JB:) wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:11 pm
nimo wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:49 pm
from the words in the brochure this is still a "foil only " board. I would be surprised if it sailed with a fin at that length?
The foil SUP/windsurf board I recently built has a usable length of a little under 6' (with a 1' duck tail) and it is perfectly sailable as long as the water is pretty flat. It only has 12.5 cm of rocker... total rocker. It is flat as a pancake. The only problem is in big chop where catapaults are common.
I think if you put a bit of scoop in the nose it would be fine, might be a bit sketcthy in big chop. But lets be honest it is a freestyle board so more suited to flatter water anyway.
I still like the look of the wizards though.
I bought the JP 105 Foil (only) board partly because I suspected that it would also be possible to windsurf it. It is 204cm (6' 8") by 70cm, and I also happen to have the van built inside to only take boards up to 28" wide (71.3cm) currently.
I've windsurfed it and it is a mixed success so far. I'm using a Lessacher DUO 320 weed fin, which seems to be a good idea because the board still tends to want to go upwind. Because the front 70% has chamfered rails, I think that doesn't help with the centre of lateral resistance, and a board with more normal or boxy rails would have the centre of lateral resistance further forward.
I have to force it off the wind and currently get into the rear strap first so I can lean forward to sail it off the mast foot. Once planing hard, it feels like a normal windsurf board, but still wants to go upwind. I made the mistake last time of using short (foiling) harness lines to windsurf it and a slow catapult before I got into the straps damaged my ribs, so I am just getting back to sailing again after my 3rd injury in the last 8 months.
I have yet to windsurf it with the sail at the front of the track, so that will be the next experiment. I will also try to keep the centre of effort of the sail as far forward as reasonable by the way I rig it to see if that makes a difference.