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Foil SUP / Rope starter for Foil.
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:33:20 AM »
I stumbled upon the fun'est Youtube video I have seen recently - some guys on the beach in maybe OZ ...' Bungie-launching' their foil.  It was a hoot. ...and reminded me of something I got many years ago. I bought, what seems, a pretty serious slinger.  I was going to use it with a trick skimboard I had but I ran into two problems: we do not really have any 'flats' here ...and my 98lb wife would not have been able to hold it while I got my c'hit together.  Still, it's a good idea! 

I was not able to find those guys again, but we have an experienced hand aboard this forum, Clay of ClaysIsland. 

His was, like 100' (21m) vs mine at 21' (6.4m) My double-braided cords are 5/8's (15mm)   My suspicions are, his @100' would have a longer duration, perhaps with less violence.  Anyway... it's 'all ahead fun'.


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Here's a little wake up...
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:32:46 AM »
In general, an individual’s cognitive and physical peaks occur around ages 20-30 years old. Longevity curves usually remain relatively flat until a slow decline starts in the 5th decade of life and becomes precipitous during the 7th decade of life. By the 8th decade, most people have reached the “halfway point” of their existence, meaning they are functioning at about 50% of their cognitive and physical peak. Unfortunately, reaching the 50% mark with a decade of life expectancy left leads to prolonged morbidity.

That's one of the takeaways from this episode of the Curbsiders - medical student oriented podcast.  There's lots more if you have an hour to listen.  Given my cognitive decline - I have to listen more than once.  'Curbsiders' covers a lot of interesting subjects.


Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Ozone in MEX
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:13:53 AM »
I got these pics from Cynthia 'Cynbad' Brown. (Facebook - Instagram)  The fellow featured is Johnny Heineken.  She mentioned doing a 12-mile downwinder earlier this week. (C'hit... I have driven 12mi to work every day for 30yrs - I know how far that is. Whew!)


I am starting a list. I know some may think of this as talking about tricycles on the 'Tour' forum but I am approaching this from the position of 'if I can attenuate one stage of a potential two-stage injury sequence' then this old body is ahead.  And the second part, as cheap as I am, I do not want to pay (and muscle) out/back a hardboard to someplace like the Dominican or Costa Rica. 

This first one is MANTA from New Zealand.  I see three that may be of direct interest: the '72' - '110' - '170'.  Thankfully, they name them in Liters.  The 72 liter is 150x50cm (4.9'x19.6") at 4.5kg (10lbs). The 110 liter is 160x70cm (5'x27") at 9kg (20lbs). The big one, the 170, is 225x78cm (8'x30") and 11kg (24lbs)

The 72 is presented as a Surf/kite foil board ... the 110 as SUP/wing foil board ... the 170 as SUP/wind (windsurfing to me) board. 

Tuttle box .. front foot straps (170 has those wide, side ones...' must be a windsurfing config).  To me, they look nice, not overly decorated.  But, are they reminding the owner he needs a pump by putting 'Inflatable' in large letters on the side?

Like anything item, you'll have to determine if the price represents a value to you.  The only way to discover shipping to the States was to go thru the checkout process.  I am not ready for that.  There is more to see.

They are:

...there are more, please add what you find and/or comment on the prospective use of an inflatable.  I have zero experience, even with SUP.


Foil SUP / Foil effect on board stability..
« on: January 06, 2020, 10:52:49 AM »
I hear it said 'a foil adds stability'.  My fingers are crossed it means: 'initial stability' when mounting the board*...  Is there a way to quantify that?  Is there a simile; 'a 28" board vs. 32"' in calm water?  A whole lot of foil boards lack liters and length generally discussed on the Zone.  This bystander feels (not unusual) uninformed.  Thanks.


*it seems generally true - anything moving as intended is more stable than stationary.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Netflicks of medicine...
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:25:23 AM »
My daughter manages a few UCSF practices in SF ...and I never heard of this!?  Some geat c'hit.

My wife may need a knee.  She won't travel out there for it but has a lot more current info than from her years in the OR.  (a friend of hers in FL flew to Denver for stem cells for her knee ...spent a buncha $ ...and gained more weight.)


Foil SUP / Dave Kalama interview - Progression Project
« on: January 03, 2020, 11:09:11 AM »
I like listening to the sound of a person's voice. You can tell how comfortable they are with a topic. On top of that, I don't ever expect to meet DK but I sense if I did he would be a very genuine, open person.  Some (many) of these podcasts are over my head, like two F1 racers talking at Monza, and get into jargon weeds I do not understand yet, but David Kalama vol.1 and vol.2 were particularly interesting.

If anyone knows of more podcasts that relate to our sport/s ..please post them.  For all practical purposes, Bluetooth and Podcasts have replaced the FM radio for me.


Foil SUP / Older guys - you do not need to be 18 again to foil.
« on: December 26, 2019, 01:39:37 PM »

Foil SUP / You gotta tell me how a foil feels....
« on: December 12, 2019, 06:09:12 AM »
I got Robert's Blue Planet balancing gizmo, and really like it compared to other devices.   BUT, I just realized I have been reading all these foil posts ....with the this-and-that, short/long, HA/LA, Plate/Tuttle ...all the wonderful minutiae that, of course, you want in buckets in exploring a new sport. 

Maybe I missed it, but I'll be damned if I have an idea of what comparable activity provides a similar feeling?  I get smoothness - that's easy.  I understand drag reduction = speed  ..the technical yatta.  But it must feel like something?

A Unicyle?  ...slacklike? ...standing atop a shaky ladder? foot speedskating?  What'zt it feel like?!    Thanks.


Those words hit my brain like a warm cinnamon bun.  Wow, what a winter option.

And, I always thought 'cable parks' were like what they still use to train trotter horses - simply a merry-go-round ...round and round and round.  I called for some more into and their system is linear—out and back—with the ability to back the handle up to you when you inevitably fall. They provide all the kit, using that Slingshot multi-height mast process of training.


I have never had exposure to language, but even I can read that...  This guy is fun.

What brought me to the above was his first attempt at using a variety of boards to wing.  ...also, fun.


Gear Talk / The longboard SUP I shudda waited for!
« on: November 21, 2019, 09:40:16 AM »

I clipped this from the Breeze. ...Oooooh - the 4th from the front. This whole lot is simply too beautiful to ignore.  Tino/Burt must have gone to Fashion Week in Milan at one time; these are beautiful. The coloring is stunning.   I don't know much about this new timber, but the Atlantis folks use it for their Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) model.


Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Wing - no tail?!
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:03:33 AM »
It's only at the beginning and end of this 'kitemare' (I had those) but it is interesting... 


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Apple Watch and mortality prediction
« on: November 16, 2019, 07:41:09 AM »
Actuarially, I'm too close to the date to want to buy this watch, but for you young guys who can 'change some habits' or find some corrective measures, it might be a smart move...


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