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LOW PRESSURE foil-surfboards

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Created by Downwinder > 9 months ago, 29 Jun 2018
JEG
VIC, 1469 posts
30 May 2019 9:57AM
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nice shape Downwinder and whats the bottom, rails and tail like

Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
30 May 2019 10:13AM
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JEG said..
nice shape Downwinder and whats the bottom, rails and tail like


It's a Secret JEG = BUT people who know me like Mark Raaphorst, Marty Carter, Jeremy Riggs, Simon Hunnybun and Sam Egan KNOW I am extremely a@al when it comes to surfboard shapes = How can anybody Surf or Foil at your Best when you a trying to ride a Dog of a Board I see it at the beach everyday. If you know what I mean JEG. I can be a perfectionist with my personal Designes I do over analyse things which is a good thing in my personal opinion.

JEG
VIC, 1469 posts
30 May 2019 10:43AM
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no probs Downwinder.
its sad about the emoral industry were in as I feel like one of the guinea pig because ex..apparently its been claim/tested for 2 years by a pro and when I get it, its either a lemon or pig
I must either a perfectionist or whinge or both

Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
3 Dec 2019 3:43PM
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Finally after something like 7 months in my procrastinating laziness I'm finally making my 6ft by 28''inch by 5''inch = 128 litres LOW PRESSURE Downwind Foil SUP.

The waves had been pumping at Greenmount before those NE Devil winds started nuking early October I'd rather ride a surfboard anyway plus I got a few Hand-shaped new surfboards of Sam Egan.

This DW foil SUP is inspired by good mate Jeremy Riggs I love watching Jeremy's DW foil videos and I'm a big fan of Jeremy's very basic DW foil shape. I love a foil with NO EDGES & a Displacement Hull.

Stage ONE the Shaping Machine.


bigtone667
NSW, 1194 posts
4 Dec 2019 9:54AM
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Downwinder said..
Finally after something like 7 months in my procrastinating laziness I'm finally making my 6ft by 28''inch by 5''inch = 128 litres LOW PRESSURE Downwind Foil SUP.

The waves had been pumping at Greenmount before those NE Devil winds started nuking early October I'd rather ride a surfboard anyway plus I got a few Hand-shaped new surfboards of Sam Egan.

This DW foil SUP is inspired by good mate Jeremy Riggs I love watching Jeremy's DW foil videos and I'm a big fan of Jeremy's very basic DW foil shape. I love a foil with NO EDGES & a Displacement Hull.

Stage ONE the Shaping Machine.




That looks very interesting ......

JEG
VIC, 1469 posts
4 Dec 2019 10:33AM
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that's about my next size board Downwinder, keep us posted.

Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
5 Dec 2019 12:31PM
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Stage TWO:- Finishing/sanding off the rough edges.





scotty100
QLD, 208 posts
7 Dec 2019 2:04PM
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Only problem is tuttle box!! Very restrictive in options

Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
7 Dec 2019 4:21PM
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scotty100 said..
Only problem is tuttle box!! Very restrictive in options



Hi scotty 100, the first 3 LOW PRESSURE foils where made with only a Tuttle Box because the Tracks had not been invented by then.
the last 4 LOW PRESSURE foils have had both the Tuttle & Tracks installed

Here is a photo of both the Tuttle & Tracks on a LOW PRESSURE foil. So this prototype Downwind foil will have both the Tuttle & Tracks - Me personally I'm a Tuttle Box fan all the way. The Tracks tend to stuff with foilers heads, from what I've witnessed.





Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
12 Dec 2019 1:04PM
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Stage 3:- Putting the Tuttle Box into very high density foam once the Tuttle is Level the Tacks will be installed beside the Tuttle Box.
The Tuttle Box is 10''inches from the tail, the Tracks will be 8''inches to 16''inches from the tail.




Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
7 Jan 2020 3:02PM
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Stage 4:- Board is Glasses (she was glassed last year, everyone had 2 weeks off over xmass break)
Now its time to install the Tracks next to the Tuttle Box.
Ready to be sprayed at the end of the week.


She's got a Handle a Breather Plug with Two Leg-rope Leash Plugs.





Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
3 Feb 2020 1:45PM
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This LOW PRESSURE 6'0'' x 28'' x 5'' @ 129 litres SUP-foil is heavily influenced by Good Mate Maui's Own Jeremy Riggs. I spoke with Jeremy Riggs for hours about this LOW PRESSURE Design. Designed for the Heavyweight like myself.

Guy Linton from SURF FX is putting an AXIS foil with the Big Wing together (using only secondhand s@#ty pieces) to help me learn how to Downwind as a Heavyweight on the SUP-foil.









I took her for a test paddle at Currumbin creek, she's Bulk Stable & paddles easily.




Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
16 Feb 2020 4:18PM
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Had a great chat with one of THE BEST Female Downwind Paddlers on Maui yesterday Kathy Shipman is a weapon of a women, a Hawaiian State Longboard Champion I surfed with Kathy at Honolua Bay a few years ago & Kathy was just Ripping on the Longboard! Kathy Shipman is also a Hawaiian State Champion Butterfly swimmer held the record for the Fastest Butter-flier in Hawaii for more than 30 years Kathy's record only just got broken by a millisecond in 2016. I asked Kathy Shipman if she would like to join good mate The Big Man From The West Luke Jenkins & myself iRONPHIL doing the 3 Person Team Molokai2Oahu in 2016 = we got 2nd Place great job team I love use both.

I've seen Kathy on a DW sup foiling with Jeremy Riggs filming & Kathy is Ripping.

I would rate Kathy Shipman from the footage I have seen Kathy is by far The Best Female DW sup foiler I have seen on a foil so far in 2020.

These are Kathy's words for when I get into SUP Downwind Foiling:-
You're gonna love dw foiling. Imagine up on foil for the entire maliko run! It is a little tricky getting the foil lifted. Best advise Jeremy gave me is to try for three waves, then rest, repeat. Once you get it lifted, then you have to find little bumps that will keep you lifted, then into some nice ones. First you'll only keep the foil lifted for 15-30 seconds, then minutes, then 15 minutes, then you'll be off and running the entire run. Kihei side was easier to learn than Maliko. Definitely worth the effort. Jeremy has a video for lifting the foil for a dw run.



Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
19 Feb 2020 11:14AM
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Sorry this not Foiling.

But I'm a big fan of Sam Egan I do love Prone Foiling when the waves are like 1-2ft other than that I will always ride a surfboard.
YES Downwinding on my 18ft SIC or foiling on my 5ft Prone is BULK FUN. But nothing will ever beat paddling into a wave & standing in the Barrel.

check out the Low Pressure logo "I spono'd meself"

I asked Sam to shape me a big 7ft x 21''1/2 by 3'' thick, twin-fin ( I call her - "old-man's board" )
It's always Great hangin out with The Legendary Sam Egan. My second surfboard as a young grommet was a Sam Egan single fin in 1974. Sam Egan has been shaping me surfboards for nearly on 40 years already. I have been very lucky & fortunate Sam Egan has never made me pay full price for a surfboard (thanks Sam love you heaps) I could hold my own in the surf in my youth. A new surfboard would only last me around 8-12 week, than she'd be trashed.

Sam was telling me he got pick to go to Del Mar, San Diego, California in March with all expenses paid for, except for the airfare. Apparently they've hand picked 10 of the greatest hand shapers of all time to compete in a surfboard shaping contest, with 10 grand US in prize money.

How the shaping competition works.

1. You get 10 minutes to take all the measurement you want from this Pat Rawson surfboard.
2. You get 90 minutes to hand shape the surfboard.
3. The use of a Shaping Machines will mean disqualification.
4. The closest surfboard shaped to the Pat Rawson surfboard will be redeemed the winner, wining the 10 grand in Prize Money.

My money is on Sam Egan I'll bet you Sam Egan will go down in History as The Greatest Hand Shaper of All Time. Sam Egan has never touched a Shaping Machine in his life.








Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
29 Feb 2020 12:47PM
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A BIG Thank You to the Guys from over the West @ Myaree Windsurfing Perth WA for this NP foil-box.

I'm a very Big Fan of the Tuttle Box more so than the fin-box tracks. YES the fin-box tracks are Great, BUT the Tuttle Box is & will always be The Best, in mho.

So looking forward to my New NP foil ( I've tried & tested the Medium NP wing over 12 months ago & just loved the glide it gave, for a Heavyweight guy like myself, thanks you SURF FX ) But, really can't wait already for the new XL - NP wing to be available, I'm frothing like a little Grommet on ADHD thats had a glass of Red Cottee's Cordial.




Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
11 Mar 2020 8:29AM
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BIG Thanks to Guy Geoffrey Linton for always looking after me with my ocean addiction, I love you mate but not in a gay way. And all the staff at SURF FX you guys rock.

I love the feel the AXIS gave me on the only Two Wave I have ever caught on my Downwind SUP-foil.

Last week the Alley was Bulk Fun for the Prone-foil I had bulk fun - after my Prone-foil session I decided to give the Downwind SUP-foil a tryout in the surf. With-in a minute of getting out the back this bomb set comes through I was surrounded by a few longboards "I Yell Out" watch out beginner KOOK on a SUP-foil keep clear!!! And took off on this bomb foiled all the way to South Palm beach Lifeguard tower I could feel the AXIS doing her thing the Glide felt great, (BUT with so much board under my feet it felt very uncomfortable to keep the foil up to glide) The paddle back-out was so hard (just standing on my SUP-foil was hard enough I could feel all my little major fibre muscles just stressing out while trying to keen my balance) so I just prone paddle the SUP-foil back-out into the line-up. (I have not surfed my High Performance SUP since 2009 she just gathers dust) anyway I took me another half hour to find another bomb & again all the way to the South Palm Beach Lifeguard tower.

