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RATbeachrider

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2020, 04:23:05 AM »
How does the old KeNalu compare to it? I'm contemplating the same switch.
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The Armstrong is a bit lighter given the fuselage is all carbon.  On takeoff, it is very smooth and a bit more forgiving.  The 1550/300 wings combo is faster and more stable riding down the line and turning.  I'd to place the KeNalu all the way to the front of the fin boxes to pump (plus had to find the right rear foot placement).  With the Armstrong, I placed the mast 1.5 inches from the front of the fin boxes and the pumping is much easier ... abet I'm still suck at pumping.

So far 3 sessions with the Armstrong in knee to waist+ waves and I can see the improvement in the fun factor.

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2020, 10:12:23 AM »
Hey Ratbeachrider
What size prone board did you start on?  Was it a dedicated foil board or a converted board?  thanks.

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2020, 04:07:39 PM »
Hey Ratbeachrider
What size prone board did you start on?  Was it a dedicated foil board or a converted board?  thanks.

I’m riding a dedicated 4’10 but about to order a 4’0x19 35L.   I’m at 150lbs.

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2020, 02:10:27 AM »
How does the old KeNalu compare to it? I'm contemplating the same switch.

The Armstrong is a bit lighter given the fuselage is all carbon.  On takeoff, it is very smooth and a bit more forgiving.  The 1550/300 wings combo is faster and more stable riding down the line and turning.  I'd to place the KeNalu all the way to the front of the fin boxes to pump (plus had to find the right rear foot placement).  With the Armstrong, I placed the mast 1.5 inches from the front of the fin boxes and the pumping is much easier ... abet I'm still suck at pumping.

So far 3 sessions with the Armstrong in knee to waist+ waves and I can see the improvement in the fun factor.
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That's interesting. What do you chalk the differences up to? Just that its a bigger wing? Ke Nalu was doing the dihedral wings with anhedral tips for a long time but seems like Armstrong aced the design. What did they do differently?

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2020, 02:09:22 PM »

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I’m riding a dedicated 4’10 but about to order a 4’0x19 35L.   I’m at 150lbs.
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I started on a DW 4'10" board as well and got a second hand 3'11" FFB ~35L board.  I'm similar weight, 145lbs at 35yrs.  The 3'11" was a bitch catching waves.  Hard to deal with early lift as I often had to take off in more critical part of the wave.  I only put in a few sessions on it before grabbing the 4'10" instead.

I would recommend trying one similar size before custom ordering one.  I've since sold the 3'11" and opted for the 4'5" Armstrong board, which I've been throughly enjoying.  (haven't touched the 4'10" since)

If I could get a custom, it may be 4'3". 
I’m a 5’9” 65kg rider:

Boards:
   4'5.5" 33L Armstrong
   4’10” 37L FSM
   5'1" 74L FSM
   5’11” 100L FSM

Foils: Armstrong 1050, 1200, 1550, 2400
Wings: F-One Swing 3.5M and 5M

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2020, 03:10:53 PM »

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That's interesting. What do you chalk the differences up to? Just that its a bigger wing? Ke Nalu was doing the dihedral wings with anhedral tips for a long time but seems like Armstrong aced the design. What did they do differently?
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I don’t know.

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2020, 10:31:54 AM »
Who is using their Armstrong foils for SUP? Who is using for winging? Who is using for prone?  If SUP, how do you find mast stiffness for SUP (some have said to wobbly)? How stoked are you on your set ups not that you have been riding a bit longer. Thanks.
9'6" CRUZ Surf SUP (152L)
6'6" CRUZ 'CIM' Foil SUP (130L)
9'5" Naish Mana (165L; broken)
8'8" F'One Madeiro Pro (145L; sold)
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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2020, 07:11:04 PM »
6 6 Smik sup mainly on 1550 with chopped tail 212. @ 105kg I need a little bit of push with this setup. Put on the 2400 if small. They are really surfy turning foils which I prefer over the HA pump style foils. Love the no washing :)

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2020, 12:10:29 PM »
I started on the Armstrong at beginning of the year.  Riding a 6'6 SUP on the 1550HS/Unitail.  Really enjoying it.  I have tried a few sessions with it on a prone foil too.  I can envision that working out well too.  Its a great rig.

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2020, 01:06:36 PM »
Still stoked on my armstrongs.  2400 and 1600 for wingdinging, 1600 for sup and behind the boat on small board.  Looking to get some enhancements soon.... maybe 1550 wing, smaller tail, smaller wing board..options

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Re: My new Armstrong Foils
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2020, 10:52:08 AM »
I picked up my 1200/1600 combo over a year ago now. Since added a 1550 (sold 1600), a 2400, and a 1050.  I mainly prone foil and Wing Foil. 

Still extremely happy about the kit.  I've given them a rough ride in the river by my house hitting concrete covered with barnacles quite a few times while schlogging along when learning.  They hold up really well and only require some very light sanding to get smooth again. 

I got up winging with the 1050 yesterday for the first time in winds around 20mph by pairing it with the unitail and -2 shim with a 5M.  I managed to breach a couple times on little waves due to the tail, but it was still a fun session. 

It's a really fun kit, especially if you various components to experiment with.  You can really find the right combo depending on the conditions.  I feel like a mad scientist thinking about the combo I want to go with on a given session.  You can really stretch the flying characteristics of a given wing by changing tail wings, fuselage, and tail shims.  Very rarely do I run the same exact combination and I enjoy every session and continue to progress. 

I don't notice any detrimental mast flexing. 
I’m a 5’9” 65kg rider:

Boards:
   4'5.5" 33L Armstrong
   4’10” 37L FSM
   5'1" 74L FSM
   5’11” 100L FSM

Foils: Armstrong 1050, 1200, 1550, 2400
Wings: F-One Swing 3.5M and 5M