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I was wondering if people have had experience with Tails that are Flat vs. Vertical and how that may help go upwind. 

In other words any Dihedral or Anhedral angle creates a vertical planform (shadow) that effectively acts like a tailfin.  Alternately some flip tip tails, like the GoFoil, have vertical tips.

Would this Vertical Planform area help go upwind better because it's acting like a Vertical Fin at the tail end of the fuselage?  More to push against and drive upwind. 

I have graduated from the Harbor to the Ocean.  35 sessions of experience.   

A month ago I went back to my favorite windsurfing spot and started to wing there.  The wind is typically 20 mph powered to fully powered 5.0.

Part of me thinks "Take your medicine and figure it out."  The other part realizes 'be humble a--holee . . . and ask for some advice.'  So here I am.

This weekend was big . . . no it was huge. I surf foiled in the morning and it was 12 feet @ 10 seconds.  But this is just average 'big' when surf foiling.  When I got to the wing sailing spot the channel closed out and I thought 'man that only happens when it is enormous.'  But I ignored it and went out anyways.  Turned out the buoys had picked up to 16 feet at 15 seconds.  WTF!

Regardless the size wasn't so much the issue as foot transitions and sailing with the wave.

I am goofy foot.  Wind blows Northwest so I am coming towards shore either:

1) Crack head stance - Toe Side - Goofy foot (comfortable)

2) Heel side sailing on port regular stance (Getting better)

Winging is MUCH, much slower than foil surfing at least at my stage.  The challenge comes when I am regular foot, uncomfortable, flying with the waves.  To stay with the wave energy requires pointing downwind and picking up moocho speed.  Regular stance I am just not comfortable flying fast.  Example 15 mph (fast) vs 23 mph (very fast). 

Then I realized Just Learn to Surf Regular stance.  I thought 'Why not just start foiling in regular stance until I am as good as goofy, or close enough, not to care?'

I would otherwise try to sail WAY, WAY upwind and then try to downwind with the wave goofy foot but I can't make any good upwind progress when I am toe side (Crack-Head stance).

Here is an example of my longest ride.  Staying in the Goofy stance for several minutes.  Not making ANY upwind progress, but this is better than I have been doing which was to just fade downwind.

Random / The Demon Haunted World
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:52:46 AM »
I found this book after a few battles over data on topics ranging from wave speeds and distance, covid statistics, and machine learning.

Written in 1996 Carl Sagan's A Demon Haunted World rings more true today than ever.

Excerpt from chapter 1:

A Candle in the Dark is the title of a courageous, largely Biblically based, book by Thomas Ady, published in London in Science and Hope 1656, attacking the witch-hunts then in progress as a scam 'to delude the people'. Any illness or storm, anything out of the ordinary, was popularly attributed to witchcraft. Witches must exist, Ady quoted the 'witchmongers' as arguing, 'else how should these things be, or come to pass?' For much of our history, we were so fearful of the outside world, with its unpredictable dangers, that we gladly embraced anything that promised to soften or explain away the terror.
Science is an attempt, largely successful, to understand the world, to get a grip on things, to get hold of ourselves, to steer a safe course. Microbiology and meteorology now explain what only a few centuries ago was considered sufficient cause to burn women to death.

Ady also warned of the danger that 'the Nations [will] perish for lack of knowledge'. Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves. I worry that, especially as the millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us - then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.

The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.

I returned to my roots last weekend.  24 years ago I spent the summer working in San Francisco and windsurfing both days every weekend.  I never realized there would be a place that I could both work and play at the same 'time.'  I had been working, and trying to windsurf, in New York, Philly and Boston.  The next year I moved to San Francisco.

In San Francisco there is wind every day in Summer.  Summer can extend from the middle of February to October.  There is a little patch of grass between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz with access to open ocean swell.  I had been taking my medicine, learning to fly, and decided it was time to take the wing ding in the open ocean vs. protected harbor, bay or sound body of water. 

OMG my eyes are wide open!

