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It will auto spin downwind and take off.

The only time foilboards donít fly away is when they float on their side. Kite boards with huge floaty wings do that.

I can provide some setup clues. On a really small board, there is going to be only one place you can stand, where the volume of the board balances out. Meaning, youíre not sinking the tail or nose and you feel comfortable, and it looks trimmed on the water.

The next step is finding where to place the foil in the track relative to your, needed, standing position. When the foil is too far back, popping up is hard obviously. Get it too far forward, and the board loses its mind. By losing its mind, it starts to get unstable standing. It wonít track straight. It wonít paddle straight. It flies out of control.

Put the foil in the middle of the track and then bump it forward or back in 1/2Ē increments. Once you get close, start bumping it in 1/4Ē increments until you find perfection. You want to be on that fine edge where it flies easy, without stepping over the point where everything becomes too technical and unruly.

.....I am willing to swim a little to get rid of a leash.  :)

You canít swim fast enough to catch the board.

In high winds, the dam thing foils away like its got a motor.

Yes. Big Mike says the GL GoFoil wings work great. He has a GL-240 coming from China. They feel limitless when pushing them fast, towing, kiting, etc. Of course heís in constant search for pump monkey foils that work at his weight. The Signature 250 feels like zero drag, but still not enough lift for him to pump back out.  He tries everything. Armstrong, Axis, GoFoil is still king at his weight.

I plan to get some GLs when they are easier to get. Iím hopeful they are the perfect wing surfer foils. The bonus will be paddle SUP use.

Bill, you and Big Mike should be pen pals. He keeps me in the loop. He is always testing the latest big boy wings. GL-225 has more lift than Signature 250. GL-240 he thinks will be ideal for him.

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 1.5 Release
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:46:23 PM »

So how is the 210 for instance, a "210", when it appears to be the same length as the M200 (36" when I measure mine), but much narrower and the same thickness? Where is this extra surface area on the 210 coming from........

GoFoil numbers applied to wings are NOT areas. They are numbers Alex applied back in the beginning, that represent rider weights for each size. My reduced the speed at which competitors could rip him off, while still providing some guidance. Kinda clever actually.

This according a post on the Aussie forum. The poster said he learned this from a guy who is a partner in GoFoil.

Itís the best explanation Iíve Iím a believer

I like the windsurf sail size wind range comparison. It really helps me.

We cannot have elastic in a waist leash. The belt would pull off your ass when a huge wave drags you backwards. It almost happened to me many times. I have no ass as it is.

I like the waist leashes with the stiffy out the back. It makes the leash hang way behind me. Less chance of stepping on it. Like the leash loc Hawaii.

Iíve done both straight and coil off the waist belt. For us, the straight leash got caught around the wings more often. The coil is short enough to stay away from the wings. But, weíre long past the kook stage. I wonder if youíll come back to the coil later.

Once you build out one of these, youíll wonder how you ever suffered with pickup trucks for the last 40 years. Iím never going back to pickup trucks. I think I understand why pickup trucks never caught on in Europe...they had these awesome vans.

Foil SUP / Bump Cap
« on: July 06, 2019, 02:57:08 PM »
A friend of mine, who is part of the safety team on an Americas Cup foil boat, told me the crew was wearing something called bump caps.

My friend is going to start wearing one surf foiling. Me too!

I never knew this product even existed.

Moving the feet is not the issue. Itís a surfer thing. Most of us are better surfing one way.

I hate foiling goofy foot so much..... Iíve actually have my windsurf foilboard set with a asymmetric strap setup. Less aggressive on my goofy side tack.

I think we can look to kite foilers for the answer. About 50/50 those who switch feet and those who only ride their favored surf stance. I never switch my feet.

For many of us, that challenge looks fun. But wow, I can see a few, who put the wing on Craigs List after day one.

Kite leash to his harness....

I wonder how well that works. Harness would be restrictive. I would prefer attaching to a waist leash belt.

Wingsurfing and Wingfoiling seem to be the 2 frontrunners.

I like wing surfing provided it doesnít cause trouble with Naish.

Iím sure manufacturers would like to avoid foiling in the name. They will sell more wings without the foiling tag stuck to it.

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