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Foil SUP / Re: Punched out the back early
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:22:49 PM »
That's the mark of an experienced surfer. Guppies like me try to wring the last few feet out of a wave, and then struggle back out, while the folks that know are taking the tenderloin out of every wave they get--and going back for more while I'm pushing through whitewater.

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Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 29" mast upgrade
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:20:47 PM »
Even on a SUP a lot of the people who struggle endlessly simply have their feet in the wrong position. People who want to take off paddling with their feet in a surfing position and then switch to foil rarely progress. If you want to control the foil your feet need to be in the right position and you need to rotate your trunk to face forward, not to the side.

I was having a lot of trouble turning to the toe side and finally realized that my rear foot was not along the centerline of the board, but rather was about four inches toward the rail. I corrected that and sudden'y turning to the toe side is easy, and backside turns are screwed.

Bottom line, your feet need to be on the center line, back foot on the mast, front foot wherever you are most comfortable, but probably fairly far forward. It's a terrible position to ask a surfer to maintain, but that's what it takes. I also struggle to keep mu head up and use my hips and knees to move weight forward, But when your get all that right, progress comes much faster.

It's still a grind. Most of the folks that are pretty good have been at it for a few years. There are the rare few that seem to click in much quicker than that, but most experienced surfers suffer a bit.

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:14:22 PM »
Yeah, fatties are addictive, especially with a motor. Thin, hard tires are much more efficient but after they dump you on your ass the efficiency is less attractive. You can pretty much bounce over anything with a fat tire bike, and the front end is unlikely to wash out. No suspension required, though a sprung seat is nice if you do much banging around. I tried one on another guy's bike, cushy, but not so different that it seemed to be worth the money or effort.

My eFatty here in Maui hasn't been getting much use since the battery pack I cobbled together for it out of drone batteries got wet over the summer. I don't keep potentially dangerous RC model batteries in the house, and my outside storage "safe" leaked. Nasty mess that the hazardous disposal folks at the dump didn't like the looks of but took anyway. I hate riding on the road in Maui--too many dipshits texting or siteseeing. It's spooky enough in an SUV. I had two cars head straight for me across the dividing line last week. Both women--obviously texting. When I honked they looked up and swerved away, and as they passed I saw them look down again. Phone zombies.

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Foil SUP / Re: Perfect Morning
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:00:27 PM »
It's certainly a big plus to have our own skatepark. Ka'a isn't of much interest to surfers. When I used to SUP surf at Kanaha I would occasionally paddle down to surf there on big days when the crowd at Kanaha was too much. I called it the Rock Garden. The outside reef wave is fun to surf, but the broad curving reef that makes it a playground for foils can be flat out mean on a SUP and the inside lagoon is gutless for a surfboard and perfect for a foil.

Fun to meet you Evan, you had quite a grin on your face. You looked a little giddy. That was a particularly good day. Last year we had days like that every week, this year it's been a bit less cooperative. It's also a benefit that most of the people are quite a bit better than me and a lot are world class--it makes it easy to get instruction. Also makes it a lot safer. I don't think I'd want to foil with 30+ people at my level.

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:38:52 PM »
I'll probably get one of these to mess with, and then get something real once I am comfortable with it and confirm I'm actually using it instead of just collecting dust and taking space. It's all open source, like buying a Prusa printer. https://www.amazon.com/Upgrade-3018-Engraver-Controller-Extension/dp/B07DXMFY38  About 250 bucks.


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Foil SUP / Re: Perfect Morning
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:39:03 PM »
Mr. Fugly is immense--7'2" X 32" X RFT(really fucking thick), but I'm going to try Randy the lifeguard's (I don't know his last name) 6"11 X 31.5" X NSFT (not so fucking thick) tomorrow. I expect it to be a perfect step down for me.

Prone guys get the turning down pretty quickly. I think they realize they aren't flying the board sooner and start paying attention to the wing. Today I made about ten turns that I felt pretty good about. My control wasn't anything to write home about. One of the really good women foilers let out quite a scream when I momentarily headed right for her. I was still at least 50 feet away and she should have known I was going to wander away from that course--I hadn't been going straight for more than five seconds all morning. But I have to admit, a guy my size with an uncertain degree of control bearing down on me would probably elicit some kind of squeak from me.

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:28:50 PM »
The 3D map thing is a good gig. Quite a few people doing them, but the quality varies a lot--some folks just have shitty taste. Simple to do with a lasercutter. Relatively simple custom papercut maps are 250 up. From there it's marketing. It surprises me how expensive pottery has become. I know two potters on Maui who make a good living at it. I thought it was just a way to make a lot of clumsy coffee cups. Maybe I should dust off the wheel and kiln.

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Foil SUP / Re: Perfect Morning
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:18:20 PM »
No biggie, got plenty of surfboards if you don't like it. Could be just like the first time you tried SUP.

