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Messages - Dwight (DW)

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Random / Re: I canít wait until Monday...
« on: May 16, 2019, 02:32:43 PM »
It was a huge disappointment for me, because they portrayed the Russians a bumbling idiots. They are not. Yes, they made a error that night.

Iíve been in Nuc plants and my company sent a salesman to Chernobyl after the accident to sell them some nuc decon equipment we make. We sold the same decon machines to three mile island.

Another engineering company I worked for in later years, built a plant (different industry) in Russia. The rules and regulations were so overwhelming, we had to hire a specialist company just to deal with it. By comparison, the US is the Wild West.

So...just too much Hollywood BS in that portrayal for me.

Iím sure PonoBill would call BS on some of it too.

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Foil SUP / Re: Dynamics of catching a wave
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:56:49 PM »
What wing are you using? A wing used by proners is too small.

Forget me, my lead times are too long this time of year. 

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Foil SUP / Re: Divinycell PVC Foam Block
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:04:47 PM »
2Ē is the thickest we have locally.

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I can't quite see it in the video but at :06 it looks like they have added some structure or material above the strut that is holding the foil shape near the leading edge.


I think youíre seeing, what Naish calls a luff strut. Itís used in their foiling kite, the Boxer. The Boxer is a fantastic foiling kite. We own the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9m Boxers. Jacky and I share those foiling.

That's cool.  Is the material between the round strut and the canopy firm of just fabric?

Just fabric. It locks in the profile, while allowing the wing to depower better by luffing.

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Foil SUP / Re: Divinycell PVC Foam Block
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:22:39 PM »
Supply houses that also serve the boat building industry stock full sheets for pickup. Otherwise guys are using two part pour foam.

Sometimes you can get lucky and have sheets cut up for shipping.

Itís no problem buying full sheets in Florida. Big boat industry.

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Foil SUP / Re: Dynamics of catching a wave
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:45:45 AM »
Badger, Iím sure youíre correct. Maybe itís better to envision the water rising and falling?  Iíve also seen waves depicted as a rolling body of water...not easy to describe what I recall.

Thanks, Dwight.  Thatís probably a bad habit learned from a jet ski lesson. It was a big board and I had my front foot where I was told to place it, but then had to stretch to move my back foot rearward. Then I had to, or at least it felt like I had to, lean back against the pull of the rope to get the foil up.  I have an Armstrong 1600 wing and have it in the middle of the boxes. The board is 6í0Ē x 28Ē, maybe 5Ē thick, volume is unknown. Should I move it forward or backwards?  Or just leave it alone and try to figure it out?

Yeah, getting towed doesnít feel like real foiling. You have to drop the rope to really learn the true sensations of foiling.

You can try moving the mast forward. Just be aware that going too far forward affects the board stability paddling and tracking. So if the board starts to feel like youíre paddling on top of a Pogo stick, move it back until it feels manageable.

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I can't quite see it in the video but at :06 it looks like they have added some structure or material above the strut that is holding the foil shape near the leading edge.

I think youíre seeing, what Naish calls a luff strut. Itís used in their foiling kite, the Boxer. The Boxer is a fantastic foiling kite. We own the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9m Boxers. Jacky and I share those foiling.

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General Discussion / Re: A "Guest" Sup: 3 Main Choices
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:56:32 AM »
FYI, if you sign without inspecting, then need to return it. You may not be able to simply because YOU cannot ship via airline. Only a business who has been TSA approved can ship on an airline.

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Foil SUP / Re: Dynamics of catching a wave
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:51:23 AM »
You donít lean back to foil up. You unweight the front foot, then re-weight. Maybe your foil is too small.

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You can order these NOW with 2 week delivery. Whoís going to bite? I am tempted. The stuff Iím hearing from the US brands is pissing me off. Long wait lists and no guarantees you will get one.

https://www.instagram.com/signaturefoils/p/BxSnIsLncsd/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=137c13h21n6i

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General Discussion / Re: Stay unpopular - comment on foiling
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:30:39 AM »
So has foiling gotten easier to learn with recent technology?  I was under the impression it was extremely difficult to learn but to read 76 year olds are taking it up is amazing to me!

If you windsurf, then yes. The newest boards and foils make it super easy. Slingshot is killing it with boards and foils for recreational foiling.

Kite foiling has become easier too, with the shift to surf foils for learning.

Wake foiling is going big too. The world champion wake surfer was at our last surf comp killing it on a foil against the best surf foilers. I had an order for a foil board from a 70 year old guy who was into wake foiling and doing flips. He had straps put on it.

Learning without access to the above certainly makes it harder to get over the hump.

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General Discussion / Re: Stay unpopular - comment on foiling
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:16:44 AM »
Bummer Jim. I see foiling as the old persons salvation. I encourage all my retired friends to get into it before we loose any more of our coordination. Because long term, it will enable all of us to windsurf, kitesurf, and surf longer as our hips and knees fail us.

I already avoid windsurfing and kitesurfing in high winds because my hip is going bad. I prefer riding on air with a foil.

We have a 76 year old foiler here. Many more are planning to join the riding on air crew. Getting beaten up by chop is not longer acceptable.

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General Discussion / Re: Stay unpopular - comment on foiling
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:58:02 AM »
Jim, do you still kite? Kite foil?

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You all think you would ding your board starting like that with the hard mast of the Duotone wing?

No more so than the hundreds of times we hit our boards with paddles.

I never truly thought I beat my board until I started using a Black Project paddle with red painted handle. I have so many red streaks on my foil SUP itís hilarious

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Somebody figured out how to do it with prone board

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