Good Evening Everyone,
Please take a look at this video:
a. I am using a takuma-chinese-knock-off-version, 60 cm mast mounted on an RRD.
b. my kite is a cabrinha drifter 7m with a 55cm bar and standard 20m lines.
c. I am in Natal, Brasil: 11knots avarage, with 15 gusts, 1m waves and 28oC water.. just nice.
Previously I was trying to surf waves on my Zeeko Green and White, which I really love.. The problem is that I was always outrunning the waves, as it is too fast. This foil is much slower, flies with no speed at all (!), more manoubrable, and indeed is much more wave-friendly, as it allows you to trully feel the power of the wave. It is really slow, and it travels roughly the same speed of the wave or lower (it would also depend on where you are and the waves you have). However, it is maybe too slow, the same speed as a SUP board - which it is originally designed to. Although I am in love with it, I guess it is not the ideal speed a kitesurfer-wave-ridder is looking for. It should be roughly the same speed as a normal wave-board.
I have a 60cm mast size. It is great to approaching the shore, and surfing the shallow water. However it is much more difficult to travel upwind, as it is harder to put the board in diagonal, as the wings always surface from water. At the end, you trade less upwind power for the ability to surf in the shallow. I would test the 75cm to get an intermediary best of both worlds.
To surf the waves, I will get a minimal kite. My intention is to surf the waves, slow and peacefully, but also radically. Therefore I need a kite that barely pushes me. As the intention is to surf waves, Id get a drifter 4m (the smallest), as it is the same model I use to surf waves. Any ideas on this?
The foil is not correctly mounted, as you will see my front foot is way beyound the board gravity center, hence when I touchdown usually I get out of balance - as you will see at the end of the video there are two crashes. On I get the foil entangled in the steering line, it was a moment of intense fear, and I felt the danger in a suicidal manner. I am very freightened, I really would like your review and inputs on this....
. The foil is dangerous as an axe, specially if it gets entangled on the lines like this. I have read posts where people entered death-loops with foil entangled.. WHAT TO DO in a situation like this?
Finally, I would really like to try the SURF GO FOIL models.
Are there any knock-offs that you are aware of?
Thank you and hope you enjoy!