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I'm always amazed at how calm the water is in so many of those winging spots when the winds blowing twice as hard+ than we get when the surface is a mixed up mess, white capping, and what looks like storm surging whitewater anywhere you'd be able to head out in.

Now I get why folks could get into it, and find it so fun. Because that looks like a whole lotta fun when you're not having to battling numerous set of 3' whitewater trying to drag a board, foil, and wingding 100+ yards out to get to a point to then try to standup to learn in.

Nice vid DW.

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General Discussion / Re: Filling a gouge in SUP-help needed
« on: Today at 07:28:21 AM »
whenever i mix Gor GLUe i get too many bubbles . what am i doing wrong?
Dunno, maybe too high of a speed on your dremel tool introducing too much air? Maybe not using a dremel tool to mix it quickly or thoroughly enough leaving inconsistencies in curing time throughout batch leaving the bubbles? Maybe too much water, or not enough water? Hard to say not know what you're doing with your mixture.

You might also find this video interesting in another way for reducing the bubbles in a batch, and changing the density of the foam produced....

https://youtu.be/ggekRdoQJNE

Hope that helps. 

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General Discussion / Re: Filling a gouge in SUP-help needed
« on: March 03, 2021, 07:27:36 PM »
So you just use the gorilla glue as foam?
Yes, similar to how one would/could use 4 lb. pour foam.

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General Discussion / Re: Filling a gouge in SUP-help needed
« on: March 03, 2021, 01:07:37 AM »
Here's a couple videos that helped me change my methods for filling foam holes, and gouges...

https://youtu.be/UgZ3A3igBbY

https://youtu.be/LM-txMeTjPo

The great thing about making foam this way, is that it's stronger than the 1 or 1.5 lb EPS foam in your board as Beasho calculated as roughly equivalent to 4 lb foam in the second video. Also, its expansion as exhibited in the first clip allows it to find all of the little voids that Q-cell or microballons won't reach for better adhesion.

I've used it multiple times now, and once it cures (less than 30 minutes usually), it's easily cut, sanded, and shaped to the contour of your board, and you don't have to fiddle with trying to cut a piece of foam to fit properly, and then using the Gorilla Glue to affix it to the hole anyway. Also, if you didn't mix enough to fill it completely the first time...just mix some more, dump it in, and you're good to go.

Great stuff, and thanks to Beasho for being the first to bring it to my attention.

Edit: Since I'm assuming you have a good portion of the pad off now, if you're looking for "the strongest" fix in the standing area, you might consider removing more pad, and laying several layers of carbon over the glass where you'll be standing.

Had that done on all my EPS boards, and never had foot indentations in them like I did in previous boards w/o the carbon standing area.

This is one of my first foil boards with the carbon in the standing area for example...I paddle my foil boards in the surf stance, and why they're front and back instead of side-by-side.



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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: March 01, 2021, 08:15:25 AM »
And I don't  like winging with the 1150 at all , it is fine for the sup for mini waves.
Still looking for a nicer lightwind winging foil, perhaps the HPS 1050 or the BSC 970?
OK, since the bottom line you looking for is "light wind", then yes, forget about the 910 (and 980 or 970), and just get the 1050...that wing is super fun in the small surf (equating that to "light wind"), and does almost everything really well.

Other than me hitting my paddle on it a couple of times because it's so long (the wing, not my paddle), which is an instantaneous "stick in the spokes" kind of thing, I can't think of a single thing I don't like about that wing...turns, glides, pumps incredibly, and lifts off the water on takeoff super easy. Kinda like I wrote about here last week....

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: February 28, 2021, 03:35:10 PM »
The HPS foils will be what you love. Now you just need to pick the size. When building a quiver of HPS foils you want to skip a size. So 1050-930, or 980-880 are good combos.
I agree with this, and why I said...

