I just returned from the Awesome OBX-WIND 2019 windsurfing event in Cape Hatteras. What a week of soo much fun and Non-stop action. The weather and conditions were great, and the vibe was even better. definitely a highlight of the year.
As for racing, my expectations were pretty low this year, as I had all new gear and was completely out of shape from not being in the water for 4 months. With a couple sips of rum to go along with all my experience in the need for speed. I am super happy with a 2nd place finish in the very competitive and famous Long distance race. As for the slalom racing which is my favorite, the winds were too light for my gear and I couldn’t get going. which was a bummer but thats how mother nature works sometimes.
I have to give a big shout out to, WIND-NC, Goya Windsurfing, CNCFins, Tectonics fins. If it wasn’t for the best gear in the world there would be no Zoom, Zoom. I cant wait for next year hopefully see ya all there. https://oceanairsports.com/pages/obx-wind-2019
Turn up the Volume to the max, go full screen and get some popcorn Reef Warriors. YouTube or Vimeo its on.!
This is the “Game Changer”, its the reason I got into building boards. I wanted to be limitless in my vision and ability of what I could ride on the water, all hopefully resulting in some of the best surf craft on the planet.
After close to 2 1/2 yrs of design and water testing, Say hello to my dedicated Surf/Wind Foil Board line-up called “Top Gun”. These boards are ahead of there time and ahead of the game! From start to finish this was one of the most challenging and mind crazy thinking experiences I have ever had. I quickly learned in the beginning of surf foiling that everything is different. There are so many more design elements you have to deal with to get dialed in when compared to a regular surf board or Windsurf board. Your basically making a Jet that can surf. Crazy when you stand back and think about it.
In Total I have 4 boards in the “TOPGUN” lineup with basically the same design characteristics, but all of course having there own nickname ICEMAN, MAVRICK, GOOSE and VIPER.
ICEMAN is 7’x31″ 120L,17LB -This is the Board for everyone and can do “Foil” anything at any skill level.
MAVERICK is 6’x31″ 112L,15LB -This is the “PRO’s” board, sort of like an untamed Bull.
GOOSE is 7’3″ 145L,19LB -Just for learning and Heavyweights. Still in R & D phase.
VIPER is 5’4″ x 20 1/2″ 46L,8LB, -This is a Prone/Wake/Kite Foil surf board, Still in R & D phase.
Despite my best efforts to keep these High performance TOPGUNS on the Down Low. The word travels fast and the demand is crazy for the ICEMAN and MAVERICK, Resulting in a Long Waiting List already, So Please contact me if your interested. Facemanz74@live.com
2018 was the year of two tales, Its was the worst surfing & wind year that I can ever remember, just horrible. We had a long cold winter that seemed to go on forever, then a crazy hot and calm summer. it made for not many days of action. Now on the other side of the coin with the advent of Surf Foiling, thru sail, paddle, or kite. this year turned out to be soo much fun on soo many days. The days were you wouldn’t even have thought about getting a session in, turned out to be the most fun you can ever have. I think 2018 is the year that we turn the page, Thanks to Surf Foiling even on the worst years you still can have 100 days of an insane amount of fun. Its the new Norm now. Life is good. Now on to the 2018 stats and let the records fall in 2019.
95-Total play days! (9 months)
95-days – Total wave surfing! (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing/SURFFoil)
28-days Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)
2-days Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)
17-days Sup/prone/Foil surfing & Foil surf
48-days WWF (Windsurf Wave Foiling); Foil in waves
0-days Snowkiteing (Bust building Kitchen)
0-Days skiing (Busy Building Kitchen)
14-days Scoring waves in Hatteras
Best day on the reef– Oct 11th Just Perfect!
Best month-October (18 days,Just an incredible action packed month)
Best ride- 90+sec Foil surf Ride all the way thru Da reef and right to the beach.
Best new toy- TOPGUN Reef Warriors Foil Board.
2017-108 total play days, 108 total wave days (windsurfing,kite,SUP,Surf,Foil Surf)
2016-109 total play days, 105 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2015-101 total play days, 93 total wave days (windsurfing/kite/SUP/surfing)
2014-83 total play days. 75 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2013-95 total play days. 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2012-124 total play days. 119 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2011-129 total play days 93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2010-144 total play days 104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2009-102 total play days 42 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2008-100 total play days 40 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
2007-83 total play days 36 total play days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)
“What’s the difference between WWF and normal foiling? Isn’t it the same thing?” This is the question asked to me a million times it seems and probably deservedly so, since I started the WWF craze 2 years ago. My answer is sort of yes but No not really. To explain it the easiest way, normal wind foiling is more like slalom sailing and WWF is more like wave sailing and surfing.
Normal wind foiling is all about getting in the straps, locking in with the back foot and going as fast as you can with as much power as you can handle. A very “locked in” exciting ride is great for flat water blasting. It feels like you’re flying a jet (super cool feeling). It’s the future of going fast in light winds and racing.
WWF is all about using big (slower, but only by a little bit) surf wing foils and tiny sails, which allows you to glide through the lulls, along with the ability to carve and turn like crazy. Plus that combo gets you going in very little wind. The riding style is more of a upright stance with more front foot pressure that allows you to ride on top of the board and foil. Along with being strapless, this gives it a very similar feeling to riding a surf board. Now because you are using a Surf foil they are designed to gain speed on surf, swell and even large chop making for the coolest and most exciting moments where you dont even need any sail power. Just surf the wave, it’s all about surfy surfy.
What type of foiling is for you? If you do most of your sailing in super flat water or just like to go fast then “Wind foiling” is the way to go. If you like to play in swell, waves and carve it up in bump & Jump conditions “WWF” will be your addiction. I am really amazed at the board spectrum of styles, from surfers, sup, sup downwind, kite surfers and even windsurfers who haven’t windsurfed in 15 yrs, all are wanting and getting into WWF. It’s pretty cool to see!
Foiling gear is a hot topic these days and a very complex one. pretty much 99% of the gear being sold is for Wind foiling. The only setup that has some similarities to WWF is the Naish Wind foil setup and maybe the slingshot kit with one of there bigger front wings, but even those kits are kind of of a hybrid version I would call it. Naish, starboard and some others have crossover sup boards that would work and have the foil mount moved forward which is what ya need for WWF. The big problem with them is they have full blown out rocker because they are made to be a wave board and that makes for a horrible foil board. Hopefully in the next few years there will be more true and better WWF kits and options available.
Hopefully that helps to answer that most frequently asked question, or it confused you even more (hahaha)! One thing is for sure, Foiling is a revolution for all wind sports along with surfing and that makes for super exciting times!