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Sabfoils Front Wing & Hydrofoil Stabilizers Guide | Wake-Style.com

Sabfoils Front Wing & Hydrofoil Stabilizers Guide

Everything you need to know for choosing your Hydrofoil Wing & Stabilizer

 

 



Sabfoil is one of the best foil brands on the market, previously known as Moses Foils.

The Sabfoils hydrofoils are made in Italy, where they are produced in a facility not far away from the costal city of Rimini, famous for a hectic night scene during summer.
Due to the fact that at Sabfoil every single component is made in their own factory, including molds, their foil equipment feature the highest standards in manufacturing quality and performance.

Sab's front wings are relatively close to the mast, which gives a direct action and also generate more lift. They are also compatible with most board brands.

Their carbon masts have a wooden core, which generates less noise and offer a better performance than a foam core. On the mast plate you can find multiple holes that allow riders to position it more further forward on the box than most other brands.

 

Fuselages:

Sabfoil offer 3 fuselage options:

  • The older FS710 which works with M6 bolts.
    The new wings are also compatible with it, because each new M8 prepared front wing gets delivered with adapters cups to fit M6.

  • The newer F700HS (High strength), that we we recommend for new Sabfoil users.
    Just Because the front wings are getting bigger to push more and more the boundaries with high jumps, Sabfoil offers the HS fuse, that works with M8 bolts. M8 is 12 times stronger than M6, that's a serious upgrade in stiffness and durability over the older M6 system.

  • The W1000+W800 aren't compatible with the F700HS and don't need to. Due their smaller surface, they work better with an lighter build fuse. For this 2 wings we recommend the FK647 kite fuselage.

 

Front Wings:

A hydrofoil front wing works together with the stab. You can't see them loose from each other, the stab counterbalances the front wing, so this is why the recommended stab is also stated for each wing.

 

Moses 1100 W Surf / Wingsurf Front Wing 2100Cm2

Sabfoil W1100

The Sabfoil W1100, with its 1100 mm span and 2100 cm2, is the Sab's light wind gun for wing foiling.

With as low wind as 8 knots, this wing can already be used with a 6m, and continues to fly well in the wind holes due to its low stall speed.

The W1100 is not the fastest front wing in the Sabfoil range but, due of its winglets, it feels super stable and easy to ride. Thanks to its medium thickness, it remains surprisingly controllable also in higher winds, and it still turns fairly short for its size.

Watch out, if you want to turn too tight with too much force, you can reach the limit of this foil, the winglets will start to work against you, ventilate and spin out.
If really tight powerful turns are your thing, rather look at the Surf foils, like the W940 and W945, because they are a better choice for that.

You can combine the W1100 with the Sabfoil 483, 450 and 425 stabilizer. At Wakestyle, we personally liked more the W1100 with a 2 degree shim on the stab.

Sabfoil W950

The Sabfoil W950  uses the same position as the W1100.

The Medium-aspect W950 front wing is the smaller, thinner brother of the W1100.

With its 950 mm wingspan and 1350 cm2, the W950 is surprisingly versatile and fast for an all-round use, with a very slippery sailing feeling.

Because the widest point is a bit further forward, it has sufficient lift. If you mainly sail on inland waters and occasionally at sea, the Sabfoil W950 is your mid-weather wing. If you mainly wingsurf at sea, look at the W945 (keep reading here below).

You can combine the Sabfoil W950 with the 483, 450 and 425 stabilizer.

 

Sabfoil W945 Front Wing

W945 

The Sabfoil W945 has the mast placed 2-3 cm forward, compared to the W1100 and W950. Its a medium aspect front wing that has almost the same wingspan and surface as the W950.The difference is that the W945 is a dedicated surf foil.

 

Surf foils have their thickest point a little further back, so that they give less lift when you get that extra acceleration from a wave or swell, and also have no winglets. Because of this, they have a looser straight line feeling, and are able to turn a lot tighter. Finally, due to the different tip design, ventilation/spin outs are very rare with the surf foils.

The W945 has a lot of glide on a wave due to its wingspan, and is not as fast on flat waters as the W950. If you mainly sail at sea with an inland water session now and then, this the Sabfoil W945 is a better option for you than the W 950. Rather if you only foil on inland waters, then the 950 will prove faster and more challenging.

You can combine the Sabfoil W945 with the 425 stabilizer.

 

W940

The Sabfoil W940 has the mast placed about 5 cm forward, compared to the W1100, W950 and W799 Balz.

Just like the W945, the W940 is a surf foil, but with its 1100 cm2 it is thinner and with a considerably smaller surface, so that you will not be accidentally lifted out of the water while riding a wave or running swell.

The W940 therefore needs a little more wind and has a slightly higher stall speed than the larger wings,  but that is rewarded with a much higher speed and seriously short turns. A tip out of the water? no problem for the W940!

Although the 940 is a surf foil, its high top speed makes it ideal also for inland waters, when the wind is blowing hard, and ocf course also for downwinders.

The W940 can be ridden with the 425 stabilizer for more grip, but runs best with the 399 and 370 stabs.

No shims needed.

 

W799 BalZ Muller Pro

The Sabfoil W799 Balz Muller Pro front wing features the same mast position as the W1100 abd W950.

This Balz Muller signature foil is short, wide and has the thickest point farthest forward. Result: aggressive lift for high jumping and a lot of grip for extremely short turns.

The Balz is comparable to the W950 in terms of wind range and speed. The differences are that the 950 has more glide and a somewhat slippery feel, where the Balz gives a lot of lift/forefoot pressure for maximum pop off the water and super sharp turns. If you want to jump, freestyle and turn short in medium and high wind winds, this is THE wing to go.

The W799 Balz Muller Pro can be combined with the 483 stabilizer for maximum grip, the 399 stab for a looser ride and max speed, or also the 425 stab. In our opinion, the 425 gives the best compromise between speed, grip and short turns.

W899

The W899 Balz Muller Pro is the big brother of the 799, designed for light to medium winds. The wingspan is of 899cm and the high profile assures grip manueuverability and more lift if compatred to the W799. The front wing surface is is 1382cm2

 

W1000

The Sabfoil W1000 is designed for windsurfing foil races, but if mounting the short FK647 kite fuselage it can also be used for wing foiling, while staying incredibly fast at the same time.

Due to its thin profile and small footprint, the W1000 needs little lift and power to get off the surface, about 17 knots with a 5m wing, but when it goes, it's a real speed demon with an endless glide downwind.

The reduced 987 cm2 surface area translates into a higher stall speed than the other wings, but, being faster and having more glide through turns, or downwind, will make you jibe at speed of light! :)
The lower stall speed won't a be problem for skilled riders. 

Pay attention: the W1000 does not fit on the 700HS fuselage, but will fit only on the shorter FK647. It's thanks to the short fuselage that the W1000 can turn very tight.

You can combine the W1000 with the FK647 fuselage and the 399 stabilizer. Larger stabs are compatible as well, but, with the 483 you need to use 1 to 1.5 gr shim, otherwise the foil will not come loose.

For advanced riders and experts weighing less than 70 kg, there is also a W800 wing, which is the little brother of the W1000. With its 840 cm2 it is even smaller and more extreme, better suited to lighter foil riders that want hit maximum speeds.

 Review/Text by: Jeroen Van Gessel

 

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