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Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 1.5 Release
« on: December 16, 2019, 01:08:22 PM »
Giving the GL a shot.  Checked the decalage and without washers, it's 2deg pitch UP.  What are you guys all running for washers?  I see a pretty big (1/8" before cranking down bolts) gap between the pedestal and the rear wing, should I run both washers if I want the incidence the same as no washers to fill the gap?  Seems like a good idea so I don't split the wing lengthwise.

I got the 210 and the surface area looks about the same as the IWA 170.  I've been riding the M200 all year, I wonder if I will miss the lift?  Anyone trying the 240 in the waves?  I'm 180# but generally ride smaller weaker waves (head high or less) but not always.

Will take a first ride soon!

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:46:43 AM »
Nice one Clay!  Out at the pit eh?  I got a 2700ft ride out there last year following the channel into the bay.

Haven't had any leaks on my custom box install the way it was done:,33404.0.html

Usually the last piece to go in is the layer that covers over the box/insert and WELL into the surrounding skin.  Then you cut/drill back out the box/insert holes.  As long as the bond is good between that layer and the board skin it should be pretty waterproof.  I'd rough up the plastic of the box/insert really really coarse so it gets the best possible mechanical bond if it's not an epoxy friendly plastic.  You have to have a strategy to keep the epoxy out of the box/holes though.. wax or tape or something.  Acetone will remove any wax that got on bonding surfaces.

Foil SUP / Re: Tuttle Plate Adapter Aluminum vs Carbon Weight
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:56:09 PM »
I don't know the weight of the GoFoil carbon adapter, but here is some info about a carbon one I made, the Groove carbon adapter, and the Aluminum one: 

My custom carbon adapter was 610g
Aluminum was 691g
Groove carbon was 518g,33335.msg377279.html#msg377279

My advice, forget about 100-200g difference, you'll never notice it.  That said, it's a lot easier to get a foil into/out-of the carbon adapters than the aluminum one with it's CNC micro steps inside, not sure that's worth +$100-200

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 29" mast upgrade
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:38:45 PM »
I got lucky and my board has dual boxes, so I'm now using the tuttle for the first time ever foiling.  I was running my track about in the middle with the short mast+adapter, so no change in stance was needed, however, I can imagine some people missing the adjustability.  I can tell you it was a whole lot easier adjusting the pitch of the foil by shimming the tuttle box rather than creating a shim for the track box (which I did when I was using an adaptor with the 24.5" mast).  Sure would be nice if they beefed up the 24.5" mast, my was cracked and loose after less than a dozen sessions.  Unless they can make more money beefing it up I doubt it'll ever happen, so probably never.  :(

I'm curious, are you guys using the 29.5" in a Tuttle, or throwing it in an adapter, and running it at 32"....and any idea why GF choose to go an inch different with the Tuttle mount, and adapter mount instead making them both 29 or 29.5"?

I like the idea of going 29.5", but don't like the automatic limits of placement that comes with it in a Tuttle box, and would like to have more than just the 1.5" gain I'd get with the 28.5" adapter version from what I have with the 24" Tuttle in an adapter, and the 27" mounted that I'm running now.

The 29.5 in an adapter making it 32.5" seems just a little too long, especially with the shallows that we're stuck with a lot of the time with the tides, and reef settings we have at Sano. IOWs, I've got a banged up enough wing with the 27" mast, and can only imagine what it'd look like if it were another 5.5" longer. :o

Or maybe I'm just overthinking it I have a tendency to do.  :-[ :)

Foil SUP / Re: GoFoil 29" mast upgrade
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:32:06 PM »
Get behind a boat for an hour, problem solved.

Thanks. I've watched every video I can find about prone foiling.

It's hard to analyze what I'm doing wrong. But after every failed wave, I try to.
Unfortunately, I've fell so many times, my neck is whiplashed and I'm about to put foiling on the back burner unless I see some serious progress in the next session.

I'll get one wave each time that feels just right, but then the foil turns a certain way and I don't flow with the direction, causing me to eat it.  The one time I did flow with the turn, the foil made a quick u-turn back out to sea and I fell.

It's a major ego-blow and physically hurts.  I can catch twenty waves on my SUP in one afternoon and never fall.
The challenge is good, but maybe I should've gotten a SUP-foil instead of a prone board.

*again, sorry for hijacking the thread.

Foil SUP / GoFoil 29" mast upgrade
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:47:08 PM »
Hey guys, been out for the past 2.5 months due to the fact that I broke my arm in half mountain biking, oops.  While healing I ordered a GoFoil 29" mast to upgrade my triple wing set.  I've already broken one 24.5" mast and the replacement (I had to pay for -$600) is also fatigued and sloppy after just several sessions.  Last weekend I had my first outing on the board with the new mast.  I'm still missing 50%+ of movement in my wrist in a few directions, but limping it along I was able to catch some waves and access the new mast.  Winner!  The new/bigger mast is much stiffer and more stable than the originals, massive difference in feel... I'm using the M200 set to evaluate here.  Instead of it feeling like I have a big flexible spring between the board and the wing, it now feels like I'm in control and now, not a second after I weight shift.  I was able to pump back out 4 times with the added length, and haven't noticed any additional drag due to the larger mast (thickness/width)  The old mast was 27.5" and I used a track box adapter with it.  Anyone else switch and notice the difference?

