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Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Macster » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:44 am

Hey foilers.

A friend is going to make me a custom foil board out of carbon. I already have the Moses T40 and I'm keen for a pocket board.

Keen to hear people's recommendations on size, thickness etc. My details:

85 kgs
Freeride foiling
Bay conditions, small chop.
Moses 683 wing

Looking for something a bit more playful and to eventually go strapless.

I tend to foil in 5/6 knots up to 15/20 then I reach for the twin tip.

The only smaller board I have been able to ride was the F one pocket 130cm. I'm thinking of going smaller again.

Thoughts?

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby dave1986 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:54 am

Perhaps the Groove Skate?

https://www.groovekiteboards.it/boards/ ... eestyle-2/

Comes in 3 sizes, 2 different constructions, and many different colours.

EDIT : By the way, I have no affiliation with Groove - apart from I own the L size myself. It just seems to be a very nice, light and versatile hydrofoil board.
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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:04 pm

I would go for something around 115 cm in length for your 85 kg (not shorter), and keep the T40 for lighter days, it is awesome.

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby junebug » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:26 pm

I love my 84cm home build. It is difficult to waterstart underpowered, but it shouldn’t be too challenging in a bay with small chop. I use it above 10kn.

Opinions vary on super short boards. I personally love them because of the low swing weight.

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby TomW » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:25 pm

This question gets asked often.
After experimenting with 90-105-110-120cm, I've decided 105-110 is optimal. I'm 78kg dry on Moses 633 wing set.

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Oldman_Dave » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:11 pm

I'm loving riding a pocket board.. makes me feel so good :D I'm not the greatest foiler and still find 1m & strapless is easy enough as long as you're decently powered.

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Macster » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:13 am

Thanks guys for the input. Sounds like 110-115cm is the go for me.

Saw this baby today. Gonna copy the rails design. You reckon they would cause too much friction when water starting or negligible?

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Flyboy » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:47 am

I just bought the SS 3'6" Dwarfcraft. Decided to go with the larger (not micro) version as it still has quite a lot of volume, so I'm assuming it will still pop up on a plane easily & work in light wind. Not as light as a smaller/thinner board obviously, but is it weight or "swing weight" that is most significant?

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:53 am

Flyboy wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:47 am
I just bought the SS 3'6" Dwarfcraft. Decided to go with the larger (not micro) version as it still has quite a lot of volume, so I'm assuming it will still pop up on a plane easily & work in light wind. Not as light as a smaller/thinner board obviously, but is it weight or "swing weight" that is most significant?
Swing weight IMO -- any mass in front of your front foot.

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Re: Advice needed for new foil board

Postby Flyboy » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:11 am

Kamikuza wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:53 am
Flyboy wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:47 am
I just bought the SS 3'6" Dwarfcraft. Decided to go with the larger (not micro) version as it still has quite a lot of volume, so I'm assuming it will still pop up on a plane easily & work in light wind. Not as light as a smaller/thinner board obviously, but is it weight or "swing weight" that is most significant?
Swing weight IMO -- any mass in front of your front foot.
That suggests to me that a floatier (but heavier) board may be a better all-around choice than a very thin (lighter) board as it will pop up on the foil easier in lighter winds & offers more security when offshore.


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