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Re: Learning to Foil: The Kai, Maliko, Iwa and Maliko 200 Foils with Video
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 06:10:38 AM »
Yep, what Off-Shore said. Good stuff. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Learning to Foil: The Kai, Maliko, Iwa and Maliko 200 Foils with Video
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 10:34:55 AM »
PS:  The day I broke my foil board I was trying to sneak into some 'feathering' waves at Mavericks. 

The experience cooled my jets on big-wave foiling (for the moment) because its simply hard to get into the waves.  I was going back and forth with Piros, the debate being MAYBE with a bigger foil you can pop in early and then scoot down the line.  He suggested there is NOT enough top end on the big foils aka they will not go fast enough or be WAY overpowered with too much lift.

Time will tell.

Here was a snapshot from the Mavericks cam the day I was trying to foil the shoulder.

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Re: Learning to Foil: The Kai, Maliko, Iwa and Maliko 200 Foils with Video
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2018, 10:39:48 AM »
Had a good session in the harbor on my Maliko 200. . . . I'm still mostly going straight, but I'm getting comfortable flying the foil.

Going straight usually leads to stalling the foil in the flats.  I suspect you must be going down the line 'straight' if you are getting some distance.

When learning we all hunch over, then are told to stand up straight and square the shoulders. . . . All True.

However I have found that when going for a turn crouching down and even using your paddle on the surface helps slingshot you through the arc.  Really fun.  Give it a try.

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Re: Learning to Foil: The Kai, Maliko, Iwa and Maliko 200 Foils with Video
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2018, 03:34:05 PM »

Today was mostly lifting onto the foil and then pushing the nose down. I'm staying in the wave by lifting a little when I have good push. which slows the board, and then shoving the nose down to stay in the wave. I'm doing that a lot. Bill (headmount) told me I wasn't lifting off at all, but really I'm just staying close to the surface. I can feel the foil release when I lift the nose and feel the acceleration when I push down. I turned across the face of the wave a few times today. It's crazy how fast the speed builds. My last good wave of the day I was angling fairly sharply (half intentional, half happy surprise) got the foil up about a foot over the water, stayed nicely in position, but just about when I hit Mach 1 I ran into a snowball and got tossed. Unfortunately, I fell back a little before ejecting, so the board shot me up and I hit the water amazingly hard. One of my friends said it sounded like a whale tail slap.
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Re: Learning to Foil: The Kai, Maliko, Iwa and Maliko 200 Foils with Video
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2018, 08:21:41 AM »
Today was mostly lifting onto the foil and then pushing the nose down. I'm staying in the wave by lifting a little when I have good push. which slows the board, and then shoving the nose down to stay in the wave.

This was how I played it for many of my first sessions.  Better to fly low than flip and crash.  People used to say to me "Travis is sure flying well."  Ahhh so am I . . "Well I haven't really seen you fly I thought you were just riding like normal."

But same thing.  I was flying low.  As you get comfortable you slowly crab walk you front foot further back.  This skill will also be key in bigger surf.  You HAVE to plant your foot dead center and 6" to 10"further forward.  SURF down the face, get away from the energy and then crab your foot back to fly.