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That's exactly what I've been thinking but didn't want to jinx it. I'm dead after a winging session, though I always feel fine right up until I start falling all over the place. I can barely put my stuff away. I have a recurring thought that if I just left it, no one would take it. that might be taking the "hey, it's Hood River" thing a little far though my pump shows up in the lost and found bin a few times a month.

For the rest of the day and the next morning, my knee feels great--unless I spend too much time sitting.

Between the harness and my fake boom, it does nothing to my shoulders (total junk) or arms, in fact, I was watching my biceps and triceps deflate. Paddling more and wingfoiling less (crap wind most days) on this SoCal trip has taken a few wrinkles out of my arms.

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Clever marketing if nothing else. There are some radical designs there, but mostly it's relatively minor variations. You could take every board a builder/designer like Dave Kalama or Mark Raaphorst and give it a different name instead of just dimensions and suddenly you have 40 recognizable sub-brands that people can talk about.

There's a lot to learn from watching how Gong and Blue Planet market their products. Both companies are too small to have a big marketing team using collective knowledge and marketing data to drive their business, but they've been at it long enough to have tried stuff that resonated with their target market.

These are relatively simple products to design and prototype, so the gap between design and testing is short. The real test will be what works in the market--these boards will be winnowed down to the winners, and winner means the ones that get bought. Giving each iteration and easily relatable name even though it will create confusion in the marketplace (which one should I get?) it's much easier to optimize. There isn't an easy way to optimally market just by size and intended function.

Smart people.

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Foil SUP / Re: Build: Deep Tuttle to Plate Adapter
« on: January 09, 2021, 06:29:45 AM »
There are indeed official Tuttle specifications, penned by Larry Tuttle back in 1985 (water rat sailing equipment) and revised a few times as deep Tuttle, etc. but even if you take some version as official you won't find many manufacturers sticking to the specs, in fact most really can't. Even if the parts were built in steel molds (they aren't) the variation would be substantial.

Beautiful job by the way.

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Foil SUP / I am not kai
« on: January 08, 2021, 06:32:40 PM »
Sad, but true.


I did, however, order a quiver of these wings even before I saw this picture.

35
Random / Brother Bob Was Right
« on: January 08, 2021, 06:22:43 PM »
I wouldn't have watched "Yearly Departed" except Bob (Stoneaxe) told me it was good. It is. Very funny, sly, bitchy, fun. If you're a Maga dude then no, you won't like it (though it's not all that political). Rachael Brosnan taking her pants off was a major plus. She reminds me of all the beautiful Jewish girls I tried to date. They were all way too smart to go out with me.

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Foil SUP / Re: Nice SanO Morning
« on: January 08, 2021, 06:18:11 PM »
I'm not going to risk SanO on the weekend, I think every zombie will be there (no, I don't mean you Cowboy), but I'll probably go every day next week unless I find out that all the places I've tried have suddenly morphed into useful foil spots. I know why Surffoiling hasn't take over the lineup in SoCal--what you Cali guys call a reef break is Hawaiian shore break--with the exception of SanO, Sunset Cliffs, and Rincon. If the reef isn't somewhere on the horizon, then it's shorepound.

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Random / Re: The Gorge in Miniature
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:10:11 PM »
I've been several times with various grandkids. they love it of course, though they want to get in and play with it. Carseat would dig it, Olivia would climb over the partitions and play with the models.

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Foil SUP / Re: Nice SanO Morning
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:06:32 PM »
I went again this morning, damn it was cold. I started about 7:30, maybe later because I decided to take my footstrap off (got my foot with booties caught yesterday) and discovered one screw wasn't stainless do it took some fiddling to get it out. For some strange reason, I decided to use my 1150/390--I thought the waves looked punky. The first one I caught shot me out of the water like a scud missle--didn't go very high, poorly aimed, crash landed. I figured I could work around that but then I noticed bubbles on my deck pad. Apparently, the screw I used punched through the bottom of the NSI screw pad.

