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Regardless of the last minute mistake, at least you'll get it done.

My repair would've gone like this:
1) Get resin all over my hands and transfer to every surface in my garage
2) Curse and go look for the acetone
3) Lose patience and try to get everything together quickly before it sets
4) Have all parts set at slightly the wrong angle
5) Curse some more
6) Attempt to sand away the mistakes
7) Wife comes into garage, point out mess and questions why I've been there all day
8 ) Get mad at her for pointing out the obvious
9) Leave everything and go apologize
10) Grab beer, open laptop and order new mast on internet - After all, I needed a taller one anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Surf Rig - How do you hide your keys?
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:04:03 AM »
I had a Jeep with one of those wireless key fobs.

You can't take the key out of the fob and leave tho fob in the car because the car won't let you lock it with the fob inside.


a) Take key out of fob
b) Wrap fob in aluminum foil
c) Leave fob inside and lock car
d) Open car with key

Now I'm driving a Tesla 3, so I take the credit card key with me. But I have to turn my phone off when I leave it in the car or the car will lock, but open for anyone who walks by.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Jumping!!!!
« on: April 16, 2021, 08:21:13 AM »
Thanks for this! I'm not there yet, but starting to think maybe I should try it. 

Not liking my strap positioning at the moment, though.  Every session I put them on and every session I take them off half way through.  They just don't feel comfortable (hurt the side of my feet) and they screw up my jibes.

Where do you have your straps in relation to the foil and how many and what angle for the front?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: April 15, 2021, 10:25:34 AM »
I have two sessions on the HA1125 and I didn't want to post my thoughts until I had at least one session in higher winds, but it seems like that isn't going to happen anytime soon, so I'll go ahead and post about my two low wind experiences. All wind speeds I took from the National Weather Service weather buoy from my spot for the times I was out wing dinging.

Stats: 10 knots windspeed with gusts to 13 (14 at times).  I'm 155# and both times used a Strike 5.0

Rode back to back with a HS1850, first session HA1125 first then HS1850, second session reversed (that way being tired doesn't affect the outcome).  Both were on 72cm mast, 60cm fuse (old style) 232 rear, 0 degree shim.

Top speed: 18.1 knots on the HA1125, 16.5 on the HS1850 (Recorded on Apple Watch)

I was on foil all the time with the HS1850 - one or two pumps and you're up. 
The HA1125 requires more finesse: a combination of more patience, pumping the wing with a shorter stroke and maybe a tad more downwind angle.

I think the wind was marginal for the HA1125 and I expect it would be much easier to get it going with a solid 14 knots of breeze. I could take advantage of a 4-5 second gust to come up on foil on the 1850, the 1125 needed a 7-8 second gust - this seems like an eternity when the wind is low.

The 1850 comes up gradually and is easier to control with the front foot, the 1125 comes up fast and will porpoise if you're not paying attention, so you need to be subtle: rear foot while coming up to speed, then front foot gradually to control trim.  Think of it as feathering the throttle instead of stomping on the accelerator.  A longer mast would probably be helpful (more on this later).

Pumping: The 1850 can ride higher in the water, for some reason.  This means that pumping the foil is easier on the 72 cm mast as there is more "room to play" between touching down and breaching. The 1125 will breach easier so I found myself keeping it lower in the water.  This means the board slapped the chop more and I had less space to pump the foil.  A longer mast would probably solve both those issues and probably improve the low end a little.

Gybes:  I'm at 50% on foil for the 1850 (so take my comments with a grain of salt), Could not stay on foil for any on the 1125. The 1125 comes off of foil abruptly and then slows down almost immediately.  With the 1850, you can feel the foil start to drop and it is easier to recover. Also, I can touch down and just kiss the surface of the water and come back up on foil immediately after the foot switch.  Cannot do that yet with the 1125 (maybe need more wind).  The arc of the turn has to be wider with the 1125.

Glide:  Both of these wings will handle the lulls really well and won't come off foil easily.  If I put the Strike in neutral I can pump the 1850 for longer, again some of that may have to do with the mast height.

Upwind angle:  Substantially higher with the HA1125.  The Strike and the 1850 or 1550 are pretty amazing but  the HA1125/Strike combo is unreal.  I had no worries going deep downwind to get on foil because I knew I could just motor back upwind once I got the thing flying. 

Speed:  If the 10% speed increase I mentioned at the beginning of the post holds in higher winds, I should be able to easily improve on my previous speeds. I'm expecting 25 knot straight-line speeds in 18-20 knots.  Maybe not spectacular but super fast for me. Maybe I can keep up with the windfoilers in straight line speeds and the kitefoilers in wind angles  ;)

In conclusion, for where I'm at - learning to ride small waves and perfecting transitions, I'll stick to the HS1850/1550 because they are sharper turning and more forgiving and will come up on foil easier when you make a mistake.  But for higher winds, higher speeds and upwind/downwind cruising angles in the bay, the HA1125 will be the foil to ride.

