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General Discussion / Re: Foiling is EASY
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:38:51 AM »
I'm going to start in Maui . . . .

Awesome!  Looking forward to the report.  Expect a few face plants for the first 3 to 5 sessions. 

Then things will start to come together.  Go heavy on the front foot, and maybe don't even try to fly the first several waves.  The key is learning to subtly attenuate the front foot. 

I was speaking with an army helicopter pilot about learning to fly helicopters which requires coordinated footwork.  When learning he was wobbling around, wobbling around . . . ."OMG I'm never going to get this."  Then all of the sudden "I got it!"
 
Our Dad was stationed in Pensacola Fl.in 1963, to learn how to fly a helicopter as he was about take command of a helicopter carrier, which would be the one first  taking Marines into Vietnam a year later.  The idea was to familiarize him with Heli ops.  He did take command but he never learned how to fly them.  In fact he crashed one and came home a racked up.  He was considered a great fixed wing pilot but somehow that footwork thing eluded him.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:36:34 PM »
Headmount getting some press :) . Yeah Bill!

http://www.supthemag.com/videos/find-glide-maui-south-side/
Do you have a digital subscription?  I can't get the text under the vid.  If you do can you copy and post it?

I don't but I can see it - copied below.  By "press" I really meant that was a great shot of you in the video at the top of the article.  Can see where that may be misleading :)

Finding glides in the Hawaiian channels is not hard to do. Riding them well is a different story. Successfully linking together bumps takes years of practice and an intimate knowledge and feel for ocean conditions. These paddlers have clearly put in their time as they whipped down a fun run on Maui’s South Side with ease. It looks like a blast and definitely has us itching to get back over there.
Thanks.  I get this often with some web sites where the text comes on then disappears with long bars that designate FB, Twittle, etc.  Don't know why.

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General Discussion / Re: Foiling is EASY
« on: October 18, 2017, 05:17:42 PM »
Thanks DailyBread Surf Photo.  That was the pic and I really like seeing it larger like this rather than FB. 

Great to see your knees bent so well.  Doubt if I have that much bend anymore.


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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 18, 2017, 03:14:35 PM »
Headmount getting some press :) . Yeah Bill!

http://www.supthemag.com/videos/find-glide-maui-south-side/
Do you have a digital subscription?  I can't get the text under the vid.  If you do can you copy and post it?

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Downwind and Racing / Re: And then suddenly summer is gone.
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:40:43 AM »
Another shot at Maliko yesterday after a days rest from sunday's excursion.  There appeared to be less surf but water was torn up even worse than Sunday.  Jimmy thought the wind was stronger but he lives up around 1000 feet elevation and many times you get radical wind speed differences from the sea level.  Turned out wind was sufficient but lighter than sunday.  The three swell angles thing was still going and even though it was smaller than sunday, the counter current factor was also worse.  So it was tough going. 

Around the uppers point we were suddenly getting these relatively flat bumps pulsing outwards.  It inspired us to hammer to stay with them as our boards were finally releasing.  I had taken us up the middle route between the usual breaks as i hadn't seen anything significant looking ahead on the way down.  But this out-suck was actually water sucking into a rogue wave which I heard first, then turned my head to see an 8 foot wall of white water rolling my way.  Managed to turn board towards shore and it hit me just as it had reached deeper water.  The whitewater 'floated' me off my board but the wave's punch had already dissipated.  Didn't even stretch my leash.  But I was rather pissed at myself for not paying adequate attention.  My other friend was inside and behind me and had a birds eye view.  He was laughing.

Usually fatigue sets in after I finish a run but yesterday the last mile was on rote memorization, no zip.  One day's recovery time wasn't sufficient from Sunday's run and today isn't just fatigue but pain.  Using your body to deal with awkward situations is taxing.  Outlook for Maliko downwinders is grim in the immediate future.  More large swells on the way.  I went home and put my board in its sling.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:01:14 AM »
Eagle, Here's the same two approaches from top level paddlers, Dave Kissane from Australia and Jeremy Riggs from Maui.  Dave is executing the 'on the rudder front seat move' while Jeremy is back on the tail wires doing the 'wheelie"

In this case Dave is the big guy and Jeremy more slight, so being forward isn't just a 'size matters' thing but if you hit a 'mogul' on the drop, you are vulnerable. 

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:35:34 PM »
I think headcount might be old enough to remember this...





oh, and BTW, ...

For powder boards in your neck of the woods look up Wengy and try a Dupraz snowboard. (Dupraz is a regular paddle buddy). Those are real pure pow boards. Making a comeback too.

Or Chris Prior, Prior Snowboards [and Skis], for locally built. I know him through my friend to turned me on to SUP. Small world.

