At the beach, we caught up with RRD rider Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA) to ask him about his race gear setup. He has been heavily involved in the R&D process of the gear from the beginning of their Wingfoiling journey.
He explains that the Wings for the Surf-Race discipline tend to be smaller, creating more speed for less resistance and drag. Boards are smaller as well as the rider needs to get up on the water only once and the goal is to never touch the water.
We dove a little deeper into the evolution of the gear, and he sees it evolving in two ways.
Entry level equipment: Strong, Powerful, easy to use and fast.
High performance: Light, fast and manoeuvrable.
“It’s really hard to distinguish the shape of the gear. It’s very small details that make a huge difference. One may look better from far but a centimetre can make a world of difference in performance. Unlike most board sports, the board itself is the least important part of the setup. You are rarely on it. The most impactful are the Wing and Foil. They are what you use to fly.” – explains Cappuzzo.
The high-performance gear is doing its best to keep up with the insane rate of evolution of the athletes riding possibilities. Klaas Voget (GER) Duotone Wingfoil R&D and Team Manager explains that the gear specs could go any way at this point. This is why Duotone Wingfoil keeps its primary focus on nailing the entry-level gear, which is realistically the more achievable goal.