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NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps?

Postby RickI » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:13 pm

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Has anyone ever converted one of these vintage foilboards from snowboard boots and bindings to footstraps? I don't know if it is even feasible without working on the foil. I understood from hearing about these years back that you needed the stiffness of snowboard boots just to ride one of these things. It is nice you don't need boots with the current crop of foilboards, makes it easier to swim, etc..

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby cglazier » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:14 pm

Hi Rick
I don't think anyone uses snowboard boots anymore. A lot of us don't even use foot straps. But for learning I would recommend starting with footstaps on the board. There is no reason why that foil board wouldn't work without the boots.

If you are just starting, be patient, it takes a while to get the hang of it. Have fun.

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Hawaiis » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:58 pm

I did a conversion with a rotating front strap.
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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby RickI » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:27 am

Thank you Chris, I agree, I haven't seen any kitesurfing foilboards in sometime that use snowboard boots. Yet, they must have tried straps, then wakeboard boots years back before going to snowboard bindings and boots? I recall Elliot Leboe telling us about the new board in Miami in 2004 and saying something about straps not working?

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Perhaps the greater depowering of today's kites factors into simply using straps these days? Do you have any thoughts on why they went in that extreme direction back in the day? Also, thanks for your input on simply converting the board. I have yet to try any foil board to date.
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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby RickI » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:29 am

Thank you for your input Hawaiis. I was looking around and came across your post dealing with your novel rotating foostrap assembly. To summarize, your footstrap design allows toeside riding but doesn't significantly impact stability one way or the other when compared to your old snowboard boot system?

http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2379834

Hawaiis wrote:I did a conversion with a rotating front strap.

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Hawaiis » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:53 am

The snowboard boot system came straight from the Skyski/Airchair system. It was designed to be put on on the boat and drop off in the water. For kite surfing it would not be convenient to get in and out of the water. Also the boots allow jumping and flipping behind ski boats. Since I mainly use the board for low wind days when other boards would not go up wind. I find a single front strap is the best for my situation.

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Whattheflock » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:10 pm

Hello, I don't mean to hi-jack the post, but where can someone get just the foil and shaft? I don't want the board..

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:32 pm

Whattheflock wrote:Hello, I don't mean to hi-jack the post, but where can someone get just the foil and shaft? I don't want the board..


Zeeko kites will be able to deliver the foils only :thumb:

:D Peter

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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Hawaiis » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:44 pm

I am making one out of wood
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Re: NP Foil Board Conversion - Snowboard Boots To Footstraps

Postby Bigdog » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:14 am

snap

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