I don't think down under has got to a level yet where he understands the glory of hf. Sure it is not a spectator sport. You have to experience the speed the carving sensation. When charging it is certainly not mowing the lawn.
Excellent post. I have to agree with the shallow water and short mast comment after learning myself and teaching people on long masts and typical sites with gradual depth, waves, sand bars etc. It can be really frustrating for people trying to progress and not being able to even get started due to depth problems etc.Dave K wrote: ↑Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:41 amI’ve been living on the Outer Banks for the last 10 years and playing around with this stuff since the prehistoric days of wood boom windsurfers. We’re still pretty much the epicenter of all things kiting on the US east coast. Guys like Dimitri have made this place a part time home for many years. Trip and Matt pioneered the kiteboarding resort concept with Real Watersports and endless stretches of windy shallow water to teach tt kiting. Also the unique combo of waves on one side and flat water on the other.
Ironic that what makes this location idea for traditional tt learning/riding (wind, shallow water) makes it less ideal for novice kite foiling. Regardless people who come here to tt and/or wave kite often bring their foil gear as well. The shops/resorts/instructors generally sell and teach foiling. Places like Real encourage all their instructors to get out and foil on the light wind days. AND mid mast length (60-80 cm) flat water foiling is really evolving into its own here. There’s a lot to be said for skill progression while foiling in 4 ft of flat water with a sandy bottom. Same as tt learning, just a wee bit deeper.
No one wants to admit it but foiling is the most popular with us ole timers who’ve been around these sports for awhile. As the kiteboarding population ages we will get more refugees from the unhooked/big wave strapless/mega loop crowd and their aging joints . Definitely not exponential growth due to the learning curve, but a steady supply of newcomers nonetheless.
Ummm, can u spray when carving with a HF?
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