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by jumptheshark
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 12 years kiting- pushed the button on first new kites today
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: 12 years kiting- pushed the button on first new kites today

Oh man, BEWARE! Nothing in life is more certain than the new gear curse. 12 years you say? Shit man, Camber Sands will be lucky to get 10 knots all summer!

But, that first session on em in good conditions....... enjoy.
by jumptheshark
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil for beginning and carving
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Foil for beginning and carving

Get a lift. Simple, stable, smooth, strong, and great value.
by jumptheshark
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's up with Naish directionals?
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: What's up with Naish directionals?

Are there surfboard shapers in central Illinois? But to the OP, why would you consider buying a board you have no less than three issues with. Buying a surfboard is one of my favourite things ever. There are so many to choose from, and the goal it to end up with one you have no issues with. Or at le...
by jumptheshark
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Flysurfer Peak 4
Replies: 1290
Views: 86312

Re: Flysurfer Peak 4

Pretty sure Horst Sergio recommended repeated rocking up onto a wingtip with delicate playing of one steering line in order to get any water out of the LE and the kite pointed skyward. He noted you have to be careful not to pull or hold tension on the steering line too hard or long as the kite can q...
by jumptheshark
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot UFO
Replies: 25
Views: 1742

Re: Slingshot UFO

Can anybody explain me why you need a no strut kite in 3m, 5m and 7m? Even when foiling you need with the 7m at least 13 - 15 Knts and then the low weight doesn't play a big role or am I missing anything? Even more extreme with the 3 and 5m. You lose all the benefits of the struts (1 or 3). Why wou...
by jumptheshark
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: how do you retrieve someone elses foil board?
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: how do you retrieve someone elses foil board?

First option is to just point out where it it to any boardless rider and simply help guide them back to it on their own. Peter's option is a good one, but has plenty of exceptions. Odds are your retrieving a board for a relative beginner and they may bave difficulty with your small strapless set up....
by jumptheshark
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire-cannards in general
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Spitfire-cannards in general

The front wing is slightly angled upward on the spitfire. You may need to shim your reversed and flipped stabilizer to angle upward.

Like many early convenional hydrofoil builds. Almost anything "CAN" be flown, but only refined well balanced designs fly well.
by jumptheshark
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire-cannards in general
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Spitfire-cannards in general

Not likely quite that simple, but I'm pretty sure the original zeeko alloy foil could be assembled as a working canard. The only purpose I can see for the little spacer that fit behind the main wing was to allow the same wing to mount in reverse. It precisely matches the distance needed for the lead...
by jumptheshark
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Shorter board is less playful...!
Replies: 40
Views: 1988

Re: Shorter board is less playful...!

Rear foot with respect to the CoE of the foil makes a massive difference in foil responsiveness with respect to pitch. Foot with respect to mast position is simply an easy reference and varies a little between foils. Narrow stance with the back foot on or in front of the mast are going to be steady ...
by jumptheshark
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire-cannards in general
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Spitfire-cannards in general

I learned on Zeeko's first version of their alloy foil. It had a few odd little plastic spacers when assembled normally. They allowed for clearance of the main wing to be mounted in reverse and the stab to be mounted with the proper angle also in reverse so the foil could essentially by assembled as...

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