https://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/Foiling/Surf-Launch-and-Landing 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.To which I responded -
Use a mechanical u-joint and euro pin". - to join the two together in the water with the least amount of fuss
"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):
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Clip the board to the float and swim/carry the rig in, then
- Come back to the board - You will need the board's flotation to retrieve the anchor.
- Kneeling on the board pull yourself along up the rope. Don't pull the anchor all the way up to the board.
- Get it into shallower water (say waist deep) and leave it there,
- Take the board and the foil in through the surf.
- Then go back and get the anchor.