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PonoBill

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Mr. Handsome
« on: November 20, 2021, 09:53:41 PM »
This might be easier than I thought. I had a few phone calls with Dave Kalama to talk about a more stable foil surfboard, a sort of Mr. Fugly 2. Mr. Fugly was a foil board Dave built for me that was a stable as a dock--and almost as big. I gave it to a friend after I progressed enough to use a smaller board. Mr. Fugly wasn't really fucking ugly, but it sure stood out. People who didn't know me would yell: "Hey! that's Mr. Fugly, you must be Bill."


The infamous Mr. Fugly

Anyway, I've been struggling to get my foil surfing mojo back, and a bigger board seems like the answer--something bigger than my 5'10" X 31" wing/surf board or the 6'10"X31" many times repaired, heavy as concrete foil surf board I've been using. I planned to get Dave to build me a custom board to deal with my balance and knee issues, but it turns out Dave had a production 7'2" X 32" board that I've tried a couple of times and I really like it. It paddles well and fast, has lots of stability, I can move around on it and lurch to my feet without too many faceplants. I even like the footstraps and ventral fins that came with it. It's carbon, fairly light, built in the Kinetic factory in Vietnam. Has very slick fin boxes, and both tracks and a tuttle mount. It pivot turns nicely, which is surprising with the big fin ahead of my front foot. Of course, as soon as I picked it up from Dave the surf went away and the wind started picking up. But I expect there will be plenty of time to play with Mr. Handsome this winter.

So we put the custom board on hold, and this might be my permanent foil SUP board.





That's a lot o' liters, but I think I'm done with chasing smaller.


I added a simplified version of the geezer crutch--if I start flailing around as my knee gets tired I can grab this handle to help haul myself into a standing position. It works OK. Not great, but it will get better with some tuning.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2021, 10:18:51 PM by PonoBill »
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

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Re: Mr. Handsome
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2021, 07:14:56 AM »
Yeah man, thatís a nice board.

On the volume, I say ride what feels good. Iíve been thinking of a smaller wing board but every light wind day when Iím standing on my 5í2Ē 95l-ish board I rethink that. This stuff is supposed to be fun and weíre supposed to enhance and prolong that fun as best we can. Hereís to that.

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Re: Mr. Handsome
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2021, 05:12:30 PM »
Indeed. I love my 5'11" flying dutchman wing board, though it's a little struggle getting up on it. But a little struggle with a wing helping out turns to a major struggle holding just a paddle. I'm doing this stuff because it's fun. I have no intention of compromising that.
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

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Re: Mr. Handsome
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 10:45:51 AM »
PB, How do I go about getting (and installing) those ventral fins for my L41?
14' SIC Bullet V2 - 9'1" Naish Hokua X32 LE

 


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