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nope, I can't find any further information about it online other than the real-water-sports video review.  But I also haven't been proning at all.  Planning to get one if I can sell some wings.
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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Re: Recent (Oct 2020) St Lucia trip
« Last post by Wetstuff on Today at 02:12:03 PM »
His reply to: "My only complaint is food and lodging cost."

"Your complaints are 100% valid. We usually go to the grocery store and make most of our food, and we stay in places that have some sort of kitchen. We use VRBO.com 1 to find the best deals. If you donít drink, you can save the most money. Most expensive alcohol cost I have seen anywhere I have traveled.

I have not traveled there in the high wind season due to cost as well. Even in shoulder season, Long Bay is one of my favorite places anywhere to kite."


Jim
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The Shape Shack / Re: Asymetrical SUP
« Last post by jondrums on Today at 02:09:50 PM »
I assume more that it is made for goofy footers going either way
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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Recent (Oct 2020) St Lucia trip
« Last post by Wetstuff on Today at 02:08:06 PM »
This is a copy/paste from our local kite forum...

"We had heard of a kite spot in St Lucia from several people that I kited with in Turks & Caicos called Coconut Bay Resort. My wife surprised me with a trip to Coconut Bay last January, however it took 3 tries to finally get there. January and February are the best months for kiting there, but they have strong winds almost year round, with the exception of late summer/early fall. Coconut Bay is a very large resort with accommodations for up to 570 people. There is a family friendly side with water park/lazy river, adults only side, and upscale adults only with butler service. All areas are all inclusive. We were originally booked at the adults only Harmony area with the last room available. Fast forward a cancellation and two Covid cancellations, we finally were booked at the upscale all inclusive Serenity for the same price as Harmony. Serenity has about 20 rooms which are about 700SF each with their own pool and outdoor bar area.

All inclusive is really all that there with a restaurant and bar centrally located with all meals prepared individually with no buffets. There were about 6 honeymooning couples there and few other couples. Staff to guest ration was 2 to 1. Serenity is one of the few hotels in St Lucia that is Govít Covid approved. Temperatures were taken before every meal and masks required for all off location excursions. There was a 2 hour wait to clear the Covid screening tent on arrival to St Lucia. There is a very low incidence of Covid on St Lucia.

There is a dedicated kite shack at the end of the beach at Coconut Bay in which you could rent anything that you needed including foils and directionals. There is 3 person staff on location to assist or do lessons. Air line was available that had a set up to limit the pressure that could be sent through the kite valve, very clever. As this was off season, I was the only kiter at the resort. Linus (pronounced Leenis) was super helpful even performing a repair to one of my kites and giving some additional lessons for which he did not have to when I rented their foil for my third attempt at foiling.

There is a large beach which was super simple to launch and land from, a relatively shallow section of sand and grass, and then multiple levels of reef structure which I had not experienced before. The reefs were almost exposed at low tide. I rode my 17M the first day in light winds which did not really amount to a lot of kiting. The second day I rode my 14.5M OR Aluula Flite. I did get a good half day on the 14.5M. The reef structure really did not break down the waves like they do at other Caribbean islands so there was a good bit of chop. Once you got to the outside, there were some pretty substantial swells you could ramp off of. As I was out there by myself, I didnít partake of too much jumping on the outside being worried about dropping my kite in the wash over the reefs to the inside. I rode the kite shackís double agent foil for the rest of the afternoon with varying degrees of success as the wind was very light and keeping the kite in the air proved just as difficult as trying to keep going on the foil.

Another issue that I had not experienced before was the current on the inside of the reef structure. Essentially with the wind from the NE it drove a 3-4 knot current down the inside of the reef. This coupled with the light wind made for some slogging and working the kite to get back upwind.

The next two days were spent on excursions on the island in which we travelled over an hour one way to see the botanical gardens, active volcano, mud baths at the volcano, and lighthouse hill which overlooks the entire Southern part of the island. The second excursion was a snorkel trip on a catamaran to Sugar Beach and off shore of Jade Mountain on the East side of the island. The excursions were very good. Big takeaway here was that I donít know that I would rent a car and travel on island like I have on many other Caribbean locations. There was very little infrastructure that catered to tourists. It is like the island is made up of very small towns that are run and frequented by the locals.

