Friday, December 31, 2021

Introducing Sledding

My first experience with sledding was on Christmas day, hence the name.

I am at the stage of wingfoiling where I need to get as much air time as possible to learn how to get on, and stay on, the foil. I also need to conserve my energy. Falling in often is not an option.

So, I line up two points on my local coast where can travel between them mostly on a broad reach. A 6kms straight line run can turn into a 10 or 12kms run if you zig-zag enough.
Southerly winds around here make the swell rise and northerlies tend to knock it flat. 

You will get wind waves but you do not want so much that you are in a wind shadow at the bottom of the wave/swell.

Have a bit of a go at standing up but mostly stay in the kneeling position. Gain speed first and then shuffle back on the board.

Open ocean is a fun place to be and while choppy weather looks intimidating when you are moving mostly down wind (broad reaching) it will smooth out for you. 
A couple of things to watch out for:
  • If you own a Duotone Foil wing then put a pool noodle on all the exposed extension part of the boom. At some point you will need it to stop the end of the boom from sinking.
  • Find launch and landing sites where the waves and the wind will be kind to you.
  • Keep in mind places along the way where you can land if needed.
  • Areas where weed, ripped from the seabed, is accumulating in the shore break is to be avoided.
  • If your leashes are old or damaged get new ones.
  • Work out how long you can kneel for and set your distance accordingly. Your legs will go numb after a time then you will need to stop and dangle them in the water to recover.
  • While you are sailing watch out for the front tip of the wing touching down. Pull the wing upwind as soon as this happens.
Also, I am working on an item that I call "elbow patches".
These are stick-on rubber patches to go on the wing about a meter from the wing tips.
My deck is completely covered in traction grip and these two patches on my wing allow the wing to rest on the front deck of the board.
Another trick when running (going straight down wind) is to rest the Duotone boom into the traction grip at the front of the board. You are unlikely to be foiling when doing this but it is a useful self-rescue position. Steering in this position is a matter of moving the wing around from side to side. 

Sometimes you can teach yourself, or you can get someone to teach you properly like

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Frothing friends

 An extra dimension has been added to my activities by being joined to others doing this in my area via a mobile messaging app. One result is that I am calling what I do "Mothin'" instead of Wing Foiling. Moths are the insects that land with their wings out, butterflies are the ones that land with wings straight up.

Importantly, I am reminded each day of the potential of that day to give me a mothin' experience. The stoke is kept with notifications to my phone of location reports and general froth.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Wingfoil Kook shows how

This bloke at the beginning is where I am up to.

I call it chop-slapping, you are on the foil but touching the tops of the chop. If the chop is small and regular it is quite comfortable.

See also this site:

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Wingfoil Learning another thing

I have to report another change of direction.

I was going to wait until I mastered windfoiling before I spent more money on gear, but then I have an ambition to get out on the ocean on the swells.

So we have these iterations on this blog:
  • SUP foiling standing up (broke a thumb)
  • Crossover foiling - kneeling (difficulty pumping)
  • Windfoiling - sailboard - (problems getting out beyond the surf)


  • Wingfoiling - will let you know how that goes..

Monday, April 6, 2020

Foil bits

Not a lot of progress on riding these things, but I am getting good at buying them.

The thing that I recently discovered was that a fuselage that comes with a Deep Tuttle setup has the wing further forward than a fuselage for a US Box.

This fact has me experimenting with what is the right setup for me if I stay on my knees.

Knee board foiling, anyone?

Friday, March 6, 2020

Surf Launch and Landing

Test run at Botany Bay - tiny surf and a long way to walk
Here is an edited version of a forum discussion on Seabreeze (March 2020):

Some bloke from the east coast of the US said this:
I "have a long distance to traverse where the surf is powerful fully closed out white water and the water is too shallow for the foil!".

A response from someone in the mostly Australian audience was:
"Bring an anchor and float out with the board/foil, leave the sail onshore. Moor the board and go back for the sail.
Use a mechanical u-joint and euro pin". - to join the two together in the water with the least amount of fuss

To which I responded -
"The problem with your method is you have to carry an anchor on my upside-down foil board through breaking surf. This will ding the board.
Instead, next time I am going to try this:"
Then I set out the way I would do it.

Days later I got to try that method and this is what should have happened (you will have to read the forum for the problems I had):
  1. Take the anchor, rope and float out beyond the breaking waves. I walked them as far as I could, then swam a tiny bit; dropped the anchor, then carried the float as far as I could parallel to the beach until the anchor engaged.
  2. Bodysurf in and carry/swim the sail/rig out and tie it to the float.
    I had attached a fender (blue float) to the in-haul part of the boom (use a caribiner). This aids floation of the rig and should stop it from getting caught up in rips and currents.
  3. Bodysurf in and bring the board out upside-down.
    Then the tricky bit; joining the two. I found out that I have a euro pin - did not know the name of it before this.
After you have finished sailing and are on the way in, first get to the float - do not underestimate how difficult that may be.

Note that the chain goes to the other end of the anchor - there is a cable tie holding the chain to the end of the anchor - if/when the anchor jams pulling it hard will break the tie and the anchor is then pulled out backward.

Once at the float:
  1. Clip the board to the float and swim/carry the rig in, then
  2. Come back to the board - You will need the board's flotation to retrieve the anchor.
  3. Kneeling on the board pull yourself along up the rope. Don't pull the anchor all the way up to the board.
  4. Get it into shallower water (say waist deep) and leave it there,
  5. Take the board and the foil in through the surf.
  6. Then go back and get the anchor.