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Has a quick go on a J shapes cruiser foil

Postby plummet » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:52 pm

I had a quick blast on the J shapes cruiser foil.

It had the 95cm mast. I'm not sure which board, I think maybe the 140.
The board was set up with 2 front foot straps on the angle and none at the back.

Anyway I hadn't foiled since before covid lock down in April. Conditions were a gusty 12-20 knots and i was on the 8m.
It took me a couple of water starts to get the handle of the jandle, then I was away. Up and foiling easily. I thought i might need a few minutes to get used to the weight and balance. But no. Once i was on the foil it was easy.

I wasn't used to the offset angled foot straps as I run centered food straps on my board. I ended up having my backfoot almost overhanging the opposite side on the board to counteract the offset front. Gusting to 20 knots i was over powered on the cruiser foil with an 8m kite up. I found that the cruiser had more more pitch stability than my foil was similar on roll, but was had less stability or more sensitivity on yaw. I could feel that the yaw sensitivity would would make it a blast in the wave in the waves allowing for fast turning. I marveled at the smoothness of the foil and really enjoyed the longer mast. All in all a really nice foil package.

I then jumped back on my old home build and went for a blast. What I found immediately. Is my pitch sensatitivity is way sharper. I means I can pitch the nose up and down quicker, but makes for a lot harder jybe. My old shitter could hold the power more easily and was more in control in the gusty conditions. Maybe because i'm more used to it? or probably because the cruiser foil has a bigger front wing or possibly because my foil is less efficient?. Mine is 550cm², at a guess the cruiser looks to be around 800cm².

In the gusty conditions with the 8m kite my foil was the better match for the day. Which for me is really cool that my home build can be even closely comparable to a high quality production foil for performance.

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Re: Has a quick go on a J shapes cruiser foil

Postby SimonP » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:37 pm

Funny you should post this as me and and a mate did exactly the same thing yesterday except that I own the J-shapes and my mate has a home-built foil. The Cruzer is bang on 800cm² from my measuring. His home-built looks about 1200 cm² and is a prone foiling setup so was super stable, slow, less smooth, very front footed but totally rideable. A lot of the production foils seem disappointing when compared to the carbon home-builts.
You don't need big kites with the Cruzer, I was well powered on a 7m in 20 knots yesterday and could have dropped down to 5m later in the afternoon.

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Re: Has a quick go on a J shapes cruiser foil

Postby plummet » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:53 am

Would have been cool if I was on a 6m. Then I could have really chucked it into some hard carving.

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Re: Has a quick go on a J shapes cruiser foil

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:17 pm

Nice, J-shapes remind me a lot of the way Delta's are built here in the US, very similar designs. 550 to an 800 with the same kite sounds like a big step up, definitely.

Very cool writeup!


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