*


All times are UTC + 1 hour



Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:22 am 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:54 am
Posts: 259
Hi All

I have just become the proud owner of an 2013 North Whip X 6ft. :D

As this is the first directional i've had. I was wondering if there is a easy to use technique of getting up.

Obviously my biggest concern is damage to the fins. So how do you avoid this.

Is it case of getting out into deep water and tilting the board towards your feer? Or would you wade out to above the knee and kind of step up?

Cheers for the help.

An excited wave virgin


{ SHARE_ON_FACEBOOK } { SHARE_ON_TWITTER } { SHARE_ON_ORKUT } { SHARE_ON_DIGG } { SHARE_ON_MYSPACE } { SHARE_ON_DELICIOUS }
Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:39 am 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:39 am
Posts: 946
You can do it either way, if you have the straps, you can start like a twintip.


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:14 am 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:54 am
Posts: 259
Ok well that sounds like the best idea. I will have to buy some straps now :o


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:07 pm 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster

Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:43 pm
Posts: 671
Location: Sweden
No dont get the straps. it is way easier without straps first. they just get in the way and you cannot adjust your stance according to wind and water conditions.
strapless is actually easier than straps. it looks totally impressive- but its easy.

start in flat water. bend your knees to get up and keep board a bit tilted but not too much, head down wind first to get up, then edge.

when jibing, when on weak side tack, change feet first, then turn. when on weak side tack- turn then change feet.

change feet by moving back foot forward and then front foot back. 1-2 real fast.

practice finding the balance point of board by edging a bit and putting feet close together


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:50 pm 
Offline
Very Frequent Poster
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:00 am
Posts: 5628
Location: Denmark
Agree, start without straps if you are not used to surfing (surf or windsurf waves) :thumb:

You need to learn how different a directional works, so start strapless and in flat water or small waves, so you get to know how to "drive" a directional, and use the full board and the edges.
Very opposite technique than a TT, truly.

Later you can put the straps on and perform much more, and you know how to use the edges and board correct now :rollgrin:
Or dont, continue strapless, if you feel better with that - personal likings and nothing but that :naughty:

8) Peter


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:57 am 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:54 am
Posts: 113
I agree, try it first without straps. Also, don't try to step on it and go. Instead, do a water start like you would with a twintip. Grab the downwind edge of the board and pull it up while putting your front foot in the middle and your back foot towards the rear. There should be just enough pressure to hold that position if you do it right. It's not very hard to figure out. Once you're stable, dive the kite and stand up. Off you go. It's actually not very hard at all. Until you try to change direction. That's where the fun starts...


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:25 am 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:54 am
Posts: 259
Thanks Guys.

Well the board turns up tomorrow and Saturday is looking good. I will let you know how I get on :thumb:

Thanks again
Paul


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:16 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:28 pm
Posts: 150
I grab the board (upwind edge) with what will become my backhand (just forward of the stomp pad) then rest my heels on the board. Front heel in the center, back heel just in front of the hand holding the board. Then send the kite with your front hand and let the kite pull you up onto the board and ride away. Agree with all the 'start strapless' comments. Being able to freely move your feet around the board depending on conditions and what you want the board to do is highly addictive :jump:


Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:17 pm 
Offline
Frequent Poster

Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:54 am
Posts: 259
Here's my board :)


Attachments:
20140417_193147.jpg
20140417_193147.jpg [ 2.08 MIB | Viewed 397 times ]
Top
Profile
 Post subject: Re: Directional board start advice
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:50 pm 
Offline
Medium Poster

Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:47 pm
Posts: 104
Location: Australia
Board looks great, you may want to get some deck grip for between the pads - enjoy.


Top
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC + 1 hour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bgkiter, Bing [Bot], blu, flipper231, fonsde, NYKiter, tj_boof and 13 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group