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The Slingshot Dialer vs. Wizard – this is one of the frequently asked questions that the brand itself addresses in a blog post and can be found discussed across foiling discussion boards.
The popularity of both boards hinges on their user-friendly designs and Slingshot’s superior construction methods that guarantee riders a good time on the water.
Whether you are new to foiling or you’ve been around the proverbial foil block and want a board to support your skill progression, comparing the Dialer and the Wizard is a good idea before investing in your next ride.
In this article, we’ll provide you with an overview of each board’s design concept and tech specs, suggesting how the highlights of each might appeal to your riding style and abilities.
The brand behind the boards
Slingshot was founded by the Logosz brothers, Jeff and Tony, in 1999.
Bringing to the table the experience, innovations, and lessons learned from the nearly two decades each brother spent in the industry prior to 1999, it is no wonder the Logosz brothers and their crew of designers, engineers, and athletes have managed to garner multiple industry awards, equip countless riders on the winner’s podium, and hold four U.S. patents for their industry-leading innovations in both design and construction of water sports gear.
Unlike many leading brands, Slingshot formed with the sole mission of developing their kiteboarding brand through manufacturing and creativity.
Slingshot was the first to put graphics on their kites. They were the first to develop kiteboards with increased flexibility to provide riders more pop and softer landings.
The Slingshot brand has since expanded into the quickly growing world of wakeboards, but the company’s focus remains narrow in pursuit of expertise.
The humble beginnings of this family-run business have eclipsed even the brothers’ expectations as Slingshot is not a major player globally and known as the premier kiteboarding and wakeboarding company for both performance and safety gear.
Why compare the Dialer and the Wizard?
Slingshot’s repertoire of boards is diverse, but the Dialer/Wizard comparison is quite common. Why?
The answer to this question lies in the rapid expansion the sport of wind foiling has enjoyed and the insurge of new and intermediate riders turning to the market for a board that will prompt skill progression.
Keep in mind that Slingshot has a common sense recommendation for anyone wondering which board will be best for them.
The company advises riders to make their board size selection based on their individual body weight while also considering both experience on the board and foil as well as the riding style they hope to achieve.
According to Slingshot designers, the choice between these two windfoil boards comes down to experience and comfort level.
As we’ll explore further in our highlights of each board, timid beginner riders may appreciate the Dialer most while those with confidence in their foiling ability and a little experience under their belt may enjoy what the Wizard has to offer.
The Slingshot Dialer Design and Tech Specs
The dialer is available in two sizes, a 130L and a 145L. Size selection should be guided by rider body weight.
According to Slingshot’s rider weight recommendations, the 130L is a great choice for riders weighing up to 170 pounds while riders weighing more than 170 pounds should look to the 145L Dialer.
Slingshot’s Dialer, no matter the size, is ideal for freeride foiling and works best in light to moderate wind conditions.
With a user-friendly design and just the right amount of length, the Dialer is forgiving in touchdowns and allows riders an easy glide up onto the foil even in marginal wind conditions.
The Slingshot Dialer is the ideal kit for freeride foiling in light to moderate winds, for beginners up to advanced foilers.
The Dialer has just enough length to be forgiving in touch-downs and have a nice glide up onto the foil in marginal conditions.
This board makes foiling approachable for riders of all skill levels and serves as an all-around wind foil with plenty of features built in for skill progression.
Slingshot Dialer Tech Specs
The Slingshot Dialer 130L is a 7’6” board with 27.5” in width and a thickness of 6.8”. The larger size option, the Slingshot Dialer 145L is also 7”6” but features added width, measuring 30.5” and following with 6.8” in board thickness.
The Dialer features a traditional shape and longer nose, making this board best in its class for riders just learning to foil.
The longer nose makes it easier for riders to achieve touch-and-go’s. Foot strap placement is a strategic tool that helps new riders develop the correct stance over the foil.
Foils demand a lot from a board and the increased pressure and force means that a windfoil board has to be built tough.
Beginners need even greater durability in a windfoil board because the nature of the learning curve with foiling is frequent wipeouts as riders are learning to get onto the foil and then control the foil for extended rides.
The Dialer features a foil-ready medium Tuttle box for foil attachment. This foil track system is extra reinforced, capable of withstanding the abuse that comes with progressing skills.
In terms of compatibility, the Dialer pairs nicely with the Hover Glide FWind1 or the FWind2 foil systems, both designed to make getting up onto the foil more approachable for new riders.
