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Hah, that's where MY 2.8 went ;D You probably did me favor, the 5.3 and 3.6 pretty much have me covered.

Yes. I felt a bit bad as it would get way more use out there, but after yesterday I don't feel so bad.  ;D Plus I hope to ride it on Lake Ontario and Quebec City where they get huge swells as soon as they open the damn border!

Been following this for over a year. Being a windsurfer, kiter, SUP'er and having added foil to all that, I told myself initially I wouldn't do another damn sport. However, the more I read the more I got swayed. Then once I decided I was all in, paralysis by analysis on which wing to get held me up for at least 2-3 months. Finally decided on the S25 and ordered at the beginning of May but then demand and no supply due to Covid held me up until now.

The 5.3 and 3.6 arrived on Wednesday (had already snagged Bill's 2.8 which arrived on Monday) and Thursday's forecast looked perfect for 5.3! Forecast came through at 15 - 20, rigged up and got everything together and headed out. I realized my helmet was in my jet ski so opened the hatch, the wing flopped up and onto the corner of it and unbelievably tore a hole in the leading edge and bladder before even getting to try it! Gutted.... Rigged the 3.6 and went out and puttered around.

Amazingly the next day it absolutely blasted at 35 in the morning. Wind was supposed to back off so took my time not wanting to get creamed. Rigged the 2.8 and had an awesome hour. Was able to get on foil right away (I have lots of towfoil and kitefoil experience) and blasted upwind. Got to the swelly section of our lake and finally realized a dream of turning down a 3-4' swell and just holding the wing overhead lightly feathering the back hand. Ran out of juice turned back across the swell pulled in the back hand and hunted down the next one. Awesome feeling! Even tried the one hander which was amazing until I tried to regrab the wing and had no idea what I was doing and fell in. Made one jibe attempt and had an awesome carve into it, let go of the back hand, still carving, but again no idea what to do to regrab  so fell inside. Definitely stoked me up and took a lot of the sting off of tearing my 5.3.

I want to thank Dwight (great video instruction), Bill, Admin, OBX Dave (awesome video inspiration), and recently Clay (adding to his already impressive video catalog), as well as so many others who have contributed their stoke, enthusiasm, insight, feedback, and advice to the forum. I appreciate greatly helping me get into another damn sport. Ha ha!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: July 18, 2020, 05:25:17 AM »
Yesterday was so fun.  Awesome overpowered 4.2 for 45 minutes, just right 3.5 for 45 (did my best LE handle riding ever), another half hour of "I'm not rigging again" meltdown.  I never got bucked by the foil.  I was getting trashed by the wing at the end though.  Those were 2.8 moments for me.  I do want to know if the 390 is actually at zero degrees to the fuselage/board.  I don't feel like I am anywhere near a stability limit.  Could it go lower?
Sounds like it was awesome. I just have to chuckle at the sentence in bold. I'm a 30 year windsurfer and 20 year kiter and finally winged for the first time yesterday and it was my most awesome rigging experience ever. Ha ha!

Take my observations and advice with a grain of salt. They are based on exactly one session this morning with a 2.8 (Thanks Bill!). It went awesome as I wasn't sure I would even be able to get up to my feet. I was able to fly both directions with no issues. I will add that I did a lot of towfoiling and I am a competent strapless kitefoiler as a result. I can ride toeside with no issues and can do a flying jibe inconsistently.

•   More wind is better until it gets over 25 mph

You need a smaller wing for 25. 5M wing in 25 is probably like windsurfing a 6.0 in 25. Doable but too much. You probably would have been crushing it with a 4M wing.

•   My knees got all bloodied up.  I need to go from knees to standing almost instantly to avoid this

Son of a bitch this is painful. I was cursing so much it would have made a sailor cry.

•   I am switching my feet and using footstraps I can’t even comprehend how to sail back side but as a windsurfer I am good with this

Lose the straps (again my opinion). You have a lot more freedom to move your feet and make micro adjustments. Riding toeside will be more comfortable.

•   Flying on Port tack is learning to foil all over again.  Hunching over bending my knees rearing up and breaching.  I have to think hard to keep the nose down.  Control is coming oddly from my back foot.  All terrifying and fun

Obviously this will come with time. See advice below.

•   10 to 12 mph – No way.  This results in a 30-degree downwind angle.  Make sure there is an easy place to walk home from

I'll be curious to see in time, how close you get to this threshold. I was surprised as the wind began to shut off how I was able to pump the wing and foil and get flying.

•   Check the gear – Specifically the tag attached to wrist leash.  When it started gusting to 30+ my 5.0 Duotone was porpoising out of control.  Up, Down, Up, Down then SNAP it went flying. 

