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by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

I liked the feeling a lot, but it was DAMN hard to ride. It does worry me if the carbon would explode on impact if you hit something, as we have a lot of coral heads here. Yes, at the VERY BEGINNING it IS "damn hard to ride", but one of the main reasons I started this topic is to let everybody know...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

they aren't carbon, but here's the metal foil sites... http://ctmfoilboards.com/ecatalog/ http://www.skyski.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=35&products_id=195&osCsid=0d23pobiglv4n6mbebecdi7g01 http://www.rushrandle.com/foilboards.htm Thanks for the links, but not only are they not carbon, they're a...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

I forgot to mention that of my 3 initial concerns, two have proven manageable so far, & the other should come with practice: 1) Body-dragging through shorebreak isn’t all that hard. I just walk in with the vertical strut over my upwind shoulder, & when I get to waist-deep water I le...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

10/6/7 Day 4 on HydroFoil w. kite. 2.5 hrs. (6 hrs. total) Even though altitude control is still the biggest challenge, I was right about learning it quickly. There were only a few times when the foil came out of the water accidentally, & I got a few nice long runs without touching the water. That s...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:03 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

There's a DIY version of the "airchair" (same idea, different stoke) made out of plywood floating around on the net somewhere. A motivated individual could no doubt fabricate a working version of these so called hydrofoils if they can't afford a carbon version and do not want to wait. It's more or ...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:59 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

Oder from http://www.carafino.com I'm sure you'll get a reply immediately, from the designer himself ("Mango" Manny - info@carafino.com, or carafino@aol.com) Hi Mel I ordered from Mango himself 7 weeks ago. But I still have no board and my repeated requests for shipping info have not brought result...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

This sounds a little daunting. I was really looking forward to this; a foilboard that was affordable. I have ridden another, and I think foils have gotten better since that board was made :-) It was really hard to control, and then I ended up breaking the boot plate... :-( I tried to contact the ca...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

...what I couldn't understand however, was how the Carafino team riders are managing to ride the foil using footstraps? unless of course they are just cruising, I ride a hydrofoil behind a boat wearing step-in snowboard boots and couldn’t see how it would be possible to control the...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

Re: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review

The Carafino is like gliding ... (they’re on sale for $780 US until the November issue of The Kiteboarder comes out). Mel Well thats just great!!!!! after many enquiries, my one cost approx $1200 approx. three weeks ago ....is your T bar carbon fibre, red boot or solid red??? My T-...
by kiteboarder@pacbell.net
Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard Review
Replies: 29
Views: 11175

LEARNING the Carafino Hydrofoil Kiteboard

On day 1 I learned:

- Tighten the footstraps, even if you like them really loose on every other kiteboard.
- Have enough wind to be nicely powered up without “workingâ€Â

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