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The Shape Shack / Wing foil board build
« on: October 17, 2020, 11:04:42 AM »
so going to build a board to learn on. Thanks for the help from people so far for dimensions, volume etc. Its going to be about 6x29. See on the thickness.
 I had some pieces of foam left from some SUPs.
Vac bagged them together with PU glue.
Cut a 30 cm section out of the middle.
 Glued 5mm airex to the sides and top of the middle section.
Made a sled to get a nice flat section on the back half of the board.
Looks like it will go back together!

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The Shape Shack / Wing foil board for learning
« on: October 08, 2020, 11:03:16 PM »
So thinking its time to see what all the hype is about.
 I am 80kgs and a friend is 72kgs.
 We can learn behind a boat then move to the wing.
 Lots of good info on here.
 By the sounds I want to keep it as short as possible. Lots of volume. Big beveled edges. But whats too short to learn on?
 I am thinking just a quick build as we will move to something smaller pretty quick(hopefully) by the sound of it.
 Keep it pretty simple. Flat bottom,maybe slight V.
 Any ideas of a rough size and volume would be appreciated. Any ideas of what to do or not do.
 I have 2 big pieces of foam from blanks and some 2,3 and 5mm HD foam. 2 stingers either side of foilbox and foil box all the way through from what I can see on other builds. I am thinking all cork deck, as I have plenty!
 Has to be easier than building another hollow 14ft board too!

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The Shape Shack / 14 ft board, going narrower
« on: September 28, 2020, 03:52:11 AM »
The 14x25 board I built is so stable I am thinking about going narrower. It's also over built and heavy. So a lighter narrower board. How narrow though. I guess by going 1 inch narrower you loose a lot of stability. Do I risk going down to 23" ? It will just be for calm days obviously.
 Has anyone gone from a 25" to 23" in a RS or blackfish style board. How big a difference was it.

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SUP General / Man cave photos
« on: August 20, 2020, 10:13:29 AM »
Bring it on. Dont know if I should be ashamed of this one. Might be time for a tidy up day!

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Gear Talk / Trifecta vs UV
« on: August 07, 2020, 11:51:06 PM »
Thinking about buying a new paddle blade. What are the main differences between the trifecta and UV.
 I am thinking of just buying the blade and putting it on my carbon adjustable paddle.
 Mainly do 10k paddles in mixed conditions and some downwind.

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SUP General / 2017 Infinity Blackfish
« on: May 17, 2020, 11:42:39 PM »
Finally allowed back on the water!
 So as I was packing up and a couple came in and the lady was on a 14x25 blackfish. I am pretty sure it was the 2017 model as it had the flat channel like the RS. Not a concave so to speak.Had a ventral fin too. So asking some questions and they say try it if you want. So i jump on and do the wobble wobble thing and think this is more stable than I was expecting. One or two little strokes,nice glide. Go for a paddle and it gets even more stable as you get going. Paddling faster and it just goes faster. Doesnt have that sort of thats it for speed feeling. Then I think, I'm still paddling on the same side and going straight. I change sides and do well over 10 strokes and am still going straight. The nose seemed quite low and with only small chop it was slapping a little,nothing like my Falcon though. I guess good in the flat but I feel I would nose dive it easily in any downwind. Turn around and the thing takes off in very little breaze and small chop.
 When I got back I flipped it over and had a better look at the bottom. The first thing i noticed was the size of the ventral fin. It seemed pretty big. I guess thats why I was going so straight. They said it added a lot of stability as well. They said the board was really rolly without it. It seemed really flat. Not much nose or tail rocker.
 So why did Infinity stop the channel and go back to concave? Do the newer Blackfish models have more nose rocker. How do the newer models compare speed wise.
 I know the blackfish models have changed a lot over the years.
 I liked the board but felt it lacked a little volume for me at 83kgs. The stability was fine though. Would be interesting to try with smaller and no ventral fin.
 I would be interested to know what people that have paddled this board think about it.
 

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The Shape Shack / Leash points for 14 ft board
« on: March 28, 2020, 11:50:28 AM »
I have read some boards have mid board leash points. Would be interested to know peoples view,pros/cons with them. Wondering if I should put one in the board I'm building.

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SUP General / Cold water paddling
« on: November 30, 2019, 05:13:21 AM »
Looking at doing more paddling this winter. In France. Mainly flatwater and some downwinding. Water temp around 10C, air temp can be 8 to mid teens on a warm day.
 Wondering what people are wearing. I have a 3/4 wetsuit at the moment. Most of the time I find it too hot. Except when downwinding and being in the water at times.
 Looking at a new wetsuit, so many different zip systems etc. I guess some can be annoying. Maybe a dry suit or combo of pants and dry top.
 I have a 2mm long john that is great for warmer days. I can wear a warm top/ wind breaker with it. I am thinking of a 3 or 4mm long john with a couple of different tops could be a good combo. Some of the sailing brands do products that are more wind proof and flexable than a normal wetsuit.
 Interested to know what people have found that works and is comfortable.
 

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SUP General / Fins for touring/racing boards
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:22:04 AM »
So there was a bit of discussion on here a while back about fins. So I thought I would buy a smaller fin to see what the difference was. There are some expensive fins out there and not really knowing what I wanted bought a cheaper fin. Similar size and shape to some of the expensive ones. Carbon and quite light.
 The difference was huge. A lot less stability and didn't track as well. As soon as the breeze was off to one side of the bow I had to work to keep in a straight ish line.
 I guess that squared tip on the fanatic fin really adds a lot of stability and helps tracking. How much does it slow you down? I know after trying the smaller fin I would take stability and tracking over a little extra speed. Will try and do some flatwater paddles and see the difference in speed.

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The Shape Shack / Ventral fin in 14ft sup
« on: November 03, 2019, 02:20:52 AM »
Thinking about putting one of these in as a ventrall fin. If its retractable you can just put it away in calm conditions.
 What are peoples thoughts of the pros and cons of a ventral fin.
 The whole unit weighs just over 600 grams. I would cut the fin down as it is 14 inches. A little extra weight to reinforce the area. Is adding 600-700 grams worth the added stability and better tracking in rough conditions.

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SUP General / Retractable skeg
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:27:43 AM »
Building a 14 ft sup at the moment. Been thinking about putting one of these in as a fwd fin like on the Infinity blackfish. It's plastic so could easily cut it down. It's 14 inches long.
 Has anyone paddle a sup with a fwd fin. Do they work.
 With this system you could drop it down when you need it,choppy,side wind and put it away in calm conditions or down winding. I doesn't look to heavy.
https://www.tuilik.com/product/kajak-sport-retractable-skeg-system-pro/

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The Shape Shack / Hollow 14ft sup
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:45:23 PM »
Going to start a build soon. I have designed a 14x25 board. It's going to be a hollow build. I have built hollow wooden boards before. The interior will be 4mm marine ply like a wooden board. I will use a mixture a composite panels for the skin.
 Cant decide if I should go as light as possible or use some wood flax etc to keep with the natural look.
 Will make up some test panels and see weight strength etc.

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