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General Discussion / Re: "Wingsurfer" for Foil/SUP
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:53:04 AM »
Where is the "BUY" button?

It does look like it requires 'windsurfer' wind.  I would expect the low threshold to keep dropping. 

8 - 10 mph sub white caps would be great. 

General Discussion / Re: "Wingsurfer" for Foil/SUP
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:23:45 AM »

Count me in. 

That video looks like it was stripped out of the early 80's.  If it weren't for the foil you would swear it was an advertisement for the Wind Weapon. 

General Discussion / Denton's Peak
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:21:10 PM »
I have my own little takeoff spot at Mavericks "Denton's Peak"

I was out last week on what might have been the last swell of the season.  Nice and wide I sit waiting for a FAT swinger. 

I asked Ian Wallace if there were any swing waves "Not today."  He responded.  I mentally acquiesced 'fine if I get skunked so be it I'll just hang out and see what happens.'

Winds were blowing out of the South up the face at 5 mph with moderate chop.  These were NOT ideal conditions. 

Then a wave came.  It was 100% catch-able swinging wide but when I looked over the ledge I thought "No f-ing way."  It was TOO big and steep.  Borderline the most horrifying wave I have ever looked down.  I kicked out.  I wondered whether I still had the stomach for this stuff.

Within 10 minutes another wave swang my way.  Here was the end of the ride navigating a big wave slalom course of Jet-skis and proners.  This wave felt 10 feet smaller than the one I let pass.     

Foil SUP / Re: Big Wave Foiling: UN-ASSISTED
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:33:33 AM »
You need to find the seam.  This is what 18 feet @ 14 seconds looks like. 

The wave he caught made it look easy.  It's the ugly stuff that keeps you out of the fray.

On the positive side - No Angry Short-Boarders flipping the bird.  No crowds full of piss and vinegar.  Just wide open landscape without a person in sight.  No proners need apply.

Foil SUP / Re: Big Wave Foiling: UN-ASSISTED
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:18:52 AM »
I emphasize the UN-ASSISTED.

Laird, and even Kai, has been foiling in big waves for 15 to 20 years.  Nothing new there when you have a team of people with Jet-skis and drones following you.

See the paddle in Haley's hand - I would posit this is a first!  (But please prove me wrong)

No Jet-ski assist, no tow in. 

1) He was riding a 9' 0" SUP aka long enough to get speed to get into the wave.  Generation Zero.Zero foil board (He made it himself)

2) He was riding an GoFoil IWA with Small tail.  We do NOT need small wings in big waves.  We just need to learn how to keep the big wings DOWN so that you can keep flying when the wave softens. 

3) He might have cracked his mast at the fuselage on this day.  For every one of these catches there are plenty of nasty misses with sour results. 

"If you bite and its sweet savor the glory if its sour spit it out."

Foil SUP / Re: Big Wave Foiling - Unassisted
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:09:06 AM »
Jeff Clark climbing over a beast. 

I was filming this wave hoping he would go.  When it started to break and he went over I realized I was going to get smashed.   

Unless . . I turned and caught the wave.  I did.  It was like getting hit by a bull but WITH FOOTSTRAPS your front foot stays locked in the right place.  Just keep the nose down, crouch and eventually you can coming flying out into the flats of the wave.

It was like riding the red dragon in Avatar.  Booyah!

PS:  Another thing to learn is that the FLATS are your friend in big waves.  They have a slight angle unlike small waves and let you run and bottom turn at speed.  This was something Haley figured out.  Just go straight down the face rather than running for the shoulder.  The shoulder can have TOO much power for the foil.  It has to be the right type of wave though e.g. a nasty drop and then mush.

Foil SUP / Big Wave Foiling: UN-ASSISTED
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:07:46 AM »
In Northern California we have the advantage of big waves during the winter.  The people that I mostly foil with are all big wave surfers.  As with the SUP awakening we all saw the foil as a way to get into waves early.  If you can get into waves early you can get into BIG waves early.

I realize I am in a unique spot with the biggest waves on the planet within a bicycle ride away.  BUT who else is trying to surf big waves on a foil?

There are some tricks we have learned:
1)   You need a longer board
2)   Footstraps
3)   Small Tail
4)   Tall Mast
5)   Moveable foot positions
6)   Be ready for stuff to break

Any others out there?

Here is Haley Fiske FLYING on a bomb last weekend. 

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Strife (for lack of an alternative word)
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:18:59 AM »
Dark clouds on the horizon.  Starting to smell like a political horse race.  Time will tell. 

