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Moving the foil back will help that, but if it messes up the balance of the board on the water....tail sinking, nose too high, then that is not good either.

Itís OK to foil with just a front strap. Lots of people prefer this. It makes weight shift easy, and allows you to get comfortable (not burning one leg out) on long reaches where wind power can greatly affect the pressure balance needed to ride the foil.

Foil SUP / Re: Wing shaping and wing washout
« on: July 23, 2019, 06:18:17 AM »
Slingshot Infinity wings claim the twisted wing tips and the same benefit.

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 1.5 Release
« on: July 23, 2019, 03:39:11 AM »

Letís confuse everyone more  ;D
There is a GL-225....itís a 210 with more chord.

Gear Talk / Re: My Single Thruster Quad Battle
« on: July 23, 2019, 03:36:12 AM »
I think youíre spot on. I went through the same when developing my boards and came to the same conclusions.

The advantage I had, was dialing in the quad fin placement, and then having Rainbow Fins produce a custom sized quad set for me. This allowed me to avoid the huge, so called speciality SUP quad sets being sold. I got more speed, with high grip, plus snappy turns. But donít contact me....I donít do those boards anymore. If it doesnít have a foil under it, I donít do it.  :D

Kane on the GL-240 with Big Mikeís 4í11

These wings sure look like the future to me.

Big Mike said Kane rode for 13 minutes like that, then got bored and stopped. He never paddled. He launched from the beach too.

It will auto spin downwind and take off.

The only time foilboards donít fly away is when they float on their side. Kite boards with huge floaty wings do that.

I can provide some setup clues. On a really small board, there is going to be only one place you can stand, where the volume of the board balances out. Meaning, youíre not sinking the tail or nose and you feel comfortable, and it looks trimmed on the water.

The next step is finding where to place the foil in the track relative to your, needed, standing position. When the foil is too far back, popping up is hard obviously. Get it too far forward, and the board loses its mind. By losing its mind, it starts to get unstable standing. It wonít track straight. It wonít paddle straight. It flies out of control.

Put the foil in the middle of the track and then bump it forward or back in 1/2Ē increments. Once you get close, start bumping it in 1/4Ē increments until you find perfection. You want to be on that fine edge where it flies easy, without stepping over the point where everything becomes too technical and unruly.

.....I am willing to swim a little to get rid of a leash.  :)

You canít swim fast enough to catch the board.

In high winds, the dam thing foils away like its got a motor.

Yes. Big Mike says the GL GoFoil wings work great. He has a GL-240 coming from China. They feel limitless when pushing them fast, towing, kiting, etc. Of course heís in constant search for pump monkey foils that work at his weight. The Signature 250 feels like zero drag, but still not enough lift for him to pump back out.  He tries everything. Armstrong, Axis, GoFoil is still king at his weight.

I plan to get some GLs when they are easier to get. Iím hopeful they are the perfect wing surfer foils. The bonus will be paddle SUP use.

Bill, you and Big Mike should be pen pals. He keeps me in the loop. He is always testing the latest big boy wings. GL-225 has more lift than Signature 250. GL-240 he thinks will be ideal for him.

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 1.5 Release
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:46:23 PM »

So how is the 210 for instance, a "210", when it appears to be the same length as the M200 (36" when I measure mine), but much narrower and the same thickness? Where is this extra surface area on the 210 coming from........

GoFoil numbers applied to wings are NOT areas. They are numbers Alex applied back in the beginning, that represent rider weights for each size. My reduced the speed at which competitors could rip him off, while still providing some guidance. Kinda clever actually.

This according a post on the Aussie forum. The poster said he learned this from a guy who is a partner in GoFoil.

Itís the best explanation Iíve Iím a believer

I like the windsurf sail size wind range comparison. It really helps me.

We cannot have elastic in a waist leash. The belt would pull off your ass when a huge wave drags you backwards. It almost happened to me many times. I have no ass as it is.

I like the waist leashes with the stiffy out the back. It makes the leash hang way behind me. Less chance of stepping on it. Like the leash loc Hawaii.

Iíve done both straight and coil off the waist belt. For us, the straight leash got caught around the wings more often. The coil is short enough to stay away from the wings. But, weíre long past the kook stage. I wonder if youíll come back to the coil later.

Once you build out one of these, youíll wonder how you ever suffered with pickup trucks for the last 40 years. Iím never going back to pickup trucks. I think I understand why pickup trucks never caught on in Europe...they had these awesome vans.

Foil SUP / Bump Cap
« on: July 06, 2019, 02:57:08 PM »
A friend of mine, who is part of the safety team on an Americas Cup foil boat, told me the crew was wearing something called bump caps.

My friend is going to start wearing one surf foiling. Me too!

I never knew this product even existed.

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