The hardest part I think I found about catching a wave on the SUP-foil is I find you have to start pumping as you are paddling to catch the wave the good news is you can take off super late - I just find Prone-foiling way more easier.

I lasted about an hour on the SUP-foil I had to come in I was so drained in my smaller major muscles groups just from standing on the SUP-foil & my inner thighs got so Rashed up from falling off & climbing back up onto the SUP-foil, (I will persist & hopefully conquer this challenge).

I went in grabbed my Surf-foil for another session I foiled for like 6 hours that day from 6:30am till like 12:30pm I went home & carbed back up with a dozen coronas.

I do have a case of the Corona Virus I drink two carton's of Coronas a week they only last me 5 days though - I could do with a little fitness training.



I do love foiling in the surf & Downwinding on my 18ft SUP in the Ocean. BUT nothing will ever beat paddling a normal surfboard onto a wave & standing in the Barrel.

BIG Thanks to Sam Egan for shaping me a "Old Man's Board" (Sam Egan has been shaping me surfboards for some 40 years already) I have been a little; I should say a lot frustrated with my short board surfing the last couple of years. My last real good short-board session was on Maui 2017 I've always wanted to surf Honolua Bay on Maui it's been a 40 year bucket list of mine I got Honolua Bay 6ft & Pumping it's like Angourie on steroids. I also got to surf Hookipa in the 6-10ft range you will s@#t when you get a 10ft Hawaiian wave break on your head & you will s@#t even more when your leg-rope breaks in 10ft Hookipa & your 8'2'' Gun surfboard is getting sucked out into that ripe heading for the lefts over a Mama's Fish House I swam as hard as I could to retrieve my board before I ended up in the impact zone I was s@#ting "Help Me Please Mr Wizard" I bet the Lifeguards in the Tower where have a good laugh.

Anyway since Maui 2017 I've been riding my Longboard to much because if you surf-foil to much it will wreak your shortboard surfing up, you'll surf worse than a beginner kook. So the longboard became my saviour - I do love riding my longboard BUT the shortboard is better.

I had a big think how can I transfer from surf-foiling to shortboard surfing ASAP as quick as f@#k. without using my Longboard as an excuse.

So my new "Old Man's Board" was born and has solved the problem!!! just after one session on the "Old Man's Board" I'll be able to jump on my normal thrusters and surf them with ease.

I went to Angourie Sunday night for a 3 day surf safari it was like 5ft but the wind was like onshore WTF??? I got some bombs, my new "Old Man's Board" felt good under the feet but you had to select the waves. So I said f@#k this & drove back to the Goldie, Greenmount was so good yesterday like Pumping 3-4ft on the lower tide my new "Old Man's Board" surfed like a dream, I got some bombs. I got this one bomb from Little Marley all the way into Greenmount beach 600m, it was like ironphil be nibble ironphil be quick ironphil did a million turns on his "Old Man's Stick." When I flicked off I had no oxygen left in the lungs I was gasping for air the "Old Man's Board" went unreal - I was just so excited I nearly pulled my pants down and fired a rocket - I love my new "Old Man's Board" I rang Sam Egan & gave him some great feedback on my board, STOKED.

Also Big Thanks to Goran Peko for shaping me those Big MR fins it gives my "Old Man's Board" Drive.






Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
21 Mar 2020 3:23PM
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Now I have the confusion of which foil will I be ride. I just love all 3.


The surf has gone small again after TC Gretel, It's looking good for a Prone Foil session in the Morning with a 1.6m High-Tide. It's actually looking good for a foil session right now looking at Kirra but the virus has got me, I'm having a few Coronas already. I love taking life for Granted - when you take Life For Granted it means "Life Is Good."

How good was the last 12 days from Snapper Rocks down into Greenmount to maybe Coolangatta Beach it was just Pumping Perfection in the 3-6ft range thank you TC Gretel


www.coastalwatch.com/videos/25936/cyclone-gretel-arrives-on-the-gold-coast-mick-fanning-returns

I was putting in 4-6 hour session everyday, my body coped a punish I felt like Wallaby Ted's brother Roo Ted after every session; because that little grommet inside me brain was just frothing, (telling me to go catch another wave) I'm lucky I have a chin-up bar in the backyard so I could put the Gravity Boots on to open up all the vertebra's in my spin. Everyday I'd run into Legendary Glen Delaney we'd be out their everyday trading waves it was Bulk Fun "it's Groundhog Day again today" Glen would say.

