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General Discussion / Re: Warm water solo SUP sessions
« on: January 18, 2020, 09:33:52 AM »

He is clearly not in distress...   F-One seems a great choice in the category. It is a strong brand. They are priced well. I'd probably buy one if they had footstrap provisions ...and in another color other than Robbie Yellow.


Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Paddling UK canals?
« on: January 17, 2020, 06:02:25 AM »
I've never been on the canals, but I watched a number in the series 'Travel by Narrow Boat'.  Mildly entertaining compared to most programming, but would provide a preview for what you might see.  ' Sounds like fun.


Foil SUP / Rope starter for Foil.
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:33:20 AM »
I stumbled upon the fun'est Youtube video I have seen recently - some guys on the beach in maybe OZ ...' Bungie-launching' their foil.  It was a hoot. ...and reminded me of something I got many years ago. I bought, what seems, a pretty serious slinger.  I was going to use it with a trick skimboard I had but I ran into two problems: we do not really have any 'flats' here ...and my 98lb wife would not have been able to hold it while I got my c'hit together.  Still, it's a good idea! 

I was not able to find those guys again, but we have an experienced hand aboard this forum, Clay of ClaysIsland. 

His was, like 100' (21m) vs mine at 21' (6.4m) My double-braided cords are 5/8's (15mm)   My suspicions are, his @100' would have a longer duration, perhaps with less violence.  Anyway... it's 'all ahead fun'.


Bigs...  100%.  I'll get some bug in my azz and anticipated failure is no deterrent.  Just buy it cheaply. Cheers.


Bigs, My memories of those little guys were they were like squirrels on crack - fun to flip around but with very narrow powerbands.  I gather Snow kites and some other use-specific kites are far more manageable.  The big point (as I see it) the wing allows you to get rid of all the c'hit that comes with lines... 

I am frequently distracted by notions of how to do a work-around when I could have better spent the time learning something directly, so I understand. Press of if needed. Report back.


Training, Diet, and Fitness / Here's a little wake up...
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:32:46 AM »
In general, an individual’s cognitive and physical peaks occur around ages 20-30 years old. Longevity curves usually remain relatively flat until a slow decline starts in the 5th decade of life and becomes precipitous during the 7th decade of life. By the 8th decade, most people have reached the “halfway point” of their existence, meaning they are functioning at about 50% of their cognitive and physical peak. Unfortunately, reaching the 50% mark with a decade of life expectancy left leads to prolonged morbidity.

That's one of the takeaways from this episode of the Curbsiders - medical student oriented podcast.  There's lots more if you have an hour to listen.  Given my cognitive decline - I have to listen more than once.  'Curbsiders' covers a lot of interesting subjects.


Scotty is The Man.  There seem few people as emersed in his business as Scott.  He even travels the World delivering boards...

Here's a video of a first-timer using his kit.


mmmm...  My 2c: it's pretty much a crapshoot if you step outside the 'known unknowns'. There's plenty of examples of people's experience with major brands, even accepting their biases or commercial attachments. 

The only thing that I questioned about these particular wings... in looking at the photos - none were flown using the stock handles - all used the boom.  The front, perpendicular, handles differed from every other brand I have seen.  One could speculate, production was complete and the new, optional boom was very welcome. 

I would also guess that the wing may want to wander in 'neutral' (holding the front-most handle) as the handle is placed below the C/L of the LE. I would guess there is still power in that position - without a backhand to damp the oscillations. I could be blowing pretty blue smoke from a bong... multiple videos could solve a lot of mysteries. 

...and why do they not identify themselves?  "Our international team of designers and testers" a Gmail address is the best I can get from your link?!   

I really like looking for small, talented brands that do not hire prodigious children to do demos to sell adults, but there has to be some clearly, demonstratable reasons why they are a viable option.


Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Waterstarts
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:04:04 AM »
It's a stinker that Zuckerberg is so controlling that you cannot watch his videos unless you are a member of his tribe. 


Our new Swedish friend -who seems unfazed by coldwater- ping'd me this morning...

"I Was using a 5`8 rocket air yesterday and it was fine to pump it. :)"


Pics of the Indiana 'Wing' board.  Notable: 6" thick.

More from the Indiana board designer, Gunnar Biniasch, in reply to my question about flex.

"What makes the Indiana Inflatable Boards different to the others currently on the market, including the kiteboard, is that they do not flex in front of the box. This makes them perform almost as well as the Hard boards on the water, and just like a hard board when flying.  It took a lot of testing and experimenting to get to this level of stiffness.  A year ago I would not have believed that we could get them this stiff."


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