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100kg on a 3.5 in 16-22 knots. I'd say Naish is not looking to be a runner-up in the wing market. Just ordered a 6m so will see how that goes.

I'm guessing you're around 75kg so flying the 3.5 in that wind range looked easy.

Nice first flight. What was the wind speed for your outing?

SUP General / Re: Center fin to fit deep Tuttle box?
« on: January 15, 2021, 10:37:27 AM »
Wingadinga here is a link for finding what you're looking for:


I read your post FlordiaWindSUP and I feel your pain. I've have the same board for over a year and experienced similar issues when moving from an old Mikes Lab formula board to the Fanatic. In my case I had to move to the Infinity 84 wing on the formula board to get flying earlier as the 76 needed too much wind and sail for my liking.(I'm 100kg wet) So when switching to the Fanatic involved a lot of frustration and fiddling with all the positions of the mast base and foil mast. (Oh and ditching the 71cm mast for the 90 cm mast made life much better) The biggest problem was the formula board worked great using the 42" distance between the foil mast and the mast step but as you know the Fanatic is a like 8-10" less so what's the magic number? Well for starters I put the foil mast as far to the rear as it goes, that position I've never played with. Then the 84 wings needs to be in position C on the switch fuse vs B for the 76. All my tweeking has been with the mast base position. I started with all the way to the front, in that position I found it very had to pump up onto the foil. I put it near the rear, that made it unridable as it breached faster than I could react. Basically the short span from the two masts makes for subtile adjustments. The weight of the rig really influences the wing and where you stand. I've found that all my adjusting needs to stay between the center and front of the track for best results. My biggest sail for this board is a 5.9 and I hate using it as the smaller sails are just so much more fun to foil on and easier to control in gusts. Also really play around with your stance and foot positions. The board is very sensitive to where you stand and I often have to shift my feet for pumping and shift again once on foil. I installed the rear strap but rarely use it except to know what my back foot is doing. Often standing on the mast to pump up on foil and then shifting forward of the strap to keep the nose down. My front foot can be as far forward as the mast step and sometimes further when I'm overpowered and trying to keep from breaching and getting launched when I go past the wings speed limit. (mostly get launched when I push the 84 too hard) So I would suggest playing with your feet to find the sweet spot when trimming the sail. But it's not going be like the formula race foil boards that use big sails and were you can really lean on the sail and hike out. The fanatic is going to be a very erect stance and very little load on the sail once flying and using the apparent wind. It's much happier with the smallest sail you can pump onto the foil.

I think Dwight is spot on with saying the compact foil to mast distance is more freeride type windfoiling vs the longer "wheelbase" of the formula boards. The Fanatic is not nearly as good pointing upwind as my MikesLab foil board conversion did. But I had to switch to my Fanatic as the 39" width of that board made it like trying to fly two wings at once when the wind picked up. I plan to start winging in the spring and the Fanatic will be just fine for that especially the light wind days but I still love wind foiling so maybe it means getting a true dedicated windfoiling board and maybe a different wing setup. But not quite sure where the $$ for that will come from. Boards, foils, wings more sails more wings and foils it's just a bottomless pit.

Random / Re: Cheap Electric fatbike
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:36:19 PM »
From my experience the bafang kits still have a lot of life. The bikes coming from companies like Hibike are beautiful and the PAD systems are very refined but...the 20mph limit and the proprietary battery make it very restrictive both for riding and future battery replacement. Considering the ability to program the bafang controller one can get pretty close to the feel of the torque sensing motors. There is even the EggRider display available that allows you to change program settings without the need of a cable and laptop.
If I was buying an bike for the wife for sure it would be something like the Hibike. But for me, after riding with a Bafang, i love the power and would hate to lose the throttle.
I totally agree with Admin, the drivetrain takes a beating. I had to replace my rear hub, spokes and upgraded to the SRAM EX1 cassette and derailer kit. I do see the future being a motor with gearbox with a direct drive belt eliminating the bicycle drivetrain entirely. This is the kind of ebike I'm saving my $$$ for:


Foil SUP / Re: Tuttle Box vs. Plate Mount
« on: April 28, 2019, 04:24:56 PM »
If you are looking for Rectavit Structan Polyurethane it is sold in the US under the name Grizzly Glue Structan.

