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Floaties

Postby Bill C » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:39 am

How do you attach the floaties to the board?
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Re: Floaties

Postby Windrider » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:45 am

Gotta get the babe in the spearmint bikini to do it! She's a pro!

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Re: Floaties

Postby islandstylen » Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:32 pm

more to the point .... WHY?

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Re: Floaties

Postby Bill C » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:22 am

Well...trying to avoid a shit storm bla bla bla debate over body dragging, blo-joes, board leashes, etc, etc.

No need for anything if riding on flat water, bays, lakes or even the ocean. However, riding on the river with the wind blowing one direction and a stong current running the oposite direction, it helps having something to slow the board and spot the damn thing. I hate telling the wife I lost a $600 board. I thought attaching those little floaty things was a good idea.

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Re: Floaties

Postby Windrider » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:19 am

Bill C wrote:Well...trying to avoid a shit storm bla bla bla debate over body dragging, blo-joes, board leashes, etc, etc.

No need for anything if riding on flat water, bays, lakes or even the ocean. However, riding on the river with the wind blowing one direction and a stong current running the oposite direction, it helps having something to slow the board and spot the damn thing. I hate telling the wife I lost a $600 board. I thought attaching those little floaty things was a good idea.
Even tho' I don't have one, I think they definitely have a place.... especially on the ocean. Ocean swells, chop and waves make it really hard to keep track of your board. Get more than 20 feet away from it, and you don't see it more than you do see it. Having day-glo pink floaties would help a whole lot in keeping track of the board. Do a quick tea-bag lift with the kite while you're body dragging, and you could easily see the board. The color would catch your eye real quick. Maybe the Lakers don't need it, but the Oceaners would find it useful.

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Re: Floaties

Postby Bill C » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:31 am

There needs to be reasonable solution.

I highjacked this picture from another bulletin board and its probably a little over the top for a flotation device. Appologies to the rider if he doesn't want his picture used.
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Re: Floaties

Postby islandstylen » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:21 pm

for maximum effect the doll should be facing the other way dont you think

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Re: Floaties

Postby BWD » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:01 pm

I have another idea, <untested.>
speed guys ride with a weight toward the nose.
If you ride in big chop and had that set up for the "against the chop" side,
It might help you damp the chop
And make the board float with one tip up in the air.
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But it would depend on current, the board, and the size of weight.
Not great in strong current against wind I think....
Maybe a small weight would be enough.
Would slow down the spins a bit...
Anybody (maybe with speed board experience) have thoughts?

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Re: Floaties

Postby kitezilla » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:19 pm

BWD wrote:I have another idea, <untested.>
speed guys ride with a weight toward the nose.
If you ride in big chop and had that set up for the "against the chop" side,
It might help you damp the chop
And make the board float with one tip up in the air.
weight.JPG
But it would depend on current, the board, and the size of weight.
Not great in strong current against wind I think....
Maybe a small weight would be enough.
Would slow down the spins a bit...
Anybody (maybe with speed board experience) have thoughts?

BWD,

WOW! You may be onto something.

How about, if one of the deck pads had a lot more flotation in it than the other?

Maybe, with increased flotation in one end of the board, the board could be made to kind of porpoise, as a result of the wave action, and then, each time it rose up into the air, maybe the wind would catch it and cause it to leap and surf down wind. Maybe a little cup shaped piece of stiff Cordura nylon fabric could be added to the top of the board at the high end, and maybe this piece of fabric could act to catch more wind, accelerating the board down-wind on each of its porpoise leaps....a lot of maybes...but it is a hypothesis that would be easy to test....Just put 2 boards in the water, one with the modification and one normal and let the down-wind race begin.

If this works, we will call it "BOB", in your honor!

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Re: Floaties

Postby BWD » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:41 pm

kz thanks. I'm not Bob. ;)
Not sure I want the board to either... to each his own.


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