As far as the HPS wings, I'm really liking both the 1050 and 980 (haven't ridden the 930), but then again, that's under a sup foil, and I can use the paddle to assist me in the wave, that you're not able to take advantage of with the wing, so it could be that as more of the difference in preference than that of the wings.
...but he had said he didn't like the 980 for whatever reason(s), so I went the other way with the other series, and the 910 that I know a lot of guys are liking with their wings (2nd best selling wing in the Axis lineup after the 1150).

We don't have an 880 here in SoCal yet, but hoping that changes in the not too distance future. After riding the other two and loving them, I think an even smaller, more nimble wing from that series would be even better and more fun in the surf.



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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: February 28, 2021, 12:46:30 AM »
Interesting, I rode the 1060's lil brother (970), and didn't think it carved as well as the 1150's and 1010's lil brother (910)...having not ridden the any of those bigger bros. :D
Now granted, I'm talking surf foiling them, and winging might be a completely different kind "carving", but while they call them "PNG" wings, the baby of the family turns super well at speed (with the 460 tail), and not that far off the 900's surf carving, but as the name says, it pumps much better than the 900....IMHO naturally.
I am still looking for the right wing for  downwind winging in strong wind 25= knots
I have the 860, doesn't pump good enough , not enough glide
I have the 1010 , out of control in stroger wind when the waves get steeper.
And I have the 900 , nice to carve and pumps quite good.

But if the 910 carves as good as the 900 and has more pump and glide, would this be the wing to get? How easy is it to control when it really speeds up?

Or should I get one of the new HPS foils? I tried the V1 980 And didn't like it , but perhaps the 930 would be perfect? But will the 930 not be to difficult to get up and flying when the wind drops below 20 knots? And how good does it pump with the wing flagging?
Unfortunately, as I made sure to post previously...I'm not a winger, so have no conception of "winging in strong wind 25=knots", and all I can share is how they all act in the surf...with less than 8kt wind, much over that and I'm sitting on the beach. :D

But in the surf, I find that all of the higher aspect wings seem to be easier to control the more you push them. In fact, that was probably the hardest thing for me to get past in the beginning when transitioning over, was that I was trying to turn them like LA wings, and slowed them down too much before and when turning...instead of accelerating them, and pushing them through the turn.

New riders trying them for the first time, I equate it to riding and turning a bike. That like a bike too slow in a turn, and you'll wobble, bobble, and tip the bike over, but the faster you turn it, the better it'll track through the turn...up to the point that you're going just too fast and the tires slide out from under you. HA wings are very similar in feel.

The 910 when going fast enough, will let a wing tip come out of the water, and track right through it. Whereas because of the anhedral tips on the 900, if you do turn it hard enough to get a tip out, the water will spill out of it, and it'll slide out from under you...just like the bike going too fast.

As far as the HPS wings, I'm really liking both the 1050 and 980 (haven't ridden the 930), but then again, that's under a sup foil, and I can use the paddle to assist me in the wave, that you're not able to take advantage of with the wing, so it could be that as more of the difference in preference than that of the wings.

But from the sounds of it, I'd see if you can try a 910 from someone, since you already seem to like the 1010, and it's better/easier than the 900 to control at higher speeds, not only because of the flatter/wider tips, but it's just a slower wing than the 900 all-around.

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Foil SUP / Re: Kujira!
« on: February 28, 2021, 12:18:38 AM »
I figured I can always sell it. Bought it from
Clay.  Not much more for the whole kit used than a GF wing costs alone.  Iíve only been on GoFoil so I decided to see if there was something Iím missing.
Ha! Makes sense...because that was exactly me when I bought some of DW's previous gear last year. Completely forgot about that, and the comparison in my initial post, because for me, the difference was night and day between the two, and I fell in love with the new stuff almost instantaneously.


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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Axis Foils
« on: February 26, 2021, 07:34:58 PM »
The 1150 is way more responsive than the Moses but, the 1060 will carve better with the down turned tips. if you were picking just one wing then I would say go 1010 but  to add to your 910 then you can't go wrong with 1060 or 1150.
Interesting, I rode the 1060's lil brother (970), and didn't think it carved as well as the 1150's and 1010's lil brother (910)...having not ridden the any of those bigger bros. :D

Now granted, I'm talking surf foiling them, and winging might be a completely different kind "carving", but while they call them "PNG" wings, the baby of the family turns super well at speed (with the 460 tail), and not that far off the 900's surf carving, but as the name says, it pumps much better than the 900....IMHO naturally.

