Freeskate Plans - Windsurfing on Ice in Winter

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Freeskate Plans - Windsurfing on Ice in Winter

Postby spudz72 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:01 pm

Hi guys...

Was thinking of building a freeskate to get out on the ice as there is a large frozen body of water right out the back door of my house.

Has anyone tried building a freeskate before? I have found some good plans and am going to get started I think...

Comments would be appreciated.. The link is below for the plans to build.. looks fairly straightforward...

http://www.tupusurf.net/freeskate_en.html?freeskate

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Postby spudz72 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:16 pm

I forgot to post a few links to some youtube videos showing how fun this is with the right ice conditions...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957HSTEvSSc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYLosC9ryaw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnrwqSmyMyw

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Postby KC5555 » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:00 am

I tried building a board a while back using the blade assembly from hockey skates. Worked ok but there was never ice that looked as glass flat as the ones in the videos above.

had to contend more with snow than anything. the local board repair guru Igor was working on a tandem ice board this summer and he was using very long steel blades. I think he winter sails on Lake Simcoe so there must be decent stretches of clear ice?

If you end up building one, please take some pics and keep us posted on your progress.

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Postby valdic » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:56 am

check out www.winterwindsurf.com for coverage about windsurfing on ice.

And there is producer of iceboards www.hiberna.lv

this is video with their boards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMEMk18uXgM

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Postby windydoug » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:50 pm

Hello from south of the border...sort of. Rochester, NY resident but a southern Georgian Bay summer cottager. Learned to windsurf near Honey Harbour in the mid '80's. enthusiasts (Surf and Kite).

An excellent website with plans for building a replica of the manufactured Freeskates of old can be found at the link below. I just made one for under $200.00 US. I have ridden another nearly identical one and it rides and turns very well. Excellent for sail handling practice in jibes and tacks. Fast with minimal wind and small sail.
The website is:

http://www.amcboston.org/windsurf/iceboardinfo/

I purchased a mountain board truck (w/o suspension springs) for the back of the board (15\"), and a large, old school skateboard truck for the front (10\"). The front and rear blades are all stabilized via the truck attachment point and a 1/4\" threaded rod near between the front. A 3/4 inch sheet of plywood worked great with a maple spline bolted to the bottom. Photo's available on request to my e mail....I figure out how to include one within this post...

Check out my website at rochesterwindsports.com. It's pretty basic and best viewed with MS Explorer. Lots of photo's.
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