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Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby cglazier » Wed May 21, 2014 5:18 am

I have just returned from Sherman Island in California where we had a very successful foilboard racing event. Johnny Heineken won (as usual) with Joey Pasquali and Adam Withington just behind. . There were 17 of us competing and we had a great time with 9 races over two days.

There were also raceboard races on the same days. Although we did not race with the raceboards the winning times were recorded and the foilboards were 1 to 3 minutes faster than the raceboards every day (races were typically 15 minutes.)

Virtually all of the foils were Spotz or Taaroa. There was an assortment of boards with Aguera being the most common.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby BraCuru » Wed May 21, 2014 7:18 am

Many thanks for sharing!
Appreciate if you answer to following:
1. What was an average gap between JH and the second?
2. If JH needed 15 minutes to complete the race, how many minutes (on average) did need a guy average no.5 and no.15?
3. How many riders perform tacking and jibing in air and without falling?
4. Did any foiler compete with a Formula Kite series? I saw only Erica on the both result lists.
5. What place did you take? What foil did you compete?
6. Did anybody recorded a gpx file from the racing?
7. How many Swords did you see? It looks in top 10 majority were the Spotz.
8. Did you ask JH why he had not competed on the Formula Kite?
9. What was the entry fee? In Europe organisers lost a plot and are killing the sport before it learnt to walk.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby Slyde » Wed May 21, 2014 8:03 am

Great to see guys in the top 10 without any sponsors. Guess it wont be that way for long though.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby cglazier » Wed May 21, 2014 10:28 am

Hi Bracuru

I think Johnny was often 10 or 20 seconds in front of the second place racer.

The back of the pack of racers were finishing in over 25 minutes. It was a two lap race and the leaders often overtook some slower racers who were still on the first lap.

More than half the competitors did foiling tacks and jibes. Those of us who couldn't were at a very big disadvantage.

It was not possible to compete in both every foilboard race and every raceboard race because they started some raceboard races only a couple of minutes after the first foilboard finished (there were still foilboarders racing on the course).

I competed but I am near the bottom of the results (I cannot do foiling tacks and jibes yet). I ride a Spotz foil with an Aguera board and use Ozone Edge kites (usually 7m or 9m).

The Spotz were the most popular foil. There were maybe 3 or 4 Swords.

The entry fee was $90 for two days of racing.

:wink: Chris G
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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby BraCuru » Wed May 21, 2014 11:16 am

Chris - many thanks! A lot of useful info :allbegood:
Glad to read that the entry was 90 bucks.
Yankees keep some common sense comparing with Europeans.
The present entry for the French Open is mad (300€) :o :evil: :!: :(
Who is going to compete there?! That was an initial entry of 100€ but paid till 31st April. Sad thing is that NoR was issued couple days ago. That wasn't friendly move towards foreign competitors :(
I planned to compete in the Golden Cup but sorry guys who can afford to pay 180€ entry fee 4 times a year plus all costs of flights and accommodation? It supposed to be fun.

Anyway - I wish to take a part in any foil comp. So far only boring kiteracing.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby Randahl » Thu May 22, 2014 1:15 am

Are they doing a race in Long Beach?

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby Don Lester » Fri May 23, 2014 5:15 pm

cglazier: how many foilers would Johnny have beaten if he was on a race board ?

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby cglazier » Fri May 23, 2014 11:18 pm

Johnny is very fast on a raceboard and he would have beaten many of us foilers, but certainly not the top few foilers.

The fastest raceboarder was Ricki Lecesse who is very fast and he was taking 1 to 3 minutes longer to finish the course than the top foilers.

Below is Zak Marks who came in fourth. I am sure he was faster than the fastest raceboard.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby ozchrisb » Tue May 27, 2014 6:09 pm

Some great footage here. Go to ~40 minutes for some great slo mo tacks and gybes.

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Re: Rippin' the Rio foilboard races

Postby Randahl » Tue May 27, 2014 8:10 pm

ozchrisb wrote:Some great footage here. Go to ~40 minutes for some great slo mo tacks and gybes.



At any given moment, somewhere in the world a little girl is singing Let It Go.

Thanks for this up close footage, and the slo-mo is great for seeing how they execute the tack and gybe. I still don't know how they do it, it's like ballet.

Crazy to think that less than a year ago the only foiler I saw at Sherman was Lodwik.


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