Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

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Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby rowboat » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:11 am

I've been riding BRM Clouds for 18+ months now and loving these kites! So rad. The Clouds are simple, elegant, beautiful, light, fast, nimble, compact, well-made, and incredibly efficient. People ask, what's the downside? For me, there are none. I've tried kites with struts since then, and I've never been enticed to go back.

I love what Greg (BRM/Cloud founder/designer) says about the no struts? question: "Over the last two years of sharing the Cloud kite with riders and being asked 'why strutless' it occurs to me now that a good first step toward the answer is a willingness to ask 'why struts'?"

This seems to me to be an example of a sort of backwards evolution that happens when technical products mature. Early on in a technical cycle we add all sorts of bits of technology, trying to achieve certain performance characteristics without really understanding the underlying nature. As we learn, we are able to gradually thin out the technology and achieve the performance we seek by replacing our levers with those already present in nature. As our designs become more refined, they start to disappear. We know we have built something good when we can feel nature well through our tools. If our gear obscures what the world is trying to tell us, we know our gear still needs improving. I love flying Cloud kites most of all because I can feel exactly what the wind is doing, and I can transmit my thoughts to the kite with unconscious ease and delight!

Anyhow, the point of this post is more to share some videos that I've shot of foiling with the Clouds and my Alpinefoil in SF Bay. Most recently:

5m Cloud foiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55ZiKDQ_Rrc
7m Cloud foiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0xDjCeozrA
9m Cloud foiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ClXE5j2Vw
12m Cloud foiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNtHp2yDQyc

Just sharing the stoke. I love my Clouds, and my foil. Of course, they work great with regular water-pusher board as well :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hasJIqhdMOQ
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby Loscocco » Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:33 am

Nice.. love the videos.. Esp the 12m one. :)
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby 1618to1 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:57 pm

Thanks for sharing. What bar size do you use for each?
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby Xor » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:00 am

My take on cloud riding video, and yes, it is with regular water-pusher board :)
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby sflinux » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:50 am

Anybody know of any details of Greg Drexler's Bay Area visit July 30 - Aug 2?
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby rowboat » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:09 pm

Nice video Victor!

As for Greg's visit, I have it that he'll be around from roughly 7/28 to 8/3. I'll try to get some more details from him and set up some Cloud meetups/demos!
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby Xor » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:07 am

Greg will be here July 30 - Aug 2

http://boardridingmaui.com/ wrote:Lets meet up & share a session!
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby g00mbs » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:48 pm

I contacted two people on the forum with 17m Clouds. Is there anyone else that has ridden 17m Clouds? If so, feel free to PM me, I have some questions SS$$
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby jaxonholer » Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:00 pm

I been riding my 9 meter cloud for a few weeks now, and I'm nothing short of blown away by these kites. For me the key is how amazingly light they are, this thing simply will not fall out of the sky. It just wants to fly! Is it weird that my biggest kite is now a 9? I have way more use for this kite than my strutted 10. Truly a light wind machine. I'm going to pull the trigger on a few more kites too, the 7 will likely be my go to kite if I get it.

I weigh 145, so you may need more if you are bigger, but for me these kites get me on the water when guys on 12s and 14s are struggling. I can't speak for the smaller sizes to take over my strutted kites in my quiver yet, but the huge value that I see is in light winds, that's why I got it.

Like I said, I will getting some other sizes too, and I'm fully prepared to be fully struttless! ii() Here's a toilet.
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Re: Videos -- Cloud Foiling in SF Bay

Postby Xor » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:10 pm

I just sold my fone 9m and wainman 12m and got 9m cloud, I'm 160lbs, so 7m + 9m is my two kite quiver atm, had a blast session on Sherman yesterday, go for 7m it will not disappoint you! I plan to increase light wind range with 12m later on!
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