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by tmcfarla
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 25
Views: 967

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

How would I know the difference between a beginner kite and an advanced kite? Look at the manufacturer website. Often listed as “freeride”, but read the description. Manufacturers never seem to say the word “beginner” and will instead say something like “all-levels” or “progression”. Likewise, they...
by tmcfarla
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 25
Views: 967

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

You aren’t going to be kiting in 8 knots, at least not for a while. That is hydrofoil territory. On a twin tip, at about your weight, I’d guess my low end with a big kite is about 11-12 knots, and that isn’t any fun. You gain a little bit with a directional, and a lot with a hydrofoil, but those wil...
by tmcfarla
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?

Thinking of making a pocket board, but what's the best way to attach the mast in to board when I don't want to have through the board bolts & nuts but have the mast bolts threaded to the board, please? Thanks very much! :thumb: I just drilled holes into core and epoxied inserts in place, then sever...
by tmcfarla
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Once upon a time, before foiling as we know it...
Replies: 11
Views: 3322

Re: Once upon a time, before foiling as we know it...

The first time I tried foiling, I think I would have concluded it was impossible, had I not seen videos of people doing it. And that was with a production foil with plenty of r&d behind it. The people who stuck with home-brew foils without even knowing if it was possible were probably a rare breed. ...
by tmcfarla
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Airstyle
Topic: When to go for a tube vs. for a foil kite for Airstyle
Replies: 23
Views: 1327

Re: When to go for a tube vs. for a foil kite for Airstyle

Also depends if you have space on your local beach or if it dangerous. Foil needs a bit more space IMO. I've different claim. Foil kite does not need beach at all. Enter water, unroll the kite and launch. And land kite to water Foil kites need large, clean beaches. Sure, you can land them in the wa...
by tmcfarla
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: I give in
Replies: 20
Views: 2021

Re: I give in

Been resisting foiling but am going to commit. Kiting 20 yrs last 10 solely strapless SB to good standard, only use 8/6m airush wave kites from 18mph up if there’s waves. So only want to foil strapless and buy 1 more kite for 10/18 mph mellow foiling. What board, what foil and what kite? All help a...
by tmcfarla
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Cloud vs Reo.
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Cloud vs Reo.

Thanks for opinion But how about flying - drift in low foiling wind etc this also interest me about Cloud ? And how about Clouds restart - I heard it can be quite problem restart cloud in LW - as it doesnt open up so easy many thanks :) t. I had a couple older clouds (c2), sold one, rarely use the ...
by tmcfarla
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foil board compatibility
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Foil board compatibility

Track boards can be relatively thin (e.g. LF Rocket), and if one wants even thinner board, then the solution is as simple as gluing or epoxying Therefore, if anybody reading this bought non-track board in 2018, what was the reason? It is faster and easier to mount using bolts into threaded inserts.
by tmcfarla
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zero Flex DIY little foil board
Replies: 24
Views: 2098

Re: Zero Flex DIY little foil board

bgpeters wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:14 pm
Where did you get divinycell sheets from?
I got divinycell at Amazon (via some fiberglass supply store that sells stuff on amazon) it was about $80 for enough foam to build a pocket board. No idea about availability outside the US.
by tmcfarla
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zero Flex DIY little foil board
Replies: 24
Views: 2098

Re: Zero Flex DIY little foil board

I did 2 layers of divinycell (1/2”, I think it was 80 weight), glued together with gorilla glue. I don’t have a foam cutter, so the only shaping was cutting it out and sanding the rails round. I think top and bottom were each: 2 layers of 6oz carbon fiber twill and 2 strips of 6 oz unidirection carb...

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