1st time foiling: report- continued

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Great day on Lake Julian. Gary and I went out for about 6 hours. Winds were typical gusty and shifty 10-25 knots (rough estimate) with quite a few longer wider, almost lakewide gusts.

I brought my Starboard Go with Manta foil and my Starboard S-Type 126 and rigged a 7.0 cambered NS Pyro.

I planned on foiling in light winds and windsurfing when the wind picked up. 1 hour on the foil, then about 1 hour on the windsurfer. At this point, I am enjoying both disciplines. The learning and challenge of foiling, and the familiarity and blasting of windsurfing. After a lunch break, the winds looked light, so I took the foil out again. The wind kicked in, so I decided to see what a high wind session would feel like. It was surprisingly stable. Even when I was overpowered before flight, once up on the foil, the overpowered sensation subsided.

How do the two compare? Windsurfing is Metal and Foiling is Symphony!!

The foil rides were good, I got some long ones in. The nice thing about the stronger winds was not having to pump much at all. Left some energy for working on fine tuning. I finally remembered to breath while I was up and that made a huge difference. I also had enough long runs to play with hand fore/aft positions which makes a huge difference.

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Hopefully, Randy will repost his video from his early foiling days where you can hear him repeating, "Breathe, breathe." Biggrin

I remember almost having to force my chin up with my hand to keep from looking down and keeping my eyes up at the horizon.

The Pyro sounds like a good choice. fwiw, I never found under downhauling a sail to be much good for foiling. Still need some twist. However, you can pull the outhaul a touch tighter especially if you are adequately powered.

You are making really good progress. I wish after my first few outings I had this much to report. I just remember abject fear and lots of nasal irrigations.

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webguy wrote:

Hopefully, Randy will repost his video from his early foiling days where you can hear him repeating, "Breathe, breathe." Biggrin

Yes, please post! I'll keep the rigging suggestions in mind

You are making really good progress. I wish after my first few outings I had this much to report. I just remember abject fear and lots of nasal irrigations.

I'm thankful to a good crew of folks I hardly know telling me exactly what I need to know. I can imagine trying to learn with out the input would be difficult, even more so on our tiny lake with temperamental winds!
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It is great to see how quickly you are picking it up. Webguy - which one my videos where I said "breath" are you thinking of. There were a lot when I stopped breathing.

What happens in a black hole stays in a black hole.

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I forget which one, it was early in your career. I just remember asking about it when I thought that's what I heard you saying. Biggrin

I always hated showing up on Barrett's blooper reels (nothing against Barrett). My, how we struggled in the early days without a flight manual.

Found it. Linking the whole comment thread because parts are pretty funny. Nice look back: https://windsportatlanta.com/content/ts-barrett-forming-ga-7819

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