Slingshot H4 Hydrofoil Wing
The new H4 hydrofoil wing has become our favorite!! We spend a lot
of time surfing behind the board on both the first and second wave. We
started on the H5 wing, when the H2 came out we bumped up to that for more
control and the ability to surf the waves farther behind the boat. Now
that the H4 wing has come out we now our preferred wing. With that being
said it’s not the wing we recommend starting out on. To really enjoy its
benefits, you need to know how to foil and have the stabilizer muscles required
to foil developed.
How is it different? The main thing we noticed was speed the
wing generated in the turns. When making quick carves it feels like its
accelerating the board into the next turn. Maneuverability is increased from
the H2 wing and is similar in its ability to turn to the smaller H5. In
terms of lift and take off speed it feels similar to the large H2. To us it
didn’t feel as stable as the H2 wing and this is the reason that we recommend
starting on something else and progressing to the H4. You could definitely feel
that side to side stability was a little more challenging but what was given up
in stability definitely was made up in performance!
It’s definitely a must have in your hydrofoil quiver. This is what
Slingshot has to say about it:
- Largest wing, most lift in the
- Great for slow speeds, early
takeoff and pumping
- Surf waves you never thought
- Customize your ride, cross over to
- Sturdy pre-preg carbon
Details: One look at the H4 wing and it’s easy to tell where it
excels. With a low-aspect, high-surface area shape, it’s like a magic carpet
that lets you glide across waves and swell you would have never thought
possible until now.
For surf/SUP: Versatile performance in
most size waves and swell. Early lift and slow gliding speed make this an
excellent option for proficient surfers ready to make the transition to
For wake: Slow speeds, tons of lift
and enough surface area to tap into the second, third, even the fourth wave
back without a rope.
For windsurf: Slow, mellow cruiser.
Great for light wind, heavy riders or those who just want to cruise and don’t
care about going fast or getting extreme.