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Classifieds / Re: FS - Ocean Rodeo Glide A-Series Wings (4m / 5m), USA
« on: February 14, 2024, 10:35:08 AM »
Hey, just saw this.  Im going to try some new wings next week, but unless I try something I love, I think I'm probably going to hang onto these wings for the season. Honestly, at that price I probably would have regretted selling them.  I also just paid to have the taped repair, professionally repaired, so its basically good as new now.  Will reach out directly if I change my mind and decide to sell.

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Gear Talk / Re: Can I use any tail pad?
« on: January 29, 2024, 01:50:43 PM »
Tail pads are generally defined by a tail kick / ramp, which probably isn't necessary for a board like that.  Most are also going to be far too narrow (intended for board width 20" or under), and given the size of that board, you are going to want more real estate to move around on anyways.

My suggestion is to buy a roll of deck pad with 3M backing and cut it to exactly the shape you need.  NSI has many different options to choose from in terms of grip and color.

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What do you mean by "Aluula is sensitive to trapped moisture"?  Ive been riding Aluula wings since they came out and while I did have an issue with an early batch of the material delaminating, I don't think it had to do with trapped moisture, and it seems that they have refined the material since that early batch (haven't had an issue since then).  I'm curious what issues you have seen?

While I am a big believer in the next-gen stiff materials, I actually think the super stiff wings often have worse low end than some of the more traditional material wings.  The weight difference is meaningful in these large wings though.

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As far as wings with grunt - I find the Ozone Flux to be a very grunty wing for its size.  Ive heard the Armstrong wings are also grunty.  I don't think the FOne wings are known for being particularly grunty.

A couple tips that might help with your success:
1) water surface condition is a huge factor.  As you noted - you need flatter / cleaner surface condition to make this work.  Note I refer to surface condition, waves are OK, as long as its clean.  Chop is bad.
2)  Wave energy and wind energy need to work together.  That doesn't really mean they are both going in the same direction though.  cross shore wind with onshore wave energy is pretty good for this.  You are going to be much more effective aligning your board with the wave energy.
3)  I don't know the GoFoil 2600, but a big foil isn't always the best answer.  You want an efficient foil (low drag / high lift).

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Add Texas to the list.  Galveston, South Padre, and Corpus Christi.  I haven't been but I have friends who go and it looks like the conditions can be great.  Not sure about consistency though.

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Are you limited to the continental US?  Caribbean probably has better locations that would fulfill your requirements otherwise (and in some instances much cheaper)

US - Jupiter / Stuart, Florida
Caribbean - Grenadines, Turks, Barbados, etc... (too many to list)
S. America - Colombia, Peru, Ecuador

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Ive used the sea anchor quite a bit.  Its reliable MOST of the time, but it can fail, and if you are nowhere near it when it fails then you are going to be SOL.  Wonder if you could swim the board out and sea anchor the board (which is very unlikely to pull loose), then swim the wing out second?  I haven't tried to sea anchor my board, but I would imagine it works just fine. When a wing gets vertical lift it can pull the anchor clear out of the water - a board isn't ever going to pull in that orientation.

Sounds like you've got a pretty specific set of circumstances given the depth issues, but I have to imagine swimming out through a break with a wing and without a board is very challenging. 

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Classifieds / Re: FS - Ocean Rodeo Glide A-Series Wings (4m / 5m), USA
« on: November 30, 2023, 02:31:00 PM »
Selling 4m and 5m Ocean Rodeo Glide A-Series (full Aluula frame) wings. Both have been used for less than a year and have not lost any power or shape. 5m has a very small canopy tear that has been taped and works perfectly. No repairs or issues on the 4m. Bladders are unpatched and original (these are the newer Glides with pinned bladders).  Includes a carbon handle in front and soft handle in back on each wing, which I have found to be the best way to ride these wings, but if you want soft handles I might be able to dig them up.

