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Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby plummet » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:32 pm

Hmmm.

I'm pretty keen on a hydrofoil for lighter wind days with little or no swell.
I'm looking at building one.... because I have the skill to do so,,,

Anyway.

I went for an upwinder the other day. The sort of thing i'd do on a hydrofoil.

The problem with my local is that it is strewen with boulders. There's a sandy beach to launch on. But as soon as you move a few hundred meters away from that its all rocks and boulders. At low tides the boulders can be only a foot or 2 under the water several hundred meters out to sea.

Plus there are random bits of seaweed floating around regularly.

I worry that if I build or buy i'll just smash it to bits on rocks. Or I will have to foil that far out at sea it will be right at my limit or past my ability to swim back if the shit hits the fan....

hmmmmm....

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Re: Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby ronnie » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:59 pm

The advantage of high tide is that you know where you can ride.

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Re: Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby revhed » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:54 pm

Just hopefully giving you more food for thought.

You posted in another thread,

"The reasons I don't use a surfboard in one of the best surf locations in the world.

Jybing is annoying every turn.
Riding toeside upwind hurts my knees
They are unwieldy in the air
Don't fit in the back of my car sideways
More likely to be damaged
I love to boost. That's more important than riding the wave...........
I want it for hunting light wind and boosting in 10-15 knots..... Yes. With speed comes height. I can see good jumping in light winds on a hydrofoil."

If I had bad knees I would not jump on a KBHF, ever, and talk about unwieldy in the air!
Jumps are also for confirmed, advanced pilots.
You will have to learn to gybe or ride toeside one way but that does not work for your kness.
One of the joys of flying a KBHF is gybing, best done board off the water!
Transportation?
Seaweeds suck when wrapped around your strut LE.
Sometimes you will have to even stop, flip it and clean by hand.
And,
1 (one) good crash on a rock will explode many hours of hard,messy work.
Sounds like you have to weigh the pluses and minuses carefully.
All that said,
For me, and I would bet you, given the choice of doing anything, almost anything, I will choose a killer KBHF session every time.
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Re: Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby plummet » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:01 pm

Yes food for thought.

My knees are good in the non twisted heelside stance.
I realize the need to jybe for hydrofoil. Amusingly for hydrofoil in light winds i don't mind the idea. In big swell big wind I don't want to have to jybe or ride toeside. For me it detracts from the enjoyment.

Unwieldy in the air and only for advanced riders,,, I guess that doesn't bother me too much as it would allow me to jump in lighter winds that would otherwise be boring.... PS I have no doubt i could build my skill to jumping level.

The major issue i face at this instance is when could/would I use a hydrofoil. Light wind, flat conditions, mid to high tide to avoid rocks..... hmmmm. That may be a very slim window for my location.

But I'm not put off yet. More thinking is required.

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Re: Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:15 pm

Regarding your knees Plummet - NOTHING is more gentle than hydrofoiling strapless, no stress whatsoever on your knees :thumb:

You dont need to be able to jibe, you can try but will fall most often anyways.

This in itself is a major challenge that you can enjoy learning :naughty:

Most riders, me included, fall often when jibing anyways :lol:

If you go for it, you can find out where the rocks are (take a kayak or SUP or similar on a mirrorday and take a look/feel around - if you dont know for sure), and as soon as you've learned you can easily boarddrag or ride out between these.

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Re: Should go hydrofoil for my location?

Postby polykarb » Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:41 pm

I can't wait to bring my foil fish to Taranaki next time I'm home.

100% it will get you out kiting East end when you would usually only have enough wind to bearly fly the kite, eg no whitecaps, nice and glassy.

Today I had an excellent session on zephyr in 11knots... Starting to land backrolls on the foil.

Kina, Waitara, weld etc might be little shallow for learning.

I see Pete has already found the bottom on his first build....


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