I can NOT reliably jibe, I am only 30 sessions into the sport BUT, BUT, BUT I could see all the potential. 

The wind was FULLY 5.0.  Between powered and WAY overpowered.  The ocean was up to 10 foot worth of swell and I went from being terrified to jibe to learning, by the end of the session, to treat the jibe like getting towed into a swell on a foil board . . .  and it worked!!!!

Mind blown.  A whole new sport.  A renaissance of windsurfing.  Stoked like a little kid. 

Classifieds / Wanted - GoFoil M280
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:22:52 AM »
Does anyone have a GoFoil M280 wing they would sell?  The BIG SLOW DOG

It has to be the compatible type (e.g. not completely 1st generation) that would fit on modular GoFoil mast.

I'm using this for experimentation so reasonable price appreciated.

Foil SUP / Show us your Tracks: Waves-Speed-Distance-Time-Turns
« on: February 18, 2021, 06:50:30 PM »
We regularly share our sessions to show how things went.  There is nothing like a set of tracks to get a read on how good the session might have been.  The statistics at the bottom; top speed, longest wave . . . . icing on the cake.

Here was my session from today.  It was 5.5 to 6.5 feet mostly clean.  Nothing special BUT notice the time just 45 minutes.  It was a quick session at sunrise.  1.1 miles of wave riding.  Whenever you can catch more than 1 mile of waves per hour it’s a good session.   

This was recorded on the iWatch with Dawn Patrol (free).  But I have recently paid the $15 subscription and the individual wave data is insightful.

Random / YouTube Video GOES Viral - Why?
« on: February 11, 2021, 02:27:39 PM »
I posted a clip from Interstellar 5 years ago.   It was edited down to show the mile high wave surging over "Miller's Planet."

I posted this video to highlight what its like dropping on a big wave at Mavericks.  Specifically the top of the wave becomes NOTICEABLE convex and is catchable before dropping into the steep section and into the Concave bottom.

Regardless my video sat quietly for years then ~ 30 days ago it got 10,000 hits in a day, then 50K, then 100K then 500K and yesterday 1.1 Million hits in a single day. What the heck is going on?   

Random / 3 Billion Heartbeats
« on: January 16, 2021, 09:01:01 AM »
PonoBill got me on to The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. 

This book and more specifically this passage helped me get through a rough New Years crossing. 

3 Billion Heartbeats that is all you get.  Make good use of them. 

SUP General / Haley at Mavericks
« on: January 09, 2021, 11:20:12 AM »
It doesn't get any bigger than this:

Foil SUP / #TooBigToFoil then go Bigger
« on: December 12, 2020, 07:02:26 AM »
I took my first trip to the North Shore of Oahu.  I called Sam Pa’e and let him know I was coming.  I was bringing my foil board.  The forecast was for big.  He said “It’s too big to foil Sunset.”  But all I brought was my foil.  So . . . I foiled.
#TooBigToFoil is dedicated to those who are on the verge and wanting to go bigger on the foil.  You have to find the right spot, with a softer punch into the ride and some deep water to glide into.  Then again in this Hawaiian example there weren’t too many examples other than Phantoms.

The key is to go bigger.  While everyone is trying to go shorter with their boards.  I have been retrograding and using my first generation hybrid SUP’s to paddle into some of the biggest foil waves ridden. 

My current favorite, which has had the Tuttle box replaced 3 times is a 7’ 4” L41 Bat-Tail.  You will want a front footstrap (at a minimum).  Here is some motivation.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / SUP Foiling Sunset Beach Hawaii
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:01:40 AM »
Any advice.

Forecast is for medium to sizable 5-10 foot+ faces.  I’m bringing my big wave foil gear.  Plan to get in early and glide wide.  But where?


Gear Talk / Apple iWatch with Dawn Patrol SURF TRACKING
« on: September 22, 2020, 05:59:11 PM »
I have been using the iWatch to track surf sessions for more than 2 years. 

IT IS PHENOMENAL.  I am surprised it doesn't get more chatter on the Zone or elsewhere. 

