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voy-tech

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PostFri Aug 25, 17 10:10 am    Any feedback on the Slingshot Converter? Reply with quote

I'm really tempted to get on the foiling train, but reluctant to pull the trigger on a whole setup at once. The Slingshot Converter looks like a really nice setup - I could pick up the board learn some strapless in the swell and than pickup a used mast+wing in winter. Did anyone had a chance to play with it and try how it compares to other foil boards out there?
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PostFri Aug 25, 17 10:54 am     Reply with quote

I haven't used one personally, but I've seen several of these dual purpose setups. The guys I know that have tried them, end up getting frustrated and switching to a foil specific board for learning. These might work better as a travel board once you are experienced, but not so good when learning.

Best board for learning to foil is Slingshot Alien Air - it's big and floaty - which helps a lot in the beginning stages.

Starting with a 24" mast worked well for me. Took the fear factor down a notch. Once I got that sorted out, going to a longer mast was no problem.

This is a great time to get into foiling - so much good used gear out there.
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PostFri Aug 25, 17 4:34 pm     Reply with quote

Get a beat up LF foil or HG for cheap and then sell it when you want to upgrade for minimal loss.

If you get a good deal on just the foil you can find lots of boards for $100 that work well enough.

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PostFri Aug 25, 17 5:30 pm     Reply with quote

I agree if you're trying to save $ you are better off just buying a complete dedicated foil setup used. The converter is new enough it may be hard to find used. I see that as mainly a travel setup, but it would be a compromise. I learned to foil on the larger dwarfcraft and it's been great to learn on and should continue to work well as I progress. I also wouldn't want to give up my favorite kite surf boards for the converter. You might want to demo some surfboards first. There is a pretty big difference in how they ride.
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PostFri Aug 25, 17 9:06 pm     Reply with quote

I'm using a Converter, first for a few weeks as my first directional board, now learning to foil with a 24" mast. It's working great for me, but I really don't have anything to compare it to. As others have said, it's not really a money saver unless you can get a very good deal, since there are tons of cheap surfboards and quite a few used foil boards available these days. It is nice to have both options for travel, and my guess is that it's a better surfboard than most other dual-purpose boards.

One thing to note: When using the Converter as a surfboard it is possible for the brass nuts to slide out of the tracks. You want to either remove them or use a couple of set screws to keep them from sliding.

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PostSat Aug 26, 17 7:47 am     Reply with quote

I got the Converter and the Lift mast for my first foil setup. I needed a smaller, heavier, surfboard for big choppy days. The Converter has fit the bill perfectly and I think it rides and surfs really nice. It's got the snap-in fins which is really convenient for going back and forth between the foil and surfing. (I wish the foil was snap in!)

Definitely take the nuts and bolts out for surfing. Thumb's Up

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PostTue Aug 29, 17 5:48 am     Reply with quote

I think its a bit narrow so it might bounce around a little on the water when foil touch downs. I'm sure its fine for kite surfing, but keep in mind there are channels for the tee nuts and this will create drag. maybe put tape over the channels when no foil.
When we learned a couple of seasons ago, we would slap a foil on anything that would hold it. today there's so many choices to get you going. even the used market.
I still find the LF fish a good learning board and you can still find them pretty cheap on the used market.

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PostTue Aug 29, 17 7:18 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for all of the feedback!
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