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Horst Sergio
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Re: Monofoil or "riding stabless", setup and riding

Postby Horst Sergio » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:11 am

Did a small 1:1 comparison between Cruizer and Element wing:

First Cruizer, than at km 5,5 changed back to Element. Wind was sometimes difficult, low and not so constant. It shows the "high" speed difference was not so much with 33 km/h for Cruizer and 32 km/h for Element during this short run. But the easiness within maneuvers for Cruizer is significant better. I also can do everything with the Element, but success rate is much better for Cruizer, thanks to its better slow speed and maybe also stability in most axis when going slow. If going straight the difference is not so big, just Element has a better surfacing behaviour and Cruizer maybe more relaxed and even more upwind ... but talking about maybe 39° close to the wind for Element and 36° for Cruizer. Both values are insane, especially for not perfect conditions. Oh and now will also sand the Cruzier, as the Element already is, to make lowend even better. :D But with a big board and a good kite there is already nothing that beats a Cruizer Monowing. Did also a bit unhooked, it is insane how low the resistance and tension is.
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Re: Make Monofoiling great again: Test of Levitaz Cruizer Mono

Postby Horst Sergio » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:13 am

Horst Sergio wrote:
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:39 am
So now we are 3 Monofoiler on this planet:

1. Master Phil Caneri from Horue
2. me
3. Mischa from www.Kitejunkie.com
And here is Nr. 4 :D :

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And he was immediately on the Wing so learning has taken 10 sec. For sure not everyone can expect this, he is on the same normal foiling level as Mischa but learned it just in 1/3 of the time.

But for sure also the big board helped a lot. And also the speed range starts to be really comfortable:

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And even in difficult wind condition:

I just started to do flying tacks 4 days ago, but in difficult wind situations it already starts that they are nearly easier on the mono than on a normal Freerace Foil. As you can ride very slow and if the wind switches and the kite doesn't fly perfectly through the wind window, it doesn't matter, just turn the board on a dime and go on flying in the direction you want to or the situation makes necessary.

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Midway to Monofoiling:

Postby Horst Sergio » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:20 pm

For everybody, who is interested in Monofoiling but feels that it could be to extrem or to difficult:

There is an easier midway to Monofoiling: Just don't go without stabi, but with a very small one on a short fuselage or as in my case with a extremly small one (Levitaz bionic) on a normal fuselage. Already tried it a view month ago, when seeing the setup used by Peter Müller. But didn't like it the first ride.

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Now tried it again and after around 7 days of just monofoiling and found it as an interesting midway between Mono and normal foil, with about half of its advantages and disadvantages. But on the end for me in combination with the Aspect wing, I am not sure if it is interesting enough to stay with it, think I will stay with pure Mono and normal Freerace foil, but maybe for somebody it is interesting. One disappointment was that riding rodeo (sitting) was pretty difficult: On a normal foil I started to do not just flying jibes but also flying tacks sitting a while ago. On the half mono just riding straight is pretty difficult, so expectations to ride once the mono sitting have been lost. :(

But there could be one occasion, where such a half mono could be very interesting: In waves, where I have too low experience to tell, a mono foil could be to difficult, anyway I will try the next occasion I find. But a very big wing as the cruiser in combination with a very small stabi could work very well, or not?

Maybe any wave foiler around to comment?

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Levitaz EXO and strapless

Postby Horst Sergio » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:35 am

Received my 2017 Levitaz EXO. With three light straps the board has just around 3,0 kg. So in combination with the Element-Mono it is around 6,0 kg. Which is not that bad for a, in this combination, nearly indestructible, extrem light wind foil with a volume board. The shown foil with one heavy levitaz strap and the Cruzier is around 6,5 kg.

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I like the EXO for being a good compromise in size, volume and being pretty light and maybe also robust, but it is not a beginner foil board. Shape is ok, but think a higher wider nose (as ketos uses) would make more sense. They improved it with a pad and a bit better hole position compared to first model from last year. Unfortunately the hole position is still not so perfect, but ok and straps are just heavy standard, hard to mount and with 0,6 kg (3x wet) too heavy for such a nice light board, so better take 3 light straps with just 0,2 kg alltogether.

First I tried it strapless, but the combination: mono foil strapless is ok but just as long you don't try to change feet position in flight. Just managed very view tacks, but always with the help of small touch down. When changing feet position in flight you really need straps on the mono as after the quick change and even before you need 100 % control as sometimes you also have to pull up the nose of the board with the front foot. Also when jumping I was not able to catch the board, so I turned using straps.

Big respect to Stephane Goffinet from Ketos how is able to make strpless jumping look so easy. :thumb: Maybe I will turn back once with a normal non mono foil setup, when I find I nice setup with a small, but not to sharp stabi, as I learned strapless in the beginning of foiling and enjoyed it a lot.


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