Im thinking $750 each or $1400 for both (plus shipping). These are $1300-1500 new and are some of the best wings on the market.  Get a super premium quiver for a relatively budget price.

Price Update to $1250 for both wings and the single set of carbon handles (plus shipping).

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Classifieds / FS - Ocean Rodeo Glide A-Series Wings (4m / 5m), USA
« on: November 30, 2023, 06:15:00 AM »
Selling 4m and 5m Ocean Rodeo Glide A-Series (full Aluula frame) wings. Both have been used for less than a year and have not lost any power or shape. 5m has a very small canopy tear that has been taped and works perfectly. No repairs or issues on the 4m. Bladders are unpatched and original (these are the newer Glides with pinned bladders).  Includes a carbon handle in front and soft handle in back on each wing, which I have found to be the best way to ride these wings, but if you want soft handles I might be able to dig them up.

Im thinking $750 each or $1400 for both (plus shipping). These are $1300-1500 new and are some of the best wings on the market.  Get a super premium quiver for a relatively budget price.

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Random / Re: I just got hit by a whale!
« on: November 02, 2023, 01:20:04 PM »
I recently hit something that stopped me DEAD in my tracks from probably close to 20 knots.  I thought it must have ripped the foil off of my board, and was surprised to find there was no damage.  Felt like a submerged log, but nothing was there when I got the board so I think it must have been a large and solid fish of some sort.  Scared me half to death.  I would love to know what it was (or maybe not).

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / La Ventana - March
« on: September 27, 2023, 10:49:32 AM »
Im planning a spring break trip with my family in mid/late March (open for ideas).  Is that time of year too late for La Ventana?  I'm looking at WindGuru stats and it still seems to be reasonably windy, but from other places Ive heard the wind really shuts down in March.  Looking for any feedback.

Also considering Caribbean, but Sargassum is becoming a real issue that late in the season.

Thanks!

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I did Grenadines (Union) last winter and loved it.  Very consistent wind, nice swell in the channels between the islands, and some proper waves breaking on a few of the reefs (the reef wrapping the lee of Palm Island was particularly good, and also low consequence). Most of the conditions were knee to chest high, but I know it gets bigger sometimes.

You can find plenty of wind in the Caribbean, but finding swell and avoiding Sargassum (although not really an issue until late winter/spring) is more challenging.

Ive found good waves in the Bahamas, but the wind is more inconsistent and the conditions were much higher consequence with punchier shore break, currents, reefs, etc...

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Classifieds / FS - Takoon 3.5m v2 wing
« on: August 17, 2023, 12:16:29 PM »
$225, buyer pays shipping

Very good condition, infrequently used. One very clean canopy patch repaired by Airtime Kite.

Excellent wing for the $

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Classifieds / FS - Project Cedrus 80cm Carbon Mast
« on: August 17, 2023, 08:39:21 AM »
Selling a good condition 80cm Cedrus Carbon Mast with Strongmount base.  Will include a Unifoil adapter and Slingshot mast cover.

$550 + shipping.  PM for pics.  USA only.

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The Shape Shack / Re: XPS Board Building Advantages vs EPS Foam
« on: August 10, 2023, 06:25:17 AM »
Did someone mention off cuts? 😀 new toy in case the wind ever comes back. Omen 60l which Ill be using for winging. Ive gotta say. Their packaging is really impressive. The foils came in a box so pretty I had to save the box.

Dying to hear how you like that Flux.  Im considering the 48L to replace my daily driver (Apple Slice v2 60L).

Re: the cuttings - those cuttings (green) are different than all my other Appletree cuttings (white).  Also, all of the Appletree boards I have recieved from the factory (including this year) are packaged in the full cuttings from the blank in a single piece (board nestles right into the donut hole from the rectangular blank).  Point being - Im not totally sure whether those cuttings are from the blank or not.  Maybe they are doing something different for the Omen boards.  Im sure your packaging was lighter to ship than what I've had in the past.

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