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I use the bicycle mode - your track is in color (based on your relative speed).  I still get those high speed spikes, but most of the time, I get pretty decent speed charts.

Classifieds / Re: Axis 899, 799, 980, 810
« on: June 02, 2023, 12:48:39 AM »
I PM'd you - I'll take the 980

Classifieds / North Nova Light Wind 8.0
« on: May 10, 2023, 10:06:42 AM »
Used 3x - pretty much brand new

I got a dw board and am headed in that direction - want to move this to someone who will use it.

$850 if local on Oahu.  Willing to ship to US Mainland at buyers additional cost.

The Shape Shack / Installing Chinook 16" boxes
« on: March 20, 2023, 12:00:48 AM »
Anyone here installed these yet?  I normally use the Futures 10.75" boxes - but it would be nice to have the extra adjusting room for the foil.

I wondering what router bits you are using, if you made a jig (or two); or if Chinook has a kit (which I've looked for but can't find - next step is to call them).


Classifieds / Re: FS: Full Armstrong rig HS1250/60fuse/vTail/85mast
« on: December 16, 2022, 09:28:35 PM »
I sent a PM - I have a buddy who is interested in the 1250

I normally ride an 85cm Project Cedrus mast (total height is 89cm with base plate and adapter/fuselage all bolted on).  Pulling upwind, jibing hard onto peaking waves and jumping are all fun on this mast height.

Then I started doing downwinders this past weekend (Saturday practice run from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach Park; then the Bluewater Classic race on Sunday).  I needed a taller mast - going 22mph downwind (really broad reaching - there are no wings that like going DDW while almost matching wind speed, so you need some wind in the wing) - everything gets pretty critical and having another 10 to 15 cm on the mast would have made it easier for me.

I don't think I'd use a mast taller than 90 if I was staying above my launch point (holding my line), but for downwinders, I'll bolt on as long a mast as I can get my hands on.

If the mast is open, wouldn't the water level inside the mast just sit at the level of the water surface?  So added water weight really isn't a factor (unless you are jumping a lot and the "opening" doesn't allow the water to drain instantly).

I have all three.

I use the ARTs when I know there will be minimal turbulence in the water.  They surf well, turn up and down the wave face, have fantastic glide, and are really fast when pushed.  But when I am in bigger waves, and I have to traverse water with air entrained, or there is a crosscurrent running, the ARTs start acting errratically (for me - in Hawaiian waters; may not be what everyone/most are experiencing).

The conditions listed above are where the Kujiras really perform well.  I have the confidence to push them hard knowing I won't lose lift when I need it, and I can turn super hard in critical sections.

I love all of them (980/1095/1210/1440 and 899/999/1099) and am not planning on changing my quiver of foils anytime soon.  If you don't have to contend with white water - move over to the ARTs.

Mackite has a listing for a 2022 OR A Series.  It is more expensive, but the listing doesn't have much info (that isn't already presented in the 2021 listing).

Anyone got any info on this?

I picked up a 6.1 a week ago - I've ridden with it 4 times now.  For reference, I'm 185#, can ride regular and goofy (and switch as required).

Talking with other guys who got their RS (5.1 and 4.3) in the first batch - the general opinions are:
- handles are amazing - super direct control input
- these wings are really quiet - zero flapping
- these wings do not like being overpowered (luff like mad and even compress downward)
- heavy back hand control

This is a fun wing!  Not as high performance as the Reedin SWX or the OR Aluula - but still pulls upwind better than average.  Has more low end then the other two wings I listed (but not more than an Ensis Score).  I'm still trying to figure out why, but the RS is a more physical wing - I feel like I've been working out after using it (I don't feel this way using the Reedins even when they are at the top end of their range).  I can jibe both ways and tack easily heel to switch - my achilles heel has been the toe to heel tack (I know - this is everyone's first turn) - with the RS, I did 10 consecutive toe to heel tacks (all up on foil).  Hard not to say it wasn't the wing that enabled this.

