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  1. Axis Prototype Foil Board Video

    Looks similar to what the production board became. Can't say enough good things about Axis gear!
  2. 2018 HQ Snow Kites

    HK is a good guy, he's in the Facebook too. Arc guy too
  3. Naish Foil Board

    Good work! You can read all the advice there is, but you gotta put the time in
  4. Naish Foil Board

    Picture is worth a thousand lashes or whatever . . . Board on its side, upwind, pointing slightly upwind of my course so the difference keeps it pushed up on its side. Good for walking out through the shallows, especially if your shallows last about 100m like ours do. Board downwind, forearm levering the board and sinking the windward rail, lying on the tail with my right thigh. This is an old video, these days I get my head closer to the nose so I can get more body weight on the rail...basically being lazier.
  5. Naish Foil Board

    You want a kite that on a TT would see you cruising back and forth, hardly able to go upwind. Of course, if the wind then picks up, you'll probably be over-powered Board downwind: You gotta get in close to the board, literally lie on top of it. Tuck your elbow into your guts, lean on the elbow and spread yourself along the submerged rail, roll over onto your back a little against the pull of the kite. Get your weight up near the nose... Unlike body dragging with a TT, you're not trying to extend your length in the water, but rather consolidate your weight on the submerged rail of the board. Again, once the foil is moving it's going to lift so if you're just trying to do it like a TT, it's going to shoot out of the water. If you weight the board, you can balance yourself so the foil doesn't pop the board out of the water but rather cranks you upwind. If the wind is too light for that, you just gotta walk it out with the board flat in the water, then get your hand on the front strap and slowly push it out while you body drag. Getting out through the surf involves letting the board ride into and over the waves with you hand on it...that sucks a lot. Board upwind: Never worked for me. I only use that to walk out through the shallows, holding the board on it's edge and steering it slightly upwind of me to keep the foil off the bottom. Then switch it around to downwind when deep enough. I've done it this way since very early on, on low- and high-volume boards. High volume and heavy foil (SS Alien Air and HoverGlide) was no more difficult, once you got it on it's edge. You want to start pointing downwind, not up. You simply can't edge the board as you can with a TT, so you've got to get over and on top of the board, then rotate upwind...
  6. Naish Foil Board

    HOW is she doing the "body dragging in chop"?!? Mmm, using your legs or shifting weight to pop the board up is a recipe for misery, IMO. Ride the board flat with a stable body position and just go faster until the foil starts lifting. You'll have to go faster than you've probably ever been on a TT (until you get the balance sorted) but you'll only be skimming the water, hopefully. This is where a kite with a lot of depower at the bar comes in handy -- being able to just sheet in or out to control your speed and keep it foiling without freaking out. This all assumes deep enough water. But as soon as you're up on the board (standing up tall and straight) as the video says, "open the door" and you'll zoom upwind, away from the shallows If you can, get someone else to ride the foil out into deep water miles from shore, then ride your TT out to them and swap. Learning to water start will cost a lot of upwind ground and you'll learn a lot faster if you don't have to get back upwind... Just gotta put the time in, you'll get there. "What one man can do, another can" etc etc
  7. Naish Foil Board

    Ohh here comes another novel... I spent three hours riding a TT watching one of the locals trying to walk out through the lake waves to get deep enough to water start without ground out and another time, a better foiler than me gave up on the day because he couldn't get out through the waves...couldn't believe it. Took me a minute or two of body dragging to clear the shore break Body dragging is vital. Thanks to my spot being always onshore and shitty lake chop, I think I got a pretty good handle on it I do a mixture of what Norman described and what Gunnar shows in the video: hook my hand under the strap and forearm flat across the board and spread myself out across the top of it, almost lying onto the tail.. Like you're going to bicep curl the board while reclining on sun lounger. I think it gives me more control over the board. You can flatten the board out and roll off it to get over big breakers. And while dragging upwind, the foil is into the water at about 45 degrees; you don't need full depth to drag. Your weight on the board control the angle it floats at and stops it flying out of the water when you build some speed. You're basically just body dragging as you would without your board, but you're lying on top of the foil board. Should stop it jumping upwind of you too... So...I hump the board out under my arm until it's deep enough to body drag. At least belly-button deep. If you can't body drag ie. move with a little speed and go upwind, you're probably going to have a very hard time getting on the foil. Transition from body drag to water start: carve upwind to kill the speed, bringing the kite up near the zenith, slide off the board, switch the grip on the strap to holding the rail to keep the board on its edge, slip the front foot in to keep the board upright and let go, get the back foot on the tail, dive the kite, stall the tail by loading the back foot -- or whatever works for you, get up on top of the board and ride away. (I keep the kite just past zenith so the pull into the board square to the wind keeps line tension...) Of course, once you can water start, you don't need a lot of time to get up onto the board so when that's down, this whole bit of the learning process is forgotten. You wait for enough of a gap, get the board on your feet and GO and the waves aren't an issue. We're going to be in Chch from about Feb 15 and I'm taking my Axis foil. Sounds like there's a lot more foilers there now than just the few last time I was back! Looking forward to catching up
  8. The future of wind power

