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Foil God at the Hatch Wed. morning !! ??
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westender



Joined: 02 Aug 2007
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Location: Portland / Gorge

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:21 am    Post subject: Foil God at the Hatch Wed. morning !! ?? Reply with quote

Looked like he had an extra long mast. Never dropped below 3' above the water crazy speed and wind angles. Sailworks sail. Mind blowing. Shocked
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biffmalibu



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spending MORE time on swell sounds more fun to me. It's a waste of good swell to go faster. So...<yawn>.
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westender



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The crazy speed was when he went back to give them another go. With the foil "in" the swell it's supposed to be a better connection and feel. Seemed to be impervious to the gusts and holes? Was wondering who that Superman was?

Was also a paddle foil surfer saying several sailors almost crashed into him?
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drblanke



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Half the time those guys are on their belly paddling up wind through the biggest swell zone at the Hatch. Everybody I've seen gives them space, but being down in the swell is always a dangerous place to be, whether your a foil surfer, windsurfer, or kitboarder--difficult to see you.

westender wrote:
Was also a paddle foil surfer saying several sailors almost crashed into him?
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Mulekick84



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what is up with the jet ski's trying to tow in these pussies on the foil surfboards! Why not just learn a true windsport?

When they do get hit, it will be their own fault.
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ldhr



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mulekick84 wrote:
And what is up with the jet ski's trying to tow in these pussies on the foil surfboards! Why not just learn a true windsport?

When they do get hit, it will be their own fault.


It's public access to a public right of way.
I don't like jet skis - but they have as much right to be there as anyone else.
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windfind



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mulekick,

Using boats or jet skis to tow people on foils is a teaching technique Wyatt and Tyson first used in La Ventana. Their idea was that towing a student on a foil board allows them to learn basic balance and turning skills on a foil without having to learn the very different sail skills at the same time.

Sort of how you learn the basics of regular windsurfing using a tiny sail and a huge board so you don't have to deal with balance and speed while learning about winds and sail mechanics.

Sounds like a good learning tool to me!

Apparently Slingshot agrees:

"1. How hard is windsurf foiling to learn?
While foiling certainly adds a whole new layer of complexity to windsurfing, learning, when done right, isnít all that difficult if youíre a decent windsurfer. If you can try to foil behind a jetski or boat first, youíll have a head start, and if you go through Foil Academy (www.foil-academy.com) and start with a shorter mast, youíll be feeling the freedom of flight in no time."


But I am sure that some people might just like being towed around in circles by a jet ski on a foil never progress to the sail part.

MikeGodsey
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willysurf



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ldhr wrote:
Mulekick84 wrote:
And what is up with the jet ski's trying to tow in these pussies on the foil surfboards! Why not just learn a true windsport?

When they do get hit, it will be their own fault.


It's public access to a public right of way.
I don't like jet skis - but they have as much right to be there as anyone else.


Legally that may currently be true but certainly not etiquette wise. It is extremely bad form for any human powered craft (SUP, kayak, etc) to traverse through a crowded swell zone perpendicular to the direction of the main user groups (windsurf/kite) and it should be illegal for any engine powered craft (boat, jet ski, etc) to do so. I believe CGWA is working on some legislation in this regard.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craft under oar/paddle power give way to craft under sail.
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stringp



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Westender, do you have any more info on what sort of foil gear this guy was on? LP, Slingshot, etc. Interested in what the foil gods are riding these days.
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