My wife bought me the apple watch for father's day 2018 version 3.  I was so against Apple products I almost sent it back.

The "Dawn Patrol" app added to the watch is stunning.  I have motivated 1 friend on the East Coast, Paul Murray, to buy one and then all my surf amigo's in California from Jeff Clark to Haley Fiske and Dave Westendorf. . . .

We now trade sessions and have learned to read how good the (foil) session was by length of ride, speed and curvy-ness aka how much we were turning. 

For example here was my hero wave this summer.  East Coast in New England.  Rhode Island on a foil and a 470 yard ride, 1 minute 10 seconds.  Unheard of. 

I officially have 2 sessions and have leaped to “Advanced Beginner.”  Need advice.

Session 1: Started 15 to 20 mph for 45 minutes. Slingshot 6.4 V2, 6’6” Easy Foiler, GoFoil Maliko 200.  Wind Picked up: 20 to 30+ for 1 hour.  Duotone 5.0, 6’6” Easy Foiler, GoFoil GL210.  Was crushing it then got crushed.

Session 2: 12 to 20 mph for 2 hours.  Slingshot 6.4 V2, 6’6” Easy Foiler, GoFoil Maliko 200.  Gliding Bliss! (see below)

Plenty of Observations and Questions:

•   More wind is better until it gets over 25 mph
•   Bigger Foils are better M200 flew great never felt too slow GL210 was like riding a sinking windsurfer aka I need more experience
•   My knees got all bloodied up.  I need to go from knees to standing almost instantly to avoid this
•   I am switching my feet and using footstraps I can’t even comprehend how to sail back side but as a windsurfer I am good with this
•   I can now easily get up and fly goofy foot which is my surfing stance on starboard tack.  I can even bear off in low wind and pump on to foil, in my mind I am flying like Piros. 
•   Flying on Port tack is learning to foil all over again.  Hunching over bending my knees rearing up and breaching.  I have to think hard to keep the nose down.  Control is coming oddly from my back foot.  All terrifying and fun
•   10 to 12 mph – No way.  This results in a 30-degree downwind angle.  Make sure there is an easy place to walk home from
•   Going up wind, with enough wind, is NO PROBLEM.  Way better upwind ability than a planing windsurfer.
•   Check the gear – Specifically the tag attached to wrist leash.  When it started gusting to 30+ my 5.0 Duotone was porpoising out of control.  Up, Down, Up, Down then SNAP it went flying.  1st day on the new toy and the wind ripped it away.  Fortunately I was upwind of a neighborhood and the wing went flying towards shore and smashed off some rocks and settled down.  I got away with 2 small tears in the wing, retied and kept flying. 

•   What next?
•   Any advice for foiling on weak side?  I have convinced myself this will just take time
•   Jibing on foil – No Fragging way.  Please Advise!
I am trying to become a professional beginner FAST

Classifieds / Wanted 7' to 7'6" FoilBoard with Tuttle Box
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:46:19 PM »
A friend and surf amigo is looking to get into Foiling.  He is looking for a 7' to 7' 6" foil board ~ 125 liters with Tuttle Box.

Does anyone have anything in the San Francisco Bay area.

These specifications are actually my recommendations for:

1) A board to learn to Wing Foil on
2) A board to learn to Surf Foil on
3) A board that can eventually be used for Bigger Waves as he progresses.



SUP General / Paddle in Place
« on: April 27, 2020, 08:30:25 AM »
My daughter Ruby suggested she didn't want to surf.  Then someone suggested an adventure paddle. 

From Montara, CA to our house.  She was game for that.

My son, Quinn, drove us to Montara and we did the gentle downwinder.  It was only blowing ~ 5 knots.  The start was brutal.

6 to 10 foot faces at dead low tide.  We launched exactly where Frosty taught Jay Moriarity (in the Movie) to learn to read the current.  The current was ripping and I got wiped out going to wrong way around the rocks.  The GoPro 360 caught the action with an extremely steady hand.

A terrible beginning led to a gentle ending our our doorstep nearly 8 miles later.

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