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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #45 on: March 15, 2017, 02:57:08 PM »
Yes, straight leashes get tangled around the foil easier than coil leashes, that's the main reason.
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #46 on: March 16, 2017, 10:10:45 AM »
I practiced riding the 12'6 with the Maliko Foil yesterday and had a good time.   The longer board makes it much easier to catch rollers and the bigger foil has more lift and can be a bit challenging to keep from coming up too high at first.  I like this photo where you can see the water moving over the foil.
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #47 on: March 16, 2017, 02:37:57 PM »
Whats the logic behind coil leashes on foil boards? Do straight leashes just get tangled in the foil?

Dave clips a few 'break away' loops of the leash on the side of a knee attachment.  Robert is using a coil leash on his ankle in these pics.  Both are good but I think I'll go for the loop method initially so that board is farthest away from me during a fall.   Robert already has a fair amount of time in the saddle so he's confident with the coil.

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #48 on: March 16, 2017, 02:42:39 PM »
I practiced riding the 12'6 with the Maliko Foil yesterday and had a good time.   The longer board makes it much easier to catch rollers and the bigger foil has more lift and can be a bit challenging to keep from coming up too high at first.  I like this photo where you can see the water moving over the foil.

Thanks for the first report Robert.  Looks good.  Can't wait to hear from you after a DW run.  Somewhere will be the trade off point of still being able to continue paddling without wind and glides but short enough to handle when conditions are good and lifting.

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2017, 08:57:17 PM »
We finally received a shipment of the GoFoils...both Kai and Maliko models...
First impressions...nice finish work...and, nice protective cases...no problemos with fitment...

Can't wait to give them a go...especially, after attempting to SUP surf foil with my Horue WindFoil...;-)
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2017, 01:28:03 PM »
Wardog, Can't wait for your report on riding the GoFoil.

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2017, 03:04:45 PM »
Looks like I came by your shop about a month too early. Those are nice looking parts.
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2017, 05:31:23 PM »
Looks fantastic! Can we get a "first impressions" review of the Kai vs Maliko for those of that are in the market for our first foils?

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2017, 06:12:29 PM »
Any chance of posting up the rough measurements of the 2 foils ?  Just mulling over making a wood one ?   

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2017, 07:17:47 PM »
Looks like I came by your shop about a month too early. Those are nice looking parts.

Yeppers...nice parts...closer to purty than not...;-)
Fitted bags for mast and wings...YKK zippers...nice finish work...fitment went as well as deep Tuttle goes...

One of the kids that I sponsor, Aryeh,  took his Kai foil out for 1st time in some weak waves this P.M.
He done purty good...;-)

He rips on one of my custom 6'8" Jammers, too...
http://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php/topic,29202.msg314216.html#msg314216

To be continued...


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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #55 on: March 18, 2017, 08:18:16 PM »
That last shot is exactly what I fear doing if I try foiling.

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #56 on: March 18, 2017, 08:21:35 PM »
So I've seen some new ideas in board shapes coming out with the foil gang.  Primarily with nose rocker to handle any sudden dives.  Otherwise they're rather unsexy shapes and that's fine since they only need to catch the wave at first and then they're out of the water.

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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #57 on: March 18, 2017, 08:28:43 PM »
That last shot is exactly what I fear doing if I try foiling.

Zackly why I included it...see safety warning and liability disclosure attached below...;-)

Foiling is definitely not for the meek...get prepared for an arse whuppin' worse than learning kiting back in the early 2 line days...;-)
I'll see if I get time to dig up some of my wipeouts from last Summer WindFoiling @ 20-30 mph...holy shmoly!!!...;-)

I did have an impact vest and helmet...even booties...waaay too much lift for the conditions...but, very thrilling no doubt...and, don't even attempt to SUP surf a meter long WindFoil in beach break waves like I did...;-)
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #58 on: March 18, 2017, 09:12:30 PM »
Hence GF2. I like the design of the Gofoils a lot though. I think they get a lot done between 5 and 10MPH,
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Re: First impressions of GoFoil Kai Foil
« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2017, 06:35:26 PM »
Woohoo that was fun!!!
Catch a wave on a foil and you are definitely sitting on top of the world...until you get bucked off...;-)
Surf foiling in small waves is actually kinda tame compared to wind foiling in high winds...which has to be right up there with bull riding at times...;-)



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