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Foil SUP / Axis 1050 In Tiny Surf
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:26:02 PM »
Today was a real eye-opener for me, in that after loaning out most of my gear, I was pretty much left with either an 860 on an ultra short, or the 980 or 1050 on a short fuse (with the 370 tail for all of them). Since it was "1-2' and firing" ;)...flipped a coin and picked the 1050...Wow, what a whole lot of fun that turned out to be.  ;D

Not only was it able to catch everything I turned for since it paddles so easily, I was amazed at how easy it was to pump back out. There were a couple of times that I didn't come off the back of the wave as high as I would have liked to, and with any of the other wings I've ridden, that would have pretty much been the end of it. But with the 1050, more than once I touched down but kept going, and it lifted right back off the water...and kept climbing! :o

While it was one of those days where there wasn't much to connect to, I was able to pump back out over several small bumps of waves, and out yards past the lineup where I had originally started...a first for me. It also turned way better than I expected it to do...laying it over was EZ-PZ, and it accelerated coming off the bottom of the turn and right back up to the opposite peak. Truly amazing.

So anyone out there has a 1050 that you've not had out in the surf thinking it was going to be too big (my initial thought actually), give it a try...I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how playful of a wing it is for its size, and the pumping is an absolute dream. Not just a wingding or downwind wing as I expected it to be. 👍🏽

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Foil SUP / Re: Kujira!
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:09:01 PM »
That's an interesting report Jon, hard to tell if you really like it or not when you say, "In generally it rides like a tiny GoFoil NL.  I don't have the NL130, but I have to imagine they are similar" (yes, the first outing is always still kind of a feeling out period I know). With the way you were riding your GoFoil the last time I saw you at Sano...I thought you were killing it, and that you wouldn't need/want to switch brands, instead of just getting a new GF wing. ??? :)

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Foil SUP / Re: Axis 860 vs 900
« on: February 25, 2021, 07:14:21 PM »
Both are fun depending on what I'm looking to do. 900 is faster, curvier, and pumps better, 860 is slower, slashier, and more difficult to pump. But you have to keep the 860 moving on the wave; while the 900 likes to glide when allowed to, the 860...not so much. Best of both of them...900, crazy short, 390 or 370...super fun, fast, slashy, and still glides and pumps well (just have to pick up the cadence a bit).

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Great video...now that looks like some real wingding fun...and I want an "FU" wing, even though I'll never use it.

Just so I can hang it up in my front yard to "dry out" for all my neighbors to see. That's a freakin' awesome name.  8) ;D


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Flatwater and Touring / Re: Knik River Alaska winter paddle video
« on: February 10, 2021, 09:05:44 AM »
Holy Freezus that looks cold! We dropped down to a chilly 52o, and I finally had to put on a pair of Levis, and long-sleeved tee. Brrrr....  ;) ;D

More power to you deepmud, don't know how (or why :o) you guys do it...but super impressed at the desire and determination it must take to just get outta bed in those temps, much less go out and paddle for miles in them. Respect. 💪🏽👍🏽🤙🏽

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So did you get your hands on a crazy short fuselage?
I did, but I loaned it out before I got a chance to ride it (I got some other stuff that's got my attention at the moment), so don't have a personal ride report to give you.

However, I can tell you that the guy I loaned it to loved it at first with a 760 for a couple sessions (was borrowing one of my "short" fuses so pretty big jump), I then lent him an ultra short and 860 (he's riding his own 400 stab), and loved it...went back to the crazy short, tried to turn it like the ultra short, spun it out, and whacked himself in the ribs with the board yesterday...not so happy with it after that.  :o

Today he just texted me that he just picked up an ultra short (and an 860), so I'll have the crazy short back in a day or two, and will update this next week after I get a chance to give it a go. :D

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