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:44:19 PM »
Was this at Dillon?  That same thing happened to me and my Lift foil was ripped from the board last year... still out there somewhere near sharpit.  Looking at a 15-20ft barrel coming at you its hard to imagine any kind of foil setup surviving.  FYI, you won't see me out there for a while, I broke my arm in three places mountain biking.  My Jimmy Lewis FlyingV is still holding up and it has taken some big hits, great riding board!

Ouch!  Hope you get a full and quick recovery.

I was in the same area.  Just north of sharkpit there was a deep area that was making a more manageable peak.  There was a double overhead left breaking all the way across the mouth of Tomales to sharkpit.  I've never seen it like that. I guess one ran a little wider and swallowed me up.

I have a question for you.  If you lost your board would you buy another 6'5" or would you look at the 5'11' 105 liter Flying V?

I saw that 5'11 offering after getting the 6'5 and thought about it.  I think I'm happy with the 6'5.  Even up to 180-185lbs its just fine to paddle and float around easy.  Maybe if I was consistently in the 160lb range I'd opt for the 5'11.  The 6'5 certainly never feels big to me, it pumps back out easy...if you have the stamina for it  ;)  I got a carbon but Jimmy says the glass is just as strong, and weight is not much different.

Foil SUP / Re: Big waves are fun but expensive.
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:08:56 PM »
Was this at Dillon?  That same thing happened to me and my Lift foil was ripped from the board last year... still out there somewhere near sharpit.  Looking at a 15-20ft barrel coming at you its hard to imagine any kind of foil setup surviving.  FYI, you won't see me out there for a while, I broke my arm in three places mountain biking.  My Jimmy Lewis FlyingV is still holding up and it has taken some big hits, great riding board!

Foil SUP / Re: Back to da foil
« on: November 10, 2018, 10:25:12 PM »
I think I paddle 3x as hard/long foiling than I ever did SUP surfing.  It's awesome we catch such small and long waves, but that means paddling that much more and all the way back out!... NOT that I'm complaining or anything!   ;D

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: November 06, 2018, 12:01:03 AM »
Has this been posted?  Just randomly found it on YT:

Foil SUP / Re: Frozen foil wing fix - Video
« on: October 22, 2018, 09:04:03 AM »
I've found white vinegar to work really well at dissolving mineral deposits.  I've used it to unfreeze fin bolts/t-nuts in on my windsurf boards.  Just let it soak over night.  I'm not sure if it would work in this case but it's pretty cheap and easy to try and a lot less risky than other methods.

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:02:58 PM »
Nathan Cross getting some awesome long foil rides in Australia:

I got a leg cramp after a few minutes of watching this video!  :P

Foil SUP / Re: Learning foil pumping
« on: September 03, 2018, 09:09:17 PM »
Sano, Baby steps led up to this point, just trying to pump a little more each time and finally it all added up.  I was super surprised when it happened, I didn't expect it.

SurferCook, I have a GoPro but not sure what view would work best?  On the paddle wouldn't work, but I could do a chest mount though.  I'll give it a shot when I'm back from the UK in a couple of weeks.

Bill, it certainly is easier to drop into the last wave and then have lots of speed coming out back to start off, no question about that.  I haven't done any downwinding, but I can imagine it's a lot tougher with such short low energy wind swells.  I'd imagine you'd have to be pumping a lot!

I learned today from watching others that when people are putting effort into something it really stokes others to give it a try, or harder try.  We had quite a session out there and the mood was very up beat, people even mentioned it to me afterward, so it wasn't just me.  I'm teaching a few friends how to foil so we can get a local crew going to stoke each other on and progress faster!

Foil SUP / Re: Learning foil pumping
« on: September 03, 2018, 06:19:51 PM »
Well it finally happened.  After 6 months and a lot of effort, today I can claim to have legitimately pumped all the way back out several hundred feet back to where I started!  A month ago or so I actually had pumped back out, but it was only about a hundred feet, and I thought maybe I just got lucky with the rebound.  Today it was full on, no helpers, no short distance.  Let me tell you though, I was about to have a heart attack after putting out that much effort!  It helped to have other foilers around who were pumping back out.  Seeing others do it is sure inspiring!.. and maybe raising jealousy a bit for motivation  ;D

I was on the 6'5 JL Flying V, Maliko 200, and no foot straps.  I'm 180lbs riding weight.  Waves were mostly knee to waist high and a few bigger ones.

I'm here to tell you it can be done by mere mortals, you don't have to be Kai or Zane!  The short light board and big foil with long mast are the key success factors here for me, add a little technique, and a crap ton of effort and there you have it.  I did have to paddle while flying to do this, no surprise there.  I also found that if I could get the wing high up close to the surface and then keep it riding high as my pumps topped out it was much easier to sustain.  When the foil would get deep it was much harder to pump and get a lot out of it for my effort.... and required much more paddling power to keep going.  Keep trying and it will come!!!

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