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    HOW TO MOUNT AN FSURF FUSELAGE WITH THE RIGHT BOLTS | VIDEO 2018

    How to mount a Fsurf fuselage - Slingshot Australia

    LEARNING HOW TO MOUNT AN FSURF FUSELAGE WITH THE RIGHT BOLTS IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. IF YOU USE THE WRONG SCREWS, YOUR FOIL COULD COME LOOSE.


    LOSING A FOIL TO THE BOTTOM IS NO FUN. TO ELIMINATE ANY CONFUSION AND ENSURE THAT YOUR FOIL IS SET UP RIGHT, LET’S GO THROUGH A COUPLE BASIC CONCEPTS.


    YOUR FOIL WILL COME WITH THREE DIFFERENT STYLES OF BOLTS THAT WILL BE USED TO MOUNT YOUR MAST TO THE FUSELAGE. WHERE YOU PLACE YOUR MAST WILL HELP DETERMINE WHICH BOLTS YOU NEED.




    1. FIRST-TIMER SURFERS, WAKESURFERS, AND SUP FOILERS START WITH THE MAST FORWARD USING THE WING SLOT (SEE IMAGE BELOW). THIS MEANS YOU ONLY NEED TO USE THE 45MM SIZE BOLTS. THE COUNTERSUNK AND SHORT BOLTS SIT ON THE SIDELINE FOR NOW, BUT HOLD ONTO THOSE BOLTS FOR LATER! YOU WILL USE THEM IF YOU EVER WANT TO SET THE MAST BACK.

    FSURF BOLTS

    2. MORE ADVANCED FOILERS MAY WANT TO MOVE THE MAST INTO THE BACK POSITION (SEE IMAGE BELOW). (LEARN MORE AT WWW.FOIL-ACADEMY.COM) IN THIS CASE, YOU SHOULD SET YOUR LONGER BOLTS ASIDE, AND USE THE 50MM COUNTERSUNK BOLTS FOR THE MAST MOUNTING. YOU WILL ALSO WANT TO INSTALL YOUR MAST CAP, WHICH FILLS THE HOLE ON THE WING. USE THE SHORT 23MM SCREWS TO DO SO.

    Slingshot Mast

    WE HOPE THIS HELPS YOU NAIL YOUR SETUP! TAKING CARE OF YOUR HYDROFOIL
    IS EASY, AND DOING IT RIGHT MEANS YOU CAN ENJOY IT FOR YEARS TO COME.

     

    SURF FOIL MISTAKES TO AVOID: 2018 TOP 5 TIPS

    SURF FOIL MISTAKES TO AVOID: 2018 TOP 5 TIPS

    SMART PEOPLE LEARN FROM THEIR SURF FOIL MISTAKES; EVEN SMARTER PEOPLE LEARN FROM THE SURF FOIL MISTAKES OF OTHERS.

    We’re strong believers of that concept when it comes to learning how to surf foil. Some things you just have to learn for yourself, like muscle memory, balance and weight distribution and how the foil feels and behaves as it flies through the water. Other lessons you’d be a lot better off learning from the mistakes of others; like the guy who spent a week failing because his stabilizer wing was upside down, or the many who tried to learn with a full-size mast instead of a short one.

    We’ve put together a list of five mistakes we see people make regularly when learning to foil surf. With a little effort and a bit of luck, you’ll avoid these mistakes yourself on your way to becoming a proficient foiler.

    5 FAILS:

    1. Improper foil assembly and maintenance
    It may seem obvious, but if you don’t put your foil together properly, it’s not going to perform properly. This means making sure all hardware is fully tightened, all components are oriented correctly and your foil is mounted in the proper position on the track (all the way back for beginners). Maintenance of your foil, especially if you’re in salt water, can not be understated. Rinse it well after each use, and disassemble and lube the hardware and connection points regularly.

    2. Foiling near others
    Foiling in the waves is still very new. It comes with its own unique set of risks, both to yourself and others, and it may not be accepted by other surfers at the beach. The great thing about foil surfing is it makes a cherry pie out of crappy conditions, so you don’t need to paddle into the lineup to have a blast. In fact, the last thing you want to do is try to paddle into a steep breaking wave. The waves you want are the crumbled whitewater you can ride all the way to shore. Stay away from others, stay safe and don’t give foiling a bad rap.

    3. Not enough front foot pressure
    This is probably the most common cause of crashing and frustration. You have to retrain your muscle memory when learning to foil. Too much back foot/heel edge pressure and you’ll rocket out of the water and crash. You want to pop up flat on the board, keep steady front foot pressure and slowly ease back when you’re ready to rise out of the water. Once you’re on-foil, you’ll build speed and generate lift, which makes proper front foot pressure even more important. The same goes for riding down the face of a wave- as the angle of the water changes, your front foot pressure must change to counterbalance.

    4. Starting with a full-size mast
    The short mast is one of the greatest learning tools in foiling. Slingshot’s Flight School mast package for the Hover Glide foil features 15”, 24” and 30” masts. This allows you to start small, get the hang of the foil with an easily manageable mast and progress in length as your skills evolve. The difference between starting with a 15” mast and a full-size mast is like night and day. For surfing, start with the 15” mast until you’re confident, then transition to the 24”. We’ve found that to be the sweet spot for tapping into the energy of the waves. If you’re towing into a large rolling swell, the longer 30” or 35” mast will give you more vertical range and allow for more speed.

    5. Kicking the foil under the water
    One of the most common injuries we see with foiling is from kicking the foil under the water. Event with bright colors, it’s easy to forget the foil is down there, and some parts of it are super sharp. Booties are a big help if you can stand wearing them, as is a full-length wetsuit that will protect you from the foil and help cushion the impact when you crash.