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by bragnouff
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Is a Spitfire safer?
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Re: Is a Spitfire safer?

With XLW wings I'd say yes, it often sort of "burps" if you exceed the limits (too close to surface or small breach or too slow) yet it continues without stalling completely. (...) That's quite handy indeed, an audible warning to not raise any further. Most of the time, there's margin for correctiv...
by bragnouff
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: On Shore Wave Kites
Replies: 39
Views: 3653

Re: On Shore Wave Kites

Upwind ability is paramount for onshore wave riding, just to be able to get to catch waves at the back. Upwind pull and quick accelerations. It's unfortunately typically not what you'd want from the kite once you're actually on the wave and riding it downwind. It forces you to move it quite aggressi...
by bragnouff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: are newer boards easier?!
Replies: 12
Views: 874

Re: are newer boards easier?!

In a way they are. At least some are, because the market is growing, becoming more mainstream and diversified, less race/performance oriented, brands tend to design and offer more freeride foils that put the emphasis on ease of use and stability, even if it sacrifices some aspects like for example t...
by bragnouff
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil
Replies: 483
Views: 63592

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Looking good Nicolas! What size mast do you use on those pics? After a few sessions with my shortened 75 mast / XLW, I don't really think that I've lost anything compared to the original mast. On the other hand it opens up a bit more playground, with the ability to follow small waves further on the ...
by bragnouff
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Converting surf board
Replies: 22
Views: 2027

Re: Converting surf board

If your small surfboard is a "magic board", adding some weight for the conversion is going to alter it quite a bit. Doesn't mean it will become bad, but it might with an extra 600g. On the other hand, its compact shape would make it a good base for foiling. I'd risk it! Unlike Peter, I think being c...
by bragnouff
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Ridges and grooves vs flat decks
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: Ridges and grooves vs flat decks

I agree that unless perfectly positioned and perfectly shaped, bumps can be a nuisance, and a flat deck is always a better option than a badly designed deck. On my main kite surfboard, I've got two tailpads, and it's brilliant to be able to lock your toes against it. Took me a few iterations to get ...
by bragnouff
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Ridges and grooves vs flat decks
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Ridges and grooves vs flat decks

What's the preference there? I ride strapless on what is essentially a flat homogeneous deck pad and I feel like I'm missing a bit of something under my feet to instinctively know where my feet are, and where I should have them before powering up. I find that there is one perfect spot where everythi...
by bragnouff
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Harness Hook Dings
Replies: 10
Views: 758

Re: Harness Hook Dings

The gel coat on my Zeeko Slash 5'4 is chipped everywhere from harness hooks and buckles encounters, but that's just cosmetic damage and I don't bother much with that. I've got a Snowboard construction board (Cab's double agent) that can take a lot of abuse, and it's not specifically heavy or horribl...
by bragnouff
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pulleys on kites
Replies: 65
Views: 4250

Re: Pulleys on kites

Pulleys allow to spread the tension on the leading edge bridle attachment points at various angles of attack, so all parts of the bridle are pretty much equally tensioned on a range of AOA, and across the windrange. So in theory, the intended profile and bar pressure is maintained on a wider range o...
by bragnouff
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 30
Views: 3337

Re: Spitfire club

Back in the club after a spell of riding another foil for a while due to its shorter mast allowing much more riding in one of our main spots. Tired of having to wait for the biggest tides or to walk a lot to reach the small strip of deeper water. Anyway, long story short, but decided to chop off my ...

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