Saturday, August 18, 2018

Windsurf Wave Foiling

Failed to do this today. It could have been because the wind was gusting from 5 to 45 knots..

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Towing a foil behind a boat

  1. Try the foil further forward on the board.
  2. If you are kneeling in the wrong place it is difficult to move;
  3. Acceleration can pull the person forward and the nose of the board down
  4. When the foil comes up the loose hand should go up into a slack-lining stance to help with roll control.
  5. Work out at what speed the foil comes out of the water, get to it, then stay at that speed (no faster).
I have three videos of me getting it mostly wrong. I will watch these some more and try to find more things that I can learn.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Foilsurfing beginners.

Two things that are wrong in this video:

1. They are carrying their boards nose first - should be tail first.
2. They are letting the nose ride high on the take-off.
When this happens, the wing stalls then dives.

If James did not have a broken leg he could be out in the water (at North Steyne) telling them..

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wearing a watch - Suunto

I had been getting down about my lack of success with the foil. It seems that every waves ends with a wipeout and that is all I had been thinking about afterwards. Now I have now found a cure.

By recording my activity when I surf foil I am able to see how many waves I have caught; how fast I went and my total time surfing. And I can call up the session and review it.

The one above was a bit under an hour, I caught 7 waves and my top speed was 21.2 km/h

Saturday, July 14, 2018


I knew all along that pumping was worth doing but I was focussed on getting up and foiling before trying it.

Anyway in today's conditions (3.5+m and 11 secs) the sheltered bay was giving all sorts of opportunities to foil. Most of what I did was use a breaking or broken wave to get going and then as it swelled out to pump to keep going. Left me with a positive feeling that I was getting somewhere. Lots of exercise.

ALSO bumped into a bloke with a SMIK board - see photo.

I took this photo to check his tail rocker against mine. I can't see any difference. The positioning of the foil box was basically the same as mine - reassuring.
A bonus for me was that the board was also 130 litres and could be used as a sailboard.
After 5 years of doing what I do, it was strange to find someone with anything similar.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Picking the right type of wave

Here is the middle of a Kai Lenny video showing that surfers have nothing to fear from foils IF the people on the foils learn to use the waves that Kai uses.