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by robclaisse
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What got you into Hydrofoiling?
Replies: 34
Views: 8197

Re: What got you into Hydrofoiling?

For me it was a combination of intrigue, lighter wind kiting and that the cost of foils started to drop. Once I'd started I was blown away by how easier it was to fly upwind. Compared to any other craft I've tried to sail upwind a kite foil is just so much easier - it's not just how quick you can ge...
by robclaisse
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 31
Views: 4894

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

@slowboat, I completely agree. Looping to waterstart is not something you wanted to be doing when first learning to foil - if you do need to its too light and more of a survive technique to try and get you in with you are out to see.
by robclaisse
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: King of the Air 2018 - All Info
Replies: 195
Views: 26996

Re: King of the Air 2018 - All Info

I don't think the regular/goofy side of things is an issue for any of these guys. I've never heard any of them ever mention it as something they are concerned about. For these guys, they can boost HUGE in both directions and have overcome any bias to one side or the other. To us mere mortals, yes, i...
by robclaisse
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Recommendation on large tube kite for light Foiling
Replies: 11
Views: 2219

Re: Recommendation on large tube kite for light Foiling

I tested the 12m Boxer and was really impressed. I used it twice in winds from 8-15 knots. It was really stable in the sky, turned pretty quick for a 12m with nice constant power and lots of depower when you sheet out. No issues with back stalling and recovered well in the real light stuff when it s...
by robclaisse
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 31
Views: 4894

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

Hey @oz43. When I learnt I used my 10m from about 10-15 knots. Then used my 8m for 15-20 knots. But my Neo's have crazy bottom end so you might want to shift those up by 2 knots. Now I'd use a 12m in the lower wind range and then probably change straight to my 8m. But I have little interest in going...
by robclaisse
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: South Africa - spot recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 1205

Re: South Africa - spot recommendations?

The key thing to be aware of is once you get further away from Cape Town the wind isn't quite so consistent and many spots need slightly more specific weather to get the wind (and waves) to make them work. Paternoster is a possibility - a bit further north of Langebaan. It needs a more south in the ...
by robclaisse
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 31
Views: 4894

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

10m Neo is my biggest kite and I learn in similar winds (and I'm 220lbs), so stick with the 11 or 9m - the faster turning kites are easier to keep moving and save if they do start stalling. When you do get up and start foiling, you'll find you then have plenty of power once the apparent wind kicks i...
by robclaisse
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you teach foilboarding?
Replies: 11
Views: 9690

Re: How do you teach foilboarding?

I'm putting together a coaching program at the moment along with the next series of Progression videos focusing on learning to foil so this thread has been an interesting read. From my experience, a larger slower front wing works well for students but in tandem with using a slightly smaller kite - 1...
by robclaisse
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Where to travel as beginner in feb?
Replies: 9
Views: 1911

Re: Where to travel as beginner in feb?

Hi Alicia, there are loads of good spots around Jan-Mar time and though some will be quite busy, that isn't necessarily a bad thing as you'll have other kiters around to learn from and help you out if you have any issues. So here a few options: Langebaan was suggested earlier and I'd agree. Cape Tow...
by robclaisse
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?
Replies: 75
Views: 14682

Re: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?

@Carsten - I ride a Shinn Jackson 145 and the foil. I'm 6'6", 106kg and 46/47 show size so pretty much the same. I too was a little worried about the stiffness issue as the El Stubbo was a bit flexi for my weight but the Jackson is plenty stiff enough, not something I worry about anymore. I can't sa...

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