jash999 wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:21 pm
Peter, when 'yaw'ing the board around before the downloop, are you keeping the board / foil flat at the same height and just sort of twisting the board around with hips/ feet, or do you first drop the board closer to the water, then twist / yaw and push on the back foot to bring the board back to level at the same time, doing a sort of spiral turn in one motion?
No no, way too complicated
The thing is, that ALL of us, will lack the ability to turn correctly when learning hydrofoiling, as we are used to surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, bikes - you name it, where it does not work the same way as on a foil.
The skilled ones will learn extremely fast and intuitively, as always.
But most of us mediocre or aged, will need a lot of "un-learning" our wrong motoric habits
When you have learned, you almost can not understand how it could be so difficult, as you JUST DO IT, without thinking, and you carve around leaning hard into the turn as when carving on a surfboard and it feels the same way
But this is not natural at first, in fact the opposite almost
There is only one single thing you need to focus on, and that is the yaw or twist or drive with your front foot and knee into the turn, that is all there is to it, and the rest will come easy and natural during this learning period, which can be quite long for some (just a fact, dont let it get to any of you...)
You should not put the foil down lower or higher or spiral or anything, just ride with the mast at medium height, and think about this "yaw" input you need to turn the hydrofoil - then the rest will follow as said.
Of course, you should not stand upright and do the yaw movement, nor should you lean over and expect the yaw to arrive - start learning to ride zig zag first doing very subtle carves just 20-30 degrees back and fourth, either with the kite parked, or flying the kite actively up and down - does not matter but is the important way to learn to control your foil in terms of yaw.
Then you should try to carve fully around, and think "yaw" as said, and just do it over and over again.
PS: I still advice not to downloop when learning.
I just browsed through my unused kitecam pics, and this one demonstrates how you can lean into the carve, it feels great
With less speed (as sometimes in lighter wind) you will not lean as much of course.
But when mastered, then a really good and fun move is to try to carve so fast and tight that you can drag your hand in the water on the inside of the turn
Think about the yaw, to learn to carve - and later you wont think about anything, you just do it and can change to other boards and the muscle memory skills will still be "intact" and change accordingly to the different boards.
Hope this helps.