The MSDS data shows its the same stuff made by Rectavint.


However it doesn't seem like it's recommended for glueing Foil mounts to a board:

"However, Grizzly Glues should not be used where strength is needed in gaps that appear in load-bearing or on stressed structures such as laminated beams."

But so what as I'm pretty sure fluffed up Gorilla Glue isn't intended for what we are using it for.

Classifieds / Re: TRACE UP - Wanted
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:28:05 PM »
Lots of info on the GW-60 if you google speed sailing and gw-60.


You will find info on Seabreeze as well

As far as data here are the two more popular programs available.

GPS Action Replay  (www.gpsactionreplay.com)

GPS Results (www.gps-speed.com)

Classifieds / Re: TRACE UP - Wanted
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:51:58 AM »
Have you considered using the Locoysys GW-60 ?

Downwind and Racing / Re: Capetown downwinders
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:59:54 PM »
I was in Cape Town last year in early December and managed to do the Milnerton to Blouberg run. Gary van Rooyen at Xpressions set me up with a board and paddle and it was on his trailer when I got to the beach. It's a very impressive group of paddlers they have there and the weekly "race" is well attended with Sup and Ski. It's a world class run and one you will remember if its windy. It's a beach launch and the finish is in a protected area so hope for a small surf day for the launch while on a borrowed board. I would suggest bringing your own leash, wetsuit and maybe impact vest. The run is straight down the beach and easy exits until the finish. I suggest looking at google earth and viewing Blouberg beach to see the finish area. It's a gap in the rocks and then past some heavy kelp to the beach. There is another gap to a beach just before it in front of the tall building you can see from the start. I started to aim for that gap until I realized it was further down. Gary is a wonderful guy and was a tremendous help. The South Africans are awesome folks and have some of the best paddlers in the world. Too bad it's so far away or I'd be going there every year. Good luck, be safe and have lots of fun!

SUP General / Re: I knew my SUP mania would pay off..
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:59:18 AM »
Not a done deal and paddling 2 miles DOES NOT give you access to any break at the Ranch. The 2 mile paddle would give you a small stretch of sand for a picnic and walk on the beach. You could have done that before the proposed agreement. Public access below the mean high tide line has never changed nor has the attitude of the Ranch owners for better or worse.

Training, Diet, and Fitness / Re: Hip replacement and SUS
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:36:54 AM »
I can only say that everyone is different. There are a few variables that are do help. #1 is your surgeon. A good ones make it much easier with less pain and quicker recovery. The other is your fitness before going into the operation. Lastly the rehab is all you. How hard you work at it has a lot to do with the outcome. Get a stationary bike stand if you have a bike and go at a couple of times a day. I was told I couldn't hurt the joint and it was up to me to decide when I was comfortable enough to get back in the water. I had the hip resurfaced instead of the full joint replacement so it was different in someways but they still pull you apart like a chicken to do the work. Good luck with your recovery and you'll be back on the water sooner then you think but no need to rush it.

I'm not wanting to give financial advise but I'm a bit surprised you didn't take the rental route (at least for a couple of years).

Foil SUP / Re: Production foilboards
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:10:06 PM »
The Gorge is probably steeper than our Milnerton run but I'm told they are pretty similar

peterp, I was able to do a Milnerton this past Dec on a visit to SA. Milnerton is nothing like the Gorge. The winds are similar but going against the current changes how the wave behaves compared to ocean swells. The drops in the Gorge can get steep but Milnerton has some bombs that roll through that are in a class of their own. Both are top 5 downwind runs but quite different in the dynamics at work.

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