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Omg.. No.. Somehow I didn't see this second reply. From you with the pics and the links.. Thanx so much that's PERFECT!

And as far as cutting down a 90 cm alu mast? Are the holes threaded the ENTIRE length of the extruded 90 cms?

Greetings and salutations fellow Junkies. Just wish to CONFIRM that the alu mast holes are threaded FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH so that if I cut 20cm off the end I'll just need to chase the threads a bit with a tap and good to go? I realize I'll have to try to fill the air space or re-use the factory installed "plug" from the chopped end.

Secondly, I've read several times the process of "potting" last year's carbon mast head but just wondering if anyone took any pics or has a step by step guide of the best way to do it?

Someone mentioned that could use tefgel, modelers clay and 2part marine epoxy.. Are beads really necessary also?

Damn Beasho... Here I was all stoked that someone was answering my questions so fast and it was just YOU hijacking my thread with your aluminum cans! Lol🤣

I shimmed the mast base side with one little layer of aluminum tape and it's held tight for many months. The doodad side is always nice and snug.

Now... Getting back to the question at hand.. 🤣🤣😜
Do we have the same exact carbon "head" that connects to the fuse on the red and black 860 carbon masts as we do on the NEWEST power carbon 820? Would anyone be so kind as to attend to that query please?

Good winds!

Sorry to bring up this "old" topic but.. After 2 years of beating up my 19mm alu mast I'm looking at the carbon options.

We have the "newest" POWER carbon mast in 820cm BOTH in high modulus and "normal" carbon...

And the 860 cm carbon (red and black) carbon masts are... Somehow different besides being 40cm longer?
These are the older models?
Are THESE the ones that had too much play at the connection to the fuse?
I suck at epoxy work (and weigh over 90kilos and ride the 999 alot) so not really keen on buying something new that's wobbly from the outset.

Thanx a million for anyone who can clear this up for me!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: wing harness
« on: July 23, 2022, 09:18:50 PM »
It's pricey but I'm really happy with the new dakine fly wing.. Great support.. Doesn't take on any water.. Put my trusty reel leash on the back.. Nice!

Three of the most evolved Tuvan throatsingers in the world today... Throwing down jamboree style! I LOVE IT! THANX for sharing Bill!

Almost 3 years of winging and never punctured a wing but I did do this to a new board recently by being stupid AND hitting a fish. Can anyone tell by the pic how my stupidity came in to play?

Holy sheizer! How could you even get up and foiling with the drag from the leash around the mast? And was there any innegra or carbon mat around the tail of that board or just glass?? Wow! That's some serious damage and YES how big (and slow) was the damn fish?

Shit Bill! Now I have to look up what Tuvan throatsinging is all about! Don't have time for this... Arrgghhh ;D

Sorry for your loss Jon.  :'(
I JUST posted bout how I fell into my lovely new GLIDE on the 6th session trying a stupid tack in the wake/waves of a fast moving ocean ferry.. And was able to barely foil the rest of the DW buying my nails that the 1mt long tear down the middle wasn't going to continue and maybe even damage the alula LE... it makes you realize just how incredible it is that we don't wreck our gear even more often than we do.

If I knew what they were gonna cost.. I might be interested ;D

It looks like SlingShot figured out a better execution for that concept without messing-up volume distribution in their upcoming Wing Raider

Yes THIS is seemed amazing at first read! Leave your Tnuts attached to the Foil and just SLIDE it on!
Then I thought about it a little more.. Tried to imagine myself lining up first the front then back nuts as I'm carefully Balancing my precious delicate foil in a windy parking lot... Hmmm...

With the Axis "open hole" mast plate... It's really the same but easier.. Leaving the screws always in the board with their little rubber "keepers" and just sliding the bolts into their slots and tightening... Maybe there is another benefit to these "open ended boxes" on the sshot board that I haven't figured out yet??

Nobody has any idea what the suggested retail of the boom or carbon Handles will be once they are finally on the market?

I've got about 30-40 full sessions on the Aseries 6mt now... Coming from the first edition 6m Swing and then many months on the Flysurf Mojo 6.2...have to say I love the valves, the reduced strut AND LE diameter, the snappy rigidity of this wing.

Back in the 90s was an avid windsurfer so was really keen to use a more rigid setup. On my 8th long downwind I had it pumped up super tight and was happily riding overpowered but not suffering at all. Then I spotted a ferry going at about the perfect angle to be able to surf its wake and got a bit carried away... Attempted a tack on its wave and ended up falling directly on the canopy with my 90 kilos.. Ripped it right down the middle about 1 meter long tear.
Was about 14 km from our planned destination and thought for SURE I was going to have to beg a party catamaran for a rescue.. But was suprised tu be able to gently pump the wing (and vigorously pump the board) up onto plane and actually carefully ride all the way to the end of the run... RIPSTOP can be pretty amazing stuff sometimes! I have no idea if that would have been possible with a less rigid canopy!

Of course, I had fallen a few times similarly on my older dacron wings and NEVER ripped them so the rigidity is kinda a double edge sword in that context.

Luckily our Kite Doctor did a bang up job sewing her up and I've been going hard ever since (although I DO pump it up a bit less most days than I used too.. Now that I realize that it doesn't HAVE to be rock Hard to have great performance .

I've kinda grown to love the CREAKINESS of the wing when really powered.. No flappy flappy.. More like the sounds of the latest America's Cup AC75s when they power up!

I like the idea of the carbon handles and LEAVING them on when I pack it up.. BUT... the ability to drop into a big swell face and be able to ride semi powered with just one hand in the middle of the BOOM has me thinking of going that route instead.. Even though it means more assembly each day and dragging another piece along on every adventure.

Would be incredible if we could pick this accessory up for less than 150 bucks! (dreaming)

Best Kites had a similar problem with a model years ago. They had poorly designed the construction of the leading edge, a multi layer stiff section was sewn to a single layer. The leading edge exploded along that seam. The whole run of that model was replaced under warranty.


I guess anyone who's read this far probably has stripped their M6 front Foil threads in the fuse as well... So just to finish the story..

Bought the Helicoil full kit for like 30 bucks (Probably cheaper in the states)... It comes with like 10 "coils" plus the tap and an interesting little applicator device for "screwing" the coils in.

Since I dunt own a drill press I decided to pay the Local machine shop guys to drill and tap. And insert the coils.. I guess they added locktite red in hopes that the coil will never back out.. Who knows if that's even an issue... And they used a punch to break off the little tab at the bottom of the coil.

It seems that "deep end" of the coil is NOT quite as deep a the original holes... By maybe a mm or my hps 1050 and 880 the original M6 countersinks perfectly but with the 999 installed they dont QUITE get all the way flush.. So I'll have to grind a tiny bit off the end of the bolts to make it perfect.

I guess in writing this to confirm that there seems to be a VERY SLIGHT difference in the thickness of the hole in the wing ART compared to the HPS.. and also to say that the Helicoil Option worked out great for me.. Have had some epic sessions since the repair.

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