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Interesting/Puzzling Posts from other Forums

I find threads in other forums once in a while I would be tempted to answer, or find puzzling if not humorous. Here are a few:

https://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/General/Is-nude-windsurfing-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-windsurfing-Or-will-it-ruin-it--?page=1#17

This one is NSFW (W can have 2 meanings also.) It is not sexist though - the nudity is pretty much equally distributed among the sexes. The same cannot be said for the quality.

Here's a puzzler:

https://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/General/Rotator-Cuff-tear?page=1#16

"I jumped on a wave board for the first time in years and tore a rotator cuff, it'll heal but this made me realise 42 year old men who work in offices lose strength over time.

What are some good exercises to get windsurf fit again?"

Turns out he went to PT - why not ask trained PT instead of a bunch of windsurfers?

Or:

http://triangleboardsailing.com/forum/index.php?topic=1572.msg8050#msg8050

"So... I've got this 7.0 sail that does not have a cut-out for the boom. It has two ... slits where a normal sail has a cut-out to clamp the boom on. Is it OK to cut out some of the material to make space for the boom to clamp on? Is there a better way? I'm not sure what type of boom used to clamp there - I imagine it was using a single piece of rope, as that's as much as it fits through the slits."

Is it really a windsurf sail?

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First thread is a humorous response to a bunch of "Is X the best thing that has ever happened to windsurfing or has it ruined it" threads. Most of those threads devolve into a bunch of old guys yelling that the LT will solve all everything from bunions to climate change.

Second thread - yup. Standard internet. "I'm gonna ignore what someone spent years in grad or professional school learning and ask a bunch of idiot strangers on the internet." The bane of anyone with an advanced STEM degree. I admit I'm biased being married to one and having a son engaged to a DPT grad student. If you don't believe me, ask anyone with a degree in climatology, infectious diseases or epidemiology. Dash 1

Third thread - solved (we think). Old style luff sleeve opening (I seem to remember Aerotech using them) where the slits allow part of the luff sleeve to be fold in creating the boom opening. Idea being only folding back just enough and keeping the rest of the sleeve aero. Inevitably, the proper boom height always seemed to be where two sections needed to be folded back pretty much making the whole endeavor unnecessary.

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I figured right away that the sleeve needed to be folded in between the slits. But then I had the advantage of owning a Sailworks Flyer - which uses that (rather ancient) system......

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This is an interesting one from Seabreeze:

https://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/Foiling/I-have-never-used-my-harness-foiling?page=-2?src=rss#2446654

The OP says he never uses his harness while foiling. Now I find I can't planning w/o a harness but I usually "unweight" my sail by dropping the harness to take off. Now sometimes I do have the harness hooked in while foiling, but that's kind of happenstance. Some interesting comments about it. I assume eventually harness riding while foiling has its' advantages, I'm just not completely there yet.

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Yeah, using a harness starting out on the foil can be tricky - a lot because your current windsurfing instincts don't always work well (most us lean back when windsurfing).

A lot of people starting out will use shorter lines to match the more upright freeride foiling stance. I had to start using a harness hook after twenty five years of using a roller because the lines would fall out - I couldn't consistently pressure the lines. I also went to 22" lines on some of my booms. fwiw, I use 24" freeriding small sails and 26" on the big sail presently. Don't laugh at my short arms - I have the body type of a penguin. Sad

There is significantly less pull on the arms when freefoiling and you can certainly get by without hooking in. Still worth learning how, though, imho.

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I tried webguy’s AFS foil the other day and found it so much more stable than my F4 that hooking in was way more comfortable. Good

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