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by davesails7
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Power.
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Re: Power.

I originally was riding small kites, but now I ride the same size as others on twintip. Short lines allows you to ride with much more power. When really powered up, just ride upwind and downwind, not across the wind. Across the wind you get too much speed and can't stop it. Upwind, you push harder u...
by davesails7
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: 8m2 of Elf Joker7 tuning and tips

I boght new kite in June this year and have ride on it only three times. All of times i got swimming out there, because joker packaged hemself directly, when kite losed litle bit power - realy disapointed of this kite! Yeah, that is unfortunately typical joker 7 behavior :-? How many times have you...
by davesails7
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: FS Speed 6
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: FS Speed 6

- Speed 6: a Sonic2 with DLX material (the Sonic2 is better than the Speed 5 in every department, even relaunch) and slightly redesigned (simplified) wing tips I though Sonic 2 was already delux material on bottom and trailing edge with lotus material on top skin. That lotus material is awesome how...
by davesails7
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Outer Banks foiling spots
Replies: 30
Views: 2880

Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Yeah, the sea grass comes and goes in the outer banks. Just north of OBX in Virginia Beach we usually never have seaweed, but the last couple of weeks, I've been hitting weed/grass quite a bit. One day couldn't foil at all because of it. I think this was because of the hurricanes passing by off the ...
by davesails7
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: tacking pigeon toed position
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: tacking pigeon toed position

Also, your weight is almost completely supported by the kite when you're in this position. If you're not supported by the kite at this point, pull in on the bar more. Practicing the footwork without the kite support probably won't help much. Keep at it! You only need to fall about 500 times to get g...
by davesails7
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: New Race Board Shapes
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: New Race Board Shapes

“Maybe something about unsticking from the water? I've heard a lot of people talk about that, but it never made any sense to me” Try holding a spoon (spoon vertical, hanging lightly by the end of the handle) in a stream of water from a tap and compare the effect of touching the stream with the conv...
by davesails7
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Boosting Hydrofoil
Replies: 14
Views: 928

Re: Boosting Hydrofoil

The lighter the wind is, the more of an advantage you get from the hydrofoil and the more advantage you get from the foil kites. There was a post a long time ago about how jump height is limited by converting your kinetic energy (relative to apparent wind speed) into potential energy of jump height....
by davesails7
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoiling transitions in 5 knots
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: Hydrofoiling transitions in 5 knots

if you crash a tack or slow down too much in such way that your kite is in a position that you can't loop it anymore you have a guaranteed drowned kite, sometimes even upwind of you. I'm much better at tacking than gybing, so that's probably a big part of it. Also, when you tack, you're increasing ...
by davesails7
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: New Race Board Shapes
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: New Race Board Shapes

Any theory about the hunchback board? Seems like the bottom is not a simple curve... On planing hulls, hook is the opposite of rocker. Rocker is where the keel curves up as you go aft, hook the keel curves downward as you move aft. Hook causes more lift aft and trims the nose down, similar to a tri...
by davesails7
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?
Replies: 34
Views: 1441

Re: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?

Jackie Treehorn wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:07 pm
i guess it depends on whether you think of it as the board supporting the foil or the foil supporting the board/rider.
I'm saying mast sounds correct. Its an upright pole that supports the board above the foil
Ah, I see what you're saying!

I'm still on the "strut" side though :D

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