slowboat wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:02 pm
3. Short mast. (Slingshot flight school) Can't imagine why one would not learn with a short mast
I think there are a lot of forum regulars who pooh pooh the whole short mast progression learning thing but I am also a strong believer, if your location and conditions permit it
. Definitely worth it to find a short mast location/conditions (flatish water). It really forces you to perfect your vertical adjustments with such a limited range between touchdown and stall.
I would even argue that staying on the short mast for a few additional sessions is worth every minute. You can start to dial in touches, touchdowns, stalls, down winding, wipeout technique, touchdown transitions, toeside, etc.
Many would say you can do the same thing easier on a longer mast with more vertical range. So why stay short? Simple, less injury prone wipeouts and way more total "uptime" per session while your developing all that muscle memory and expanding your skillset. You can actually progress to where you're inevitable touches are almost always soft, brief non-stall touches, and your wing-surface-breaking-stalls all but disappear. Maybe not in 35cm chop but certainly at 20cm or less.
FWIW I'm learning on an RRD h-flight (free-ride aspect ratio versus low aspect shovel) with plenty of gusty 15-25 knot sessions in 1.3 meter deep water, and a basic 6m Airush DNA. Works awesome....The 11-14 knot sessions on a 10 meter are even more funner....