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by robclaisse
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: WtF man. Will I ever learn transitions...?
Replies: 57
Views: 3962

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

Lots of good tips on here, no point repeating many of those that I agree with but here are two that I don't think have been mentioned and are really important: Kite power- if you are really powered up you'll struggle as its hard to keep weight on the board/foil consistently. If you are riding in mar...
by robclaisse
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: riding goofy side
Replies: 17
Views: 1149

Re: riding goofy side

A good technique for learning toeside riding on the foil, whether its on your weak side or when initially learning on your stronger side, is to first ride on a broad reach downwind. This allows you ride with the board level (no need to cant it over at all) and the kite nice and high in the wind wind...
by robclaisse
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite Board Hydro Foils available March 2019
Replies: 203
Views: 65158

Re: Kite Board Hydro Foils available March 2019

Onofoil seem to be a new small brand out of Maui. No experience of them myself but they are posting lots of great foil porn on Instagram of foil ideas they are testing. All looks cool, interested to know if anyone has tried them?

https://www.instagram.com/onofoil/
by robclaisse
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best hydrofoil board for beginner Volume or thinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 1550

Re: Best hydrofoil board for beginner Volume or thinner?

As I think you can see if you ask any variation on the question "What is the best foil/board/kite for a beginner/intermediate/advanced/racer" you will get positive and negatives for every possible option! Hydrofoiling is very personal discipline mainly because we all have very different backgrounds ...
by robclaisse
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Videos
Topic: Kitefoiling Gybes - Preview for the Upcoming How-to videos
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Kitefoiling Gybes - Preview for the Upcoming How-to videos

I'm working on a new series of videos for teaching the full kitefoiling gybe - carving turns, riding toeside and the foot change. Lots of people have been asking when they'll be available so I made this preview video to explain how production is coming along, some of the complexities of trying to te...
by robclaisse
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Cape Town in november
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Cape Town in november

I think November and early December are some of the best times to come to Cape Town - it's quieter on the water, a little cooler and the wind can be great. This November was probably some of the best conditions we've seen all season for both twintips, surfboards and foiling both in Blouberg and Lang...
by robclaisse
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: F-one Breeze v1 vs v2 for beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: F-one Breeze v1 vs v2 for beginner

^ Yeah that wind range isn't for foiling. 13m in 20 knots on a twintip is doable but not on a foil - you'll be good up to about 15 knots on a foil but probably pretty powered up and will have more fun on a smaller kite. But that also depends on your foil - smaller front wing and you'll be able to ha...
by robclaisse
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cape Town safety and riding convention basics
Replies: 38
Views: 2987

Re: Cape Town safety and riding convention basics

Definitely bring your foil if you want to maximise your time on the water. I've had my foil here the last 3 years and though Blouberg can be a little challenging at time, its a fun spot to foil (the last couple of days have been relatively flat so perfect for foiling). I've been here for 2.5 months ...
by robclaisse
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: F-one Breeze v1 vs v2 for beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: F-one Breeze v1 vs v2 for beginner

I've just started riding F-one and ride the Mirage 800 (similar to the 850) and pocket 130. I have a 15m Breeze v2 and love it! I'm 105kg so take that in to account (for 80kg, I think the 13m would probably be perfect). It amazing the number of times that kite has saved me from sitting on the beach ...
by robclaisse
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Making the home text visual nice - your help and opinion needed
Replies: 42
Views: 1703

Re: Making the home text visual nice - your help and opinion needed

I agree with Toby, yes Kitesurfing is the most popular, particularly today but some days it's more balanced with other categories. I also think that without this kind of homepage most people will probably end up just posting everything kitesurfing so atleast it highlights there are sub-forums for di...

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