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by BWD
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is strapless overrated?
Replies: 25
Views: 1159

Re: Is strapless overrated?

I love strapless and for 10 years have ridden that way more and more. But there are times I have been really glad of straps on my surfboard, and others I spent too much time chasing a strapless board in closeouts. Boosting is fun, so are strapless airs. Strapless taught me a lot about how boards wor...
by BWD
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foils that don’t sink. How much of a problem is it
Replies: 22
Views: 1297

Re: Foils that don’t sink. How much of a problem is it

This thread, to me, is like complaining your porsche 911 has less stability control than your mercedes s class. Yes, too much speed/power/too light/too agile can be challenging. On the one hand that's the fun of it. On the other hand, this problem can be solved with aluminum gear (also cheaper). It ...
by BWD
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Goove Skate foilboard, durability and build quality
Replies: 38
Views: 1920

Re: Goove Skate foilboard, durability and build quality

Yes. 15 kg /1 lb foam is the culprit. You get better durability results with 1.5 and 2 lb foams. SUPs and firewires have the 1 lb foam inside, most good surfboards that are built to last use 1.9-2 lb., tow surf boards use 3 lb. The penalty is weight, for example 300 g heavier core for a 20 L board. ...
by BWD
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Goove Skate foilboard, durability and build quality
Replies: 38
Views: 1920

Re: Goove Skate foilboard, durability and build quality

If it dents like that and holds water it has crack(s) and major delamination with crushed core. Could be repaired by cutting out delam area, replacing area of crushed core foam, laminating new skin on top. Also need to find any cracks/holes....
Less thorough repairs will be temporary.
by BWD
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Quobba Fins
Replies: 17
Views: 3991

Re: Quobba Fins

In the end theories, CFD and marketing are just steps along the path. User feedback and, when appropriate, A/B testing and competition are the real tests, for every product.
by BWD
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Help picking my new Hydrofoil board
Replies: 21
Views: 2365

Re: Help picking my new Hydrofoil board

Stainless 316 or A4 grade Size will be 6mm or 10-24 or 1/4-20. Basically whatevr fits. You can test fit with a cheap screw to avoid ordering multiple sets of stainless ones. Screw will either fall into hole, go in a couple threads and start to get stuck, or fit just right. Dont jam a stainless screw...
by BWD
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Quobba Fins
Replies: 17
Views: 3991

Re: Quobba Fins

It's a shame the hype in the link above has to throw in that "turbo" fable especially since they claim to be studied and developed a long time. In that time the inventor should have learned what a turbo is (hint: not surf fin). Also the suction theory is not usually seen as legit. But if they work, ...
by BWD
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: St barths in feb, which kite to take?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: St barths in feb, which kite to take?

Probably you should ask the guys from whom you plan to rent a board. But I would guess 12 unless you are light weight, <70kg. But if you mainly like big jumps, 12.
If you check forecast day before you leave and it is supposed to be unusually windy, take the 9
by BWD
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: St barths in feb, which kite to take?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: St barths in feb, which kite to take?

If you weigh 75kg + take the 12 unless you see a very strong forecast for 20+ knots. Wind is less dense in the carribean than higher latitudes. Also the main spot has the reputation of gusty wind that doesnt always fill in. If you have room to pack a 12 you could take the 9 instead at last minute if...
by BWD
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Do you need some rocker at tail of board
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Do you need some rocker at tail of board

For takeoffs, flat tail should probably be most efficient for small to medium foils. For freeride/freestyle, or waves, a little tail rocker will reduce drag or tripping from momentary touchdowns in carving and transitions. You can also argue rocker with a big hydrofoil wing facilitates higher angle ...

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