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Classifieds / WTB: Axis Fuse - any length
« on: July 09, 2021, 11:28:18 AM »
can be in any condition as long as the part that mounts to the front wing is useable.  Needed for an unspecified project...  Thanks!

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I may end up travelling there semi-frequently over the next few years for some manufacturing happening in town there.  If there is anyone here who knows the coastline and wave spots there - I would love to pick your brain.  Happy to do it privately if you want to send me a PM, or we can discuss here.

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I used to windsurf at a pretty high level and trained to get good in both directions.  I was always weaker on one side, but I forced myself to ride a skateboard "the wrong way" whenever possible and planned vacations to go to waves where I had to ride port tack instead of my stronger starboard tack.  I wanted to be able to ride waves and jump with either foot forward.

So, when I made the plunge to learn winging, I decided that I would switch my feet for port tack and learn to wingfoil with the wrong foot forward.  Its frustrating, and honestly not going all that well.  I feel like I'm getting close wrong foot foward but it will also be a bit of a long path to get comfortable. Should I stick with it, or cut bait and ride for a while twisted up?

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Foil SUP / Kujira!
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:52:17 AM »
second session on the kujira 980 with my SUP.  The first session was a total train-wreck due to all the angles being wrong, but this morning went much better.  Gosh, all the talk about shimming is really true - the angles out of the box are totally completely out of whack.  It took a huge amount of shimming to get it looking even close to normal on the beach - the stock angle of the fuse/wing was set up to ride so far nose down that I was actually digging the nose in the water just trying to ride level on the first few flights.  I think the carbon fuse had the opposite problem and they over corrected on the aluminum version.  I ended up shimming the interface between the mast and fuse this morning and everything went much better on the water.

In generally it rides like a tiny GoFoil NL.  I don't have the NL130, but I have to imagine they are similar.

I'm 95kg without a wetsuit, riding it with a 13.5" Kane tail at 3deg (no shims).  Lift comes on smooth and consistent, the ride is fairly stable, but I could crank turns like I expected, fast too.  It is definitely pumpable and I got a two-fer, but not at all easy.  Riding waves the size was fine, but I like to pump so I'd probably be happier on the next size up at my weight.

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Sessions / "magic hour" at Cowells Santa Cruz
« on: January 10, 2021, 11:58:34 AM »
Cowells has been going off for the last week.  Such incredible foiling, I've had a few of my all-time best sessions there just in the last week.  At the right tide and swell, it could well be California's best foiling wave.  The only problem is paddling back out 1km+ and going around the corner to indicators with all the water rushing around the corner against you.  The kelp is almost all cleared out now all the way along west cliff.

The "magic hour" as I've started calling it is the hour just before the place becomes completely swamped with people.  Low tide cowells is pretty special for longboarding - with a small swell it needs a negative tide, but with bigger swell anything less than a foot is perfect.   This past week low tide has been mid-day, with the associated sunshine and the conditions glassing off by mid-morning.   About 2 hours before low tide it isn't quite good enough for the longboarders but perfect for foiling.  It is just barely breaking and backing off, rolling all the way into the beach.  By about an hour before low tide, you can't even make your way up the stairs because its a steady stream of wavestorms walking down, and by low tide there will be literally hundreds of people in the water.  Not a good place for a foil at all.

Every day I've been out there a handful of other foilers are out frothing away and riding so many waves the only limit is the paddle back out, and the need to get back to my car for a zoom call.

On the really big swell days, my white whale is getting one all the way out at middle peak steamers.  I am absolutely positive I could ride it to the beach for an almost 1.5km ride.  I know because I catch the set waves after the surfers drop off them at the statue and ride those to the beach.  I paddled out to middle peak several times now, but I can't get the speed or positioning to drop in.  I've been in the wrong place a few times and got completely and utterly blown up.  I come up for air a couple of hundred meters down the coast with the water moving like crazy.  But, I'm going to get one of those soon...

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Foil SUP / Staying in Dana Point next week
« on: December 27, 2020, 12:04:25 AM »
Hoping to foil every morning if anyone wants to ride. Iíll be looking to get in the water at first light to make it home around when the kids wake up....   Is Doheny a good option?  How early is the lineup to get into SanO weekdays next week? Feel free to PM me

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Should I be worried about the breather being on the bottom side of the board?   Not what I would have asked for, but thatís what the board guy installed.  Never thought to clarify

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Environment / pruning kelp at a reef break?
« on: November 29, 2020, 10:31:37 PM »
What do people think about going out with a snorkel and a dive knife on a calm day and pruning some of the prolific California kelp around a few good takeoff spots at a reef break? 

As far as foiling goes - I've found that once you're on a wave, getting over top and around the kelp patches is totally doable and actually pretty fun.  But lining up to catch the wave is brutal - the water drops in front of the wave and all the kelp pops up to grab you.

I'm a bit torn about it, and I'm looking for other people's opinions:
1) would doing this even be legal?  enforceable?  Lots of people prune trees and bushes in the summer for good backcountry ski runs on national forrest land and the like.  It isn't legal, but it would be almost impossible to get caught.  And it really does improve the enjoyment for the trail users
2) cutting away kelp *would* be effecting a habitat for all kinds of sea life.  But oh my god there is miles and miles of kelp out there and so few premium reef breaks that need clearing

What say you all?

