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Foil SUP / Re: Another revelation about the Barricuda style Kalama board!
« on: December 23, 2022, 12:07:21 AM »
  To be honest, there is not much more board out in front of me than there is on my 5' 2" wing board.

Yet another issue with V1 Gong, the boxes are a little too far back. I've always been super happy with their products, don't currently own any but I might consider a V2 Cruzader if they make some improvements. Everyone is going to have different requirements, mainly volume but lightweight is a basic need. The Kalama 115L custom I bought used has been through one season and is anything but waterlogged at it's original 12# (5.2Kg). The production versions are about a pound heavier and likely more ding resistant. Regularly available on the used market for 12-1500.

Yup, those are some pretty impressive turns for a 112cm span wing regardless of the board :)

Foil SUP / Re: Another revelation about the Barricuda style Kalama board!
« on: December 21, 2022, 09:58:50 PM »

...Malo can probably paddle on a  beachball and make it look stable :)

Agree Malo is super talented but I can really see the lag in his turns compared to his usual style on smaller boards, 7Kg for 112L is REALLY heavy... a lot of swing weight. They've gone overboard on the dimensions in their V1 effort, too narrow, too thick and way too heavy (the biggest surprise). Not cheap either at 1200 Euro ???

OK, but now you've created a 1mm gap between mast and fuse junction just forward of the shim (won't mention the hydrodynamic drag). Those carefully constructed parts designed to fit together like a glove now... don't. There might be a little flex there, you measured it but a gap is inevitable introducing all kinds of flex into that joint and eventually breaking the bolts. Just overall a bad design and the cheapest way to solve the problem. All this for $3.5K ::)

We're all interested in becoming as good at this sport as JH and KA who interestingly enough both use ML foils. Thing is, either of these guys could jump on my setup and make it look exactly the same as their ML. The foil is capable, I am not. Throwing double the money at this will not solve my issues. Did I mention the thing will already be obsolete when it arrives a year after you order it?

Folks are welcome to put their money(and sand their foils) anywhere(way) they like, thanks for making it even more clear that this system is not for me. Enjoy whatever it is you ride :)

So do those foils come with the tin foil hat or do I have to build my own? Who has time for this nonsense?

From those shimming instructions :o

Ventilation on the strut can happen for a variety of reasons. Most often ventilation occurs due to impurities that can build up on the leading edge, or scratches that can result from hitting things in the water. Water temperature and sea state also play an important role in the separation of laminar flow on the strut.

It is very important to keep the strut very clean, especially the leading edge. Do not touch it with dirty or greasy hands. You can clean the mast periodically with alcohol or household glass cleaner.

If you have persistent ventilation problems, or some surface defects and leading edge scratches as a result of hitting something in the water, please use the following procedure to bring back the leading edge to original performance:

You should do this only if you feel absolutely confident, otherwise you may risk changing the profile of the leading edge. If in doubt please contact us

1. Examine and fill any scratches or impact pits created from hitting something in the water using two part epoxy. Make sure to use only a tiny amount, just enough to fill, leaving very little to sand afterwards. Sand down the cured epoxy just in the repaired area with 600 grit until it is even. Only do a few strokes locally with 600 grit, as you can easily ruin the symmetry of the leading edge.

2. Start by wet sanding the leading edge with 1000 grit sand paper. Make sure your strokes are 45 alternating to the direction of the water flow.

3. Steadily work your way up to 1500, then 2000 grit. Be sure to change your water often so as not to contaminate the subsequent grit.

4. Rinse and dry off the strut. When dry use a 3M Trizact pad 3000 grit to buff the strut to a satin sheen.

5. Wipe down with alcohol or glass cleaner and you are ready to go."

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Wing Foil Videos
« on: November 03, 2022, 11:13:17 PM »

Certainly their best effort to date, incredible footage. What a life this Mathieu Fouliard has though I felt a bit sorry for his wife :(

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: Windsurfing 1986
« on: November 03, 2022, 11:07:54 PM »
Oy, that beginning looks like the streets of Portland. Put some windsurfing gear outside the tents and it suddenly becomes a lot less depressing :o

I think one of those gals was Lorraine Carlstrom? :)

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: October 31, 2022, 01:17:02 AM »
Right on.

Lag time in pumping or wave riding?

That was his first time riding a new foil.  He moved his foot strap next session and is ripping.  He's been working on those layback tight carves and even made a new narrower board for tighter turns.

I'm really nitpicking there Clay ;)  I see it in the roll from turn to turn here and there. Pumping looks great.

With tip breaches no longer having much of a penalty there's less reason to be so far from the foil. With my 93cm mast I felt the need to use front straps to overcome the lag while with the 83 not at all. Boards around 24" wide shouldn't cause much issue in steep banks at shorter mast lengths.

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: October 28, 2022, 11:33:44 PM »
Lots of nice SUP, surf and wingfoil footage in these 42 minutes.

Foil SUP / Re: Foil Videos
« on: October 28, 2022, 11:22:56 PM »
Fantastic Clay. Always a pleasure to watch this guy.

Who doesn't see though from this footage the limitations of the super long mast? It's holding him back from really nailing the timing, so much lag time. He does do incredibly well with it but...

(So easy to armchair critique...  ::)

I assumed the problem was overblown or a salt water issue, guess not... these are are stock Go Foil kit with about six months use in fresh water.

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Check your brass T-nuts
« on: October 24, 2022, 01:20:02 AM »
Having just dis-assembled for travel I noticed every brass T-nut cracked. My foil has never left the water (on purpose) and I'm not particularly hard on gear...

Prone Foiling, Surf foiling, Pump Foiling / Re: Swim Missiles
« on: October 22, 2022, 10:28:14 AM »
Hey guys,
This just popped up on the NW Wingfoil page though maybe more volume than you're looking for. Very close construction wise to my 6'5 x 23" Kalama custom that weighs 12# even. I'll bet this weighs 11 or less.

$900 for this seems like a bargain :)

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: GoFoil RS850
« on: September 19, 2022, 07:57:22 PM »
It's just a good looking wing :)

Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Re: GoFoil RS850
« on: September 19, 2022, 07:34:16 PM »
I'm pretty well in agreement Burchas with 6-7 hours now on this exact foil setup. Initially skeptical I could even get the 850 going on a gusty 4.2 day, then concerned it might be too big for 3.5/2.8 conditions (I'm 90Kg all up). Happy to report though that solid 2.8 conditions were just incredible, no problem holding this setup down (and no weird behavior either!). Despite the 14.5L tail looking a bit portly in comparison to the 850, not feeling any need to go smaller so far, time will tell. One little difference, I chose to move my mast back maybe 3/4" after that first session compared to the 1150 position. I'm using front straps and they're already all the way forward.

It's a bit of a different animal than the 1000/1150/1300, but in a good way :D

Quick edit: Also found that so far top speeds are roughly the same as the 1150 though acceleration is noticeably faster.

Classifieds / Re: FS: Axis 1099 As New
« on: September 10, 2022, 06:24:23 AM »
I'm in Ventura often enough foiling Mondos that I can probably help you out with this one Marty. I have a box to ship right now too.

Haven't a clue what that means :o

SOLD, this one's relocating to Texas (I guess for the lower taxes...)

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