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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:42:56 AM »
After reading Bill shims his tail I gave it try. 

For me the 420 with 1 hotel key card shim (decreasing down force) was fun on a small wave, looser, faster, more slippery in a good way.  Than I caught an overhead bomb and was barely hanging on, I survived the 600+ yards but felt lucky not to have a high speed faceplant.  Took the shim out for the rest of the session, felt super springy as in more than I like but also more pitch control.

Yesterday was smaller, tried 2 thin beer can (probably coconut water) shims, I like that feel, still some spring and able to go more top to bottom on the good sections.

SUP General / Re: Haley at Mavericks
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:30:44 AM »
Haley is awesome.  Has me thinking of a cat with 900 lives.

Gear Talk / Re: Apple iWatch with Dawn Patrol SURF TRACKING
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:29:21 AM »
I am now going CRAZY not having Dawn Patrol on the iPhone.

I have it on the iWatch, BUT, the home screen is frozon on the iPhone.  I am waiting for a software upgrade before I just un-install and re-install and potentially lose all my sessions. 

For now I just take snapshots from the Watch (Push the Dial and Button simultaneously). 

I was watching a video of JB in Australia and he turned me on to another App:  "Waterspeed"

This shows your tracks and speed, much like Strava, BUT has the option to download GPX data.  This could be great salvation as a result of losing functionality from my Dawn Patrol App:

Here is what a screen shot from Dawn Patrol on the iWatch looks like.  I snap this at the end of each session just to keep a record.

Good to know there is a way to export to gpx, could be fun way to add overlay to land/boat/drone video, or even a surfline cam...

Right on, thanks!

Clay Island Schmitz, that's my full name.  Island is also a Norwegian/Scandinavian (Viking?  :D ) name, that's where mine came from.

Naming surf spots can be such a sensitive topic, I want to help beginners find a safe entry point without overcrowding or sending a hoard of new foilers to a spot.  When folks ask me in a DM or in person I tell them, I'm still uncomfortable posting on the internets...

Yes on stiff grunty big wings.  I felt super beat up after a couple days on one.

No on the Fone swings. 

I liken it to the catch of giant blades on paddles, like the 105 hard catch paddles beat up my shoudlers and elbows, but a 70-80 with a flexy shaft feels great and I can paddle all week...

I find the onewheel helpful for honing foil skills, or it feels the most like foiling even though no land board feels like foiling.

The sketchiest part of a onewheel is the roll "axis" that square tire does funky stuff when it rolls onto the side wall, and deliberately pulling oneself sideways with a wing sounds super sketchy (in the video he almost eats it doing just that).

Maybe someone can clue me in, but adding a wing to a powered device seems like sailing a cigar boat, why combine uncomplimentary power sources?

I would suggest a non-powered skateboard, or get one of Jean's street sailing boards, that's what they are riding in the first part of that video.

When it is consistently above 28mph I go for my 2.2m BRM. Such a blast.
25-30 is the 3M
20-25 is the 4m
15-20 is the 5m
10-15 is the 6m

These numbers +2-3mph and on f-one are what I use.  Often when it's 30+ where I go there is a low end in the upper teens and I am still working out what size wing I prefer, or said another way do I really want to get stuck far from the beach on a 2m?

I've been out in gusty 40+++ once early on and it was rough, a 4m was ripped out of my hands repeatedly.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: December 26, 2020, 06:02:13 PM »
Almost all the Axis Wing/stabilizer combinations I've measured are 5 degrees or thereabout. Most other manufacturers use something like 3 degrees for general use and less (as little as 1 degree) for higher performance wings. I'm not sure why Axis does this, a good question for Adrian. I shim all my Axis combinations to 3 degrees, which requires a 2-degree shim in the front stabilizer screw. I have to get a higher speed to lift off, but once I'm up they don't porpoise, even with the spectrum of fuselages I have--standard to ultra-short--and I can trim the board flat with relatively light front foot pressure.

Interesting.... Sounds like axis are making their foils slower by making them too lifty and beginner friendly. Partly why I'm considering switching to another brand for proper speed.

Interesting.  To me this echoes the idea of how much foils are personal preference, combined with body type and riding style.  I have only ridden Axis HA and haven't felt the need to shim anything nor have I experienced porpoising.

Thinking of the Kujira foil and how folks are wedging to get the front wing to have more angle of incidence.  Wondering if anyone has tried reverse wedging Axis HA wings?

I added a series on knee starts to my Learn to foil course:

"In this video series I show and explain how to go from kneeling to flying, on both low aspect foil wings and high aspect foil wings.  The windier it is usually the rougher the water is and the harder it is to stand up.  The first four videos are with a high aspect wing at different locations around the San Francisco Bay in 12 to 40mph winds.  The fifth video shows my beginner setup: giant board, foil, and wing and how I bypassed the knee start on such stable and easy to fly gear.  The sixth video shows how I moved down to a smaller low aspect foil, boards, and wing and explains how I did both standing and knee starts.  Both heel side and toe side starts are shown and explained in close up detail so you can see what my feet, hands, and body are doing to stay balanced and get flying."

Hope this helps!  Any questions please ask.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Measuring Foil Angles
« on: December 26, 2020, 08:15:01 AM »
Thanks for sharing another way to measure this.  Stab angle can be such a game changer and knowing where one is at is super helpful.

I looked into a trying to find something off the shelf and didn't find anything.  I ended up making something out of wood like the eflite that straddles the fuse and then put a digital angle meter on it.  Now I know how much each hotel key card shim changes the angle.

Wow those boats are so trippy looking, the panning shots show how fast they are going.

Refreshing to see the crowd of spectators living like humans.

Foil SUP / Re: Takuma LOL v KUJIRA
« on: December 21, 2020, 01:27:55 PM »
Thanks, I appreciate more info on these wings.

My (talking out of my butt) understanding is the angle of incidence on the front wing is lower or less lift then most wings.  And since the fuse is a tapered fit the simple way to change is mast wedging.  Pumpers tend to like a more springy or bouncy feel.  Since I'm not after a pump wing I'm wondering if I might like this foil stock?

Thanks, saved me $500 (resale hit).

I've been burned three times at various resale penalties and reluctant to try more 7m wings.

Next on my "I hope some other sucker tests this wing" list is Takoon 7m, I hear they are light but look ridiculously wide...

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: December 19, 2020, 10:58:49 AM »
Fun swell with Johnny and Mickey flying circles around everyone.   I am surprised by how fast Johnny is moving both pumping and surfing.  He switched his surf foil setup and I didnít notice until watching the video:

Foil SUP / Re: Takuma LOL v KUJIRA
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:20:35 AM »
This is very interesting to me, thanks for sharing.

From the videos and reports I have heard it seems like the 980 has way more lift than its stated area.  Do the whale flukes make it difficult or different to measure and get an apples to apples lift comparison?

Any other wings you can compare the top end lift limit to?  The gofoil kai? 

Watching your tow video I couldn't get a feel for how big the faces were.  Watching the Progression Project videos Erik is in tiny surf and seems like he has plenty of lift on the 980.

I am looking for a mid-high aspect wing with less lift.  I have both high and low aspect wings around 1250 area and they both have a similar top end limit/red line where they become difficult to keep down and in the water.

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