Ever since I started foiling I have been wanting to score a session here but its a funny spot and you need wind swell and tide to align perfectly to get a good one. I had my eye on the forecast all week and normally it would have been far less of a excitement, however now with a foil a 12s period and 0.3m swell on the south coast can get me fairly excited, so I rushed down to West Wittering with my latest prototype and jumped straight in. The spot only works for a short time and is very tide dependent but it had worked out and things were looking good. It’s a long paddle out but I was stoked already to be out on my own and turned for the first wave, it was vey different to the short steeper faces I have been foiling up until now and almost with no effort I was up and going.
The waves here break on sandbars formed in the mouth of Chichester harbour however the water depth varies a lot so soon after they break they tend to turn fat with long mellow open faces perfect for the foil! My first ride was easily 300m and over a minute long, I thought I would not be able to beat it but time and time again they just kept rolling through. Where on a surf board even if you can get on to this size of wave with a huge board you tend not to be able to do a huge amount, on the foil you can zip around all over the place. Foils really do open up the door to surf breaks you would normally never be able to surf or when the waves are just too small to have fun on a normal board!
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Do you want to get more control quick and skimpily from your hydrofoil?
Ever noticed that tiny wobble as you race down a wave or kick out when you think the foil has come loose?
With hydrofoils it is key to have all the componets as solid and flex free as posable to translate your control inputs all the way down the mast and to the foil as quick and as accurately as possible
Due to manufaturing tolarances with some foils you can find very small amounts of movent between your foil componets for eg were the mast goes into the mount socket or into the fusalarge. This small amount of movement at one end of the foil can lead to a lot larger amount of movent at the other.
To Solve this problem and to get more performance from you Hydrofoil we have introduced our Self adhesive Stainless steel shim tape in 3 sizes 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10mm
It is as simple as disassembling your foil and giving it a good clean to make sure all surfaces are dry and free from contaminates and then using the appropriate size shim and applying it to ether side of the part and rebuilding the foil. The tape be pulled off and replaced if needed or double layered to shim larger gaps or cut into shorter lengths with a old pair scissors for small gaps (Disclaimer: we do not take any sort of reasonability for you damaging your wife’s best dress making scissors!)
Its these attentions to detail that can really make a difference.
Our new web shop is up and running. We’re excited to be able to offer a variety of custom build parts from great brands including FCS, Gore-Tex, Chinook & Hydro-Turf. We only stock the products we use on our own boards so we know they’re the best and can offer advice on the right choice and and install for your project.