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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Aluminum Mast 85 cm

Buying bits and trying stuff.
The latest purchase is a tall mast for the foil.
All masts are available as separate accessories without screws, available separately, to accommodate different skill levels and sports.
Currently I am using a 70 cm foil mast and the XLarge wing for surfing and the 85 cm mast and the Large (WS1) wing for windfoiling.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Staying on my knees

After breaking my thumb (Easter 2019), I was wary when surfoiling of standing up after take-off.

I have resolved to do all my surf riding kneeling, to focus on using the foil to get lots of speed across the wave, pointing higher than is possible on a normal board.

Once I get more time wind foiling I will review the no-standing policy.

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..