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AEON DNA-M to DNA-H
Q: What does DNA mean on the AEON front and tail wings?
A: DNA explains the material mix of our wings, just like the human DNA defines who we are. DNA-H means HARD - more stiffness, more control. DNA-M meaning MEDIUM stiffness for a more budget-friendly alternative with a really great low end power.
AEON DIM-S to DIM-XL
Q: What does DIM mean on the AEON masts?
A: DIM stands for "Dimension" and explains the volume and dimensions of the masts. Dimension S (DIM-S) being the thinnest and fastest and Dimension XL (DIM-XL) being thicker and wider but stiff in flex and twist, creating a budget-friendly version of the pure competition masts. The 95 masts are more suitable for medium to high wind foil slalom while the 100 masts would be preferred for course racing and light winds as they offer less top speed but increased stiffness for bigger front wings.
AEON FOIL FOR WINDSURF AND WINGING
Q: Can you configure the AEON foil for wing use?
A: Yes. We will offer wing-specific fuselages and masts soon. Bastien Escofet was truly dominating the GWA in both racing and freestyle on the AEON foil wings.
BRASS INSERTS FOR FIN AND FOIL
Q: Why don't you use harder v2a steel inserts instead of the softer brass?
A: V2A steel screws in a V2A insert is very likely to get stuck as two materials of similar hardness will create too much friction inside the thread.
CUTOUT SIZE ON FOIL BOARDS
Q: Why does the Foil Comp board have bigger cutouts than the Foil Race and why no cutouts on the FoilRide?
A: The more mast rake you use the more you must compensate for the negative angle of attack on the frontwing by sinking the tail. A board with cutouts will pump better but be less stable during the take-off. As freeride foils usually don't use excessive rake, we've opted for a more stable and gentle accelleration on the FoilRide while the medium cutouts on the FoilRace allow the use of raked foils but don't make the board too loose and nervous yet. The big FoilComp cutouts are a zero-compromise racing design for instant and brutal accelleration while pumping the board with foil rakes around 3-4 degrees and at the same time less drag on touch downs (This design is made for advanced riders with a good overall board control).
FOIL AND FIN SAIL BASIC DESIGN DIFFERENCES
Q: Can I use a foil sail on the fin and a fin sail on the foil?
A: Of course the sails work best in the environment they've been designed for but as a basic advise we could say: A foil sail is a more high-aspect sail design with a stiffer profile and less backhand pressure. So if you don't have any trouble to go planing and like a light-handed sail with a shorter boom you may use the foil sail on the fin and actually love it as a freeride sailor, while the slalom sailor will miss the loading of the sail and lack some power for sure. The foil sail will be more neutral in gusty winds while the medium or low aspect hybrid or pure fin sail will give you more grunt, more downwind accelleration and more power in total. Fin sails on the foil on the other hand are more of a compromise as you want the most steady and stable flight on the foil. In light winds the fin sail might still be a valid options for beginners and intermediates on the foil as it will be easier to pump and gives you more response on the boom. Control-wise the foil sail is the clear winner for foil use though. If you're looking for one sail to do it all in freeride let you weight and skill level guide you. More advanced and lighter riders can choose the high-aspect sail for fin and foil and won't actually be facing much of a compromise. If you're foiling in light wind only and are a heavy rider switching to fin as soon as you can choose the fin sail as the hybrid option. But if you want the true and full performance on foil and fin pick both the dedicated foil and fin sail for each discipline as this is not a marketing joke but a real and well-though design adaption for the very different requirements of fin and foil use.