Balance is key for new riders and the Dialers construction, particularly its added length and strategic footstrap placement, helps riders develop the necessary balance for precision control.
This board is stable on the uphaul for riders getting onto the foil for the first time and promotes balance and stability for riders foiling upwind, downwind, and at all points of sail.
Though it is designed for optimal performance in marginal wind conditions, the Dialer doesn’t back down when the winds pick up.
In higher winds, this board sails like a freeride slalom board.
The Dialer’s shape features help prevent some of the more common beginner foiling mistakes.
The longer nose shape enhances the way this board rebounds off the water, preventing nose diving when riders touch down.
This rebounding action helps riders keep their stance and placement.
The Slingshot Wizard concept and design
For riders with a little foil experience under their belt and drive to explore all of the sport’s possibilities, the Wizard is both a great starting board and a well-equipped board for skill progression.
Ideal for riders who’ve already mastered the basics of foiling, the Wizard combines a low swing weight with a compact platform design to enhance tracking, jibing, and tricks.
The Wizard’s design is user-friendly enough for beginners but this board’s design concept really caters to newer intermediate riders up to even advanced riders.
The board’s shape is short and wide, incorporating a snub nose.
This is a shorter, more agile board than the Dialer but it incorporates enough volume for riders mastering, upholds and pumping to a plane.
The shorter length makes the board feel more nimble and free on the water.
Tech Specs of the Slingshot Wizard lineup
The Slingshot Wizard comes in three sizes: 105L, 125L, and 150L. The smallest of these, the 105L is the shortest and stubbiest of the crew, measuring only 5’10” in length.
The 125L and 150L boards are nearly a foot longer, measuring 6’8” in length.
Slingshot recommends basing your board size selection on volume metric alone.
Their rider weight recommendations suggest that riders weighing 150 pounds or less should ride the 105L, riders weighing between 150 and 200 pounds should consider the 125L, and heavier riders weighing more than 200 pounds should definitely opt for the 150L board option.
Like the Dialer, the Wizard incorporates enough volume for easier uphail.
Super compact and short, this board’s length created a nimble rider in the hands of experienced foilers and features low front-end swing weight that promotes precision transitions and enhances trick maneuver progression.
Though this board isn’t marketed to beginners, it is built with the durability and strength that beginners and intermediates need.
This construction withstands the high torque and forces of foiling with a level of durability that means the Wizard will withstand the abuse of learning new tricks and maneuvers for freestyle riding.
Slingshot Dialer vs. Wizard: Changes in the Slingshot lineup
Comparisons between the Dialer and Wizard remain a popular internet search but changes to the Slingshot lineup introduce a third board into the equation and might mean you need to shift your focus to other alternatives.
While the Wizard remains a popular lineup for Slingshot, the brand has introduced a new board to take the place of the Dialer and the larger Wizard 150L.
The Slingshot Levitator, introduced in 2019, replaces the Dialer as the brand’s windsurf foil board for beginners, keeping some of the Dialer’s best features while adding some new touches for enhanced performance.
The Dialer’s replacement features a more rounded nose shape and longer board length to help riders achieve earlier panning.
These shape upgrades reduce the potential for pearling if the foil pops out of the water and promotes longer ride times to help new riders gain confidence.
Start your journey into the world of foiling with this new windsurf foil board from Slingshot.
The Levitator is new to 2019 taking the place of the Dialer and the Wizard 150 from 2018, but keeping many aspects that made the Dialer a great beginner windsurf foil board.
This new foil board replaces the pointed nose of the Dialer with a more rounded nose similar to the Wizard and longer length helping to get the rider planing earlier and reduce the possibility of pearling the board if the foil pops out of the water.
This allows the rider to spend more time foiling and building their confidence.
The Levitator also introduces changes in board construction for the 2019 and new lineups.
Built with just as much sturdy durability, the new Levitator boards are lighter in weight and stronger to better handle the torque and forces of foiling.
The new board choice also features a track mounting system that allows riders to customize their board by experimenting with foil position.
Slingshot Dialers are still available through dealers or on trade websites, but the fact these boards are no longer in the Slingshot lineup means they will eventually become obsolete.
For riders trying to choose between the two, it’s important to keep in mind that technology and design advances make foiling easier and promote faster skill progression.
Slingshot’s Wizard or the new Levitator lineup are better positioned to provide riders with the newest technology and design enhancements that Slingshot has to offer.
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