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Classifieds / Takuma 1600/1900//65/85cm masts
« on: September 15, 2022, 04:53:10 PM »
With 300 tail. Good condition. $750 for the bunch.

Classifieds / Takuma LOL 1300 with carbon mastÖ.
« on: September 15, 2022, 04:46:34 PM »
Ö.T- bar style, with 220 tail. Good condition. Mast only used a few sessions. $850obo

Classifieds / Takuma starter kit: LOL 1900/1600/3 mastsÖ
« on: August 26, 2022, 05:18:06 PM »
Ö300 tail, aluminum fuse.

65 and 85 are aluminum, 75 is carbon

Cases where they exist. Everything in good shape.

$1,750 OBO

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / 1095 vs. 1099/999
« on: July 23, 2022, 04:55:28 AM »
Iíve been on takuma since my beginning, but recently ordered an axis 1150 for dock starting fun. So of course now Iím thinking about all the other axis options. But my desire for simplicity has me wondering if I can go all axis. I feel like most takuma foils can in theory be replaced with an axis foil, but Iím not sure about the 1095. Has anyone ridden both the 1095 and art wings?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Axis: hps vs png?
« on: July 14, 2022, 09:36:59 AM »
Iím having fun thinking about what for now is a hypothetical axis quiver, and Iím not clear on the difference between HPS and PNG. They are both sort of high aspect and thin. Any thoughts?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Tracking apps?
« on: April 25, 2022, 03:36:15 AM »
A search for "tracking appsĒ yielded nothing so here goes. Iím often seeing folks posting their tracks from apps if not seen before, and wonder if they work better than the ones Iíve used, which are:

Watersports Tracker: works ok, and collates data so I can see how much Iíve gotten out over the month etc, but red is fast and green is slow for some reason, and it takes about two minutes to successfully press the stop button.

WorkOutDoors: cool, techy looking screen, colors make sense, easy to turn it off on the Apple Watch, but doesnít organize data

Anyone like another option?

During my most recent prone session I had a repeat of my most common failure: getting repeatedly launched at take off. I had forgotten the tail Iíve been using(with 1į less downforce shim): a chopped 220 kujira which is probably ~200cm2.  So instead I used a 178 with no shim, with the 1095. It was a pretty stark difference, particularly since my technique isnít to the point where I can adapt well. Kujira foils are supposed to be front foot heavy, Armstrong not so much(Iím on an Armstrong board). So to get them to work together Iíve got the mast all the way back, the mast shimmed for less AOA, and had usually been shimming the tails, with some success.

But this experience got me to thinking about tails in a new-to-me way. From the time I first looked at a foil setup, Iíd taken it as a given that the tail creates some amount of downforce. Then, while discussing his Armstrong setup with another member of our crew, he said something about a neutral tail. I was confused at the time, but now itís dawning on me that there is a greater diversity of tail dynamics than I had previously known. So how do you quantify what a tail is doing in a standard way, since shimming a tail is only relative to the standard setting for that tail and fuselage?

My best guess so far has been to attach a fuse to a mast in such a way that the fuse is free to pivot up and down, and put it over the side of a boat with a tail and no front foil. If the fuse remains horizontal* then its a neutral tail, with varying angles showing varying behaviors of the tail. Would such a test show Armstrong staying level*, and Takuma riding tail down? It would also be neat to change tails and shims and see how all those change thingsÖÖ.

*actually, horizontal meaning: at the same angle that the fuse is at with a given foil, given rider weight, I guess in the middle of the foilís speed range**? Maybe a second mast with a digital level(phone) for accurately measuring itís angle.

**A bit of a tangent here: if a tail is neutral in the middle of a foilís speed range, would that mean that at higher speeds, it would start to create downforce, but lift at lower speeds, because of the changing angle of the fuse? Iíve noticed kujiraís angle of incidence changes as you move outward. Would a similar shape be helpful for a tail meant to be neutral, in order to smooth out the transition from - to + lift?

Anyhoo, food for thought I guess.

Classifieds / Reedin Super Wing X: 3.6 and 6M
« on: March 13, 2022, 01:56:05 PM »
The 6 has so far been used for 15 minutes or so, the 3.6 more so but in very good shape.

These are fast, and point higher than any other wings Iíve used, and itís nice to see through the whole canopy. However, I believe they are hard to hold onto with winter gloves, so I want to sell to somebody in a warmer place. Iíve made modifications to my 4.7, which Iím keeping, that make them much better in various respects, but I thought Iíd sell them in factory shape and let someone else decide on their own.  Shipping included.

6: $1,350 (new $1,500)
3.6: $1,150 (new $1,400)

I woke up wondering if a thing exists and a short search came up with nothing. Either a handheld vhf or other device that transmits an AIS signal WITHOUT sounding a distress call. So that you, out in the ocean, maybe in the fog, likely obscured by waves, show up on the screens of nearby boats. Such a thing would be handy for a lot of situations, including allowing the mothership to keep track of everyone on a downwinder. Maybe radar reflectors tucked behind the LE tooÖ

If memory serves, I first got an Armstrong wing/sup FG despite riding the lifty kujira foils. Because of the ability to stand more or less where I need to, and the affect of the fuse shim canting the mast forward, Iím riding that combo with the mast near the center of the tracks.

Subsequently, I got an FG prone board, and have been dabbling in learning to prone surf. Because of how much I like my wing board, and how new I am to prone, Iíve been slow to come to the conclusion that Iím not doing myself any favors with this combo. One exacerbating factor is the fact that despite the tracks being long and coming a ways back, the opening in the tracks prevents the FRONT bolts from going farther back. So Iím maxed out aft on the mast, lying forward (head almost even with the nose), riding the 950/178 in nothing over 3í, yet it still is throwing me. When I have stood up Iím all on my front foot and it doesnít work out.

Putting the fact that I could figure it out eventually aside, I wonder what it would be like if I could just put it back 2Ē. Would it be miraculous, or not? What boards might match well with takuma, besides takuma(although I am looking at the tk 40/45)??

Foil SUP / Best paddle for foil sup
« on: January 24, 2022, 09:22:04 AM »
So I have decided that I must have left my paddle behind the last time I went out. It was a carbon adjustable paddle with a smaller blade that I got before I was into foiling. I've heard it said that bigger blades are the thing, how big and how long should my next one be? I'm 5'11"/170lbs.

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