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Foil SUP / Re: VERY Big Guy Foil Board suggestions
« on: Today at 02:58:28 AM »
Dwight- Can you share Big Mike's prone foilboard dimensions? How about dimensions for a 240+ lb, guy? Shorter, wider and way thicker? Thx

He has 5 of them, all different.

Foil SUP / Re: VERY Big Guy Foil Board suggestions
« on: November 11, 2019, 02:10:51 PM »
Jimmy Lewis has a 180 liter board. 31Ē wide. It should be equal to a 33Ē wide regular SUP in stability.

The foils are where the big guys get screwed over the most. Big Mike (285 lbs) is always testing and asking Alex to make him bigger foils. I make Big Mikeís prone boards. I canít make a SUP big enough for you. My EPS billet isnít wide enough or long enough.

Itís absolutely critical you source the stiffest mast possible, for good stability first and foremost, then predictable handling secondary. I wonder how that new Slingshot carbon is going to measure up. They claim it is the stiffest mast in the industry. Mated with the Infinity 99 maybe? I donít know anything about how the Fanatic mast stiffness stacks up. Most of the new bigger wings are being thinned out to make them work better for average weight riders. Also bad for big guys. Maliko 200 might be ideal, but then the mast isnít the stiffest. Maybe grab a used cheap Maliko 200 and wrap more carbon near the head.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wing window thread
« on: November 11, 2019, 05:13:12 AM »
We have been riding a wind direction that sends us across a busy boat channel lately. So as Iím riding the Swing, in the harness, thoughts of a window come to mind. There is no place for a window on the Swing. The strut, and the big wide web above it, block any view a window might provide. Way down by the wing tip, is the only place a window would provide a limited view. We are stuck window-less forever on this design.

I continue to listen closely for yahoos in power boats and unhook for a peak. The concern is real in Florida, when you consider about 3 years ago a windsurfer was killed by a powerboat sailing across a channel.

Imagine the lawyers going after everyone in a fatality, including the wing ding companies.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: November 11, 2019, 03:25:34 AM »
Wait til you feel those sensations paddling into a wave!

The Shape Shack / Re: Hot coat poly or eppxy
« on: November 11, 2019, 03:18:57 AM »

Itís been done not as a filler coat, but as a second gloss coat, just to get the shiny poly look. People stopped doing this because the flex rate is different between the two, causing delam.  Today, glass shops clear coat with paint to get the glossy look.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: F-One Swing
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:03:21 PM »
Grabbed the video camera just in time to catch Jacky pinching real hard upwind (to the point of stalling) trying to make Kelly Park and avoid walking through stingray flats and swimming across a boat channel.

Sorry, thatís all I got for today.

4.2m Swing in really light wind. 5í1 x 25 board for her. You get a brief peak at how easy it comes onto foil. Sheís riding the Axis 92. Switch stance for her.


5í1 x 25

So today, Jacky was foiling with her 5í8 and 3.5m Swing in the harness, then the wind died. So thatís when I decided it would be ideal to test the 5í1 on her, to see if it could be her everyday all around board. I handed her the 4.2m Swing and sent her out to sink or swim. She knee started and popped onto to foil with no effort. After her jibe, she fell and failed a knee start in the light wind. She put her hands on the deck and just stood up. Rode back no problem. She felt it flies automatically and claimed it as her board. Short and corky auto flies.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Foil Boom
« on: November 09, 2019, 05:42:29 AM »
Shaving a little weight wonít make anyone a winging ninja and it wonít make the wing fly any different. Either you like it, or you donít. If not, try another brand. Save the money youíll waste on carbon and use it for the exchange.

So I rode the 5í1 today with the 5m. Wind was a sketchy 10-17 for trying the little board.

The only real challenge with the board, is the balance climbing on it, then dealing with the balance of something so short and sunk 4 to 5 inches underwater. The nose can go down and you fall off the front, or the side rolls, and you fall off the side. You need about 2 seconds of balance on it to grab the wing and get to the handles. Once youíve got the handles, everything becomes easy. Getting to my feet is only slightly harder due to the short length.

Once standing, youíre set. It pops onto to foil with one flick of the wrist. Just amazing how quick and drag free it feels. I can even switch feet skimming the water without fear of falling.

Itís probably best for 4.2m conditions or steady 5m wind. Itís likely to be the board Jacky uses everyday in any wind. I guess I need to hurry and make her one.

How much does it weigh in at? How does weight compare to your 5í6Ē , 102 liter board? Thanks!

The 5í1 was 10.5 lbs before pad.  Never weighed the 5í6

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: November 07, 2019, 08:15:57 AM »
What are they aiming for with these new designs?

I heard awhile back, from another brands rep, Gul wings surf amazing. Thatís all I know, plus itís so much fun to try new wings.

Dealers got the 2020 info this week. You have to know somebody to get a peak. Ordering from Live2kite and is the same people.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:40:38 AM »
Somebody got one. I want the 880 version of this wing.

I played with my little board for the first time yesterday. It came out 5í1 x 25 80 liters. A pro could SUP with it.

I installed a handle, but removed it. I can wrap my arm around it.

Played in the river with it, waiting on a storm to make enough wind to give it a go. Storm didnít cooperate.

First challenge was how to mount it. Could not throw my leg over the back with my leash attached to the back of my harness. Had to throw my leg over the front. That was weird and challenging.

Board sinks a few inches. Once I got to the knee start position and wing in my hand, the forward speed was so good, it came up high and dry and felt like it would be easy to stand and ride with real wind. It was blowing 8. This is small enough for me. I know I can get home on it. I can surface ride a short bit, should a big wind hole hit. Friday looks good to ride it.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: F-One Swing
« on: November 06, 2019, 04:40:28 PM »
This one. Throw the seat attachment in the trash.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: F-One Swing
« on: November 06, 2019, 01:02:05 PM »
BTW Admin, you have to starting using a harness. It now seems as silly to ride without one, as it would to windsurf without one.

I found a super soft, zero support, very light Dakine harness that is ideal. It is the kind of harness you would consider a POS by todays standard. Ideal for winging. I hear Dakine is releasing a light travel harness in Feb. Iím set. Had an awesome wave session today. Used the harness on each upwind reach to allow me to wave sail in place at the Jetty.

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