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by stevez
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Road trip South Africa in December: Durban - CT
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Road trip South Africa in December: Durban - CT

KZN winds are better early summer, December is a bit hit and miss. Best spots on the kzn south coast I know are marina beach/Trafalgar, and next to it palm beach, which is often good in a South westerly. Take a surf foil for some nice wave riding, no wetsuit required. On the E cape side, cannon rock...
by stevez
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Foil Board DIY
Replies: 28
Views: 8950

Re: Foil Board DIY

Not with paulownia I don't think. It's a little too soft and will dent easily and look shabby pretty soon. May not be quite strong enough either. With harder, heavier wood it may not be necessary.
by stevez
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Cloud vs Reo.
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

Re: Cloud vs Reo.

There are different flying characteristics between different cloud generations, but what they all share is ridiculously good drift downwind. Its just physics - a cloud weighs at least a kg less than regular 3 strutted kites. This makes it the best for light wind wave foiling where you're often ridin...
by stevez
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Straps or strapless poll
Replies: 61
Views: 4284

Re: Straps or strapless poll

One or two or three straps, or hook(s): Count 0
Strapless: Count 5
by stevez
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?
Replies: 61
Views: 6371

Re: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?

Short masts work best with bigger wings in smaller waves and lighter wind.
With bigger waves and stronger wind, bigger wings still work, but you really need to go to a longer mast.
You can get by on the shorter mast, but you will be more comfortable and have more fun on a longer one for sure.
by stevez
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Do I really need a hot coat?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Do I really need a hot coat?

Thanks BWD :)
by stevez
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Do I really need a hot coat?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Do I really need a hot coat?

Thanks a lot for the tips and suggestions :thumb: :) This is my second board. The first one seemed to work fine, and it had no carbon and just a single layer of 6oz glass top and bottom. It was about 20mm thick. It seems easily stiff enough, but I only use it with a freeride kite foil (stringy foil)...
by stevez
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Do I really need a hot coat?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Do I really need a hot coat?

I have a new foil board build in progress. I'm now at the lamination stage and have done the first lamination of the top deck. Do I really need to do the hot coat? The board is Paulownia with cork rails. Paulownia is already pretty water resistant, and with the epoxy from the lamination, is going to...
by stevez
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Ke Nalu hydrofoil
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: Ke Nalu hydrofoil

Awesome! Love my GoFoil Iwa for kiting but definitely feels a bit big when the wind picks up. I scored a Nalu wing which I had to adapt to my fuselage and I realy don't like it, it's more of a kite-wing than a surf wing. Maybe in huge waves it would be better? But for tiny slop it's just too small ...
by stevez
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Ke Nalu hydrofoil
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: Ke Nalu hydrofoil

Great review stevez! Do you know if, and or when KeNalu plans on making a longer strut? Thanks! Thanks! They have told me that it is possible already, their mould accommodates a mast length up to 90cm, and when I want/need one I should reach out. I think the fact that the base plate is separate fro...

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