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Foil SUP / Re: Foamie foil board
« on: Today at 09:01:23 AM »
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Foil SUP / Foamie foil board
« on: Today at 09:00:23 AM »
This is been on the bench since about March...  The idea was 'If the board is not all that important in the beginning.. why not the least expensive?'  Also, why not use perhaps both the most used (and most derided) board ever.  @ $175. (Amazon/delivered) it provides a low entry price compared to Starboard or the like.  There are a surprising number of seemingly well-built foamies.  Even Mick Fanning has a line that may get 'some' respect.

Like a lot of things, one tends to copy prior art.  My young engineer friend milled up a foil mount suitable for the Brooklyn Bridge.  Then you look at it and say; ' C'hit, just move the whole thing; there is no fixed position like with an insert?!'  We have a stainless plate with four holes to add to the mix. ' Another banding device also because the junctions look like skin removal tools to me.  When I get the time, I'll put up the shortboard.  Be my guest if this simulates an idea, or 'you're welcome' if this saves you from a trip down a similar gopher hole.

Jim


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A friend bought Dwight's 4M WASP from me.  He's one of the salt-of-the-earth types that has surfed after church for decades and switched to SUP a few years ago. He and a friend—who is a graceful as a ballet dancer on an 11' SUP—hang in an area with all the knowns and wannabees. He wants to foil but thought starting with the wing would be best at first.  BUT - he really did not want anyone to see him; people at any break can be pretty damn judgmental ..and your homebreak is the worst.

He calls: Jimmy! He was out on the 4th weekend - east-facing beach w/SSE ...sounding like 10-12kts.  I think he only has 9 and 11' SUPs.  ' Said he took the center fin out - leaving two side fins and no leash.  He and his friend typically move off and do not use leashes. (I would swim 100mi a month w/o a leash) He tells me, he wings his way outside... and way outside a kind of dead peak comes in and the wing helps him pick this small swell.. ' grabs the center handle and 'surfs it in'.   ...a number of times.

The fun part: he's now 'Mikey' - the first to try it ..and like it.  I gather it was like if Tommy Curren showed up in the parking lot.  Rather than feeling 'the goof', he's a groundbreaker and they all wanted to know 'What is that?!'.  He's a nice guy: 'hero for a day' is well deserved.

Jim

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Aaaaaa... 'a transfer' makes sense, Nick.   I have lost kites and boards to the ocean because the leash blew up or pulled off, so I am a little gun shy about any looseness.   

Another thing about 'webbing' handles: It is my luck, as a person easily annoyed by dumb details ...the outside radius of a sausage is stretched perfectly smooth when arched - the inside is wrinkled as c'hit. Not only 'spongy and slippery', but it's also frickin' wrinkled.

Here's a simple example of thermoplastic that is formed to 'finish' the handle for this wing. ' Best done in a toaster oven, or boiling water, you need to 1) wear gloves and 2) be focused on the prize ..as the time to set is <10sec because it is so thin.  I had some medical-grade I need to look for because the dwell is longer. ' Next step is to encapsulate it with some non-slip.   But after what seems two weeks - there's a bit of wind - so, later!

Jim

Nick... I had you penciled in around Xmas.  I was going to drag my grandson off Big Bear during college break, fly him to FL, and get him 'on the water'. He teaches snowboarding, so it should have been easy for him.  It was going to be your foil school and a couple of days at the cable park in the Keys.  The way it looks, my wife will be spreading my ashes before I get on a plane or around large groups of people again. 

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... I got hung up on the leash and forgot to add to FLK's comment about the handles:  Yeeech!  They are about as limp as a post-coital member. In that same vein, I bought a WASP from Dwight where he had done what could be called a 'penile implant'.  It was successful but he ('can probably discuss it better...) did not find a clean way to suture the opening.  I found Velco one-wrap closed it off to at least make it cosmetically acceptable. I made external stiffeners before, and recently found a thermoplastic that looks as if it will 'form fit' as a handle cover.

Jim

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I give FLK's review 1000% better than I could offer given his experience. (I believe he did the excellent video below) but did not understand the leash comment.  Frankly, I find it 100% more secure than the overly large WASP wrist attachment.  (5-10 x 175... so I am not a dwarf)

Jim


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIspFfN3vfs&t=110s


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Photo credits (great shots!): Bob Stawicki of iwasphotographed.


Jim

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...two more shots.   (photographer unkn. so no credits).  'Cheap Beach' - sounds like my kinda place!

Jim


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Cynthia Brown, back from MEX, reports: gusting to 46mph  ...3M WASP, GL120, 36.5" mast plus adaptor ..making 39".  "The swells were bigly!"

I am in MD with <6kts?!

Jim



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Ride'm Cowboy!  Good for you.

Jim

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: My New Ride
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:31:03 PM »
It is like showing up to an interview in a well-fitting suit of decent cloth, you will perform better.  I would only get some advice on how to change your portside paddle stroke - you would not want to tear up that pretty new rail.  Have fun!

Jim

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'Lemon Bar' ...that looks tasty.  Do they place those 'guide fins' (whatever name..) that far forward?  I thought just fwd of your front foot?   

Jim

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Cool little piece, eh, Clay?  I did not want to linger there too long, but I didn't see a release date?   Rob Pirie's gotta have one of these.  Here's one of my favorites of his.  ...' occasional morning inspiration to perk up the day.




Jim


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Gear Talk / Re: What would be the best use for these fins ?
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:42:20 AM »
'Harsh' - 10. Woooo, someone is in a bad mood.  (Of course - I have the RED one!)

Jim

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Foil SUP / Re: When aircraft designers describe Span and Aspect Ratio
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:09:46 AM »
Last one...     

Jim


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