I kited the final morning before flying out at 3pm back to Miami. Bummer of the trip was waiting 4 hours for our 8pm flight to National and then having it canceled and having to fly out the next morning. Sorry for the length, but I find the long descriptions that are written by many of us are very helpful in finding new and exciting places to kite. I would go back to Coconut Bay but probably would go in high season, even though basically having the beach and launch to myself was pretty cool too."

...sounds like a good spot to bring a wing.

Jim

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The Shape Shack / Re: Asymetrical SUP
« Last post by DavidJohn on Today at 02:06:38 PM »
So itís made for left handlers? (waves)
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More...  Note the $$ conection between the airlines and researchers. (' Curious to know how many researchers boarded flights after the study...) I'm sure Sturgis or a political rally is bias confirmed for those who didn't get sick.   

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/10/27/safe-to-fly-during-covid-19-pandemic-reports-differ/6041206002/


Jim
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SUP General / Re: Are cracks in PVC fairly common ?
« Last post by Kip on Today at 01:34:30 PM »
The intent of sandwich construction is to make something stronger and stiffer for the same or less weight. It doesn't HAVE to be lighter, and the outer layer doesn't have to be thin, but it can be. It's like a girder vs. a solid bar of steel. The girder is much stiffer for the same weight of material. Or better yet, maybe line an aluminum clad honeycomb sheet vs a sheet of aluminum twice the thickness of the cladding. You can bend the plain aluminum sheet easily, but the honeycomb sheet is rigid.

Jimmy chose to make the Rail as light as it could be and still be structurally rigid. That means the cladding on the sandwich (the inner and outer skin) is thin. A crack through the outer skin won't fill the board with water because PVC is closed cell, but it can introduce enough water to create a delamination over time.

Most (maybe all) production windsurf boards are sandwich construction because they have to be much stronger than a surfboard. But they are also very tough because the outer skin is thick. You can, and some folks do, make a very rigid sandwich board with a single layer of glass, then PVC, then a single layer of glass. I had a downwind board that used veil as the inner and outer layer--that's about the equivilent of 1/2 oz fabric, where most surfboards would use at least one layer of 6oz and one or two of 4oz. The board was super rigid because the PVC was 3/8" instead of 1/4" or 1/8", but if you set it down on pebbles any sharp ones would go right through the skin. It's sitting behind my shop covered in dust.

Thanks for this explanation Pono!

I guess I really should've peeled that pad back more and looked closer to see if the ouncture got to the foam, but all I can do now is keep my fingers crossed it was superficial and that the combo of the hole filled with epoxy and the deck pad epoxied over it keeps the water out.

Thanks again! This was helpful.
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SUP General / Re: Are cracks in PVC fairly common ?
« Last post by Kip on Today at 01:32:07 PM »

I also had a 2018 Inifinity Whiplash dugout and that was made in the same Kinetic factory but single layer construction. That was not light but was very durable.


I've got the 2019 Dugout Whip in 21" and it's definitely lighter than the 23" PVC blackfish (not sure by how much; haven't weighed). It also seems way more durable. Possibly the construction ? Then again the I only take the whiplash out on flat and mildly textured days, but I take the Blackfish out when it's freakin' HONKIN'
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Random / Re: Photo test ignore me :D
« Last post by Dusk Patrol on Today at 12:14:38 PM »
Yep, circumstances have had a way of changing this year. You're lucky (by choice : )  to live in that beautiful environment. 
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The Shape Shack / Asymetrical SUP
« Last post by dpmaui on Today at 12:14:13 PM »
I have been wanting to try an asymetrical tail SUP for a long time and finally made one, a 9-3 x 32 swallow tail on the frontside rail, and a round pin on the backside rail. After finally getting some nice sessions on the north shore of Maui to give it the real test, I am really stoked on it! The off the tops frontside and the cutbacks are insane and the backhand bottom turn is super smooth. I really think this is a good idea and worth trying for anyone looking to open up your surfing.
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