Seeing how much the wing was flopping around today made me wonder if it was possible for the wrist leash to slip off in very strong wind.

•   Any advice for foiling on weak side?  I have convinced myself this will just take time

Didn't you teach Ruby how to foil towing with a motorized dinghy? Get back on that thing and tow on your weak side. Then cross the wake and voila, you are riding toeside! Make sure you do it on your weak side just as much as your strong side.

•   Jibing on foil – No Fragging way.  Please Advise!

Again get towing with the dinghy! Practice stepping your back foot forward up to your front foot while staying flying. You should be able to get it real close like within 6". Then in your normal stance oscillate up and down while flying. Once you are feeling the rhythm, on the way up right before you go weightless step your back foot up to your front foot and then back before oscillating back down. Once that starts going well then you've got to go for the whole foot switch using the same process. Try to keep your torso upright and centered. Once that goes well, carve towards the wake and switch your feet before crossing it. Boom! You've done a jibe! If you want more, then try the whole process while riding toeside.

I am trying to become a professional beginner FAST

Hopefully you'll find something useful in all that. Good luck!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Carving 360's
« on: July 11, 2020, 06:35:32 AM »
Hell's yeah! That is the real deal. Very nice. You must have got a lot of them as it was smooth as butter. Also because you seem to be relatively non chalant about it. If it had been me, I would have been claiming it so loud they would heard me all the way to Nags Head. Ha ha!

Unbelievably still waiting for my Naish S25 5.3 and 3.6 wings. I snagged Bill's 2.8 (thanks Bill!) which should get here Monday but imagine won't get the conditions here to really use it as we are in the summer doldrums for wind.

Thanks again for the inspiration!

Classifieds / Re: Naish 2.8 S25 Wing Surfer
« on: July 07, 2020, 02:58:37 AM »
PM sent.

Classifieds / Re: Naish 2.8 S25 Wing Surfer
« on: July 04, 2020, 09:08:28 AM »
PM sent.

Toeside refers to weighting your toes (body facing away from the wing).

Heelside is weighting your heels (body facing the wing)

Awesome inspirational stuff! Lovin the 360's. Flown through one yet? Totally dig your fixed water cam. Nice work staying in tight to it. Keep it coming!

Finally ordered my S25's but I guess the shipment still hasn't arrived. Killing me, but that's what I get for being indecisive.

Heelside = You are facing away from the wing
Toeside = You are facing the wing

Think you reversed these two. 

I don't get how that's reversed unless it's in some traditional sense that I don't know about. Why wouldn't you call it toeside if the wing is on the same side as your toes? In DW's video below for the first .50 minutes he's riding in the usual position, facing the wing. In what sense is that heelside? Then at .52 he gybes (jibes) keeping his feet in the same position (fixed foot?) and now he's facing away from the wing with his heels pointed toward the wing. In what sense is that toeside?

I do understand that a port tack is one where the wind is coming over the port side of your board. Are you saying where the wind is coming from should be the determining factor?

Your perspective is different than the general understanding. It is not related to the wing. It's like snowboarding. Heelside comes from leaning on your heels. Toeside leaning on your toes.

I say we adopt the terminology of frontside or backside... JUST KIDDING!!

That is why I think it best to not use the term "switch stance" and instead use "toeside" and "weak side".

I agree that toeside should be used. Then you can differentiate with your strong/good side or weak/bad side. 

Fuck! That is awesome! Great to see your fast progression. Those 360's are looking pretty damn good.

Still dying to try it, but my dealer is waiting on the next shipment of S25's from China. The lake is still not very enticing anyway at 45.
Gonna have to bolt a couple foils to your boat for the ride home. Ha ha!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Carving 360's
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:53:11 PM »
F-yeah!! Claim it!!

That's awesome!

Thanks for the stoke but you are killing me at the same time. Water here is still 40 and my dealer can't get the S25 from Naish yet because of supply chain issues surrounding Covid. Argghh!!

I plan on getting the above-mentioned adhesive foil mount for my Naish Mana (9'6").  Anyone tried one yet?

My experience has been good as the foilmount allowed me to get into kitefoiling on the cheap.

I converted my 20 year old Slingshot Little Fat Bastard 6' kiting surfboard into a kitefoil board. It has held up so far for 2 seasons and I've run aground on several occasions.

I prepped the board really well following the instructions (Light sanding, scotchbrite, alcohol) before affixing the foilmount.

I have read of instances where it has detached. If this were to happen my foil would sink so as a backup I always leash the base plate to the board using a piece of heavy duty dyneema kite line.

I wonder if the retractable leash is stout enough for crashes. If it were to break, is it likely your board + foil would get away from you?

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