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kevinkan



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i first tried foiling on Robert's/dvcali's "frankenfoil" modified JP slalom w/ NP flight (pink). it was incredibly difficult, and I could only manage short flights, but it was only my first time, so I didn't think much of it.

Later I tried the Slingshot Wizard 105 w/ H2, Fanatic Gecko w/ Fanatic Flow H9, Slingshot Wizard 150 w/ H2. I was comfortable flying on all of those and tried the frankenfoil for shits and giggles... it was still incredibly hard to ride, even after I had learned to ride OK on the other stuff. I'm amazed Robert ever learned to foil with that setup (been two years + now I think). The whole kit was horribly unbalanced. Robert said that upgrading to a JP Foil board also made a huge difference. Suddenly everything was in the right place.

tl;dr proper setup/compatibility is important

some drone video of robert foiling at Candlestick on the pink NP foil (now dubbed community foil... it's designated for loan)

https://youtu.be/tfQRDdi5EU0

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wsmtbskate wrote:
Thanks for all the advice everyone.
@Kevin - watched the video link, thanks ! I noticed that your back foot was only a tad off the center line and not all the way on the leeward rail, if Iím not mistaken ?
@ Lucaro - sounds like you heavily weight the back foot, but doesnít this lead to easier breaching ?
Also Iíve heard that duck jibing on a foil is easier than regular jibe?
Thanks


I think I put my back foot in front of the opposite back strap. Duck jibing I think is neither easier nor harder if you already know how to do it on a regular windsurfer and your technique is good. I think some of it is situational, but duck jibes feel super sweet and are really fun.

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