KiteTheBay wrote:So, I've been down in Mexico and been wanting to use the warm weather for some new video inspiration. Turns out, I found a lot of interesting situations where thoughtful handling with your foil board is necessary. So, I started to get busy with the camera. Let me know what know what other positions could be useful and maybe I can try it next time.
Arcsrule wrote:Peter, this is my greatest fear. Where i go, 4 daysa our of 5 the wind is dead onshore. Using my Se/21 and a mako king, it takes me several tacks to get out past the (very small) breakers. usually the kite is lifting me up when i get to chest deep so i can't walk out further. I've never been the best at body dragging...i've got lots of apprehension about my first time...right now, my foil is on order and my water is cold! can't wait for this type instruction.
That's your problem. You need your kite down low. When it is above you it will have less useful pull.Arcsrule wrote:My body dragging upwind has mainely been depower kite directly over head, backstroke, and then ease on over. I fly peter lynn and flysurfer.
True - but you have to angle the board so the keel/mast is in line with the watersurface.lezo wrote:In fact, it's pretty easy to bodydrag upwind with an arm layed on the board, since the foil acts as a giant fin. With a Flysurfer it's even easier.
Peter, if you are not a person of very short stature, you will be able to walk into the water against the wind until 1- 1.2 meter depth and then use the foil as a big vertical fin to help you bodydrag as far as possible to have enough downwind space to launch the foil. Of course if you have very weak dead on-shore wind AND big waves, it will be a true challenge. When I was learning to foil, a friend of mine, who was already a skilled foiler, helped me by riding my foil over the shorebreak in such conditions, I followed him swimming, he passed me the foil and came back to the beach swimming.Peter_Frank wrote:
True - but you have to angle the board so the keel/mast is in line with the watersurface.
If you just put your arm over the board with mast straight down, you can not bodydrag, as you need at least 1½ meter of depth, preferably more, if you dont want to damage the foil on the bottom (assuming there is always up to ½m waves)
So you need to be able to bodydrag upwind and out with the board edges and wings acting as keels -
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