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General Discussion / Re: I forgot how much fun it is...
« on: Today at 07:05:49 PM »
Hey Pono, did I miss something? Are you living in SoCal these days? 

Hooray, I figured out how to make my gybes up on foil...itís all about how high out of the water you are riding.  Because I was afraid of crashing, I would ride low to the water, but thatís exactly why Iíd come off foil during my gybe.  Staying high on the foil gives you much more time to make the turn before coming down and pumping helps a lot too. Something so simple but makes such a big difference , I am making most of my gybes now and even managing riding backside before switching stance.. itís weird but itís like it clicked all of a sudden, but the key was staying high on the foil!!

this guy is killing it ..what a beautiful wave


I imagine I am working out my legs and arms although I rarely get tired or sore from a session as long as I have the right size wing.  I always sailed with  a harness windsurfing, but so far with winging, I have not felt the need for one as neither my arms or shoulders  got that tired regardless of the wind strength.

On a session where I rarely wipe out, I can wing forever.  If conditions have me falling and flailing, I tire after about 45 minutes. Climbing back on the board after a wipeout takes a lot out of me, but as I improve, there are many fewer wipeouts and I can wing a lot longer.

Thanks Pono and Dwight...it would be for smaller Echo so itís good to know the boom will work.  Larger wing sizes I donít like a boom, too heavy.

Probably a dumb question but you never know. Does anyone know if the original Duotone boom will work with the new Echo wing?  I have asked this b4 in an e mail to Duotone but got no reply

What exactly is backwinding?  I have the Duotone Unit 6m and am very happy with it's performance in winds 13-20mph

Windsurfers use Backwinding to mean sailing with the sail between you and the wind.  In that position you are pushing out on the sail.  There are a lot of backwinded tricks in windsurfing and a lot have now translated to the wing.  360's, Heli tacks, duck tacks, Hoss tacks, push loops, Vulcans, Spocks, and most of the new school tricks are all backwinding tricks. 

Above they are using backwinding to mean wing collapse or distortion.  This can happen when you are cranking high into the wind and at speed.

Thanks Admin..appreciate the explanation. 

What exactly is backwinding?  I have the Duotone Unit 6m and am very happy with it's performance in winds 13-20mph

I flew with my 8'7" Jimmy Lewis a couple of years ago and had no problem.  I have also travelled with windsurfers which were even a little longer.  Maybe they revised their rules.  For a while there JetBlue was really surfer friendly and waving board fees altogether.

I can switch back and forth while just sailing along, but when I jibe I get all fucked up and land. No idea why. I see guys that can go forever depowered, playing with the wing,  but I come down in five seconds. Too fat??

Are you crashing down, which would be a foil control issue or falling from the sky, which would be a too slow speed / wing power issue?

Edit - one tip that helped me when I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong in a transition is to focus on looking where I'm going rather than on what I'm doing, for a while. That helps get the board tracking correctly and acts as a starting point for figuring out what else needs to change to get things right.

If you're not steering correctly then chances are you're not giving yourself the chance to make the rest of the transition as easy as possible.

Good point...one thing I started doing is gybing around something ..a buoy, pole, moored boat . I find when I gybe around something i have a reference point and I am more successful . When gybing in open ocean, I lose my point of reference and usually donít complete the gybe as easily.

Thanks for the insightful and helpful suggestions and instructional videos guys..really good stuff.

Last week the winds were nuking so gybes were a little intimidating and the crashes high speed.

Today the winds were lighter and I was able to complete a few smooth gybes completely on foil initiating on my strong side (goofy foot ) and finishing toe side/backside.  Felt great however short lived as each time I had a nice splash down and then quickly switched stance and got back up on foil.  I must be like a bull in a China shop when it comes to moving my feet on the deck on foil..the smallest movement has BIG results most of which are not good. Still I think I broke through today and can see the light of  riding out of a gybe back side...

Ok so with my windsurfing background, I have no problem riding switch stance in either direction on my wing foil board.  My issue has been switching stance during the gybe.  I make 90% of my gybes, however thatís because I drop off foil and just swing around and then switch stance and get back on foil.  I just cant seem to switch stance while on foil without a spectacular crash.  Pissing me off to no end...

I have tried many times to ride backside after the gybe and made many gybes on foil that way, but could not keep on foil once I started riding backside or heel slide or whatever you kiters call it.

When is the best time to switch stance during the gybe? Seen a few different methods on YouTube, none of which have been successful to date...any pointers appreciated.

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Don't break quarantine...
« on: December 21, 2020, 12:57:27 PM »
That's the main reason I am not going to my home in the Grenadines until they lift the 14 day quarantine (first 5 days in a government approved Covid hotel and testing every other day)
With the waves and wind usually firing below my house there is NO way I wouldn't break quarantine, and those St. Vincent prison cells are nothing to joke about.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Duotone Unit 6m feedback
« on: December 17, 2020, 10:35:22 AM »
After months of winging almost exclusively with the original Duotone 4m and 5m wings, I bought the Unit 6m a few months ago.  until yesterday I had not tried it because either the wind was too strong or not strong enough (so I thought).  I learned yesterday this wing is great for light winds!
I was on my Fanatic Sky SUP board with Aero 2000 foil.   From my windsurfing days, nothing I hate more than shlogging in light winds, and I was a little nervous that would be the case yesterday.

It was reporting wind 13mph gusts to 17 yesterday and as I drove to my wing spot, I was afraid the wind was not that strong as the water was flat and calm.  I un packed and pumped up the Unit anyway.  Top quality wing, seems really well made although the dump valve reminds me of a kid's raft or beach ball and I hope it's more durable than that.  The minute I stood up on my board, I immediately felt the pull from this wing.  SUCH a different feel than the Duotone with boom. The instant pull was obvious and after a pump or two, I was up on foil in some very light winds which previously I would have thought too light.

This UNIT wing pumps easily, is so, so light compared to the Duotone 4m and 5 with booms.  Pumping those Duotones was a floppy mess compared to the solid feel of the UNIT.  The handles felt great too and hand transitions were easy.
In marginal winds, keeping the original Duotones aloft was tiring, especially for my shoulders, but I barely felt the weight of the Unit.  I rode for 1 1/2 hrs and loved every minute of it and was never  tired.  I only dipped the wing corner 2 times but quickly recovered before any wipe out.

Packing the Unit back up was the toughest part of the session and no way I will ever fold it and pack it to fit in the bag like it came. 5" of it is sticking out.  Why can't these manufacturers made a more generous bag? 

I am thrilled with the performance of this wing, and I will probably look for buy a couple of the smaller sized wings in the future . 

Random / Pavones Costa Rica Spa for Sale
« on: December 07, 2020, 09:19:18 AM »
My friend is selling his home/spa/resort in Costa Rica.  It's an amazing place and perched just above Pavones...he asked me to spread the word.....not sure of the asking price, but video has contact information


here is your chance to own a place in paradise at one of the premiere surf breaks in the world.

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