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by Jyoder
Fri May 18, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar
Replies: 20
Views: 7843

Re: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar

A big part of initially learning to foil is learning how to crash safely, including learning when to bail instead of trying to save it. Front foot pressure as you fall off helps. Sheeting all the way in and starting kite to zenith also helps. Rigging a large enough kite so you can keep it high in th...
by Jyoder
Tue May 08, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Any tips on building a foilboard...
Replies: 12
Views: 5723

Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

A couple older threads on this. I built my board with a piece of baltic birch plywood bent with 1 inch of rocker by rolling a car onto it with 1 end on the curb and then glassed with fiberglass and epoxy. Foil has plate connection bolted straight through the board with glassed holes. 1 year later an...
by Jyoder
Fri May 04, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foiling. What next?
Replies: 22
Views: 8077

Re: Foiling. What next?

I’m in a similar point where I can ride but can’t do transitions well yet. I’ve focusing on heel to toeside carving and back, and also toeside water starts. It helps to have steady wind and be nicely powered. I was having trouble trying to do a whole carve to toeside starting from riding upwind on h...
by Jyoder
Tue May 01, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar
Replies: 20
Views: 7843

Re: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar

Happened to me twice early on and quickly became the most scary dreaded event foiling. I use a low volume board, too. However, hasn’t happened again and I feel pretty safe from it. Now, when I crash, I somehow always end up with the board safely under the water where it can’t jump up and bite. I gue...
by Jyoder
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Multiple kites or multiple bars
Replies: 13
Views: 5675

Re: Multiple kites or multiple bars

Learning to foil is easier on a big kite, up to a point. Being powered makes it easier to muscle through mistakes with water starts and pointing too far up wind, etc. Everything happens slower with a big kite. However, the downside is once you are up on the foil, you get overpowered and let the bar ...
by Jyoder
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Nigel no mates
Replies: 79
Views: 21354

Re: Nigel no mates

Let’s go existential. What brought you to kiteboarding? For me it was to have a sailboat I could fit in the trunk of my car, and the fun of flying a controllable kite. I was never interested in boosting, “tricks” and the skater culture, but rather a dynamic personal experience of wind-powered moveme...
by Jyoder
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Short mast cons during learning
Replies: 6
Views: 2666

Re: Short mast cons during learning

I find if my front foot is too far forward, then I dolphin more because i’m leaning back too far to compensate. I’m on a full length LF mast. I doubt mast length makes much difference in this one regard, except that with a short mast you may be able to recover more easily by planing the board on the...
by Jyoder
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Flysurfer Peak 1 bar hole
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Flysurfer Peak 1 bar hole

I love my old Peak 1 bar (and kite). The only problem is the hole is round and small and it “bites” or grabs the line when making aggressive turns, making depowering harder while turning due to lots of friction. Anyone ever try to grind it out with a Dremel? What is under the padding next to the hole?
by Jyoder
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: board sport risk comparison
Replies: 24
Views: 2877

Re: board sport risk comparison

The risk is not just skin laceration but also increased risk of bruising and internal bleeding. Harness fit and type are important to prevent this. Also, if you do get scratched when you’re in the water, you can’t always tell you are bleeding as the evidence is washed away. That said, I think conser...
by Jyoder
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: DIY bar strength?
Replies: 17
Views: 1660

Re: DIY bar strength?

Like many things in kiting, lighter weight gear is usually better, but is this really true with the control bar? Anyone have experience comparing heavy vs light bars and have an opinion? Now that I think about it, I do really like the feel of my tiny ultra light no frills Flysurfer Peak 1 bar for la...

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