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Posted on: Nov 10 2007, 06:55 PM

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I thought I'd add my 2 cents worth.

My main reasons for flying foils (Flysurfer) are:

1. Self-Landing-much easier than with my bow. Self launching is also good. My bow I have to drift launch which is not as easy in the waves.
2. No pumping. I really hate to pump. It is simply unredeeming manual labor. I would never have thought this had I not got used to the self-inflating foil. I'm not sure
I could go back-maybe that is just laziness on my part.
3. Durablity-I have had to replace leading edges in my tubes. This really bites in terms of time/money.
4. Portability-the foils pack down smaller-I like this since I travel some with my equipment. Also, I don't need to take a space-occupying pump and its paraphenalia. The pump is
just one more thing that can breakdown.
5. Depower-the Flysurfer depowerability is awesome.
6. One set of kites for snow/land/water. I really would hate to use a tube in winter (See reasons #2 and 3)

Things that I don't like:
1. Occasional bridle tangle. These are easy to solve but I still don't like to spend the 10-15 minutes it may take to solve it.
2. Dropping it in big waves. If I don't relaunch quickly, it may get twisted up.

Things I'm not sure about:
1. Self-rescue. There are methods to do this but I haven't practiced them yet. I have been good about being close enough to swim in or have been able to drag in.

Because I was earlier in my learning curve with tubes rather than foils, I admit that I am biased.

Don Pitcher has swayed me significantly since his engineering background is convincing.

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