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Classifieds / GoFoil GL wings
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:35:23 PM »
Raising money to feed the habit...   broke another mana paddle and maybe a new prone board.  Prices don't include shipping from California or paypal fees. All wings are all-carbon and have a universal fit for any generation of masts

$550 GL140 in great shape (with sleeve)
$550 GL180 in great shape (with sleeve)
$500 GL210 well used - looks the worst in photos, but I've recently filled all the scratches and sanded back to 600grit.  painful to let this one go, I have almost a hundred sessions on it  (with sleeve)
$600 GL240 in good shape  (with sleeve)




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Foil SUP / GoFoil: amazing wings with crappy tails
« on: October 18, 2020, 03:17:10 PM »
GoFoil, you need to step up your game with respect to tails.  I own 3 generations of GoFoil tails (a few copies of each actually),  and have tinkered relentlessly to get the performance I want.  Each major iteration has been a big step up, but even the latest stuff could be a lot better.   I just put Kane's 15" tail on and everything came alive for me.  You suddenly notice everything wrong with the 14.5" flip-tip tail when your eyes are opened to something better.

I started with the blue Maliko tail.  Cutting that down was a revelation and really changed the way I surfed.  Then came the 18N and 18W, which were both a big step up from the Maliko in terms of drag reduction and smoothness of lift - especially a cut down 18W.  Then the short pedestal and the 14.5" flip-tip - pretty crappy build quality on both, but I forgave that when I rode it.   Turns got a lot more locked in and I couldn't believe I ever even liked the cut down 18W.

Putting on Kane's tail is arguably one of the biggest gear step up I've experienced since going from IWA to GL.  I felt like a hero today, turns were tighter than ever, pumping smoother, and the lift profile across the speed range is superb.  Not really great conditions either, so I know it was the gear.  I literally breached the foil and I could feel it skipping across the surface before dropping back down and keeping going ???!!??

All that work GoFoil is putting into front wings, you owe it to put some time into the tails.  I was fiercely brand loyal since the very first surf foiling wings they put out, but this makes me question whether the brand is slipping.  Or maybe tails and wings will go the way of fins and boards - mix and match to find your sweet spot.

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Foil SUP / total geek out post on the GL210
« on: September 22, 2020, 10:54:35 AM »
Yes, foil brain is in full effect even after 3 years foiling for me.  I'm stuck in my house with nothing else to do, so I'm trying to understand the inner workings of foil wings.  I've been using my GL210 as a reference wing.  Hopefully through all this, I can help identify opportunities for improvement (which I think there are still many).

I traced out the foil section profile using paper and scissors and translated it to digital in order to run it through XFOIL software and study the polars.  I had one of my friends operate XFOIL since this isn't (yet) my specialty.  We picked some speeds to look at.  First impressions are that this foil section seems pretty draggy in comparison with more typical glider wing and hydrofoil profiles designed for similar Reynolds numbers.  It is certainly much better than the IWA type section.

I also carefully measured wing twist, so a future analysis could include those effects.  The outer third is pitched negative a bit probably to keep the tips from stalling in dynamic maneuvers.

Before you ask - I WILL NOT post or share the foil cross section.  If you want it that bad, you're going to have to buy your own wing and trace it yourself.  Imitation is flattery, but copying exact is theft. 








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Classifieds / 2010 Starboard pro 8'5" converted to foil tuttle
« on: September 18, 2020, 10:35:02 PM »
This one is going to go cheap, I need it gone.  Frankly it isn't a very good foil board.  It would work for a first foil board but there are better options.  It was my first foil board and I learned to foil just fine before anybody knew any better.  I used to absolutely love riding it as a SUP though, and it is a pretty classic shape.  Maybe you want it for that?  It was the top of line construction for 2010 - PVC sandwich - and though it has hundreds of sessions on it, no major dings and watertight.  The foil box probably needs a couple layers of glass or just ride it like it is.   I will not ship - thinking $200 if you come pick it up in the San Francisco bay area.



Starboard catalog:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dvv51vx9hbo1kmy/2010_SUP_catalogue.pdf?dl=0

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Foil SUP / Goddam Sup Foiling is fun
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:08:36 AM »
Wow, it is so incredibly fun to be high performance wave riding when everyone else is bobbing around complaining about how crappy it is.  Literally, paddle out, spin, ride, repeat.   Do I have anything constructive to say that is worth creating a new topic?  No - classic shit-post.

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The Shape Shack / shape3D guru (help please!)
« on: August 19, 2020, 10:08:40 AM »
I have a board design I want to execute and I can't get Shape3D to do what I want.  I have it modelled in CAD software and can export in STL/IGES/etc - but none of the board CNC guys can program their cutters from anything other than Aku or Shape3D file.   So I'm trying to redo it in Shape3D.  I've got the design I want in there as a ghost, so that's a start.  Need some specific advise from someone with experience.  Private message is fine - thanks!

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Sessions / Karma
« on: July 30, 2020, 02:58:09 PM »
I had a fairly forgettable sunrise morning out SUP foiling at my local yesterday - except for one remarkable moment.

Its a beach break, but this morning I found a peak that was breaking fairly repeatable on the sets.  This peak had just 3 other people hanging around roughly the same spot.  I'm sitting on the board relaxing waiting on a set when I notice something floating a few hundred yards further from shore - turns out to be some mostly deflated helium balloons.   So I decided to paddle out and go grab them, which I like to do whenever I see trash in the water.  I have a spot in my wetsuit that I stash trash during a session until I can bring it to shore.

So I spent a few moments sitting on my board deflating the balloons and wrapping up the ribbon to stash in my wetsuit.  Literally the moment I gathered my paddle and stood up, here comes a single massive wave that is coming right to me.  Mind you, this is more than a hundred yards outside the normal set wave takeoff zone I was harvesting.  So I spin and grab it and ride it perfectly in the pit - breaking fast right to left all the way past on the outside of the next peak over, and right through the peak after that - with everyone hooting for me.  There literally wasn't another wave even close to that size and quality in the hour before or the hour after, and it was the only one in the set.  Nobody else could have possibly been in the right place for it - and given that it was a beach break it would have been impossible to know where to be for such a wave.

I think I believe in Karma now.

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