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  1. #8

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    I'd like an in-depth interview with graemef with Hello-style pics;
    "At Home with GraemeF and his longboard archive"

    "Wig-wearing Graemef dishes the dirt on gay booties"

    "Living in Kent why Graemef loves South Essex"

    Now back in the UK.

  2. #9

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    Weathercam,
    I've tried skinny masts for my wave kit but I'm still not too fussed
    which type of mast I use with my Tush Rock wave sails.
    The larger diameter 4m mast works just as well with the wave quiver, it
    also floats and transports more easily with the top section fitting
    inside the base one.

    I've got two-year-old Tush 75% carbon masts which have survived the
    trashing of the Brighton shorebreak on several occasions and so I see
    no reason to change. (Watch me now break one on Sunday...)

    I only buy new kit if I think it's better, and not just because it's the
    latest thing. With Ezzy sails however, I hear you really need the
    skinnies for the rig to work properly.
    Especially in Kent.
    Now back in the UK.

  3. #10

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    So Graemef, you haven't noticed all the short wide boards they've
    brought out for kids then?
    The 'ripper nippers' are all on them here at Hove lagoon.

    And Gregg, if you nick that term for your mag then I want my five
    stars.
    Now back in the UK.

  4. #11

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    Is there a doctor in the house?
    Now back in the UK.

  5. #12

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    I thought both the two Windsruf 2005 wave board tests made
    interesting reading and they certainly didn't say the boards were all
    good. (Are we allowed to mention Windsruf here?)
    But they didn't go far enough in fully differentiating between traditional
    wave shapes and the new shorter ones.
    We want measurements, rocker lines and an analysis of how you need
    different stance and techniques to drive each type of board. And a
    detailed run down of which type will suit what type of surf conditions.
    As Bill (Editor) says, it may take some time to do the subject justice.

    So far, we know that Scott McKercher won Pozo because his 'stubbie'
    Evo 70 was particularly suited to the sh*t waves they had for the PWA
    event this year and that he of all people has learnt to drive this type
    of board.
    We also know that the turning circle of a 'stubbie' is smaller, and that
    the swing weight is less. We know too that the extra width under the
    straps helps the board plane early, carry a bigger sail if needed but
    carry a smaller than average sail when conditions are easy, and helps
    the board keep planing on smaller, mushier waves.
    The disadvantage of this style of board seems to be that it is more
    likely to get bouncy when you've got a big or steep set of waves to
    play with. A stubbie is gonna be less directional, more twitchy, and less
    of a hook-in-and-hang-on board.

    But there's also something highly significant about the buoyancy being
    moved back and so the whole 'drive' of the board has been moved
    further back too. There's something about the way I'm driving my new
    boards which is totally new. My skills haven't changed but what I'm
    acheiving with my new Evos gets better each time I sail them.
    In lighter winds I'm having a similar experience with my short JP
    feestyle board. On these very short boards the sailor's weight is
    totally centred in the right place over the straps, half way between
    the skeg and the mast foot, directly over the centre of buoyancy of the
    board. And the rig is set back on the board so that the centre of the
    sail's drive is directly over the same point.
    This is no coincidence. This is no passing trend. This is it. This is the
    promised land. This is the furthest you can get from the longboard
    concept.
    And this is where we want to be.

    Can I have an extra star now please?
    Now back in the UK.

  6. #13

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    Hey blonde,
    I'm not against longboards for beginners at all. Although they don't
    need to be as long and heavy as they used to be. That's the boards,
    not the beginners.

    And those last two paragraphs of my posting above are for 'windsurf
    techies' and should probably be in the equipment section of the forum

    or else stored as classics in MikeS 's 'Basher's ego' archive.

    Now back in the UK.

  7. #14

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    Graemef,
    I know we've been having a laugh but I've got to disagree with you
    about boom length on wave sails.
    You've got to have a decent length boom to deliver even power and
    a short boom sail is always gonna be so twitchy in windy weather.

    And the boom 'hanging over the back of the board' bit is OK for two
    reasons;
    1) We are now driving the board off the skeg and a sailing platform
    that is now directly under the centre of the weight of the rig. and
    2) A long'ish boom and shorter mast with a sail cut with a lot of head/
    roach is much better for airtime/ rotation. (Swing weight and all that.)

    The recent rig designs have thus moved to the same point as these
    new boards.
    Everything is centrally focussed.
    Now back in the UK.

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