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Gear Talk / Re: Hobie CM Series
« on: September 02, 2021, 09:10:27 AM »
Video from a  few years ago surfing my 8'11" x 28" Hobie CM Raw...

https://youtu.be/JpKZrikyPJo

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Gear Talk / Re: Hobie CM Series
« on: August 30, 2021, 02:11:16 PM »
Hard to tell, maybe you could contact Hobie with that serial # to find out more information?

Maybe a local surf shop can share info?  I believe Cinnamon Rainbows in hampton Beach, NH is a Hobie dealer...

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Gear Talk / Re: Hobie CM Series
« on: August 30, 2021, 12:42:24 PM »
I can't say for sure about this one, but most of the Hobie CM Raw I saw with the spiderweb carbon were pretty fragile, in some cases just crap.  I believe the worst ones were made under license somewhere in Florida.  See if you can find out where this was made.

My Hobie Raw was hand shaped in California  with only carbon rails and stringer and is bomb proof.

Either way' I'd recommend glassing in or removing completely those two strap thingies on either side of the handle..prone to leak as mine did and had to have deck redone.

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Bringing this one back. To each their own, but for anyone who has not tried a wing with a 'real' boom I strongly encourage you to do so.

I finally got the 6M Slick I ordered in May, and took it out yesterday, and it is a brave new world of control and power. The wind was a bit too light and gusty, but with the boom I could absolutely hammer pumps whenever a puff came along to get up on foil. When it was supper light and I was just slogging, I used one hand in the middle of the boom and saved energy while I waited for the next puff. While the aluminum boom is a bit heavy (carbon still not available) the benefits, at least for light wind riding, are 100% worth it.

If you are usually riding in 20+ knots so there is always adequate pressure on the wing, maybe it is less important, but I'm a convert. I went in with high expectations (usually a recipe for disappointment) and the experience actually exceeded my highest hopes for how a boomed wing would perform. If they were actually available, and the next model year was not so close, I would buy a full quiver of Slicks today.


Making a carbon boom out of the aluminum one is literally five minutes work. I've done several for TJ at Big Winds using the Black Project silver-colored paddle shaft, and they're gorgeous. But I could make one out of almost any shaft, though the extreme taper Quickblade versions on their newest paddles might be a challenge.

I don't find side-to-side flex to be an issue with fake booms the way I make them, with two velcro straps for each of the furthest front and furthest back handles, even for the new F-one Strike, which has longer and more floppy handles than the Swing. The two straps stretch the handle out and reduce the effect of increasing distance from the strut that grabbing the handle in the middle or using a single attachment causes. That's one reason why I find the short bridging "boom" offered by some wing manufacturers so pointless. They allow more options for hand placement during transitions, but they don't make the handles less floppy--they flop even more.

Even a locked-in boom, like those on any Duotone other than the echo, has side-to-side movement. I inflated my 7M Duotone echo and my 6M Slick with the fake boom to see how much difference there is. The answer is--not much. If I pull the boom side to side close to the leading edge on the echo, it is substantially stiffer than the Slick, but even at the midpoint there's hardly a difference at all, and further back the fake boom actually looks stiffer. That makes sense, the fake boom is anchored to the strut, the duotone is just connected to the canopy.  If I wasn't so lazy I'd do it again and shoot video, but you can wiggle stuff for yourself.

I totally agree with you on pumping and wing response with the boom. The Duotone with boom feels much more responsive with a solid feel and quick reaction, while my non boom wings feel a little bouncy and are slower to capture the wind when pumping....

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I have Duotone wings, and you do have to be be a pretty good folder to get the wing back into the bag like it was when you bought it.  I liken it to knowing origami, but once you figure it out, the bags are ok.   Windsurfing sail companies did the same thing for years and I always wondered why they didnít make the bag a little more generous and not a perfect fit..

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Sounds like a lot of fun out on the lake Cowboy!  5 years ago I hadnít even heard of a foil.   Must have been fun seeing a foil expert towed behind a boat.

I agree with you lakes can be fun, I am on a Cove off a river now in the summer, and the wind swirls a bunch and hard to figure out.  Still itís easier getting up on foil than it would be planing on a windsurfer...always fun.

I imagine  those Santa Ana winds would make for some inland wing foiling?

