tegirinenashi wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:46 pm
But you managed to start your session in that wind somehow?
Affirmative - for example it might be after a long fight to launch a foilboard and then the wind decreases even more. Or you just begin in 10 kts and wind dies out.
Pedro Marcos wrote:
In such a light wind this is what will happen:
1 - Go on the water with side wind and keep the kite moving to "try" that it doesnt drop from the sky, keeping tension on the lines.
2 - Do the first loop to start (or big stroke) that will be just enough to put you "standing" on the board: and this is where the board is important, if you have a low volume board it will sink before you have enough time to give another stroke/loop on the kite, with a bigger board you will manage to stand on it and do another loop to start you moving, and then another one to give you enough speed to lift your foil.
3- point 1 and 2 will happen again everytime you fail to jibe/tack properly, and the big board will allow you to touchdown for more time.
Point 1 - keeping front lines tight all the time - all beginners don't understand it and they usually blame all other reasons than themselves
Point 2 - all fine but there is missing one vital trick - feet pumping
It is not easy to learn proper pumping. It is not about lifting and pressing a foil.
This is 3 dimensional task which additionally includes pushing a board forward by front foot only and in the same time to lift a back foot.
Feet do not work in the same direction at the same moment and their work must be well synchronised.
Once performed well with kite movement it seriously lowers personal marginal wind limits.
BTW. Feet pumping does not require kitelooping anymore in my case. I pump a board and pump a kite in the same time. It is enough.