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by Don Lester
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now
Replies: 108
Views: 6152

Re: Foilers vs Kiters proportion now

Like others have stated.....the conditions at your spot will have a big effect on the numbers, but botton line is foiling is growing.
It kinda reminds me when kiteing first started. Kiteing vs.Windsurfing numbers in the beginning are now completely opposite.
by Don Lester
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Duotone Neo 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1296

Re: Duotone Neo 2019

Yeah, as an owner of a complete quiver of 2018's, especially for Foiling, I love to hear comments on the differences between the 2019 and the 2018.
by Don Lester
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mast length pros vs cons
Replies: 16
Views: 1662

Re: Mast length pros vs cons

I ride a 36"(81cm) mast, my wife rides a 32" (81cm ) mast....... both with the same wings. The other day we switched and I'm sure the 32" mast was faster and maybe even more maneuverable for bank'n & crank'n. Now granted all the other stuff everyone has been commenting on is true, but if I were a ra...
by Don Lester
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: SUP Foiling
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: SUP Foiling

Hi Guys, thanks for your input on this project. I tried to SUP ride a 70cm Race board today and was very surprised to find how too small, without a kite, a Race board is. I could only kneel on it and even then at my 150 lbs I still had to be in the perfect spot on the board. The board was very tippy...
by Don Lester
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: SUP Foiling
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: SUP Foiling

Hey, thanks guys for your input. Yes, I was planning to install new fins boxes to accept the " Lift" mast , which will probably end up being forward of the rear Tuttle box. But before going on with this project I was hoping to hear from anyone who has Foil Paddling SUP experience. I'm an experienced...
by Don Lester
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: SUP Foiling
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

SUP Foiling

I, like a lot of others, have an old 70cm, three fin Race board, a Mike's Lab, to be exact. It's 62"(158cm) long x 27" (70cm) wide at the tail. I'm thinking of putting a " Lift " 170 foil on it to paddle and hopefully foil downwinders on. The board is very light weight as is Lift foil and I weigh 15...
by Don Lester
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Where to move in USA for great lifestyle/kiting?
Replies: 22
Views: 4613

Re: Where to move in USA for great lifestyle/kiting?

The absolute best place in the Northern Hemisphere is being able to move around. Baja Mexico in the winter, up the Pacific coast thru the spring, Sherman Island & S.F. Bay in the Mid summer. Gorge late summer. It doesn't get any better than that..........
by Don Lester
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Impact vest vs cracked ribs?
Replies: 15
Views: 2149

Re: Impact vest vs cracked ribs?

It's been my experience that most, if not all impact vest are not properly designed to help with preventing broken ribs. All vests that I've seen have plenty of padding everywhere, BUT in the under arm rib area. They all seem to want to connect the front padding area with the back padding area in th...
by Don Lester
Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoiling toe-side
Replies: 9
Views: 1430

Re: Hydrofoiling toe-side

Two things come to mind when I was learning to ride toe-side. 1) Positioning your new rear foot. To gain control you want your rear foot a little forward so as not to foil too quickly and you want that foot on the windward rail so you can more easily force the board up-wind to slow it down and feel ...
by Don Lester
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: North kiteboarding - bar
Replies: 74
Views: 22316

Re: North kiteboarding - bar

Another advantage of getting rid of the chicken loop is getting rid of the f---ing spreader bar hook. When self rescuing or relaunching in light wind on race boards, foil boards and surf boards.......... how many dents has your spreader bar hook put into your board ?

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