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Tuning with mast flex

I've been experimenting with rigging my 3 batten wave sails on different flex masts. Here are my own findings which might be of interest..

First off a little something about the sail. The Hot sails KS3 is my all time favourite sail -I love them. It was a no brainer this year for me deciding which model to go for..  

The Firelight and QU4D are great sails, but the KS3..

You can rig them to have a massive wind range, they are super stable, and yet you can ditch the power instantly. This is thanks to the 'wonder' batten at the bottom. Well ok it's just a regular batten, but it works it's magic by 'S' bending. Sheet out and the S bend in the foil makes the sail totally neutral. Sheet in and it 'pops' back into shape and gives a deep knuckled powerful super stable foil to pull you through the turns.

Originally I was rigging the sail on the Hot rod masts and on my real old Simmers which I actually preferred. The Simmers were pretty stiff 'constant curve' but made the sail super stable. So when I was fortunate enough to get a deal with Unifiber masts I wasn't quite sure wether to go for their Flex top (recommended for the Hot sails) or the Constant curve, so I went for both!

I've now had quite a lot of sessions on the Unifiber gear and have done a fair amount of tuning and swapping. Below are some pics of the KS3's on the two mast types...

 

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Hopefully you can see the differences in the pics.

FLEXTOP:

Tighter leach in the head.

Flatter sail over all.

Less knuckled below the boom.

Less twist when light wind.

Direct handling due to tighter head.

Less locked in feel.

CONSTANT CURVE:

Fuller more knuckled foil at the bottom.

Much looser leach and floppy further down.

Almost 'slalom' in feel.

Super stable. Foil feels really locked in place.

 

Most of the top Pro sailors like Kauli and Morgan who use the KS3 appear to have the Flex top setting. I think this works really well in warm consistent winds and when 'nicely' powered up. I rig on the Flex top Unifiber when it's wobble and ride or when the wind is light and I'm barely planing.

Most of the time however I rig on the Constant curve. A lot of my sailing is in cross off where the wind blows over the land and can be gusty. Our 'cold' winds are more harsh and buffeting. A lot of the time I end up super stacked! For all of these I prefer the sail to be more stable and more tuneable. I had a day on the 4.9 at The Bluff, St Ives Bay in Cornwall where it was 40knot hail squalls every half hour followed by 10knot lulls. The sail handled fine in all of it, all be it I couldn't sheet in to bottom turn in the gusts! But was actually pretty comfortable.

I find the sail set with the tighter leach on the Flex top mast can feel quite hard work and 'heavy' when over powered, more downhaul doesn't really cure that as you flatten the sail and allow the centre of effort to move around more.

But in the lighter winds I prefer the quicker response and direct feeling of the tighter leached Flex top. 

Finally, a while back I asked Tom and Jeff at Hot sails for their thoughts on mast bend which I'm sure they won't mind me sharing..

"We were never full flex-top, more of a combi-curve, but we have come slightly closer to the pack in terms of mast bend. Almost any mast will work except hard tops.

Our specification (more towards flex-top)  on the KS3 gives a very progressive twist with the head quite open - this is the way Kauli likes it. Using a normal mast such as the Ezzy or Simmer makes the twist more even - this is the way Morgan likes it. A lot of guys are running less than suggested downhaul so there is not much twist to maximize low end and drive. "

 

[NB: I think the later Simmer masts are softer and more towards flex top than my super old bomb proof 80% ones..] 

Winter 2014/15

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I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking it's been bit of a limp one after last winters non stop epicness, but I guess it's had its moments. A few of my highlights..

 

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Not long after the awesome trip to Ireland and winning the Magheroarty 'In memory of Mikey' Classic, I did a repeat trip over as foot passenger again this time with Aleksy Gayda. Jony Price picked us up from the port again and drove us round. We scored it pretty sick! We originally had the reefs around Mullaghmore in Mind but ended up at err Cape Cold..

 

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Timo and Finn were already out. 

