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Foiling is going to lead to the end of kitesurfing

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Created by bramber 2 months ago, 20 Mar 2019
Plummet
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28 Mar 2019 3:57PM
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bigtone667 said..




I would have preferred to be boosting .... but....I got some nice runs, good exercise, vitamin D in 8 to 10 knots. Top speed of 35km/h


I lay down a challenge for you!.

Draw me a giant gps C&B

toppleover
QLD, 1500 posts
28 Mar 2019 6:15PM
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bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?



Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?

warwickl
NSW, 1151 posts
28 Mar 2019 9:14PM
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Plummet said..


bigtone667 said..




I would have preferred to be boosting .... but....I got some nice runs, good exercise, vitamin D in 8 to 10 knots. Top speed of 35km/h




I lay down a challenge for you!.

Draw me a giant gps C&B



I can validate BTs effort.
I was out foiling on a 10m kite a bit ahead of him and being of a higher skill level I did 32.4k distance and frequently 33kph speeds in 6 to10kn breezes

JZOrewa
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29 Mar 2019 11:26AM
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bramber said..
Now that I have your attention, there is a serious issue with foiling that needs to be addressed.

As foiling gains in popularity I can see a situation where the learning curve for getting into kitesurfing is going to be so high that the average Jill or joe is going to be so intimidated by the skills and cost required to be considered good at it or even get started that they just won't bother. If seasoned kiters with years of experience under their belt find it really challenging then what chance the lay person. Unless you grow up in a kiting family even young people won't take it up. Basically the sport will die, windsurfing style, as the old time afficionados age with it.

On another note why is mowing the lawn suddenly cool now just because it's 1m up in the air and you spent $2k to do it?

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?


2K in 52 weeks = 38 bucks / week. It all depends on how much you use it.
And a foil should last longer than one year, so it doesn't look so expensive if you think this way.
You can still sell it 2 years latter for 1K, so not a bad deal.

bramber
VIC, 67 posts
29 Mar 2019 4:26PM
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toppleover said..

bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?




Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?


I'm actually doing ok all things considered thanks. I had a bit of a run in with some driftwood while kitesurfing... my lower right leg got impaled from above the ankle through the leg to my inside upper calf. Three months later and I feel like I'm almost ready to get back on the water...

Before:


Now:


It has become a very interesting thread! I was not trying to say foiling isn't fun as I'm sure it is to those on the know, it just seems the challenge is so high to progress that if all the experienced kitesurfers end up doing it, then it might end up turning off Joe public from even starting the sport as it'll all just seem to intimidating to get started anywhere similar as these diehards who have been doing it years.

straddiepaul
QLD, 148 posts
29 Mar 2019 3:52PM
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^^^ ouch! Impaled is the word! poor bugga
Have converted a few more surfers to kitesurfing this season, in a very short period, for under 1k investment
Mainstream gear is easy to use nowdays and cheapish 2nd hand
If you want to specialise you pay the $$
There are more foilers out there now, some may convert to kitefoiling with these bigger easy wings

Plummet
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29 Mar 2019 2:49PM
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bramber said..

toppleover said..


bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?





Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?



I'm actually doing ok all things considered thanks. I had a bit of a run in with some driftwood while kitesurfing... my lower right leg got impaled from above the ankle through the leg to my inside upper calf. Three months later and I feel like I'm almost ready to get back on the water...

Before:


Now:


It has become a very interesting thread! I was not trying to say foiling isn't fun as I'm sure it is to those on the know, it just seems the challenge is so high to progress that if all the experienced kitesurfers end up doing it, then it might end up turning off Joe public from even starting the sport as it'll all just seem to intimidating to get started anywhere similar as these diehards who have been doing it years.


Jesus, that's one way of taking a fence!

You definitely have the post of the week.

Tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree, but that's the wrong way to log on to seabreeze.

I'm rooted, it's time leaf!

Gorgo
VIC, 4155 posts
29 Mar 2019 11:13PM
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In terms of people seeing foiling and wanting to take it up, you realise the general public can't tell the difference between a TT and a surfboard and a foil board, or even a sailboard for that matter? They don't see that foilers are up above the water. To them it's all parasailing or windsliding. They did it once at Koh Samui. That rudder thing underneath is for steering. Don't they all have one?

bramber
VIC, 67 posts
30 Mar 2019 2:33AM
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Plummet said..

bramber said..


toppleover said..



bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?






Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?




I'm actually doing ok all things considered thanks. I had a bit of a run in with some driftwood while kitesurfing... my lower right leg got impaled from above the ankle through the leg to my inside upper calf. Three months later and I feel like I'm almost ready to get back on the water...

Before:


Now:


It has become a very interesting thread! I was not trying to say foiling isn't fun as I'm sure it is to those on the know, it just seems the challenge is so high to progress that if all the experienced kitesurfers end up doing it, then it might end up turning off Joe public from even starting the sport as it'll all just seem to intimidating to get started anywhere similar as these diehards who have been doing it years.



Jesus, that's one way of taking a fence!

You definitely have the post of the week.

Tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree, but that's the wrong way to log on to seabreeze.

I'm rooted, it's time leaf!



It was a real sticky situation for a while that's for sure. I wood try to do it differently next time!

Plummet
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30 Mar 2019 12:42AM
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bramber said..

Plummet said..


bramber said..



toppleover said..




bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?







Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?





I'm actually doing ok all things considered thanks. I had a bit of a run in with some driftwood while kitesurfing... my lower right leg got impaled from above the ankle through the leg to my inside upper calf. Three months later and I feel like I'm almost ready to get back on the water...

Before:


Now:


It has become a very interesting thread! I was not trying to say foiling isn't fun as I'm sure it is to those on the know, it just seems the challenge is so high to progress that if all the experienced kitesurfers end up doing it, then it might end up turning off Joe public from even starting the sport as it'll all just seem to intimidating to get started anywhere similar as these diehards who have been doing it years.




Jesus, that's one way of taking a fence!

You definitely have the post of the week.

Tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree, but that's the wrong way to log on to seabreeze.

I'm rooted, it's time leaf!




It was a real sticky situation for a while that's for sure. I wood try to do it differently next time!


Yeah I wood definitely branch out into a different way of doing it!

Underoath
QLD, 2334 posts
31 Mar 2019 1:28PM
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I just showed my wife that photo.

She dry reached.... hahahahah.

Plummet
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31 Mar 2019 12:03PM
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Underoath said..
I just showed my wife that photo.

She dry reached.... hahahahah.



Imagine if she got that stabbed in the boob. That would be painful wooden tit?

Kamikuza
QLD, 3871 posts
31 Mar 2019 5:41PM
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bramber said..

toppleover said..


bramber said..

Anyway just some random thoughts while I get frustrated by my time off the water. I haven't said anything too controversial have I?





Interesting thread you have started.
Hope you are ok, why are you off the water mate ?



I'm actually doing ok all things considered thanks. I had a bit of a run in with some driftwood while kitesurfing... my lower right leg got impaled from above the ankle through the leg to my inside upper calf. Three months later and I feel like I'm almost ready to get back on the water...

Before:


Now:


It has become a very interesting thread! I was not trying to say foiling isn't fun as I'm sure it is to those on the know, it just seems the challenge is so high to progress that if all the experienced kitesurfers end up doing it, then it might end up turning off Joe public from even starting the sport as it'll all just seem to intimidating to get started anywhere similar as these diehards who have been doing it years.


Wouldn't have happened if you were foiling

lotofwind
NSW, 5040 posts
31 Mar 2019 7:01PM
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Its just a splinter, get back to work.



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