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Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby crazysurf » Thu May 12, 2016 11:36 pm

Full disclosure, I am the distributor of http://www.moseshydrofoil.co.uk but I have an interesting project!

We have just taken on an intern. He is fit but has never flown a kite before. He will have to work full time so he is like a normal "younger person" without family ties for his spare time. He is not a surf, snow or skateboard expert. Consider him average ability. Can we turn him from Zero to a foil boarder (maybe not a hero) in 16 weeks???

Is it too hard??? Any advice would be welcome.

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby 3InletsWindsports » Fri May 13, 2016 1:32 am

Just don't tell him how hard it is. And start him straight up on the foil.
He'll think it's all normal.

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby Kamikuza » Fri May 13, 2016 4:08 am

3InletsWindsports wrote:Just don't tell him how hard it is. And start him straight up on the foil.
He'll think it's all normal.
Yeah, this. Make sure to film it.

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby mig27 » Fri May 13, 2016 8:35 am

I am interested in the learning path you will give him.
Will you include TT practice for example?

Interesting experiment :thumb:

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby crazysurf » Fri May 13, 2016 9:27 am

mig27 wrote:I am interested in the learning path you will give him.
Will you include TT practice for example?

Interesting experiment :thumb:
Open to other ideas but the initial plan is to just follow the usual route of land kite, body dragging, kitesurfing with a TT, switch to a surfboard once he is comfortable. Maybe some behind a boat surfing and hydrofoiling... and then lift off :-)

We don't want to kill him!!!

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri May 13, 2016 9:37 am

Hmmm, it could be really interesting to avoid the TT and surfboard - to see how well you will do without these "wrong" muscle reflexes we all try to unlearn when learning hydrofoiling :rollgrin:

But in reality these bad habits wont get stuck after such a short period anyways, so maybe it is okay :roll:

Why use a TT at all, isnt it a waste of time and you learn even more bad habits ?
A strapped surfboard and you learn faster IMO, also a step closer to the hydrofoil :naughty:

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby abel » Fri May 13, 2016 10:01 am

crazysurf wrote:Full disclosure, I am the distributor of http://www.moseshydrofoil.co.uk but I have an interesting project!
.... Can we turn him from Zero to a foil boarder (maybe not a hero) in 16 weeks???
...
Sean
Interesting project indeed :thumb:
Allow me suggesting to define the learning period as Meteo did in a so interesting and pleasant way, instead of "16 weeks".
(See Meteo's thread "my learning progression on a hydrofoil: viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2388670 )

The calendary period may vary a lot depending on the statistics of the wind.
So using number of sessions and hours per session, as Meteo did, would reflect more precisely the amount of time and effort required for wannabe hydrofoiler from zero.
Also the interval days between sessions would be of interest.

Looking forward :hangloose:

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby abel » Fri May 13, 2016 10:16 am

BTW, I saw some schools practicing "hydrofoil balance" with Rolla Bollas.
The objective is to keep balance at the side edges of the board (simulating keeping the body CG ~above the front wing)
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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby Starsky » Fri May 13, 2016 11:25 am

For sure you do a combo. Kite progression as per normal with a switch to surfboard as soon as he is able to get up and go. At the same time always looking to the long game and have him on a balance board like above from day one in his spare time. That will prime his balance reflexes really well and won't hurt the earlier progression either.

That being said. It's 90% kite skills. The guys who pick up foiling in a heartbeat have kite skill on lock and don't have to devote any real attention to that aspect.

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Re: Zero to Hero - Learn to foil board

Postby revhed » Fri May 13, 2016 7:59 pm

Learning kite skills on the water while learning to foil at the same time, I am not at all sure I would go that course.
While I agree that a TT maybe a waste of time, a front strapped DR sure seems like a progressive learning tool.
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