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It was a great morning, nice wind. I was out from 11 to 1pm, and the only reason I stopped was I wasn't able to pump onto the foil without a lot of wind--a sure sign that I'm done for.

Yup, cynbad has some serious skills. Long time kite foiler. Braver than Dick Tracy.

Easy if you get someone else to do it for you. You can get any material printed in 3D, including Titanium. Xometry is probably the technology leader. I have two 3D printers but I haven't run them in probably four years. The best one doesn't do strong resins, and the one that does Polycarbonate thanks to my brutal temperature control hack craps out in mid print a lot. At least mine doesn't burst into flame like some of the hacked ones.

Nice, its basically a short-coupled steadycam. I'm surpirsed it works as well as it seems to. I made a larger steadycam ages ago, we used it at the SUP test we did back in 2007 with the steadycam mounted on a long boom pivoted to a short mast on my Hobie Adventure Island trimaran. It worked great until I realized I was missing all the fun and beached it to go play. Mr. Responsible.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Forecastmeister
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:47:02 AM »
Blalock to Arlington is my favorite run, though in big wind it can be insane, and there's no place to get out before Arlington that doesn't leave you with a major league "how do I get my board out of here" challenge. After the Goodnoe bend there's no curve in the river that kills the swell, so it just keeps getting bigger. I hear that when the gradient is sufficient to keep the wind speed high that Arlington to Boardman run makes Blaylock look like flat water. But it's a rare condition and I've never done it.

Classifieds / Re: Naish 2.8 S25 Wing Surfer
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:37:44 AM »
Actually, it sold. The big advantage of selling something for half price.

Phils, that launch is generally known as Luhr Jensen after the fishing lure company that used to own the building and parking lot next to it. That was our goto launch last year. While people were staying away for COVID we gravitated to the Event Center since that was the first site that opened. The Hook opened even earlier for residents, but it suck as a launch site--too much wind shading from Wells Island, and lots of river grass later in the year. I'll probably switch back to Luhr Jensen now that the EC is getting packed.

This weekend the Port is doing weird things with parking. The event center will be open to annual pass holders only--which probably means they'll sell a ton of annual passes. An annual pass for a hundred bucks compares nicely to one week of parking in Portland, or perhaps a day in San Francisco. The street parking will be free over the weekend, and bizarrely, so will Luhr Jensen, which is usually paid parking and the EC annual pass covers LJ as well. That should confuse the hell out of everyone and will pack LJ to the rafters.

Random / Re: Covid-19 - the Second Wave?
« on: July 03, 2020, 07:15:33 AM »
This is the "going exponential everywhere at once" problem, we're going to see some extreme numbers shortly. Reclosing is going to be messy with no federal political cover or direction. Governors will drag their feet and some will do incredibly stupid stuff and their constituents will be even less inclined to follow directions. with fifty inconsistent state policies fragmented into 48,000 individual city policies, we have a huge swimming pool with varied regulations on peeing in the pool. The theory was that we'd see pulses in infection rate as restrictions eased then tightened but we'd stay below saturation levels for hospitals. That isn't going to happen. The good news is that the death rate has declined with better treatment for extreme cases. The bad news is we're going to have a lot of very sick people, and the economy is likely to tank again.

More than there were a few months ago, when all I ever saw besides me was Admin and Chan. I'd guess that there are probably 50 regular wingers in the immediate area of Hood river now, but at any one time you'll only see a few. I did two sessions today at the event center--early morning and late afternoon. This morning kind of sucked and there were four or five out. This evening was better though not ideal, and there were five or six.

The thing about the Gorge is that it's big. About a hundred miles of wind and water--two hundred if you count both sides. There could be a thousand kites out on any one day and you only see 50.

Classifieds / Naish 2.8 S25 Wing Surfer
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:13:17 PM »
Naish S25 Wing Surfer with Pump, leash, backpack bag and long bag. Used one time but my board got blown onto the wing on the beach and poked two holes into it about 1" by 1". Yeah, it was that windy. Retail is $720. I repaired the holes with kite tape but I can get them professionally reaired by Airtime if you prefer.

Price as is--$350
Price professionally repaired--$450

It works fine as is, I just don't like all the handles.

General Discussion / Re: Paddle Grip
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:06:29 AM »
I do love a good wood paddle, but it's a challenge to keep them from breaking or cracking. I'd like to get Malama Chun to make me another--maybe next winter.

As far as terms are defined, I make it simple.  The wing is the source of power, so you're either facing it with your toes, (toeside) or you're facing away from it (heelside). 

When I'm heelside, crossed up, (many here on Maui call it 'Twisted Sister') or whatever you wish to call it, I'm having success by driving my back knee forward to keep weight on my toes.  I guess this is why many think of this as toeside.  This stance is challenging for me since I have 15 yrs of changing stance on a windsurfer and never kited.

So what's your plan--to add a few more pages to this discussion?

Gear Talk / Re: Let's talk fins
« on: June 30, 2020, 09:57:43 PM »
I have a "magic" Fiberglass Hawaii dolphin fin that I got for a few bucks in the remnants bin at a Maui surf shop. It's my favorite big board surfing fin. I think I paid eight bucks for it. Giampaolo saw it and immediately wanted it, even though it's scuffed up and crappy looking. It doesn't look special, but it's sort of a legendary thing I guess.

Dolphins are great for surfing, but there are other shapes I like better for downwind or flat water paddling. the venerable squirrel shape is particularly good for downwind, where you need both directional authority and turning ability. Sort of the predecessor of the Aerocore fin.

The Shape Shack / Re: epoxy
« on: June 30, 2020, 09:49:34 PM »
It's good stuff. I have a few gallons of West in Maui. I like the pump proportioning equipment, though the pumps need a priming bypass that doesn't waste resin or hardener unless you go through a bunch of acrobatics. The resin itself seems good. I don't think it sands very well unless you bake the parts a while to get every bit polymerized. RR is a lot more forgiving in that regard.

Random / Re: Coolest of grid house ever
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:38:02 PM »
That was fun--and inspirational

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