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by stevez
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits
Replies: 69
Views: 5458

Re: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits

I've built my own 135-120-105-90cm boards with similar characteristics and build construction. They are all built using PU foam cores and glass/carbon lamination. 2,2 to 2,6 kg complete. I've found no riding benefits below 105. 120cm is almost imperceptible difference to 105. 135 is noticeable diff...
by stevez
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits
Replies: 69
Views: 5458

Re: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits

But as said, even with the low experience in waves I have. I am sure to cross white water bigger size is important. I have been happy here with my old exo 125 x 44 cm, but have some doupts if my actuall 110 x 40 cm will be big enough. But it is also much about the shape. The volume race shape in th...
by stevez
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits
Replies: 69
Views: 5458

Re: About real small pocket boards < 1 m, benefits and limits

The 94 cm Kanaha is amazingly easy to use with 2 caveats: 1. Rider can stay on foil most of the time 2. A big wing is used. If those conditions are met, boards like this are far easier than almost anything else and eventually everyone is going to realize this and they will be the "normal size". Onl...
by stevez
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Straightening bent aluminum
Replies: 31
Views: 1395

Re: Straightening bent aluminum

I have to agree with Tom here. I would just shim the wing as necessary to restore to the original angles if that was working great for you. What concerns me about shimming is the bolts will then be misaligned, directing a lot of the load on the bolt sideways. Especially, as is normally the case, fo...
by stevez
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Plywood surf foil wing
Replies: 22
Views: 2075

Re: Plywood surf foil wing

Awesome build. Great to see! I'd love to try this sometime.
I reckon wood is a highly suitable and overlooked material for surf wings.
by stevez
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Duration for Screws in Aluminium mast?
Replies: 18
Views: 982

Re: Duration for Screws in Aluminium mast?

If you generously apply Tefgel, you can leave if assembled for months, if not years. That's my experience. I've only taken the wings off the fuselage 2 or 3 times in over two years. Each time I did, I reapplied a thick layer of tefgel. Never had a problem, and just verified that I still don't :) As ...
by stevez
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 121
Views: 10436

Re: Pocket board building

Stevez, How did you build it? Is it hollow with span wize rib/spacers? Then you put in Cork rails? It looks really ghetto. But what the heck, if it works, then that's what matters! That one you should call the lunch tray or the cutting board... Hey Tom, Yeah that's it - no secrets, it's pretty much...
by stevez
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 121
Views: 10436

Re: Pocket board building

Here's the finished board.
84 x 44cm (33 x 17.5")
2.2kg
Hoping to try it out this afternoon.
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by stevez
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 121
Views: 10436

Re: Pocket board building

Latest pocket board build coming on nicely:
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by stevez
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: starting on duck tack to toeside
Replies: 36
Views: 3574

Re: starting on duck tack to toeside

Any suggestions on how to break it down and practice different parts of it? I have no trouble making hard carves back and forth while just riding. But how to isolate and practice bringing the kite to the other side? Thanks If you have a small trainer kite, you can shorted the learning curve quite a...

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