|Ezza (8187km): |
Sorry for the big post but today was my first go at foiling, Ballina, NSW, AU. Scary but addictive! I only brought the 7.8 and once on the water the wind picked up(almost never happens when windsurfing), and I was too powered. A strong upwind current with decent chop made it harder too.
Biggest thing I noticed is once up flying its very different to slow down to normal windsurfing. Sheeting out or putting pressure on the back foot makes the board rise further. This thing flies upwind! It took a couple goes to settle myself down then I started to get a couple ok flights. Missed a turtle by inches. My best flight felt amazing, right when I hit todays 2s peak, I heard a huge clunk in the back and I catapulted. As I went over the front I was cursing the turtle. But from the strong lift being created and me pushing downwards on front foot/rig, the front of the foil had pushed further up into the box and leant forward.
I was so excited when I got the foil I just wanted to try it and fitted it to this old board. The tuttle box on my old formula is 100mm deep and the tuttle fitting on the mast only about 70mm. I should have made a spacer to fill this gap and put that pressure on the top skin of the board. Luckily the damage is not bad so I can do this now and I'll probably fillet a plate on to the mast, to sit flush with the bottom skin of the board too. If you are going to foil definitely make a spacer to fill the gap if there is any space in there.
JP Formula, R8 7.8, Starboard Race Foil