Sounds like you're ahead of me on the curve. Did you work through all four flight school masts? (All the way to 36")Hugh2 wrote: ↑Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:28 amSlingshot Hoverglide and the Flight School graduated masts worked well for me too. However, I'm struggling to move from them to a full mast and carbon foil on a short board, just get thrown off all the time. But the real problem is I'm too cheap to buy my own, so have been using friends, hence not enough time on the board.
Sounds like you are a natural ! Waterstart first trygbrungra wrote: ↑Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:08 amI'm teaching myself right now. Ten sessions so far.
Slingshot hoverglide w flight school masts, high volume board w tracks for mounting, w 2 front foothooks.
I wouldn't change anything about my foil setup for learning.
Front foothooks are enough for me to position the board and keep it tilted long enough to dive the kite. I water started on my first try.
Foothooks all the way forward on the board, and foil all the way back on the tracks allowed me to ride on the surface, no problem, from my first waterstart. It takes more than 1/2 my weight on the back foot, and plenty of speed to lift off. So no accidental lift offs.
I only did 2 sessions on the shortest mast (17"), am now on 24" mast, and I'm almost ready for mast number 3 now (30").
Maybe a low volume board would help a beginner w water starting, but with the foil all the way back on the tracks I don't seee a need for a smaller foil to avoid taking off. Definitely something with enough nose rocker to ride through rough touch-downs. If every touchdown is a crash the learning curve is much slower.
Aluminum and fiberglass are easier on the feet than carbon.
No regrets, and no carbon envy yet.
I still have longer masts to learn, and transitions. I'm the meantime, I'm foiling as far as I want, and in any direction I want, but with some crashes...
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