When you say "try to turn to toeside", do you mean switch your feet from heel to toeside (or reverse), or do you mean turn the hydrofoil around and ride toeside ?
Two completely different things....
Learning to ride toeside, you simply carve around 180 degree, and ride the other way toeside !
Sounds easy, it is not - till you have learned - then it is easy
Thanks again for your help Peter_Frank
I should have been more specific: try to turn to toe-side.
Switching is something I want to practice as soon as the turn to toe-side works for me.
What happens, I think, is two things:
1. When passing the 90 degrees of the 180 turn, you will reach a "tipping-point", where your CoG needs to switch to the other side to find balance again. On that point I loose all control -> face-plant!
2. When going downwind, I accelerate. But the lift seems to get less, so I hit the water gently. But most of the times, the chop is not so gently -> face-plant! I guess this is because of the shifting of the tow-point? So the lift does not actually get less, but the pitch becomes a bit more negative? In other words, I do not compensate the shift of balance. As a result the pitch angle of my wings becomes less?
Which of those two comes first, I have not figured out yet
Your videos are a great help.
Hopefully if the wind-gods are nice I will try it today.
We had a lot of thunderstorms last night, with gale force wind. So I have to go to the beach lake we have here (yes, deep enough)
But the wind direction is critical at the moment.
juandesooka wrote:For me it came easy to ride toeside. So much so that I didn't invest the time to get comfort right foot forward and still haven't. Oops.
What happens when you try?
One thing someone posted recently. Using a fixed hook was a challenge vs sliding hook. The angle seems more severe foiling. I can only fly one handed even with slider. So maybe that might help? Get the pull more to the side will open up an easier angle?
I wish it came so naturally to me too
It is a balance thing I guess, and as PF says practice, practice, practice...
I want to try the sliding hook.
Ride Engine is booming here, and DaKine seems to have such a harness too.
Maybe I will buy a sliding hook for my current waist harness.
But first I will keep the fixed hook.
With waveriding, TT and skim I have no issues with riding toe-side.
That said, the upwind angles are quite modest compared with HF