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by TomW
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article
Replies: 12
Views: 958

Re: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article

What you are seeing in action is how journalism and instantaneous publishing can warp the reamity. Yes , some of the foiling community is as described, but it's not the full picture. But it's a picture that sticks, it's simple, and people want to believe it.
by TomW
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article
Replies: 12
Views: 958

Re: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article

I'm still foiling alone. There's a 3-4 guys I know foiling here at my local spots, a crew of 2-3 an hour north, another crew of 3-4 an additional hour north. I never seem to be able to go out at same time as them. Last session I was out at a regular spot with 20 or so kiters along a few km of beach....
by TomW
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article
Replies: 12
Views: 958

Re: Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley - NYT article

Of course they left out all the dudes on recreational foils, regular enthusiasts that are out there for fun on a budget. It would cloud the message that the journalist had crafted for the editor.
by TomW
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dwarfcraft first impression
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Dwarfcraft first impression

This was a day of a lot of gusty wind and big chop. I put these impressions out here to see if anyone has similar experience. I did all the research I could and nowhere did I read surface transitions or starts are difficult on this board. It's 30 liters! My other board was 13 liters and did surface ...
by TomW
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dwarfcraft first impression
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Dwarfcraft first impression

Posted this in builders thread, but thought it should go here too. I rode the Dwarfcraft today. It was very choppy and a messy windswell as wind has been SW 7-11ms for several days. I was on a 7m kite, as usual everyone else on one smaller kite. 9s. I'm a noob, session 25 or so. 80 kgs, old-boy. Hav...
by TomW
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 61
Views: 3512

Re: First foilboard

I rode the Dwarfcraft today. It was very choppy and a messy windswell as wind has been SW 1-11ms for several days. I was on a 7m kite, as usual everyone else on 9s. At first I could not get up. Nose of board is submarining directly, then if I try to compensate foil is trying to lift but too low spee...
by TomW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 61
Views: 3512

Re: First foilboard

Thanks people. It's pretty clear my first board failed because of to light top lams. If I'd used my normal 1mm veneer sandwich, it most likely would be alive.

My options are pu surfboard blank with sandwich skins or all H80 foam.

Keep you updated.
by TomW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?
Replies: 69
Views: 8690

Re: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?

I'm fairly noob, 20 sessions. I'd go for the 145. You need the margins fir a lot of surface riding and touchdowns.
by TomW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 61
Views: 3512

Re: First foilboard

Using my basic physics. a 85kg body travelling at 30km/hr will exert a force of 705N . But body is rotating around an axis formed by foil wind hitting sandbank under water and body has both forward and downward falling trajectory. I dont really know how to calculate that, its unclear how much body i...
by TomW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 61
Views: 3512

Re: First foilboard

BWD, thanks for the suggestions. Im wondering if adding the veneer or D-cell with sandwich would be weight efficient compared to just increasing the laminate thickness on the surfboard foam. I dont think the the local impact strength on deck is needed, but overall strength of the board to take the s...

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