My new "Old Man's Board" proved to be such a magical board, she's so fast I was making impossible sections coming hard of the bottom to go vertical into the lip it was hard to tell the time up there; was it 12 o'clock or 1:00 o'clock from the nose of my board "hahaha" come down into a big roundhouse cutback even pulled into this 5ft thick round barrel but was way to deep & she shut down on me on the way out.

My new "Old Man's Board" went so good for me at Greenmount thanks to TC Gretel I've already ordered another 7'0'' of Sam Egan as a spare & a 6'10'' to see how she goes.

On the 10th day of the swell a few Pro's where out at Snapper Rocks don't be surprised if WA surfer Jack Robinson wins a World Title in his first year on the WSL the kid is just mind blowing, even though I have all my money on Julian Wilson.




Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
1 Apr 2020 5:50PM
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Stoked, I gave two mates a test run on my LOW PRESSURE SUP Foil and Got some great feed back.

Yes, I'm the biggest KOOK on the SUP foil, I took her out for the 2nd time today the 1st time was like 3 weeks ago already at the Alley. Anyway I felt a bit more comfortable the 2nd time around compared to the 1st time. The good news is my muscle memory kicked in this time I was not hurting as much as the 1st time my core was way more relaxed. One thing I give myself credit for is I am strong especially in the legs and I learn quickly.

I got a couple of nice little small bombs at Kirra this arvo. Once I workout how to Pump the foil as you are catching the wave "I'm finding that super hard" AND when I'm gliding on a swell when you start to pump "I need to workout how to pump and use the paddle at the same time when you Pump" I'm also finding that super hard.

Steve Roberts, 84kg a Hardcore SUP foiler from Burleigh Heads had a test run on the Low Pressure SUP foil, liked the volume and gave the Board the thumbs Up.

Nico, 78kg a Hardcore Elite Downwind Paddler and only SUP foils can't surf, liked the volume and gave the Low Pressure foil the Thumbs Up.

I'm like 94kg at the moment and could do with losing around 10kg the more weight I loss the easier the SUP foiling should be.

Steve Roberts Burleigh Heads using the GoFoil IWA wing

Nico at Kirra using the AXIS 102 wing & the GoFoil IWA wing

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This is not foiling - I do love riding my surfboard.

The Great NEWS about this COVID-19 virus on the Gold Coast is. There's plenty of parking at the beach & the waves aren't crowded. Greenmount was only small 2 to 3ft dead low-tide the Greenie bank was just firing/pumping but you had to surf super fast to make the section, it was Bulk Fun. I got this one bomb from Little Marley all the way down into Greenmount I haven't done a 360 on a wave in a few years so I thought I give one a go on this bomb raced the section came hard of the bottom into the lip & brought my board back around "I did the full roundhouse carving 360" then kept surfing the wave all the way into Greenmount. I paddle back out I see retired WCT surfer Troy Brooks we talked story for a bit, "Troys says that was a nice 360 you pull off on the last wave." Stoked, I'm so loving my new "Old Man's Board."

I did a 4 hour session this morning 5:30am till 9:30am I had to come in my body was hurting got so many waves, I had to put the Gravity Boots on for 10 minutes when I got home to open all the vertebra in my spine.
In 2007 I took a month of Lifeguarding & worked at the Quiksilver PRO, this one day the Quiksilver PRO was on hold waiting for the tide to drop - I put my DaFins on & went for a Bodysurf I'm hanging off Little Marley, I see Troy Brooks take of on this Bomb Set behind the rocks at Snapper. So I'm body surfing this wave I could see Troy Brooks do these huge hacks just behind my head we both surf this wave down into Greenmount the wave finishes I look at Troy Brooks & start laughing, Troy say "I could see your head but couldn't see your board," hahahaha.

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Just in case they do close the beaches.

imagine getting Pumping 4-6ft Snapper into Greenmount with no-one out,
"Dreaming is Free"

I told Dr Bailey that I have a wave addiction & have to be in the ocean everyday or I'll go mental; Please write me up a Mental Health Certificate I need it badly, for my Obsessive compulsive Germaphobes, I have Anxiety Manic Depression Irritability, Claustrophobic if I have to stay at home, I very introverted I hate people & crowds, Orthorexia I love eating healthy foods and Seenocilica I have a fear of having a empty beer glass.

It won't let me download my Medical Certificate for my Mental Health if I'm not allowed in the Ocean "It's a good one" hahahaha.




Piros
QLD, 5844 posts
1 Apr 2020 7:32PM
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Frothing Phil

Downwinder
QLD, 1949 posts
10 Apr 2020 6:01AM
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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Downwinder as a little Grommet "The Vegemite Kid" I did like 4 Vegemite Commercials in the 60's.

Though, I have not brought Vegemite for a long time now, since it became Halal Certified.



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