PART 1 – Idiot’s Guide To… Foiling!!

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PART 1 – Idiot’s Guide To… Foiling!!

Love his enthusiasm. I know everyone is tired of hearing it from Chris, Rhett and me - add his voice to the pile.

He's using the well-regarded AFS wind 85 I believe. Available from wind-nc.com and sailworks.com
source: https://windsurfing.tv/video/part-1-idiots-guide-to-foiling/

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Ben Proffitt has really done a lot to build up windsurfing.
A lot of his videos are great... and funny

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At last a windsurfing video that doesn't start with loading the car, driving it to the beach, stopping for lunch, getting a girls phone numbers, going to the beach, buying a hot dog, rigging the sail..........then ending all of the above done in reverse.

Welcome to Atlanta, where windsport dreams come true.

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He said it was blowing 15kts? Didn’t look like it (but he did seem to waterstart a 5.2). I’ll admit, that looked like a lot of fun.

Geez, if I just had ONE other person to sail with over here, I would probably jump in...

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nitro wrote:

He said it was blowing 15kts? Didn’t look like it (but he did seem to waterstart a 5.2). I’ll admit, that looked like a lot of fun.

Geez, if I just had ONE other person to sail with over here, I would probably jump in...

I'm wondering if that's the harbor where they do a lot of speed runs because it's flat and behind a jetty. If he waterstarted a 5.2, he had plenty of wind.

So, you are inviting us over to sail with you?

Edit: Yes, that's West Kirby (says at the beginning of the video)

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part 2. Credit to the man; he's not afraid of getting wet. A good lesson for newbies: even ex-pros get wet learning something new.

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So, a day to learn to foil. A day to learn a foiling jibe. Is that typical? Biggrin

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So, a day to learn to foil. A day to learn a foiling jibe. Is that typical? Biggrin

Uh... sure? Biggrin

Ben Profitt day = 180 * (webguy day)

He's a lot more willing to crash than I am, though.

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Yeah, pro windsurfer, easy to ride foil, don't care about breaking anything, steady wind, prolly an expert coach right off camera...sure- 2 days ought to be plenty.

The footwork tip– pretty inspiring. Now for some wind Shok

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Yeah, pro windsurfer, easy to ride foil, don't care about breaking anything, steady wind, prolly an expert coach right off camera...sure- 2 days ought to be plenty.

The footwork tip– pretty inspiring. Now for some wind Shok

There was for about an hour this morning. 12-18 sweetness at Vanns. Even the guys cleaning up the park were impressed (but not with my jibes). The *board takes a bit more wind to get going but dang does it motor along.

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Cool!
Here's the Day 3 video

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Day four when you are bored and have nothing else to do.

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For those worried about getting flayed by a foil

"We actually designed curved wingtips into all the 2019 Slingshot foils so they will not puncture you if you fall on the tip of a front wing or stabilizer, that makes a huge difference for my confidence."

https://www.windfoilzone.com/single-post/INTERVIEW-WITH-WYATT-MILLER-OF-SLINGSHOT

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Peter Hart's next article: https://www.windsurf.co.uk/peter-hart-masterclass-foil-tuning/ if you missed it on the blog feed

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“ Nick Dempsey – “Having not been on a windsurf board for 18 months and with no desire to ever go near one again, I now find myself looking out the window at the trees, checking the forecast and getting excited about a half day gap in my diary! I’ve fallen in love with the sport again. That’s what foiling has done for me”

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The shark looks like a whitespotted bamboo shark, probably a juvenile, since "Juvenile sharks need a higher intake of carbon than adults sharks".

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Jim_Crooks wrote:

The shark looks like a whitespotted bamboo shark, probably a juvenile, since "Juvenile sharks need a higher intake of carbon than adults sharks".

Note to self: purchase aluminum foil posthaste.

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The foil JIm Crooks has been waiting for

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Might look good on the Go...
That mast looks a fair amount shorter than the Slingshot. (After flightschool )

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Might look good on the Go...
That mast looks a fair amount shorter than the Slingshot. (After flightschool )

70 cm. Standard Slingshot is 90. School masts are 60 and 78 (ignoring the pretty much useless shortest). My Starboard Alu is 75. If it's docile, not that big of an issue. If you are in chop, more of an issue. Will depend on price and price of a longer mast whether it matters. Pricing not expected until Oct from what I recall from the French sites.

Would agree that I'm surprised it's not 75-80. Sometimes NP makes some odd choices like the small wing on their pink Alu. Then, maybe they are getting some feedback from rental centers in places like Bonaire where newbies are less likely to grind a 70 into the sand.

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The carbon fiber craze has spread to power boats:

IMAGE(<a href="https://www.marlinmag.com/sites/marlinmag.com/files/styles/655_1x_/public/images/2018/09/mercury-racing-verado-400r-1.jpg?itok=i2DA7GQO&fc=50,50" rel="nofollow">https://www.marlinmag.com/sites/marlinmag.com/files/styles/655_1x_/public/images/2018/09/mercury-racing-verado-400r-1.jpg?itok=i2DA7GQO&fc=50,50</a>)
The new motors are wrapped in a sleek carbon package.

Courtesy Mercury Marine
https://www.marlinmag.com/mercury-marine-introduces-400hp-racing-verado-outboard

Perhaps coincidentally, there has been a rash of shark-bites-boat stories lately:

So maybe the Neil Pryde pink foil is the best choice of currently available foils.

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Jim_Crooks wrote:

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Perhaps coincidentally, there has been a rash of shark-bites-boat stories lately:

So maybe the Neil Pryde pink foil is the best choice of currently available foils.

Zeeko is G10 and has gotten better reviews for the sharkon fiber phobic among us. Biggrin

Great review of the new Slingshot in Oz: https://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/Foiling/Quick-review-2019-Slingshot-Hover-Glide-FWIND-Infinity-76-Big-Wing
With that big, lifty wing, a good option for bigger windsurfers, especially since it doesn't need to go fast. I'm realizing that I'll probably end up with a quiver of foils.

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