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by tmcfarla
Fri May 25, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: What wood for mast core?
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: What wood for mast core?

I wouldn’t worry about strength-to-weight ratio, a wood core will be light either way. I would be most concerned with how well a wood shapes in the cnc. I would think any durable softwood that shapes well and is easy to get would be fine.
by tmcfarla
Thu May 24, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite foiling and sargassum?
Replies: 8
Views: 5102

Re: Kite foiling and sargassum?

I have not tried foiling in sargassum yet, but if you have anything like what I’ve seen in Barbados the past two years, don’t bother, it won’t be possible. Even tiny patches of seaweed can through you off a foil, I don’t see any way to get through the large mats of sargassum I’ve seen, where even su...
by tmcfarla
Mon May 21, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings
Replies: 18
Views: 9919

Re: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings

What message are Slingy and LF sending that they have to go to competitors and incorporate their wings? Are they not innovative enough to come up with their own? I think the message they are sending is that they are working to grow the sport by supporting smaller businesses and individuals with goo...
by tmcfarla
Mon May 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: fastest free ride hydrofoil?
Replies: 45
Views: 13890

Re: fastest free ride hydrofoil?

Of the foils I’ve used (liquid force thruster, Lift 110, and zeeko black and white). Zeeko is definitely the best for speed. Top end on all is pretty similar but zeeko wants to go fast while the others are willing to go fast with sufficient prodding. The lift is my favorite, but zeeko is better for ...
by tmcfarla
Fri May 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: FlowFoils! Coming soon. Need advise!
Replies: 5
Views: 2572

Re: FlowFoils! Coming soon. Need advise!

^ what he said. Best advice you’ll get. Lift is an established brand with a good reputation, so it will have to be either a lot cheaper than lift or significantly differentiated from their offerings. If I were trying to make a cheap setup, I’d definitely save money by doing a paipo like board instea...
by tmcfarla
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2 kites quiver: 8m and 12m?
Replies: 16
Views: 4152

Re: 2 kites quiver: 8m and 12m?

I would not like to have that big a gap, but it is do-able. If your interest in a two kite quiter is to save money, I’ll second the advice to get three kites from a cheaper brand. If you have an unusual situation where you really need to save space (live on a sailboat, etc). I guess it can work, but...
by tmcfarla
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: 2018 LF Thruster Foil
Replies: 59
Views: 18010

Re: 2018 LF Thruster Foil

Hi tmcfaria I have the thruster and I am very happy with it. Can you tell us why you like the Lift 110 more? I am guessing because its lighter being carbon fibre. First off, they are quite similar and both great foils. Lift is easier to start in shallow water (probably directly because of weight), ...
by tmcfarla
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Helium3 by Switch Kiteboarding
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

Re: Helium3 by Switch Kiteboarding

codifilo wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Have you noticed the wind range is shifted forward relative to the Element v6? Why is that?
I would expect to be the other way around.
Probably because charts are based on a twintip rider. For foil boarding you just need a kite to stay in the air, it doesn’t need to deliver much power.
by tmcfarla
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: 2018 LF Thruster Foil
Replies: 59
Views: 18010

Re: 2018 LF Thruster Foil

Interesting that in 2018 LF has the Impulse wings/foil (in collaboration with Cloud IX) and the Thruster wings (designed by Matt Wheeler). I currently ride original Liquid Force FF wings/foil in the waves. I am into riding real ocean waves and wondering which is the way to go. I was leaning towards...
by tmcfarla
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Moving from heavier to lighter foil
Replies: 13
Views: 4651

Re: Moving from heavier to lighter foil

I recently switched to a lighter foil (Zeeko to lift 110). There is a dramatic difference in the ease of water starts, and this is probably directly due to weight (foil doesn’t sink as quickly). That is probably the only difference due to weight though. The two foils have very different characterist...

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