Friday, May 11, 2018

Foiling Retractable leash


Expensive but it would solve the leg rope problem in the previous post.
..from Oceanus and Blue Planet

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Recurring lessons

Lesson 1 - Stance
After I have wiped out (quickly) on a wave I remind myself that my shoulders were in the wrong position.
How I want to stand is natural surfing stance with both feet on the stringer, back foot in the foam pad.
Then the upper body should be twisted at the hip to make the chest fully facing forward. Then the arms and shoulders can provide the tiny bit of steering necessary.

Lesson 2 - Legrope
After wiping out (inevitable?) when I get back on the board I should deliberately check that the legrope is not wrapped around the foil.
If it is these two things happen: the board is dangerously close and it behaves unpredictably.

Lesson 3 - Paddle onto waves with the nose high
Until I get a board with a flatter bottom..

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Monkey does

Today I caught two waves where I took off kneeling up; got to my feet before the board went up on the foil and rode the wave mostly on the foil.

The difference was that I was surfing with a bloke riding a SUP (5'9" 90 something litres). A case of money see monkey do. Also, I had even higher spacers under the rear of the mast base.

I am still struggling with the amount of rocker on that board. When I paddle onto a wave I have the nose of the board very close to the water (force of habit). I know at this angle that the foil is diving, not flying.

I am going to either paddle on further back or tilt the foil base even more. Watching this SMIK flat-bottom board today brought this home to me.