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by Randahl
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Which 18 meters foil kite would drift launch and float the most .
Replies: 13
Views: 1298

Re: Which 18 meters foil kite would drift launch and float the most .

Frank Rosin wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:42 am
When an 18 is needed I do not think you wanna have it wet to start with really...
Amen
by Randahl
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How many Hfoilers are in your spot?
Replies: 36
Views: 2609

Re: How many Hfoilers are in your spot?

abel wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:06 pm
alexrider wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:40 pm
How many foilers worldwide? And what %age of all riders do they represent?
~300 +/- 100 ; ~<0.1%
Reference : this thread :wink:
You're missing at least one decimal place in that figure. Considering there's 40+ entries in the race this week in SF.
by Randahl
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How many Hfoilers are in your spot?
Replies: 36
Views: 2609

Re: How many Hfoilers are in your spot?

Everyone foils in San Francisco, even the windsurfers.
by Randahl
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lift Electric Motor Foil
Replies: 42
Views: 6398

Re: Lift Electric Motor Foil

Cool, electric foil = more parts that will be discontinued and unavailable from Lift in 12 months.
by Randahl
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kiteboarding santa barbara
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: kiteboarding santa barbara

The SB crew is great, always friendly and stoked out, though I haven't figured how they can afford living in SB and getting out to kite so much... They are all way into foiling, and rightfully so because the wind can be light at Ledbetter. Last time I was there they were all riding the groundswell u...
by Randahl
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Back to the roots of hydrofoiling ?
Replies: 19
Views: 2156

Re: Back to the roots of hydrofoiling ?

For a time there was only the Carafino and Rush Randle I think. I believe one of the catalysts for Taaroa becoming a thing was a disagreement over their arrangement for selling Carafino's in Europe. He could have been hyrdofoiling's cabrinha or naish but for his personality and practices. I tried ha...
by Randahl
Fri May 19, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard
Replies: 25
Views: 2115

Re: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard

Water depth and seaweed are the only things stopping you. If the wind vs. your kite size is manageable on a TT then you can manage it on a foil, maybe you need shorter lines and some getting used to, but it's doable. That said, if there's enough wind to blaze around in the flat water butter, twin ti...
by Randahl
Tue May 16, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach
Replies: 65
Views: 8529

Re: First fatal accident in our local beginner Bay Area beach

I agree, knotwindy, that complete one-handed kite control is a mandatory, but too often high-level kiters with these skills will downplay or even overlook glaring life-threatening risks at a launch because they have mastered these skills, but that isn't reality for beginning kiters. For example, th...
by Randahl
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil
Replies: 466
Views: 56302

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Does anyone know if this would be a good foil to learn on? I need a foil to learn and then freeride in the light winds of San Diego... I like the idea of a canard for learning, because it may help with the "porpoising", since when the front wing breaks the surface and loses lift the whole setup sho...
by Randahl
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mike's Lab foils
Replies: 38
Views: 6408

Re: Mike's Lab foils

I know the SF crew of foilers (racers anyway) seem to be pretty stoked on the Mike's foil and board. That's a pretty serious crew. I don't think Mike has a factory full of Oompa Loompas churning these out either. I think they are all more or less one-offs with design tweaks in each one. So if you ar...

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