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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby OzBungy » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:41 am

plummet wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:56 am
...Foiling is fun in easy conditions but gets exponentially harder in silly conditions. ...
I find that foiling is massive fun in silly conditions. The foil and a tiny kite tend to smooth out the silliness. I ride a J Shapes Cruzer which is an extremely smooth and well mannered foil.

I gather from your posts that your "silly conditions" are in the ocean. My silly conditions are in an enclosed bay (Port Phillip), so the swell height and speed is going to be a heap less.

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby plummet » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:43 am

OzBungy wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:41 am
plummet wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:56 am
...Foiling is fun in easy conditions but gets exponentially harder in silly conditions. ...
I find that foiling is massive fun in silly conditions. The foil and a tiny kite tend to smooth out the silliness. I ride a J Shapes Cruzer which is an extremely smooth and well mannered foil.

I gather from your posts that your "silly conditions" are in the ocean. My silly conditions are in an enclosed bay (Port Phillip), so the swell height and speed is going to be a heap less.
Yeah, low swell doesn't count as silly conditions in my book. That's easy as. I would relish bay chop. I'm talking fast 4m swell with wind chop at another direction creating washine machine sloppy conditions with a killer beach break and waves breaking up to a km out to sea. That shit is hard out on a surface board and incredibly difficult on a foil.

Some days I'm like. Shit I've regressed heaps since I last rode. Nope it's just the sea conditions are stupider. The faster the swell the harder it Is. Add some cross swell and wind chop and life gets real hard. Then add some silly current in the water a pretty crazy lift provided by some waves. I challenge anyone to own those conditions.

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby Foil » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:06 pm

nar, you can keep that stuff all to yourself, sounds challenging at best.

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby plummet » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:14 pm

For context, This is what I'm talking about. Some days it's just too dangerous to even attempt the shore break. Other days I can get out through a smaller part of the bay. But still the swell and breaking waves further out make it batshit crazy even past the shore break.


But I am open to idea's for better set up and understand that my home build isnt the most stable foil out there. I do have a plan to make more wings with more anhedral for better stability which may help a bit. Ultimately I think even if you have the best foil in the world these conditions are always going to be batshit crazy on a foil. The upper limit of what is possible or enjoyable is just lower compared than a surface board. Riding these conditions on my mutant and i'm whooping and hollering with joy because of how much fun it is. On the foil a lot of the time its survival riding and just i'm trying not to die...... That said I am slooooowy getting better at handling it. My upper limit of having fun us slowly increasing.

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby jonysan » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:36 pm

Hey Plummet, Those are excellent photos, "Battle at Sea" conditions.

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby gozokiteboarding » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:06 pm

Those are killer victory sea conditions! where is that? I dream of days like that!

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Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

Postby plummet » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:06 am

gozokiteboarding wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:06 pm
Those are killer victory sea conditions! where is that? I dream of days like that!
West coast of New Zealand during winter storms.


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