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posted on 31-5-2003 at 08:19 Reply With Quote
Are You a Force-of-Nature???

I've made some progress with the new 'Are you a Force-of-Nature' questionnaire section, so I need a few people to test whats there so far..

Any offers?... Let me know if you fancy trying it out for me and I'll U2U the URL to you.

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posted on 31-5-2003 at 08:36 Reply With Quote
Im Game, and I will obviously be able to test the lower scoring part of the questionaire





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posted on 1-6-2003 at 12:00 Reply With Quote
I'll give it a go Al Got plenty of time as the wind just seems to be really crap
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posted on 1-6-2003 at 17:12 Reply With Quote
Nice questionaire, let us know when you switch it to live.

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posted on 1-6-2003 at 21:50 Reply With Quote
OK, the feedback so far has been excellent, and I've tweaked a few things this evening, so I'm releasing it now.

Slect this link for the Are you a Force-of-Nature Questionnaire

And remember its not a competiton!!!

I'll add the kiting section soon, and let me know if you like it or not, or find any bugs

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posted on 3-6-2003 at 21:42 Reply With Quote
Well I have been reading the questionairre entries and the compeitive part of my nature is coming out...I NEED to get on the water this weekend to try some new things and improve my score

Well done Al. I am sure this section of your site is unique and I have already visited it more than I should whilst at work

Part of me whats to know what the weighting is behind each element, but then that adds to the challenge and mystery (and allows me to seek improvement without focusing too hard on improving my score rather than my sailing )

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posted on 7-6-2003 at 08:37 Reply With Quote
Hi Sean.... Glad you like the Are you a Force-of-Nature questionnaire... If it motivates you to get out there and try some new things (as soon as theres some wind) then its been a success!!!

I did think about showing you what the scores were, but as you pointed out, it might then make people focus on the actual figures rather than the skills themselves (which was half the problem of the Claimer or Flamer feature in Boards Magazine).

I'll get around to doing the kiting questions soon, but have the mammoth task of moving the whole site to a new webhost to complete first.

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posted on 7-6-2003 at 18:32 Reply With Quote
been thinking about a new (second hand) board and suddenly realised that it would score more if I get one that is slightly below 100L instead of the 100-110L we were planning.......anyone got a 99L board for sale?

(would add the smilie for 'evil grin' but there does not seem to be one!)





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posted on 8-6-2003 at 05:53 Reply With Quote
Sneaky!!!!

How about a Fanatic Cross 100. I'm not selling mine, but it is 99ltrs.



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posted on 8-6-2003 at 17:49 Reply With Quote
What is it aimed at.

As you can probably guess we would like it as a freeride board, but I do see there being a possibility it will be our first board that ventures into the rough stuff.

Would the fanantic be OK on that basis.

NB must admit I like the size, unless there is a 99.9L board it is absolutely perfect!





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posted on 8-6-2003 at 18:48 Reply With Quote
I added a little to my score this weekend not very stylish not very big but done some chop hops
But I guess it will be easier on little kit rather than 150 lt board and 8.5 sail

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posted on 8-6-2003 at 20:26 Reply With Quote
Just read Bads diary and reliased what sailing front to sail means...great....I can add some point(s) to my questionnaire score as I have tried it a number of times and had some reasonable success on a couple of occasions





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posted on 8-6-2003 at 20:31 Reply With Quote
FOUR MORE POINTS - YAHOO!

Somehow I feel I have probably cheated here. My sucess rate is not that high, but it was a straight Yes/No question. Oh Well...I think I will just bask in the glory until someone tells me what it really means, or I try it again and realise that my nominal success to date was a series of flukes





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posted on 9-6-2003 at 06:11 Reply With Quote
Nice one Sean.... I think I should try to think of a way of showing what has been chnaged whenever someone updates their 'Are you a Force-of-Nature' questionnaire, so that as well as seeing their score increase we can see what new skills they have learnt as well without having to compare the two questionnaires... Its not gonna be that easy to do though so I will have to have a think about it.

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posted on 10-6-2003 at 12:37 Reply With Quote
Alright - I've just noticed the 'Front to sail' bit and I'm having some of that - can't have SeanBo sneaking past me with something I can do anyway.

I can see a bit of rivalry starting here.

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posted on 10-6-2003 at 12:43 Reply With Quote
AL, what's the difference between a Heli tack and a Push Tack ?

If you can explain I'll work on getting some more points.

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posted on 10-6-2003 at 13:26 Reply With Quote
OK.... with a Heli tack you turn the board through the wind, then sail backwinded/front to sail, then flip the rig and sail off.

With a push tack you first throw the rig over the front of the board and to windward, get backwinded and sail front to sail, then turn the board through the wind, sail off clew first and then flip the rig....

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posted on 10-6-2003 at 19:38 Reply With Quote
Ive upped your chop hop score a bit today was getting some good air (even in control) some of the landings were a bit on the heavy side. How do I ease the board down rather thatn coming down with a slap?
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posted on 11-6-2003 at 05:44 Reply With Quote
Glad your scores are going up.... its about time I tried some new things and increased my score.

As far as slapping down from chop hops goes, then thats nothing unusual, you wait until you land flat from a big jump.... You'll be sure the mast is going to punch a hole staight through the board, or the board just snap.

As you get more control in the air you'll be able to bear away whilst in the air and land just nose first from a chop hop so that the rocker line of the board absorbs the impact a little. The landing will be smoother and you'll also maintain your speed better. Just think about bearing away in the air and it will happen automatically. It will also stop you spinning out on landing as well, which I'm sure happens sometimes.

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posted on 11-6-2003 at 19:30 Reply With Quote
Darn it BEFS. I was not going to target you specifically, but I confess I had looked at your score and wondered......what if?.......

MUST get out this weekend





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