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How long can U ride with half wing out in the air?

Postby abel » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:13 pm

Last time I was in the water, coming in, I got near the break and suddenly, unwillingly... up I went...,
seems that the initiating underwater wave roll pushes the wing up. Does it?
Initially I aired out, but afterwards trying to avoid getting close to the break, I laid strongly back for going parallel to the shore.
During this attempt, half of the wing emerged out and the speed went crazy until I recovered control (or stopped or crashed - me still beginner :-? ).
I was surprised how long it took until I lost it. Quite a long distance riding in this unstable stance.
Is it possible to ride long controlled tacks with almost half wing jutting out?

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Re: How long can U ride with half wing out in the air?

Postby plummet » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:17 pm

For my home design loss of lift is almost immediate. The only thing I can do is stomp on the back foot to try and recover the inevitable nose dive crash.

PS Yes. The wave power provides significant lift. You have to be prepared for it or the foil will just immediately punch straight out of the water.

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Re: How long can U ride with half wing out in the air?

Postby haare » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:03 pm

When I get a strong gust I edge hard upwind and usually the tip of the wing gets air. Sometimes when I am overpowered maybe 30%. This will however slow you down substantially. When I am overpowered this is intentional and a good thing. But you should not accelerate when your wing gets air.

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