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A couple gale events with nuking northerly winds this month in California.  First one was more offshore and dangerously strong.

Today was another one, more NW in direction, lots of 30-40+ winds.  I went to Cowells to sup foil, was tolerable when we paddled out, gusting high 20s or more when we gave up, blowing straight offshore and felt pretty sketchy towards the end of our session.  Exciting in a way, as many foilers as regular surfers, more prone foilers.  Pretty fun and glad everyone came in safe.

Did you go out?  Wing? Surf foil? surf?  Where?

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Foil SUP / Tail wings bolt pattern - compatibility
« on: January 15, 2021, 12:02:45 PM »
The intention of this thread is to find out what the tail wing bolt pattern is of the different brands.  And encourage a standard sizing so that all tail wings (stabilizers) are interchangeable and will fit any foil regardless of brand or design.


So I am stoked to learn that my F4 tail wings fit the Takuma Kujira fuselage.  I read on another thread that Signature and Unifoil also have the same bolt pattern.   I have four F4 tails and they have many more so this feels exciting to me, or at the vary least I'm not bummed that I need to spend hundreds more to get the feel I want.

I measured with a digital caliper measuring the space between bolts holes on the Fuselage (the inside or smallest measurement).

F4 and Takuma both measure 25mm.

Axis red fuselage measures 30mm.  Any other brands measure 30mm?

What is gofoil?

How about F-one?

Armstrong?

Attached photos are showing how I measured.

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Maybe I'm overthinking this...

Wondering if anyone makes a foil "lift kit" or extender for track/pedestal mount?  Essentially a hollow box that goes between foil and board.

Something light and strong that will allow playing with a taller mast without needing to buy another mast, or find out if taller will work first.

I've seen foil sleeve for tuttle, and there are stackable shim kits from wizardhat.  Both those seem like they would ad unnecessary weight.

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Hi,

I made a Learn to Foil video course with detailed tutorials showing and explaining how to foil.

Here is the main course page:
https://clayisland.com/learn-to-foil/

And here is the signup page:
https://clayisland.com/membership-account/membership-levels/

I dedicated years to capturing foil video footage and breaking down the fundamentals of foiling and what works and why it works. 

This summer I have been doing the same with wing foiling and have been adding wing specific video tutorials.

I see this as a living course and am adding more tutorials as foiling and winging are continuing to evolve.

Here is short video from the course just for the Standupzone, I explain the 3 axis of foiling: Pitch, Roll, and Yaw:



Thank you, and I welcome all feedback on what you like about the course, how to improve, and what you want to see more of.

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Hi!

So I got a wild hair to try a tether after watching my friends get blown downwind with no chance of getting back.

I was pretty stoked it worked and got my beginner friend to try it a couple times and it helped him, he got tired instead of running out of water at the other side of the harbor.  And he's getting the wing handling dialed and probably one more session away from adding foiling into the mix.

https://youtu.be/ZPV9C_GgFe4

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Most powerful and lightweight 6-7m wing?

F-one is the lightest I've tried and slingshot v2 the most powerful. 

What other 6m or 7m wings are lightweight and powerful?  Cloud?  Armstrong?

As fall rolls around we often get 10-15mph winds and good long period waves, need lots of grunt to get up quickly and then lightweight to flag out and ride the swell...

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Classifieds / Slingshot Slingwing V2 6.4m
« on: August 09, 2020, 02:45:25 PM »
Excellent condition, used 4-5 times.

Asking $750.

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Every time I try to tighten a torx bolt I feel annoyed and frustrated, the key doesn't sit well in the head and I either spin the key up and out of the bolt, or worse up and strip the head.  The keys I have used are the ones that came with various foils and after market I bought online.

Am I missing something?  Do I need special keys to sit properly in the head?  Something else?

My wera hex keys sit perfectly in my hex head bolts just fine, and I can tighten the begeezus out of them without stripping the heads nor breaking the threads out of the foil.  And don't get me started on torx availability which is practically nill (I can buy metric hex at every ace hardware store).

Sell me on this idea of Torx, and what parts do I need to have success?

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Wing Foil Videos
« on: July 04, 2020, 03:15:55 PM »
Seems like the Foil Videos thread has lost some steam as a lot of us are super stoked and interested in the wing ding thing.  So this thread is meant to be a collection of wing foil videos.

Seeing grey haired bigger older guys wing foil surfing was very appealing and still is for me, it was proof for me that anyone can do this amazing new sport/adventure.

So here are the few videos I remember getting me stoked to get the wing ding figured out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67JgSz1bIk0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHH4F0_F-J4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZftCDe4r0oY

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Gear Talk / Grav Grip Battery Free Camera Stabilzer - waterproof
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:34:13 PM »
Saw this project today and backed it.  Unsure what I'll use this for, waterproof stabilizers are hard to come by so who knows...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gravgrip/gravgrip-battery-free-camera-stabilization

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Took about 27 sessions to figure how to ride toe side consistently AND go upwind, and now my jibes have come along a few sessions later.

My first next choice would be to do some downwinders, but beach access right now is limited and logistics complicated.

So for now probably have to continue "mowing the lawn".  I'm thinking a harness might make this easier or less exertion on the arms/shoulders.  But a metal hook and a surfboard sounds like a terrible combination.

So is there a harness for newbs?  One without a metal hook?  Or does the harness easily rotate around back for climbing back on the board?  And technique wise do you hook in before getting up on the foil or after?

Here's video from the past couple weeks:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B--Vf2FjMmP/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-tZF4SjDwn/


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Share the Stoke / Good Vibrations
« on: April 11, 2020, 09:01:24 AM »

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Foil SUP / Florida Foil Spot?
« on: March 15, 2020, 12:57:47 PM »
I check Surfline and the cam of the day is in Florida, and I see this capper peak way outside of where the surfers are sitting.  No one on it, then I see jet skis playing on it, no foil tow ins.  I'm like what the heck, looks like a great foil peak, how come no one is on it?

https://www.surfline.com/surf-report/new-smyrna-beach-north/5842041f4e65fad6a7708871

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Foil SUP / New ultralight foil motor for catching unbreaking waves
« on: February 17, 2020, 07:09:15 AM »
Curious if anyone else sees potential for using this to catch unbreaking waves? 

I know a handful of spots that on certain tides/swell the waves are ridable but uncatchable, only for towing in.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boost-fin-electric-motorized-fin-for-any-board/x/15782621

https://youtu.be/ey6zcZY7SFY

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I have been messing with 360 cameras a lot lately, seems like they have reached the point of being convenient enough to be an everyday camera.  For surfing GoPro has released the Max, Insta360 has a new One R, there's the old Garmin 360.   Some other interesting cameras out there but as far as know there are only 3 cameras that are waterproof with no need for a housing.

My current favorite is the GoPro Max, it works reliably, image quality looks good, and the software is stable.  The Insta360 One R is very promising but so far I have been struggling to get it to work reliably.  The Garmin is solid hardware wise, but the stitching sucks, and the software crashes a lot, plus side is the gps data is easy to access and overlay, also I have heard Garmin is pulling out of the market.

Anyone know or try any other 360 cameras?

Here is a video I recorded the past couple weeks, we have had a good run of swell and I am super stoked with how the video looks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHMCfYc1jo

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