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 Post subject: Hydrofoil proves to be fast at U.S. Nationals...........
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:57 pm 
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http://www.sailmagazine.com

Sail magazine was kind enough to send us this link as to how they say the foil performed............


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:28 am 
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I don't care what anybody says, that guy looks pretty funny with the deep freeze sorels on his tootsies 3 feet up in the air on a hot summer's day.

Maybe if he had a chain saw dangling from his waist and a roll of toilet paper in the other hand.......

then again he's the one having the fun no matter how ridiculous he looks.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:24 am 
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I've seen a version of that board with regular straps


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They tried a foilboard here once at sea. You need al least one helper to get you in and out the water. And also you cannot switch position like with an directional.

How on earth can you use regular straps on such a device. The force on your feet will be too much. That is why they use snowboard boots as there is no alternative. Even wakebindings do not have the support as a snowboard boot and binding does.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:53 pm 
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You defo need no boots on the foilboard also work great with straps. We put the boots of because otherwise my knees would be butter now. If you crash there are forces on your knees you have never expected...

But i`m sure there is no better lightwindboard than a foilboard!!!!
If the kite is flying i go upwind like hell

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Olsen


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:43 pm 
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Chip uses straps for normal riding and the boot binding for course racing. I don't believe he needs any help and have some other foilboarders launching fine without the assistance of anyone (Cabarete).


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 Post subject: boots and straps.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:36 am 
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Hi Guys,

Unless you have tried it, you cannot believe everything you hear. This is rule number one in all the earth. As for the straps and pads. You need to have a thick foot pad and a wide foot strap. Meaning wide from toe to heel.

When you use the kite you have a different type of leverage against the baord compared to riding behind a boat or jet ski. Ski or boat require boots.

As for force on the knees, I have sensitive knees and riding the foil never has injured my knees or created a force on them. What has hurt my knees is kiting or tow surfing on choppy water at high speeds. This has really made the knees suffer.

If you fall with the foil you will come right out the straps there is nothing keeping you in the board. If you fall with the boots, the board stops immediately and I have never experienced any jerk or force that would hurt me. However, if you have one of your boots come undone from the binding then your in trouble if you cannot get the other foot out. You can hurt the knee.

But with the straps there is no need for worry. As for assistance with the foil. It is fun to try with your friends helping and watching and they can coach you. But if your a solo person, you will have no hassel with the board by yourself.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.

Mango


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:57 am 
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I have two;

so how is the build? I mean a friend of mine used a carbon fin, and it was a little too flimsy(?) It had a lot of movement in the water, and wasn't as stable. I think this was also Rush Randle, but I am not sure.
What will happen if you hit a coralhead with it? Riding normally?

..and

you say in a couple of months? Do you have any more exact dates? For the around $7-800 price?

A. - still interested.


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ive got a question

whats min water depth recommended for use and what's dangerous?

(that last photo looks so smooth you may have just sold me one!)


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Chip is the MAN!!!!! You go boy!

There's a guy here at Seal Beach riding a foil and he seems to do really well by himself. Wish we could demo one.


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