Foil SUP / Foil Strife (for lack of an alternative word)
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:17:02 AM »

From STAB Magazine:

"Their presence introduced a set of variables for which I was totally unprepared. . . . .
And I know we shouldn't hate. It's an ugly emotion, one that takes rather than give. It drags down the spirit and will turn a sunny sky to thundering rain. . . .
Surfers, as a rule, myself included, are insular, judgmental, dicks. It's a flaw in the culture that drags us all down. A personality trait we'd do well to change  --> But not this time. Not right now.  F--K foils."

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:48:44 AM »
Maybe I am blind.
Clay is dude flipping the bird in the still jpg? I assume at the boat. Does not look like aloha. Also his buddy is pissed.
And in the video at 1:55, I believe I see the ole "GIT OUT OF HERE" hand motion twice from dude that he just swerved around.
If I read it wrong I apologize. I for sure know the "GIT OUT OF HERE" motion. Its unique.

You are right.  Fort Point is one of the nastiest, most aggressive places to surf outside of getting beaten up in Hawaii (if this still happens).  A couple years ago a guy got arrested for fighting in the line up.  My friend had his tires slashed in the parking lot, 2 slashed . . . . No me-too love from the San Francisco crowd. 

Funny thing is that NONE OF THEM SURF MAVERICKS.  Because that stuff DOES NOT HAPPEN at Mavericks.  Little men, short boards with big attitudes.

Foil SUP / Re: Foil stall meter - idea
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:41:36 AM »
Foiling is like any other sport.  It takes time to get good, or even to not fall.  But if you have less than 20 sessions it's like a 10 year old kid making comments on a surfboard's design when he had only ridden it 5 times. 

"Ok kid.  Give it a year and get back to me."  I don't mean this to be harsh, actually more motivating for the average person willing to take a few knocks in the surf (proverbial knocks). 

This stuff is not rocket science, even better it is actually EASY.  I am, for some reason, the only person who has ever said this.  My only secret sauce is I give everything 10 tries before I comment on how hard or easy it is. 

Weight forward.  Do not even try to fly.  Surf nose down, slowly on a 3 foot wave.  Start to go down the line and then slowly put pressure on back foot . . .

PS:  The biggest problem is with breach.  Stall occurs on these wings below 6 mph.  You rarely experience stall except when you turn 180 to kick out of a wave and promptly drop.

The Shape Shack / Re: Build a Vacuum System to Dry Boards
« on: April 12, 2019, 02:33:13 PM »
Slow and Steady seems to be working.
The board lady suggested that THROUGHPUT would be necessary.  I have 2 holes in the bottom of the board 15/64" and ONE at the top of the board.

It appears as though the weight is dropping at a rate of 1/10 lbs per day for the last 5 days. . . .

Yes - Drill 15/64" Holes.  The inexpensive irrigation tubing is 1/4" and makes a snug fit into the hole.  No need for tape or glue.

Then the 1/4" dowel fits in tight.  I used Gorilla glue on the dowel with a touch of Epoxy to seal it up on the top.  Cover with Clear tape until dry.

Foil SUP / Re: Foiling Fiji Video
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:30:38 AM »
Great Video Piros.  As Usual.

Remind us again what the rig is on the nose aka what camera are you using for the back-shots. 

Surprising how short the stick is for that perspective.  Might have to keep up with the Jones'  8)

Foil SUP / Re: Want to cut down IWA tail, need a favor
« on: April 08, 2019, 08:58:28 PM »
Sorry I owed you a picture

Foil SUP / Re: Foil SUP Cowells Carnage
« on: April 06, 2019, 09:29:48 AM »
I'll start by saying 'that is now how I would do it'.

The world of humans runs on social contracts.  These contracts only exist in our heads AND only work if we follow them collectively.

The contract as written on the bluff of Cowells is shown below. (If you live by a different set of rules please share)

As Clay recounted Jeff was on the wave riding alone through the middle section of Cowells, because only a foil can connect that section.  Homer looked at him coming down the line going right, of an unbreaking wave, and took off in front of Jeff going right. 

At this point the social contract was broken by Homer. 

Homer had apparently brought an entire film crew with him that day to film him and Skyler (dog).  The clip starts well after Homer and Skyler were up and surfing and now there are 3 people, including guy in water, re-writing their own 'social contract' in real-time.  Not-good.

I am not advocating foiling in crowds, as I stated 'that is now how I would do it' (simply straighten out or go left on the inside because my contract starts with don't crash into anyone even if they burn you) but realize that every perspective not in-line with the bench has not been collectively socialized and will lead to similar chaos.

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