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Day two and we decided the safest bet would be Magheroarty. It was pretty big and windy! Luckily Jony managed to capture some grainy images through the non stop rain and they were enough to win me the 'Boylos wave of the winter'! The prize is pretty sweet with a Soloshot 2 and loads of other cool stuff..  thanks to Boylo's and all the prize donators for putting it together.

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As usual I've been driving to whichever end of the country looks best and have been Alnmouth in Northumberland for some epic wobble n ride (and very numb fingers)...

 

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Rhosneigr in Wales for some epic windy jumping (though in the end I think Cornwall faired better and I missed a classic) 

 

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And some pumping surf round the corner..

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Barmston in Yorkshire for one of it's best days in years.. 

 

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And a bit of Cornwall. Though the sailing was pretty hard work in a big Northerly at Godrevy. 

 

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(pretty pleased with the new colour ks3s!) 

 

The sailing was average this time but surf was pumping!! 

 

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I've won something else surf related, and this time didn't need to get wet! I've won one of two places at the Snowdonia wave garden after a 'like and share' comp! And will be one of the first to surf it! They're talking 6ft barrels!! Basically a much bigger better version of the test wave garden in Spain. Pretty cool! and on the way to Rhosneigr! Opens this summer, can't wait! Thanks Surf Snowdonia!

 

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I've finally managed to give the Unifiber wave masts, booms and extensions a good test in something reasonably heavy and it's all past with flying colours so far. Certainly much stronger than a lot of gear I've used in the past. I might even sell my ten year old bomb proof Simmer 80% masts but not just quite yet -need to do the mast high sucking slab test first!

 

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Terrible pic but great conditions. Sailed with Kyle McGinn. Shame I had to upset the hordes of surfers a little and then sit it out until they'd all had enough and cleared off at around 5,  annoying as ever as it was pretty rubbish and too windy for surfing. Once there was some space I could bomb down the line and get some mega airs on every run! Sailed until dark.

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Speed wise we've had quite a lot of sailable days but nothing really epic. It's given me a chance to do a lot of tuning with the new Unifiber gear which is working really well.. 

 

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But I'm also now off the water having sliced my foot open through the boot at Kirby last weekend.. the cockle situation is pretty bad at the minute -sharp open shells and slippy algae covered aggregate is not a good mix..

 

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Hopefully I'll be healed in time for the NWF speed in a couple of weeks at Weymouth OTC.. 

 

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Fingers crossed for a good start to the summer at the BWA Rossi event too, not far off! 22-26th April..


3 days in Ireland

 

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Just had an Epic weekend! 

As usual come the end of the week I started looking at the forecasts a little more seriously and one place stood out -Ireland. Ireland of course usually does, but the mention of being picked up as a foot passenger suddenly made it sound a lot more palatable than with the usual unaffordable £300 ferry/van. 22ft and 25mph for £60 would do nicely! 

 

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I have to confess I usually take a lot of kit to the beach. 3 Moo's and about 5 surfboards if there's a big swell (7'3 gun never gets used but you never know!), sails to cover every wind and a whole bunch of camera/vid gear that never sees the light of day. But to be a foot passenger I'd have to take everything in one double surfboard wheely bag, which I soon found out meant 1 Moo (the smallest!), 1 mast, 1 boom, 3 sails, a wetsuit and a surfboard. 

It was actually really easy to travel as a foot passenger. There's free parking to leave your car behind and after a quick check in they wheel your kit off on a trolley which gets returned to you once you're back on dry land. Simples. Huge thanks to Jony Price for picking me up and driving us around Ireland.

 

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My main aim for the weekend was to score Sundays big swell at some of the reefs around Bundoran, but first Jony was keen to go and enter the Magheroarty Classic, which seemed like a grand idea. (and was for Saturday only -ideal)

We pulled up on Saturday morning to the above view with the beach already firing. Lots of happy faces with everyone clearly stoked on the conditions and to see each other. The contest ran super smoothly and in very consistent conditions, which was great for me as I only had my smallest board and a 4.3 rigged. After the freesailing before the comp I was a little worried as everyone seemed to be at a really high standard, but fortunately for me I managed to slip through each round, past Rob Jones in the Semi's and then into the final with Timo Mullen. 

