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TomW
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Race foil strapless

Postby TomW » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:43 pm

I'm thinking of spicing up life by going fast and get a racy foil set up. Im having an age crisis :roll:
I'll never race, I don't enjoy competition. I don't want to boost and jump.
What do you think of strapless speed foiling? Can I use my pocket board? Should I build a racy board without straps ? ( I build a lot of boards).
Or are the straps adding something I'm missing?
I've hydrofoiled for 4 years strapless. Kiting 19 years.
Note: I'm an older bastard (60+) and don't wanna FU my knees or ankles.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:51 pm

I think you can use your current board.

But ask Dirk (tahoedirk), as he rides REALLY fast strapless, and might be able to help you on this one :D

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby tkaraszewski » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:58 pm

You'd like my foil:
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I've actually added front straps to it though, to make tacks easier:
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But you can still run no straps, of course.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby TomW » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:09 pm

Tk, what foil is that?
Was thinking ketos freerace or moses 558/330 or 670/421/400. Ketos needs plate adapter, moses mast i can get with plate. With plate i can use my pocket boards.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby tkaraszewski » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:11 pm

TomW wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:09 pm
Tk, what foil is that?
Was thinking ketos freerace or moses 558/330 or 670/421/400. Ketos needs plate adapter, moses mast i can get with plate. With plate i can use my pocket boards.
This is a Mike's Lab Bullet 3.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby TomW » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:15 pm

I'm always looking for an excuse to build a board. I was thinking of a pocket strapless race board. Thicker profile, bevels, 110 cm.
But be cool to just use my low volume 20mm thick 105cm pocket.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby TomW » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:16 pm

Tk. Wow. You got connections? That seems like overkill for me.
Ill be using my hyperlinks.....

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby tkaraszewski » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:25 pm

TomW wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:16 pm
Tk. Wow. You got connections? That seems like overkill for me.
Ill be using my hyperlinks.....
I'm using this one with Sonic 3s.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby PrfctChaos » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:21 am

Absolutely, race foils on my 1m pocket boards strapless is my go to ride for flatwater foiling. Foils either KFA mako 2 or Tarroa sword 2.

Tried footstraps for about 2 months recently and have gone back to strapless. Strapless is just so comfortable, didn't feel like the positives of the straps outweighed the loss of comfort.

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Re: Race foil strapless

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:27 am

BL3 is probably the easiest of the superfast foils, definitely the right choice for a freerace if you want something truly fast. Enata. The big question probably comes down to tuttle, pro box, or plate?


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