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by AGK
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?
Replies: 51
Views: 3633

Re: Surf Foils for Kiteboarding?

I have found that the Cloud IX S24 (LF Impulse) surf wings are MUCH easier for me to handle overpowered in rough water than my previous smaller non-surf wings (Stringy and Alpine Access). If I park the kite high and depower, I can cruise along upwind or stay in good control downwind. In the same con...
by AGK
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??
Replies: 29
Views: 1454

Re: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??

+1 for learning strapless. I'm a rider of (barely) average ability who took more than average time to learn to foil. Strapless may have slowed me down some, but I never felt remotely like I would hurt my knees or ankles during my thousands of crashes. And now that I'm decent at it, I feel like the a...
by AGK
Mon May 21, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings
Replies: 18
Views: 10690

Re: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings

What message are Slingy and LF sending that they have to go to competitors and incorporate their wings? Are they not innovative enough to come up with their own? I think the message they are sending is that they are working to grow the sport by supporting smaller businesses and individuals with goo...
by AGK
Tue May 01, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar
Replies: 20
Views: 8614

Re: Dealing with Foil Caught in Bar

Following on Horst's point, someone had a line break under load a few minutes after having it caught in the foil at our spot this week. Fortunately no major damage or injury this time. If you get your lines caught, make sure you check them for abrasion!
by AGK
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Outer Banks foiling spots
Replies: 30
Views: 4283

Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

I've ridden often at the nags head event site/windmill Point spot and would not be eager to foil there with a >70cm mast. There are many shallow areas where you would have a hard time restarting if you come off foil, unless you are very good, have a short mast, and/or ride overpowered. My peeve abo...
by AGK
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foil vs TT at Body/Board dragging!
Replies: 29
Views: 4180

Re: Foil vs TT at Body/Board dragging!

I've been trying with very limited success to figure out shallow-water dragging -- this is an incredibly helpful thread -- please keep the detailed descriptions and pictures coming. Thanks!!!!
by AGK
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Safest Control Bar
Replies: 85
Views: 11492

Re: Safest Control Bar

It is quite a problem than the BRM does a full release right away because sometimes releases happen inadvertently when you hand touch the QR system the wrong way. It can happens while doing a gibe, a tack or something else. When it happens I definitely prefer the kite to flag than to go away. I've ...
by AGK
Sat May 06, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: janky connections
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: janky connections

I have a 3/4 length deck pad on my paipo from https://wmfg.co/ . I just cut out circles for the bolts and washers with an exacto knife, and have never had any problem with the bolts -- they pretty much stay below the top of the pad. But I have been wearing booties so it's possible barefoot would be ...
by AGK
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Travel review--learning to foil at Aquaholics St. Lucia
Replies: 0
Views: 523

Travel review--learning to foil at Aquaholics St. Lucia

I just spent a week on St. Lucia kitesurfing out of the Aquaholics location, and I recommend in very very highly. Simon and Ron are great people and the location is fabulous—flat water, rolling chop, and waves on different parts of the bay. Easy launching and landing, hammocks waiting in the shade b...
by AGK
Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: shallow water and short masts -- a good option?
Replies: 3
Views: 825

shallow water and short masts -- a good option?

I'm getting ready to start the foiling learning curve sometime fairly soon, and many of my most convenient spots (Northern Outer Banks) have lots of shallows (so far I think I can count on 22-26 inches of water pretty reliably. I am certainly going to buy and use a full-length mast to learn on, and ...

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