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Foilboarding at Helsingborgs kitebeach :-)

Postby eagletech1967 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:09 pm

Hi
Got out the foilboard from the garage :D
1 year ago I was out last time beqause the difficulty to put the boots on the board :oops: .
But today was the perfect day to try again :lol:
Have a nice day friends :thumb:
//Roger
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Postby CaptainArgh » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:07 am

That's pretty cool! What does it feel like to ride a foil board under a kite?

Do you need a larger kite so you can run at a higher speed?
Do you stay on the foil for transitions?
When you jump and land with the whole board, is it hard to pop back up on the foil?
Isssssssssss it squirrelly?
Can you edge against gusts or do you need to use the bar to depower?!??!


sorry for all the questions...very curious how it is to kite with one of those!
Thanks!
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Postby eagletech1967 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:14 pm

toddjb123 wrote:That's pretty cool! What does it feel like to ride a foil board under a kite? It is not hard to learn but you need a mate to help you put the boots on the board when you hold the kite at 12.
Really good fun when you fly over all the choppy water :lol:

Do you need a larger kite so you can run at a higher speed? You need 2 sizes smaler kite when you go on the foilboard Ex: if you go for 14 with your normal setup then take the 12 instead
Do you stay on the foil for transitions? yes
When you jump and land with the whole board, is it hard to pop back up on the foil? No it`s no problem And I am still only 10 time on the foilboard
Isssssssssss it squirrelly? sorry I dont now the word mate :cry:
Can you edge against gusts or do you need to use the bar to depower?!??!
I use the bar to control the power so the Crossbow II is very nice for foilboarding or any bowkite with great depower 8)


sorry for all the questions...very curious how it is to kite with one of those!
Thanks! "You can`t fake soul" If you need more info then write again :thumb:
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Postby CaptainArgh » Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:11 pm

Good stuff. Some will use the term "squirrelly" to describe something that is kind of erratic and maybe doesn't track well. Like the animal, the squirrel, that zig zags back and forth very quickly and never really seems relaxed. :)

So...I was wondering if the foil tracks nice and if you can lean back into it or if every gust will pull you forward and such.

Would love to see some more pictures, though. Looks like a lot of fun.

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Postby Richard » Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:53 pm

It is a way cool feeling.

Almost like snowboarding in deep powder. You are unaffected by chop.

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Postby aeberl » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:24 pm

Judjing by the wake of tha foil you must have been riding with it very close to the surface. Is it hard to control how deep you want the foil to ride in the water?
I have made a lot ao calculations on hydrofoils and they are much more efficcient than planing and displacement hulls. Higher velocities should be attainable and mechanically they are easier to control since they rely exclusively on lift and have very little drag.
Bu we kiters are very subjective and are driven more by feeling than by numbers, so more feedback from the guys who ride them might be nice!

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Postby SBBeachbum » Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:30 pm

Just saw Peter Trow on his hydrofoil last weekend. The wind was too weak for anybody else to go out and first I thought that he would have issues too. However, once up he was ripping upwind further and faster than I have ever seen anybody on a twintip/surfboard. It was truly amazing and put all those discussion about what the best lightwind board is to an immediate stop.

Unfortunately I did not bring my camera.

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Postby eagletech1967 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:39 pm

toddjb123 wrote:Good stuff. Some will use the term "squirrelly" to describe something that is kind of erratic and maybe doesn't track well. Like the animal, the squirrel, that zig zags back and forth very quickly and never really seems relaxed. :)

So...I was wondering if the foil tracks nice and if you can lean back into it or if every gust will pull you forward and such.

Would love to see some more pictures, though. Looks like a lot of fun.
Thanks for the info regarding the squirrly :P
The foilboard fly upwind, but you don`t lean back like on your normal kiteboard.
More pictures on http://www.kiteaddicts.net and I will put up more photos here when the wind gets back to Helsingborg :lol:

Have a nice weekend /Roger

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Postby Mug » Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:01 pm

thats very interesting, on this topic of foilboards what companies produce them, and what has been peoples experience with the boards?

p.s. I think I saw a different design from an Italian company in kiteworld mag.

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Postby tautologies » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:10 am

SBBeachbum wrote:Just saw Peter Trow on his hydrofoil last weekend. The wind was too weak for anybody else to go out and first I thought that he would have issues too. However, once up he was ripping upwind further and faster than I have ever seen anybody on a twintip/surfboard. It was truly amazing and put all those discussion about what the best lightwind board is to an immediate stop.

Unfortunately I did not bring my camera.
I tried one a few days ago, and it is hard to control, but the foil doesn't induce the amount of drag regular boards do so you can ride it in super light winds.

I tried it after a boat, but one you get up off the water, you can basically hold on with three fingers...amazing..I could ride the small wake of the boat.

The wake in the picture is induced when hitting the water with the board...while riding out of the water there is not wake at all.

A really weird experience, but so much fun though....I am hoping to try to tow into ocean swell (before they break).

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