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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby plummet » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:16 pm

These boards are looking real good. They even have some nose rocker too. How is the flex? Are the stiff enough?

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby Peter_Frank » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:22 pm

KVL wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Wasnt it quite difficult to ride - I mean with the nose, tail and the direction the foil points?.. Seems a bit odd that you could get on it, or?..
Are you aware it is a canard hydrofoil, which is ridden with the small wing in front ?

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby KVL » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:14 am

No, didnt know so! Interresting!
Sorry for my comment then!

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby bragnouff » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:22 am

plummet wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:16 pm
These boards are looking real good. They even have some nose rocker too. How is the flex? Are the stiff enough?
There's still a little bit of flex, but I'd say it's stiff enough. Only 3 sessions into it and it's getting better and better each time.

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby juandesooka » Sat May 05, 2018 5:46 am

Here’s my go at it. Seems to have pros and cons so far.

Pros:
 Really nimble under foot. Feels like turns are tighter with less swing weight (may be my imagination)
 A lot lighter overall

Cons:
 Body dragging out past the kelp is slightly harder.
 Quite challenging in low wind. At times I’ve had it submerged more than knee deep (and sometimes pull it off)
 If it touches down have to lean back to ensure nose doesn’t dig in. Was a little harder in gusty variable wind to not get pulled off or dig in.
 Lose the board and it’s nearly invisible, plus it doesn't float fast downwind like a floaty surfboard -- first body drag back to a board in a long time. Need to paint it bright colour, maybe attach something on the nose to sit above the water line (back to the old go joe?)

I may install a kickpad at rear to give something more to lean into.

All in all, pretty fun, viva la difference.
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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby jumptheshark » Sat May 05, 2018 7:01 am

Im telling you, a skate is just that little bit too small for a lighter wind get up. The skim is about the right size and rocker to make it work.

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby juandesooka » Sat May 05, 2018 7:43 am

jumptheshark wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 7:01 am
Im telling you, a skate is just that little bit too small for a lighter wind get up. The skim is about the right size and rocker to make it work.
this wakeskate found it's way to me relatively cheap. Fun experiment. I'll watch for a skim.

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby bragnouff » Sat May 05, 2018 12:45 pm

juandesooka wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 5:46 am
(...) Need to paint it bright colour, maybe attach something on the nose to sit above the water line (back to the old go joe?)
No such problem with the Zeeko wakeskate! All that deck foam gives plenty of float! And well... Can't beat yellow!

Rails are easy to grab, and the Spitfire setup makes it quite balanced overall

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby butterfish » Sat May 05, 2018 1:42 pm

do you seal the holes in the deck with epoxy to make it water resistant?

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Re: Wakeskate and foil

Postby juandesooka » Sat May 05, 2018 4:35 pm

butterfish wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 1:42 pm
do you seal the holes in the deck with epoxy to make it water resistant?
I didn't. Drilled 4 holes and had at her, as per the Green Hat video way back on page 1. Probably should, for longevity. I have a paipo made by a friend, he used arrow shafts glassed in as "through hulls". I've done the same with golf club shafts, though the hassle is they are tapered.


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