    I've seen models that suggest falling birthrates could result in population crash...
  9. The future of wind power

    I'm more convinced than I was before, but I still think it's not the best idea. Japan needs to look at wave power, with all the coast line. It's a crying shame WaveGen went tits up... "Can operate in a hurricane" LOL go on, get away with you...
  10. Naish Foil Board

    There's a video in the TefGel website about how to and how much to apply. I used to completely disassemble, except for mast to plate, and those were the bolts that seized then sheared off at the head. So I'd at least do those; they're a bugger to get out. Start out in the ocean then I guess the breakers make it tough if the wind is up, but you have to learn to body drag through them eventually. And I seem to remember there wasn't much wave action on 12 knot days... My first strapless was on the Hover. For water starts in light winds with big slow kites, you need something to keep the board in place. But for learning no straps is ideal: there's zero chance of twisted ankles or knees.... So the compromise is single very loose front strap. When you're riding, pretty much only your toes will be under it so baleouts have very low risk of locking your foot in there. You'll find out when you can get up and ride, but then the board falls downwind while you fall upwind Can't stress enough: shift your weight with yoga lunges. Put your feet in the center of the bolt holes; maybe a little forward, like they would be if hard forward into the straps. The board designers probably know best where the holes should be to balance the ride then keep your torso upright and lunge. You'll shift more of your weight with less effort and more control. Keep your knees relaxed but your legs well damped, like good off-road suspension. And anyone who tells you that you need to stand in front of the rear mast has poor technique. When you get better you'll need the rest foot back more, and you'll actually find yourself pushing of it... Good job my first session was about two hours too. Probably 119 minutes trying to get out to deep enough water and a whole minute trying to get onto the board. The ratio improves rapidly, especially when you choose to go out in more wind I had the most success with Speed 3 12m (speed vs power) and about 15 knots. I recommend at least a helmet too...
  11. Naish Foil Board

    Good score That mast etc is identical to the LF Fun Foil, and I've ridden the Naish and that board for a few hours too. Here are some thoughts for you . . . Long mast is fine. Short is easier initially as you'll get launched and lobbed and slammed a little less, but once you have your balance you'll find the extra length will give you time to control the height. With the full length mast, you'll need the highest tide to ride the estuary and really only out in the center where the channel is. You still ground out with 60cm mast but you'll have more space either side of the channel where the water starts will be possible. TefGel all the bolts, unless you plan on breaking it down every session. Use actual TefGel; other stuff I've that was supposed to be the same, wasn't. The bolts would loosen no matter how tight I did them. I'd replace the bolts with Torx bolts too; I hate hex heads, they always round themselves out Don't hit the bottom. That board cracked (easily IMO) from hitting the bottom and the board hitting the water. When you ground out, try to get your weight off your front foot. Easier said than done! Single front strap only (if the board can). You only want it for water starting, to hold the board in position. When you fall off at funny angles, you're going to end up with twisted ankles. And straps as loose as possible -- you don't need them when you're standing on the board, and you don't need them. Solid wind. Lulls and gusts will give you shits; it's hard enough getting the board into position without having to fight the kite. Same kite size as what you'd ride a big TT and just be able to go upwind...

    ...from Japan? The origin of the word might be...
  13. Alex Sanz - Longest Kite Replies in History thread

    Yeah, better to have sixteen different logins so you can support yourself, confuse others and hide like a coward when you mouth off 😂
  14. Alex Sanz - Longest Kite Replies in History thread

    Was he on Seabreeze? Name seems familiar... Or maybe just infamous
  15. Alex Sanz - Longest Kite Replies in History thread

    I see nothing in that thread to suggest he knows anything about kites or design, I assume we're reading the same one. Please, leave it on Facebook. Dragging forum shit to FB and vice versa is bad form, especially when you don't have consent of those involved. That's some real Steve/Terry asshole move.