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by tmcfarla
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Boxer Water Re-Launch?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Boxer Water Re-Launch?

I have a 10m boxer from 2018 (maybe 2017, can't remember). 1.) It does not relaunch as well as a cloud in flat water, so maybe you've just been spoiled 2.) The relaunch is pretty good, except towards bottom of range. There is definitely a wind band that I could ride with a foil, but not relaunch the...
by tmcfarla
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice used hybrid board
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Advice used hybrid board

First, the only reason to get a hybrid board like that is if you plan to both surf and hydrofoil in the near future. If this isn't you, don't get a hybrid board. Second, even if you plan to do both, there is a compromise. The compromise for surfing is that the board is a bit heavier and stiffer, not...
by tmcfarla
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Armstrong vs LF
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: Armstrong vs LF

I finally upgraded my foilfish to an Armstrong hs1050. I was having a great time on the lf. Upwind, downwind toeside and long runs . Well, back to the basics with the new beast. I can’t ride the board on the water and barely am able to go 100m. Couple questions.... Is muscle memory so ingrained its...
by tmcfarla
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf

True, wouldn't it be better to get a short one for surf, and a long one for wing and kite? Instead of a compromise? 8) Peter Of course it would be nice, but then the compromise is having cheaper setup, probably aluminum. I had aluminum in the past, I’m too lazy to take apart and clean. I would get ...
by tmcfarla
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf

Thanks everyone, surf would be at most 10% of time as I’m mush closer to flat water than ocean, so it sounds like 85 cm is the way to go.
by tmcfarla
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Mast length for mixed kite/wing/surf

Anyone have thoughts on optimal mast length for mixed use? Right now I only kite foil, and have been for about 4 years, I’m not particularly good but I’m competent enough. I use a 36 inch mast and Lift 110 wing. I’m thinking of selling that, and putting it towards a setup of Armstrong foils along wi...
by tmcfarla
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kitesurfing schools in Barbados / Costa Rica
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: kitesurfing schools in Barbados / Costa Rica

Barbados has pretty big waves for learning. I saw students there last time I was there, but it didn’t look like they were getting on very well. I don’t know of any windy flat water spots in Barbados (but it is an awesome place for an intermediate kiter to start on waves). I haven’t kited Costa Rica ...
by tmcfarla
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lightwind Kiting Options
Replies: 36
Views: 1543

Re: Lightwind Kiting Options

If you are willing to go to hydrofoils (added expense and learning curve), 10-15 mph winds are pretty good wind. On a hydrofoil, 10mph is probably about the absolute lowest end for my old 8m 3-strut surf kite (ok light wind kite, but definitely not optimized for it). At 15 mph, I could size down to ...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Have I Made A Terrible Mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2095

Re: Have I Made A Terrible Mistake?

At your size, 10m is probably the first kite to get. 9 would also work fine. You’ll probably want to get either a 13 or an 8 next. 13 will probably give you more total days, but 8 would you out on the really fun days. Hatteras gets really windy, and you’d eventually be looking at a 6 as well down th...
by tmcfarla
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Just not getting it
Replies: 28
Views: 1680

Re: Just not getting it

1.) how many times have you tried foiling? It is going to take a few sessions at least, and generally recommended to not use other boards until you gain basic proficiency. It took me probably five times to comfortably ride in a straight line, and maybe another ten to start carving around a bit. 2.) ...

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