I went in, pulled off both affected pads (not easy, some coating came off with the pads) and patched both areas with aluminum tape. Handy stuff. While I was there I swapped wings. When I got out again the tide was dropping and the rideable waves were few and far between. No more bubbles though, and I got a few nice rides, including a few that went too far and resulted in some grass mowing and sudden stops. I think I was the only foiler out, not surprising, but I got a few nice rides. Then it got even punkier and the only places I could catch anything ran out of water really fast. always a little disconcerting to look down and see a rocky bottom. Especially when you know that every second you go further it's going to get worse.

I came in, farted around a while hoping for improvement, talked with talldude--always fun. Stared at the water, looked at the tide on my watch and realized it was another hour to low tide. Fussed around, tried to convince myself to stay, but I finally bailed as some foilers were going out. I hope they did well.

I probably should have stayed, or at least moved down the coast some and tried again. but I was warm and dry after my torturous beach shower--so, no.

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Foil SUP / Re: Nice SanO Morning
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:34:37 PM »
I love the 860 for high wind wingfoiling, I haven't really considered it for surf foiling, but if the surf is bigger tomorrow I might give it a go. I had a 920 and rarely used it, but I was almost exclusively wing foiling then.

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Foil SUP / Re: Personal tow in
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:15:49 PM »

So they ask "The future yes or no? 😲" I can imagine these tow-drones could also become a little mother ship. It could store drinks, food, first aid (oxygen!) and have a little waterproof garage to launch, retrieve and recharge a flying drone. A second camera station. Another garage for a nano-submersible camera drone.

Oh crap. That's actually feasible--the flying drone port part.

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Foil SUP / Re: Personal tow in
« on: January 07, 2021, 06:33:05 PM »
Hey Bill still keen to see your setup if you had a chance to do a video or pics.

I'll do that next time I have it out.

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Foil SUP / Re: Nice SanO Morning
« on: January 07, 2021, 06:30:05 PM »
I plan to be there early.

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It should. the string loops around the boom extension and butts against the adjuster. As far as I can see it's the same boom. I made a carbon boom for a friend with the new echo and it worked exactly the same as the old booms.

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Foil SUP / Nice SanO Morning
« on: January 07, 2021, 04:02:10 PM »
I had a fine three hour session at San Onofre this morning. the sets were good, my geezer balance wasn't too bad, and I actually got a little closer to where I think I left off before wing foiling took over my water time.

I think my current flying Dutchman board is better as a wing foiler than a surf foiler, but it did fine. I use my Axis 1000 on a short fuselage with the 76CM carbon mast, 440 tail. I had some very long rides, carving across the faces. Several times I lost power when the waves reformed or did something weird (lots of bottom variation at Nukes) but I was able to stay with the bump and reconnect when it came up again--I've never done that before, I must be doing something right, or maybe just less wrong.

I'm still doing a lot of falling and flopping around. I feel unstable on the water. Everything gets better once I'm up on the foil. I need to go more often.

I've been trying to foil locally instead of driving half an hour to SanO, but I don't feel as confident getting plastered by shore break as I do in open water waves. I've had one really good day at Del Mar river mouth and the rest have been a struggle. People tell me other foks foil at del Mar, but I haven't seen anyone else.

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Random / How brilliant of Olukai
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:06:26 PM »
To connect strongly to Archie Kalepa. In the few times I've hung out with Archie and talked with him I always come away thinking "this is who I want to be when I grow up", if I can't be Dave Kalama I want to be Archie. Such a great human being. This video is just so cool. Yeah, yeah, I know, buncha haoles taking advantage of Hawaiian culture. But they could just sell the shoes like every other company that knocked off Hawaiian and surf culture to make a buck.

So yeah, I'm a sucker for this, I buy their stuff.
https://olukai.com/blogs/news/the-voyage-of-manaiakalani-episode-4

Then again I'm fairly fond of the reef girls too, and Olokai doesn't have beer openers on the bottom of their shoes. Few things freak my wife out more than watching me open a beer with the bottom of my slippahs. I always say the same thing: "Could be worse, the opener could be on the top".
http://thesurfersview.com/categories/girls/miss-reef-girls

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