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: March 16, 2019, 05:39:00 PM »
There's lots to choose from in eBikes these days, but the simple reality is that if you're just going to ride it on the street, then a cheap bike and a good motor makes the most sense. No matter what the end result will be heavy, so the the things that make an expensive bike expensive--strong but light components--don't matter. Bolt 15 pounds of motor and 20 pounds of battery on and you have a 65 pound bike--no matter what you started with.

Anyone who has built one with the simple approach of adding a BaFeng mid drive and a suitable battery has been happy with the result. It's hardly challenging--an afternoon of effort.  Luca. the 4K trek you liked probably has a 350 watt mid drive motor and certainly has no more than 750W, the motor Bob has is 1000W, and will walk away from the trek. The bosch has plastic drive gears that are a known weakness, the Bafeng has a brass pinon and aluminum spur gear. Luna Cycles has been selling the kits for years--many thousands of them. On the other hand if you wanted to spend 4K on a bike you could buy a Luna Cycles SurRon: https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-x-bike/  They ship them set up road legal with the limiter set to 750 watts. You can take the limiter off in ten minutes with a screwdriver and ride it with 6000 watts--not legal on any road in the USA.


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Foil SUP / Perfect Morning
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:02:36 PM »
No wind, clean waves, not that meany people out. I foiled from 6:00AM to 8:15--came in to get some food and water and say Evan going out. Quick fuel stop and a bit of stretching for my creaky hips then back out until 11:30 or so. Just too good to quit. When I got home I couldn't undo my seat belt--I got ab cramps every time I reached across to undo it. So totally worth it.

Flew the Iwa all morning and actually made a few decent turns. I'm still working on staying in the Energy. Evan Loyd was ripping with a M200, he's got the turn thing down and was getting some ridiculously long rides.

He's going to think it's like this all the time.

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The Shape Shack / Re: Build a Vacuum System to Dry Boards
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:42:33 PM »
Clearly it's winter around here!

So on a far more comedic level of board drying....Did anyone ever see the DingKing board spinner on Maui?

The concept was to centrifuge water to a tip...(presumably the crash site tip)

It looked like a giant lawn sprinkler on steroids.....spun a board at maybe 400 RPM, and threatened to kill anyone within it's wobbly radius.

Personally, water ingress, and a few dings brings me closer to Spousal-Permission to get a new board.....She is far less happy about all of the fibers/dust/sanders/microballons/ noise discarded cloves masks and mess.....

I didn't just see Mark's, I built one. I used the transmission and motor from a clothes dryer. I attempted to add a dynamic balancer to it but it didn't work. I used it twice and took it to the dump. Yes, it worked, yes it was scary, especially with a 14' board. There was pics and a video of mine in operation on the Zone back around 2008 or 9. I think the pics disappeared as part of the great Ke Nalu website destruction incident.

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Random / Re: Throwing in the towel
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:24:41 PM »
Have you seen a doc for your symptoms? Some forms of arthritis can be put into remission. It's something you can talk to your doctor about during a physical. MSM decreases symptoms in some people but be sure you let your doc know you're taking it--it interacts badly with a lot of other medecines.

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Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:21:39 PM »
Tell me about it. I live in Hawaii and Oregon--about the worst places to retire to--unless you're hooked on wind and waves.

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Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:13:59 AM »
Yes, but there's body of investment research going back about a hundred years that's relevant to the decision process. The simplest number is you can spend four percent of your savings per year, which is both historically "safe" and makes sense mathematically. I aim for three percent to stay on the conservative side of that.

There's not much point in trying to plan for world economic collapse, which I consider going short on Armageddon. I keep the entire process very simple, with index funds and very low expense for the investments. Being careful about asset allocations is pretty easy and sets the level of risk/reward.

I should clean up my retirement book, bring it up to date and publish it. Most of the stuff I've read is either dated or flat out wrong. One of the better sources is the Bogleheads website--a forum about investing and retirement. Some of the senior members published a book that's pretty useful. I'm permanently (apparently) banned from posting to the forum because I offered my book for free, asking people to review it and comment. My intentions were honorable but stupid. I should have realized the site gets inundated with investment scammers. The material on the site is generally well thought out and useful. A lot of the members are whackjobs, but they don't really harm the content, though they probably have little home altars to Saint Bogle.

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Random / Re: Retiring But where?
« on: March 13, 2019, 11:34:11 PM »
Of course I waited until 70.5 because, hey, math. We geeks kind of rock that. Most people--okay, say 50 percent, are as dumb as a bag of hammers. Mean but true. When someone says "fifty percent of the public thinks this" my immediate thought is "fifty percent of the public can't find their ass with both hands". A graph like that is the last thing I'd pay attention to.

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