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by tswierkocki
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Clouds are fragile
Replies: 36
Views: 2834

Re: Clouds are fragile

I have tons of hours on my Clouds and not a single issue with them. No damage, tears, leaks, etc.

I mostly use them for waves and foiling.
by tswierkocki
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Would you buy a very sharp wing?
Replies: 11
Views: 767

Re: Would you buy a very sharp wing?

Yes. My Cloud 9 is nice and dull. I’m not very concerned about landing on it.
by tswierkocki
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Big surf wings
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Big surf wings

My favorite wing for kiting in waves is the Cloud 9 X24 (1138 cm2). I also have a X28 (1414 cm2) but find it too big in anything other than light wind. The X22 (906 cm2) is a fun wing but I find it a little small for waves.
by tswierkocki
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilers - do you still "surf" surf?
Replies: 34
Views: 1635

Re: Foilers - do you still "surf" surf?

2001 to 2006 - 100% twintip 2006 to 2016 - 100% surfboard 2016 to 2018 - 90% foil & 10% surfboard 2018 to 2019 - 80% foil, 10% surfboard, 10% twintip Foiling actually got me interested in the twintip again since I now get so many sessions with the foil. Surfboard only comes out on “proper” wave days...
by tswierkocki
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Small pocket board - looking for recommendation/advice
Replies: 90
Views: 6082

Re: Small pocket board - looking for recommendation/advice

Over a year on my 42” Kahana Shapes and not a single bad thing to say about the board. Does everything I want it to do.

I’m using it with the Cloud 9 X24 foil
by tswierkocki
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: When will i relax and enjoy my foiling?
Replies: 53
Views: 2348

Re: When will i relax and enjoy my foiling?

Took me about 6 months to comfortably ride my foil meaning I longer had to concentrate a lot on balance and wasn’t having unexpected hard crashes.

Two years in I would say I was on full autopilot not having to think about the foil at all and riding waves as well as my regular wave board.
by tswierkocki
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kanaha shapes 37" Mucho macho.
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: Kanaha shapes 37" Mucho macho.

I’ve been riding my 42” KS board for over year now. I really like the board. I honestly wouldn't’ change anything about it. No issues for me to ride away from a touch down with my surf wing.
by tswierkocki
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kitemare / Safety Share
Replies: 24
Views: 2022

Re: Kitemare / Safety Share

I had a similar issue on Friday. Was foiling down the line on a wave in side shore wind and slacked my lines at the same time as a lull hit. Kite went down dead downwind and I ran over the lines. Ended up with both myself and the foil wrapped in the lines. Tried to untangle the foil but no luck. Nex...
by tswierkocki
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling and hitting marine life :(
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: Foiling and hitting marine life :(

...and yes...I am on a 28” mast and that does seem to help. I dont understand this, you and tswierkocki write.... Using a longer mast, you got more "free" space above the water - instead of under the surface, that is almost the whole idea. Maybe some would ride a fraction lower also, to get even mo...
by tswierkocki
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling and hitting marine life :(
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: Foiling and hitting marine life :(

Dropping from a 90cm mast to 68cm mast seems to help. I’ve been on the Cloud 9 S24/X24 for a bit over a year. With the 68cm mast I haven’t hit any wildlife yet. We get a lot of rays and I now fly over them with the shorter mast.

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