Any tips to finding a good balance point on a random skim board? Or where to get double thick deck pads - you know, from the trash so I can win the competition?
I had my foot position relative to the plate on my foil figured out from the surfboard I learned on. Then just set the foil position to match the natural foot position on the skim.
Make sure you find a stiff enough skim. The deck pad in the pic was factory installed, but I bet you could make an underlay from a hardware store fatigue mat or kids playroom mats. Have to source the top pad from somewhere online. You can generally get two skim cut outs from a single SUP deck pad.... Won't win the cheap award tho! A full SUP pad cost a few bones.
I don't trust it long term. Might stick for a while but my guess is that water will eventually get in and the foil will fall off.
Plus it doesn't account for the stiffening of the board which typically needs to occur unless you have already purchased a dedicated foil board. In which case you don't need the plate.
Take your wakeskate,lay down a piece of wood where the foil would be bolted. Jump on the board and stand in the appropriate place and see if you can get any significant bending of the board. If so thats not good and will effect your learning. Slap some carbon uni on the board to stiffen it up.