lovethepirk wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:34 pm
Great first sesh! My progression seem to follow what you have done except I struggled for 2 sessions before I got where you are.
My first goal was to ride the board flat, then 2nd goal was to get upwind like this, 3rd goal was foiling.
A couple things I learned and had to unlearn during the process: When I learned to ride the board flat without falling I was standing way to erect and upper body leaning learning way forward...stiff back leg. Then when I wanted to go upwind, I leaned back and edged in the same stiff legged position...yep it worked, but had to unlearn this. Not sure if this process is a necessary evil, but it didn't take me too long to go thru all this and unlearn some of the bad technique.
With all the riding with weight forward and stiff legs, when I foiled temporarily, my failure was a lot of loud board slaps on the water. Not many crashes just a ton of board impacts, up down up down etc.
It really clicked when the moment that foil come up and, now just prior, that both legs need to be bent in a wicked athletic position(back knee bent slightly angled forward) and for me I am driving as much back foot pressure as front foot. I had a 45 minute sesh yesterday and was up almost the entire time. Staying up in my newbie world now is a game of balance b/w back and front foot pressure. I'm now learning how tough it is to go downwind, it's like you are on ice skates.
I'm sure as we advance the athletic knee position can be abandoned to take a break or put the foiling in chill mode, but for me right now when that foil comes up it's game on and I feel like I'm kinda doing individual leg presses and someones adding and taking away 100's of pounds every other second and I am always balancing what the water or foil is telling me to do.
Thanks for tips. My goals were the same as you but I found out that going upwind wasn't an issue, as long as the board is riding flat, it's going upwind, actually the upwind angle is way more than twintip even with board on surface. I say board on surface of water but perhaps it's not flat and has a small "edge" to it. My friend who learned on liquid force also said that at first when he tried to "edge" to go upwind the foil would shoot up. To go upwind I don't try to edge, I just point the board upwind, I guess I turn my hip. Not sure exactly how you control where board is heading but it feels pretty intuitive for me.
I think you are right about leg bent, I tried a few times with a tiny bend in both knees and it felt pretty good. Also when you watch racer you see a lot of bend, but for me bent leg meant a lot of back foot pressure and all the bad muscle memory kicks in. Less bent leg minimize effect of bad muscle memory for now.
As far as foot pressure, it doesn't work for me, If I push front foot the opposite happens, I have to think about shifting weight forward instead.
I don't really feel like adding and taking away 100 pound of pressure every other second works for me. so far I try not to keep balance and if I fee foil go up I transfer weight forward but I am not pushing with foot every other second. Well I guess once you are experienced that's what happens or perhaps my foil is way stabler than yours, you said you had some race setup in another thread?
Going further downwind looks really hard, it's like you said, but I can point a bit downwind keeping kite high and doesn't feel too unstable.
I think I will keep foil all the way back for next session, doesn't seem hard to get up on foil with that setting so I don't need to move it forward yet.
Target for next session will be to get up and back down in controlled way for next session. Once I can ride for 100 feet I will try to play around with small S curve.