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by tmcfarla
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: anyone used a best kahoona for foiling ?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: anyone used a best kahoona for foiling ?

Kahoona isn't great for foiling. Best Cabo is a very nice foiling kite in smaller sizes.
by tmcfarla
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Zeeko upgrade (low budget carbon T bar)
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Zeeko upgrade (low budget carbon T bar)

Nice man, congrats! Did you consider buying a carbon tube? This are not expensive and might save quite some time. Not easy to cut the piece for mast tho: http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=199&t=2394338&start=80 Good luck! D. I saw your build a while back, and had considered it, but didn't know w...
by tmcfarla
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Zeeko upgrade (low budget carbon T bar)
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Zeeko upgrade (low budget carbon T bar)

Long post- if you are interested in building a carbon foil and have limited experience, this might be worth reading. Otherwise, maybe skip this one. I've read a bunch of posts from people far more talented than me, and they were extremely helpful, but many were written by people who assumed the read...
by tmcfarla
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Supplements/food to prevent knee/hip arthritis and keep joints lubricated?
Replies: 24
Views: 1518

Re: Supplements/food to prevent knee/hip arthritis and keep joints lubricated?

My father in law (not a kiter) swears by glucosamine for his knees, so maybe it is worth a try. My guess is that a good physical therapist or sports doctor will be much more beneficial. My guess for knee or hip problems is something about stance. Do you ride a twin-tip? If so, have you tried adjusti...
by tmcfarla
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Are old kites/bar systems obsolete?
Replies: 29
Views: 2318

Re: Are old kites/bar systems obsolete?

1.) yes, there are better quick releases on the market 2.) Best quick releases have gotten better over the years but still suck (at least as of the 2015 bar). 3.) I wouldn't neccesarily upgrade for perceived safety alone, but kites have gotten a lot better, and that is a good reason to upgrade. 4.) ...
by tmcfarla
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strapless waterstart
Replies: 9
Views: 813

Re: Strapless waterstart

It seems to me that the trick is holding the board in place with rear hand until you have enough tension in lines to keep your feet on the board, which generally is just until the beginning of power dive, but depends on wind speed and chop. You just have to find your timing, it will take a session o...
by tmcfarla
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 79
Views: 5702

Re: First foilboard

That sucks, hope you can fix it, looked like a nice board. What was the carbon/glass layup on this board?
by tmcfarla
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: pump to learn hydrofoil
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: pump to learn hydrofoil

Of what you've listed, I have only foiled with kahoona, and it works well for that. I think any modern 3 strut wave kite is a good bet. I have not used gongs, but I do have a couple strutless clouds. Strutless kites (at least my clouds) can be a hassle in some locations, but they also have some real...
by tmcfarla
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Alpine Foil 5.0 titanium review
Replies: 36
Views: 2409

Re: Alpine Foil 5.0 titanium review

the fuselage is mashined out of a solid piece of titanium. It is ABC of mechanical engineering that hollow structure is much more efficient for load bearing. This is why there are O pipes, T profiles, and I beams https://www.google.com/search?q=I+beam&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiir5...
by tmcfarla
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Big TT or Surfboard for lightwind?
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Big TT or Surfboard for lightwind?

I'd recommend a surfboard for anything but really glassy flat water that is too shallow for fins. The main reason is that it is different enough to be fun- 15 knots with a big twin tip is just a reminder of how much happier you would be if it was windy, whereas 15 knots with a surfboard is a totally...

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