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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HS 1850
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:26:02 PM »
Cute, but not bright.

Why wouldn't you extend the mini-boom to the furthest front handle and slightly past the back handle. If they are worried about packing it into a small pack then make it a two-piece. Easy. My fake boom does two things--lets you grab the boom at intermediate spots as illustrated above and stiffens the handles a lot. I don't get it, why not go all the way? It's velcro'ed onto the handles, not rocket science.

Here's how you do it, Armie--two straps in the front handle, stretching it tight against the boom, one each at the front of the next handle and the back of the one following. That gives maximum stiffness with minumum wraps. Repeat as necessary for however many handles you have. At the back, have a few inches extra to grab if you need a little power boost. Stick a narrow strip of loop velcro along the spine of the tube. If you decide to make a twopiece, have the ferrule fall at a handle and wrap a wide strip through the handle and onto both sections to ensure they don't separate. Totally public domain because it's stupidly simple. You're welcome.  There's no potential for patenting any of this that wouldn't evaporate after someone spent time with lawyers. If someone did I'd go after them myself out of pure spite.

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Foil SUP / Re: Axis 1150
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:17:04 PM »
Similar width, but for some reason, a lot draggier.

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Foil SUP / Re: How's the Takuma V100 for a big boy beginner?
« on: September 15, 2020, 02:43:20 PM »
The price is certainly good, but that's one weird looking foil. A 7'6" board will last you a few weeks probably. At your weight a 6'0" X 30+,  130L+ is where you will likely wind up if you are in the same general clumsiness area as I am, but 7'6" is cool for starters.

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Random / Re: Lemonade out of Lemons
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:54:16 AM »
This is working out really well, the key was reducing clutter before I started. The added workspace adds a cluttered feeling, but the amount of crap actually in the room is hugely reduced. I need to apply the same process to my shop. It's very easy to focus now, and I have what I need to do the work I want to do, not a bunch of crap everywhere.


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Random / Re: More Warren Pfeiffer (Gnaraloo Western Australia).
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:40:34 AM »
No, at least I don't. I'm sitting here trying to think of how I do it, it's been too long and a lot of the stuff is automatic. I switch hands with direction when I don't use a plane, but I think I almost always go left body surfing anyway. My hand planes, wherever the heck they are stashed (Maui probably) have a tight strap. I couldn't swtich them in the water anyway. Really all a plane does for you is let you get your head and shoulders higher--it gives a lot more lift than just a hand. That's about it. You're still steering mostly with legs and trunk.

I started using planes after playing around with lunch trays, which are much clumsier and interfere with swimming more. That was at least 40 years ago, so the details are sketchy. Every five or so years I find my fins or a plane and go body surfing, convince myself that it's a better way to enjoy the ocean, do it exclusively for about a week and then drift away again.

I have a surf mat in Maui that I bought from Wardog. I use it on and off. It feels like something I'd do a lot more of when my knees get worse. Anything to keep me off the golf course or the tour bus.

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Random / Re: Lemonade out of Lemons
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:19:21 PM »
I just use Python for quick and dirty tools as a hack. I've used Flask and django, not react. No one in their right mind would hire me to write code for them. I create un-maintainable messes. Even I can't usually figure out WTF I was doing. Case in point, I wrote this Arduino code (C++, basically) a few months ago to make ESP32 controllers for the lights in my motorhome project. They can be controlled from a touch screen raspberry pi on the dashboard via an MQQT server, any phone logging into the local network via a web page based on Node Red, from touch pads, or local switches. I set this stuff aside a few months ago to do other stuff, and now I want to modify the way the touch pads work, and I can't figure what in the living fuck I did here. It's simple as bricks, but it's a mess. That's what happens when you dabble in code for 50 years and never learn good habits. I just hack stuff together, get it to work somehow, and move on.

I almost wrote this stuff in Python--thank god I didn't. That would have been even uglier.


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The Shape Shack / Re: Filler
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:51:11 PM »
You can add a little baking soda too. I don't know why it helps but it foams up lighter. You can also add baking soda to cyanoacrylate glue to make a very strong but sandable filler that works well for hard plastics or dense wood.

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Foil SUP / Re: E foil
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:49:38 PM »
I never got mine. Which seems a bit odd since it wasn't exactly a complex product.

