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by BWD
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What is this thing ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1185

Re: What is this thing ?

That short video clip shows it pretty perfectly with respect to kite hydrofoils. The vortex is not visible until it has air in it. The foiler breaches a wing and you can clearly see the air propagate back through the vortex as it is sucked in by the negative pressure within. It's pretty impressive,...
by BWD
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Onda633 fuselage too heavy, any way to make a carbon one?

Downunder’s gear can be 30% lighter than normal gear because he weighs 30% less. Occasionally he remembers to include this caveat in his postings. No disresepect, he builds nice looking stuff!
by BWD
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Gong single strut kite
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Gong single strut kite

Ive flown clouds since they came out, and borrowed a solo for a brief session in light wind last year. 17.5, pulled like a truck, turned like an oil tanker, weighed ...plenty. I wonder if it is really lighter than a light multi strut kite. This might matter less in smaller sizes but big deal in 12m ...
by BWD
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: wave riding: why isn't bigger better?
Replies: 5
Views: 792

Re: wave riding: why isn't bigger better?

I think increasing wing size benefit is equally about extending low speed performance, reducing uncontrolled acceleration, and increasing pitch stability without getting “locked in” to too much yaw and roll stability. 733D7D95-430A-45B6-97FC-2959E4ECAEE9.gif I think the goal for fun and stability is...
by BWD
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: how do you repair moses silente mast?
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: how do you repair moses silente mast?

Looking at the pictures there is a rust stain that goes down from the plate into the top of the mast, and the plate itself looks like a mix of fiberglass and carbon. The best way to fix it would be without adding metal, especially aluminum, which has worse corrosion problems worse and faster than st...
by BWD
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: how do you repair moses silente mast?
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: how do you repair moses silente mast?

I would try to get someone who is an experienced carbon artist to rescue that mast, unless you are pretty confident yourself, and not worried about losing your foil if it breaks again. Converting to tuttle or rebuilding the top of the mast/plate are both options... would not put any metal plate in t...
by BWD
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: Ideal foil depth for wave foiling?

Ive yet to do any “real” wave foiling but love to play in swells and steep chop. What i’ve noticed about foil depth is deeper does slow you down a bit, especially if underpowered/sheeted out. Whats fun for me is quick-ish turns when powered, letting the board kiss the face of the wave and accelerate...
by BWD
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 795
Views: 132977

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

I'd agree pulley is not needed, but depending on the CL he does have a point about quick clip in through the carabiner. But for simplicity and tuning ease, I would use a ring and a CL that was easy to connect quickly, if I still used a CL at all that is. Have ridden BRM style connection 2 years, not...
by BWD
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Flats Spots on Turks and Caicos
Replies: 6
Views: 1745

Re: Flats Spots on Turks and Caicos

Providenciales surf breaks? If you’re comfy with “next stop new york” side off, sure. You’ll want e to n to nw wind. Not sure its a whole 2 mi to reefs, varies by location. If you dont want tightrope with no net situation for probably unremarkable waves, enjoy long bay and flats e of leeward. And ma...

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