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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 21-10-2021, 16:31 Thread Starter
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Windsurfing - how does this work?

I'm used to windsurfers battering across the waves on their boards but this guy's board isn't actually touching the water, only the long fin at the back... attached to what? He certainly gets a very smooth ride and goes extremely fast.
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He is hanging onto a parachute wing Jean. But brilliant all the same.
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What is it that stops them taking off altogether? His fin never came out of the water that I could see and he stayed the same distance above the water, more or less - that must be pretty hard to judge.
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The board has a hydro foil blade that lifts the board he’s standing on clear of the water, by applying forward and rearward weight they raise or lower the board in the water. The bit you can’t see does the magic, much like an aeroplane wing.

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Good question, now we all know a little more, thanks one and all 🤗
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Used to love windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, powerboating the lot really. Sold my windsurf gear finally a year or two back after no use for years and years. Couldnt do any of it now with my knees but I could just about pilot a powerboat at full chat with a beer in me hand. Happy days they were.
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.........Couldnt do any of it now with my knees ..
Be a sight more difficult without your knees I'd say.
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Be a sight more difficult without your knees I'd say.
Tit.
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