I want nothing to do with 10ft @16s.  :o

Having said that, in the tiny conditions I'm learning in I can relate to the feeling of getting left behind by the wave, then stalling, dropping off the foil, and being unable to get out of the way. 

With a windsurf board you can just angle, sheet in and go.
With the wing and foil it's more like either being too low and stalling, being too high and breaching or being too angled and getting taco'd.

The local guys that are learning riding bigger waves seem to be kinda shoulder hopping onto the wave and staying further away from the lip on the top turns than they would if they were prone surfing or windsurfing. That sounds kinda lame, but they are getting better all the time, so more power to them.

With your big wave and prone foil surfing experience I would have thought it was just a matter of putting the wing in neutral and the rest is surfing, but what the hell do I know ?!?

Please give us some pointers when you get it figured out.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:36:32 PM »
Well - the wing came in but the fuse did not.
And thereís no wind to try it out anyway.
All I can do is look at it.
(Thatís an HS1850 for scale)

Thanks.  Emailed them to see if they have 3.5

Love my 5.0. Super light, stable and trucks upwind.

My new quiver of Strikes is 2.8, 3.5, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0

Where did you get the smaller strikes?  I canít find them anywhere!

I have a 5 strike and a 3.5 Ensis. I weight 151 lbs.  Foils are 1850 and 1550

5.0 Strike gets me from 10 knots to 20 knots and I donít think a six would get me much more on the low end.

Ensis 3.5 is a grunty wing that feels more like a 4.0. I can get it on foil probably around 14 knots, maybe a little less, but it feels super overpowered for me at 26-27 because the gusts are usually in the 30 range.

I donít get much wind above 35 knots, so no comments in that range.

I think my overlap would be great for 10-30 with 5 and 3.5 Strikes, assuming the Strike has a little less power than the Ensis. So Iím looking for a 3.5 Strike (no one seems to have them).

In short and to answer your question more directly, I would not do a 5.0/4.2 Swing quiver, I would do 5.0/3.5.

SUP General / Re: Fun for the whole Family.... even the Foil Crew!
« on: April 02, 2021, 05:17:55 AM »
Anyone can pick and choose a few good looking clips from their sessions and make themselves look like heroes (my main problem with the 3 second clip shortboard compilations) but this looks way more real, and in a way, way more fun.  This is why we don't all just rent jet skis.

Besides, anyone who knows can see the stance and positioning and tell that you know what you're doing, regardless of the fall.

I did that last butt flop a few days ago with my wing and foil in the shore break on my way out.  Guy comes over and asks if I needed help.  Humbling.

There are so many new wings in the pipeline, I donít know what to get...  Are too many options a thing?

I have a Strike 5.0 that I like - light and better upwind, but one more handle would be sweet.   Now I need a smaller size for heavier wind to replace my tattered Ensis  and while I thought Iíd get a smaller Strike, I canít make up my mind:

Thereís wings with mini booms (Slick)
Wings with straight handles (Mantis)
Wings with too many handles
Light wings
Heavier, more durable wings
Gold wings
Windows, No Windows.
One point inflation, two point inflation and one point inflation with shutoff for the strut once inflated.
Different kinds of valves.

Making a choice means youíre bound to make the wrong one in some way!

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: mast plate help!
« on: March 19, 2021, 01:03:44 PM »

Are other people shearing screws in half like me or am I the only one doing something wrong here??

My guess is that you're not taking the thing apart after use and the stainless and aluminium are doing bad things together.

Those things will end up practically welded together if you don't do the old disassemble, rinse and lube routine.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: March 19, 2021, 12:53:48 PM »
I've never understood Armstrong's decision to use a hex plug. Harder to manufacture to reasonable tolerance, less resistance to torque. A tapered square plug makes a lot more sense from a design standpoint. Better yet, bail from the entire plug design. That's the reason I switched to Axis.

I prefer the plug design.  It's marginally easier to put together and should resist bolts shearing in a forward collision better than a design that depends on the bolts for "x-axis" strength.  I, for one, have been known to hit bottom at full speed in a spectacular human cannonball catapult display.

You are right that the hex is less secure than a square in the circumference - only reason I see they did that is to reduce the diameter of the female socket in the front wings and it may also help with point loads in the socket?

All this being conjecture, we should ask Armie.  Seems like an approachable dude.

Back on the HA1123 topic, a couple of months ago I fell straight onto the wingtip of my HS1850 and bruised my ribs.  Kept me off the water for a week and a half and I could feel it for about four.  As much as I want to try a HA wing out of pure curiosity - I feel those long, pointy tips could be even more of a Cuisinart than your regular wings. Armstrong foils tend to float sideways for a while before they sink, and someone mentioned a 3 foot wingspan? Ouch.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: mast plate help!
« on: March 19, 2021, 12:29:57 PM »
Am I missing something obvious?

Why not just drill out the broken bolt, re-tap the threads and put in a new bolt?

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Armstrong HA1125
« on: March 15, 2021, 11:02:17 AM »
Here's Armie winging next to the big boys!

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