 

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If you can get onto Facebook there's a lot more pics here.. (and some much bigger waves!)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magheroarty-Classic/631417140218728?fref=ts  

 

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I was pretty surprised to find at the prize giving that evening, that I'd only gone and won the event! Very very stoked! Definitely a result I'm very proud of with it being in memory of Mikey and at such a great place with such a fantastic group of people and in some solid conditions. Very much my kind of event :)

Huge thanks to Tomasz Lotocki and his team for running the event (which was free to enter), and to Michael Clancy for taking the pics, great to finally meet you all!  

 

BIG SUNDAY.

It was hard to get up early and drag ourselves away from Maghers (especially after a night of wedding crashing and sleeping on the van front seats), but we decided to forgo the possible 8hr session and spend some time driving!

 

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This turned into a hell of a lot of driving, and walking , and more driving. But we checked Mullaghmore, we checked Prowlers, we checked PMPA, we checked everywhere!..  and eventually came across what looked to be the most perfect wave, fully open to the wind, grinding down the side of a boulder reef, for an impossible amount of time. Getting to it wasn't easy and involved parking on the nearest bit of road, climbing barbed wire fences and traipsing through fields, before climbing down cliffs and then rigging before another set of crazy obstacles invented by mother nature to stop us getting on the water. The sailing part was easy! 

 

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These kind of pics never do the size justice, but this was easily mast and a half, and a lot further away than it looks. Nicely powered on the 4.3 again. They were towing in at Mully whilst we were out..

  

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I came in first to get a few shots and just caught Jony coming in..

We weren't too desperate to get shots as Jony had set up his solo shot to catch the action..  and of course it completely missed everything.

The tide was now too high and the sets were just mushing through, so we called it a day. We felt a bit gutted about only getting an hours sailing with no pics when Magheroarty would have delivered ten fold, but at least we  know the score for next time.

 

CLEAN MONDAY

Light Southerlies, so we were just on for a surf we thought. I surfed PMPA  in the morning and managed to rip my fin out on the dry suck end section. It wasn't classic as the swell was still a bit messed up from yesterday. As luck would have it there was some wind again, so we checked the forecast and headed back to Magheroarty! It was a late one, and just Jony, Katie McAnena, Finn Mullen and myself out catching lovely clean waves on the reef. Definitely worth the drive back up and a great end to the trip.

We talked about the big reef we'd sailed the day before and Finn told us it was called 'G spot'. A bit of googling later and it turns out that it's quite a big deal in surfing circles..

http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/surfers-roll-up-for-a-ride-on-a-secret-thrillseeking-wave-25899628.html 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU8FqbuDIIs

 

So then it was back on the overnight ferry and hopefully in work for 9am. This is where the trip took a turn for the worse and I had an impromptu day sat on the A50 whilst a serious accident was cleaned up. 

 

So this weekend is the BWA Cornwall event. I've had two days off this week already and it's 19yrs since I met Trudie on Halloween, so it looks like this ones a no show. Though it does look very good on Saturday afternoon, so maybe I'll come down for the waves.

 

