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Re: Dolphins

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:06 am

Oooooh I really hope that wasn't a serious question.

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Re: Dolphins

Postby Greenturtle » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:39 am

Beneath the foil, a subtle pressure maybe , something they can feel. Obviously not really something that would push them along like a wave.
If it wasn’t happening on other boards, but now often with foil, maybe there is that component attracting them beyond visual curiosity..

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Re: Dolphins

Postby 3InletsWindsports » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:06 am

Greenturtle wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:44 pm
Dolphins ride boat wakes and in front of ships noses just for fun - is it possible that the foil creates a somewhat rideable ripple for them to draft on?
No they just like fun.
A race or a game of chicken or a surf or just to check us out.
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Re: Dolphins

Postby Hugh2 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:31 am

I’d love to have that happen, but the bottle nose dolphins at OBX dive away when I approach kitesurfing. Maybe a foil will be different one day. I have twice had dolphins cruise just below and in front of me when riding a directional in Cape Town, while on downwinders and going far out to round the rocks to Big Bay. They were magical, but far too brief. On the other hand, I hit the dorsal fin of a large hammerhead shark off Hatteras Village at OBX, only realized it as it happened, and did not go back to check it out! My only whale encounters were sad ones, tracking an injured southern right whale up the coast from Table Bay, only to find it washed up and dying just past Haakgat at Holsbaai, and finding a dead whale on OBX between Salvo and Avon.

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Re: Dolphins

Postby JakeFarley » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:01 am

Laughingman wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:29 pm
ap888 wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:14 am
I am super jelious... my main spot in Lake Huron Great Lakes no dolphins here :cry: I really love the fresh water compared to salt but kiting with intelligent big fish :D you lucky
LOL like sharks?
I ride mostly at a spot I affectionately call Shark Park. I used to keep track of how many I hit with my twintip in shallow water, around 1-2' deep. Several years ago I got bit on the knee while fishing. After three days of pain and suffering, the shark died.. :lol:

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Re: Dolphins

Postby PullStrings » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:07 am

Greenturtle wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:44 pm
Dolphins ride boat wakes and in front of ships noses just for fun - is it possible that the foil creates a somewhat rideable ripple for them to draft on?
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Re: Dolphins

Postby gigibianchi » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:19 am

OzBungy wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:52 pm
Over the years of windsurfing and kitesurfing I have seen lots of dolphins in the water, but they just ignored me and kept on their way.

In the last fews weeks dolphins have frequently come under my foil and cruised along. Yesterday two of them were so close they knocked me off the foil. I was in the water and there were 5-6 dolphins swirling around. It was a little scary and amazing at the same time.

Another kite foiler has had a similar experience and a wind foiler in the same area reported a dolphin cruising under his foil. Are others having similar experiences? It's almost becoming normal to foil with the dolphins.
where do you hydrofoil precisely ?

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Re: Dolphins

Postby Laughingman » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:58 pm

JakeFarley wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:01 am

I ride mostly at a spot I affectionately call Shark Park. I used to keep track of how many I hit with my twintip in shallow water, around 1-2' deep. Several years ago I got bit on the knee while fishing. After three days of pain and suffering, the shark died.. :lol:
WOW, I don't think I could even go into the water. I know its not like they are hunting people but just a curiosity nibble is enough to kill... glad he didn't make it, one less to worry about.

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Re: Dolphins

Postby cwood » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:41 pm

Laughingman wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:58 pm
JakeFarley wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:01 am

I ride mostly at a spot I affectionately call Shark Park. I used to keep track of how many I hit with my twintip in shallow water, around 1-2' deep. Several years ago I got bit on the knee while fishing. After three days of pain and suffering, the shark died.. :lol:
WOW, I don't think I could even go into the water. I know its not like they are hunting people but just a curiosity nibble is enough to kill... glad he didn't make it, one less to worry about.
I think the shark dying was tongue firmly in cheek

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Re: Dolphins

Postby 3InletsWindsports » Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:58 pm

The dolphins do sometimes appear to use wakes to get them where they are going.
We have had them using ours but a change in direction and they go.


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