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Foil SUP / My new 9.5 Go Foil Pedestal has washer?
« on: November 14, 2020, 06:01:07 PM »
Nevermind.  I forgot to search before asking. :-[

Foil SUP / Re: 6.5 pedestal and 17.5 flip tip?
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:30:02 AM »
Thanks.  Since 17.5 Isn't available I went with the 14.5.  Makes sense that I will enjoy the smaller. :)

Foil SUP / 6.5 pedestal and 17.5 flip tip?
« on: October 29, 2020, 06:41:51 PM »
I need a new mast for my Iwa, which I love, and my NL220, which I am still getting the hang of.  The pedestal tail combo that I have read about most often is the 6.5 and the 17.5 flip tip.  I would love any opinions on if this is the best combo and what the difference is between different tails and different fuselage lengths.  Thanks, Chris

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil NL 190
« on: August 23, 2020, 09:53:40 AM »
Which pedestal/stabilizer combo do you prefer with the NL 220 wing?  Thanks

Foil SUP / Re: SUP foil spot in Santa Cruz?
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:40:37 PM »
it's a bit of a drive but Dillon should be on your radar.  I look for 9 to 12 total swell,  west and northwest.  Ideally with not much tide change, since the tomales bay makes lots of current.

Usually that will equal some soft 3 to 5 foot soft outside breaks with little worry about hitting bottom. 

You'll get long rides, have plenty of room and probably another foiler or two will be there.  As a bonus the large shark population means you'll always be welcome.  Every additional surfer lowers my personal chances of being eaten.

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 29" mast upgrade
« on: March 06, 2019, 08:29:45 AM »
Dwight, I've been trying to figure out where to put my mast on the 5'11" I got from you.  Where exactly do you put yours?

I was planning on asking you via email but maybe I am not the only person wondering.

(By the way I love the board.  It makes me better,  like I "bought " some talent. :))

Foil SUP / Re: Tuttle Plate Adapter Aluminum vs Carbon Weight
« on: March 06, 2019, 06:27:48 AM »
Iíve seen the aluminum adapters open a gap in the middle when the wings are flexed hard to check stiffness of the whole rig.

Mine has some extra play due to this.  The carbon is worth it for this reason alone.

Foil SUP / Re: Diy foil nz
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:45:35 AM »
After building two front wings, 3 tail wings and a rudder I have finally found the issue I was talking about with weirdness in fusion 360. Using loft instead of sweep.
By using loft I was taking the profiles to a point which meant that I was losing out on shape and they profile was basically symmetrical at halfway between the tip and the root.
You can see in the photo the amount of volume the wing is missing out on.

Ah well

That's a good catch.  I never noticed that.

Foil SUP / Re: River Foil Surf
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:24:01 PM »
I bet that tiny board is helping you make the zillion adjustments necessary for the crazy river water. Very impressive.

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:26:40 AM »
Opie, you're underestimating the strength of brass--yield strength of even garbage brass is 120mpa, the high strength stuff is 300+. If I were going to try metal it would be aluminum. Don't bother with T-nuts, just make some tabs and thread them. You can try different thicknesses and different heat treats. At the soft end, annealed 1100 is about 35MPA yield and 6061 T6 is 275. Some of the unusual alloys go higher, but you could get a lot of range with just a few thicknesses of aluminum bar stock. You can even buy 6061 T6 and anneal some of it to get down to about 70.

This could be quite the rabbit hole.  I think I will start with plastic just to get a feel for it.  Maybe cannibalize various materials from home and work.

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:20:18 AM »
Was this at Dillon?  That same thing happened to me and my Lift foil was ripped from the board last year... still out there somewhere near sharpit.  Looking at a 15-20ft barrel coming at you its hard to imagine any kind of foil setup surviving.  FYI, you won't see me out there for a while, I broke my arm in three places mountain biking.  My Jimmy Lewis FlyingV is still holding up and it has taken some big hits, great riding board!

Ouch!  Hope you get a full and quick recovery.

I was in the same area.  Just north of sharkpit there was a deep area that was making a more manageable peak.  There was a double overhead left breaking all the way across the mouth of Tomales to sharkpit.  I've never seen it like that. I guess one ran a little wider and swallowed me up.

I have a question for you.  If you lost your board would you buy another 6'5" or would you look at the 5'11' 105 liter Flying V?


Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 21, 2018, 03:54:20 PM »
Yes, makes me re-think 8mm screws and super strong SS base plate t-nuts. Maybe it would be better to use 6mm and the low quality brass T-nuts? Cheap sacrificial T-nuts might not be a bad idea especially if your foil floats

Now that's a simple solution for a breakaway.  I had to look up  plastic fin savers.  Do you think they would be worth a shot, or are they definitely too weak? 

I see some experimenting ahead.  The right thickness brass should work.

I'll leash my foil, even though it floats.   :)

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:21:16 AM »

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 20, 2018, 05:08:45 PM »
I copied Scubasteves method on my homemade board with four short stringers on each side of each track.  I barely rode it,  but it feels rock solid.

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 20, 2018, 03:32:20 PM »
It was a Go Foil, and swimming in large surf with foil, paddle and board was not that easy.  I lost control of the board half way in and broke the leash.  The first wave ripped the foil out of one hand and it tapped my temple a couple times.  After that every time a wave broke on top of me I held the foil tight with both hands and hugged it against my body.  I couldn't control the foil and the paddle in the shore break so I just let the paddle wash in.

Guys on the beach were preparing to rescue me until they saw I was still holding on to the foil.  Then they knew I was okay.   :)  I guess if you did not notice I was pulling a foil you would just see a guy struggling slowly and swimming with three limbs.

As for the original breakage, it was a lot of force.  It was completely torn off, and my Go Foil mast has a new crack all the way around right above the fuselage.
  I wouldn't expect a board to survive that.  And if it did, maybe I'd have a two piece mast instead.

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