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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:25 pm 
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I have hit fishing lines, rocks, but have seen seals, turtles, flying fish, and tropical fish due to better view.


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:35 pm 
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Hawaiis wrote:
I have hit fishing lines, rocks, but have seen seals, turtles, flying fish, and tropical fish due to better view.


Good point about seeing :cheers:
Do you wear polarized sunglasses by any chance to eliminate the majority of horizontal reflections ?

One would think that since most foilriders eyes are scanning quickly the water @ 7-8 ft of height...
....seeing clearly through the water down below for scenery and obstacles would be a plus


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:49 pm 
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Two years ago I hit a reef at full speed. I was very surprised that impact hole at Magma front foil was only 3mm dia.

A big dissappointment was an anchor line left by a ship gone with divers for training.

Last year I've met a flying fish that was smart enough to avoid the crash in the air.


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:08 pm 
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Where I am foiling we have a lot of trash in the water and partially submerged plastic bags. Damn people :nono:

Most of the time I miss them but if you're not wearing polarized glasses then it's hard to see them until it's almost too late. It's almost comical when you find yourself saying Oh Sh***** followed by F***** and slam into the water, still is no fun when it happens.

I hit one thick plastic bag so hard that the nose of the strut went right through the bag and it took a lot of work to clear the bag while fighting with waves and high wind.

I see a lot of flying fish as well. :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:32 pm 
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davesails7 wrote:
Cynthia Brown hit this Mahi in Baja and dragged it back to the beach (picture from facebook):

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He's wearing and ENGINE harness and sliding hook.


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:01 pm 
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SupaEZ wrote:
Hawaiis wrote:
I have hit fishing lines, rocks, but have seen seals, turtles, flying fish, and tropical fish due to better view.


Good point about seeing :cheers:
Do you wear polarized sunglasses by any chance to eliminate the majority of horizontal reflections ?

One would think that since most foilriders eyes are scanning quickly the water @ 7-8 ft of height...
....seeing clearly through the water down below for scenery and obstacles would be a plus

Supa: Yes I wear polarized Sunglass.
Have you started Hydrofoil as well?


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:02 pm 
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He is a she by the way L M!
Never heard of a man named Cynthia!
Back on topic,
Just today 3 of 4 foilers got tangled in fishing nets!
They were also outlaw as they were closer than 300 m, but so are we as we often fly within 300 m.
Two had to swim out to their tangled t bars as for fear of getting feet , legs tangled while flying kites.
One was lucky enough to stay connected via 5th line, untangle and relaunch.
There were bouees and we knew to keep a large distance but these nets drift sometimes 100s of meters.
Then a large boat passed and we could see and hear the prop chewing up the net!
Anyway,
Be advised that fishing nets can be absoulty no fun while flying foils and be 100s of meters from where you might think they are! :o
And for sure a good knife can come in handy!! I like my Jacknife on a bunji around my neck and have used it!
R H


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 Post subject: Re: What have you hit while foilboarding ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:57 pm 
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Hawaiis wrote:
Supa: Yes I wear polarized Sunglass.
Have you started Hydrofoil as well?


I wasn't sure if you knew why i asked about the shades
I've worked as an Optician in my town for the past 32 years :coolshades:
Not started yet foilkitesurfing ....tried once...surf was too big and rough..wind very gusty
Been watching at my spots 2 guys that are doing really well in a short amount of time @ 2wks

Thanks to all so far who chipped in about what they have hit out there on our blue planet :thumb:


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