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Yeah, cleaning out the old stick I'll bet.

And yeah,in any of these I'll bet there are bad runs til someone figures out what happened. With Gong I'll bet that's a quick sell thru but they should cop to it and sell you next gen for cheap.

These "square" wings look nice to me as a short guy. I held a 4m ozone yesterday and loved the idea of never dragging a tip. I love my 5m Swing but will surely swap at some point just to lose a foot of span for same grunt.

Showed up with 2 buddies today at the lake spot. I can now get the instant take off that you see in videos (and I'm sure you all already enjoy) at least on my heelside. Heelside foiling also feels good and I can angle hard upwind and am working on my form (back and shoulders.)

Did another half assed jibe and am starting to try to contort myself to ride normal stance toe side. I'll need to run downwind to get that I think. I think the efoil time has really helped my foiling but it may just also be TOW overall.

On the switch stance side of things, I got on foil again for a bit and while it doesn't feel "good" yet, I think I just need to go for it, suffer the falls, and figure it out.

It now is fun, even on the water returning switch is comfortable. Though I have a few more skills to work on, I feel like a wing foiler and I think I'm over the most painful part. I came home and had energy to spare, what?

For those tracking, or considering the sport, I'm on session 12.

Things that helped:
Everything in this thread that others said.
Patience and limiting my session time so I don't wear myself out.
3, 10-15 min sessions on efoils
Switch stance practice on a skateboard
15 mph wind

Environment / Re: Building up my ocean Karma points:)
« on: November 29, 2020, 11:10:23 PM »
I got a plastic bag and a few cig butts today myself. Think if everyone who went to the beach grabbed a few things.

Environment / Re: pruning kelp at a reef break?
« on: November 29, 2020, 11:08:07 PM »
I'd wager boats do more than you ever could. But 10 lbs a day could get you a couple of decent take offs with just a few days of effort. I'd assume you're not taking out a 100 yard swath, right?

I'm curious to hear what comes from folks on this one.

Foil SUP / Re: eFoilBoy
« on: November 29, 2020, 10:59:30 PM »
I have had the same experience. Landing one is a trick. I will say I haven't had any bad ones, just a lot of what you describe.

Glad you got to drive less! How did Perris look for winging?

APPST what was your rental experience like? Did they accept your credit card insurance? I've heard CR is weird about that.

Foil SUP / Re: eFoilBoy
« on: November 27, 2020, 11:00:07 PM »
808, that is sly bit if wording in that ad. They mentioned a $12k Lift but that is a HiSun which are super cheap Alibaba units. I have one in my garage that I just fixed. They were like $4-5k new  a while ago.

Interesting for the foil geeks on here. Usually you will see an angle of attack (incidence?) of 0 or -1. The HiSun foil is like -6 or -7!!

Foil SUP / Re: eFoilBoy
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:23:10 PM »
Good to see you man. Way more zoners around later too. Super fun.

I wondered where you got off to. It was not the best day for surf so you didn't miss much.

The throttle is the main limitation on these things. Had I not ridden eskateboards before I'd never have gotten it. I've only had a few sessions but that was the main challenge. Is it thumb or trigger? If I had one I'd add a little brace to rest my thumb at the right speed. My buddy's one fly's nice at 10 knots so once I lock my thumb to "10" I'm good. But getting that is hard.

If you can, carry the battery pack down separate. These things are beasts.

Tyler, thx for the fresh info. And yes, I agree get your hotel to send a driver. Once you're in town you're good and renting in CR is a pain.

Couple of things, I never heard anyone speak anything but Spanish and English in CR. Maybe some confusion there.

Also, Nosara is pretty small. If your wife is chill, that'll work but if she was thinking of an all inclusive that's quite a ways from what Nosara is. It's cool, but just a different vibe.

Check Diria in Tamarindo. It might be a good compromise. But I may be missing the mark. If I could choose I'd take Nosara but, happy Wife, happy life as they say.

Haha. I'm just rubbing it in now. But these wingers have gotten me over the hump for sure.

But dude, come on, a spot so close to your house! I'm honestly just stoked at the real estate options this sport opens. I can move home to the South now and get 100 acres on a lake for $12.  ;D

Oh but just wait, my prone sessions are starting soon. Then you'll have to witness that here, and in the water.

Foil SUP / Re: Efoil Vibe
« on: November 24, 2020, 06:45:14 PM »
Oh, and Pono, I can get you test rides on Waydoo, Lift, and Flyte while you're in SD.

Foil SUP / Re: Efoil Vibe
« on: November 24, 2020, 06:43:38 PM »
You guys get it. We have an efoil posse here now and while I don't own one I get offered rides and we are now doing "tow days" where we are learning to tow each other into the shittiest waves you can imagine.

Your assumptions are true, you can foil a knee high unbreaking wave. You just can't paddle in.

Evan,  you're going to have a ball.

Taking a work break this week and snuck out for a mid day wing.

Conditions were 10mph gusting to maybe 13-15. And just as you all said, I can pop up during a gust and ride through the lull. Low wind is actually fun too. It's fun to tear off at 100mph but chilling in low wind is fun too.

The lake is about 350 yds wide and with an NE wind I now back and forth across it. I'm consistently making it across on foil heelside regular stance and then shlogging back switch on the water. I got up on foil switch for 5 seconds and could have made kook of the day. I know it'll come.

But the big news is that I did a 170⁰ gybe on foil before crashing. This is doable. That's where I'm at. Also, with the gusty assed wind I'm used to I'll be rock solid when I get to some steady wind.

For those wondering, if you want to learn to surf, and don't have a boat or efoil, winging will get you time on foil. I'm getting several minutes on foil every session and soon I'll be getting an hour or more. I'll still have to adapt some skills to the waves but I'm learning how a foil works in a way that would take months in waves.

The only bad thing is that none of my surf buddies care at all , so this is the only place I can share how stoked I am. 😂

Lt interesting take on the handles. I can ride regular stance fine but I actually think that switch I'd rather have a Y handle. It seems that it'd put the wing back a bit and I agree that the front arm position is weird on the front strut handle. Now I want to try a wasp.

Watching this thread.

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