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by Jyoder
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What you think to learn balance?
Replies: 14
Views: 777

Re: What you think to learn balance?

I think riding a longboard skateboard would be more helpful. I had never ridden any type of board much before kiting. I spent my first winter longboarding and landboard kiting and in the spring I noticed a big difference as I started foiling.
by Jyoder
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite loop to waterstart
Replies: 16
Views: 1102

Re: Kite loop to waterstart

Yep, been there. Having more wind definitely helps, but it really is just a matter of experience and time. At first I had a hard time turning the foil cross or upwind after water start and the kite would crash because I was pointing too far downwind. Takes some time to get a feel for the stance and ...
by Jyoder
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you teach foilboarding?
Replies: 11
Views: 2104

Re: How do you teach foilboarding?

Teaching myself and don’t have exp with anything else, but I really like how my small strapless low volume board dives into the water and stops when I crash instead of jumping up and hitting me, running away downwind, or jumping through my lines. From a safety perspective, this offsets the cost of m...
by Jyoder
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How to lift our foils steadily?
Replies: 14
Views: 1152

Re: How to lift our foils steadily?

As I learn, I find my ideas of what i’m doing and what i’m actually doing don’t always line up. That said, it helps me to pay attention to keeping my knees mostly locked in one position and using my torso to lean forward/backward. Pay attention to the feel of the harness and it’s pull, as it affects...
by Jyoder
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: The wingtip lower than the board game.
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: The wingtip lower than the board game.

Not on purpose, but I’ve crashed the kite by accident while on foil and managed to relaunch and keep riding before stalling out. I’ve seen videos of people doing this on purpose.
by Jyoder
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1148

Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Anyone try the Liquid Force Solo 6.5m for foiling? New 2016 Solo v2 going for cheap right now.
by Jyoder
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Extreme Lightwind... Amazed
Replies: 17
Views: 1642

Re: Extreme Lightwind... Amazed

I wonder if PFD, impact vest, and wetsuit flotation affects light wind water start by reducing the force needed to lift your body out of the water onto the board and allowing more kite energy to go into forward movement. Maybe we just need to start wearing floaty Michelin Man suits.
by Jyoder
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board

My full length deck pad provides plenty of flotation for board and Alu foil.
by Jyoder
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board

Mine is 10 lbs (4.5 kg) with glass but no carbon. Could probably get it down to 8 lbs (3.6 kg) if I made it a bit smaller and belt sanded the sides and front to be thinner. Ply boards are durable but not light. I can toss mine around in the car or on sand without worry.
by Jyoder
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: teaching absolute newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: teaching absolute newbie

That saying may refer to riding the board, but not flying the kite. Good kite skills are a pre-req in my opinion.

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