I've been out 3 times on the sector and now can very consistently get up and ride it one direction. I've managed a couple times to turn it up into the wind when trying to tack and get it in about the right spot for a tack - can't manage the footwork at all yet.
I've never been on a directional before & wonder if I'm tackling too much.
Would I progress faster if I take the straps off & use a couple surfboard fins instead of the quad long fins?
Or should I just keep working on the tacking and gybing? start with tacking or start with gybing?
Gybing is way easier than tacking. Take you back foot out of the strap and place it wherever it needs to go. On the rail for carving or toeside and in the middle in front of the back strap for riding along and downwind.
The V2 is almost exactly like riding and normal surfboard. If you can ride a surfboard you can ride the V2. Can you ride a surfboard? Are you rock solid on toeside? There's not much point riding a directional unless you are very comfortable riding toeside. You need to be toeside (at least momentarily) to swap feet in a transition.
Gybing is definitely the way to start. Basically for now you have 2 options. Switch your feet before you turn or after you complete your turn. This will require you to ride toe side for a bit for both options. On the Sector, I would leave the straps on. Start by going a moderate speed off the wind slightly. Place your back foot in front of the rear strap.I like to keep the kite high 10-11(I think the video says lower)gives you a bit of lift. What I do at this point is head the board upwind a bit to load the kite so you can lean against it. Then put your rear foot in the front strap and your front foot back in front of the foot strap. Now you are riding toe side. Then , just turn the kite and board and your going the other way. If you choose to switch your feet after the turn, try to once again load the kite so you can lean against it and then switch your feet. There are lots of little tricks that you will hear about on the forum,so try them out. What size Sector are you riding? I ride the 52,had the 60 but I like jumping the smaller one. Practicing your foot work on land is also a good idea. Good luck.
Kober1974 wrote:After riding it ~20 times I think controlling speed is my issue ... specially when overpowered ..... It is so much different then TT ....
First-of-all, if you are not doing it already, learn to ride with a size or two smaller kite than you would with TT. Lower water resistance and higher top speed of Sector, means that you do not need as much horsepower and once underway you are generating plenty apparent wind to keep going faster and faster. A board like Sector can not bleed the power thru edging, so you better controlling the speed via depower (smaller kite again), and some push upwind if necessary, or turning downwind. Otherwise, just go with it. With some practice you'll be surprised how much speed you can handle. It is more phycological than the technique. If you get scared too much, you'll crash, if not, you'll be fine. The board is plenty stable. When choppy it will skip on the crests of the waves.
Thanks for the video Travis! It really helps. Needless to say its been a slow go learning to ride the board I bought from you guys! Mostly just because I'm so damn busy I am not finding enough time on the water. However I have managed to go scary fast on it a couple times