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River Foiling

Postby adri_levi » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:51 pm

Kitesurfing Pioneer Alex Schwab did it again :thumb:

Foiling in the river seems to work pretty good!

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Re: River Foiling

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:14 pm

Lol, until you fall and your board drifts like 1/4 mile down river!

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Re: River Foiling

Postby revhed » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:16 am

Nice balance training, I would love to try if we had the good flowing river!
And while a leash on a KBHF is normally a BAD idea, maybe good idea here as mentioned in above post?
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Re: River Foiling

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:48 pm

revhed wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:16 am
Nice balance training, I would love to try if we had the good flowing river!
And while a leash on a KBHF is normally a BAD idea, maybe good idea here as mentioned in above post?
R H

Yes indeed, to avoid having the foil hit something on the river sides, if you dont reach it fast.

Otherwise it does not matter, as one should remember it is the same as no current and no wind almost, when both you and your foil drifts in the water - same speed so even easier to catch then when windy and waves :D
Your foil is not taken downstream of you fast, like many might think :roll:
It will not move at all, relative to you :naughty:


Maybe when skilled you can learn NOT to let go of the rope and handle, and THEN a leash would be just awesome :thumb:

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Re: River Foiling

Postby JakeFarley » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:49 pm

I would advise against using a leash as the board/hf might get caught on a submerged structure, tree branch, log, etc. and pull you under due to the current. It would be hard to disconnect it under those conditions.

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Re: River Foiling

Postby revhed » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:34 pm

Peter_Frank wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:48 pm
revhed wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:16 am
And while a leash on a KBHF is normally a BAD idea, maybe good idea here as mentioned in above post?
R H
Your foil is not taken downstream of you fast, like many might think :roll:
It will not move at all, relative to you :naughty:
Maybe when skilled you can learn NOT to let go of the rope and handle, and THEN a leash would be just awesome :thumb:
8) PF
But it (RiverBHF) AND you will be taken down river further from your fixed rope attachment point if you let go!
Therefore maybe even better to have RBHF leash attached to "tow" rope while pilot remains free?
Like maybe to the upside of the nose with a retractable leash so it will not dangle at all when up and flying!
So as to not lose or damage RBHF and be able to swim UP stream back to it after a fall.
This would be just for learning, we are looking for such a spot as I type for a new challenge!
It also might make more sense to have "tow" rope attachment point in the center of river via a bridge or rope across?
AND. maybe even better if fixed attachment point is higher than water level ala teleski, a bridge again would fit the bill.
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Re: River Foiling

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:52 pm

Indeed yes RH, you could fix the leash to the rope, also a good idea to "save" your foil from banging into everything downstream while you catch it - and you can always swim to the shore and go out back up at the foil/rope if current too fast for swimming back easily.

I love the fact that a rope like that corresponds to an indefinitely big kite somewhat, and that it has no drift, meaning when you ride perpendicular to the rope like a waterski, you get loads of speed and power as we can see, meaning it is possible to foil in a very low current, compared to the wind speed needed when flying a kite - awesome to watch and a great idea :thumb:

But maybe a leash is not needed, as I think you dont need much current/stream to foil like this :naughty:

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