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Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby windmlv » Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:00 pm

Hi, I am just learning foiling. Trying a friends Lift.
Looking at a used Aguera 160 race board to buy. Board only Would then choose a foil.
Any thoughts on this board for a newbie?
Any drawbacks?
It has a Tuttle box which may have to be adapted for a different foil.
Thanks. Appreciate any input. m

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby cglazier » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:35 pm

I ride an Aguera 160 board and find it very nice all around. It certainly has enough volume and size for learning (smaller boards are a bit more difficult at first). It allows recovery from splash down more often than most other boards. The construction quality is very good.. but it is a light board. I ride it with a Spotz foil these days.

(I have been foiling since 2007 and I have tried quite a few other foil boards)

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby windmlv » Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:35 pm

Thanks for the input, Chris.
It is all exciting and new right now! ( especially for an old guy).
Like learning to kite all over again, and even harder than that.
Haven't seen you in a long time. Nitinat, LaVentana. m

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby gmb13 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:14 am

Contrary to popular belief, the large volume race foil boards ARE easier to learn on than a surfboard and especially a flat rocker board with very little nose scoop :duh: (you know what brand and board I am talking about ).

The Scoop, beveled rails and volume will have you progressing much faster and with more confidence to try manoeuvres than smaller boards.

I used to think differently, but since I have my race board I a kicking myself for not making a bigger one 3 years ago.

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby davesails7 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:06 am

I'm learning right now with a Delta Foil (fairly small and race targetted, but not as small as spotz) and a large floaty race style board (custom/homemade). I've never tried any other foil board.

At first I thought the large floaty board was annoying because it's harder to move around in the water. It doesn't want to stay up on edge at all because it floats really high, the foil sinks, and its flat again.

Then I talked to a guy who learned on an MHL board and he thought it would have been easier to have more volume because you can ride around with the board on the water much easier. I see his point, and think that's probably the case.

However, thinking about it today while discussing with a buddy who is considering a Liquid Force Foil, Is board volume as important for a large low aspect foil like the LF? Since you can get up on foil at a much lower speed, do you really need the bigger board to help get you up to speed?

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby cglazier » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:35 am

Here are some advantages to a larger board:

- it is a more stable platform when you are not foiling (starting or tacking or gybeing)

- it is more forgiving when you go down nose first and it often allows you to recover without getting wet

- in very light wind a larger board gets you standing up and moving forward enough for the foil to start working

- in extremely light wind when you cannot even foil, you can sit or lie on the board.. I have appreciated the bigger volume several times when I had to paddle in laying on my board.

:wink: CG

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby cglazier » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:30 pm

Alex just posted a nice video of himself foiling in Maui Dec 28, 29.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lltaaLFYuY#t=222

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby gmb13 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:52 pm

cglazier wrote:Here are some advantages to a larger board:

- it is a more stable platform when you are not foiling (starting or tacking or gybeing)

- it is more forgiving when you go down nose first and it often allows you to recover without getting wet

- in very light wind a larger board gets you standing up and moving forward enough for the foil to start working

- in extremely light wind when you cannot even foil, you can sit or lie on the board.. I have appreciated the bigger volume several times when I had to paddle in laying on my board.

:wink: CG
Yes. The extra volume and scoop will give the rider way more confidence to try new manoeuvres. A board like the the LF Fish will be fine for mowing the lawn, but as the review (green hat..) shows the board pearls in super easy, so you will crash a lot when learning tacks or gybes.

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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby windmlv » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:52 pm

Thank you all for your informative input. Most appreciated!
Well, it is finally mine. Been looking at Adam Withington's 160 race board for some time and I am now the proud owner of the bright yellow Aguera 160.
Even as a raw beginner, I can appreciate some of the qualities of this true foil board vs a modified surf/race board. Love how it touches down softly without pearling ( maybe not quite so soft once i learn to go faster ). These boards aren't cheap but now I can appreciate why!
Starting to put longer more consistent runs together but still a long way to go.
The board helps in the learning process as it does give me more confidence to push a bit harder.
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Re: Aguera 160 raceboard for learning

Postby diogovilla » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:51 pm

I am a heavy rider (105kg) and have this old HUGE receboard (182x52x05cm). Is this a good board to learn with? Thanks.


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