Monday, July 15, 2019

Finally an explanation

For months I have been doing something wrong with my windfoiling.

This site and Wyatt Miller have the explanation of what I should focus on to solve these problems:

My list of takeaways from this is:
  1. crank upwind in gusty overpowering conditions - resist the habit of sheeting off in the gusts;
  2. get your body weight forward, by default and use the front leg to balance the pitch;
  3. do not hang out the side of the board, stand straight up;
  4. use lots of room to slowly gybe the board, hold off flipping the sail;
  5. don't worry about being too far downwind, getting back up is easy;
  6. move harness lines forward and don't get too concerned if you don't hook in.

Friday, March 29, 2019

HOVER Crossover 120

Back in February I upgraded to a Naish Hover board - back to the future?

Yes, I should have mentioned it earlier.
Anyway, reading this site today I noticed some things:

Thing one:
SUP-foiling (in forward position) + windsurf-foiling (in back-most position)

I have been doing both from the middle position, mostly without much success.

Thing two:
They say "this board is a great choice for beginner foilers, while those more experienced can position the foil further back for greater manoeuvrability."

So maybe I was right to have it in the middle position, the last thing I need at the moment is "greater manoeuvrability".

From the specs Crossover-SUP/Windsurf Foiling 120
It is 120 litres
length 7’6”/228.6 cm
width 30”/76.2 cm
Fins: comes with FCS 4.5 + 3.5 Quad
Sail range 3.4 to 6.0 sq metres

I am using it with the 5.4 sq metre sail in the picture above and a 4.2 sq metre sail called a Chopper.

Instead of the quad fins that came with the board I am using the following fin setup to sailboard without the foil.

Look closely and see how having four bolts in the front of the plate allows me to have the fin further back than the US boxes would otherwise allow.

Did I mention that I am very close to getting this working for me?
Any day now..

All I have to do with the Windfoiling is unlearn 40 years of sailboarding and sheet on, not off when I come up on the foil.

All I have to do with the SUPing is get to my feet from the kneeling position before the board comes up on the foil. Had some fun rides staying on my knees but I want to "take this to the next level".

Any day now..

Friday, January 4, 2019

Standup Journal article

Alex Mauer goes all-out in learning to surf a SUP foil and tells his story to Standup Journal.

..surfed wave after wave until my legs were jelly.
Over the rest of the trip, I found my share of wipeouts and revelled in my share of “flight” time. 

I learned, with practice, that the easiest way to get out to the line up is to wade the board, foil pointed up, until in chest deep water. Once chest deep, flip the foil into the water, jump onto the board and paddle over the waves to the line up.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Windfoil Zone

Watch the whole collection from Sam Ross's Flight School. These were recommended by this site

TutorialsVideos showing how to get started for beginners, improving techniques for moderate foilers, and for the more advanced there are opportunities to see new tricks.

BlogNews, interviews, tutorials, reviews.

DirectoryAll the places where you can rent and/or learn how to windfoil
[but nothing anywhere in the Pacific or Indian Oceans at this date - December 2018]

Online Store:
Their selection of products from trusted brands.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Another Saturday

A week or two ago I had another tow behind a boat to get and idea of what to do when on the foil and the board starts to feel very vague.

Today's Saturday had south wind, quite gusty and it had been blowing for days.
We do not have anywhere that you can sail smooth water in those conditions.

There was a bit of a stuff-up with recording this session on my watch but the foiling bit was the bottom of the two lines.
I was not going flat out, just easing it up gently and getting some airtime before the next bit of chop hit the board. Recovering from these splashes - it was good practice to do that, but very draining.

In the end I gained some confidence that I can now windfoil, I know where the feet go on the board (I ride without straps - relying on rubber booties on a rubber deck).

That said I am aware that I need more practice in smooth surface conditions. The NE wind does allow this at a spot just north of where I sailed today.

At the moment it looks like the combination of windfoiling and riding waves is way beyond me. Maybe a Gerroa session would fix that.

Friday, November 9, 2018


Slowly getting there. Wind was enough to get the foil flying in the water without lifting the board clear of the surface.