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by tmcfarla
Thu May 09, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Losing the front hook
Replies: 37
Views: 1530

Re: Losing the front hook

Low volume board and light foils are a lot easier. Key is holding the board in place with rear hand while diving kite. With a really floaty board and heavy foil, this can be is tricky. Try using your rear knee in place of your foot to hold board in place (so front foot, rear knee, and front hand are...
by tmcfarla
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Washington DC kite spots
Replies: 11
Views: 1973

Re: Washington DC kite spots

There is pretty good kiting about an hour outside of DC on the Chesapeake Bay. There is very good kiting 3 hours away at Assateague Island or Dewey Beach. There is world class kiting about 6 hours away at Cape Hatteras.
by tmcfarla
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Hydrofoil in Florida Keys?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Hydrofoil in Florida Keys?

I’ll be in the keys (Islamorada) next week to see family, is it worthwhile to bring a foilboard? I’ll have limited access to a car, and no access to a boat. Does it get deep enough off the beach for a full length mast? Any kiting restrictions?
by tmcfarla
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: gap between kite sizes
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: gap between kite sizes

I don’t have foil kites anymore, but for a beginner foiler, I think 13 could be a handful. I don’t think someone your size needs anything bigger than a 10m unless racing. Racers use huge kites, but free riders do not. If you have very steady and light wind, then maybe. I found that any kite bigger t...
by tmcfarla
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 91
Views: 7660

Re: Pocket board building

On the board I made, I had to add additional inserts after finishing. I drilled from the top deck, leaving the bottom skin intact. It has held up well so far. The only downside was having to cut some of the traction pad out to drill the holes.
by tmcfarla
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Full kite deployment in water for safety (and access).
Replies: 38
Views: 3045

Re: Full kite deployment in water for safety (and access).

Drift launching is great in shallow, flat water. Deep water drift launch is an advanced technique, doubly so if a boat is involved. Drift launches in waves are just plain dangerous. Regular beach launches are not “dangerous”, and when fatalities occur, it is after many thousands of successful launch...
by tmcfarla
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Flysurfer Peak 4
Replies: 227
Views: 17097

Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Bagged out cloud 7m c2 on foil is pretty much the same as 5m peak 4 for upwind, cloud 8m D series pretty close to same power as 5m peak4 ( at least we fly them both in the same wind for freestyle foiling and wave foiling) . Upwind with a hydrofoil is very close to the D series clouds, not enough di...
by tmcfarla
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: WtF man. Will I ever learn transitions...?
Replies: 57
Views: 3595

Re: WtF man. Will I ever learn transitions...?

You ride toe-side? I found that I like toe-side so much, that I still haven’t gotten good at foot-switches. Gybing to toe-side is relatively easy, and the ability to ride toe-side upwind was always sort of the holy grail for me in terms of what I wanted to be able to do. In terms of foiling foot cha...
by tmcfarla
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: New marginal wind weapon: Kruiser Lightwind
Replies: 45
Views: 4012

Re: New marginal wind weapon: Kruiser Lightwind

Beautiful wing. Still trying to understand this aspect ratio business. So with higher aspect ratio you are expecting better low end and upwind angles. If you had a similar wing and surface area but a lower aspect ratio, you would get tighter turns and maybe more gentler stall and more drag?? Thats ...
by tmcfarla
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Straightening bent aluminum
Replies: 31
Views: 1189

Re: Straightening bent aluminum

[quote=max post_id=<a href="tel:1049112">1049112</a> time=<a href="tel:1553773421">1553773421</a> user_id=604] I have to agree with Tom here. I would just shim the wing as necessary to restore to the original angles if that was working great for you. What concerns me about shimming is the bolts wil...

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