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by MattyM
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Low rider or high flyer?
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: Low rider or high flyer?

Breaking the surface is always worse than touching down - so I ride low - just high enough to not clip the chop.
by MattyM
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What are your Worst Accidents Hydrofoiling?
Replies: 39
Views: 3279

Re: What are your Worst Accidents Hydrofoiling?

I landed on my front wing during a failed gybe - and cut myself a second arse-crack.

(I'll spare you the photo!)
by MattyM
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tacking advice for a newb
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Tacking advice for a newb

Exactly. In racing the roll tack (facing the front of the board) is always used because it provides better upwind progress during the maneuver. Notice that you come out of the roll tack with a twist in your lines and then need to unspin your bar. When learning don't even think about trying to stay ...
by MattyM
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tacking advice for a newb
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Tacking advice for a newb

Thanks guys - I did wonder if there was a difference between the Duck and Roll tacks. The reason I asked is that iKsurf magazine have two separate articles, one for the duck tack, one for the roll tack - and for the life of me I can't see the difference! I need to crack my tacking on surfboard first...
by MattyM
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tacking advice for a newb
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Tacking advice for a newb

Could someone please explain to me the difference between a 'Duck Tack' and a 'Roll Tack'? Both these I understand involve changing sides via facing the front of the board, but my newbie brain is as yet unable to see the difference! Watching surfboard tacks (in preparation for learning to do it on a...
by MattyM
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strapless waterstart
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: Strapless waterstart

Yes, it IS close to impossible if you try to do it like on a surfboard... Thanks Peter - that all makes sense. Yes we wouldn't learn to foil if it was easy! I'd started to figure that you have to hold the board on its side with one hand. Trouble was wind was very light as well, which I think made i...
by MattyM
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strapless waterstart
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Strapless waterstart

Any tips for a relative newbie (20 sessions) on how to waterstart strapless? I'm finding it very difficult near impossible as the thing just won't stay still long enough. Also hard to pull the board into position. (No problem with straps, but I want to try and ditch them for a while.)
by MattyM
Tue May 23, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: 3rd go at it - much better
Replies: 10
Views: 971

Re: 3rd go at it - much better

Stoked for you. Great to be on that learning curve. I did similar once I started flying on the foil - forcing myself to ride directly across the wind no matter how difficult it was, as I knew that if I couldn't ride across the wind I sure as hell wasn't going to ride downwind. Then as I got a bit be...
by MattyM
Thu May 18, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard
Replies: 25
Views: 1960

Re: Sea conditions you'd give up foiling and oppt TT or surfboard

Only one way to crack foiling - I ONLY take my foil board when I go kiting at the moment. Then I have no choice but use it. Works - you know ;-)
by MattyM
Wed May 17, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mast position
Replies: 11
Views: 1397

Re: Mast position

Aaah, okay. I would say, when you got the hang of it and can ride okay, move the mast forward. As you will soon be able to ride balanced in the rear strap - the more experienced you are, the further rear the strap (or forward the mast, same thing), and very important, you can ride rear foot in fron...

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