The choice of masts is huge. This can quickly become confusing, especially for beginners. Here are a few tips to ensure you find the right mast for you.
It is particularly important that it is the right mast for you. It has to suit both the area and you. And of course to your rest of the material.
When cruising in shallow water, you need a suitably short mast. Because: If you don't have enough water depth left for your mast, you can't start. Your foiling experience ends before it even begins.
If, on the other hand, you ride in waves, a longer mast of around 90 cm is much more advisable. So you can glide over the wave and not touch the crest of the wave. At the same time you avoid that your foil pulls air, which leads to stalling.
In addition to the area, your driving skills and your self-assessment are just as important. You should start with a short mast of about 40 cm and then slowly increase it. This will give you a feel for foiling. At the same time, falls are less painful. Some describe that a shorter mast gives them a sense of security as they don't fall as far.
At the same time, your mast length has a significant influence on driving technique and driving physics. Shorter masts are more manoeuvrable overall, which could be a reason for your decision if you want to drive particularly manoeuvrably. At the same time you have less time for manoeuvres. With longer masts, you are less manoeuvrable, but have significantly more time to do your maneuvers because your board does not dive back in as quickly.
In addition, with a longer mast you can drive much more obliquely, as you can see in the picture.
If you are looking for an all-round solution, 80 cm is a good choice. You have enough time for maneuvers and you can ride it in shallow waters - like here in Norddeich - as well as in waves.
The material you use is of course also decisive when choosing your mast. Both the screw points on the board and on the fuselage must match.
A small note: some manufacturers - including Naish - have made changes from 2021 to 2022, which means that the materials, for example, only match within one series. So you can't put together a foil with fuselage from 2021 and mast from 2022.
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