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Pono- it might well replace the 6 m ozone & 9 m Gong. Ya, I just said that!!

Wow, a break through day in the inland northwest!! My current set up is an Axis 1150/460 75 mast and short fuselage on a Gong HIPE 5í3Ē. Iím roughly 185 lbs. current wings are 6 m Ozone and 9 m Gong. We have lower winds up here so need the horsepower.
Bought the 6 m F one Cwc and rode it today. Hit multiple jibes and worked on switching my feet weak side to strong side. Winds ranged from 15-30 plus with gusts. I rode with a harness for save my shoulders. With this wing I barely used the harness and my shoulders are fine. It is weird how much low end it has and yet does not rip you out of your shorts in gusts. It seems like this wing has a super wide range. So awesome!!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wing Harness (NSI)
« on: August 06, 2021, 02:42:45 PM »
Used the harness with the modified metal buckles with a Gong 9 m wing today and it worked great!! Was able to shed wind when I needed to which is key for inland winging. The Axis 1150/460 works incredibly well for winging!! Iíve been wake foiling and dock starting with it and forgot how awesome this is to wing!!

If you upgrade the buckles please let me know!! Other than the buckle, I love this set up. 😁

I bought this 1.5Ē webbing metal buckle for $12. More challenging to find than I thought. Should eliminate the plastic buckle issue?

Great day and love the harness. I do like the ideas to modify it. Connected 4 jibes today!!

Used this again yesterday in lighter wind. Iíll double down on how great it is!! Stayed hooked and ran out of water and survived the drop down!!

Now that it is more dialed I will cut and burn the extra belt length. So awesome!!

Pono- since you have committed to one wing set up, are you interested in selling the 1300? I love the 1150/460 set up I have.

Foil SUP / Re: We should all be Dave Kalama...
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:40:41 AM »
Great question! I do not think the sit down foils have reversed the technology. Laird and Rush were using sit down foils for big wave foiling 20 years ago!

Foil SUP / Re: We should all be Dave Kalama...
« on: May 19, 2021, 09:02:16 PM »
SUS- you are too kind!! I love foiling and miss the adrenaline from cranking out 60 plus frame rolls!! 😁

I do believe that we will see some of the learning from the sit down on foil boards... if I were to guess. 😉

Kudos for you if you made it through the whole podcast!!

This was incredible for going upwind!! Both strong and weak side!! Even toeside once. Total game changer for me and my bad surgically repaired shoulders. Serious. I could drive home and sleep with no pain!

I didnít unhook a few times and was launched while still attached. I didnít pull a Pono (still chuckling picturing that fall lol) and still got it to release fairly easy.

Again, I have zero wind experience and this was my first ever harness and could attach on the first attempts. Iím on a Gong inflatable so donít need to worry about beating up my gear... that said, the plastic buckle will not do major damage. 10/10 for my rating. It worked so well that I even went back to the NSI (Hood River) site and left a review. For real. 😁

Excellent points on the plastic buckles. I think it is a good reminder regarding wear and tear than breaking. That said, zero experience with this stuff. Super impressed with NSI. Also bought their sticky strap attachments.

Hit a submerged island or reef. Lots of falls. So fun!

Disclaimer- I am a total newbie to wing foiling. Can now get up strong and weak side and do strong side turns to twisted stance every now and then. I am 6í1Ē 185 and am on a 6 m ozone and 9 m aging with a a 5í3Ē HIPE. I have ZERO wind experience. In fact, I used to despise it.

My experience in winging has been awesome and I have had several shoulder and hip surgeries from my previous life sit down hydrofoilling. I went to look for a relief for my shoulders and ran across a great company out of Bend, Oregon called North Shore Inc. called and placed an order for a wing harness and hook. I also ordered a harness strap.

Hooked it up to the ozone 6 m and used it on my first flight today both strong and weak side. Even used it in the twisted stance. Went for almost 2 hours and could still drive home. This IS the answer for people with bad shoulders. If I can do it then about anyone could. NSI FTW!!

Foil SUP / Re: We should all be Dave Kalama...
« on: May 17, 2021, 05:22:36 PM »
Listened to the Kalama podcast on my to wing today. He is a legend!!

I was interviewed and on the Progression Podcast (@darthfern) this past winter. Eric was awesome!! Curious, fun, humble, and looking to help improve the sport. We did the podcast because of my unique experience in the sit down hydrofoil world and had a great talk. I thought it would last 5 minutes but it went well beyond that.

Dave Kalama speaks to how everything has been done before but maybe for a different application. Wise words. Our focus was on developing wings to go as big as possible (current record at 64 frames). However, I saw 3 years ago things that the r and d we did would and are applying to the foil industry.

I think we all just want to be a little better tomorrow than we were today. Keep charging!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Tried the above technique to turn downwind and made a turn and rode toeside for a while! Even tried a jump and also hit a submerged island. So fun!

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