I can use this wing down in the 12mph range (with a larger front foil) and it tops out at 20mph for me.  12 to 16 seems perfect.

I like it so much, I'm going to pick up a 5.1.  My plan is to use the 5.1 from 15 to 20

For higher winds, I'm going to stick to the SWX 4.2 and SW 3.6 that I currently have - with that much energy blowing around, I prefer the more balanced feel these wings have.

All just my opinion -

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Unicorn Siting
« on: April 29, 2022, 09:48:34 AM »
Saw this on a World Wing Foiling race IG clip

Looks like an Aluula framed X-wing

The same video clip had the Nitro and OR A going head to head

I shape my own boards and the one I use the most is the only one that I did not install footstrap inserts in - so by default, I don't use straps.  I do want to learn to jump, so I've been slowly bringing out the other boards with the straps, but for surfing with the wing/foil, I totally prefer going without the straps.

I am an old windsurfer/kitesurfer and have surfed well before starting the other two.  I am regular foot, but on the south shore of Oahu, the tradewinds kind of force me to wing foil goofy foot while I'm on the wave (the angle of the wind and the waves - side off - tends to pull me back if I luff going regular/twisted).  I just can't let go of my front hand on the wing (need a pressure point just to keep my balance going goofy, on a foil, screaming down a wave, etc).  I find myself moving my feet a lot and if I had straps to contend with, I wouldn't be able to make the small adjustments.  In fact - I'll switch maybe three times riding a wave from the outside in depending on what the wave is going to do - way easier without straps.

I also switch a lot between different foils based on the conditions (GoFoil, Axis, Takuma, Lift and Armstrong - I don't own all of these, just have some friends that trust me - and it doesn't hurt to make them boards every now and then), and footstrap positions can change a lot based on the geometry a foil prefers.  I have to move my straps way forward when using GoFoil, and they come further back with the Takuma Kujira foils.

I'd say figure out what feels better for you.  If you never jump or aren't inclined to bring that risk into the mix, I'd say you really don't have to use straps.

I'm guessing that wing is going to be well above $2000 USD.

Oh well - my kids better figure out that scholarship thing...

And I better start liking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I think I am the guy that bought Hdip's 75cm universal mast.  I have proned foiled it in everything from knee high waves to well overhead (Takuma Kujira 1210/self made 14.75" G10 rear stab).  I'm 185# and I've never ventilated this mast.  In fact, I've gotten 5 for 1s, and cranked the hardest leaned out turns all on the same rides - so this mast has served me well.  I've also used it winging (but not much as it is a hair shorter than my preference for winging)- and I have not ventilated it at speed either.

I liked this mast so much I bought an 85cm version (and I'm waiting for a 68cm to prone during lower tides).  I have ventilated while using the 85 (with the ART999/420 on the Ultrashort fuselage) - but that was going faster than 25mph.  I need to use the Kujira on both the stock aluminum 85cm mast (I had to buy this to get the fuselage) and this universal and see if it is rider error or truly a thickness difference.  I haven't experienced ventilation on the stock mast - but then again I haven't used the Kujira on the universal yet.

So to convolute this topic even more - same mast cross-section, different uses, different results

Classifieds / Armstrong Stuff
« on: December 30, 2021, 11:44:04 PM »
1. CF300 V2 - Brand new, never used, with cover, screws and shims.  $200
2. CF300 V1 - Brand new, never used, with cover and screws.  $200
3. HS232 V1 - Used a few times - great condition; with cover and screws.   $200
4. Custom 15" - made by Nico on Oahu - $230 (picture attached)
5. Chopped 300 V1 - used by in good condition, with cover and screws - $180 (picture attached)
6. CF800 (drilled out for the barrel nut) - excellent condition - $250

DM if you want pictures of any of these.

You pay shipping if asking for one.  Get two and I'll split shipping.  Get three or more and I'll cover shipping

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