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by robclaisse
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 16
Views: 1104

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

10m Neo is my biggest kite and I learn in similar winds (and I'm 220lbs), so stick with the 11 or 9m - the faster turning kites are easier to keep moving and save if they do start stalling. When you do get up and start foiling, you'll find you then have plenty of power once the apparent wind kicks i...
by robclaisse
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you teach foilboarding?
Replies: 11
Views: 2291

Re: How do you teach foilboarding?

I'm putting together a coaching program at the moment along with the next series of Progression videos focusing on learning to foil so this thread has been an interesting read. From my experience, a larger slower front wing works well for students but in tandem with using a slightly smaller kite - 1...
by robclaisse
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Where to travel as beginner in feb?
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Where to travel as beginner in feb?

Hi Alicia, there are loads of good spots around Jan-Mar time and though some will be quite busy, that isn't necessarily a bad thing as you'll have other kiters around to learn from and help you out if you have any issues. So here a few options: Langebaan was suggested earlier and I'd agree. Cape Tow...
by robclaisse
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?
Replies: 75
Views: 12642

Re: Is Shinn going to produce his own foil?

@Carsten - I ride a Shinn Jackson 145 and the foil. I'm 6'6", 106kg and 46/47 show size so pretty much the same. I too was a little worried about the stiffness issue as the El Stubbo was a bit flexi for my weight but the Jackson is plenty stiff enough, not something I worry about anymore. I can't sa...
by robclaisse
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2166

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

I really feel that drone footage from above is the way to go - in many cases in kitesurfing/windsurfing videos. Especially for things like waterstart but obviously will hep for going upwind, turning etc. As a cameraman you probably well aware on effects zoom has on videos (especially on tele). Serg...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2166

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

Yeah, Progression is me - I write, film and edit the videos (along with pretty much everything else :). When it comes to waves the reported height isn't always the most important aspect of determining the actually size of the wave. You want to also look at the period and the direction of the swell. ...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2166

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

I don't really see that it has much influence to be honest. I taught myself on 0.5-1.5m waves, flat water isn't an option here - never even occurred to me that it was any different. At worst it's a bit buffety if they're coming from behind during the water start but I don't change my technique to d...
by robclaisse
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Beginner and waves - tips?
Replies: 24
Views: 2166

Re: Beginner and waves - tips?

Lots of good tips mentioned here and I'm a +1 for recommending people learning to ride a surfboard on flatter water first, particularly for those with less kite experience but keen to get started on a surfboard. Coming from a twintip you need to be prepared to experiment with a slightly different st...
by robclaisse
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nick Jacobsen ascends the throne at Red Bull King of the Air
Replies: 19
Views: 2805

Re: Nick Jacobsen ascends the throne at Red Bull King of the Air

I'm in blouberg and got to the event late - just before the semi finals. They had a big TV setup showing the livestream, in the upstairs bar, and I actual watched that for the first 10 minutes as I was chatting with mates - personally didn't really feel that impressive to watch. Then I went and watc...
by robclaisse
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cape Town by myself
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

Re: Cape Town by myself

You may be leaving for Cape Town in the next couple of days but I wrote this blog post a few years back and updated in December with my tips for coming here (this is my 13th year!). There may still be some good points that will help you when you arrive. It's been a great season so far with wind near...

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