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by OzBungy
Sun May 19, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Flying footswitch learning time
Replies: 20
Views: 845

Re: Flying footswitch learning time

There's two kinds of flying foot switch. Front foot and back foot. The one you see in all the videos is front foot. You keep the front foot in position and move the back foot forward. That's quite hard and takes a lot of timing to get right. The back foot switch is where you position the back foot i...
by OzBungy
Mon May 13, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The future is big wing small kite.
Replies: 10
Views: 1232

Re: The future is big wing small kite.

To me the sweet spot kite size for foiling is 1/2 the size of the surf kiters and down to 1/3 the size of TT. I can get away with going smaller but I normally only do that when the forecast is for the wind to pick up. I generally prefer to have a bit of power to play with. Power adds stability when ...
by OzBungy
Mon May 13, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Titanium Screws
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Titanium Screws

I have been using countersunk 316 hex head screws for years. The screws last fine but the hex head gets chewed out. Using a high quality wrench helps but that just delays the inevitable. It's only a minor nuisance. You can buy a bag of screws for a few dollars and keep them in the car. When the wren...
by OzBungy
Sun May 12, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Gear for going fast
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Gear for going fast

My "faster" foil is a J Shapes Freeride. It's about 750cm flat area, 5.9:1 flat AR. Projected are is more like 680cm and 4.9AR. 95cm mast. It's plenty fast for blasting around. Not breathtakingly fast in pure speed conditions. It's all pretty stable and getting bucked off at speed is not a huge conc...
by OzBungy
Sun May 12, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Gear for going fast
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Gear for going fast

I'd like to go faster. I am hitting terminal velocity in the mid-20 knot range with my surf kites and freeride foil. What gear will give me the biggest speed boost? I was thinking of buying a foil kite then getting a race foil and board. Answers to a similar post in another thread suggested a foil k...
by OzBungy
Fri May 10, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Aluminum vs. Carbon Mast and Fusalage
Replies: 15
Views: 757

Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Mast and Fusalage

I have had aluminium. I now have carbon. There is almost zero chance I would return to aluminium. The only way I would consider aluminium is if my current gear got destroyed and I was not able to replace it. Even then I would go to extreme lengths to buy something similar to what I have before I set...
by OzBungy
Tue May 07, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Are fast foil wings dead outside of racing?
Replies: 32
Views: 1744

Re: Are fast foil wings dead outside of racing?

I aspire to go fast, but 80% of the times I ride are more suited to a slower more forgiving foil. I am a long way short of exhausting the possibilities and the skills to be perfected on my slower surf foil. My suspicion is that there is more speed to be gained from getting a high-mid performance foi...
by OzBungy
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: making flying lines - how to attach depower line to front line?
Replies: 22
Views: 779

Re: making flying lines -- how to attach depower line to front line?

Right... the safety line is about 10m long and it is fixed permanently to one of the front flying lines (which are 21m long). The attachment point for the safety line is a little loop that seems to be spliced and/or sewn into the front line, obviously in a way that does not decrease the strength of...
by OzBungy
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Titanium Screws
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Titanium Screws

I was going to ask about 316 torx screws as well. All I could find was 304. They are working fine so far. My masts have 304 stainless barrel nut inserts. They have about 300 hours each on them. There's a little bit of surface corrosion on some of them but they work fine. The real benefit to me of hi...

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