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Rope starter for Foil.
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:33:20 AM »
I stumbled upon the fun'est Youtube video I have seen recently - some guys on the beach in maybe OZ ...' Bungie-launching' their foil.  It was a hoot. ...and reminded me of something I got many years ago. I bought, what seems, a pretty serious slinger.  I was going to use it with a trick skimboard I had but I ran into two problems: we do not really have any 'flats' here ...and my 98lb wife would not have been able to hold it while I got my c'hit together.  Still, it's a good idea! 

I was not able to find those guys again, but we have an experienced hand aboard this forum, Clay of ClaysIsland.

His was, like 100' (21m) vs mine at 21' (6.4m) My double-braided cords are 5/8's (15mm)   My suspicions are, his @100' would have a longer duration, perhaps with less violence.  Anyway... it's 'all ahead fun'.


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Re: Rope starter for Foil.
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 11:41:09 AM »
Right on, good luck and hope to hear a report.

FYI - caution regarding what you tie the bungee to, there are horror stories of serious injury from people who attached it to a lawn dart or similar lethal anchor that came loose and snapped back hitting people.

Here's our 2.0 setup, maximum pull, our water anchor came loose several times and drifted 20-30 before getting reanchored on the bottom.  That's the benefit of a long bungee - no chance of it snapping back and hitting us.

Also if I remember correctly there are a few videos of guys doing short bungee pulls into prone flatware pumping.
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Re: Rope starter for Foil.
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 12:59:54 PM »
nice setup and good fun with friends clay.


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Re: Rope starter for Foil.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 04:39:56 PM »
I have a full setup based on Clays vids. Winging has put it on standby.
Im a 59 65kg rider:

   4'5.5" 33L Armstrong
   410 37L FSM
   5'1" 74L FSM
   511 100L FSM

Foils: Armstrong 800, 1050, 1550, 1850, 2400
Wings: BRM 2M-6M


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Re: Rope starter for Foil.
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 08:13:41 AM »
Clay, thanks for sharing these great videos. Looks fun.

What foils did you try? Looked like maybe a GLsomething.


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