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That is very cool and great idea.  I can wing upwind on a SUP but really have to dig in the upwind rail to make any progress.  I know beginners are always being swept down wind, so this is a great solution.

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hey Stoney, whether you use a wing on a paddle board or foil board it's still a lot of fun.  Maybe CCBC should allow wings to make the trip a little easier?  ;D

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I paddled from Exeter to New Castle 10 years ago and that ride down the Piscataqua was harrowing, especially around the Rt 1 and I-95 bridge supports.  Never saw such fast running confused water...but I was the only one not to fall in thank goodness.

I heard the Damariscotta has a few narrow sections where the flow intensifies so will have to check this out.

Thanks for the links and references, they will come in handy.  It must have been exciting for you exploring these areas.

I paddled the Sheepscott reversing falls some years ago...a SUP was no match and I got swamped multiple times..the kayakers were having a ball.

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Hey Badger, thanks for the message..ya it's lovely up here as you know having sailed up here.  I am looking forward to paddling down the river from Damariscotta to our dock with outgoing tide.     


Damariscotta is only 8 miles upriver from your house. If you time it right, you should be able to paddle there on the incoming tide and back home on the outgoing tide in less than two hours getting a huge boost from the current.

Thatís very doable in terms of distance, but I donít know the River and will have to check and see if any concerns along the way.  Neighbors keep mentioning strong currents but I have not seen anything of the kind. 

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Fantastic Carib!  You are doing great.  What a beautiful spot.  I love that area.  How wild is it that there is a sport that makes that wind super fun?

Thanks Admin, it really is beautiful around here. We keep pinching ourselves.
  I am taking sailing lessons and hope to get a small sailboat for the calm Summer days, but itís nice to know I can foil when the wind really kicks up. This Sunday looks good. 15 with gusts to 20-25.

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Hey Badger, thanks for the message..ya it's lovely up here as you know having sailed up here.  I am looking forward to paddling down the river from Damariscotta to our dock with outgoing tide.    Unlike Kittery Point, we still have enough water to SUP even at low tide in our cove.

It's been hard figuring out where to foil in Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor, either due to inhospitable access or no parking.  I will definitely be hitting Popham and Reid State beaches when crowds subside.
There is not a lot of info on kiting, windsurfing or foiling in mid coast Maine..all that act is in southern Maine as you well know.

Still I scour maps and charts and Google Earth trying to find the perfect lake, pond or beach to launch from.  The good thing is now I know it's possible right from our dock.  I was pretty hesitant at first , but now know where rocks and other obstacles are. 

here is Google Earth shot of our cove at lower tide  you can see the rocky ledge that sweeps across the cove , at high tide it's all under water but a few spots still dodgy even at high tide


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We moved from Kittery up the coast to Boothbay, Maine this May.  We live on a cove off a river with a lot of submerged rocks, lobster buoys and floating oyster farms not to mention drastic tides and swirling winds.  After a month or so of investigating the Cove at all tides and wind directions, I decided to give it a shot off our dock.  I learned it is very doable with the right wind and tide, and I am looking forward to many sessions come the more predictable Fall winds.  This day the wind was light, so  I was on my big board 115 Fanatic and using 5m Duotone and 2000 Fanatic foil..really fun and memorable day

https://youtu.be/n6hPubHhJHo

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General Discussion / Re: Is anyone just SUP Surfing anymore?
« on: July 20, 2021, 01:00:51 PM »
I have read that too, that wing foiling will mess up SUP surfing, and I have been waiting to see but I haven't felt it yet and been foiling for over a year and a half.  Maybe windsurfing background had something to do with it .

It's possible SUP foiling will mess up my SUP surfing, but won't try SUP foiling until this winter.


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General Discussion / Re: Reef Rash leads to Illness
« on: July 15, 2021, 06:06:46 AM »
An old Caribbean remedy has been squeezing fresh lime juice onto the cut or rash.  I have done this many times over the years and works. Something about the acid neutralizing the infected area.  I had a couple of nasty reef cuts on the too of my foot and my foot swelled up to where i couldnt even slip on a flip flop. It wasn't healing and I was getting nervous but a local friend told me to squeeze fresh key lime on the cut and i did this a few times and saw a considerable difference overnight. Been using this remedy ever since

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