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Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby jumptheshark » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:54 pm

Just to separate this topic from mast length, to take ride height and foil responsiveness out of the topic.

How deep is too deep to get the most out of any given wave? Percentage of wave height?

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Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:45 pm

jumptheshark wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Just to separate this topic from mast length, to take ride height and foil responsiveness out of the topic.

How deep is too deep to get the most out of any given wave? Percentage of wave height?

I think there is almost no thing as "too deep" in this respect :thumb:

If we only talk about how to get power of the waves as you say, and not about agility and turning and so on.

Out on deep water, where the waves are smaller and faster and quite some distance and period time, the wavemotion extends quite far under the surface eventhough it wears off the deeper you go (bigger radius of the moving water particles) but most imporant very far in front of the waves, thus you would be able to get power even with a huuuuge foil mast buried deep and quite far in front of the wave.

This is why open ocean swells dont work at all for surfing as no steep face at all, but they are perfect for foilsurfing.

And at the shore where the waves jack up, they (the moving power part) will move even further down in the water because of the bottom, eventhough a smaller radius as waves gets closer now and slower.

So here the power extends far below the water but not as far in front of the wave.

But as an open ocean swell will lose its movement relatively fast below the surface, but got a bigger radius, it should give you loads of glide even when wing far under the water, or in front of the wave, I would say.

At least what I think :wink:


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Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby jumptheshark » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:10 am

I guess it does come down to ride height. I have always felt too high carving in swell or riding bigger swell at the beach. If I ride my current mast (only 88 cm) at the height I want, I can't help feeling my foil is out the back in some of the top turns and on a lot of the small stuff.

The surf and wake industry seem to have settled on much shorter masts than us.

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Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:38 pm

I also think there's something to be said for perspective. If you're riding a 1m strut at about 50% submerged, you're .5m off the water. If your wave is 1m, you're looking down at this little ripple underneath you that's kind of pushing your foil. Being able to ride down inside the pocket on a smaller strut also seems like it keeps the wave in a more familiar and compact scale so every wave you ride doesn't seem totally lame.

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Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby BWD » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:04 pm

Ive yet to do any “real” wave foiling but love to play in swells and steep chop. What i’ve noticed about foil depth is deeper does slow you down a bit, especially if underpowered/sheeted out.
Whats fun for me is quick-ish turns when powered, letting the board kiss the face of the wave and accelerate back to pretty good height, then turning back toward face again and again.
Another fun thing i’ve enjoyed is riding high in the whitewater of a barely breaking wave or whitecap so one half of the wing is on the surface in front of the wave and the other is covered by the curling whitewater at the “peak” of the chop/wave - kind of like a surfing nose ride. Fun but probably mainly a tiny wave trick.

Personally I like the idea of shorter mast/strut for fastest turning and shallow water, though that might not cut it for high speed/ high power in bigger waves.

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Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Postby ap888 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:08 pm

Does mast length 91 compared to 101 have a big difference in handling of wings for carving /riding waves ?


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