I suspect you're due for an upgrade to a real powder board. And maybe later real powder skis.

I also suspect headcount is just reaching for the steering with his toes.
 
I got to ride a Prior split board and loved it.  Climbing with one was just about the most energetic thing I've ever done.   And you made my day with that pic.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:32:38 PM »
Hmm.  Was looking at your feet forward orientation.  But see your stance has weight aft to pop up the nose.  Generally that is necessary if your tip submarines.

If you can -> try a powder specific board so you can stay neutral and better balanced.  Really makes powder riding easy more fun and less tiring because your back leg is not tensed up.

Comparatively my all mountain board feels like crap vs my powder board.  Not wide enough or flexy enough for powder.  ;)


My go to powder board for years was Burton Fish, 156 and 160.  Gerry also had a 160 of his brand back in the 90s that worked well.  They were back leg burners but very maneuverable.  As you noted splashing the nose on a Bullet 17' can be harsh.  These boards maintain glides well but it can be a real trick making drops and pulling a turn. 
Having that back leg prepared like a 'wheelie' is essential.  The vee at the very tail allows for some fairly quick angle changes up to 20-30 degrees.  On that particular clip that those stills were taken from,  I was able to land it smooth with a tail stand and maintain as I slipped between Randy and JR's student.  My pal Randy on the red board,  has a great clip in the beginning of the video where he pulls a lateral turn standing way up front just using the rudder.  He's 140 and I'm 195.  Two approaches, same result.  But with strong lateral moves, not only do you not hit, you go faster for longer.  Love the snowboard shots.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: And then suddenly summer is gone.
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:53:53 AM »
....and, for some of us, the winter of our years is getting more in focus as well.

That goes for me as well. I'll be 68 next February.
We're in the same boat, well you got a year on me.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:13:44 PM »
Yeah can kinda see there is a bit of a forward orientation.  When I learned how to SB went straight to carved turns on a nice asymmetric race board using my ski boots.  Did one face plant at speed and nearly knocked myself out catching a toe edge. From there learned pretty quick that SB can be pretty dangerous.  Never had a wipe-out like that on skis.

Then had to detune and learn to skid so I could teach beginners butter turns using their soft setups.  Which actually really helped my skill set.  From there bought a nice soft setup and really enjoy deep powder for that.  As my race board completely sucks and submerges in that.

But what is quite amazing is that Jeremy can get shots like that.  Would have thought his cam would be strapped to his body for easy access vs in a pocket.  Seems a bit dicey pulling that out each time -> but do realize his skills are at a pretty high pay grade.

A couple of my DW pals really enjoyed their time with him on numerous Malikos recently.  They had a great time -> and one also did a tandem with him.
Mine is a powder stance

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Downwind and Racing / Re: And then suddenly summer is gone.
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:33:30 PM »
....and, for some of us, the winter of our years is getting more in focus as well.
YF

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Downwind and Racing / Re: And then suddenly summer is gone.
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:55:22 PM »
Winter may be coming, but that is just a calendar date depending on where you live in the US.

As an example, I live in southeast Texas. During my lifetime where I've lived in Texas since 1966, I've seen a Christmas Day where the high temperature for the day was 33-38 degrees F where we wearing long pants and coats to stay warm. But I've also seen lots of Christmas Days where the high temperature for the day was between 70-75 degrees F and we were wearing shorts and t-shirts.
I think both Creek and I were referring to what is happening, in his case the N Atlantic and in mine the N Pacific.  Low pressures.

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:53:02 PM »
I've done some snowboarding and this stance reminded me of it. 

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Downwind and Racing / Re: DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:29:56 PM »
Yep.  Hand held.  You wouldn't want to get into a quick draw gunfight with Jeremy.  That's why I always used a "Headmount"  but it had its drawbacks.  Plus I couldn't shoot and keep up with the team.  Jeremy is so freakin fast he has to slow down to stay with us so it's perfect for him.

How bout Dave and his cam set up?  That was his first south run on foil and he adds all that equipment to the equation.  Blew my mind but he did it.

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Downwind and Racing / DW video of Dave passing us all on his foil
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:24:06 PM »
Another great open ocean video by Jeremy Riggs. It's incredibly challenging for him to hold steady while shooting and going fast at the same time. Some cool shots here, especially of Dave Kalama weaving amongst us. He had to paddle out for a distance before he lifted up on the foil. At this particular point he was just catching up to us and in short order, passing us like we were standing still. Yet in the SUP world, we were doing OK. It's just that the foil is just so freaking fast. I'm reminded of the dinosaurs. Thanks for the cover shot JR!  Love this particular Stones tune.  Not Fade Away.  How appropriate!



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