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Random / Re: Lemonade out of Lemons
« on: September 14, 2020, 03:21:06 PM »
Most of the 13 bags are tech stuff--html, hacking wordpress, SQL server and all the various stacks, etc, etc. the only problem is that most of the stuff I'm ditching is from about 2015 or earlier when I was still buying dead tree books, so most of it is somewhat obsolete--just like me. I got on Github today to do some stuff and discovered I either don't remember my way around or things have changed. Weird.

I'd send you a care package for your kid, but it would be ridiculously heavy and mostly old. Hmm, that sounds like me again. So it goes.

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:47:26 PM »
Fortunately, aluminum masts are cheap. Unfortunately, the carbon ones aren't. Admin and Chan swear by the carbon 96. I've had one on order for a month or so. Hope see it in October.

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Random / Re: More Warren Pfeiffer (Gnaraloo Western Australia).
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:30:39 PM »
I've been in more barrels on a mat then I ever have been on a board. Big fun. Body surfing is equally fun, especially with a plane. Hard to believe that a 3X 6 bit of fiberglass can make that much difference, but it's the diff between being a passenger and driving the bus.

He uses big fins, I don't know how he gets away with that. Every time i try a little bit bigger fin they get ripped off. Mine are dinky.

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Random / Re: Lemonade out of Lemons
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:25:33 PM »
13 bags of books to donate, though I'm not sure who would want all those books on Python, CSS, PHP and SQL. It's hard to believe how much crap can come out of a 10 by 12 room.

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General Discussion / Re: Surfing on Hala Carbon Playa
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:15:44 PM »
Basically I'm echoing what surfcowboy said back in the second post of this thread. As usual, he's spot on.

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Random / Lemonade out of Lemons
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:52:01 PM »
I woke up this morning feeling energized. Yes, the smoke outside makes doing anything in the great outdoors a life-threatening adventure before you reach your truck. But I decided that I should bring all my electronics experiments from the shop back to the house. Only this time I'm not taking over the dining room table temporaily--I'm making a permanent location in my office. Just doing the setup for some of this shit is a two-day affair, so the dining room table doesn't cut it.

My office has slowly become cluttered with crap, so this was sort of a big deal. fortunately for me, my charming wife, who is like Marie Kondo with a whip agreed to help me. I'm not taking pictures of the bags and boxes of pointless crap we hauled out of the office. Just the lovely results. My work table for the electronics will go right in front of the somewhat weird table in front of the doors to the back yard, but my office now looks cooler and more organized than it has in the last ten years. It took all day. There was a shocking amount of crap in there. All my SUP racing trophies and related stuff will go to the shop, which will take another day to organize. So this is more or less purely motorsports stuff. But as usual, Diane did an amazing job arranging all this stuff after she shoed me out and took over.

Now if I can just get her to help me do the same thing at my shop. I'm pretty sure drugs would be required.
















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General Discussion / Re: Surfing on Hala Carbon Playa
« on: September 13, 2020, 05:05:04 PM »
The longboard. Mega cheap and surfs really well. I tried a Wavestorm SUP once and thought it kinda sucked, though I saw a girl at Doheny on one of the kids versions and she was ripping, but the wavestorm longboard is bulletproof, surfs very well, and you'd have to work really hard to get hurt on it. I like the three fin version. Usually about $195 but I've seen them on sale for much less. Cheapest ever was the Costco in Dana Point--$89 bucks. There was a feeding frenzy, but I bulled through and got one. Used it for two weeks and gave it to a kid on the beach when I left.

I longboarded before I did standup, though I was never all that good at it, but the small number of longboard skills I had made SUP surfing so much easier. I think people who start surfing on SUPs have a really big barrier to getting decent at it--they have a hell of a tough time learning to move their feet. For some reason, SUP mentally locks you in place. I've known people who have SUP surfed for many years who never get their back foot far enough back, and when they do they lock themselves in a stinkbug position. In fact, they rarely move very far out of the parallel feet position of flatwater paddling--they turn from the middle of the board--poorly. I'm sure there are a lot of people who will say I'm nuts, but if you spend a few weeks on a longboard learning to surf and actually trimming the board as it MUST be trimmed to make it go, you'll be a better surfer in week one on a SUP than you will be after a year of purely starting on a SUP. You can get away with all kinds of crappy surfing with a paddle, because you can make the board go when it would just stall out of the wave with a SUP.

The first time I saw Creek surf I knew he was an old time longboarder. Same for talldude.

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