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by smartang
Sun Jan 21, 2024 10:15 am
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Wingfoiling Progression
Replies: 265
Views: 80166

Re: Wingfoiling Progression

Look for wings geared toward upwind performance at a sacrifice of low end. The newer the better. Pair that with a fast high volume board to reduce resistance on takeoffs and will let you ride smaller inflatable wings. And a high lift low drag foil set. None of this gear is really meant for beginners...
by smartang
Mon Nov 20, 2023 10:36 am
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Wing Gloves - Winter
Replies: 18
Views: 4000

Re: Wing Gloves - Winter

Slake, I use those ion palmless mitts for winging. I find they're great for the 6C+ range. A lot of keeping your hands warm is in prep/warmup, and keeping the back of your hand protected for winging. Bring warm water to the beach, chill your hands while setting up and then warm them before going out...
by smartang
Thu Nov 16, 2023 9:00 am
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Downwind foil with assist
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Downwind foil with assist

I find the lamination itself is the one of the more straight forward parts of the process. Even with the vacuum bagging prep, it's maybe 10% of the labor to build a board from scratch. And I'd have to guess PVC + Al has got to be fairly close wet lam carbon + eps in costs. Al doesn't allow for error...
by smartang
Wed Nov 08, 2023 9:13 pm
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Sproat Lake - where are the best places for wind?
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: Sproat Lake - where are the best places for wind?

Yes, Dickson Park works. Fish and duck docks can be a better launch if they'll let you.
by smartang
Sat Sep 30, 2023 2:56 pm
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Downwind foil with assist
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Downwind foil with assist

I wonder how small of a pocket wing we could get away with if using a barracuda sup? Could be a life saver. Would also like a design that minimizes all those lines.

Hopefully someone comes up with plans so we can repurpose all those 15 year old kites.
by smartang
Thu Sep 21, 2023 10:44 am
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Downwind foil with assist
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Downwind foil with assist

If we had a gorge here we'd all be doing it already as well. Lake/inlet swells don't really have enough swell period on most days to let you glide. It'll be mostly a downwind pump, which is great training. I've found it difficult to make the transition from flat water paddle ups (which I can get 9/1...
by smartang
Sun Sep 10, 2023 3:52 pm
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Board and foil size vs my weight
Replies: 1
Views: 664

Re: Board and foil size vs my weight

It's not ideal, but possible with the right technique. The top guys can paddle up 5-600cm2 foils in the flats. Of course that's on a barracuda. They could easily paddle up that setup, but they already have the technique down. Weight is on your side since you won't have to be going any where near as ...
by smartang
Thu Aug 24, 2023 9:00 pm
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Lost Board Cabrinha Code with Axis foil and Mast
Replies: 4
Views: 1081

Re: Lost Board Cabrinha Code with Axis foil and Mast

Second on the wing body drag. I'd recommend riding without a leash a few times on those summer trips to flatter conditions like Nitinat, China Creek etc. It works every time in places like that. Still works in swell, but with a higher heart rate.
by smartang
Sat Aug 19, 2023 8:08 pm
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Front footstraps
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Re: Front footstraps

The workaround is to get a sewing stitch ripper and remove the neoprene screw cover on the lower fanatic footstrap. All that's left is webbing. Overlap the two front fanatic straps and screw it down firm. Wait a day for the boards deck pad to compress, then re-tighten. Alternatively sand down (or cu...
by smartang
Fri Aug 18, 2023 1:39 pm
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Front footstraps
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Re: Front footstraps

NSI are good for freeride, but not jumping. I use standard windsurf velcro straps double up by removing the neoprene from the lower strap. Never had a problem. Much more secure than the v straps and more foot range. I also remove the screw neoprene on my rear strap to butt my rear foot up against th...
by smartang
Sun Jul 09, 2023 7:48 am
Forum: The Rigging Area
Topic: Canada Day RB Drone Capture
Replies: 5
Views: 963

Re: Canada Day RB Drone Capture

Awesome swell you guys have down there. Slick rider, you need a faster foil.
by smartang
Wed Jun 07, 2023 8:08 am
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: Stripped footstrap insert
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: Stripped footstrap insert

I wouldn't trust a weed eater line with a 1225 and 93.5 mast whipping around on big wing airs. Imagine a front strap busting off mid front loop. That's a retirement air. I'd pick a different hole. Ideally running the footstrap longer. Still fill the stripped hole with epoxy though in case it's crack...
by smartang
Sat May 20, 2023 11:44 am
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: new leash: Anchorman 9 wing anchor invention with swivel
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: new leash: Anchorman 9 wing anchor invention with swivel

For those guys it's just out of boredom, riding the same blue waves in strong wave day in and day out. That also looks like a diy parachute leash. First time I've seen someone launch it high which makes sense. Need a good RBFC chase crew incase it ever doesn't work. Or a cheap old v1 wing for doing ...
by smartang
Mon May 08, 2023 12:23 pm
Forum: Wingfoiling Discussion
Topic: new leash: Anchorman 9 wing anchor invention with swivel
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: new leash: Anchorman 9 wing anchor invention with swivel

Also good to see those guys on Sab, Kt, Lift and Ocean Rodeo. No more cheesy cabrinha plugs.