I ordered a couple rolls of the rip stop tape. I've used some loaned from a friend and it's working well. The van works excellent as a clean flat surface to tape the pukas. Magnets help keep it flat.Seems inevitable. But yeah like in kiting, still sucks.
May want to order KiteFix kit....cheap, easy, and supposed to be as strong or stronger than original material.
Just wait til you pop a bladder. One level deeper suckiness
Repost from the last page for you steamroller.BTW saw Kane (@kdmaui) wingfoil first hand yesterday on his little 4' strapless. He spent a good 15 minutes just trying to get outa the water and up and running. While AlexA had done about 4 laps to the outer reefs and back. I'm thinking I'm gonna leave the little proner boards winging to the kids. It looked like too much time/work to get up, I wanna have fun, not get frustrated.
Same think happened to Christian Pacifico the other day at Hookipa, he was on a little board and got stuck waay outside trying to get up for 20 minutes.
Bummer. Sup foiling this weekend, I had an awkward wipeout where I fell forward on a faster section. I felt the foil graze my back as it passed by....3" slice in my wetsuit. Would hate to see what that would have done with no wetsuit on. Anyways with wings in surf it seems inevitable they will get cut up. With kites it is nowhere near the foil. With windsurfing the sail is attached and can't contact foil. In hardcore use I suspect these will be patched and replaced more often.Status update...
Had a nice wing session just cruisy late afternoon. When I was coming in, close to shore I dismounted, board flipped exposing foils in the air, wind decided to bounce the kite right onto the foils, knifing 2 slices through the material.
Patching rips/holes #2 and #3 today. I guess it's bound to happen, and shouldn't get too pissed...but it's hard not to.
up until recently i've only seen the groms waterstarting the small proners.kaser theres now lots of videos of guys wing foiling on prone type small boards...they basically water start it like a windsurfer but they're all smaller guys i think...have you seen any of the bigger guys doin it yet on the prone boards?
speaking of opening possibilities."3 minute rides on wave, power back up and wing straight back to the top and do it again, and again. "
Man o man, how good does that sound? With sup and surf foil, those exceptional ride length come with the cost of long paddles or walks back. Getting back by wind power is epic.
Combine that with the post on Standupzone this weekend from the guy who's been trying unsuccessfully for years to sup foil downwind wind swells ... and now with the wing it's easy. It's cool to see how this has opened up some possibilities for further wave riding fun.
Leaving us hanging....so what happened?speaking of opening possibilities.
on saturday surf here was pumping, first solid winter swell hit Maui. all spots were too big except the harbor. wind was calm so went SUP foiling. was kinda crowded as it was the only spot around for mortals to surf. an hour into it the wind comes up, of course the first thing i think, 'hey i can wing in this wind'. get back to the van and check wind speed and it's 12mph. def the low end but i was gonna give it a go.
PS, amazon sent me this wind meter by mistake months ago, kept it and it comes in handy now.
i know, i should switch that meter over to knots and not start another bad habit of relying on mph.Leaving us hanging....so what happened?
I used a wind meter a lot in early days kiting. It is handy for reality checks ... As the Stoke lizard brainstem says "windy enough" when the frontal cortex knows it isn't. Leading to failure and swims.
Most of the wind world uses knots. Some USA in mph. Some Europeans m/s. That is roughly 10kts...able to fly? I got my 7m for that 10kt range....surf blown out but not yet kiteable (can fly a big kite but can't effectively ride waves). Hoping to get some magic in between sessions