Took it out today. Could tell something was weird paddling into white wash: no lift from the front canard (it's mounted on completely flat). My board felt like it wanted to pearl before I even got the chance to stand up. Got up once on foil and fell (SMH).Hey Ghostshaper, did you get this out?
Good on ya for chasing down the dream. Makes me think I'll dig out my canard kite foil experiment and get back on it this spring. Mine is ahead of yours sounds like, as i was able to get up and make it work (but also was quite close to the actual zeeko spitfire, so not as experimental). It just never felt quite right, clearly out of tune/balance, and I didn't have the time or energy to nail it down. Decided to just to focus on having fun kite foiling my stringy instead. Now that I've got those beans out, maybe can get back to it.Took it out today. Could tell something was weird paddling into white wash: no lift from the front canard (it's mounted on completely flat). My board felt like it wanted to pearl before I even got the chance to stand up. Got up once on foil and fell (SMH).
Next step is to shim the front canard so it has a greater AOA.
Juan, you're right: this would be way easier to figure out behind a boat. I need to work on my whaler and take it out. I had to bike in nearly 4 miles just to get spanked. Tired but not giving up yet. Makes me want to buy the zeeko even more actually.
Honest assessment. I saw the same thing. I'm a kook, so I figured, it's working for him, could work for me.Honest critique (hope it doesn’t sound dick-ish): the rider in that video looks like he may be having elevation challenges? His stance is a bit wide … is this just his riding style or is this wider weight balancing to compensate for the board’s tendency to drop off foil? Board looks a little long, that may be a hindrance.
The design question it raises is how well balanced the foil is? As I said earlier, my kitefoil DIY canard was very unbalanced, it took so much rear leg pressure to keep it down that my right quad would get cramps. Though the payoff for this is it would also pivot on the rear wing for fast surfboard-like turns.
Now I need to find a new spot to test b/c the state closed San O last night.