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by stevez
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: starting on duck tack to toeside
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: starting on duck tack to toeside

The advice to not lean back is good, as far as it goes. But you see Tucker lean way back in every tack. He is centred above the board, but the mast and board are well cranked over. He does lean back quite hard to initiate the tack, with the knees slightly bent, but then once the board is turning up...
by stevez
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 48
Views: 2955

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

Based on the video, I agree that a fully fledged surf wing in that wind would be inappropriate. The stringy wing is great for foiling at speed in waves. It has a very loose feel, even a bit wobbly if you're not used to it - on a wave this translates into an ability to turn effortlessly at speed - ot...
by stevez
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fast wave hydrofoiling.
Replies: 48
Views: 2955

Re: Fast wave hydrofoiling.

It would be interesting to see what sort of speeds you're clocking, or are required to keep up with the wave. Do you have a GPS? The pure surf wings, used without kites, reportedly max out around 40 km/h (https://www.oceanaddicts.com.au/hydrofoiling-competition/) Cross off is a good direction when y...
by stevez
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Moses Onda is there better for me
Replies: 43
Views: 3999

Re: Moses Onda is there better for me

I've been riding the kenalu foil, which is a very nice big wing for kitefoiling in waves.
https://kenalu.com/products/iwa-775.
Selling for $1000 complete. You can get it with a longer mast. Mine is 87cm.
I also have the smaller 580 wing (1050 cm2) which is probably more the size you're after.
by stevez
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Does board volume still matter for water starts?
Replies: 36
Views: 3722

Re: Does board volume still matter for water starts?

I think for conventional kite wings, you need a bit of planing ability. I have a couple boards of 97cm and 99cm and they are big enough. I'm not trying to capture the sub 10 knot sessions though. For lighter winds, a bit bigger would help, as would some volume. If you're riding a surf wing I really ...
by stevez
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: KeNalu sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: KeNalu sale

I'm still waiting on a replacement fuselage, which is taking a long time for some reason.
I don't want to be without a big wing over the Christmas break, so in the meantime I pulled the trigger on a stringy big wing upgrade. We'll see how that goes :)
by stevez
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Foilboard (Pocket/Strapless) Paulownia
Replies: 13
Views: 1839

Re: Foilboard (Pocket/Strapless) Paulownia

Yeah schenkles is the gold standard for paulownia foilboards. I also don't have those skills but still made a board I like. I've got a substantial amount of rocker, about 9cm in total. My board is laminated. It's not completely solid. I'll try to upload a pic or two. The only way you'll bend 18mm so...
by stevez
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Will we see the first foil kite at King of the Air 2019?
Replies: 63
Views: 5527

Re: Will we see the first foil kite at King of the Air 2019?

if you saw the live stream of the event last year, you'd see that young Oli was a last minute invite (someone was sick/hurt), literally landed in Cape Town in the morning and was riding in the event, and completely pushing the top riders. I don't care what kite he uses, I hope he's in the event, th...
by stevez
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: KeNalu sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: KeNalu sale

Well hopefully I'll get a small discount but even if I don't that's not that bad. You don't realistically expect to smash your foil into a reef at full tilt and not do some damage. I'm happy it's just the fuselage. Minor damage to the wing I can repair myself. But the slingshot setup looks good, loo...
by stevez
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: KeNalu sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: KeNalu sale

I've been using the Kenalu 775, and having a great time on it. Until yesterday at least, when I smashed into a reef while on a wave and broke the fuselage :( It's a very nice foil for riding waves. It's a different ride from the gofoil, and maybe a better foil for kitefoiling. More of a balance betw...

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