Finally got out for 1st time.Wind 12-16 kts when I started.Wasnt sure what to rig? Went with 10 rpm(I know) Foil was hoverglide and I figured I'm nothing special so I rode the 15" taxi mast.I ran single front loose footstrap.My wife thought after 1st run I would come in and give up,I was laughing as my board was behaving like a drunk porpoise! Within 5 minutes I was able to ride similar to a surfboard but able to stay upwind of all the other kiters just slogging around.Some things I noticed
1.Been kiting for 17 years,the worry about kite control while getting into start position was a non issue.So others need not worry if you know what your doing with kite.
2.single front strap was fine.Cant imagine having rear foot in a strap(at this point).I spent time constantly moving foot to find right position,which changed depending what I was trying to do.Amazing how subtle changes made huge difference.
3.Spent 2 hours just getting used to board,getting in position to waterstart without cutting my bare legs on foil.I would just let kite sit a 12,grab opposite rail with back hand and use arm to bring board into position and place foot into strap and away I'd go.
4.There's no describing the feeling of getting up on the foil,even with short mast it felt like I was 5 ' above surface!
5.Even though taxi mast isn't meant to foil on I was able to get some rides of couple hundred feet.I think the fact that there's no room for error helped me try to keep board at right height with small adjustments.Cavitation is an interesting thing lol
6.Went to 24" mast and had some decent rides but things weren't going to well,went in and a shop owner I know said,"didn't you notice the wind pickup?" No ,I had no experience with how the wind was supposed to feel,jumped on my twintip and was fully powered,wind was 19, gusting 28,that explained things.Friend said a 5mtr woul have been good.
7.Tried a couple turns,gave up and would just stop,switch directions.Time for that in future
8. It was very choppy.I took this negative and just motored on,always good to learn in bad conditions,will make those good conditions seem like heaven.
9.Gybing ,tacking, riding a 36" mast seems so out of reach at this time.I seriously wonder if it is even possible!
10.It is really quiet when you get up on the foil!
11. The board has auto pilot when you fall off.Weird how it straightens out and motors right down wind,comes in handy when you're down wind.
Looking forward to a nice steady day with no chop!