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by TomW
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: More wings, the hard way?
Replies: 43
Views: 9402

Re: More wings, the hard way?

Within 5 years you will be able to 3d print a carbon composite wing and screw it onto your fuselage and use it for a long time. It will be accessible to many.
Within 2 years it will be possible, but cost prohibitive.
Check out what MarkedForged is doing. They are soon there.
by TomW
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: More wings, the hard way?
Replies: 43
Views: 9402

Re: More wings, the hard way?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5tp4QXciK4&t=7s This guy helped me break though the wall of frustration with fusion 360. Once you understand a little you can follow the time line of someone else's wing design to see how they get the curves in different planes. And there is a free way to get fusion...
by TomW
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: More wings, the hard way?
Replies: 43
Views: 9402

Re: More wings, the hard way?

Designing in Cad is an art form. I've been doing it 30 years, and work with Cad modellers that are craftsmen. Getting a cnc or 3d printer to do what you need and want to do is the same as using a handtool. Just different. And complicated. I come from a background of craft and model making from t-squ...
by TomW
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Dakhla spot and Hotels recommendation
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Dakhla spot and Hotels recommendation

Dahkla Attitude is good. The reception people are a bit tricky, trying to get tips/ bribes, but otherwise OK. I went there with a company that arranges trips from Sweden, and the guide navigated and arranged downwinder etc. So it went smoothly. Without the guide, who has leverage with the people on ...
by TomW
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Instagram vs Reality
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: Instagram vs Reality

Skit bra
by TomW
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Which helmet?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Which helmet?

I'm still happy with my gath from 2005.
by TomW
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Moses 2018
Replies: 247
Views: 27261

Re: Moses 2018

I've been out 2 times now on the 550 here in Cabarete bay. Still squally, gusty variable winds and mega choppy, confused sea with 1m cross chop. Yesterday I was out on my 7m totally over powered, today from underpowered to overpowered. The 550 is still the best for these conditions, which is what I ...
by TomW
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: How much are old kites holding me back?!
Replies: 26
Views: 2743

Re: How much are old kites holding me back?!

You should get 3 lei kites that are marketed as easy and all-around kites. You'll get 3 of them with a new and safe bar for less than half the price of foil kites. They will be way easier for you as an intermediate and you'll maximise your time on the water. Disclaimer: i don't have any foil kites. ...
by TomW
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Gasping for breath after crash?! Breathing how to?
Replies: 30
Views: 3256

Re: Gasping for breath after crash?! Breathing how to?

Look at what big wave surfers are doing. Aerobic training, lifting, and running with rocks under water. Swim training is a great way to increase your aerobic fitness, learn how hard it is to actually swim long distances and not panic or over exert yourself as you attempt to swim a longer distance. S...
by TomW
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: at 57°F (14°C) water temperature you would choose 5/4 or 4/3 wetsuit?
Replies: 20
Views: 2203

Re: at 57°F (14°C) water temperature you would choose 5/4 or 4/3 wetsuit?

It also depends on the air temperature! If it's 14c in water and 18c in the air( not uncommon where I kite) I'd take my 3-2, 3mm boots and probably no gloves. If it's 14c water and 8c air, I would take my 5-4 flashbomb and 3mm boot, and 3mm gloves. The best way is to add the water and air temperatur...

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