Foot Placement – Mast Placement – Where and Why

Foot PlacementIn these videos I show and explain foot placement, both front and back and left to right, in relation to the front wing and how this effects foil control.  I also explain the why and when I move the mast instead of my feet and what effect this has on foiling.  For me foot placement has been crucial to have precise control and fly the foil wherever I want.   When my feet are out of place or I don't know where my feet are in relation to the front wing I flail and crash.
Video 1 = 6:05
Video 2 = 3:10
Video 3 = 9:04
Video 4 = 7:07


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How Foils Work – Pitch Roll Yaw – Fly Surfing

How Foils WorkIn this first video I explain the 3 axis of foiling: Pitch, Roll, and Yaw. This second video I give an overview or breakdown of what happens as I catch a wave and begin to foil. I explain how the wings function and how to navigate down the face of a wave and complete a ride.
Video 1 = 4:28
Video 2 = 10:12


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360 Camera DIY Mounts and Tips

360 Camera Mount After several attempts I figured out how to make this DIY 360 camera pole or paddle mount to capture the look of a drone or "follow me" tracking video shot. When foil surfing I am often riding for 500 to over 1000 yards making it difficult to video the entire ride, and even more so to capture any close up detail. This homemade pole mount allows me to catch and ride waves normally AND video myself, my gear, and the wave in full detail.

Here are videos showing the paddle pole cam mount I use regularly, and the removable pole mount that I lend to friends (can be mounted to any paddle including adjustable length paddles). The first video is an overview of the 360 camera mounts, second and third videos go in depth on how I made the mounts, and the fourth video shows how I mount a 360 camera near the blade of a paddle. Full parts list and where to buy everything needed is also included in this post.


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How to Setup a Bungee for Hydrofoil Towing – DIY Boat Alternative

How to Bungee FoilIntroducing our Bungee 2.0 hydrofoil launching - pulling - towing system.  Lot's of fun, and enough towing power to get us all up on a prone foil board, I weigh about 200 pounds and there was enough pull for me to fly.  The two big additions to our bungee are the hand crank winch for pulling back the bungee and a quick release attachment.

We used a 16 pound anchor I found on craigslist.  Some of the recommendations are at minimum a 25 pound Danforth anchor.  Our bungee in this video ended up being 100 feet, we made our own braiding three lengths of 3/8" thick 100 foot bungee cords.   We winched the bungee back far enough that the anchor gave way a few times.  When it did the anchor would move through the water relatively slowly, maybe 20 feet or so and then settle on the bottom, we still had tension on the bungee but not a very much.  Our setup has enough weight to it that there is little chance of the bungee or anchor from flying back towards us, we felt safe even when the bungee was really tight and we could barely crank it back any further.

We also had an inflatable buoy to let us know where the anchor was and hopefully serve as a barrier if the anchor came loose.  The other function of the buoy was to keep the bungee up and mostly out of the water. My thinking was that a raised straighter pull would help us lift the foil, whereas a downward underwater pull might make it harder.  The buoy also helped other folks on the water see us and our bungee line and go around it.  Using a longer rope (100 feet) between our buoy and the anchor helped the anchor stay put, so the anchor had a more horizontal pull rather than being pulled slightly up.

The trickiest part of our first Bungee test was getting up on the board and staying balanced in he first few seconds while launching the bungee.  Water starting seemed to difficult, so we set a 2x4 board in between two ladders and used this as our "dock" starting platform.  I suspect some kind of floating "dock" would work, maybe an inflatable inter-tube or raft.

One of my motivations for this is to find a human powered affordable way to practice and have fun foil surfing.

These sessions were on a smaller wing (around 120), prior to the winch addition on a bigger wing (160) lift was much easier.  So I suspect a bigger wing on this bungee setup would enable some long rides, and give newbies another way to try foiling.

I hope this helps!

And below is a members only longer version of this how to video, 10 minutes and 10 seconds:

Also available for members are more video tips and info on our setup and some details that allowed us to have more pulls faster and easier:
 


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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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