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by bragnouff
Tue May 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Losing the front hook
Replies: 37
Views: 1524

Re: Losing the front hook

tomtom wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 4:20 pm
Just go strapless forget about all these nonsense
Exactly!
And those who claim to have given up because it's just too hard have lost a fair bit of credibility in commenting here.
by bragnouff
Tue May 14, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best Wetsuit : O'neill pyrotech ?
Replies: 11
Views: 4266

Re: Best Wetsuit : O'neill pyrotech ?

Front entry requires a bit of practice, but then once you're used to it, it's actually better at keeping the water at bay. And it's also much better for surfing. I hate the extra bits of zipper in the back of the neck, source of stiffness and pain eventually. No big deal for kiting though. I've been...
by bragnouff
Sat May 11, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The future is big wing small kite.
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: The future is big wing small kite.

Up to a point... When the big wings get so big that the foil becomes slow, or very hard to ride fast due to fighting excess lift, there's something about the kite that doesn't feel right. I can't quite pinpoint in what wind strength or with what type of kite, but there's typically a balance point wh...
by bragnouff
Thu May 09, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Convertible boards for foiling
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Convertible boards for foiling

Can anybody explain the rear screw inserts for straps? If you’re using straps it looks like they can only be slightly offset either side rather than central, which I don’t quite get... On a thruster with thin volume, there's not enough thickness for an insert to sit on top of the center fin box. Th...
by bragnouff
Thu May 09, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The new Cabrinha Autopilot, Hi:Rise Varial & Carve
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Re: The new Cabrinha Autopilot, Hi:Rise Varial & Carve

Toby wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 11:36 am

HI:RISE VARIAL


varial large.png


@51s, you'll be pleased to know that the winglets increase aerodynamic efficiency...
by bragnouff
Thu May 09, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Convertible boards for foiling
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Convertible boards for foiling

to be honest, it's only worth doing if traveling is a big part of your requirements, otherwise having a dedicated foil board alongside your dedicated surfboard is preferable, and not much more costly. Convertible boards make more sense in the short compact stubby surfboard style boards, as you want ...
by bragnouff
Thu May 09, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Losing the front hook
Replies: 37
Views: 1524

Re: Losing the front hook

Just hold onto the rail of the board till the kite is well on its way through the power zone, that'll keep the board angled for longer, and your feet in the right place, able to control where the board is pointing. That'll also force you to be fully crouched. Once, I missed putting the back hand bac...
by bragnouff
Thu May 02, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: statement from Lou
Replies: 119
Views: 5105

Re: statement from Lou

Enjoy your foiling but this is the actual situation and the level of participation in 2019, in NZ and Australia. It is all very Eurocentric. I won't go into politics of GKA / Olympics, etc... but just from an observation point of view, could it be that there is a bit of local bias at play here, and...
by bragnouff
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Best Board Length and Shape
Replies: 10
Views: 551

Re: Best Board Length and Shape

If you need to paddle that board in the surf, you need a way to cram some volume in somewhere. A pointy nose is also easier for duck diving, and would allow more extreme angles without catching water on the nose in heavy curves. That's for the crossover boards though. Overall, the flatter your spot,...
by bragnouff
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: statement from Lou
Replies: 119
Views: 5105

Re: statement from Lou

If we all were blessed with at least 15 knot winds everyday foil won't be needed. I used to feel this way too until I foiled in 15 knots. Initial value should have been 25kts and it'd have made more sense. 25kts and waves and we'd be all still windsurfing! I don't really think cost is much of a bar...

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