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Getting to the beach with wing and foil in one piece tips?

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Created by Stingersup A week ago, 14 Jan 2020
Stingersup
WA, 13 posts
14 Jan 2020 10:53AM
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Was wondering how people are getting from jumping off their board coming in, to the beach, with wing and foil board. Doing this while dealing with waves and whitewater has caused me a few problems. Managed to put the foil through my wing a few weeks back. If the water is flat, no problem, I've got time to organise myself while standing between the foil and wing. Add some surf however and wings and foils seem to have a magnetic attraction.
So what should go where while getting to the sand?

flkiter
19 posts
14 Jan 2020 11:52AM
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I let the wing stay down wind of the board. The foil is up wind and I'll have the tail of the board facing the beach. I'll hold the foil by the fuselage or front wing tip with the up wind hand, mast is in front of me so if a wave takes it, I'm not in the way. I'll hold the board by the handle and pre plan to have wing leash attached to up wind wrist so the leash is over the board helping it to float otherwise I'll hold the wing leash close to the leading edge of the wing. Wings can flip easily in the waves so don't worry about it and just keep moving to get on the beach. Keep in mind to keep wing up wind of board when chilling on the beach cause a heavy gust can flip it onto the wing. I set up a sand bag so it's away from the board.

Stingersup
WA, 13 posts
14 Jan 2020 12:33PM
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flkiter said I'll hold the board by the handle and pre plan to have wing leash attached to up wind wrist so the leash is over the board helping it to float otherwise I'll hold the wing leash close to the leading edge of the wing.


Thanks for the reply.
So am I right in saying you have 2 hands holding the board and let the wing look after itself with a shortened grip on the leash?
That would help me with board control as I was trying to hold/carry board over shoulder with 1 hand and wing leading edge handle with the other. Not so easy getting this sorted in breaking waves.

flkiter
19 posts
14 Jan 2020 1:20PM
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Correct, two hands on the board and foil. The wing seems to just flip over and keeps going. Also watch for the timing of the waves. I've eaten **** a few times and had the board roll over me so always be ready to get away from the board and save the wing if needed. Boards and foils are pretty durable. Going in to the water foil is in front of me so I can get it in the deep faster and the board flat.

DavidJohn
VIC, 16179 posts
14 Jan 2020 4:09PM
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To help with this issue I've just bought a sup handle and plan to have it fitted to the bottom of my board just ahead of the foil mount so I can carry my board and foil with one hand leaving the other hand to hold the wingding in the air so I'm not dragging it along the water and ground.

hilly
WA, 5041 posts
14 Jan 2020 5:21PM
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DavidJohn said..
To help with this issue I've just bought a sup handle and plan to have it fitted to the bottom of my board just ahead of the foil mount so I can carry my board and foil with one hand leaving the other hand to hold the wingding in the air so I'm not dragging it along the water and ground.



I have seen this looks like a great idea. When I get a specific wingding board I will get it for sure. Might add a bit of drag to a surf foil (minimal I know).
Would make exits less stressful. I grab the foil base now and run up the beach with wing held high Aint that a gay look.
Snapped my wing leash in the shore break the other day after a failed wave exit

PeterP
643 posts
15 Jan 2020 1:32AM
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At high-tide we get a nasty little 2ft shorey that is a challenge and a half - add 30-40kn gusts and it's a real nightmare as everything flips around in a split second and just holding onto your gear is a challenge....I think the handle on the bottom of board is the sensible choice until we start riding smaller boards. Smaller board will be easier to handle but will also flip easier in high winds.

Looking forward to seeing someone make it look elegant, I look like drowned mouse on every attempt and seem to just end up dragging the crap up anywhich way I can....

PeterP
643 posts
15 Jan 2020 1:32AM
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At high-tide we get a nasty little 2ft shorey that is a challenge and a half - add 30-40kn gusts and it's a real nightmare as everything flips around in a split second and just holding onto your gear is a challenge....I think the handle on the bottom of board is the sensible choice until we start riding smaller boards. Smaller board will be easier to handle but will also flip easier in high winds.

Looking forward to seeing someone make it look elegant, I look like drowned mouse on every attempt and seem to just end up dragging the crap up anywhich way I can....

hilly
WA, 5041 posts
15 Jan 2020 7:13AM
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PeterP said..I look like drowned mouse on every attempt and seem to just end up dragging the crap up anywhich way I can....


Me too

Stingersup
WA, 13 posts
15 Jan 2020 8:17AM
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DavidJohn said..
To help with this issue I've just bought a sup handle and plan to have it fitted to the bottom of my board just ahead of the foil mount so I can carry my board and foil with one hand leaving the other hand to hold the wingding in the air so I'm not dragging it along the water and ground.


As much as I like this idea and I know it would make life easier, I just can't do it to my board (not yet anyway, maybe after some more wing repairs I might change my mind).


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PeterP said..
Looking forward to seeing someone make it look elegant, I look like drowned mouse on every attempt and seem to just end up dragging the crap up anywhich way I can....


Any of the pro video wing foilers (Jacko, Piros, JB, etc) out there want to make a video so us mortals can get past the drowned mouse look and get to the beach in style?

RichJam
WA, 18 posts
15 Jan 2020 1:38PM
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Ok my 2c feom
what I have found from a few beach entries.

Approaching the beach whilst powered up is bad. Makes negotiating the backs of waves more difficult and makes me more prone to breaching. End up right in the impact zone. I've only tried it once but cruising into the beach whilst going downwind slows everything down and I managed to make it mast the sand bar only to be beaten by the Shorey and hole the wing. Hmm more practice.
Let go of the wing and let it fly. Seems to at least get the wing away from its best mate foil.
Accept that there is no graceful way of retrieving 10+ kgs of Sup and foil from a sandbar whilst holding a flappy thing. Just be happy to be on the beach sandy, tangled in leashes and hopefully damage free.

PeterP
643 posts
17 Jan 2020 7:04PM
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Nice video with beach entry at the end - using a bottom handle it seems
ozonekites.com/videos/play/wing-foil-360?fbclid=IwAR0Vp23C2EyIUZVCjpbNjNXQpKwBd7u2zTaK-OxaVfYiuipFXpAZH8itmfc

hilly
WA, 5041 posts
17 Jan 2020 8:08PM
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PeterP said..
Nice video with beach entry at the end - using a bottom handle it seems
ozonekites.com/videos/play/wing-foil-360?fbclid=IwAR0Vp23C2EyIUZVCjpbNjNXQpKwBd7u2zTaK-OxaVfYiuipFXpAZH8itmfc


No waves there. Nice dinging though



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