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Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby SparD » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:52 am

I see a lot of people here talking about what is the safest setup in order not to injure yourself when learning how to ride your hydrofoil. Some says only 1 front strap, others 3 straps, others foot hooks...
Me I'm saying : STRAPLESS !

Yeah it seems chalenging but I can assure you that it is really not that hard. The only "trick" you have to know is the waterstart. You have to hold your board tilted on her side and under your feet with your back hand and send your kite with your front hand. Once you're up and running straps are useless.

Lately I've been working on air jibes and roll tacks and I fell so many times that I'm sure I would have twisted an ankle or a knee if I have had straps. Here's where I am at the moment :



PS : Thanks Gunnar for your tutorials, I've watched them over and over and they are spot on !

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby gmb13 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:37 am

SparD wrote:I see a lot of people here talking about what is the safest setup in order not to injure yourself when learning how to ride your hydrofoil. Some says only 1 front strap, others 3 straps, others foot hooks...
Me I'm saying : STRAPLESS !

Yeah it seems chalenging but I can assure you that it is really not that hard. The only "trick" you have to know is the waterstart. You have to hold your board tilted on her side and under your feet with your back hand and send your kite with your front hand. Once you're up and running straps are useless.

Lately I've been working on air jibes and roll tacks and I fell so many times that I'm sure I would have twisted an ankle or a knee if I have had straps. Here's where I am at the moment :



PS : Thanks Gunnar for your tutorials, I've watched them over and over and they are spot on !
You're welcome. More coming soon :-)

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby IanNJ » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:24 am



not Gunnar approved...but its helped a bunch of folks. I agree...strapless is tons of fun and freeing.
Last edited by IanNJ on Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:50 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby SparD » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:37 am

IanNJ wrote:

not Gunnar approved...but its helped a bunch of folks. I agree...strapless is tons of fun and freeing.

Really nice tutorial video for the strapless waterstart !

For the foiling jibe I prefer this one from Gunnar because you really see what you have to do with the kite :


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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby IanNJ » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:52 am

yeah that is a really nice video. The problem with a lot of tutorials is that they are too short with little to no explanation. The ones that really get me at the 30 sec deals that just take up space online.

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby SaulOhio » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:25 pm

I got a chance to try a hydrofoil towed behind a boat, and it was strapless. A couple of times I fell trying to start, I got cuts on my shins when the foil hit me there.

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby FredBGG » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:47 pm

Going strapless is much better for ergonomics and safety for your knees, hips, and ankle/feet.

My brother is an orthopedic specialist.... worked with all sorts of athletes including soccer players, skiers and F1 drivers.

He explained to me how riding a strapped twin tip is about the worst possible thing you can do
for the health of your knees. Twist and lateral forces in twin tip kitesurfing are about the worst you can get for your knees.

Surfboard, foilboard, skims, toilet seats.... they are all way more fun without straps.

Sure boosting high requires some amazing skills, but you know what is amazing fun and a real laugh... boosting rely high and just leaving your board behind and fetching it once your landed.
Loads of safe fun ways to land without your board.


You should try it with a foil board strapless. Even in light wind you can get some good speed and boost really nicely. Once you are way up there it's quire surreal how quiet it is. Big kite glide....

Quick body drag back to the board is nice an refreshing in the summer.

With that said I don't want to diss on twin tips and who uses them. Just don't make them you main board. Twin tips strapped are fantastic for certain tricks and riding, just don't use the darn things when your not doing trick that require them.

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby MBS1 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:48 am

best way to injure yourself- strapless

The safest thing you can do when crashing is to keep both feet in straps and you will never get in touch with your foil!!

Practice crashing keeping both feet in straps and you wont get cut up!

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby SparD » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:27 pm

MBS1 wrote:best way to injure yourself- strapless

The safest thing you can do when crashing is to keep both feet in straps and you will never get in touch with your foil!!

Practice crashing keeping both feet in straps and you wont get cut up!
And when you jibe while you're foiling you instantly exchange your back and front feet in the straps ?!

I don't think so ! You usually put your foot that was in your back strap in the free front strap and then switch your old front foot. And when you're learning how to jibe that's when you fall ! And that's when you twist your ankle or your knee, I did both... and it's not a pleasant experience !

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Re: Best way not to injure yourself : go strapless !

Postby Jugglajon » Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:12 am

i'm with Spa on this one - Strapless from the start for me. I've had zero issues with it and on those frequent unplanned dismounts I leave the board behind. Hate to think what might have happened to my knees and ankles with straps.

I will add straps at some point but what are the advantages?


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