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I thought it was about time I did a little Moo Review and wrote something about my waveboards and how they came about, having now sailed them for well over a year..
Board number 1.
First up I wanted a light wind waveboard. Something that would 'get up and go' super early, but still rip and go vert, and still compact enough to be throw about. A lot of surfboards have 'hips' to bring the tail in narrower (to allow to go more verticle), and a famous board for doing this in the surfing world is the Channel Islands MTF 
I always loved the look of this one, and it made sense for what I wanted.
I'm 5'10 and 78kg. Jon made the board 80Ltr, 225 long by 57.5 wide. 36cm OFOT and 40.5 OFON. Double concave to bonkers tail, rocker number 3 and 5.75Kg!
It performed how we'd hoped! It planes super early and flies about, especially if you take your foot out the back strap and place it on the 'hip' and use the flat wide part of the board, it trucks upwind too this way in a gnats fart. Then if you want to crack a decent turn, it'll do that too. Genius! We perhaps under did it on the volume though, as I've actually found it a little sinky for slogging out in big waves and walls of white water.
Board number 2 was pretty straight forward..  a full on ripping machine for epic wind and wave conditions. I went for a super fast and loose twin fin, knowing that the k4s give the grip needed.
Jon made this one 78ltr, 228 long by 54.5 wide, OFOT 34.5cm, OFON 40cm, rocker number 4 and 5.3kg!
I should maybe have gone for a quad afterall, this board turned out rediculously loose! So much so that I've found bigger stiffer Stubbie or Rocket fins are needed to calm it down! It's an awesome bit of kit when the conditions are right -it turns on a dime and is super light and compact for jumping.
Board number 3. I'd noticed a lot of top sailors were using big boards to good effect in big surf, and a lot of times I was landing aerials infront of the wave but getting swallowed up by the white water. So I wanted a bigger volume 'full on ripping machine' for big waves and wobble n ride.
Jon made this one 88ltr, 229 long by 59 wide, OFOT 36cm, OFON 42.5cm, 5 box, S-glass/Kevlar, rocker number 4 and 5.9kg! A scaled up board number 2.
This board feels much smaller when turning than it is and is really versatile and easy to sail. It's the board I sail most as wobble n ride down the line is what I get the most of. The 80ltr comes out the bag for more onshore or flatter conditions. Then the 78 for when it's proper windy. Notice I use a different number of fins in each board.. it's just what I've found works best for each after lots of playing around. (16.5 rocket twins in the 78, 10 Ezzy + 17 Flex in the 88, and 8 Ezzy + 15 Stubby in the 80 though I'd happily use any in 2,3 or 4 fin mode)
Image 88 in the shed
Check out the Rockers..
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Image 78, 80, 88.
The boards in action...
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I've got to add that I've been hammering these boards in the gnarliest conditions the UK and Ireland can serve up and they've done me proud. The only board that has sustained any damage is the 80 which got dragged over dry reef at Sandside and then had a fin clouted hard enough to damage the box. Sensibly I have a small supply of resin (and cloth which I've never needed) to do my own repairs, so after thoroughly drying the board out I can do a good repair and not cause any lasting problems.
I asked Jon the Moo man Kennett for some words from his side of the shed, and here's what he had to say..
"When a high profile talent wants a set of your boards initially it's a worry but the reality is unless they're a Prime Donne it can be easier than a regular customer not that such a thing really exists!
Having worked with Steve on speed boards I kinda knew it would be ok as the speed board brief was pretty cool" build me the fastest you can, I can sail anything!" Job done!
The move to Moo wave boards was unexpected but change of sponsor etc and here we are, pretty flattering for me as Steve chose to actually get his wallet out to buy a quiver of Moo 's as opposed to some loan production kit.
After various conversations about board type it all came back to " well I only really sail decent waves as living in Leicester I'm not going to drive to sail crap conditions" fair enough, the first board took ages to build due to work load in the Dairy and was a bit of an experiment with quite a radical tail, with hindsight the whole board size should have been increased to allow for the lack of tail size but it was an experiment with a team rider and still works really well. 
The second board was a full on 78l twin fin, full fat rocker and again super light. 
It's relatively easy to build a full on wave board for a decent sailor in decent conditions compared to a bigger board for more around conditions, I have spent a lot of time perfecting the later making " freewave" (to coin a horrible phrase) boards that are actually nice to use, not patronising stiff planning pigs!! 
Although Steve puts on an impressive display from his aerial arsenal he's not a heavy footed buffoon and the reality is his boards are more likely to get damaged by Izzy jumping them not Steve, consequently the shape can be more full on but still perform due to the great weight. Board number three is a scaled version of the 78l to 88l but with five fin boxes. I'm not a huge fan of the five fin box board but if you run a successful fin company it's kind of ok I reckon ;)
Mr Geoff came up with the Holy Cow and Flying Friesian designs, and the black look is a development from the original naked carbon speed board but this time a vacuum laminated black tint/lacquer on S Glass which is a new development and looks great.
Sent from my Moopad"
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