similar surface, aspect, and span as the Lift 170ha (5-year-old tech). How does the Progression 170 outperform the 170ha?
I haven’t seen the Uni gear in person. How do the rest of the Uni components - masts, fuses, rear wings - compare to Lift as far as weight, durability etc?
I’m keen on stability (time on foil!) over ripping turns in the pocket. Which Uni wings and tails would you suggest for me based on my size and skill level?
Where should I order gear from in North America (West Coast)? Real Watersports and other retailers I normally look to in the US / Canada don’t seem to carry Uni.
Does anyone know a North American rep I can fire product questions at before making the switch?
Thanks in advance,