Foil Setup – Angle of Attack and Foot Placement – Surfing

Foil Angle of Attack and Foot Placement for SurfingA video showing how to setup foil Angle of Attack for surfing, and where I put my feet and why. Since adjusting the angle of attack and being very precise with my feet placement my foil surfing has improved big time. I have much more control and I know how to setup my hydrofoil and foot hooks for the conditions - bigger or smaller waves.

I have been having really long rides and breaching way less since setting up my boards this way. Also getting my cutbacks and bottom turns dialed and pumping more. With this improved control I also feel way more confident in a more crowded surf spot.

I am so stoked on foiling and eagerly looking forward to the next swell!

Here is the shorter version of this how to video:

I hope this helps! Also here is the digital protractor I use in this video to measure the angle of my foil.

I also carve my foot hooks out of this recycled foam. Originally I bought my foot hooks from NSI.

And below is the members only longer video, 16 minutes and 53 seconds:
 


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Soloshot 3 – How to Setup and Operate and Securely Lock

Soloshot 3How to setup the Soloshot 3 so it works 100% of the time.  Below are two videos:  1 – is how to setup, calibrate, and be free of interference.  These methods allowed me to overcome a very low success rate to now having the Soloshot 3 work 100% of the time.

The second video is how I securely lock my Soloshot 3 and tripod when at the beach, extend the battery life, protect  the Soloshot 3 from rain fog wind, and wearing the tag armband.

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How To – Paddling Out Through the Surf – Techniques

Paddling Out Through the SurfA tutorial I made for SUP The Mag on how to paddle out through the surf.  In this video are a couple techniques I learned this past year, as well as how I get out when it’s overhead plus and heavy.

Filming some of the best paddlers in the world gives me a chance to see what they do in slow motion.  After trying the techniques myself I make a video and hopefully this helps others.

So here are 4 ways I use to get out at Ocean Beach:

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DIY Wood Surfboard Rack – How to Video

DIY Wood Surfboard RackOver the years living in several different houses my surfboards also needed a home.  Putting them in the rafters or loft of a garage or shed was quick storage but pulling them out was always a hassle.  So I have made several versions of a wall mounted multi-board rack, and I am stoked with this wood rack I am using now.  I made a video tutorial of how I built this wood rack for SUP the Mag.

I built it around 3 years ago and it has held strong and sturdy.  Purchasing an unlimited board required re-configuring the rack to accommodate this 17 foot board.  It was surprisingly easy to rearrange the rack arms.  I am stoked to report the rack has held the weight of 3 downwind boards, 2 sups, and several shortboards totaling about 140 pounds.

Making a rack out of renewable plants is important to me, and I love the smell of wood in my garage:

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Foil Surfing – Beginner Tutorial Series

Foil Surfing TutorialI made a foil surfing tutorial series for SUP The Magazine.  Designed for newbies and beginners.  I made it now when I am still learning myself.  I have found that after I have progressed and developed advanced skills it is challenging to remember how difficult being a beginner was.

Also I suspect down the road will be fun to have a video record of where I was and my thinking about foil surfing.  I wish I had this from my early prone surfing days.  Now it’s hard to imagine not being able to paddle out and catch a bunch of waves and do whatever turns I want…

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SUP Surfing Footwork – How to Position the Feet for Radical Turns

SUP Surfing FootworkLearning to move my feet rail to rail made a huge difference in my turns, control, and confidence in any conditions. In this video I break down the footwork that empowers us to do radical maneuvers, make sections, and kick out.  I slowed down and enlarged the footage so we can see how the pros move and position their feet to enable them to do stylish fluid turns.

For beginners this footwork helps us stay in control and have more confidence when taking a large SUP into a crowded surf zone.  With the right footwork we are safer for everyone around us and ourselves, this is an important skill to have on these bigger boards.  Also we are enabled to have longer rides and do those carving turns that feel so good…

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