Slingshot Ghost Whisper 101 Windsurf Foil Review
Carbon vs. Aluminum
Aluminum or carbon? A common question. A fresh answer.
For most, choosing an aluminum or carbon windsurf foil comes down to costs. Carbon foils are expensive. Aluminum not so much. Carbon foils sound nice (comparison far below), but not needed. Not when priced at $2,000, or in some cases, far more.
That is, till now. Big Winds’ has acquired 2019 Slingshot Ghost Whisper 101 FWind Carbon 2.0 Windsurf Foils at a hefty discount (more below), shrinking the carbon/aluminum price gap dramatically. And better, doing so with a proven carbon foil designed by Tony Logosz, that’s also a favorite foil of superstar Wyatt Miller, and Gorge standout Kevin Johnston. Hear their take below. But first, here's the deal.
Wyatt Miller Riding The Ghost Whisper
Ghost Whisper 101 Windsurf Foil Reviews
“People find the Ghost Whisper 101 easier to use than the aluminum stuff as all the connections are so rigid. There’s no wobble, bend or flex. Its front wing is a great all around size. Small enough to jump and land, but big enough to get going early and foil through 360’s upwind and downwind, which I can’t do on the smaller wings. When you step up to carbon Ghost Whisper 101 windsurf foil from the aluminum Hoverglide it’s like going from a 40% carbon sail mast to a 100% carbon sail mast. It’s so much more efficient and offers crisp, direct control due to the stiffness.” — Wyatt Miller, Legend & Slingshot Windsurf Brand Manager
“Compared to the Slingshot Hoverglide aluminum foil, the first thing I felt on the Ghost Whisper 101 was acceleration and speed. There was no top end speed limit, even in high winds with small sails. Also different from aluminum foils I’ve ridden was the Ghost Whisper’s responsiveness. It’s a direct connection between the foil and rider, thanks to its stiff carbon mast. The ride is nimble, but exceptionally controlled provided you ride with a less-is-more mindset. Small moves go far. I also liked how well it carries speed through jibes, making it easy to stay aloft throughout. The Ghost Whisper 101 is hands down my favorite Slingshot foil!” — Gorge Foiling Standout Kevin Johnston
Is the Ghost Whisper 101 Foil for You?
Yes, if you’re already foiling, and hungry to step up to a high performance carbon free-ride foil that blends light-wind efficiency, impressive top speeds, and playful maneuverability. It’s also great for foilers seeking a solid, trustable locked-in riding sensation. If your foiling feels like a high wire act of endless trim adjustments, the Ghost Whisper 101 settles things.
Why The Low Price?
The short answer: Slingshot produced too many. Our take, however, is the Ghost Whisper 101 windsurf foil was overshadowed by Slingshot’s popular aluminum 2019 Hoverglide foil. With a retail price of $1,279, the Hoverglide was our best seller last summer, priced at almost $1,000 less than the Ghost Whisper 101. Now that price difference is $170.
Slingshot developed the designs used on both the Ghost Whisper and Moses Vento windsurf foils. The Ghost Whisper 101 windsurf foil is extremely similar to the Moses Vento 101. So much so, compatible wings, masts and fuselages exist at Moses dealers.
Why Choose An Aluminum Foil?
- Less $$$
- Less sensitivity underfoot - arguably easier for learning
- Modularity - affordable mast options exist in aluminum foil lines
- Durability - more durable in impact resistance
Why Choose A Carbon Foil?
- Direct, high performance feel
- Stability - less cavitation; trustable riding sensations
- Lightweight - most noticeable when carrying gear and jumping
- Longevity - less vulnerable to corrosion, especially in saltwater
- Maintenance - less rinsing and care needed
- Durability - easy repairs from minor dings (not severe impacts)
Why Choose the Ghost Whisper 101?
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!
Aluminum(ish) pricing for a carbon foil! WAS $2,154
NOW $1,449 w/ free shipping in contiguous U.S.
2019 Slingshot Ghost Whisper 101 Fwind Carbon 2.0 Foil
Price: $1,449 w/ free shipping in contiguous U.S.
Ghost Whisper 101 Windsurf Foil Package Includes
- Light, stiff, high modulus pre-preg carbon 101 cm mast
- Light, stiff, high modulus pre-preg carbon wings
- 683 mm front wing (span), 1005 cm2 area
- 483 mm stabilizer (span), 316 cm2 area
- Deep anodized aluminum fuselage, manganese alloy
- Foil Weight: 9.2 pounds
- Keel Connector: prevents board damage; makes foil removal easy
- Tuttle Box
Eddy Patricelli is a co-owner of Big Winds, and served as editor of WindSurfing magazine from 2001-2007.